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1 York St, London, ON N6A 1A1
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  • $13 - $45,
Enjoy superb continental cuisine in the relaxing atmosphere of a stone fireplace, a view overlooking the Thames River and the elegance of a Baby Grand.

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Specializing In Table Side Cooking,

Cuisine type

  • Continental,

Dishes

  • Pasta,
  • Roast Lamb,
  • Seafood,
  • Filet Mignon,
  • Vegetarian,
  • Table Side Caesar Salad,
    • Roast Beef,
    • Gluten Free,
    • Vegan,
    • Chicken,
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Features

  • Prix Fixe Menu,
  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
  • Online Reservation,
  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,
  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Restaurant With Wedding Service,
    • Group Reservation,
    • Lunch Menu,
    • Restaurant With Parking,
    • Alcohol Served,
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Atmosphere

  • Live Music Weekends,
  • Rossi,
  • Upscale,
  • Ambience,

Awarded

  • 2017 Diners Choice Award,
  • 2017 London's BEST Romantic Restaurant,
  • Spirit Of Excellence Award,
  • Golden Plate Award,

Products and Services

  • A Range Of Fine Wines,
  • Overlooking The Thames River,
  • Private Rooms,
  • Fireplace,
  • Calamari,
  • Anniversaries / Birthdays,
    • Gluten Free,
    • Free WiFi Available,
    • Special Occassions,
    • Reservations,
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Specialties

  • Weddings - All In One Location,
  • Tableside Cooking,
  • The Perfect Celebration Destination,
  • Caesar Salad Tableside,
  • Continental Cuisine,
  • Private Functions,
    • Coporate Events,
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Languages Spoken

  • English,
  • French,

Getting There

  • 2 Blocks - Budweiser Gardens,
  • Accessible To Public Transit,
  • Downtown,
  • Lots Of Free Parking,
  • Wheelchair Accessible,

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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Service: 4.1/5
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Theo K
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Food experience

I was for dinner with my wive on our anniversary and especialy choose this restaurant because of its classical cuisine , since I am in the food industry for about 45 years and more , European trained . To see a beurre blanc on a fish Veronique was extremely disappointed .. this is supposed to be served with a sauce Hollandaise , even the Beurre blanc was wrong ! With a strong strong culinary back ground it was very sad to see that there was No knowledge behind the product

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Terry S
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Whether it's lunc...

Whether it's lunch or dinner it's always great. Love the new look and can't wait to visit again.

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pdau75
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Birthday

Brought my wife out for her birthday last night and we were seated in the "anniversary room"...didn't know it was the anniversary room, but everyone else there was receiving free deserts for their anniversary. In any event, the owner ignored our table, but stopped at the other 4 tables and conversed and dished out free deserts...frankly a little conversation would have gone a lot further than a free desert ;) I ordered the duck l'orange and it was great. My wife ordered veal and she loved it. The wait staff seemed busy chatting as my dish was prepared at the table and my wife's dish took a while to come out...after mine was already there. One of the myriad of waitresses came to the table and asked; "Where is your food?" My instinct was to say that I was hiding it, but we both shook our heads...the food came out 2 minutes later. It took FOREVER to get the check and we simply got up and started walking...nothing like a $100+ check leaving a table to get a waitress' attention. Again, good food...bad service. Is it worth the $40 average entree price? Nope.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Getting Old

Is it me or is this place getting old. We hadn't been in a while but were in the mood for a good steak so we gave it a try. The décor has not been updated in forever, the staff is friendly, but the menu is as old as the décor. We ordered the ny strip and prime rib. The NY was as tough as a shoe -- terrible. And the sides were equally as poor -- under cooked potato and cold vegtables. The prime rib was a little better but extremely fatty. We were really bummed and will not be back until we see some serious upgrades going on.

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Restaurantica12
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ANOTHER GREAT MEAL !!!!!

Just had another Great Meal there last night !!!! Everyone realllly enjoyed it !!!! Can't wait to go back !!! Can't believe it took us soooo long to find it !!! Can't wait until the next special occassion !!! roll around July !!LOL !!

