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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

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601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
(575) 257-9559
17:00 - 20:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Plano, Texas, United States
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We had reservations and were promptly seated. The restaurant is intimate and cozy. All of the staff were so friendly. The food was incredible and very authentic. Portion sizes are also really awesome for the price.

Thank Megan A
El Paso, Texas
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We are a family of 7. We have 4 teenagers and a 8 year old. Finding a restaurant that every family member will give an "Excellent" rating is hard to find. Well, we found it at Michael J's. I recommend making reservations. We were greeted and showed to our table with a minute. I love when the server knows every... More 

Thank julio c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Me and my husband ate here for our 10th anniversary. We had reservations at 7pm, and we got there 20 minutes early. We were seated right away. We had the nicest waitress ever!!! And it only took 15 minutes and our food was out, popping hot. And it was amazing!!! We will definitely be back. Thank you for making our... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Must have reservations. The place is packed and for good reason. The food is amazing, along with the service. Nice wines to pick from and always specials. We have eaten there many times when visiting and they do a great job of keeping the quality of the food above and beyond. We have never had a bad meal there. Very... More 

Thank Sylvia B
Bedford, Texas
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165 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Michael J's is wonderful. The food was outstanding as well as the service. The daily fish specials were delicious. The homemade deserts were to die fot-especially the cheesecake. A good offering of beer and wine compliments the meal. And the outstanding service deserves an additional shout out.

Thank sherryandgarryh
Ruidoso, New Mexico
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Always delicious, never disappointing. Michael & Susan, Nina & Jobe are like family. My favorite dish is the Thursday special, scallops & risotto. But tonight I'm having steak & a glass of zin. Perfect for a snowy night.

Thank GinaKelley
Eden, Texas
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170 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended by our son so we stopped in for dinner. We were not aware of the "reservations suggested" so were delighted when we were toe there was a table for two available. They have a wonderful wine selection (or beer if you prefer). The food was amazing - homemade lasagna was one dish and the other was... More 

Thank CathyK76837
Lubbock, Texas
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The restaurant had been recommended to us so we showed up just as they opened. Apparently they suggest you have a reservation, however we were welcomed right in. Our server was bubbly, energetic, knowledgeable about the menu. We weren't in a mood to be too adventurous, so we chose from their recommended classic lasagna. It was delicious and generous! We... More 

Thank Arla G
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

What can I say that hasn't been said already. Fantastic Restaurant Will definitely be returning as much as possible in the future. I had the Spaghetti Bolognese and my better half had the 3 meat and spinach in cream/tomato sauce. Both were fantastic. For desert we had the Tiramisu- I would however suggest that Michael's chefs use shaved chocolate on... More 

Thank Glenn V
Midland, TX.
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129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

My girlfriend and I split the seared scallops and caprese salad. It was excellent. The menu is extensive and the wine selections are very good as well. Nice atmosphere and the service was perfect.

Thank Dan L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$32
Italian, Vegan Options
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, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: (575) 257-9559
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?