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1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403-5005 (Wilshire Blvd.)
+1 310-451-0843
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

New chef, new menu and a new look added up to a great dinner and great evening to celebrate. Michael and Kim are great hosts and the staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating.

Thank ptort1
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely venue, good cocktails nice vibe. Menu was confusing, couldn't tell appetizers from main dishes. Waiter said dishes were meant to be shared but the portions were extremely small. Food was average but the roast chicken was unappetizing as it was served with feet on the legs & the head split in half to eat. Yes chicken head & feet... More 

Thank stephanierI7666VO
Boston, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all there is no better ambience in any restaurant around Santa Monica than in this restaurant. Outdoors with a light shade for a ceiling , the main space is filled with lots of beautiful plants and the way the tables are placed around the room is perfect. Not too close and not too far apart. This lively yet... More 

Thank Caroltod
Malibu, California
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1,072 reviews
557 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Michaels has been around forever with various ups and downs. Mixed buzz on the place with a new chef. We've been before but decided finally tried it...Something is missing. Small plates from a new chef. Marginally creative food. Over-priced. Disappointing--- Something us missing. It's fairly busy...75% full at 7:15 on a Thurs. Valet parking or structure literally next door. Menu... More 

Thank SanMo
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Dimly lit. Crowded. Noisy. Salad was inedible. Steak was raw. Sent it back. Still raw. Would not substitute another vegetable for brussel sprouts. So many better options in Santa Monica. Disappointing.

Thank Kevin B
Los Angeles, CA
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454 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Every bite was a flavorful delight! The small portion of black garlic and yogurt rice was served with with many turnips (6-8 small ones); barbecued quail with small pieces of orange was juicy with wonderful seasoning. The duck breast and grilled branzino were entree size deliciously different than other preparations of duck or branzino. I didn't care for the Clementine's... More 

Thank DeborahandAndy
Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Michael has hit it out of the park. From the modest storefront entry we were escorted to our table in a lush backyard garden covered strategically by a large tent. The staff were attentive, personable and sincere. You could tell everyone was very proud and part of the team. We ordered a bottle of stags leap cab. It was reasonably... More 

Thank martinray2016
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 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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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

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

Thank 277worldwide

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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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