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Chef Michael's

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81671 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-0640
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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London, UK
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a small restaurant with a good atmosphere, we walked as we were staying in the adjacent resort (Checca). We sat outside (recommended), made a reservation (recommended) and ate fish (recommended)! We had a carrot cake for desert but it was enormous (could have fed 4 people). I know this is typical American style, but I would have much... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate at Chef Michaels on November 23, 2016. The Lionfish and preparation was the best I have ever eaten. Also, the service was excellent.

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Thank Jimmi53
Melbourne, FL., United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant, excellent service, wonderful dessert (salted Carmel cheesecake) Outside veranda dining GREAT, inside very pleasing. Wait staff very professional and upbeat. Not inexpensive - about $200. For dinner for two with two glasses of wine.

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We followed the advice of our fishing guide for a top notch dinner. last minute reservation got us a table on the veranda. Friendly, attentive staff served great dinner. Had the lion fish (helped to save the local environment from an invasive species) and the trigger fish. Both dishes were excellent.

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Thank David K
Bethesda, Maryland
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111 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always sit at the bar if David is working - he has a big personality, great sense of humor and lots of knowledge on the wine and food. We started with escargot and baby lion fish which was tempura cooked whole and tasted great. Our friends had different fish dishes which they thoroughly enjoyed. My husband had the duck... More 

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Thank CMcD77
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great staff, delicious food. Everything was fresh. My husband and I sat outside. The place was packed. Be sure to make a reservation.

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Thank DawnMS2015
Atlanta, Georgia
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They offer many types of fish as "catch of the day" and you can choose different styles of preparation or even have the whole fried fish. We had a hog fish with Juliette sause, was really good. For the appetizer we got Fritters, I didn't really care much for that one. Service was just ok, and they had a number... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been to Chef Michael's twice now and the second time lived up to all of our returning expectations! Truly the best meal in Islamorada and by far the best service on the island. The triple tail was impeccable and the whole fried lionfish is amazing! Not a single bad thing to say about this place.

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Thank mosmith87
Monroe, New Jersey
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to celebrate A double birthday dinner. I'm always the waiter and chefs challenge because I have many food allergies. Frank the waiter made the experience so enjoyable. His special attention made me feel at ease and Chef Michael created an amazing meal. We highly recommend this restaurant it was unique and the fish could not have been more... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our second time at Chef Michaels. The first was in 2012 and in both cases we brought fresh fish I had caught the day we visited Chef Michaels. Last night the catch of the day was Snook and the Chef prepared an appetizer and the fish three different ways. It was amazing. Luis was our server and was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?