for renovations and patio repair from Sunday November 3rd through Monday November 11th.


  Tuesday November 12th.

Thanksgiving Day

  we will be open with seatings at 1pm and 4pm. We will have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, whipped potatoes, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, and tea or water. Dessert choices will be pumpkin cheesecake with house whipped cream or Jack Daniels pecan pie with vanilla bean ice cream. Full wine and beer menu available, sold separately. Please call for more information and reservations.

Welcome to Michael J's

Offering the best of Italian-American cuisine and service to Ruidoso

"Taste and
elegance in an intimate setting..."

Michael J's Restaurant. 601 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345

Since 2013

Welcome to Michael J's

Michael J’s by Chef Brian Flowers is an intimate fine dining Italian American restaurant in Ruidoso NM. Chef Brian Flowers has been in the kitchen since the opening six years ago and developed the base menu. In June of 2019, Chef Brian purchased Michael J’s and has added new items to the menu while ensuring that ambiance and menu that Michael J's has become known for have been maintained.

The menu offers veal and chicken as well as seafood choices such as Crab Cakes for a great appetizer or Williams Brothers Alaskan Salmon for a main course. While the lasagna is one of the most popular dishes, there are also gluten free options. To accompany your meal, there are red wine options such as Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon and La Crema Pinot Noir, or white wines such as Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio and Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay. Save room for dessert! We offer a delicious house-made cheesecake that is a must try!

When dining with us you can expect to be greeted with a welcoming smile as soon as you walk in the door. Our low lighting, warm atmosphere and fantastic servers will ensure you have a wonderful occasion. The generous portions and our kitchen team's skills will make certain that you come back in the future to try other entrées. We look forward to seeing you!

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Our Staff

Brian Flowers


Our Staff

Christopher Bustillos

Sous Chef

Reservations are recommended. Call on open days after 1pm. Please DO NOT email.

Opening hours


Private Parties

Available upon request and reservation, including extended hours. Please contact us to celebrate your occasion in style!

  • Business Events
  • Birthdays
  • Rehearsal Dinners
Our Staff

Nicole Teigen

Front End Manager

Please complete the form to get in touch

Call for reservations after 1 PM on open days.

Private Parties
Complete the form to begin arrangements.


(575) 257-9559

Please do not email for reservations.


601 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345