Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Miami

4.6
4680 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Hot Spot
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink first opened in the Miami Design District in spring of 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that chef/owner Michael Schwartz does best – homemade, unpretentious, delectable, with an emphasis on great local ingredients. The restaurant is open seven days a week and serves lunch, an afternoon menu, dinner and brunch. Our main dining room and courtyard seat 100, and The Bar Room, an additional 16, with 24 more seats at a welcoming bar where guests can enjoy our Afternoon Menu including raw bar from 3pm-5:30pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is where our small plates shine on a weekly-changing menu of savory and sweet. Our restaurant is located in the vibrant Design District neighborhood, luxury fashion’s new playground in Miami.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was lovely and patient. Food was really great. Lovely dinner, thank you! xx

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L
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great- the chicken and short ribs especially! Great dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

It was...just OK. Ordered a glass of wine ($20) and got 1/4 of one...when I complained of was told that they measure their 5 oz pours...but the 2 that were brought out were not the same amount. They brought us “a little more “ in a mini- carafe...not worth the $$$...I would’ve been better off ordering a bottle!!

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KG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Have been going to Michael’s for many years & over time, the quality of the food has diminished. There doesn’t seem to be as much care & attention given to how it’s prepared. I had the grouper & it was over cooked. I’ve stopped ordering the ceviche because the last time I had it, there was too much liquid in the serving. Maybe too many locations with less attention to detail...I’m not sure. I won’t visit again anytime soon.

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y
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thank you so much! I had a great time at Michaels
I will send my friends.

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SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Happy hour values prior to being seated for dinner were terrific. Staff was very friendly and attentive! However, dinner took a long time to come out from the kitchen...and was served staccato. Prices for salads and fish dishes were a little high; desert prices were especially high. Still, Recommend. Terrific ambience.

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NH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!

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FR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Always a good choice in MidTown Miami. Very good oysters, very good chevice and tuna tartare. The octopus was perfect and a good fragrant Pizza. This place is Always a guarantee for our family.

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AR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food was good but the hostess was not welcoming, the service started extremely slow but got better after a complaint, and the restuarant was loud. Interestingly, the table next to us complained as well and sent the chicken back twice.

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SA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a mini reunion with friends from near and far. It’s always a good idea to to MGFD. Thanks again for friendly and attentive service and awesome food! See you soon!

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MT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is excellent. Service friendly and attentive.

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L
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ALWAYS love Michael's Genuine for everything: food, ambiance, service, and the warm welcome we receive every time. This time we tried a seasonal salad with peaches and toasted nuts. It was exceptional. The ceviche was terrific, too. And if you're looking for a snack, the falafel are the best ANYWHERE. We tried them with an Aperol Spritz! We ate lunch outside under the umbrellas with fans. It was comfortable even in the midst of a Miami summer.

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b
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was quite good, the atmosphere was good for a Wednesday night the only drawback was a pretentious waiter.

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S
Hamburg Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious!

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CC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delivers the right scene in the design district

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k
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

service was terrible, we were 2 they bring lunch for one and 30 minutes later for the other, i order pancakes and when i ask for the syrup they charge me 2 dollars more, i ask for some bread for my mothers eggs and they charge 3 dollars extra, they change from regular portions to tapas (very small) without changing the price, so price-benefit is not worth it.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best brunch in Miami..
Something for everyone includimg kids... Service was immaculate?

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m
Caribbean
12 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

¡Excellent restaurant! Everything is great, food, service and location!

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Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Michael’s is a Sunday brunch staple for me and so far the restaurant has been rock steady in terms of the quality of the food and service. There’s always something new to experience. It’s casual enough to be comfortable while remaining wonderfully chic. Love the delicious and innovative use of fresh local products. I will keep returning.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been going to Michael’s since I moved back to Miami in 2014. Every time I go it is consistently excellent from service to food to atmosphere. I credit Michael’s with kicking off Miami’s culinary revolution back in 2006. I can’t recommend enough Michael’s as a must attend for anyone visiting Miami and for locals to go on a regular basis to support such an outstanding institution. Brunch and Dinner are my favorites.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

All of our servers were great, from the Sommelier to our waiter to the hostess (who came over with a tide stick when she saw our daughter had spilled something on her dress!).

