Michael's Downtown

4.7
391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
A Long Beach favorite since 2013, Michael’s Downtown transforms the freshest locally sourced ingredients into Italian-inspired dishes for our guests to enjoy. Our menu ranges from hand-made pasta and wood-fired pizza to wholesome salads and grain bowls. It’s the quality of our food, combined with the variety in our menu and our warm and casual atmosphere, that has made Michael’s Downtown the go-to spot for fresh and healthy Italian food.

Michaels Downtown is part of the Long Beach family of restaurants that include Michael's on Naples, Michael's Pizzeria, and Chianina Steakhouse.

Special Offers

COMPLIMENTARY FROSÉ OR MIMOSA WITH BRUNCH RESERVATION

On June 8th or 9th, enjoy one complementary frosé or mimosa with your brunch!

We have our brand-new patio finished and are ready for the summer! Starting this Saturday, June 8th we will be serving a brand-new bunch menu. Come sip and dine on our new patio!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 12 June 2019

Ends: 13 June 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 10:00-15:00

What 391 People Are Saying
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M
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, and the food was good! Not much more to say, except loved sitting at the bar. It's quite a show!

JF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent pizzas and appetizers. Located on increasingly hip pedestrian mall in downtown Long Beach. Service is attentive and concerned that we are fully satisfied.

SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was outstanding. We ordered the specials that were suggested and was not disappointed will eat there again and recommend to everyone.

SL
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The pasta we had during the done LBC event and the gelato were the best parts. The meatball was just ok, the watermelon salad was way more spinach then watermelon and the chicken parmesan was a little soggy on the top.

LE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food (the vegan is really vegan) really liked the eggplant starter and the gnocchi. The outside patio is fabulous as the sunsets

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the 5 course pasta dinner. A friendly casual space with an open kitchen, and fine dining experience because Food was fabulous! Great service. One box of leftovers went missing and chef made new dish to take home.

G
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, comfortable venue, good menu

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N
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good, service was ok.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service. 😊

E
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, liked the portion size (plenty but not overly large), friendly waiter, low key atmosphere, casual dress, not noisy so were able to communicate easily with friends and staff, like the style and layout of the restaurant and the friendly buon giorno as we entered. Enjoyed the wine and we had a really nice evening.

LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! The homemade pasta dishes are amazing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were so helpful and accommodating. We came with a large party and they were able to take care of us without any problems. The food was amazing!

KW
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant experience mid-afternoon with a group of eight. Although on arrival we were told the restaurant was closed, they did honor our 2:30 reservation. That was disconcerting and we did have the restaurant all to ourselves. Oh well. Service was friendly. The food was fresh and tasty. The outdoor patio was quite pleasant and is equipped with heaters to counter the ocean breeze. Reasonable prices.

OR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pizza in Long Beach! The handmade mozzarella that's milky and creamy makes me squee with joy.

DE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Although I love Michael's Downtown, the brunch menu needs some practice. I had the Michaels Burger, overcooked, under seasoned with an overcooked egg on top. The Portabello Mushroom bendiest was better but still slight under seasoned a bit bland. The new decor and outdoor patio looks great but seemed to be a bit of a wind tunnel. Had to move inside because all sun was blocked and with the wind made it quite chilly. I was not the only one who came inside. I will return and I do recommend Michael's but maybe not for brunch for a bit so they can work the bugs out.

MJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner with friends at Michael's Italian Cafe in downtown Long Beach. We tried several pizzas and entrees and everything was delicious. Great wine selection too. We'll all be back!

JM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding! We had the meat and cheese platter that was delicious. The Caesar and arugula salads were great. As for the meal, everyone raves about the pizza. We also had the spring pasta, but I would not order it again. It lacked flavor.

LA
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food and quiet enough that a table of 6 could talk and actually hear each other! We will be back.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food. Everything was prepared to perfection. We’ve eaten here many of times and we have never been disappointed.

