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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

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601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
(575) 257-9559
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed today NEW

We made this one of our "nicer dinner nights" and it was so good! The waitress talked with us about some of the MUST SEES while we were visiting.

Thank jennifer W
United States
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had it not been for our exceptionally rude host in his looney tunes tie, this would be a good review. The food was exceptionally good for a small town restaurant, and our waitress was very sweet and thoughtful. There was a member of the wait staff who kept our glasses full at all times, and I truly love that. This... More 

Thank GTrotter505
Littlefield, Texas
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are never disappointed when we eat here. It beats the other italian restaurants in town by a land slide. Reservations are recommended!

Thank ESMBarrett
Fort Davis
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A favorite restaurant in our Ruidoso visits. Good food, relaxing, casual atmosphere. Particularly enjoyable on the patio in the warmer months.

Thank crhudy
Corrales, New Mexico
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203 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will probably need reservations!!! Seated right away, service was spot on and very attentive. Food was great, we had the veal Parmesan and a fish special, both were awesome! Highly recommended if you're in town

Thank Jeff S
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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167 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go out for dinner every Friday night and decided to drive up to Ruidoso for something different. I searched out some places on Trip Advisor and found Michael J’s Restaurant (Italian). There were mixed reviews, some very positive and a couple of negative, we decided to give it a go. We called and made reservations and headed to Ruidoso... More 

Thank LDHtraveler
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here to eat the last day and was not disappointed. Food was well prepared -- and a lot of it, too. We split a single entree between us, and we were both filled when we left. The pasta was great. The meatballs had a great flavor. The staff was very friendly, and the prices were very reasonable.

Thank BOBA0000
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was awesome. We came in to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary and were treated very well as did we see all customers were. Our server Amy went above and beyond for me as I have some issues chewing and she made sure I got what I needed and offered me alternatives that would make my experience more enjoyable. The... More 

Thank tcbcoder
Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely Italian restaurant conveniently located in Ruidoso. Our party of three tried three different dishes. I had spaghetti vongole (clams in their shells), my husband had their spicy meatball special and our daughter had pasta and chicken Alfredo. We all liked our main dishes, which were accompanied by a crisp green salad. The prices were reasonable for... More 

Thank lindaavogel
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing ceaser salad dressing, great entrees, we had six of us and had a lot from menu. The lasagna was incredible as well as the marsala and the ravioli special. Everyone enjoyed greatly. Excellent service as well. Their website recommends reservation and i forgot to call...strongly suggest making one though as they have limited seating and you will wait if... More 

Thank Marc C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$32
Italian, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: (575) 257-9559
Michael J's is a collaborative effort between many friends and food lovers from around the globe. We can say that because we appreciate so many sources and learn all the time about what makes a restaurant truly successful. We strive to serve excellent food accompanied by fine wine to go with our offerings. We do NOT serve PIZZA!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?