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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
+1 575-257-9559
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Overview
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good15%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“ravioli” (23 reviews)
“clams” (10 reviews)
“caesar salads” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Friendly efficient service. Varied menu. We had cioppolo linguini and chicken Marsala, both wonderful. Restaurant is small, reservations suggested

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SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much -- lovely review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined May 11, 2018. Very limited seating as their internet site warns. Best to call for reservations. We went early and lucked out and got a table for two on the terrace. Service and food great. Would suggest nice casual clothes. Husband in shorts out...More

Thank Donna S
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much Donna. We appreciate your comments and glad you were able to have a seat on our porch just recently opened now that the weather is warmer.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have a tradition: You must wake up on each birthday in a place you've never been before. For my birthday this year, we chose Ruidoso, New Mexico! And for my birthday dinner, we chose Michael J's. Awesome dining experience. Wine was great, food was...More

Thank Rtmarshjr
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Love your tradition! We are honored you chose Michael J's and your experience was superb!! Thank you thank you - and yes, Amy is awesome - we are very fortunate to have our kitchen and wait staff.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here last evening. Good choice. The service was wonderful and the food was very good. Started out with bruschetta which was tasty. One of the specials was shrimp ravioli which was a very good choice. The fettuccine alfredo was also very good. The only...More

Thank Rick U
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Rick, We are glad you enjoyed your first experience with us. This is the first time someone has commented on the price of our wines. We will review our pricing and decide if some changes need to be made. Thanks for this nice review...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All of us here at the Adobe just love Michael J's! The staff is fabulous and the food is always delicious! Our number one pick!

Thank theadobe
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Annie and John -- very nice -- we love The Adobe too!

Reviewed April 1, 2018

I have moved here now after living in Northern NM all my life. Michael J's is a great sit down and a bottle of wine and just enjoy your meal. Haven't had a bad meal here yet. Need reservations and of course a good restaurant...More

Thank LA-NM-Boy
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you for this excellent review, we appreciate your comments and strive to continue the quality of cuisine and service.

Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Tried dining without a reservation on Wednesday evening during Spring Break and were turned away due to not having a reservation. We made one for the following night at 8pm and were not disappointed! Although we brought our kids, it's not a place for very...More

Thank HSTNTXS
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2018

Thank you for this wonderful review. One small point -- we do not require reservations but since our restaurant is so small it fills up fast. Sometimes there is a "no-show" so we can seat guests who arrive at that strategic moment without a reservation,...More

Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

As always, Michael J’s is our favorite spot in Ruidoso. The food tonight as always delicious and service very friendly and efficient. Romantic atmosphere setting with a lovely outdoor patio. Tonight was just perfect for my spouse’s birthday Started with the Mussels then then house...More

Thank CDM49
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2018

Thank you so much for this fabulous review. We appreciate you!!

Reviewed February 28, 2018

Loved the ambience of the restaurant. Tried their signature lasagna and it was OK. I have had better. The temperature of both that dish and the ravioli was far from piping hot. Minestrone Soup was quite good and the warm bread complimented it.

Thank Carol G
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

I started off with a split of proseco, dry the way I enjoy it. The waitress was a delight, and efficient. The filet had by my husband was like butter. The special was calamari, with pasta. I was pleasantly surprised, and will have again. The...More

Thank Mark W
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2018

Thanks so much Mark! We are so fortunate to have our Chef Brian Flowers and his kitchen staff and our wonderful wait staff. They make a lot of people happy -- see you SOON!

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Ron R
July 9, 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
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cjml
July 19, 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Yes, we have gluten-free pasta and many meat dishes, wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, other seafood. It's easy to eat gluten-free at Michael J's.
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TimeTraveler_800
February 15, 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Hello - we are keeping the same hours throughout the year - Open Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5 pm, dinner only. Some holiday weekends we will be open on Sunday, like Memorial Day and Labor Day. Call us to make sure during... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$14 - US$32
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: +1 575-257-9559
  • E-mail
Description
Michael J's is a collaborative effort between many friends and food lovers from around the globe. We can say that because we appreciate so many sources and learn all the time about what makes a restaurant truly successful. We strive to serve excellent food accompanied by fine wine to go with our offerings. We do NOT serve PIZZA!
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