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Michael's On East
Michael's On East

Michael's On East Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bestfood.com
  • Email: reservations@bestfood.com
  • Phone: (941) 366-0007 x224
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday, 6 p.m. - close

    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lounge

    Live Music:
    Tuesday - Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lounge
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Steak, International
  • Executive Chef: Jamil Pineda
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Catering: In addition to the fabulous Ballroom, Atrium, and Wine Cellar, Michael's has other incredible venues for your parties and special events. Whatever the occasion, Philip Mancini and the staff of Michael's On East are in the business of crating Memorable events. From dazzling galas for 1,000 or more, to an intimate candlelit dinner for two. We pride ourselves on making every event unique, on providing Sarasota's finest cuisine and the best service on Florida's Gulf Coast!
  • Entertainment: Soak up the smooth melodies as Joe Micals plays jazz and pop favorites in our intimate piano lounge - Monday - Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. A great place to mix and mingle!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bahia Vista
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer both Valet and Self-Parking. Valet Parking is located on East Ave.
A word from Michael's On East
Founded on April 27, 1987, the celebrated Michael’s On East restaurant takes fine dining to another level, offering award-winning cuisine and outstanding service, in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. Michael's On East was one of only ten restaurants in the nation to be inducted into the 2009 Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame, considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry, and recently received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award.

