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Michael's

1147 Third St. (Wilshire Blvd.) Send to Phone
310-451-0843 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Consistently inventive California cuisine in a lush garden setting that attracts local celebrities and power players.
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4.5 rating over 4 reviews
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Michael's Restaurant Review

: Restaurateur Michael McCarty is a pioneer of California cuisine and mentor to some of L.A.'s finest chefs, and his establishment has become a culinary landmark and local treasure. This Santa Monica destination used to offer more of a fine dining experience, but the white tablecloths are now gone in favor of a more democratic approach. Near the entrance is a section of high-top tables and the bar, while upstairs there are private dining rooms. We've always enjoyed immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of the lushly landscaped terrace that exemplifies the Southern California lifestyle at its best. The restaurant's adherence to a well-earned reputation for market-fresh ingredients and creativity on the plate means that the kitchen, overseen by executive chef Michael Stern, consistently turns out quality California cuisine. Take advantage of specials like asparagus with Parma ham and a soft-boiled egg. Signature dishes such as grilled chicken find a place among offerings such as pizzas, tacos and other small plates. Hand-cut tagliatelle pasta with oxtail ragoût tempts from the appetizer section. Moving on to the larger plates, Mediterranean loup de mer arrives perfectly cooked with baby artichokes, fennel, piquillo peppers and fingerling potatoes. Another standout is the duck breast and confit leg and thigh with spätzle, savoy cabbage, cara cara oranges and citrus juice. "Michael's Cookie Plate" is still a staple on the dessert menu. In addition to being a renowned restaurateur, McCarty also has a passion for wine. Selections from his three-acre estate, The Malibu Vineyard, often appear on the sophisticated wine list. Diners browse through the options on iPads.

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