Michael's On East
Michael's On East

Michael's On East

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bestfood.com/
  • Phone: 9413660007x224
  • 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: Steak, International, Contemporary American
  • 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
  • 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 25th 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
Michael's On East reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (117)notable wine list (88)romantic (87)fit for foodies (84)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (31)great for lunch (29)good for groups (28)hot spot (24)great for brunch (17)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Incredible Evening
    JimJ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a restaurant by which all others should be judged since they do everything flawlessly. Because we were celebrating an anniversary with friends,, when I made the reservation, I requested a corner booth which is always my favorite. Despite it being a busy Saturday evening, the specific booth I requested was waiting for me. Every dish we ordered was spectacular and our waitress, Shannon, did an outstanding job of taking care of us in a lighthearted, entertaining yet professional manner. Some people may consider the menu a little pricy but, for the quality and quantity of food you get, it's actually a bargain. To top off the evening, Michael, the owner even stopped by to chat with us and make sure everything was perfect - which it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been wanting to go here for years and after going there this past week for lunch, I am upset that I didn't do it sooner. It was one of the best places we ladies have been to in this area. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing The owner Michael even came over to our table to meet us and I got to hear about his latest travels. This is a MUST go to restaurant. Lunch prices are very good. I am a huge foodie and this restaurant exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We have eaten here four or five times and each time is wonderful. Caviar is delicious and great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Sarasota
    DocWayne
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Michael's always excels in fine food and great service. It is an exceptional treat to dine here and it never disappoints. The wine list is quite good and the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodiequeen44
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and service were excellent as always. When I mentioned that the croutons (on the Ceasar Salad) were stale, the water told the chef and we were presented with a "compensatory" small crab appetizer. Nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Chef Penada knows how to season food to enhance the flavors of a dish. Lovely presentation and the highest quality and the freshest food. The service was excellent as they went above and beyond to ensure we were pleased. Comprehensive wine list to satisfy any oenophilia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food, excellent service
    Kenn
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went there for our 25th anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The food was very good, the service was excellent and the ambiance was great. Very good wine list (actually give you an iPad with the list on it and a description of each wine. Turns out On Tuesdays all wine is half price which was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Lovefinedine
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Have been to Micheals probably 5 or 6 times. Always great food and service. We love what the chef comes up with. Gordon Ramsey would be proud to eat there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Place Ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and the service is always great! Ask for Danielle as your Server, she goes beyond most.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • uncomfortably loud
    HandsUpVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As usual the food was exceptional and imaginatively presented The problem was the exuberant piano player who was playing anything but dinner music i such a refined restaurant The music was too loud to even converse with our table mates unless focusing intently on their every word It seemed as if the piano playe was playing to show off his talent(which was negligible) to the people surrounding the piano bar and not playing for the dinner enjoyment of the other patrons
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • idil
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great as always...Good food & service.............
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night Out
    Fergy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a friend in from out of town who enjoys eating good food. We had an excellent meal, I had the rack of lamb and my friend had the veal chop. We both agreed that they were done to perfection. If there was a draw back it was the noise level of two young children who were at the opposite table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School
    Citizen
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Michaels is a good restaurant; and we're glad we went. This was a birthday celebration and the restaurant treated us very well (and not over the top). Maybe it's a contrast with restaurants in Northern California, we found the decor and approach a bit old style. The food was good and there were a number of interesting choices. The special, prix fixe offering was very tempting. Presentation was attractive but just a bit much - there could have been less watercress salad which could have been better trimmed of stems. The crab cakes had a bit less lump crab than we were expecting. The wine list is very good and reasonably priced. It was also nice to have a an optional pour size.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special dinner
    time2loveit
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We celebrated a special night for us and they staff went all out to help us have a spectacular and memorable evening. We loved it and will be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always awesome!!!
    LanaT
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a delicious lunch with great service and ambience. Always love dining at Michael's whether for lunch, dinner or just hanging out in the bar listening to the piano music!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael's Fan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This was our second time at Michael's. The second was as great as the first. This time was a special occasion (pre-wedding) dinner gift for my Brother & Fiance. Our server & host made it memorable. And of course the food was outstanding....Tase & presentation you could not beat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never Disappointed
    WesleyVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Best restaurant in Sarasota, easy entry via valet parking, service friendly and informative , wine list on Ipad ( Michael has a wine cellar next door so choices excellent ) and food was outstanding--enjoy Wesley
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always special....
    LocalLadyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Michael's always has great food and excellent service. We went for my birthday lunch, and they surpassed their usually excellent service. They could not have been any more welcoming and attentive. Their food, as always, was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melt in your mouth ahi tuna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Wonderful meal, wonderful service. Kristine was extremely knowledgeable and honest. The ahi tuna was incredible! Tuesday nights are half price wine so it was an extra treat to splurge. Very pricey meal but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always exceeds our expectations!
