Michael's On East

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2986 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 29th 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.

Specials

SECRET WORD MONDAYS

Each Monday, Michael’s On East Facebook fans enjoy a special opportunity to claim a free treat during happy hour in the bar. All are invited to visit the Facebook page each Monday to learn a unique “secret word of the day,” then simply provide the word to Michael’s mixologists every Monday, 5-7 p.m., to receive a select small plate appetizer.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 16, 2018

Ends: October 17, 2117

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-7:00PM

All-Night Happy Hour

ALL-NIGHT HAPPY HOUR EACH MONDAY NIGHT
Join us on Monday evenings for "all-night" happy hour! Michael's popular $6 beverage specials are offered from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (or close) in the Restaurant's Lounge each Monday.

Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Every Monday starting at 5pm, now through December 17th, 2018

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 16, 2018

Ends: October 17, 2117

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-9:00PM

What 2986 People Are Saying
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AW
Tallahassee
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Michael’s on East. The dining room is absolutely beautiful with elegant decor and a perfect ambiance for either a romantic dinner for two or dinner out with friends. We brought two new couples and they couldn’t stop raving about the food, presentation, ambiance and great service! Tod was our server and he was very friendly, professional , knowledgeable about the menu and certainly made our dining experience very pleasurable along with his support staff! All of our meals were beyond superb with an exceptional presentation... can’t wait to dine here again! Without exception, the best meal we have enjoyed in Sarasota!

TC
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Kristine did a great job with waiting on us. We love Michael’s always a great meal. Love Joe at the piano bar. Wish the bar was open later. By the time we finished diner it was ready to close

n
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and impeccable attention to detail by servers.

O
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Very disappointing way to celebrate a special birthday. The level of service and the quality of the food was not worth the price. Save your money and go to Fleming’s or Connor’s instead.

RP
Tampa
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Return visit and food excellent. But tag team service a bust: had to ask twice for wine list, breads and butter still hadn’t arrived when meal served, waited 10 minutes after our table was cleared before one of the three waiters appeared so we could ask for check.
An elegant room, but ambiance undone by extremely cold temperature (even after my wife and I put on sweaters). Heard other diners also remarking they were uncomfortably cold.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday Celebration
Great experience.
Service, Meal and overall experience

c
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I thought their entrees were a la carte, but our entrees included more than enough sides that we didn't need to order anything else. However, we ordered the lobster and escargot appetizer which included mushrooms and tomatoes. The escargot and lobster was tender and I would have loved it but it was over powered by the thyme spice or maybe it was rye seed.

I had the three course dinner for $40, GREAT VALUE. I had the crawfish appetizer, only three pieces , but more than enough. Entree: swordfish-large portion, cooked perfectly and delicious. Dessert: 4 different ice cream puffs-very good. Also came with potatoes, mushrooms and carrots
Husband had Wagyu Beef and it was also excellent. The meal came with mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and peppers-all excellent. Also served with potatoes augratin, which he said needed a little more flavor.

Brought our own wine. Charged a reasonable $20 corkage fee

This was our second time there with two years in between and it was just as good as last time

TD
Seattle
168 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in every regard. From the food to the service to the individual touches shown to every customer. Intn a class of their own. Best restaurant in the area by far

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and the food is always very good.

Michael's On East
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for coming to see us this past weekend! We are so glad you had a great time. We looking forward to your next visit!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

45 minutes late to be seated. corked wine. just everything!

AW
Tallahassee
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. Our waiter Todd took great care of us.

Michael's On East
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Allan, Thanks for your great feedback! We will pass along your kind words to our staff. We hope to see you again soon!

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NF
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 of us went there at 9:30 after a show at Van Wezel for just desserts and drinks to celebrate a birthday. We chose Michael's because they have never disappointed us and this was no exception. The service was great, desserts outstanding and unusual as well as the drinks mixed to perfection. The music by Joe Michaels at the piano added to the ambiance and celebration as expected.

Michael's On East
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Nancy, We are so happy you and your guests had a wonderful night with us! Please come see us again soon!

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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a positive experience there.

Michael's On East
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you! We're glad you had a great experience!

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JB
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Michael’s on East is always very good. We have been there multiple times and have never had a bad experience. The problem this time was I made the reservation on Open Table, and apparently the Open Table app. Booked my reservation in the Bar. I did not select the Bar, but apparently there were no tables in the restaurant at the time I requested, so the app. Moved me into the Bar. The reservation clearly stated the Bar, but since I did not request it, I did not bother to look. This was very disappointing, as the Bar area is fine for a pre dinner drink or an appetizer, but not suitable for a fine dinner. The tables are very small, the piano player is right there and very loud, so it is impossible to carry on a conversation, and the poor wait staff has to take care of the patrons at the actual Bar as well as those in the Bar area, so the service suffers—no cracked pepper offered—had to ask—the wine took a long time to be delivered—no steak knife offered for the very fine but thick Veal Chop—had to ask. We love going to Michael’s but this was only a fair experience.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

James, please call and ask to speak to our General Manager, as this does not sound like a typical Michael's experience, and we'd like the opportunity to make it right for you.

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AB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing, we were seated near the piano and the music was a delightful surprise.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

We agree - Joe Micals is amazing! Thanks for coming in!

