Michael's

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1283 Reviews
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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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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 hours ago

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
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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

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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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D
Miami
113 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place with a light-filled California vibe, favored by media types with a bicoastal presence, that like the Sta Monica original as well.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I have ever had. I took a group from work and everyone loved it!

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

great place for lunch. very upscale and wonderful service. convenient for theatre matinee.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service and great menu

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NA
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet our friends who were visiting from Toronto. Service ambience and food were great. Can’t wait til next time.

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OT
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding..great fresh salads in a California style dining room. Glass walls facing the garden please.

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P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michaels is consistently outstanding. The food is impeccably prepared and well presented and the service staff is extremely attentive and extremely knowledgable about both the menu and with making wine selections. A real gem!

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

Always a favorite for us. Close to home, beautiful, and always superb!

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P
Sydney / NSW
43 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an early dinner and therefore received de luxe attention from the staff. The food was excellent as was the wine list. I recommend.

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e
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always very good service and food, never any complaints.

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L
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Breakfast is delicious.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Michael’s for being here for wonderful dining.

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R
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebration lunch for two young women (sisters) visiting from Indiana, one of whom had just graduated from college, the other going into her senior year and one of my closest friends (their aunt), and everything was perfect. Our table had a lovely view of the garden. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. Best of all, we felt comfortable -- and very special.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Hope it stays like that. Want to visit the Sta Monica restaurant soon.

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n
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael's is a wonderful place for a business lunch. The food is marvelous and you can actually hear each other without straining

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C
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb was some of the absolute best! Pea soup amazing and only available in Spring. Sole from N Europe not Dover but very special !

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c
Houston
213 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and creative cocktails in a classy space. Only criticism is that you need to watch the upselling. I asked for an expresso at the end and was asked if I would like some biscottis and was surprised to see that add more than $20 to the tab. I felt that most items on the menu were well priced so I resented being gouged for the hidden items. I will return but ... alas ... I will now feel compelled to ask more questions.

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MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! From the time we entered until we left everything was perfect! Service, food and ambiance. Will definitely be back again and again!

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great service and attention to detail

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a
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going there whenever in ny for 25 years and I love it and my guests always comment in a positive way

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OT
New York Area
261 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to Michael's in ages and ages, and this was a very pleasant return. This is really a first class restaurant, with superb food, first rate service, and a quiet, refined "grown up" aura. A delight in every way.

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DM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All wonderful as usual.
Michaels team is fantastic.

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P
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food at Michael's. Service was attentive. We ate really early, so it was actually not noisy at all. When more people came, of course it got louder, and unfortunately they turned on music. Too bad. But we went for the food, so we enjoyed it.

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RK
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take my clients to other venues. But this week I discovered how convenient it is to dine in this iconic restaurant. Great ambience, well trained from hostesses to servers, delish selections, beautiful clientele /diners around you and fairly priced. I dined two times this week in this place. Highly recommend to those who look to have leisure or business dining experience.

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MM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a colleague's retirement. At Table #1. The best! Wonderful lunch! Great food. Better staff. It's always a party at Michael's!

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Sat at the bar and didn't get an entre for an hour nor did the server stop by to check on us. We finally had to ask....."what about our food?" Then, after another 10 mins it came. Disappointing.

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MA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and excellent attentaive service! However, I wish we had checked out the menu a little more closely before reserving. There was very little options for non meat eaters. There was just not a lot of variety on the entrees. So, we ended up ordering a few different appetizers and made a meal of it. It was our fault in not reviewing the menu better before reserving but overall it was a pleasurable experience.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Based on how easy it was to make reservations for the same day, I think Michael's is undervalued. Maybe the food was a little pricey, but everything else was perfect. Being greeted by the owner, I assume his name is Michael, was a nice touch.

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BH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The nicest people work at Michael's. From the boss to the busboys, everyone has a smile and a kind word to say. And they are all eager to please.

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p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

good for lunch but dinner was forgettable. a bit pricey

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The dover sole "special" that they recommended coat $75. It was 1/2 serving!

I will recommend to all my colleagues to avoid this restaurant

Michael's
Responded on April 16, 2019

Hi Adrian, I am sorry that you experienced the"sticker shock" of our Dover Sole. It is a very pricey fish and difficult to get. Our Dover sole is NEVER frozen. We always serve a whole fish. Yours was one piece on top of the other. (We have since stopped this setting and put them side by side). After reading your review my chef, Kyung Up Lim and I have decided to have our servers say the dollar amount when reciting additions to the menu. I apologize again for your bad feelings. Steve Millington

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all areas. We will put this into our rotation of restaurants!

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v
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. Food was superb and the service exceptional

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BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and incredibly attentive staff. Our waiter made great food recommendations as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid lunch. Only disappointment was that the fish special was Dover sole at an overpriced $75. Of course one expects to pay a premium to similar menu items, but this was 2x the price for a relatively small portion. Seemed a bit deceptive. But all around positive experience.

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n
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Good flavours. V good

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