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1 York St, London, ON N6A 1A1
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Rates:

  • $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

  • Fine Dining,
  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Continental,

Dishes

  • Seafood,
  • Steak,
  • Roast Beef,
  • Roast Lamb,
  • Chicken,
  • Dessert,
    • Filet Mignon,
    • Pasta,
    • Vegetarian Cuisine,
    • Vegan,
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Features

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

  • Romantic,
  • Upscale,

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,
  • The Perfect Celebration Destination,
  • Continental Cuisine,
  • Caesar Salad Tableside,
  • Private Functions,
  • Coporate Events,

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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Excellent and a London Staple!!

My husband and I have made Michael's a part of out life for many years now, for personal celebrations and business meeting lunches. The atmosphere is classy and elegant and so are the staff! The food is wonderful!! I would recommend this resturant to anyone.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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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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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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September 24, 2017

We celebrated my mother-in-law's 80th birthday at this wonderful restaurant. The staff were very attentive and friendly. It was an experience watching our meals being prepared table side! This was my 3 visit to Michael's on the Thames and I will certainly be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2017

First time at Michael's on the Thames, went for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Food was delicious, service was excellent. Would go back (especially for the prime rib!)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2017

My girlfriend and I went to your exquisite establishment to celebrate her 22nd birthday. We were treated to quite honestly the best food we have every had the pleasure of tasting. We were especially impressed with the use of locally sourced ingredients for the dishes. The service provided was excellent, the atmosphere in the room overlooking the Thames River was very tranquil, and the memories made there unforgettable. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 20, 2017

My future wife and I went to Michael's on the Thames to celebrate the anniversary of our first meeting. The dinner we enjoyed at Michael's was truly memorable. Everything was absolutely perfect, from the lovely setting to the impeccable service to the magnificent food. If you are looking for a very special meal, we highly recommend Michael's. I am sure that we will be going back again and again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2017

We arranged a luncheon for a service club of 30+ people. The Michael's staff were excellent and arranged a special group menu for us, accommodating several people with special needs. The atmosphere was perfect, and we had many compliments from the group, wanting to select Michael's again for the next event.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2017

I come here a lot with family but this was perfect for hosting a business brunch! Will definitely be rebooking a table here soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2017

Another wonderful evening at Michael's on the Thames, complete with great food, excellent service, and entertainment to boot.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2017

My husband and and I had the tastiest meal we've had at a restaurant in quite some time. The staff were so pleasant and the service was excellent. Definitely recommend the lamb chops and the steak!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2017

amazing food and prompt service, staff very helpful and fast. thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2017

Once again, our anniversary dinner was beyond expectations. The service was impeccable and friendly. Our meals were superb! We've made a pact to make Michael's our forever Anniversary place. Thanks for making our evening so enjoyable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2017

We were at Michaels on the Thames celebrating our parents 65th wedding anniversary. The room was perfect, food fantastic and servers did a great job. Thanks for helping to make this special occasion most enjoyable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2017

I made a reservation for my wife and I's first wedding anniversary. When we arrived, we were seated at a table facing a romantic fireplace in a cozy quiet setting with live music that played soft renditions of classic hits. The staff catered to all of our needs, the food was delicious and cooked to perfection, and we were treated to a surprise dessert in honour of our anniversary. I would highly recommend dining here, it was worth every cent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

love this place! All 3 courses were table side and it was absolutely amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2017

Service was excellent. A lot of the dinner was prepared tableside. I can not remember the waiter's name but he served great food and was very personable as were the other staff. We enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. This was our first time for dinner but will not be our last!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2017

The warm welcome, efficient service, top quality meals and all of the special personal touches were much enjoyed and appreciated! This all made for a very special night out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2017

Attentive staff. Good price performance ratio. The music selection was very good and not to loud. We had a great time there and we will recommend it further. Thank you. :-)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

We've been going there for almost 30 years. We've celebrated almost every Anniversary there along with many other momentous occasions. My only disappointment is that the menu has changed. They've taken away my favourite dish - pork with apple chutney.... so disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2017

Always the right atmosphere to celebrate any occasion. The service was outstanding also.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2017

Would have responded sooner, but we were out-of-town and busy the last few days. The Atmosphere, Service and Food were excellent on all counts, including how willingly and well they met a couple of special dietary requests, AND how cooperative they all were in working with our daughter in Toronto -- who intervened on our behalf to help create an even more special 50th anniversary dinner . We're now looking for excuses to enjoy another dinner there ASAP.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2017

The only complaint I have is that the food was only warm & the plate it was served on was room temperature . The table side Caesar salad wasn't as good as the last time we where at your restaurant 2 years ago . Although the food tasted excellent... I had the prime rib w/ lobster tail & my wife had scallops

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 27, 2017

We can't express enough gratitude and appreciation for everything Devon and Cory and staff did for our family celebration. Everything was exceptional. We had the fixed menu, and everything was delicious, with fantastic portion sizes too. The staff was so attentive. We couldn't have picked a better place to host our family celebration. Thank you so much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2017

We were a group of 30 and the evening went perfectly! Can't say enough about the food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

Thank you for an unforgettable evening...!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

Great experience, will be returning for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

We Love Michael's from start to finish. Always a wonderful dinner out

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 18, 2017

We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary and enjoyed having a private dining room to celebrate their special occasion. The food and service was fantastic!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2017

The food was cooked perfectly, presented attractively, and tasted heavenly. It's the reason one goes to Michael's. It was my daughter's 21st birthday and I wanted it to be memorable for her. Between myself and the staff at Michael's I think we succeeded.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2017

My only complaint is the websites dinner menu wasnt the same as the one we were given at the restaurant. Wasnt a big deal though. Also dessert is amazing here!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2017

Very welcoming atmosphere with superior level of service throughout the entire meal. Excellent food preparation and presentation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2017

Had a great meal, excellent service and a pleasure to eat in a quiet restaurant where one can enjoy a conversation.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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