OT
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yeah it was awesome. Sat at the bar and don’t regret it. Staff was awesome and food was traditional italiano. We are coming back.

G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Excellent service, good value, great food. Very happy with our choice for dinner and would definitely return and recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! sat at the bar again and celebrated Steve's birthday.... Service is always great and so was the food and wine.

MZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The atmosphere and decor was very modern and the service was great. I recommend it!

AH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place, never disappointed. Great food and service!

JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals and overall experience we have ever had! The food was out of this world, all handmade pastas and wood fired pizza. Our server was great and engaging. Thank you for making my daughters graduation dinner an evening my family will never forget!!!!!

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Thank you for a wonderful dinner 🍷

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Graduation

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate Mother’s Day and couldn’t have had a better experience. The waiters were great and attentive to our party and even gave the mother’s free mimosas which was such an unexpected treat. The food was spectacular and authentic. I have eaten here on several occasions, but this momma was completely satisfied and felt very celebrated.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it-we will go back!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent

B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David at Front Desk is so kind, hospitable and professional. We’ll be back!

J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's Downtown never fails to offer delicious food and excellent service. It is our favorite " neighborhood restaurant," but also special occasion worthy.

JL
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and a really great, casual-chic vibe. Love this place and will definitely come back!

L
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great homemade Italian dinner. We sat outside and with the heaters it was perfect. Food and service were great.

C
Los Angeles
177 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

On a late Sunday afternoon, it was quiet and beautiful to sit outside at this lovely little restaurant. We so enjoyed the prosciutto, burrata and bruleed pear appetizer. We wanted to try the clam and shrimp with Calabrian chilis, but sadly, no clams were available. We opted for the delicious Lasagna Bolognese, which had a real authentic taste and feel to it (no ricotta, yay!). Also enjoyed the artichoke and fennel salad. Will come back for sure!

CB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to be for any occasions! Great service and staff and of course delicious food!

M
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I ordered the ravioli, and my friends had the eggplant and the pasta bolognese. The eggplant was not even warm and did not taste good. Leaving most of her food behind the server didn't ask if it was alright or anything. My other friend thought her dish was good. I thought my ravioli was under-cooked and was a little funky tasting. Not terrible-just not right. I hate to say it but my stomach hurt afterwards. Service was lousy and it turned into the longest lunch! I will not be returning.

LB
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I liked it just ok. When you are dropping this kind of cash and looking for a more upscale and delicious dinner, just go to Michael's on Naples. The appetizers of steak tartare and charcuterie plate were superb. We were excited for the dishes yet to be served, only to be completely disappointed. The shrimp and clam diavolo was too salty, and I love my salt! The clams were cooked well although one did not open and was served to us. Not professional. The shrimp were overcooked: rubbery and dry. Shocked since we have never had seafood cooked in this manner ever at Michael's on Naples. The chicken parm was cut thin and pounded wide unevenly so one end of it was burnt and very dry. Like a chewy chicken cracker. There was hardly any cheese and even less sauce on most of the chicken. The house Chianti is very good. We will definitely be back for happy hour, tartare, charcuterie and to try the pizzas, but as for fine dining and a special night out, skip it. We have been to Michael's on Naples more times than I can count and they pay better attention to the quality of the food. I know this is a more casual place, but rubbery shrimp and dried out chicken are never ok.

Also the staff does not know the menu. Tartare says it comes with bread on the menu. Ours did not. The hostess made us feel stupid for asking for it. She said, "it doesn't come with bread, but if you want it... " Bread could be better and fresher too. Not the quality I was expecting from a Michael's restaurant.

One more observation, the music geared towards styles that the younger wait staff presumably like. It was blaring on the patio and getting louder. We had to ask them to turn it down. Looking around, this restaurant had older patrons due to the prices. I don't want to hear overly-loud autotune and singers that sing from a constricted throat, which seems to be the trend today, when I'm dropping close to $200. We'll be back to give it another chance, but we won't be spending the same amount.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, great evening!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to The area

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