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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
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Bahia Vista

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, 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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (78)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Notable Wine List (65)
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Creative Cuisine (64)
Good for Birthdays (55)
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Romantic (49)
Worth the Drive (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Great for Lunch (29)
Business Meals (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Cozy (21)
Live Music (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Authentic (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Tasting Menu (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Fun (11)
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Hot Spot (9)
Casual (7)
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Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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People Watching (4)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

The consistently high quality of food and service make this our go-to location.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal!
Fabulous wine pairings.
A special occasion that was made memorable by Michael’s On East.
Thank you!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, lovely ambiance, and wonderful service! Our server, Kathy, was attentive and professional.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 5 days ago

We had not been to Michaels in years. We having been missing out!
Great table, terrific service, food was outstanding and wine was great too.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing! From appetizers to entree everything was perfect. Server Kathy was fun, knowledgeable and attentive. Great experience!

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 (Acapulco)·Dined 6 days ago

Michael’s on East is a special place. It’s ambiance beats no other. The food is fabulous and service is impeccable. The only complaint I would have is we were at the piano before dinner having a drink and Joe Michals who plays was a little rude. After dinner we returned for after dinner drink and he was very rude. The only downside of the evening.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

always a winner there- we try the Epicurean Adventure almost every time;
they are usually a good value and an EXCELLENT choice!
and the wines and DESSERTS are YUMMY!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a perfect setting for Valentine's dinner. The atmosphere is lovely, and a piano player brings an extra charm to the ambience. The food was exceptionally good( fig salad, crab cakes, and swordfish); the drinks robust, and the dessert capped off a delightful evening. The service was warm and welcoming, and we both dined with leisure even on a holiday. Of course my date made it an even better occasion. I highly recommend Michael's on East for dining excellence.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, a Wonderful meal & great wine selection. You can’t go wrong at Michaels on East

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Never disappointing! Great food, service and wine! Great place for lunch too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Michael's is our go=to restaurant for a special occasion or any "want to be pampered" event.
From the warm greeting from Maggie at the door, to the excellent, friendly, but professional service by Kelly, it was a splendid experience. The food is always as good as can be desired.
All our remarks are superlatives .

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Savannah)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Having read the reviews before we booked we found the restaurant disappointing. Our reservation was for 8pm. There was a lot of loud piano playing and rowdy shouting/singing in the bar which was separated from the dining area by a flimsy curtain. Our server seemed tired and uninterested. She took a long time to bring our drinks and had to requested twice before she gave us refills.
The food was disappointing. Our starters were excellent. I had the beef carpaccio which was among the best I had ever eaten my wife said that her crab was excellent. We had read that the portions were very big so we did not order any extra sides. Mistake. I had the pork chop which was very good but I could not eat the vegetable and therefore just had the chop and nothing else. My wife could not eat her veg either.

We will not be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The restaurant is expensive and worth every penny.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We thought that the meal was delicious although the service was a bit slow at the outset. Overall it was a wonderful experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Always great food and service at Michael’s. Nice menu, something for everyone.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It was our anniversary and we chose to eat both apps and dinner in the bar. Didn’t count on the noise level in the bar. But that was our fault. Service unbelievably slow tho. Waiter was nice; wished us a happy anniversary when he brought the bill. We will stay in the main dining room like we usually do for dinner from now on. We do love Michaels

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We had a delightful evening at Michaels. The tables were spaced so that you were not listening to other's conversations. We enjoyed the ambience of the quieter dining room. Our server was attentive, knowledgable and effecient. The appetizers and entrees were attractive as well as delicious. Michaels has a wonderful wine list. The only disappointments were the desserts (Gateau and sorbet with cookies). They were very difficult to eat . The cookie and cake were hard and lacked that flavor you come to expect, in a restaurant, such as Michaels. Desserts should compliment and end your fine dining experience on a "high note".

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I usually do not leave reviews but I was amazed at how terrible the food was at this restaurant and with such a high price tag. I ordered a 14oz. fillet medium. The outside of the steak was like charcoal and the inside was terribly raw and cold. The truffle mac and cheese had no flavor whatsoever. The staff were very unprofessional and inexperienced. The check was for $150 and we could of had a better meal at longhorn steakhouse. To top it all off as we were leaving they had a CBI truck parked outside, "low quality ingredients equals low quality food which does not equal high quality price tag." Just doing this others will not waste their time and money. If you want a high quality meal at these prices go to Ruthe's Chris.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Michael’s is possibly our most favorite Sarasota restaurant and never disappoints! Food and service are A+ even on a busy Saturday night. So worth the price for a truly lovely dining experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was disappointed in Michael's because I thought it was overpriced for the quality of the food. And I was most disappointed in the desserts, because the three that I sampled were either stale or too sweet to eat, or just not tasty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We eat out frequently and have eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world. We now add Michael's on East to that list of great, fine restaurants. Everything about Michael's is first class, Save for a special evening with the one you love. Worth every dollar. A real treat. We will go back every time we visit Sarasota.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

From the beginning in the bar to the end of our meal everything was awesome! Our table had different dishes and everyone’s food was outstanding. The people at the bar were super nice and Kimberly was our server and she is fantastic we asked for her to be our server :)
We will be back again. We tell everyone how get Michael’s on East is

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always consistently good

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Christina is our favorite & amazing waitress! She brought us a complimentary dessert 🍮 to celebrate our anniversary.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Exceptional as always at Michael’s on east. Wedding anniversary (July 18) reservation made that night on our way out.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A truly excellent restaurant. Food interesting, well prepared and served. Staff attentive and welcoming. Pianist wonderful as always.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Extremely over salted food and desserts too sweet to eat.
Good service but inedible food.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

For the first time I was disappointed in the Wendy’s salad. I have recommended it to friends but hope this was a one time it fell short of my expectations.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We had the special tasting menu which was French this month. Very good as usual. Always a pleasant experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Never a bad meal or bad service at Michael’s on East!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Elegant & casual. Food delicious

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Fabulous five star.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food was outstanding but our server was very inattentive. After we were seated at a table for four by the window we noticed tiny black insects (ants?) crawling on the white tablecloth. When Kelli (assistant manager?) was informed of the situation she came over with a flashlight and said she could see the insects on the tablecloth but she couldn’t see any on the floor around our table. She asked if we would like to move to another table...she really needed to ask??? Shortly after we moved she proceeded to seat another couple at the same table without addressing the insect problem. Maybe they didn’t notice? Not the level of customer service we would have expected from what had been our favorite restaurant in Sarasota. Very disappointing!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Best steak I ever ate. Cooked to perfection. Snapper was excellent as well. Our server,Joey was well informed and provided excellent recommendations. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our 2nd visit to Michaels on East. We both had the Prix Fixe dinners. Everything was outstanding. In particular, the fish and steak entrees were both great. At $39.99 each, the Prix Fixe option represents great value for the money. In fact we couldn't finish it all and brought some back home for lunch the next day.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a very nice dinner!!! Our waiter was named Joe and he was Fantastic!!! Very attentive!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great. A.J. Was terrific.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was excellent! Michael himself is charming. He greets most tables and asks if you are happy with everything. All in all a great experience. Our first but not our last.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Food was excellent. Dessert was amazing. Great wine.
Attentive service.
Great dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Everything is perfect every time we dine here. The Murf bison burger made for a hearty lunch. The hangar steak special was cooked perfectly and quite flavorful. The servers and staff are professional and fun. We cannot wait to return.

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