Michael's debuted in Santa Monica in 1979. From the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to offering our guests the finest food and wine, presented ... More
Michael's debuted in Santa Monica in 1979. From the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to offering our guests the finest food and wine, presented with casual yet impeccable service in rooms filled with modern art treasures. (A decade later, Michael's opened a second location, in midtown Manhattan.) An American restaurant, Michael's is renowned for developing a classic contemporary cuisine that constantly evolves with new ideas and ingredients. Wine aficionados and beginners alike will find a world of outstanding, intriguing selections on our award-winning wine list, which includes more than eight hundred labels from California, France, Italy, and other wine-growing regions-as well as the latest vintages from proprietor Michael McCarty's own Malibu Vineyard. Our beautiful dining room and romantic outdoor garden patio are filled with works by some of today's greatest contemporary artists, including David Hockney, Robert Graham, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, and Kim McCarty. Our three private rooms on the restaurant's second floor can accommodate 6 to 40 guests, ideal for business dinners and other private social events.
I have been to Michael's perhaps a dozen time with associate or in the company of a woman. I like the interior layout of the restaurant and suggest sitting in the back if you go. I can recall going on Saturday nights and sitting was never a problem. I have enjoyed the food, the wines and the experience. Price is high but for an excellent experience it is worth it.
I am sorry for the negative reviews I read. I am planning returning to the area in August and will be taking a woman to dinner and I am sure we will experience the dinning experience offer by Michael's.
I had made a reservation for 8pm,for a romantic birthday dinner for my wife.We were seated at 9pm after threatening to walk out and watching at least a dozen people seated ahead of us.Our table was old tin and slanted.My meal was a joke,a 45 dollar steak with overdone string french fries nothing else.I will be spending my 300 dollars [tip,meals and cheapest zin on the menu,54 dollars]at one of the other romantic eateries that serve beautiful food in a lovely setting in the future.Michaels,NEVER AGAIN.
I have been to Michael's a number of times at the behest of others. The service is always wonderful as is the atmosphere. That being said I have never enjoyed a meal there. Michael's is a place where the presentation of the food is at least as important as the taste; something I find a waste of time and money. Some of my more snooty companions marveled at the visual display presented to them in their meal. Perhaps it is my pedestrian ways or my philistine tastes but I have struggled to find something to eat each and every time. Not ever a regular garden salad appears on the menu (they do have a field greens salad, which I can't stand). My cousins can discuss for hours the minor variations in various bordeaux, that I honestly can't taste the difference. They love the place, I find it a waste of time. If you enjoy pretension, you should enjoy Michael's
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