Michael's

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1319 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
A unique, spacious dining and garden room filled with fresh flowers and modern art by Stella, Johns and Hockney as well as sculptures by Robert Graham.
Michael's opened in 1989 with much fanfare and continues to create seasonal dishes that live by Michael McCarty's ethos of the best ingredients thoughtfully prepared. Good food, great people, great party!!
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Thank you very much. It was memorable evening.

S
Houston
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love having lunch at Michaels! Great menu and always a festive atmosphere!!

V
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Saturday, not many people. We had a 7:15 reservation and by 8:15 we were the only ones in the restaurant.

I ordered lamb chops and 10 minutes later they came and said they were all out. The quinoa and farro salad was good even though it was mostly greens. Food was very salty.

While we were having coffee they were setting up for breakfast and taking all the candles off the other tables. They were very lovely and gracious.

Go to Michaels in LA, it’s wonderful!!

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice space and quiet

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael’s is truly one of the best restaurants in NYC. The food is outstanding, though, I gotta tell you, there are a lot of restaurants with great food in new york.

What makes Michael’s standout is the service. Everyone here seems happy and treats you like you are the best customer, even if its your first time. Its my happy place. I love it here.

Thank you Danny and the rest of the team for making me feel at home. I will be a patron for life.

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Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place for power lunch

AW
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure dining in Micheal’s.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent food - place really really needs a remodel to be more in line w Santa Monica location aesthetics

CL
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre at City Center. Quiet elegant ambience, excellent service. Not an extensive menu, but an excellent meal. The scallops were really well prepared and the steak was top quality.

JN
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!!!

V
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can we say, it's a mixture of business buzz and familiar friendliness, a true NY hot spot that has been able to surpass trendy and become a truly timeless staple of the city. Must visit, order everything, ask for anything. You'll be well catered to, pun intended.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, NYC expensive, but great. The sommelier was downright rude, perhaps he doesn't think a table full of women deserve explanations about differences in bottles of wine at the lower end of the price range, but we got none. Nor did the one person ordering a glass get any information at all about wine by the glass. The waitstaff could have been more attentive.

C
New York Area
193 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience for Restaurant Week. Warmly greeted upon entering. Beautiful space. Had to wait awhile for menus and then had to request the one for RW . The chilled pea soup was fresh and the crab paired perfectly. My companion enjoyed the salmon appetizer. We both had the dorade and left nothing on the plate! We passed on dessert. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and look forward to returning.

WA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, attentive, friendly service, and delicious food, all for the very reasonable restaurant week price! I always like Michael's but it was especially pleasant this time.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The Walter recommended i ordered a smaller version of the berries and greek yogurt, which sounded nice until the check arrived and it was more expensive than the bigger version on the menu

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Here is a wonderful, bright restaurant serving tasty food - all in a welcoming environment. The understated elegance and friendly service brings you back to an era where the guest was recognized and made to feel they belonged. Perhaps it's Michael's Santa Monica heritage that has been brought to us in New York - but whatever its heritage - Michael's works for its guests.

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance! Food was excellent as was the service. I’ll definitely return with friends and family.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Always great, but needs a little tune up the service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to the restaurant in a while. I need to go more often.

n
Nashville
382 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great lunch place that is classic NYC. Great menu. Always welcoming staff and food is always excellent

d
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was fabulous and service terrific. Had the restaurant week menu.
atmosphere was lively for lunch on a Friday in the summer. Loved the flavor and pairing combinations the chef used.

LI
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I booked this restaurant because it was NYC Restaurant Week and I had never been there before. The meal was 2 courses for $26. I t used to be 3 courses for a similar amount. For $26 , my granddaughter and I received a mundane green salad with some burrata cheese. The entrees were dourade with some squash, and small salami pizza. We opted not to have the $8 dessert add on. I found the food mundane, uninspired and not filling. This will not be a restaurant I return to.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent! There was four in our group and everyone was equally pleased with their choices.

EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere and quiet enough to talk with a friend. Service not rushed.

NY
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was outstanding as usual. The modern art collection also continues to wow. Unfortunately, the rest of the furnishings are really starting to look shop-worn. Time to remodel.

TG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambiance is great. Service excellent. I hoped the food would be especially good, but it seemed a little bland. It was fine, just not outstanding which I expected based on hearing it was the same Michael’s as in LA.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come to Michael’s for lunch every time we are in NY. Always great.

TF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food in a refined environment. Service is top drawer. Stephen and Michael are great hosts!

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Michael McCartney is kind enough to stop by and greet everyone at their table. The service can be more organized as they forgot to bring us our bread until I asked. The wines were served in the wine specific glasses which is nice. The food is okay. The overall experience is too expensive for the experience.

m
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fulfilling in every way.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great experience at Michaels!

DF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza is unexpectedly excellent. Compact, non-gloppy, simple for a quick business lunch.

RD
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. The location was convenient. I would certainly recommend to others.

JM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having our business meals here, thank you

SQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

There are too many excellent restaurants for fresher, more creative and delicious food, for better value,
many that are wonderful for a lot more money, but worth it, Michael's LACKS A SPARK.
It is not memorable, it is fair.

OD
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A group of four of us who meet once a year to celebrate our long twrm friendship.

KD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Horribly disappointing; quality has dramatically fallen; good is below average, markups on wine are unacceptable; restaurant was two thirds empty; I do not mind paying a high price for a memorable meal; in this case a very high price for a miserable meal.

Michael's
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hi Kevin, My staff and I were all sad to read your review. We work so hard to provide an enjoyable experience with the best ingredients and daily work on improving service points. We hope that you would allow us to try and change your mind at another time if you would give us the chance. Regards, Steve Millington

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DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was delicious. Impeccable service. Extensive wine list. Luxurious feel.

JN
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal!

Thanks Joanna for handling the reservation.

Thanks Millington for taking care of the seating.

Thanks to the waiter whose name I don’t know because it’s not on the receipt.

Same fellow I had at lunch on Wednesday.

Best,

JS

BH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After many visits to LA I finally made it to the NYC spot and love love love it. The food was perfectly seasonal and spot on. Service was friendly while maintaining a professional distance. The art on the walls goes without saying. A new favorite

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