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Restaurantica12
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Outstanding...again

This place is a must for a classy, fine meal. The wait staff are excellent, extremely friendly and welcoming. We ordered the prime rib (captain's cut) it came with just the right amount of veggies and a perfectly cooked baked potato. I ordered the salmon and was extremely impressed by the moist texture and presentation. I ordered extra vegtables in place of rice and they loaded the plate right up. Our waitress was extremely accomodating and stopped by just the right number of times to fill our glasses. The atmosphere is a little old and suffy but still classy. When you are in the mood to taste what a great meal really is and want a special dinning place go to Michaels.

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Restaurantica12
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London's Flagship Restaurant

Micheal's on the Thames is about the best when it comes to restaurant's in London Ontario. We've been about 4 times now and are always please with the food and the great dining experience. I love the prime rib and order it everytime, my wife liked the duck that is done at tableside as well as the Ceasar Salad. Micheal's is a guaranteed great night out! You do have to reach in to the pockets a bit deeper but it is well worth it.

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Restaurantica12
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Fine Dining

A little overpriced for what you get but not bad. Steak, potatoes, salad, all in a tux atmosphere. Nice place for celebrating something special but a little overrated. The service is nice but overall it reminds me too much of an old country club.

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TL S
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Private Room for Meetings

Great place to book a business meeting. Private room was great. We decided to meet here regularly so were able to set up a 3 selection menu choice for a set price. It was great. Looked forward to lunch every week. Not too mention the numerous times I have come with my husband for dinner. Great all around experience.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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I keep going back....

I have been here before and decided to try the steak here this time. The service upon entering the restaurant is exceptional. We had made reservations and I do recommend that. We were served warm rolls and butter and I ordered a shirley temple that was delicious and prompt. My companion and I ordered the prime rib and steak. I ordered mine medium well and my companion ordered the prime rib as medium. They came exactly as ordered and were delicious. The sides were some vegetables and I had mashed potatoes and my companion had a baked potato. The casear salad was good w/real bacon and tasty croutons. The sides were average, I've had better mashed potatoes but were okay. The dessert was prepared beside our table and it was delicious. It was soo good and an excellent end to a fine meal. I want to come back and try the Strawberries alla marco:)

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Restaurantica12
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Very pleasant professional staff

Although located downtown, it could be described as off the beaten track. Situated alongside the Thames River at the York Street bridge, a street that would not be described as a thoroughfare, one’s purpose would be to search for this restaurant. We were greeted by a consistently very pleasant professional staff, and the decor, which was first class, created an excellent fine dining atmosphere. We were led to the comfortable balcony room, overlooking the river that was mainly hidden by trees (It would be wonderful in the winter). We chose a Caesar salad and soup for starters, and a rib sandwich and ‘fish of the day’ as entrees. The salad was perfect and the mushroom soup was very tasty. I had failed to note the soup ingredients and was curious about a meat-like texture similar to tofu - it was explained to me as asparagus, ham and mushroom. The rib sandwich was accompanied by sweet potato fries, and the cod fish was served in a spicy Thai curry sauce on a bed of couscous - obviously, the cod was not locally caught but, also, it was not equal to the flaky North Atlantic variety of my youth. I believe that this species has been well overfished, and the farmed and frozen variety should be avoided, until it has fully recovered in the ocean (I suppose that makes me seem like a hypocrite). An enjoyable glass of a full-bodied Ontario Pinot Noir was included. During the evening there is live piano music, and one will never forget the warm Italian welcome by the proprietor, Jack diCarlo. Unfortunately, as I walked back into town, my stomach had a very uneasy feeling, causing my head to believe that I had drunk a full bottle of wine rather than just a glass - I feel sure that it was due to the tofu-tasting ham in the soup, and I did not fully recover until the following morning. I hope that there is a serious evaluation of the kitchen and its’ staff.

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Restaurantica12
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Great loctaion to dine at. service has been a little slow sometimes but over all the food was great everyone in the place seem to like what they got i go here often

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MY first thought on seeing the interior of Michaels on the Thames is that it is just as a high class restaurant should look. That is if I were basing my opinions on movies I watched as a kid. I'm sure 20 years ago this place would have been the epitome of high class. Now; however, it just feels dated. The menu resembles the decor unfortunately. With quite a few dishes and honestly no coherent feel for what the restaurant specializes in, I found myself unimpressed with any choices. We started with an order of spring rolls, which were cold, and were no better than the frozen deep fried fare at any number of cheap asian restaurants. For the main course I ended up ordering the peppercorn duck, with was slathered in a steak sauce that totally masked any flavor that wasn't burnt out of the duck. The duck itself was completely black and inedible around the edges, and quite dry and tough inside. It was garnished with baby veg which was greasy.

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Probably one of the nicest restaurant's I've ever eaten in - in Canada. Staff was excellent, and the place is very fancy. We we're serenaded by several musicians through the night. If I remember right, there was a piano player, an accordion player, and an opera singer. Food was excellent I would return here again. For a fancy place, the bill really was not that much.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Hard to go wrong here. I've been several times, and the service and food are wonderful. The Maitre D is a bit over the top, but it's obvious he likes what he's doing. It's pricey for me, but worth every penny.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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This place has all the trappings and faux opulence of the high american gothic take on French courtly dining ritual. The menu seems scattered, as though they're trying to recreate the most well known dishes from the standard room-service menus of the great hotels of old Europe. Tableside prep adds to the illusion of division between the eating and the serving class. Great if you want to impress your date by making a waiter feel small. Has become a local institution and so they do the dishes the do very well, but the whole undertaking feels a little to false, too chummy and self-satisfied. Onion soup was good, and the staff do act like they really care about the dining experience.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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I love this place. The perfect mix of classy but not overly stuffy or pretentious. The House Salad is incredible. Don't know what's in the dressing but I wish I could buy it. Jack is a legend and a key part of the experience. The world could use a lot more people like Jack

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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This place is outstanding. Not cheap.... but worth every penny. We were getting tired of the same old restaurant chains with newbie help and formula food, so we went to Michael's On The Thames hoping for a more upscale experience. We weren't disappointed. From the very attentive service to the Chateaubriand-for-two, this place has an approach to fine dining that's all but disappeared. I was blown away by the table-side prep of an unbelievably tasty Caesar salad. And they had pianist no less! One of our biggest pet peeves is noise levels that pretty much rule out conversation. I don’t know if it’s the glass and chrome of so many places –speaking of which, we were recently put off by the din at the incredibly pricey Scaramouch in Toronto– but all that racket makes the evening a chore. Not at this place. I don't know who Michael is but hats off to him. A great evening. Thanks!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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was a nice place to treat you and significant...

was a nice place to treat you and significant other to! we had a great time here with live piano and great service. the owner came to our table as he did with every table i noticed. the meal was perfectly cooked and garnished. i thought the bottles of wine were a bit pricey but the house wine was very good. the waitress was helpful and funny witch was nice. definitely my new favorite place to go i use to be a la casa kinda person but this evening changed my mind what a jem!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Just love the Chicken Crepe they got. They...

Just love the Chicken Crepe they got. They always provide great service either they are busy or not. I can't tell you much about their food other than the chicken crepe (I tried marinated beef steak once, but didn't like it because I never like aged beef; didn't know why i ordered it to begin with) because that's the dish I ordered every time I go there. I also tried calamari once, the squid they chose had too much moisture and thus the calamari was soft and the batter was coming apart from the squid. Their price is very affordable. I also like their atmosphere, very quiet and old style. Especially enjoy the piano time (although the server could have seated us in the room closer to the piano, but they were busy, who to blame?!) Their dessert is alright. Good but not out standing. I will definitely return, because I dream of myself eating their chicken crepe.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 5/5
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January 16, 2018

Enjoyed our birthday lunch ... waitress had so many people to attend to & did a very good job! I’ll be back as Michaels is one of our very favourite restaurants in London.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 15, 2018

When paying for a bottle of wine you should not have to pour it yourself

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

January 14, 2018

Very Enjoyable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2018

Everything was perfect from the moment we stepped into the restaurant. From coat check to dinner and coat check again. Such a great night of great food and service. I am already recommending this to my friends and family. It was our first time there, certainly will not be our last!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2018

excellent team service, great background music

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 11, 2018

We were disappointed with dinner. We waited for over an hour for our dinner, and the flavour was not what we were used to from Michael's. Disappointing evening for my mother-in-law's 92nd birthday.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

January 6, 2018

I took my partner to Michael on the Thames for his birthday and I couldn't be happier with the service. They had a huge "happy birthday" sign for him outside of the restaurant. Our table was positioned right in front of the fireplace which was incredibly romantic. The food was out of this world. I loved it! The service was fantastic. Two thumbs up!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2018

The food was amazing everything that we expected. Unfortunately our server was a casual server that had been brought in for the busy time as she said and as such service was really lacking. Example we ordered cocktails and they took almost 20 minutes to arrive. There was constant asking if we were ready to order even after my husband indicated we were out for the evening and wanted you take it slow. The server that prepared our tableside meals was excellent.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

January 3, 2018

Undeniably one of the best fine dining experiences in London. These guys are pros. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2018

Everything excellent as normal. Christa did a wonderful job looking after us. Thank-you very much. Best restaurant in London!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 2, 2018

We were dissatisfied with this new year meal salad was poor too much cheese on the escargot vol e von pastry had too much sauce tails were still on the shrimp escargot had too much cheese and I don’t consider a chocolate brownie with ice cream a fitting dessert from a high class restaurant

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2018

The people in our party that had the Caesar salad were not impressed as it was watery and way too vinegary, this is supposed to be one of your specialties, The meals were okay but not super special like last year ,

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

December 30, 2017

Everything exceeded our expectations. The staff was knowledgeable, efficient, warm and professional. We will be back very soon. DN

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2017

I proposed to my boyfriend. And micheals did a wonderdul job helping me have the most perfect night. They played the song i wanted and did everything just right. The food ,atmosphere and everything was so perfect. We both had a wonderful evening there. Thank you micheals.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2017

Absolutely a wonderful meal with family in a private room where we still could hear the live entertainment! And the atmosphere of your fine restaurant. Always a pleasure. An Italian family member said "it was the best meal she could remember!" Thanks for an evening to remember with an excellent server, Cathie and Ken Shillington

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2017

Superlative service and the highest-quality ingredients. What a delightful evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2017

The best as usual

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2017

Great to be back and have the usual great dinner!!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2017

The smile on my ladys face was Worth ever doler i spent

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2017

We received excellent service and within the time period we had specified. Everyone was attentive and pleasant. The food was delicious and accommodations were made on request. Thank you for a lovely holiday lunch.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 18, 2017

First rate service, the most delicious pickerel I've ever had, beautiful ambiance. We go on Saturday especially to hear the jazz trio. Lovely dinner music and not too loud - so we can still have a conversation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2017

Amazing pleasant and prompt service. Delicious food and great atmosphere. Very accommodating for a large group and a lot of changes. Thank you very much.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2017

Once we got there we had a great experience. However I was very disappointed in the reservation process. Our family was gathering and wanted to have lunch so I booked the table for 12:30 in October. I called to confirm two weeks before and was told there was no reservation recorded. So I rebooked our table for 8 for 12:30. A week later I got a call saying the restaurant was closed at lunch! But they would look into it and get back to me to see if th

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2017

Always wonderful spending the evening with you! Joelle and her staff couldn't do enough for us and we are looking forward to coming back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

Wonderful time for our 40th anniversary.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2017

My wife and I had Chateaubriand for two it was warm but not really hot enough and the vegitables were quite cool. My daughters Fillet was very good, but she was brought the wrong wine which they changed quickly . We did have a good night, and hope to be back..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 10, 2017

Awesome...especially to table entree service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2017

CATEAUBRIAND RARE WAS MED RARE TO MED....DISAPPOINTED GOOD FOOD NEVERTHELESS

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2017

The restaurant continues to be the bar that all other restaurants must try to jump over. The main reason is the staff. Fabulous food and classic dining experience. I eaten pretty much everywhere, and this place is the best—-final! I can’t wait to return and order the things I passed on. John Anderson CEO Canada Steel

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2017

We had an excellent lunch at Michael's on the Thames. 3 people in our party ordered the prime rib and said it was wonderful. The mashed potatoes and vegetables that came with the prime rib were perfect. For myself, I ordered a gluten-free crepe in a cream sauce with a side salad. It was amazingly delicious, and I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a gluten-friendly, amazing lunch. We had two servers who were both really great. The service was friendly, fun, and prompt. The servers were also very knowledgeable about the menu, and helped us make good choices.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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