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Michaels Restaurant
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Ranked #37 of 448 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Southard Street
Description: One of the finest Key West restaurants is nestled among the charming tropical back streets of Key West's Old Town District. Come discover a garden oasis where Chef Michael Wilson and his wife Melanie offer a classic menu with an island twist. Their emphasis on quality and service, coupled with casual island elegance, has established Michaels Restaurant as a favorite of Key West locals and visitors with discriminating dining palates. If you're searching for Key West restaurants, search no further. Treat yourself to a delicious dining experience outdoors in a relaxing Key West garden atmosphere or indoors in one of our two dining rooms. Michaels Restaurant is in Old Town Key West, near the corner of Southard Street- on Margaret Street. "From the first chilled martini to the last sumptuous bite of the warm chocolate volcano, Michaels will delight and satisfy. "
Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great place for an event”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

One of the best things about Michael's is that it's off the beaten path. To get there you walk far away from the craziness of Duval street and onto a rather pretty neighborhood of KW. The homes along Margaret are some of the nicest we've seen on the island.

The restaurant itself is very elegant but not over-the-top pretentious like the place we went to earlier today. The outside tables have huge umbrellas with led lighting inside them that give a soft glow. There's a fountain on the patio as well.

Our waitress, Freya, was very sweet. She made you feel like she really cared about you and didn't seem fake in any way. She had a real hominess about her, and had a way about her that made us feel comfortable.

We ended up ordering four apps and one entree. The prosciutto wrapped asparagus were to die for, although they were served with a onion-mushroom sauce that had raw onions in it. We thought it would have been much better with carmelized onions. The wedge salad was very fresh, and had a pungent Roquefort dressing on it that I loved. The carpaccio and the seafood crepe were good as well, especially the big hunks of jumbo lump crab. The entree was the snapper with beurre blanc sauce, which was great, but had we known it was being served with bland rice and not the mashed potatoes we saw other peoples entrees with, we would have asked to swap them out.

All in all we recommend Michael's, especially as a break from the crazy west side of the island.

Visited November 2013
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Meal!!”
Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

We actually went to another restaurant. They were closed on Mondays except for the bar.
We asked where on island to get a good steak. The bartender pointed us to Michaels. It was about 10 blocks away but it was worth the walk.
The setting was very nice and the service by "Freya" was excellent.
My husband had a fillet and I had the veal chop! Both were good but the veal chop was amazing!! I cleaned my plate including picking up the bone.
The chocolate molten cake was great too.
A great meal that was fantastic!

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Key West, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fair overall”
Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

We had to ask for bread multiple times and the server didn't know that our appetizer was not served. Steaks were hot but sides were lukewarm. Dessert took a long time despite ordering with our main dishes. 10/29/13. Randi m

  • Visited October 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

We were recommended to this restaurant and all 8 of us were not impressed. The food was very average and the service poor.

Visited October 2013
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Queens, New York
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“They know how to treat their customers”
Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

After receiving a gift certificate from the owners because of less than stellar service at our previous visit, I remembered why I love dining at Michaels. Two young ladies brought us to our table where our wait person took our drink orders. He explained the specials in detail and gave us a few minutes to settle in. Cold martini and Frank Sinatra in the background, we were off to a great start. We ordered beef carpaccio and onion soup for our appetizers. The soup was so so but the carpaccio was out of this world. The beef was lightly dressed and served with capers, onions, horseradish, shaved cheese and I think arugula? Did I say delicious! For our main courses we ordered a petite filet mignon crusted with blue cheese and the meatloaf. Both entrees were served with smashed potatoes and assorted vegetables. Michaels is known for the beef it sells and these entrees prove why. Oh, and did I mention the carpaccio? During our meal, our waiter was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. We finished off a great meal with creme brûlée for dessert. We had a terrific meal at a lovely Key West restaurant and look forward to returning.

  • Visited October 2013
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