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Michael's On East

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$$$
Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 (Bahia Vista)
+1 941-366-0007
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Founded on April 27, 1987, the celebrated Michael's On East restaurant...
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 25th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award - one of only two restaurants in Florida with this distinction. Upon entering the dining room, you are immediately dazzled by the plush design and inspired decor. 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.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
wow, what an experience

This was a remarkable restaurant and one that is worth a visit. Location is not in the tourist area of Sarasota, a few minutes south, but my goodness, this is a fantastic restaurant. Service is extremely attentive, with very knowledgeable staff. An incredible selection of mains and appetizers, far... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Lawrence2300
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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285 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

I recently wrote a review of Michael's on East explaining how mix ups around my reservation and how the hotess staff dealt with them basically ruined my mother's 75th birthday dinner. The hostess staff were rude and not accomodating at all. The owner wrote a reply on this site and asked me to contact him about our experience. I did... More 

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Westfield, MA
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I was very excited to go there as I had heard so many good comments about this place. Our server, Kimberly, was excellent. My food however, was not. Nothing really jumped off the menu as being exciting. I ordered the salad topped with a chicken breast. My salad was over dressed. I was not impressed. The breads were homemade, a... More 

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Toronto
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122 reviews 122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was a remarkable restaurant and one that is worth a visit. Location is not in the tourist area of Sarasota, a few minutes south, but my goodness, this is a fantastic restaurant. Service is extremely attentive, with very knowledgeable staff. An incredible selection of mains and appetizers, far beyond any of the other restaurants we experiences in Sarasota. Out... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We enjoyed a superb dinner with exemplary service a la James who was attentive, aware,efficient and courteous. The food was a hit and I want to commend Mr. Klauber for returning this restaurant to its former lofty position of fine dining. At one time the quality of the food had slipped as well as the service. That is not the... More 

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Marathon, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Best food, best service...there are many choices and many great choices in Sarasota; but none better!!

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We have dined at Michael's on East many times on visits to Sarasota and it is always good to outstanding. Generally both food and service are excellent. Its spaces are lovely, and we particularly appreciate the well-spaced tables and friendly welcome. This time we decided to check out the special menu for March. It is a well-priced prix fixe three-course... More 

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Nokomis, Florida
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

After living in Sarasota for over 22 years, we had our first dinner at Michael's on East. We had a party of 14, which required two tables. Both were next to each other, and somewhat off in a corner. This worked out well. Our server for the evening, ( we arrived at 7;00 p.m. and left at 10;45 p.m.) was... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The decor is the best and the food is the best Sarasota has to offer. Clearly in my view the number one place to dine. The steaks are excellent, ditto for the Veal chop and the Sea Bass. The bread basket is also the best. A little pricey but worth it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Last night we dined at Michaels with an extremely Lovely experience. Our fabulous waiter Chris made the descriptions of menu intriguing. We ordered many appetizers and moaned over each one. Our salads wonderful. The pork chop was the Best with the most FANTASTIC sauce Ever. The croquettes melt in your mouth. The apple ravioli dessert is mouthwatering. Make your reservations... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My aunt Joyce celebrated her 88th birthday here last night. We all had filets, which were cooked to perfection and excellent in taste. I also love the potato croquettes here. My aunt raved about her salad, as well. The key lime tart for dessert was exceptional! I love this place!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239
    (Bahia Vista)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-366-0007

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 48
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

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 25th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award - one of only two restaurants in Florida with this distinction. Upon entering the dining room, you are immediately dazzled by the plush design and inspired decor. 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.
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?