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Michael's Bistro & Taphouse

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American, Bar, Pub
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1427 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2606
+1 434-977-3697
17:30 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Montreal, Canada
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304 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been visiting Charlottesville annually for over 15 years and have always eaten at Michael's. It has offered good value and tasty food. Their draft choices are good but a bit pricey compared to other local eateries. We ate here twice during our 6-day stay,4 days apart. We were a bit disappointed as the specials had not changed (in fact... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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467 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I have never come during very busy times- usually late afternoon or evening, when they are not that busy, I found the staff pleasant, fast and accommodating for the groups I brought and the dishes are always good. Appetizers are a bit higher priced than I like to see, but all great. Try the catfish.

Thank samtrip12345
North Garden, Virginia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Michael's is on "The Corner" near the UVA Grounds. This college neighborhood has a lot of great places to eat and Michael's just leapt to the top of my list. My wife and I went there on Friday, St. Patrick's Day. We were there in the early evening so the crowd wasn't an issue. By the time we left it... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Small plates and entrees make up dinner menu. Menu is not long but offers interesting choices. last visit I had shrimp and grits. Good beer list but not as long as some places.

Thank Thomas N
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Simply great place for lunch. My daughter and I had fantastic sandwiches. The homemade barbecue chips are super. Oh - great beer selection.

Thank Steve S
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Great service and food...Christopher was awesome...what a find in Charlottesville Historic downtown ...UNC Virginia football weekend.

Thank pchildress1
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Never order the Thai Chicken Curry entree. I made this mistake and felt I should have known better since it was not a Thai restaurant...I simply could not eat it which is a rarity for me.. My husbands burger was dry and overdone though the taste was good. The draft beer is good...

Thank Dch280lvl
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Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

We ducked in here to get out of the rain. It wasn't super busy--that should have been a clue. The locally sourced food was mediocre but the service was terrible. Our waitress spent almost our whole visit at the hostess desk on her phone. We had to flag her over to get service. The food was bland. I ordered Thai... More 

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167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

I had to be at the University for the day and ran over to The Corner to grab lunch. I wanted something other than the crowds of students and ascended the stair to Michael's. Yes, it was empty. (Nothing discourages modern youth better than a flight of stairs.) I had been to Michael's for drinks and once before for dinner... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

We sat outside on the balcony, which is just over one of the busier pedestrian intersections in town. The day was sunny and it was early spring and people were out in force wearing their summer clothes. It was great. And the service and food was awesome. I had fish tacos, which were superb. I kind of like the fact... More 

Thank Chuck C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
17:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1427 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2606
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-977-3697

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?