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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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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“ravioli” (23 reviews)
“clams” (10 reviews)
“caesar salads” (5 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This was a special occasion, to end all special occasions. Michael J's opened on Sunday December 31st for an extraordinary evening of fine dinning. This was a reservation only event and the menu topped the finest restaurants I have ever experienced, from coast to coast....More

Thank S Lynn M
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Lynn, thank you so much for this glowing review -- we so appreciate you and Mike!!

Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Oh that was so good. Close to perfection actually: from the friendly service to the lovely ambiance to the food. The wonderful food. This gave me the opportunity to teach my daughters the truth about pasta: it, rather than the sauce, is what a great...More

Thank Craig H
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Thank you Craig -- it's a great feeling when customers really enjoy their meal/experience at our small restaurant in the mountains.

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

So, we just moved to Ruidoso and were sampling the local fare and decided to give this place a go because we really like Italian food and have tried it in many different cities and small towns. As well as have had home cooked Italian...More

Thank Eric W
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Dear Eric, most people love our food and service. We are very small, only 12 tables, that's why reservations are recommended especially on a Saturday night. This time of year we can allow many walk-ins during the week and some on weekends if we have...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

As always, Michael J’s is our favorite spot in Ruidoso. The food is always delicious and service very friendly and efficient. Romantic setting with a lovely outdoor patio. We make a point of eating here on every visit. Ask for Nina, she’s terrific! Recommend making...More

Thank CDM49
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by friends. Food and service were excellent. I had the Tuesday Special, Calamari. Would definitely go back on a Tuesday just to have the Calamari. My partner had the clams and was equally pleased..

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Sorry. Wanted to give this a better review. Loved the restaurant but food no so. Too much seasoning for my taste.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Very quaint place atmosphere was really nice. It is not a large place so make sure you get reservations. We were there in the slow season and still needed them. I would've given it a 5 but wife and one of friends had the egg...More

Reviewed 22 September 2017

We chose this restaurant because it came highly recommended by close friends in Santa Fe. On a Thursday night, it was jammed and we were very glad we made a reservation early. This appears to be a good idea even mid-week in off-season. It is...More

Thank navajodali
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Thank you so much - we appreciate your detailed review and are so glad you enjoyed our small restaurant here in the mountains!!

Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This is really some of the best Italian food we have had anywhere. Everything we ordered was completely outstanding. The wine list was just great, the service was friendly and very good. So glad to discover this place, we will be back.

Thank Nabobs
Reviewed 8 September 2017

arrived with a party of 10 and from the get go it was hurry up, order, eat, and cash out and the food was not all that great--the male waiter was to impatient to ask the guest what they would like for an appetizer so...More

Thank mspatron
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Dear Mspatron We regret when our patrons do not enjoy their dining experience with us. We will talk to the server and hopefully he won't repeat his actions with others. The food is usually very good, again we're sorry you did not think so. Every...More

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Questions & Answers
Ron R
9 July 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
19 July 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.
15 February 2015|
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$32
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
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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
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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