When one thinks of fine cuisine in Lake County, Mt. Dora, Clermont, and the Villages top the charts. Umatilla (YOU-MA-TILL-A) may not have even been on the list until now.
Kit and Michael Hill, owners of Michael's, recently moved to the Umatilla area and brought with them Michael's passion of fine cuisine. They purchased a small building off of SR19 in Umatilla that once housed "U China Buffet." With a little help from Leslie Wasgatt of LDW Faux and Mural, the restaurant got a fresh new look to attract people to come visit the new establishment.
When you first walk in, you notice that you are not in Kansas anymore. The booths are nicely upholstered, the table clothes are freshly pressed, and the cloth napkins are embroidered with the Michael's name. Not your norm for the Umatilla area, but it is working for them. Each booth features a different theme in the pictures that are displayed. The pictures are supplied by Michael's parents, who have recently taken a liking to travel.
As you can imagine, the food is of the fine cuisine palette. The menu boasts a wonderful selection of salad, pasta, beef, and fish entrees. Michael has personally put this menu together based on his experience and his studies at culinary school. However, do not fret when it comes to the price to experience these mouthwatering dishes. The prices are very reasonable compared to those of other competitors located just down the street in Mt. Dora.
Whether you want to visit for lunch or dinner, or simply call in to pick up an order to take home, Kit and Michael will make you feel like part of their family and make sure that you are completely satisfied with your dining experience. So join me in welcoming Michael's to the neighborhood by making them your family's choice for a casual fine dinning restaurant.
Michael's is located at 531 N Central Umatilla, FL 32784. (352) 669-3494