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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Michael J's is a collaborative effort between many friends and food lovers from around the globe. We can say that because we appreciate so many sources and learn all the time about what makes a restaurant truly successful. We strive to serve excellent food accompanied by fine wine to go with our offerings. We do NOT serve PIZZA!
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the best Italian cuisine I have ever enjoyed. Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite dishes and they serve a very good one.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Jim S
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the compliments and the suggestion to make reservations - especially on busy weekends like we just experienced in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Tonight we had much fewer visitors -- no need for reservations, but it is a frigid Tuesday...More

Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Cold day and restaurant was booked after Being closed for 2 days from big snowstorm. Sat in bar area and waiter was very accommodating with great service and food overall very good.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ingba
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019

Thank you, we appreciate your nice comments!

Reviewed 31 December 2018

Been visiting Ruidoso for many years and never took the time to eat here although we have been to almost every restaurant in Ruidoso. Have to say we throughly enjoyed the food and dining experience. Food was very fresh and authentic ! Thanks Micheal for...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank westsouthdowns
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thank you we appreciate this nice review!!

Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

If you accept that you won’t be served Italian food but what Americans believe this could be, you will have a good meal and time at Michael J’s. Garlic was the big overbearing theme in my Cesar’s salad and main dish, and this is definitely...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank christianinrome
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2018

Oh my, this is not what most patrons say. Sorry you feel this way. We have customers from all over the country that think our food is very authentic, even travelers to Italy. Thanks for the review anyway - it gives us varied opinions. I...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

When it comes to food, im a bit picky and Michael J's never fails to impress me. Love the atmosphere and the food is top notch.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Peggy M
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Thanks so much!!

Reviewed 5 November 2018

I came by myself on a Thursday evening while I was up in Ruidoso for work. I had passed by here several times before, but had never stopped to eat. I called ahead for a bar seat by the fire (good thing I did, they...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank taylornovak
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you for your kind remarks. Scallops are very expensive we make very little profit but our customers really enjoy them. Glad you were pleased with Chad's service. We appreciate you!!

Reviewed 26 October 2018

Ate supper here on our first night in Ruidoso to celebrate a special occasion. This place is cozy and warm. The food was delicious.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sue D
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thank you for this kind review - we appreciate your comments!

Reviewed 17 October 2018

Always a great meal and service at Michael J's. They work hard to preserve a cozy, adult atmosphere and they succeed.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Matador93
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Thank you so much -- we try indeed to please!

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

On our first trip to this wonderful town, we discovered Michael J's. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the servers are the same. But the food! Oh, the food!! Exquisite! The chicken picatta was to die for...the perfect blend of wine, butter with chicken...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Nancy S
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

We appreciate these wonderful comments -- we appreciate YOU!

Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderful restaurant! Cozy with a nice view, great place for a romantic evening. Service was good, food was delicious and the price was reasonable. We enjoyed the bruschetta appetizer, followed by spaghetti and meatballs and one of the seafood specials. Followed up with the tiramisu...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank cmwithers
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RonR1385
10 July 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
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cjml
20 July 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Yes, we have gluten-free pasta and many meat dishes, wild-caught Alaskan Salmon, other seafood. It's easy to eat gluten-free at Michael J's.
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TimeTraveler_800
16 February 2015|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Hello - we are keeping the same hours throughout the year - Open Tuesday - Saturday starting at 5 pm, dinner only. Some holiday weekends we will be open on Sunday, like Memorial Day and Labor Day. Call us to make sure during... More
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