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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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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Good for Birthdays (39)
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Creative Cuisine (38)
Notable Wine List (38)
Good for a Date (36)
Romantic (36)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Authentic (22)
Live Music (19)
Business Meals (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I invited two friends to celebrate my birthday. We were quickly and politely seated, but were immediately annoyed by a loud recording by Neil Diamond blasting from above. I asked our waitress to have it turned down, which took some time, for which she apologized. Shortly after, another singer came on, just as loud. We were about to get up and leave, but the live(?) piano music began, which was at an acceptable level. In the meantime, our wine and food orders had been taken, but our starter arrived (the South African taster menu) before the wine, so we had to wait. Furthermore, our guests, who ordered the steak, had to ask for steak knives and wait for them.
The food was excellent, but the service was amateurish. Not what I would expect at Michael's.
We only came to Michael's because I realized I had some Connoisseur Club points, probably earned at P&G's on Longboat Key some long time ago. I won't be back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed a excellent dinner, with outstanding service. Overall very pleased with our choices for dinner. Scallops were perfectly cooked and the South African dinner was excellent. Our server was very personable and professional. She enhanced our dining experience. Would definitely recommend Michael's on East.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Once again, the food was wonderful, the service was wonderful and it remains my go-to place for lunch with my friends and my special occasion destination.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful food. Great menu. Outstanding service from AJ. So attentive. Would return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent meal. There were four people in our party. We all were intrigued with the 3-course tasting menu - a menu that changes monthly based on a different country's cuisine. December featured South African cuisine. We all agreed that our meals were wonderful. I would highly recommend Michael's on East for anyone visiting Sarasota.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

This Place was Amazing! The server Kathy was awesome. The Owner came by an greeted us, even the Piano player came by to say hello after playing my request. I took my wife here for her birthday and I must say, had to be the best thing I could have thought of. The food was more than great, we had the Duck, a couple appetizers and the truffle mac n cheese. In fact, the food was so good, the world actually slowed down, almost like I was in a high. I am very please with this place and I will definitely be coming back! Thank you Michaels's On East for a fantastic experience!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We enjoyed the South African Epicurean Dinner. The meals were outstanding and the wine pairing was perfect. Wonderful dessert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went there because we love having good food and piano music. Well the piano man was horrible. He sang two songs and would take a break. He must think he has an awesome voice because that’s all you could hear. Yuck! Food and wine was good not excellent, sea bass was a bit dry which, in my opinion is a crime. Overall, i don’t think I will go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food as I had the swordfish which was as good as I’ve ever had and my wife had the bone in ribeye which she loved. We also split asparagus and potato croquettes both were very enjoyable the croquettes were lukewarm and they made sure to rectify the situation as the service was impeccable.
A great evening but be prepared to pay a rather hefty price tag. All that would recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The usually good food at Michael's was even better than expected. I often have the Lobster Rolls and they were even better than before. Plenty of lobster and no filler.

Not an inexpensive place for lunch; however, if you want a touch of elegance and good food, it's a fine choice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A definite do-over. One visit was enough to consider this restaurant as one of our favorites. Creative cuisine, beautifully served, in a great atmosphere. It hit all the right notes. Cannot believe it took as long as it did before we experienced this Sarasota standout but surely our future visits will make up for lost time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We love Michael’s! We come every year when we visit Sarasota. The food is always amazing and the staff is great too. Definitely check it out you won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Michael continues to set a high standard for the discerning dining patron in Sarasota.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Hadn't been to Michael's on East for about 15 years or longer, but it lives up to my memories. Outstanding food, if a bit overpriced. A Dewar's Scotch Robroy at $18 beats even most New York prices, and was no better than the one I had the night before at another upscale Sarasota restaurant for $11 the night before. Service was good, but we really didn't need the server to keep blaming the "kids" (runners) for not refilling water glasses or for failing to bring our side with our dinners -- that should be her responsibility or she should be taking charge, not looking to blame others. And while we LOVED the piano music, when the guy started singing the atmosphere when down about 5 notches. He should just play, not sing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very dependable all round. They should enforce a stronger dress code. Someone showing up in shorts and a tee shirt doesn't do it.

They also tend to favour and pamper certain people.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 24, 2017

your are simply never disappointed at michaels on east. Food and wine are excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fabulous , everything from food to service was excellent

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have eaten at Michael on East frequently and it always exceeded my expectations in every way, Thanksgiving was excellent. It was definitely crowed and the pace was a bit frenetic but not as much as I expected given it was Thanksgiving and the crowd they were handling. The food was excellent, as always, but the ambience, although better than anticipated, was slightly less than I have experienced on previous 'regular day visits'

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I have been for lunch several times and always excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

“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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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