Michele’s

4.6
37 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French / American
- Michele's is participating in DC Restaurant Week through January 30th, featuring a 3-Course sharing menu for two, with wine and cocktail specials.


- Inspired by Chef Baker's French heritage and upbringing in Houston and New Orleans, Michele’s brings the multicultural flavor profiles of the two American culinary centers to the Nation’s Capital. Explore a menu of new-look French Brasserie dishes like free-range chicken prepared three ways, Hamachi Al Pastor and Sour Cream Cheesecake.

Support Michele’s during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day 3 Course Date Night Menu

    $90.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2022

    Michele's is offering an intimate date night experience for Valentine's Day. You ticket includes a 3 course menu curated by Michelin Star Chef Matt Baker and specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day.
  • Valentine's Day 3 Tasting Course Menu

    $90.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Michele's is offering an intimate date night experience for Valentine's Day. You ticket includes a 3 course menu curated by Michelin Star Chef Matt Baker and specially designed to celebrate Valentine's Day.
  • Michele's Restaurant Week 3 Course Menu Extension

    Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2022

    Please join Michele's for Restaurant Week between January 17, 2022 and January 23, 2022. We are offering a 3 course, chef selected menu for $55 per person. This menu is designed to evoke the essence of our restaurant while you enjoy all of our fan favorite dishes.

Safety precautions

Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 37 People Are Saying
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downtowngem
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we've had in a while, even with the limited restaurant week menu. Looking forward to dining with full menu.

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vipsungaam3
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. Delicious food. Unique drinks.bb

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ashleyt
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing environment. The service was outstanding and helped me celebrate a wonderful 30th birthday.

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vipMikeinDC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Michele’s and will definitely be back. Went with some great friend for Restaurant Week and couldn’t be happier with our experience- food, wine and service- all incredible. Go now!

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was not quite as good as I had hoped but I will give it another try. The service was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. The chef prepared a nice selection for restaurant week. The portions were a nice size and we were able to enjoy some of our selections the next day, and they were still very tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We tried the chicken, the potatoes and the celery salad. Overall, there were too many flavors and too much sugar in each plate. Chimichurri was anything but true chimichurri. However, the ambience and service was great but it seems they need to polish their menu a little bit.

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imagineertobe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Most of the dishes were good, but the server recommended we order too much. There was a celery root entree that was terrible. I won’t rush back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous meal. Everything was prepared and presented in a outstanding fashion. The offerings had notes of culinary artistry but not overboard taking away from the main ingredient. One example would be the salted cucumber ice on the oysters. Really took the oysters in a different direction but was a great flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a newer restaurant, everything from the decor, to the staff, to the menu, to the execution was well developed. Our party of four ordered and shared a good variety of dishes and drinks and nothing we tried was anything but amazing. Very well done.

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vipScottD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was interesting and creative. Wine was adventurous and delicious. Service friendly helpful and on point all around. An experience not to be missed.

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ANDREWH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a special birthday and were not disappointed. Limited, unique menu offered delightful concoctions we loved. Deep wine list ensured we had a great bottle. And the staff was extremely warm and welcoming- really made the night a treat. We will certainly be back.

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vipFrankF
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambience, food was good but not great, service was good, perhaps a bit slow. I felt like waitor pushed us to order more than we needed, however. The menu is meant for sharing. Also, the woman working the front desk when we came in asked for our vaccination cards, which we had, but I noticed she wasn't wearing a mask. I suggested she might want to wear it. She put it on, but then with it not covering her nose. Later I went to the bathroom and noticed she had if off again. Not a good message at a time when cases in DC are at and all time high and at a restaurant that wants guests be vaccinated.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hamachi Crudo was the star.

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scottd
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. The pork was amazing. Crawfish linguine was very good, not great. Crudo - I realize crudo has lime but for some reason the lime I. This dish overpowered everything else.

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SherriJ
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience and food was fantastic! The Pear and celery salad, crab salad dip and fresh brioche bread were great starters. We had the crawfish linguine, scallops and lamb as main course. My lamb was a little too rare, will get it medium next time. Desserts were excellent!

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Morgan
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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BRBR
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first visit. Four of us. 600 dollars for drinks, wine, meal and two deserts. Initially the service was slow to take drink order. But after that all was well and attentive. dishes cleared instantly. Wine steward very helpful. All the main courses were delicious--lamb, chicken, and crab linguini. Appetizers were outstanding--tuna Tartar, Hamachi, and Chips and Dip. Creative drink list. Long and varied wine list. Both at high prices. Obscene charge for four slices of bread!! i.e 14 dollars.
All in all a great meal but not quite worth it.

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vipBESTsushiInDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing restaurant from Chef Matt! Wonderful food, great wait staff and sommelier who helped guide us through the food and wine pairings, and great ambience. We had drinks in the bar afterward since we just didn't want to leave!

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Livetoeat
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Really enjoyed the food. Highlights included the artichoke soup amuse bouche (wish I had a spoon to scoop it all out of the glass!), lobster roll salad, crawfish linguini, oyster gratinee, tete de cochon and potato & black truffle tarte. The service, however, was abysmal. Didn't get long awaited cocktail until apps were on the table. Entree got cold waiting for wine that should have been served before it arrived. Would have loved to have been advised of chocolate souffle cooking time to order ahead. Settled for the delicious milk chocolate mousse, which arrived before black coffee was served. While all had a very good attitude, it seems like they are still going through some serious growing pains. Let's hope they fix the many kinks in the system before we go back.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is attentive, not intrusive, helpful, not ovrebearing. Food innovative but not for the sake of spectacle. A welcome balance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
301 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new place. Really liked the complementary soup and the whole chicken.

