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1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5005 (Wilshire Blvd.)
+1 310-451-0843
17:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere was a delightful surprise. Very intimate and charming. Dinner outside without the weather . The food was wonderful and having small plates allowed us to taste many of the offerings. The octopus, quail and beets were our favorites. The service and attitude of the staff made for a wonderful evening.

Thank jamescK2535UJ
Santa Monica, California
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted a dinner to celebrate the holidays with family. Michael's was the ideal place to gather and enjoy a delicious meal and be able to have meaningful conversations. It had been many many years since I'd dined there and I was pleased to see the ambiance and setting were as beautiful as I remembered. The service was excellent. The... More 

Thank Vicki M
Oldsmar, Florida
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Every dish was unique and delicious but the white pumpkin ravioli was fabulous! Subtle but wonderful flavors

Thank 277worldwide
San Juan Capistrano, California
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244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

When the waitress says that everything is good, you should believe her. Everything was really good. While the bar is in a building, the restaurant tables are out back in what is sort-of-a tent filled with greenery; it's a great looking space with plenty of heaters. The food is California fresh-from-the-market cooking. It's hard to tell from the menu whether... More 

Thank CaTraveler7777
Los Angeles, California, United States
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58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The setting is beautiful. Our server, Brian, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic in answering our questions about the menu. We had grilled pork shoulder with peaches, red pumpkin agnolotti, blistered baby broccoli with pigs ears and the Denver steak with porcini bordelaise, Russian kale and chanterelles. The food was skillfully prepared and everything was delicious. Brian recommended wine and even gave... More 

Thank John C
Western Mass.
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We had a delightful experience at Michael's in Santa Monica recently -- in all respects. We felt welcome from the first moment, the host (and owner) and all the staff seemed genuinely to care about the food and our experience. Not a false note. Both the wine (from Michael's Malibu vineyard, I think) and the food were memorable, with an... More 

Thank EuroVan
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Michael's is, as far as I've come to know, a preeminent "classic" Santa Monica spot. Opened in '79, a hang out for Fleetwood Mac when they were recording Tusk (generally a freaky hot-spot for the whos-who in the 80s), one of the restaurants responsible for "California Cuisine" and sometime home to a slew of notable chefs... I came for a... More 

Thank BalthazarKlossowski
los angeles
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Michael's and its namesake, Michael, are icons of California cuisine laid the foundation for the great dining we enjoy in LA. Its hard to stay relevant and at the top of your game for 30 years. but i am rooting for both. we dined recently with some friends wanting to try out the new chef with the old menu. Not... More 

Thank rabenbru
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Its about to close in a week till sep 12, when the new already executive chef, Miles Thompson, debuts 'his own' menu. Still,our waiter informs us that Miles has already changed the cooking style to provide the thrills of the ultimate of textures, temperaturs, color, and tastes. If that's the case, I recommend never returning. We had the worst overall... More 

Thank maardvark
Beijing, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

My colleagues in our LA office took me here years ago. It was an astonishingly beautiful place. I really liked the table settings, the entire atomosphere and many more. The food was great, too. But unfortunately I didn't have much of an appetite due to jet lag. I'd go back there if I have a chance to visit LA again.

Thank cmgdldn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$80
American, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5005
    (Wilshire Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-451-0843

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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