Michael's Cafe

4.5
1897 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
It is constant attention to detail that sets Michael's apart from the rest. The Dellis family welcomes you. Our commiment to quality, service and atmosphere are key to the success of our restaurant. We pride ourselves on the fact that the majority of our menu is homemade, using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

For outdoor dining please call the restaurant at (410) 252-2022

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1897 people are saying
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Anniversary
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dim lights and quiet atmosphere was a relaxing venue for our anniversary dinner.
We ordered the Shrimp and Grits and the Crab Imperial. Both dishes were wonderful. The Shrimp were large, the grits yellow and accented with corn, bacon and green onions among other seasonings. The crab imperial was beautifully done in a cast iron baking dish that held the heat for the luscious lumps of crab in the creamy sauce. Both tasted perfect. The bartender made a fine French 75 to toast our anniversary. Great meal

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viprichW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was very slow in coming to the table. Half-priced hamburgers was the deal of the day and it appeared that the kitchen was prepared/focused on those orders.

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jake
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed the food and the server was very attentive to all of our needs. She came back to the table several times to check that we had what we needed. Refilled drinks when empty, without prompting.

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vipJaniceB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very loud in the new bar area
Enjoyed an amazing soft crab platter

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WilliamY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greeter, waitindividuals, and support staff all personable and capable. Food excellent. Nice Prosecco was neither punishingly dry nor cloyingly sweet.

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Griffin
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I like the food at Michael's, but the knowledge and courtesy of the staff is lacking.

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Riddler
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Michael's never disappoints, and the crab cakes are excellent as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Seated in the bar area. A little loud, but to be expected. We did not ask to be moved.

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Dotsky
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ask price of specials: Surprised that 2 soft crab dinner was $38!!

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Carol
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We hadn't been to Michael's in many years. The food was great - the whole experience was great. Won't wait as long next time to go back. Was surprised how hard it was to get a table. Had tried for a weekend reservation and couldn't find anything available. We were there on a Tuesday evening and the place was packed which surprised me - for a Tuesday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

despite an empty dining room, I was kept waiting for 10 minutes and then seated in the bar where it was knee deep in people. The manager told me to go to another restaurant if I didn't like it. It was so backed, people were standing all over the room. Conversation was impossible with my guest. The crabcake so overcooked it was black. it tasted like a can of old bay seasoning-so overspiced it was completely inedible as were the green beans-so overcooked. Waitress ignore us.

A miserable experience, never to be repeated.

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Molette
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good food: cream of crab/MD crab, stuffed shrimp, wings and shrimp and grits all were amazing... it was a crowded Monday evening however the staff did as well as expected. I enjoyed my 1st visit and would definitely come back

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roadking
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good go-to on the north side. Fantastic crab cakes, excellent fish. Even the wings and ribs were winners!

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vipMamazon
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Phenomenal crab cakes! Enjoyed the ribs and crab cakes. Crab cakes had huge pieces of buttery crab. Get the broiled. So much less grease!

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BillC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food has definitely gone downhill especially shrimp salad and crab meals

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vipLinda
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great way to spend Mother's Day with family. Will our waiter was the best.

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DeirdreD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day celebration with family

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AndreaP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress, food, and service. Would 100% come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

First and last visit to this place!!! I made a reservation for 7pm but didn't get a table until 7:30pm. They sat my party of 4(an African American family) in the corner and forgot about us. I ordered the crab imperial which was just ok. My husband got the half rack of ribs and crabcake, the ribs were tough and the crabcake was mushy with a lot of filler.
My sister was satisfied with her cream of crab soup. My father had the fush and chips and he said he'll NEVER return. Everybody was served cold french fries. But this was kicker, they brought the check while we were eating, didn't ask if we wanted dessert and had an attitude if we asked for something. I'm praying that no one spit in my food but I can't be sure. It was a very disappointing experience and I'll never, ever, ever, ever return. Sorry about not having photos, I think we were all in shock about how terrible everything was and totally forgot to about pics, you didn't miss anything special. Enter at your risk!!!!

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CarolJ
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious rock fish and oysters served with a smile and efficiency by Cisco.