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BillS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this meal. The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

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vipLauraO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful dinner at Nichele’s. The service was lovely and the food was delicious. We ordered many items off the menu to share. Our favorites were the Trout, Chips & Dip and Bananas Foster sundae. Thanks for a wonderful birthday celebration!

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foodloover
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience. Just a few tweaks and it would be a five star recommendation. Entree was lukewarm for me but all other food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Restaurant was a little loud for 5:15, but that's just this old guy talkin'.

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EmmanuelL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful new addition to DC's culinary scene. Good job by Matt Baker.
Very friendly and efficient service too.

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vipEdgarH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a world class dining experience. From the service and ambiance to the delicious flavors. I had high expectations for this and they were more than met. The level of service and professionalism was phenomenal - they made us feel welcome and looked after. They had amazing recommendations and had stellar wine. The food was fantastic - try the caviar chips and dip. The hamachi crudo was beyond this world. You won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We went to Michele’s for my birthday. Despite the online reminder that this venue required proof of vaccine, we had to remind the host to ask for it. He seemed completely uninterested. The food was very good, the service excellent. However, we each ordered two glasses of the wine they served by the glass. (They only offer one Chardonnay and one Can.). First, it was the lightest pour we’ve ever seen. The Chardonnay was, as expected, $15 a glass. (The bottle is $25 retail). The Cab, however, was a whopping $28 per glass!! We were not told that this was the price and only learned it when we saw we were charged $56 for two glasses of wine. Unbelievable for a wine served by the glass. We’re from NYC, dine in excellent restaurants, and have NEVER had such an outrageous charge. And shocking that the server thought that we didn’t need to be advised. We called the restaurant and they told us to follow up with an email. We did. We then emailed again. Finally, a manager responded that that is what they charge and since we were disappointed they would give us a free dessert when we next returned. Needless to say, but we will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable from arrival to departure, visually inviting and comfortable. The staff worked well as a team, they seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. The seafood dishes were particularly flavorful and beautifully presented.

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vipAndrewB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Every dish was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The vibe was an elevated city bar where you could stay for a long time or pop in for a drink and some bites. It was comfy and definitely had a romantic mood to it, so would be great for a date.
I would recommend the Tuna Tartar, Crawfish Linguine, and you have to try one of the breads which come out warm and with unique spreads to pair with (we got the olive caper sourdough). Oh and the banana foster for dessert was amazing!!!
The drinks maybe need a bit more experimenting… I think with how fun and elevated the food was the cocktail choices could’ve matched them a bit more.
With all that said, I think it might be priced a bit more than what you got, but I wouldn’t leave regretting the experience!

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vipVictorJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Matt and team have done it again. The Midas Touch was a superb standout from the bar, as was the sommelier recommended orange Pinot Grigio. Tyler is an excellent addition to the team!

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vipOmnivorousFoodie
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We wanted to try something new so we booked Michele’s at the very last minute. We were quickly greeted and seated 10 minutes early for our 7:30pm reservation. The decor was interesting…industrial modern is what I would call it. I see the pale green tile as a nod to the French influenced food. We were also quickly greeted by Brian our waiter who was very nice. We ordered the bahnmi pâté, truffle mushroom tarte, crayfish linguini, and lamb. We also were helped with our wine selection by a knowledgeable sommelier who recommended a wonderful bottle.
Within the next 15 minutes or so, we were given a nice warm potato soup amuse bouche… creamy but subtle, and very comforting.
We then were served the pate a few minutes later. The portion in our opinion was too large. Too much of a good thing to us is not always good. It was more like a torchon rather than a smooth, soft spreadable pate. It had a thin bready “crust” that I suppose was the “bread” of a banhmi sandwich, and it was served with a side of pickled veggies, which was nice to balance the fat but they were sliced too small and compared to the pate portion, was way too small.
We then waited almost 40 minutes before our next dish was served. The wait kept coming by to apologize and did notify the manager who came by to apologize saying she didn’t know what happened. We were close to walking out actually, but the delicious wine kept us “busy”. The manager said, the tarte was coming and it would be worth it. It finally came and yes, it was the best tarte we’ve had… even better than famous Le Diplomat. It was warm, flavorful, and the pastry was flaky and crispy, ALL THE WAY THROUGH, even in the middle. I don’t like tartes that are wet and soggy in the middle section.
Our next couple dishes came at the same time. The linguine was fresh, cooked el dente but the lamb was served cold… disappointing. Would I go back? The tarte alone is saying yes, but I would wait until they find their game. Note to chef…give your waiters

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
302 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding new place. Friendly staff who all seem happy to be there. Chef even stopped by to check in - really nice guy. Jeremy was great helping with wine and after dinner drinks. Food was amazing. Hamachi crudo is a must. Tuna tartare is outstanding. Breads are amazing as was the tarte flambé. And watch out Kinship - it appears there may be a new “best whole chicken in DC”! Finished with banana foster sundae - OMG. Well done. Thanks and congrats.

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vipShola
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice bar, great food, lovely ambiance, will return with friends.

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CalebM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the knowledge of the staff is above and beyond

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Garrett
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chef Baker takes the creativity of Gravitas, but applies it to New Orleans-style dishes here. Lively atmosphere. Not cheap, but great for a date night or special occasion. Try the "chips and dip" for something you've absolutely never had before anywhere else.

FAQs

Michele’s is rated 4.6 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Michele’s does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/order/?hash=b169aa24.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.