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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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4.6

service

4.6

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4.6

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4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
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Good for Birthdays (45)
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Fit for Foodies (37)
Worth the Drive (35)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Bar Seating (24)
Authentic (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Business Meals (19)
Live Music (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Cozy (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
People Watching (4)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Michael's on East was recommended to me and we gave it a go. WOW! were we delighted.... The food was awesome and the waitress (Kristi) we had was very thorough and professional. I enjoyed the Roasted Bone-In Pork Chop
Niman Ranch Prime Pork Chop, Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Candied Pecans, Creole Mustard Reduction Sauce. I highly recommend this if you enjoy pork. We will be returning to Michael's very soon! This is 5 Star food and service!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Great cocktails -Great food - Fantastic service - Beautiful interior.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Michaels on east is a lovely hidden gem. Super piano player/singer. Nice group of employees all the way around.
My only complaint was that I reserved on Open table and when I called regarding the dress code. They had no reservations for me. I had confirmation by Open table.
Dani the hostess was very kind and made sure our time etc was available
We will definitely put this on our list of go to restaurants

Tags: People Watching, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food and atmosphere are always great at this Sarasota stalwart. The swordfish, scallops, and lamb chops are superb.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Although the food and service were excellent, we were put off by the loud piano playing in the bar, which could easily be heard in the dining room.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We always choose this restaurant when we want to have a special dinner, either asa couple or with friends. The food is always good, portions are generous, service is impeccable and the noise level makes conversation possible. All in all, one of the best restaurants in the Sarasota area!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Consistently first class; in all our years of visiting Sarasota we have never had a bad meal

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always been my favorite restaurant in Sarasota but extremely disappointing this time .
Beautifully prepared expensive steak served on COLD PLATES and was lukewarm.
Service slow as understaffed.

Not acceptable when one is paying top prices and expect quality

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Joe was our waiter on New Years Eve N he was great!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Absolutely the best, never misses a beat. Outstanding food and service.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is the 3rd or 4th time we have had dinner at Michael’s on East. Two have been for special occasions. We have never had anything close to a bad meal or experience . The service is excellent . Our server , Joe , was very friendly , knowledgeable about the menu and made good suggestions . The quality and variety of the food was also excellent . I travel and dine at fine restaurants around the US and the world and I believe that Michael’s on East has the right formula of excellent quality food, menu selection, interesting tasting menu’s coupled with a positive , friendly but non intrusive customer service that is harder and harder to find these days . Clearly , we will be back to dine again at Michael’s on East in the future.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service simply could not have been better. Food courses were great as always. Top end dining for Sarasota, with a top end price.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

We may not be regulars, but at least 15 times over the years. Now more for special occasions.
This is our very favorite as the food, drink, table setting, presentation, service, atmosphere are always exceptional and the very best the area has to offer.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were visiting Longboat key and Michaels was recommended by my daughter. We had wonderful food, wine, service, and dessert. The atmosphere was superb. It was fine dining without the pretense.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food, service and ambiance. Excellent in every way. Perfect for a special lunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server, Tobias, was exemplary in knowledge of all dishes and made wonderful recommendations. Definitely outstanding food and service. Highly recommend without hesitation!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We ordered Filet Mignon and were first served NY Strips. An unusual error. Creamed spinach, a recommended side dish, was extremely salty. Service was slow and poor. Interior, especially upholstered chairs, needs refreshing. We have dined at many Prime steakhouses. We will not return here.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful ambiance and menu choices. Excellent wait staff and service. We always enjoy our dining experience at Michaels.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Expensive and disappointing. Been there twice and no more.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We were a few minutes early so the receptionist said, "You can wait here or at the bar." Then she was too busy, just leaving us standing there. This is not the first time we have been totally ignored by Michael's receptionists.

Our party of five was seated and we ordered, but no-one exclaimed over his or her food. The food was good, but not exceptional except for the salmon which was very good. I had the "South African dinner" with coconut and chickpea soup as a starter. The soup had a unique flavor but the chickpeas were like little stones.

Portions were too large, each of us had to take half the meal home in a bag.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent!! Our waiter Tobias was superb! Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

A very enjoyable lunch. Food was excellent with a great wine list.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food and desserts!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My daughters birthdsy

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Always enjoy Michaels on East. Great food with fantastic service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Third time eating there. Food heavy with sauces. More is not always better. I kept thinking each time it would be better because it is "supposed" to be the best restaurant. Only thing that saved it is the ambiance and the great waiter. I was sick all night and I am a healthy person who can eat anything. Sorry but I need to warn people.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday and it was a treat. The filet mignon was perfect and the duck delicious. Our waitress was attentive and patient with us first timers, as we asked questions about the menu. Next time I saw mole the Chilean sea bass.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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.

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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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