Thirty. Eight. Years. Of business.
Wow. And I’m embarrassed to report that it’d taken me this long to actually DINE at the legendary Michael’s in Santa Monica! But alas, in celebration of a little spacial revamp and a brand new chef, I finally made it in. Michael’s is easily one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Los Angeles, and what I find to be incredibly admirable is that they have continued to evolve with the changing of time while still maintaining a peak level of authenticity and quality. Beloved and respected chefs like Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman, Brooke Williamson, and Sang Yoon (just to name a few) have all manned the Michael’s kitchen at some point, and the level of prestige that this Santa Monica mainstay upholds is something truly incredible.
The latest talented chef to take over in the kitchen is Miles Thompson – who is just 28 years old! – and to say he has created a masterful and beautiful menu would be an understatement. He has truly taken the history and foundation of Michael’s and updated it a bit into the “now” and even the future. Dining on that classic patio surrounded by tea lights, incredible art, and copious amounts of beautiful foliage is worth coming in for alone. But sticking around for a perfectly crafted cocktail and an absolutely stunning meal is something every Angeleno should experience.
Thirty. Eight. Years. Kinda speaks for itself.
Must Drink | (pictured above) “El Paseo” – tequila blanco, mezcal, strawberry liquor, ginger, lime, thyme, strawberry shrub granita. (perfect balance of sweet/fruit/smoke/sour!)
“Sticky Fingers” – Tangelo juice, Vapid Vodka, Combier, Vanilla simple syrup, whipping cream, egg white, soda – topped with dehydrated mandarin and orange peels ground up with salt and sugar and a tangelo twist. (tastes like an Orange Julius!)
Must Order | My favorite dish of the evening had to be the Cavatelli pasta with oxtail sugo, wild asparagus, and ubriaco del piave. I could eat 4 bowls of this pasta all to myself, it was unbelievable. Like “lick the bowl” unbelievable. I also absolutely loved Buckwheat Sourdough Bread, the Potatoes A La Plancha, the Fried Quail, the Duck Breast, and especially the Grilled Branzino. If you save room for dessert, definitely try the Roasted Barley Pot-de-Crème, it’s surprisingly delicious.
Perfect Spot For | date night // parents // large parties // private parties // cocktails // pasta and wine // beautiful decor // something classic
MICHAEL’S SANTA MONICA // 1147 3rd Street
Santa Monica 90403
HOURS // Monday – Saturday 5:30 – 9:30 pm (last seating)