Michael's Restaurant



Mondays–Fridays (noon–2:30 & 6–10pm)

Saturdays–Sundays (6–10pm)



Michael's Restaurant

1147 Third St



Various prices



Michael's Restaurant in Santa Monica, a much-lauded pioneer of California cuisine, has a new executive chef at the helm, John-Carlos Kuramoto. The 24-year-old Kuramoto is a Culinary Institute of America graduate and has worked in the kitchens of Animal and Campanile. His heritage - Japanese and Mexican - contribute to his unique take on Michael McCarty's classic California gastronomy, such as the lobster starter. Lemongrass broth, pea tendrils, Thai herbs, and lobster fried rice brightly complement the Maine lobster. Another scrumptious dish, the Colorado rack of lamb, is accompanied by pickled jalapenos, fava bean salad, goat cheese, creamy orzo, and green-garlic pesto. The star of Michael's excellent mixology program, presided over by the esteemed Jason Robey, is Death and Loathing, Robey's take on Hunter S. Thompson's favorite drink pairing. It pairs a classic Singapore sling with a transcendent shot of Del Maguey "Vida" Mezcal Black. With the freshest ingredients grown on the premises or bought at the local farmers' market, Michael's continues to be a superb example of California cuisine.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

Michael's Restaurant says…

Michael's debuted in Santa Monica in 1979. From the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to offering our guests the finest food and wine, presented with casual yet impeccable service in rooms filled with modern art treasures. (A decade later, Michael's opened a second location, in midtown Manhattan.) An American restaurant, Michael's is renowned for developing a classic contemporary cuisine that constantly evolves with new ideas and ingredients. Wine aficionados and beginners alike will find a world of outstanding, intriguing selections on our award-winning wine list, which includes more than eight hundred labels from California, France, Italy, and other wine-growing regions—as well as the latest vintages from proprietor Michael McCarty's own Malibu Vineyard.