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1147 Third St. (Wilshire Blvd.) Send to Phone
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Consistently inventive California cuisine in a lush garden setting that attracts local celebrities and power players.
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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 4 reviews
Dining room at Michael's, Santa Monica, CA

Michael's Restaurant Review

: We've always enjoyed immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of this comfortable and romantic restaurant, with its lushly landscaped dining area that exemplifies the Southern California lifestyle at its best. The garden setting is encompassed by trees, while contemporary art adorns the walls. 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. The restaurant's adherence to a well-earned reputation for quality market-fresh ingredients and creativity on the plate means that the kitchen, where chef Dustin Taylor has taken over for former chef John-Carlos Kuramoto, consistently turns out inventive California cuisine. A redo of this Santa Monica destination brought, among other changes, an updated menu that retained Michael’s standards (grilled Jidori chicken) while broadening to take in offerings from a pizza oven (a pie with wild mushroom and Serrano ham), small plates (beef sliders) and more. A Bar Bites menu available at the bar proposes items like an uni and kanpachi tostada, and anchovy and burrata toast. You'll probably be completely satisfied long before dessert, but if you've got room, try "Michael's Cookie Plate" with an assortment of sweets. 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 seven hundred options on iPads --- another forward-thinking move. With continuous innovation like this plus lovely scenery, Michael's has made itself a magnet for local celebrities and power players.

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