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JM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good as usual. Unfortunately the evening was not as good as we had experienced in the past as the entree was delivered to the table while we were still eating our salads. In the future we will not order our entree until we have finished our salad/appetizers.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hi Jack, we are very sorry to hear of your timing issue on your last visit. We hope to see you again soon, and promise to time your evening perfectly!

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HM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I felt the food was generally over buttered and over salted. Also extremely expensive. But people must love it because the place was packed.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hi Hank. Thank you for the feedback. We are very sorry to hear that you did not love your experience with us. The next time you come in, please be sure to ask for our General Manager so that we have the opportunity to make things right for you :)

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TA
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Michael's is one of five Sarasota Restaurants that, in our opinion, fall in the category of "there is none better". We do recommend it to others and take guests guests there.
Anne & Ted Reiner

Michael's On East
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Ted & Anne! Thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, service was excellent (Chris), good variety for vegetarians/vegans, nice twist on some classic items and fish was amazing. We will definitely be back to try other menu items!

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Shelley - thank you kindly for your feedback regarding our vegetarian and vegan menu variety. Our chef has been working hard the past few months perfecting this menu! Please do come back to visit us soon to try something new!

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OT
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best restaurants in Florida. Fantastic food and service and having dinner and Joe playing the piano fantastic

TJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great but the service in the bar area was unbecoming of a AAA Four Diamond. The waitress was constantly confused and had no short term recall, bringing the wrong items to the wrong table and needing us to repeat our orders. She knew nothing about the menu and wine lists...admittedly not even able to pronounce common wines or suggest recommended pairings. Not the level of service we would expect at a Four Diamond. We dropped $400 here - no manager ever asked us about the service or food.

l
Tampa
38 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our luncheon was outstanding in every way! In particular our server, Tobias, made my friend's 90th birthday a celebration to remember!

M
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! We ate in the bar area and the service was stellar.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Thanks so much, Maplewood. See you next time!

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BR
London
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Old fashioned restuarant
Nice but expensive food treated us beautifully for our anniversary,but the place was very quite with little atmosphere but they saud that’s how it is on a Monday ! Had a nice evening would recommend just not on a Monday. Every other night they have a pianist/singer

Y
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

An old school restaurant with a menu from the 50's or 60's. Salad heavily dressed in spite of asking for light dressing. Mussels mariniere should not have cream. Come for the meat or dessert Skip the fish
Service was pretentious

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello Yakchef. Our menu changes monthly, featuring different cuisine's from around the world. Come back next month to experience our Barcelona menu!

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C
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great place for romantic dinners and special occasions.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

We agree 100%, Chris! We have so many repeat guests that are celebrating!

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J
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Michael’s for a quiet date night!

B
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most delightful and knowledgeable server..Andrew W..He made our evening even more fun..the food was superb..it was a lovely evening.

JM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience when we dine in this restaurant. Great food, great ambiance and great service.

SS
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was outstanding and the service was exceptional! The best restaurant in Sarasota!

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Sarasota Slim you are so kind to say!!

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SR
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were dining with good friends from Massachusetts. We all enjoyed the excellent food and service. A very pleasant evening. The Chilean Seabass was fabulous.

TD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was the very first time for us to Dine at Michael's on a Friday night and the place was Hopping. Den wanted to experience your Lobster Pot Special and he was overjoyed with every morsel. Service was pleasant and attentive. From your Calamari appertizer to Delicious Dessert, every aspect was top notch. Can't wait to share with my Family and Friends. Rita & Den Bradenton

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

We are thrilled to hear of your awesome first time experience with us! Can't wait to see you again!

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A
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Michael's continues to be one of the most desirable places in Sarasota at which to enjoy a meal, the service is always beyond reproach, sufficiently attentive, yet not hovering. ! The food itself always attractive in its presentation, tho for lunch I always select the Lobster Rolls, seldom deviating or giving any of the other items on the menu a look !! Michael's is the BEST !

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hi Adrienne. We can't blame you at all for sticking to the lobster rolls - they are Phil's favorite! Be sure to try them with our famous angel hair onion rings on your next visit!

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R
New England
109 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal served in a perfectly timed order. Waitress was very personable and knowledgeable about wine choices and each entree. We had a lovely seat far enough away from the bar to hear the piano player but not the noise of the patrons.
This is a Sarasota favorite!

b
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined here over many years; last night's meal was among the best. The Southern Epicurian Adventure offered amazing find at amazing value. Each of the five dishes we tried was outstanding. Bravo. And a special "brava" to Kim, our very professional server.

Michael's On East
Responded on February 10, 2020

The southern comforts menu is a staff favorite! Come back before it's gone (end of Feb) We'll pass along your compliments to Kim and the chef :)

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m
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Eddie, our server was perfect and treated us very special.

c
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly, accommodating, eager to help. A great place to celebrate special times.

We come back periodically to savor Michaels’ delicious fare and for the great service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dessert was disappointing- food was fine but not ‘blow me away’ as I recall

JW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Michael’s exceeded expectations! Wonderful food, great experience and great value. Service by Eddie was the best! This is our new special occasion restaurant!

P
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

long time patron and in all the years the slowest service. Took 20 minutes to get the drinks. .nothing fancy. . pour it from a bottle bring it to the table.

I mention this because Michaels has been steady and dependable for years.

Restaurant was packed but really. . drinks? The food was slow coming out as well but understandable becasue of how busy the kitchen. was.

I was embarrassed in front of my guest when I had to ask the server to go get our drinks?