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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
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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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  • 200
    Excellent
  • 46
    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
Sublime!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Empress5150
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Sarasota, Florida
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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293 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

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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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Honestly, I came to this restaurant, with low expectations despite its highly touted reputation. Several acquaintances told me that prices were astronomical, food excellent but exceedingly small portions, and a very pretentious attitude by wait staff. Au contraire, I found Michaels on East to be absolutely perfect. It has a chic vibe and a wait staff that was cordial and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

lunch on 4/21/15 was tops- the service, presentation and food are always really fine. we usually try the Epicurean special but it was a birthday and we ranged all around the menu. everything was good and Kevin was perfect.

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Sarasota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

If you love wine, and great service, then Michael's is a top choice. My significant other and I went recently to celebrate our birthdays. The food was outstanding---especially the Duck Two Ways. If you are a wine aficionado, no place in the area has a wine list that is on the par of Michael's.....and his staff is trained to give... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Went out on a date with fiance and paio 40 Bucks for a tiny piece of new york strip. Service forget about it! Ask for a 200 dollars botte of wine and the server didn't know that he had that wine on the wine list! Used to be better! Never going back

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Atlanta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Came here to celebrate my daughters birthday. Did not disappoint. Lovely service, beautiful restaurant and high quality food. Diver scallops were delicious and the swordfish was the best ever. Would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

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

Thank you Angella H for taking the time to review Michael's On East. I am delighted to hear that you had a wonderful experience for a birthday celebration for your daughter with us. We truly appreciate your business and hope to see you again sometime in the future. Many thanks and best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East Co-Proprietor 941-366-0007,... More 

sarasota, florida
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Since family could not all be together for Easter we went the evening before and we were pleased we picked Michael's On East. Imagine a family of 10 people all ordering many different items yet all agreeing that the food was amazing. My children who never seem to agree on anything were even happy. Food & Service was top notch,... More 

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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

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

Hello, I want to apologize if I may have missed a direct telephone call or email from you. Unfortunately, I do not have your contact information so it makes it difficult to search my inbox to see if your message might have been misdirected to one of my email folders or spam. I am very interested in speaking with you... More 

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

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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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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