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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 - 11:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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  • 208
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 17
    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
Excellent lunch at Michaels on East GREAT food and over the top service!!!!!

Visited Michaels On East for lunch while visiting my wife's aunt in Sarasota on her invitation. Great choice!!! I had the onion soup which was excellent, my wife had corn chowder also a great choice. For lunch I had the sirloin burger which was cooked perfectly and quite tasty! My wife had a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Stuart L
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Middletown, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Middletown, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Visited Michaels On East for lunch while visiting my wife's aunt in Sarasota on her invitation. Great choice!!! I had the onion soup which was excellent, my wife had corn chowder also a great choice. For lunch I had the sirloin burger which was cooked perfectly and quite tasty! My wife had a Rueben which she thoroughly enjoyed and her... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I had heard about this place for years, and we recently went for a special occasion. Our waiter was very good, but otherwise the service seemed comically uncoordinated. When clearing our amuse bouche the person wanted us to keep our silverware which is not typical for fine dining. Then after salads, we were given two new knives when neither entree... More 

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for your first visit to Michael's On East. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback via TripAdvisor and will share your comments with our service and culinary teams. We aim to "wow" on all accounts and hope to welcome you back. For instance, if you prefer smaller portions, perhaps a Lounge Bite... More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

As usual, the greeting by Maggie and the service by Christopher was heartwarming. Christopher suggested the salmon and he was correct - it was wonderful. Every bite was savored! The fried oysters with salad amazing, the calamari with the seasonal salad was a treat. Finished off with the grand key lime pie and those marinated strawberries - heavenly!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Couldn't have been much better. Steaks were fabulous. She had the filet. I went with the bone in ribeye. Wow! Sweet potato side dish is out of this world. Only semi glitch was the asparagus with vinegar/Parmesan. The stalks were tough and rubbery. We were SO pleased with everything else I still rate this visit as excellent. Kris was our... More 

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Michael’s On East to celebrate the last night of your vacation and your positive review. I am so glad you enjoyed your dinning experience overall, concerning the asparagus I have spoken to our executive chef to correct this misstep. Thanks again for your patronage we hope to see you again next time you are in Sarasota.... More 

Bradenton, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Michaels on the East are famous for their steaks, but if you go on a Friday, this wonderful restaurant serves their 'Lobster pot special. This comprises of 2 X 1.25 lb. lobsters, clams, muscles, corn on the cob, and boiled potatoes. We usually have their delicious angel hair onions to accompany. Everyone that we have taken there, says it is... More 

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this review

Thank you so very much Tony for your outstanding review. I am delighted that you enjoy our Lobster Pot on Friday nights. We are blessed to have such a talented musician as Joe Micals play in our lounge. Thank you again for the kind words, we truly value your patronage. Many thanks and best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East... More 

Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went for the music on a Saturday Evening at the Piano Bar, but what a pleasant experience, the drinks, food and music all top shelf!!! We sat at the bar and our drinks were made and serviced very professionally. We decided to have something to eat while we listened to music. Ordered their special cheese platter and a chicken... More 

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Mouth watering steaks. Fantastic service by AJ. Highly recommend. Sweet potatoes out of this world. Old school ambience.

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Longboat Key, Florida
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

From Maggie greeting us as we arrived to the warm feeling of an upscale restaurant in the heart of Sarasota to impeccable food and service, please do yourself a favor and treat yourself. The epicurean specials are just the tip of the menu. Our server, Joe, was as nice as nice could be. He described menu items with enthusiasm, answered... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

DH and I own a small CPA firm. The months of January-mid April are HECTIC to say the least. We always celebrate "The End of Busy Season" by going out to a special place for dinner. This year, we decided to try Michael's On East (based primarily on the reviews I read here on TripAdvisor). I made our RSVP Thursday... More 

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to review Michael's On East. I cannot wait to share this positive review with our server Jason, I know he will be thrilled. We are pleased you chose to celebrate your end of season with us. I also wanted to let you know that we have a section our menu called... More 

Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We had this wonderful restaurant recommended to us by friends, it's a little expensive but well worth the money! Our server was excellent, explaining all the dishes in detail. He also had a very good idea of the wine list. We shared the Duck and Vegetable spring rolls to start, they were sublime! Amongst our main courses we had Tuna,... More 

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing the dining experience that you had at Michael’s On East with the world on TripAdvisor. I truly appreciate your positive review and look forward to sharing it with my staff. Many thanks and best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East Co-Proprietor 941-366-0007, ext. 236 More 

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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: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic

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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