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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
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun 17:30 - 02:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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North Garden, Virginia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Alex P
Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
2 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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291 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Canandaigua, NY
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Looking for a local eateries and this one was excellent. Exceed our expectations. The food was outstanding and I am a vegan which they had a few things to choice from and would make to order. My associate had a salmon dinner that I think he in haled it was so good according to him. The atmosphere is great we... More 

Thank uh60l
Springfield, Virginia
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157 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

I had the half BLT and a small side salad for lunch with colleagues. They recommended Michaels as a great place for Thai or a hamburger. But I made the right choice - best BLT ever and I've been dreaming about going back for more of that thick, salty goodness ever since. This is an upstairs restaurant that is more... More 

Thank MK E

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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?