Michael’s Tasting Room rebrands and debuts new menu

Chef Michael Lugo’s popular downtown St. Augustine restaurant announces new concept

St. Augustine, Florida  – Lobster gnocchi over corn saffron puree, Wagyu beef cheeks with yuca mofongo mash, and crab croquetas with datil guava glaze are just a few of the new menu items offered up at Michael’s, a 57-seat restaurant nestled at 25 Cuna Street in downtown St. Augustine. CLICK HERE to view the new menu.

Michael’s is located at 25 Cuna Street in downtown St. Augustine.

Established in 2006 by Chef Michael Lugo, what was once known as Michael’s Tasting Room has officially become just Michael’s.

Michael Lugo

“I’m excited for this new leg of my culinary journey,” explained Lugo, the restaurant’s owner and head chef. “After managing Opus 39 and then having different investors with hands in my projects, I was never fully able to tell my story. Michael’s gives me the chance to explore my Puerto Rican roots and get back to where I began as a chef – the steakhouse.”

Aside from fresh seafood dishes, cheese and charcuterie plates, and Latin-inspired starters, Michael’s is focusing on nearly a dozen prime steakhouse cuts. Guests can feast on their choice of a 28-day aged New York Strip, bone-in Filet Mignon, or the Denver Steak, a cut of Jackman Natural Florida Wagyu beef. Each steak is served with a signature sauce ranging from Herb Chimichurri to Red Pepper Romesco.

“I feel like I’ve finally found my voice,” said Lugo as he sits in the newly revamped dining room of his restaurant. “I’m a Puerto Rican chef living in the Nation’s Oldest City, paying homage to Spanish and European influences, and offering a fine dining steakhouse component, which is quintessential Americana. Pair that with our one-of-a-kind dessert program in partnership with local chocolatier, Nils Rowland of Crème de la Cocoa, and our extensive 400-label wine selection and you have Michael’s.”


Established in 2006, Michael’s is located at 25 Cuna Street in downtown St. Augustine, Florida and open Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Michael’s is closed on Mondays.

Learn more MichaelsSA.com or call 904-810-2400. Follow along on Facebook @MichaelsStAugustine and Instagram @MichaelsStAugustine

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