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About 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 28th 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.

1212 East Avenue South
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, International

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

Cross Street:
Bahia Vista

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 366-0007 ext. 224

Website:
http://www.bestfood.com/

Entertainment:
Enjoy live music nightly in the Michael's On East Piano Bar Lounge.

Joe Micals, Tuesday - Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m.

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!

Parking Details:
We offer both Valet and Self-Parking. Valet Parking is located on East Ave.

Executive Chef:
Jamil Pineda

Private Party Facilities:
For an unparalleled dining and wine tasting experience your guests will never forget, Michael's Wine Cellar. One of Sarasota's hippest locations to entertain, Michael's Wine Cellar can accommodate 125 guests for a cocktail party or 50 for an elegant sit down dinner.

Private Party Contact:
Cloe Drapkin: (888) 653-7905

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michael's On East Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for Birthdays (39)
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Romantic (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Notable Wine List (35)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Worth the Drive (26)
Authentic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Business Meals (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Live Music (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Great for Lunch (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

From the moment we sat down and were greeted by Kimberly, to the very last sip and bite, everything was FABULOUS. The classic martini was perfect and Michael's garden martini might be my favorite new drink. The calamari appetizer was fabulous with three different dipping sauces and the lobster pot ... died and went to heaven. And even though we were too full, dessert was mandatory due to the birthday celebration. A+ memorable wonderful night out. And Kimberly was the perfect server ... helpful, informative, fun, invested.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

“Wow” describes it all- food, decor, service. Entire evening was a wonderful experience from the time we gave the car to the valet to the time we picked it up. Server AJ was attentive and friendly, very professional without being overbearing. Will absolutely return!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

This meal was scrumptious. Mouth watering . By far the best meal I have eaten in a restaurant in a long time . Will recommend to my friends and return often.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

This place is justifiably well regarded for the quality of their food. The only downside is the room temp - bring a sweater.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Absolutely excellent, the 2 way duck was the best!! Great steaks, done right. The scotch menu may be the best on the Suncoast. This was just a great experience and we have found a new home when we want upscale dining.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent as usual! The waiter at our table 3 was very attentive. Classy place, classy service, beautiful decor. My birthday was special!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent for special occasion no complaints at all .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was an awesome experience as usual. The staff is really nice, the food is great and the bar is perfect for an after dinner drink.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Michael's is such a lovely restaurant for celebrating a special occasion with friends. The food is exceptional as is the wine list and the service is reliably excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service in a vey attractive setting, with live piano music.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Lunch was absolutely superb! Service was 5 star and the ambiance was perfect.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Wonderful experience with our grandson! Kristine was exceptional as expected.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent in all categories, couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellente cuisine, raffinée,très bonne carte des vins
Seul bémol: niveau sonore très élevé rendant par moment les conversations difficiles

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Absolutely amazing! The service and the food were perfect!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The atmosphere, wine list and service are all top shelf. The menu was beautiful for the finest of carnivores! Sadly there was not one vegetarian/vegan offering to be found. And although our attentive, friendly helpful waiter did a wonderful job in suggesting an entree, my meal was not prepared and presented as described. So, three out of four .. 75%. Sadly, I will not return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was a beautiful space in the backside of a strip mall. (Not what we expected.) The food was excellent. I had the filet mignon with a Gorgonzola crust and the Mac and cheese. My husband had the scallops. Both dishes were delicious. We also had the Chocolate black out cake. It was rich and delicious. The wine menu was great. The beer menu was not very exciting. We both opted for cocktails. Service was excellent.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had dinner on Michaels on Friday night. We had eaten there several other times, but not on a Friday night. The lobster pot was ordered by three of us and was exceptional! This was a surprise, and a very great one, at that.

The lobster is served in the shell or already shelled for you (we all chose the shelled version). In addition, mussels and clams steamed perfectly came with the meal. The red skin potatoes and corn on the cob were additional sides that were included. All of it was fabulous!

