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Chef Michael's

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81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-0640
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to Chef Michael's tonight for a friend's birthday dinner. What an amazing evening. From start to finish the evening was a 10+. Our server, Shelly, was personable, knowledgeable, and helpful. We stayed with appetizers..A special, Lionfish, was phenomenal.. cerviche was great (lobster and shrimp served in 1/2 coconut shell).. Rack of lamb, cooked to perfection; mutton snapper excellent,... More 

Thank Diane F
Oxford, Michigan
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Make sure you make reservations for this popular restaurant! The Keys are awash with great sea food but Chef Michael's takes it a step further! We tried the Lion Fish appetizer which came whole (don't worry poison sack was expertly removed) and the taste was amazing! My son (who is not a fan of fish) ordered the Hogfish and still... More 

Thank Susan H
Sarasota, FL
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great service and amazing food! We couldn't have had a better experience and will definitely be back! I even asked why doesn't anyone around just serve a grilled lobster tail and before I could finish the sentence, they said "with garlic butter?" I said YES! He said no problem, coming right up! Love this place and coming from Sarasota, FL... More 

Thank CaptainMorgan75
East Lansing, Michigan
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Again, Chef Michaels did not disappoint. I enjoyed the mutton snapper - Adriatic style. It was excellent. Sitting at the bar is always entertaining. Although you need a reservation for the bar! Nice wine list. Great service.

Thank Sambo2359
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this restaurant. This is one place that we always go each time we take a road trip to the Keys. We were staying in cheeca Resort. We had another wonderful meal at Chef Michael's. Food was fresh and service provided by Luis was wonderful. The host was very gracious and expressed "how wonderful it was to see us"... More 

Thank michael m
New York
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a reservation and still had to wait about an hour for a table. They had booked two large parties within an hour of each other so we had to wait for the other people to be done. They did give us some free wine, but they were all opened bottles from the bar. After we were seated we... More 

Thank Chris4C
Franklin, North Carolina
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service and food from the bread to the coffee. We had never had lionfish, but on our waitress Kim's suggestion, we tried the lionfish appetizer, to our delight. The 'trilogy' is 3 different fish fillets, each served a different way. Each was great. My husband decided to take a break from seafood and chose the prime rib. Amazing! He... More 

Thank Sally D
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at Chef Michaels, and it was a winner from the start. We were met by friendly smiles at the door, and promptly seated on the veranda. Our waiter was very professional, and paced our meal throughout the night, as not to feel rushed. There were so many fresh fish selections it was hard to pick. We began our... More 

Thank Reeniek
Greenville, South Carolina
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262 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned again this year to Chef Michaels. Great service and friendly staff helped to make an enjoyable evening. And then there's the food....delicious! I had nut encrusted hogfish. I think it was the best fish I've ever had. My husband was happy that they had lion fish. I highly recommend this restaurant. Be sure to get a reservation.

Thank Wanda S
Punta de Mita, Mexico
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was recommended by a local captain, and he didn't steer us wrong. Went with the chef's recommendation through our server Frankie (who rocked!) and had probably the best fresh seafood meal of my life. Was so good, we went back the next night for seconds! Sat outside and the atmosphere was great.

Thank Tim A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Islamorada
  • Phone Number: +1 305-664-0640
A warm, inviting dining room with colorful local art adorning the walls. Small, sleek bar serving fine wine and beer. Tropical veranda seating for a lovely alfreso dinner or Sunday brunch. Fresh Local fish and seafood, Prime steak, attentive, friendly service.

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Burlington, Ontario
New York City, New York
1 month ago
Loveland Co
over a year ago

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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?