Additionally, the kitchen misread a ticket and brought out the wrong item for our daughter and the manager came over right away to clarify it wasn’t our server, that they would replace the dish AND comp it, and then offered us something in the meantime while they were remaking it. So above and beyond!

The food, as always, was delicious. I could have ordered all the apps and all the sides and have been a happy girl!

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A
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Second dinner here...same results unfortunately. Mediocre food at relatively high prices. Many better places to go in Miami!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was pretty good as always, but it’s seems like the old staff is gone and there are all new people that don’t have it together. Don’t think our waiter was at fault just think it was the kitchen was slow and it was unusually empty. My husband enjoyed his burger and my grouper was great.

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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a good time with my husband. The food and ambiance as always was excellent!
We love to sit at the high top where we can see the cooks. They’re fantastic!!!

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TM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food! Excellent service!

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DT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

We’ve dined at Michaels G a lot but it had been several months since we’ve been back. The menu needs a fresh update, the food itself was average and unfortunately the ambiance has deteriorated to just plain poor. The inside of the restaurant is way too loud (specifically the music) so we choose to dine outside. Outside experience was a downer too. The entire space is a confused walk way for shoppers and the topper was two couples with five 8 year old kids. The kids spent most of the night running between the tables while the parents ignored their activity. Kids will be kids, don’t expect them to sit still for a lengthy dining experience. I dropped $250 for diner with my wife I blame the irresponsible parents for my poor rating and my likelyhood to pass on Michael’s in the future.

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m
Miami
89 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

we were two couples and we ordered all kinds of things to split. overall everything was very nice.
I was disappointed in the size of the $89 rib eye. used to be a larger piece. it was tasty but not impressive for the cost.
would definitely think about twice before placing an order for that again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We tried a few different plates, all of which were incredible. The waitress walked through the menu and suggested a few. Some of my favorites were the pork belly, octopus, and duck breast. The ambiance was exactly what we were looking for - a great place without the formalities of fine dining. Highly recommend.

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MB
Miami
50 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

With all the new restaurants opened in the Design District, Michael's still is by far the BEST for service, quality and overall dining experience. I took a business associate there on Friday and we had the most amazing lunch. The place was hopping! Our waiter was friendly and the food was just delicious. The Ceviche was incredible, the beet salad was amazing, the fish sandwich was amazing!

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WK
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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d
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

oone of our favorites for many year
do not miss it

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JP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Super friendly and welcoming, not to mention the food was out of this world. Highly recommend!!!

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B
Miami
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food,service professional,consistent over all these years.A classic,dont miss it

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CM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a fabulous lunch with colleagues after a successful proposal was awarded and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our win and strategize next steps. Food was exceptional and our server was on point with all suggestions!!!

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JC
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We eat brunch at Michael's once or twice a month and it's always great

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Husbands birthday

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MC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Michael’s never disappoints. The food is consistently delicious with amazingly creative flavor combinations. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu and always attentive to your every need. We started with dirty martinis and manhattans followed by deviled eggs, falafel, cabbage salad, citrus salad, grilled octopus, pork belly and grilled shrimp. Kudos to the entire MGFD staff that have consistently maintained such a spectacular dining experience for all south Floridians to enjoy for 10+ years!

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NF
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

With all the fabulous restaurants in Miami I would be hard pressed to recommend this restaurant. The food is fresh, we had the grouper and the flavor combination was fresh. The straticella cheese was amazing as well. The waiter was rude, literally threw our plates on the table and would walk away. We had ordered a bottle of Rose and they had it in a bucket some where else and we noticed they were serving other people with our wine.

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DM
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pork belly was amazing! The churrasco was very tender!

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PL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great place for a business meeting. And location is convenient.

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