One of us ordered the complete three course meal. This month that meal comes from South Africa. Since two of us had just returned from Southern Africa, we can vouch for the authenticity of the dishes that were selected to be included. From the soup to the KingClip to the dessert, the meal reflected the best of South African cuisine. Delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We have been to Micheals several times and always enjoy it although found it to be a bit pricey this time.
Atmosphere is superb and there was a wonderful piano player singer in the lounge/ bar area.
We had a wonderful server by the name of Kristy who could not do enough for us. We celebrated my husbands birthday and it was just perfect.
Will definitely try it again this winter.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2017

great evening great waiter great food.. always nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We went for the New Orleeans epicurean dinner. It was amazingly delicious and so authentic.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The service was great as we were treated wonderful! It was my significant others birthday and we had a great time. It was very romantic, drinks were great, food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We took our daughter for her 20th birthday. Had kristi for our waitress once again, and she made sure we were all well taken care of as well as made my daughter feel as special as she is. Fabulous dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We brought some friends who had never been and enjoyed our visit. My wife and I had the Epicurean Adventure, the theme of which changes monthly. This one was New Orleans, and it was very nicely done, including the South African dry Chenin Blanc wine pairing. Stuffed oyster appetizer was tasty but more stuffing than oysters. Diver scallop entree was first class. Our friends said they enjoyed the steak and swordfish that they had, as well as their wine choices. This place always has a few very minor glitches that keep it from being perfect, but overall it’s still one of the best in the area, as it has been for decades. They try very hard to make you happy and pretty much always succeed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Michael's is always a wonderful experience. This time we went for lunch instead of dinner and it was just as good. Their wines are very pricey ($22 for a 6 oz glass of nothing special) but there are lots of choices if you aren't too price sensitive. It's just me...and I know about service in the U.S....but I wish the waiters wouldn't take plates before everyone at the table has finished eating and I don't like to be asked how it's going frequently. That is why I gave a 3 star for service, but I imagine other people like that. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota and we will certainly go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Michael’s on East may seem a bit pricy but, if you join the rewards club here you will be surprised how quickly you can get a reward back.

The wine list is excellent as well as extensive.

Try the Calamari appetizer or the beet salad to start. There are many menu options from the monthly chefs tasting to creative fish and meat dishes.

The steaks are all Prime, aged and delicious. Do not forget to add a side of potato croquettes!

A weeknight is much quieter than the weekend when the bar noise can be a bit loud.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We still rate Michaels on East as the best Restaurant in Sarasota. Excellent Value for Money. Difficult to find things to critisize.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Although I can afford to have lunch at Michael's, I still have trouble dropping $55 for lunch with nothing but two entrees - no drinks and just plain water. I'm not comfortable in a place like this. Rather pretentious, although I know it has a fine reputation in Sarasota. We've lived in Sarasota for many years and thought we'd give Michael's a try. We've had two lunches there but that's enough. We'll leave it for others who don't mind dropping the big bucks at a place like this.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Sarasota! The service and food is fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We dine at Michael's several times a year and have for twenty years. Their food and service is always excellent and always very consistent. They do an excellent job. I would highly recommend Michael's on East.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great! It was a fabulous dinner

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pricey but worth it. Clearly the best fine dining restaurant in the Sarasota area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had a lovely evening. Food was wonderful, as usual.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I am never disappointed at Michael's. The ambiance is perfect. The wait staff is professional, friendly and helpful. Dining there makes one feel very special. I have lived in Sarasota over 36 years - it is one of my favorite places!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Outstanding in all respects. Our server was cheerful, professional and helpful with recommendations. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. Escargot with lobster and goat cheese crostini as an appetizer was amazing. Both the beef and veal dishes were prepared as ordered and just melted in your mouth. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Chef Jamil is outstanding! The New Orleans Epicurean Adventure menu this month is a great hit. Three types of fried oysters were creative and delicious. And that was just the first course. Grilled scallops were enriched by a snappy sauce and sides. And, of course, the pecan tart was indeed the piece de resistance. I'm tempted to go again and try the other choices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Michael's on East does not disappoint. I wanted a quiet elegant atmosphere to have lunch with friends to thank them for their generously during Hurricane Irma. The service was perfect as was the food. I had the Chimichurri Tenderloin ordered rare. It was seasoned perfectly and the meat very tender. My friends both had the BBQ Shrimp and Grits and they couldn't stop raving. We ended with dessert and coffee. We spent about 2 hours chatting, eating and enjoying each other's company without having to strain to hear or get bumped by a passer by.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Michael’s on East is always a wonderful dining experience. The Restsurant is beautiful with an excellent pianist st the bar. The menu offerings are top notch as is the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Dinner was fabulous! Delightful atmosphere, fabulous meal and great waitstaff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food and excellent service

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