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“Really nice price fixe dinner”

Michaels' at Maidstone Beach
Ranked #34 of 65 Restaurants in East Hampton
Price range: US$0 - US$30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
NJ
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Really nice price fixe dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was a very comfortable and homey feeling restaurant. There were five ladies in our party and we were seated at a table that looks like it was prepared for a famly of 12. In the center of the room and not at all conducive for conversation, hard to hear. There were lovely booths all around us. We were greeted and sat for at least 15 minutes before our server appeared. It then took at least another 15 minutes to get water and drinks. The warm bread was another 15 minutes. Then finally we gave our order. All the "regular" diners around us were warmly welcomed and served before our appetizers appeared. The food was plentiful and delicious and nicely prepared, I had the south east asian mussels and they were hot, delicous and wonderfully prepared in a spicy and ginger. I was glad it took so long to get our entrees so I could make room for the well-prepared salmon with kimchee, baby bok choy and a pile of jasmine rice. My friends short ribs were beautiful, tender and delicious. All the entrees were well enjoyed. As people who came in after us and left we still had to order our dessert, which proved to be a trick since the waitress kept walking passed us without a look in our direction. She finally came and took our order, and we took the opportunity to ask for our check with the dessert. She managed to bring the check for two other tables in our immediate area without addressing our needs yet again. We got our delicous dessert and wait a little longer before she dropped the check. We are usually very generous tippers, but the service was so lacking that we only left a 15% gratutite which was a gift. We really enjoyed the food and the ambience of the place but really, the waitress made it a little difficult to truly like the experience.

  • Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Austin, Texas
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Something has been changed and not for the better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We have been renters and owners in the area for over 30 years, and Michael's has generally been one of our reliable go-to restaurants. It has had ownership and menu changes, but the atmosphere was always convivial, the food ranged from good to excellent (depending on the night and era), and we considered it an excellent value. This was our first visit in 2 summers, and even though the welcome was warm, the food nicely prepared, the usual crowd of locals was missing from the bar. Also missing was the early dinner special we used to love on Sundays, and no sign of a bargain lobster night. We left the restaurant full, and smiling, but not as broadly as we had before. Ownership? Management? Chef? I don't know, but at this time there are better food, values, and ambience to be had in the East Hampton/Montauk area.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank DanA2139
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Hudson Valley, NY
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Mediocre at best”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We walked into Michael's and imagined that we'd found the great "hidden" East End spot. The truth: nice enough atmosphere and refreshing to have a place with fewer of the E. Hampton crowd. That said, aside from a nice selection of wines by the glass, our dinner from start to finish was mediocre at best.

Flat beer on tap.
Caesar Salad that was fine but what with a dressing that had no defining flavor.
"Wasabi" dipping sauce that tasted like tartar sauce for the calamari.

We hoped that the main courses would be better and in some ways they were. The sides that came with our two fish entrees included a nice mound of jasmine rice and delicious spinach. The coating for the salmon was heavy-handed ginger and soy and the fried flounder was fine. The medium rare steak, however, was fatty and charred.

We tried three desserts: a brownie with ice cream, a key lime pie, and cheese cake. All plates came decorated with a stripe of chocolate and berry coulis and strange tasting whipped cream. The brownie was the best. The key lime was way too sweet.

Service was fine. Sad to say, we did not discover the great hidden gem and only wished that we had gone to one of our regular haunts or cooked at home.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank TCATHudsonValley
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Staten Island, New York, United States
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“We are once a weekend-ers! LOVE THIS PLACE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

2 minutes from my house! Thank you Michaels for restoring yourself to your former glory! Years ago, we ate at Michaels and had 100's of ants crawling all over our table... since that happened, we used to pass on the way to the beach and cringe. Over the last few years, the place has done a 180. All cleaned up - with excellent food on the menu! LOVE THIS PLACE!

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Sherry F
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Cologne, Germany
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great food, unfortunately no patio/ veranda”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Went to Michaels' during our one-week-stay in East Hampton Spring (my wife and I, plus 2 friends).
We all went for the 3-course-inner that offered great value. We found the starters to be really good (salads and asian mussels). For the main course we had the steames lobster, which was pretty good, but if I could choose again, I'd rather go for the black angus steak, that my mate had. Very tender and great quality beef, good sides (baked potatoe and green beans).
Desserts were also delicious: flowerless chocolate cake, apple or rhubarb crumble .. forgot about the rest.
Only reason not to give a "5-star-rating" is that on such a nice evening we had to sit inside, as there is no outside seating available at all.
Still, we'd go there again.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Daniel G
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