Michael's On East
Michael's On East

Michael's On East

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bestfood.com/
  • Phone: (941) 366-0007 ext. 224
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Michael's On East reviews from OpenTable diners
143 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)fit for foodies (92)notable wine list (87)romantic (78)neighborhood gem (38)vibrant bar scene (33)good for groups (30)great for lunch (25)hot spot (21)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • The Best Lamb Shank I've Had in U.S. Ever
    BBgator
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I love the idea of a monthly country/terrior prix choice menu, but the execution of the theme must be as good to eat as it is to see on the menu. MICHAEL'S DELIVERS on the theme. I richly enjoyed the flavorings of the soup and the lamb on the India Visit Menu. The meal at Michael's bested those we had on our trip to India, and spared us the long flights!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite fine dining restaurant.
    Savory1
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    High quality food prepared to perfection. Michael's is top of the line for an enjoyable dinner with an ambiance that enhances the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    foodiesrq1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had the chicken spatzel and the chicken was tough and without flavor. I have eaten at Michaels a number of times and this was not a great meal. I also think that the prices of the entrees, apps and salads are way to high.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Michaels never disappoints. The food, service, and ambience are perfect for the most wonderful dining experience in Sarasota!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epicurean dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This month was Indian cuisine as part of heir monthly epicurean dinner. We were delighted at the combination of tastes and the Falcons with the spicy tomato soup, chicken tikka masala. It was not too spicy but also not tamed down for our tastes as so many restaurants do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you
    MichelleD
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Thank you to Michael's On East. The waiter was terrific and the food was more than great. It was my boyfriends first visit to Michael's and he was very impressed. He said it was probably the best steak he has had. It was his birthday so thank you for making it very special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    Yvonne
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    we had an amazing evening, our server Justin made great recomendations for food and wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    funny
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I took a friend to lunch for her birthday and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    CapeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We go to Michael's 4 or 5 times a year and have always had Great service and Great food. This time one of our meals was very good, but the other, a beautiful piece of swordfish was overcooked and dry. They also appear to be short of staff because it was hard to get the attention of our waiter
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cindy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is a wonderful place to dine for a special occasion. We were there on Halloween night, which happens to be my birthday. We had never been there before and went on recommendations from some of the local people I work with. Our server was knowledgeable and accomodating and guided us through the menu. The ambiance was wonderful and the restaurant is beautiful, especially at night. Michael, the owner, also came out later and introduced himself and thanked us for coming. The entire experience was great and we really enjoyed it. This will be a special place for us to come and celebrate special occasions or to bring our visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MarvinVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The steaks here are outstanding and are always prepared to perfection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    GGGremlin
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Lady friends and I eat here often because we enjoy the decor and the food. Waiting to see what the November Epicurian menu will be. No matter what, it is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    Wendy
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Michael's is the most consistently great restaurant in Sarasota! The food and the service are excellent. We've been going for years and have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dining in Sarasota
    AlwayshonestfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    From the minute you walk in, the ambiance , service & food was all just perfect. I brought my husband for his birthday to Michaels on East after reading reviews and it was beyond expectations. Low lighting,upscale decor, and yes even a fabulous piano player in the bar to enjoy during dinner or sit at the piano afterwards . We couldn't decide as the menu looked like we needed to taste everything, so we actually each took advantage of a pri-fix epicurean adventure that had 3 courses. They change this monthly. Not enough space to give the flavor, and description and presentation but trust me it was 5 star across the board. Our waiter Justin is 1st class server and Michael the owner is present to the guests. Already looking forward to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michaels on East -- Old Gem
    TrailerkingVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    You can always rely on Michaels on East. Little expensive and great food and service as well as a fabulous piano player. Love sitting in the bar...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lobsters
    romanoinfl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    All of us had the lobsters. They were excellent...really full and well cooked. Great bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go-to for special occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food is amazing, atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening and we always feel like we get exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent but pricey!
    miami307
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The sauces that accompanied the entrees were excellent. The pompano and scallop entrees were delicious and the special dessert- zuppa Inglese-was rich and creamy and outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Treat
    CTGALVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This restaurant is outstanding. First, it's local; not a chain. And they take pride in what they do. The Epicurean Adventure menu, which changes monthly, is just that. Stretches you a little outside of your comfort zone. And what a treat it is to go beyond the ordinary to discover new tastes, try to discern the spices and ingredients, while thoroughly enjoying each morsel. And if you are not adventurous, there are always the classics on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    KateVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Michael's On East always does a marvelous job whether it be a large banquet or intimate dinner for two and our experience on Saturday was just that, marvelous. The food and presentation was exceptional, the atmosphere warm and inviting with lovely music in the background and of course above average service. I would highly recommend this restaurant especially for a special occasion, it can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's on East
    foodie60
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Michael's has been a five star restaurant for years. We were extremely disappointed, having attended many events catered by them. The lobster bisque was made with sherry. It was not what I was expecting. We were told that many people don't like it. It was removed from our check, but I have to wonder why they continue to serve it? Their chopped salad was excellent. We ordered filet mignon with a lobster tail on the side. The filet mignon was done perfectly and was excellent. The lobster tail was small, chewy, and served alone with no lemon or drawn butter. Because of the price overall we were very disappointed. I must say the service and wait staff were excellent, however.
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  • Disappointed
    romanoinfl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Group of five, lobster great, chicken dish awfull, olive stuffed pork okay, pasta seafood dish served with wrong pasta (bucatini instead of tagliatelle).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good
    LIdinersVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had dinner here while on vacation in Sarasota. Food was great and server was helpful with great suggestions.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What We Expected but Acceptable
    anon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    NOTE TO OPEN TABLE - You need to provide more space for users to register their likes and dislikes about a particular establishment. Unfortunately,you didn't provide sufficient space for me to render a complete picture of our experience. Therefore, rather than offer an abbrievated version which might be misleading to a viewer, I have decided to not participate on this particular issue.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better Steaks Than Burns!
    NativeSarasotan
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had lobster bisque then oscared filet mignon with truffle mushroom mac n cheese. I was absolutely blown away with the quality of the food and service. Ask for Lou to be your server. He did a great job. He was very attentive and kind. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect!
    BigG
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service (Shannon)..My only criticism is the TV in the bar that is clearly visible from our table in the DR. Its distracting. We sat at the bar for a drink before dinner and no one was watching it. It just doesn't go with an upscale restaurant like Michael's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner
    WAMR11
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The staff greated us and congratulated us on our 15 year anniversary. It was very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    TeeTee
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our waiter Joe, made my birthday very special. He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. M on E was beautiful and food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    lafindine
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have never been disappointed. Been going to Michael's for 25+ years and it continues to be the finest dining in Sarasota (Florida or that matter).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • 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
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  • Another great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodiequeen44VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate