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1 York St, London, ON N6A 1A1
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Closed now 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Methods of Payment:

  • masterCard
  • visa
  • interac
  • giftCertificate
  • cash
  • amex

Rates:

  • $13 - $45,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Specializing In Table Side Cooking,

Cuisine type

  • Continental,

Dishes

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

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

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

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

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

Ratings & Reviews - Michael's On The Thames

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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Service: 4.1/5
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leep9907
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We enjoyed a lovely dinner here on our anniversary. The srvice and the food were both good. We SO appreciated our hot entrees served Hot, (as they should be) and served on hot plates!! We wish more restarateurs would do this. Also the fancy chocolate-dipped strawberries in whipped cream were a surprise for our anniversary! Nice touch in a pleasant atmosphere.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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July 17, 2018

Best meal we've had in a long time... caesar salad was unbelievable. Service very friendly!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2018

Amazing as usual. Sadly we just discovered Michael's. It's so nice to have a classy atmosphere, great food, and attentive service . A real treat

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2018

Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2018

A wonderful evening! The food was fabulous and staff was attentive without being intrusive on our special night out. Thank you Michael's!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

We had a 50th SURPRISE birthday party at Michaels on the Thames. Not only was the staff accommodating in our pre-party planning but went above and beyond the day of the party! The food was amazing and the staff warm and friendly. Our day was filled with gratitude and total appreciation for the perfect setting with the perfect staff for our perfect day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

A fun and good time was had by all!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2018

My partner and I came to Michaels for our anniversary dinner. He has the captains cut prime rib steak and I had the surf au vol seafood medley. Both meals were fresh and the taste was phenomenal. Service was great, atmosphere was really nice and quiet. We had a nice window seat in the sun room. Overall wonderful dinner experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 3, 2018

Great meal, great service! Will return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2018

Best meal and atmosphere ever

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2018

We had a very top notch chateau Briand Will definitely be back! Worth the drive from kitchener

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 27, 2018

As usual everyone thought the event exceeded thei excellent expectations. Thaak you so very much for making our little event so very wonderful. Evelyn

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 26, 2018

Very good food & atmosphere. Unfortunately the road closure puts some frustration into the equation, but the food & service was worth it!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 22, 2018

We had a grand time

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 21, 2018

Service and the restaurant was so enjoyable. The food was amazing. Been a long time since we've been here we thought we would try it again and we're very surprised of what we've been missing. One word sums it up excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2018

A terrific dinner and wonderful experience. It was all good, but the Caesar salad was to die for. It was a special birthday, and we were certainly not disappointed. ...except maybe that we were too full to try the "Monkey" dessert!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2018

Really enjoyed the music of Accent Trio, as well as excellent food and service. A very special way to spend an evening. Still the best place in London for a celebration. There is a construction zone at the front, but entering from the side street was a breeze - thanks to instructions from the helpful staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 17, 2018

Our first experience here was great but we won't return again after this meal. Quite mediocre food (lamb & prime rib overdone). The greeter who seated us helped out with table side ceasar salad because they were backed up. None of us finished as it was so acidic from too many lemons! As they cleared our salad plates we stated that the salad wasn't very well prepared. This waiter did not even make a comment. We likely overtipped as well!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

June 17, 2018

Is there a higher than five rating for the food 😁 It was delicious as usual! We thoroughly enjoyed every course. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2018

Celebrated graduations and was thrilled with the service and the food. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Surpassed expectations.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 13, 2018

It was such a wonderful evening.My husband enjoyed the table service with the duck a la orange he ordered. It was very thoughtful of the staff to give us chocolate covered strawberries for our 35th Anniversary,

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2018

I took my girlfriend out for dinner, I never thought it would be so romantic, the food was excellent, the hosts were very friendly and accomadating. Sherry and myself were amazed with the entire meal. Thanks for everything perfect evening. Sherry and Mike.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 11, 2018

Once again we had a fabulous experience at Michael's on the Thames. The service and food are always second to none. Some at our table enjoyed seafood dishes while others had the Chateaubriand. (4 of our meals were prepared table-side, an extra treat to watch!) All in our group said their meals were excellent. This visit we also enjoyed a lovely addition- live dinner music by Jim Chapman. He has a beautiful voice and sang songs from many different eras. Thank you for noticing we were celebrating my son's university graduation and bringing him a special dessert. We loved our evening at Michael's and are grateful to have a restaurant where you can always count on top notch food, great service and a lovely atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

Great ossobuco and caesar salad. My grandparents had the lamb chops and sea scallops and were very impressed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

Meal was the worst meal I’ve ever had. Had to send it back 2x. Still had 130.00 bill. Will not return.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 5/5

June 6, 2018

An excellent experience again. Special thanks to Maria!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 5, 2018

I write this for a the benefit of people who have not yet had the pleasure of dining at Michaels on the Thames. Once you’ve been there, you will be back. It will become “your” place, the way it has been “ours” for 30 years. The food is exceptional but is easily surpassed by the service and the ambiance. I’m obviously biased as I proposed to my wife there 31 years ago and we celebrated our 30th anniversary last Saturday night. I can’t guarantee the marital results but culinary results will not disappoint. Enjoy!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2018

great time had by all - thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 3, 2018

I think an on line map of how to reach you by Thames St. would be very helpful. I had to give it a try the day before. When you see the tunnel it is hard to believe you go through there. Just a thought.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 22, 2018

Great service and food as usual! We have been going to this restaurant for over 25 years for our special occasions and we love the restaurant. We will continue to go to this restaurant for all of our special occasions.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 20, 2018

Children’s meals were not fully cooked and our large group was cramped into a space that was much to small for the size of group. Service was friendly however the minimal space really put a damper on our enjoyment at this venue. Food was average. I don’t think I will be returning for my next group function. The management choose quantity of people it could fit into the restaurant (and hence profit) over quality of experience and food. It’s too bad really.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

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