Upon entering the dining room, you are immediately dazzled by the plush design and inspired décor. The restaurant’s intimate aura, along with its contemporary fare, world-class wine cellar and incomparable service, create an unparalleled dining experience that will give you every reason to keep coming back.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great restaurant and exceptional service, fantastice appetizers, great menu and wonderful wine list. Tough restaurant to top in sarasota area......................"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Michael's on East fits the bill for everything. The food is beautifully prepared and delicious....consistently good. The service is attentive and the restaurant is lovely. It's special for a casual lunch and perfect for celebrating a special occasion. It's one of my favorites."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great place to take clients for lunch! Staff is extremely attentive and never obtrusive. Food and beverages always outstanding."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food was wonderful and A.J. made our dinner extra special."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Whenever in Sarasota, we love to dine at Michaels on East. The food is creative and delicious. The atmosphere very friendly and attractive. Always a memorable dining experience. Wish we had one in Tampa."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My husband and I are from Punta Gorda, Fflorida. We drove up to Sarasota this past Tuesday for a show at the Van Wezel. We had reservations for 6:15; however upon arrival at 6:00 p.m. We were directly taken to a table. That was wonderful. We love Michaels as a date spot. Everything was wonderful from arrival to departure. The staff, waiter, wine, and food were awesome. You can never go wrong at Michaels from the appetizers to the your meal. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Overpriced, but good food and open late. Please shoot the piano player."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We always enjoy the epicurian menus but they're not quite the "food/value" since the price has gone up to $34.95 per/per. We did not see this advertised."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a very good waitress who was also very knowledgeable about options for members of our party with food allergies. The food was very good. The only downside of the dining experience was that the dining room was very loud. At times we had trouble hearing the conversation at our own table. Overall it was a very good experience, perhaps there are quieter areas which I will inquire about if I go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Michael's and as always the service and the food were impeccable."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food was great. We were disappointed about the level of noise. Not a place to go for a quiet dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've dined here several times and it keeps getting better. This past Saturday myself and 2 others went for a late dinner and were blown away with everything. I left the wine pairings in my server's, Joe, hands and he did not disappoint. I honestly couldn't have been more pleased with my evening. Joe was a fantastic server - on par with the quality of Ritz Carlton/Four Seasons employees - and the restaurant in general is a great place for that special dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had a fabulous birthday lunch with my best friend, my husband. Everything was special and Chris, our waiter made it even more so. Definitely a winner for future occasions! Thanks Michael's on East...."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "food and presentation were outstanding! took close friends from up north here for their 42nd anniversary and they were impressed"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had planned on being in the Sarasota area visiting friends and wanted to take them out to dinner while they put us up for the next 5 days. After checking out several websites we decided on Michael's and we were all happy with the choice. Our waiter, Joe, was very knowledgeable and helpful. We received just the right amount of attention and input and we all loved our dishes; various steaks and seafood dishes. The reviews that made me hesitant to choose Michael's were the reviews that thought the piano bar was too obtrusive. We sat in the dining room, not far from the piano, but did not have any problem with the sound level and did enjoy the music. We have already decided to visit again on our next trip to the area."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food is always perfect, and so beautifully presented. There is great attention to service and making sure we are very happy. We were!!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our first visit to Michael's on East was an awesome experience from beginning to end. We went to the bar for a drink before dinner, great happy hour on wine. We had a great booth table and our waiter was sooo friendly and engaging even though he was fairly busy. I had salmon bruschetta to start and the ahi tuna for my entree, both awesome. My husband had the Sea bass for his entree which was awesome as well, the only disappointment of the evening was his app, carpaccio. Presented beautifully but flavorless! We will definitely go back. It is pricey, but worth the experience for a special evening!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "It was a wonderful luncheon with my out of town family members. The hostess, Maggie, is an upbeat person and very in tune with the needs of the guests. Our waitress, Shannon, did not hesitate to meet any special requests we had - and she did so with a vibrant smile. It is a true delight to dine with Michael's on East. Fabulous food, fabulous staff, and fabulous ambiance."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The pork dinner was amazing....great wine list and atmosphere. Filet was cooked perfectly.. Will go back any day."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Michaels on East added last month lunch feature, flounder,not their regular menu. I was happy to see this so I did try it last month and enjoyed the dish."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Perfect for celebrations, service is outstanding as is the food."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Once again, Michael's proved to be a great choice. Lots of food allergies at our table, and the waiter handled then beautifully. I asked for a quiet table and got one in the corner…Perfect! Good food, good experience. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Looks like a local favorite. Food was great went on a Friday night and had the lobster bucket. It was great. Had a piano bar which was fun. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Outstanding! Our server Kelly was attentive, helpful and friendly. Appetizers - Oysters and Escargot and Lobster. Entrees - Rib Eye Steak - one of the best steaks I've ever had. Perfectly crusted, sizzling, cooked just right. Diver Scallops with Lobster, Gnocchi, simply spectacular. Side: Potato Fritters - a must try. Wonderfully delicious Cabernet from South Africa with the meal. The wine list is presented on an iPad. If you think this is a gimmick, think again. The way Michael's wine list is presented on the iPad makes the wine selection process a pleasure. Dessert: Key Lime Tart, enjoyed with steaming hot espresso. This was one of the best dinner experiences we've EVER had. Can I give Michael's on East six stars? OUTSTANDING!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We like to try different restaurants when we travel, and Michael's was rated highly on Trip Advisor. We really enjoyed our dinner, it was relaxing and special. The menu was varied and different. We started with the beet salad which was outstanding. I had the chicken with spatzels and red cabbage (very good) and my husband had the salmon that came with spicy beets and "forbidden" rice. He was not crazy about the rice (it was black) but the rest was very good. We used GPS to find the restaurant but it may be a little difficult to find -- not too visible from the road we came in on."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant for a special birthday celebration. Food was excellent all around. Wait staff is friendly and helpful. Our waiter, Joe, took birthday pictures of us all and offered assistance for the vegetarian diners in menu selection. Lovely event in an inviting and hospitable atmosphere. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We have visited Michael's on East twice and both times we have had exceptional service and delicious food! We love the décor, we think the service is impeccable and the food outstanding - it never disappoints us."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening, but the prices were mid town Manhattan. I question the value of pricing."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Despite requesting a quiet table, we were seated at a table the size of a postage stamp in the midst of a number of large parties. We did ask for another table and were directed to a much better spot. Hostess was great. The food was hit and miss. The " signature" onion rings were ok but I don't know what the hype is all about. My wife's steak-au-pav was very good. The pompano I had was good but in a sauce that overpowered the fish. The two accompanying large shrimp were tasteless. The service was terrific. All in all, not a bad meal but in our opinion there are much better restaurants in Sarasota"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The best meal in Sarasota , beautiful presentation , abundant portions, delicious and unique flavors."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Absolutely fabulous. Everyone in this Sarasota area should experience the exceptional quality and ambiance of this very special and unique culinary gem. It is one of our favorites and look forward to enjoying an evening every time we are here."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had Thanksgiving dinner at Michaels with a large group and it was very good. The atmosphere and service are excellent. My companion had swordfish and it was dry. I had the French meal. I had hoped for raw tuna and it was tuna salad as the first course. The hanger steak was tough. The dessert was very good. We did have very good chicken wings in the bar. I am a retired caterer and have been in the high end hospitality business for over 30 years. We might try again for lunch."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding, the food, waiter, and overall experience. We will return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We made reservations a month in advance & was told our night would be very special for valentines day. It was anything but special! They sat us right next to the bar & my husband couldn't even sit down because the bar was so packed with people. The hostess didn't even care, she just walked away. We finally had to ask the people behind us if they would please allow my husband to sit down. Then we waited & waited for our waitress (granted it was a very busy night). When the waitress did show up she was very hurried & seemed annoyed with being sent to wait on us. In the meantime my poor husband was being knocked into & pushed by the swarms of people at the bar. The waitress next to us finally took our drink order Too bad! Not so special!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I recommend booking for a weekday and asking for a table away from the bar and the piano bar, otherwise I think it might be really noisy. You can't review the menu on opentable, which I think makes it difficult to decide to go here but I gather the menu changes quite a bit. I recommend the fried oyster salad or experimenting from their selection of starters, appetizers and salads or maybe just pick from these rather than the entrees. I mention the salad because it was excellent and to make the point that there are some very unique dishes here. Some very standard steak selections but you can choose a variety of sauces such as béarnaise to go with it. The service was outstanding. I would go there again but it's a gamble."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for a birthday celebration on a Wednesday evening. We were expecting a quiet, intimate experience but instead we could hardly hear each other talk over the large company gathering behind us and the piano at the piano bar. The group behind us was giving "speeches" which was very distracting. The food was quite tasty and the service was fine, although it was clear that our server was feeling harassed by the noise and work load as well. Definitely pick another spot for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The steaks were the best we had eaten in years! The sides were delicious and very generous."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Best wine list in Sarasota , food consistently good, service on top of there game that equals a great dining experience, you will not be disappointed ENJOY"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The food and service were very good and the atmosphere was romantic. I would definitely go back for a special occasion. It is not an everyday type of restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excelllent experience/ Great food, fantastic service and nice ambience.."
    Dined on 2/15/2014