    Sross
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We love Michael's on East: great food, great service, great evening! The chef always produces creative and delicious food, and the service is always the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Labor Day weekend in Sarasota
    Sneezeweed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a Labor Day weekend trip to Sarasota this year and wanted to make it special, so I made dinner reservations at Michael's on East, based on its really good reviews. We were NOT disappointed. The restaurant is a mainstay in the Sarasota area - with a truly romantic ambiance, excellent service and delicious food. We are considering moving to Sarasota at some point in the future, and do hope that Michael's on East will still be there when we do. (Considering its long history and the fact that it still adheres to its stellar reputation, I have the feeling it will be.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was OK
    Chigirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was pretty good, ambience was just OK. Very loud, obnoxious waiter at table next to us was really disruptive to our meal. Mushroom side was the worst I've ever had. For this price point, service should be more attentive...clean crumbs off table, being water more frequently without asking, etc.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was great and the attention to detail and friendliness makes you feel very special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place for special occasion
    niteout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was great and the food just as good as I remember. Great experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    bjones15sarasota
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was truly a great experience for my daughter's 13th birthday. This is one of her favorite restaurants and she loves the selection of food. It was perfect for her and her best friend. Both girls enjoyed themselves immensely and loved the special attention she received.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Teri
    Teri
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, super knowledgable waite staff and great over all service ...incredible wine list
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    blockfl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Pleasant dinner with some fabulous food - lobster bisque soup, tender filet and veal chop, tasty parmigiana asparagus. No room for dessert. Wait staff was friendly but a little slow. The crackers they serve with the bread are very good too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SarasotaDiner
    SarasotaDiner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating the first anniversary of my son and his beautiful wife at Michael's On East. The food was exceptional, the service was attentive, and the decor is lovely. It is a fine way to celebrate a special occasion. From appetizer to dessert, each course is a treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great.
    bowler
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    On all our trips to the Sun Coast, we enjoy Michael's on East for its food, ambience, and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Martin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been coming to Michael's on east for several years and have always enjoyed the experience.The food has been consistently excellent,the ambiance charming and the wait staff very professional and attentive.We chose the restaurant for our anniversary dinner on Friday and were glad we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Sazzy93
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really enjoyed the evening. Fabulous steak, lovely wine. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better for Bar Crowd?
    Tasteful
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were two older women. Two different individuals at front desk pointedly ignored us to serve younger and male accompanied guests. When we did get attention, their smiles were conspicuously gone. Steak and wine both excellent but creamed spinach and and sauteed mushroom sides not even palatable. Table server gracious and competent. Comfortable chairs and lovely table service but bar music made the room too noisy for normal conversation. Expensive and will not go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Gem
    lululucci
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Every experience I have had at Michael's has been A-One. Maggie certainly is a wonderful part of a very friendly and warm experience. My husband and I especially enjoy the Epicurean experiences. Food is wonderful, as well as, the service and ambiance. Our server on August 13 for lunch was wonderful serving my girlfriends for a birthday celebration. I am sorry that I cannot remember her name. She deserves recognition as she has taken good care of us many times in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donnaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our service started out very poor but picked up as the evening went on. It seemed to take forever between courses and we ended up being the last table in the dining room. As expensive as this restaurant is you would think $6 for a baked potatoe would yield something bigger than my fist and hope that it was still hot when you received it. I was very disappointed actually because it is a place my son and his daughters were begging to go back to on their visit to see us and it is not in close proximity to where we live. I doubt that I would go back there again. With a $500 check for 5 people 2 of which are 10 & 15 you would expect exceptional service and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for special night out!
    Ijustwant2travel
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had not been to Michael's on East for some time and thoroughly enjoyed the evening from the piano bar to the food and ambiance. The dinner was excellent and plentiful and the creme brûlée was outstanding. We dined early and perhaps it was quiet as it was just starting to fill up but even when most of the tables were filled it was still just soft sounds. We are not fond of high end restaurants sounding like a party scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We arrived early and enjoyed happy hour at the bar. When seated, the waiter introduced himself and said he understood that my special request was to have a buttery chardonnay. He had already selected one that he and his wife liked. It was perfect. We had the twin Maine lobsters and they were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always
    Sross
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food and the service can't be beat at Michael's on East! We have never been disappointed, and we are always impressed with our meal and the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion spot
    OldGoat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    special night, outstanding food, excellent service - what more could you want?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a memorable night!
    Luvwine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had reserv. for 5:45pm, restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived. We were seated at a small table for two even though there were plenty of empty tables that were larger available. During the next hour several couples, probably 6, came in and were seated at tables for four even though there were smaller tables available. The table was so crowded it was scary just trying to pick up and put down your wine glass. Another issue was the low chairs at all the tables, I felt like I was in a child's chair and I'm only 5'11". Noise level by the time we left was unbearable. Our bill was $309 without the tip! Expected a better experience for that kind of $$$.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    TwoDiners
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I don't know why we don't come here more often; it's always such an enjoyable experience. Michael certainly knows how to operate a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet