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Jan 10, 2011 05:06 AM

Groupon today for Michael in Winnetka

FYI: $30 for $60 worth of food: a pretty awesome deal even for Groupon!

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  1. Too bad they're pulling a bait-and-switch now, excluding Fri and Sat nights from 615pm to 8pm. How do you honestly change redemption terms a month after people buy a groupon for your restaurant? Ridiculous. Refund, please. Oh, and I'll never go to Michael again.

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    1. re: mattyb

      I agree that this is not a good practice on the part of the restaurant. However, Michael is so consistently great - if I had to name my five best meals in the Chicago area in the past five years, at least three of them would be at Michael - I think you're just depriving yourself of great food if you decide never to go there. I've reported on some of those great meals at

      1. re: nsxtasy

        Appreciate your perspective, but I've been there many times as well, and have enjoyed the meals. I just won't be going back. I have a real problem with what they've done here. It's not like they had never done a Groupon before (they have). And don't worry about me and finding great food - there is a lot of it in the Chicago area. I will never be accused of "depriving" myself of food of any kind...hope you keep enjoying all of it as well.

        1. re: mattyb

          I don't understand what happened here. Did they offer a Groupon with no restrictions, and then, when you showed up on a Friday or Saturday evening, said the Groupon is not valid for that time period?

          1. re: jjo

            I purchased the Michael Groupon on January 11. Here is the text of the email I received yesterday:

            Thanks for purchasing the Restaurant Michael Groupon.

            We’re writing to inform you of an important change to the redemption instructions for this Groupon.

            The redemption instructions originally stated that it was not valid on the following days: 2/14/11, 12/24/11 or 12/31/11. This business has changed these blackout dates to include Fridays and Saturdays between 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., so please make sure that your reservation does not fall between those times when using your Groupon.

            If you are no longer interested in using this Groupon due to the new information, please let us know at and we’d be happy to issue you a full refund.

            Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

            1. re: mattyb

              I am happy to say that I am now able to enjoy Michael's again. This email just came through. Groupon misstated the terms.
              Thanks for purchasing the Restaurant Michael Groupon.

              Unfortunately, the previous announcement we sent about this Groupon was incorrect. Your Groupon is still valid on Friday and Saturday evenings – you simply cannot make a reservation for those times. Restaurant Michael does not accept any reservations on Friday or Saturday between 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

              Sorry for any confusion this might have caused.

              This Groupon is still not valid on the blackout dates originally listed in the Fine Print: 2/14/11, 12/24/11 or 12/31/11.

              As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at and we’ll be happy to assist you.

              And thanks again for using Groupon!

              1. re: mattyb

                I have to say we went to Michael's after very much excitment (we had been passing by every day for 3 years).. and well nothing met our expectation.
                The food was really just so-so and quite traditional. Nothing exciting. Mine was good. but nothing crazy. for the price, I can think of a couple places in the same area I would rather go to (Quince..)
                It was first time and we wont be back.
                we did the 4 course I think..
                here is what we ate:
                Duo of Alaskan King Crab, Citrus, Fennel and Crab Salad Scented with Tahitian Vanilla & Tempura King Crab Leg

                Braised Beef Short Rib and Tarragon Spatzle Ragout Topped with a Hard Seared Jumbo Diver Scallop (i think..)
                Another app

                I had fish and hubby had duck..
                dessert was the "fallen chocolte souffle", he had some ice cream.
                overall very stuffy old style ambiance..
                would not recommend for "younger" couple...and I dont mean early twenties by younger :)