Who We Are

The Genuine Hospitality Group is James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz’s restaurant group that began in 2007 with the opening of flagship Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, setting the bar for neighborhood dining with its menu based on simple preparations of fresh ingredients and the atmosphere to match.

Now encompassing 10 restaurants from waterfront fine dining to a casual pizzeria brand, Genuine is a thoughtful approach–not just making food that tastes great from quality ingredients presented simply, but a tireless, it-can-always-be-better attention to detail in every aspect of the dining experience.

According to Schwartz, the philosophy is simple: The secret to good food is good food.  People flock for the delicious food, thanks to a commitment to quality sourcing and emphasis on seasonal ingredients at their peak. The lively bar and raw bar, formidable cocktail and wine program and delightfully buzzy and sunny courtyard keep guests hungry for more.

This infectious combination unpretentiously laid back and magnetic with energy is what we strive to create in every space we inhabit. 

Schwartz won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South in 2010.  Outside of the restaurant, Schwartz focuses his time and influence supporting the arts and causes such as Share our Strength, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Slow Food (from which he received its Miami convivium’s first “Snail of Approval”) and Wellness in the Schools.  His second cookbook, Genuine Pizza: Better Pizza at Home is due out May 14, 2019 with Abrams Books.

For links to our restaurants, visit the blog’s homepage sidebar.

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