Michael's - A Santa Monica Classic

March 16, 2015

Before the Santa Monica mall, before Starbucks opened on every corner of 3rd Street, before Father's Office on Montana, and Huckleberry on Wilshire, there was Michael's Santa Monica. For over 35 years, Michael's has been a staple on the Westside, serving fine food and wine. 

The atmosphere of the restaurant is welcoming and you immediately feel that you are about to experience a great night, and that's probably because Michael McCarty is the ultimate host. "Great food, great people, great party," that's Michael's philosophy, and I had the chance to experience that last week.

The evening began with drinks and small bites at the bar. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 5PM to close! We shared plates of Shitake Mushroom Pizza, Braised Pork Belly Tacos, Halibut Crudo, Skirt Steak with salsa verde, and some very addictive Truffle Fries. The front half of the restaurant is a great place to get food and drinks and hang out for the evening. 

However, we were also there for dinner. We sat in the picturesque outdoor patio - it was a perfect California night. Michael himself welcomed us and spent time talking with us. He is one of the best hosts I have come across, making you feel right at home. The food was perfect. The Steak Frites were perfectly complimented by Michael's own Pinot Noir from The Malibu Vineyard.

I wouldn't hesitate to return to Michael's when I'm in Santa Monica. The fact that happy hour runs all night is great. The restaurant has recently evolved with the times and you can find loyal regulars as well as new locals enjoying great food. 

Local Halibut Crudo - Sunchokes, Salmon Roe, seasonal citrus

Michael's Burger - Wagyu beef, bacon onion compote, tomato,
butter lettuce, Russian dressing, white cheddar.

Skirt steak - crispy fingerling potatoes, spinach, salsa verde.

Maine Diver Scallops - flowering broccoli, crispy polenta and pearl onions.

Colorado Rack of Lamb - ricotta gnocchi, baby turnips,
braised lamb shoulder, and roasted garlic.

Duck Breast - Leg and thigh confit, savoy cabbage, oranges and citrus jus. 

S'mores Bar - house made marshmallow fluff, dark chocolate ganache,
butterscotch blondie and graham cracker ice cream.

1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403