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Michael J's Italian Restaurant

601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
+1 575-257-9559
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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5:00 PM - 8:30 PMAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Michael J's is exceptional in every way imaginable. The establishment is exceptionally mis-managed. The staff is exceptionally rude and the food is exceptionally over priced. On a scale of 1 to 10 our dining experience would rate a very generous 1. Our evening was memorable...More

1  Thank _crete1921
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Why people go out of their way to give such a terrible review is beyond my comprehension, especially since the majority of our customers LOVE the food, service and ambiance. In what way were we rude, all of us, to you?? We are known for...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017

We tried Michael J's for the first time a few weeks ago and were very impressed! The wait staff was outstanding and the food was excellent! Their specialty is their lasagna and it was likely the best I've ever had. Michael J's is pricey and...More

Thank Janey B
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Found this restaurant on our last day in Ruidoso. It was the best meal of the trip. Our waitress was fantastic and the food superb. The linguini Pescadore was great and the other courses were equally as good. They are only open from 5 to...More

Thank DonEwing
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Best food and wait staff in Ruidoso (Autumn is best waitress EVER). Wonderful and authentic Italian food and very good wine (wine and beer only). It is our go to favorite when we are in Ruidoso. Reservations a must!!

Thank sandramc48
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

WE appreciate you!

Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is the second time I have eaten at this restaurant. It was a great experience both times. My husband had pasta this time, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and I had the best salmon I have ever eaten. Our server was delightful. My only complaint...More

Thank wberry429
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The staff was very nice. Very attentive. We had crab cakes for an appetizer. Excellent. For entrees we had the ravioli (crab and shrimp) and the linguini pescatore. Pardon my spelling. Both were fabulous. The linguini was more of an appetizer size but I just...More

Thank EoNominee
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We chose this restaurant partially out of a desire to have a quiet dinner after a rather noisy experience the evening before. I had noticed recommendations for reservations which I made. This is a very nice, quiet restaurant that serves excellent food. I had the...More

Thank noplacetogo
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

When they say you need a reservation you better get it. We dropped in without a reservation. We got a table. Only it was the one where all customers and the wait staff came by all the time we were there. I almost caught a...More

Thank VanCollins1466
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Hello Van, I see we are the only restaurant you have reviewed so far. How nice of you to give us a 1-star rating when so many think we are the best! As I have said before to others, the table you were given was...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We try and eat here every year on our visit. Service and Food are both excellent. The business has grown so much since we first started dining here so reservations are recommended.

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My husband and I love good Italian food so decided to try Michael J's for dinner. As you approach the restaurant, there is a sign that says reservations recommended. We, of course, did not have one because we didn't know we needed one. They chose...More

Thank Janet C
SusannaJade, General Manager at Michael J's Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Hello Janet -- the table you mentioned is actually a preferred one by some of our regular customers. We're sorry you didn't enjoy our style of Italian cuisine. The great majority of our customers love the food and service.

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Ron R
10 July 2016|
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Response from SusannaJade | Property representative |
Clean and comfortable is good -- one can dress up or be casual.
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.
16 February 2015|
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 32
Restaurant 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, Wine and Beer, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 601 Mechem Drive, Side Street Is Grove, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: +1 575-257-9559
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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!
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