JC
JoeC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Michaels. The food is always delicious, the staff always prompt and friendly. We always stop at Michaels when in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved Michaels! This was my second time dining here and loved it just as much as the first. Sadly they were out of everything we wanted to order but the backups were amazing! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

My guest and I were seated at a table in the bar area (not by request). The table was great however it did become very loud because of a nearby group as our dinner progressed. It took a little long for the server to come by for the initial greeting. We ordered cocktails and an appetizer. Drinks arrived in a timely manner but the appetizer took longer than it should have. We ordered a salad and entrees once the appetizer was finished. The salad never came and when the entrees arrived there were no condiments with the meal. The server did not do a check back so my guest went to the bar to ask for condiments and asked for a refill on his drink, also informed the bartender about the salad. The bartender brought the condiments and drink as the server came to check on us, informing us that the salad would be out shortly. We finished our meal, still no salad. We cancelled the salad and asked for the check. The food was good however the lack of urgency from the server and slow food times made our experience not enjoyable, especially for the price. My guest works in upper management in the restaurant industry and we have both been in the business for 10 years so we do understand things happen, but it is unacceptable to not deliver an above average experience with the price per plate at this restaurant. At least get a manager involved if there are issues going on behind the scenes causing delays.

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GMPS
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is good but nothing special, pretty standard offerings.

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arieella
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made brunch reservations and were seated in the outdoor seating area, which is BEAUTIFUL! I mean, Michael’s did not skimp on that section at all. It was about low 50s, but there’s heat lamps all over and above the bar — literally my favorite part. Inside was packed, but there were only 4 of us outside, 2 separate parties. The bartender, Robyn, was AMAZING! Very sweet and *ahem* generous with her product. We had an incredible outing and will definitely be back, especially looking forward to the happy hour specials ($1 wings?! Yes please!). We even got Robyn’s schedule because I’m perfectly okay with giving her all my money, ok? Also, yes, the actual food itself was really good too. Order the chicken & waffles and mentally thank this review later ❤️

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Michelle
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, and a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

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vipPentimento
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was excellent. The food was good but not great. Nothing really memorable. Our party had crab cakes, rockfish, calamari and several other dishes.
Even though we had a reservation, we waited for quite a while and then we were exiled to the back room next to the bathroom. Not much for ambiance.

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vipGregg
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the area!

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ooooo
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Mary, was a gem. The restaurant was very crowded and Mary had a number of tables to serve. We never had to wait for her to take our order, refill drinks or whatever. She anticipated what the group would need and brought it to us without having to ask.

She was able to easily divide the tab into individual checks.

All of this was done with good grace and a positive attitude.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was pleasant and inviting and the atmosphere was very laid back

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vipmarkt
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael's Cafe is our go to place whenever we have friends visiting.

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Crystal
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Atmosphere was nice and inviting. Food was delivered promptly. Upcharge for fries that were basic shoe string fries was a negative.

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EllenJ
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was very slow. For the prices I expect more. However, food was very good. Steaks were perfectly cooked.

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PamB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They were quite crowded for a weeknight, but our 6:00 reservations, got us seated, promptly, in a booth, as requested. We went overboard and ordered 3 entrees. My husband got the braised beef short rib & the crab dip. I got the Oysters Rockefeller
and the Rockfish Nicholas, but they were out of rockfish & substituted Mahi-Mahi.
I have to admit, it was a little dry. We also ordered the crab cake platter, with fries
and slaw. Everything was superb (sans dry fish) and we can't wait to return to try other
menu items. I must say, many restaurants (no names) offer Jumbo lump crab cakes &
are famous for them.....but, these are not only Jumbo lump, but they have a seasoning
that makes them very tasty. I have always swore they have the best crab cakes. Our server, Brian, was outstanding, not only in service, but friendliness & knowledge.

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sharont
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very poor. Had to get the manager Jeff to assist who was very nice. Only bar tenders waiting tables and had to leave the table to place wine order. Will not be back.

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MarieT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will was wonderful and very attentive. Made the evening special for our family. Thank you.

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vipJay12802
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I don’t like seating in the bar area. The server Laura was very nice

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was wonderful; however, one of the guests ordered a seafood club and was delivered a "standard" club. The server was "new" and did not check back after the food was delivered by another staff member. As a result, the bill reflected the seafood club and had to be reduced since we could not locate her to address the issue in a timely manner. This is the first time that this type of error has ever occurred and hope that the server has learned from this?

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CaptainObvious
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food came out quickly and tasted fresh and delicious! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, and provided good recommendations.

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vipATimmons
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood favorite that never fails to deliver excellent food and service. We know we will never be disappointed.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Michael's Cafe using the Order Online button. Michael's Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 252-2022.

Michael's Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1897 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.