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Michael's On East

1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239
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Ranked #27 of 828 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $48
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Continental, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Bahia Vista
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 23rd 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.
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228 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We arrived underdressed as we came straight from a Yankees-Rays baseball game to a nicely lit, piano playing, white table cloth restaurant. Greeted friendly by the hostess and waitress. Only complaint was the time to receive our drinks and food, we were the last patrons that Saturday night. Lobster bisque soup poured at your table with large pieces of lobster... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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163 reviews 163 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Wondrous Continental cusine always prepared perfectly. Share a starter and a dessert and salad as the entrees are ample. Lovely wine list. Exceptionally comfortable surroundings. Return seasonally.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We attended a family wedding receptioin here in July. The atmosphere was festive, the service was amazing given the amount of people, the food was amazing, bartenders and servers were courteous, and most attentive. Fun and memorable for everyone involved.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A great Happy Hour in a fine restaurant. The music is great and the appetizers are just fine. A very relaxing place to spend some time with your special lady.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My hubby and I and another couple went to Michael's on Friday, August 1st for happy hour. We got there early and sat in the piano bar, directly behind the piano. The service was excellent (ask for Steven) and even as the bar got busier, very attentive. The ambiance was really nice - upscale but not pretentious. The cocktails were... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Went to this sarasota classic for the first time and it was even better than the reviews. Who would think a strip mall would have 5 star dining? Well obviously Sarastoians know. Finally got a chance to try this long time classic and it was as to the moment as if it had just opened. Had one of the best... More

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Sarasota, Florida, Usa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I've had dinner at Michael's on East a dozen times, but the best food, conversation, and service isn't in the five-star dining room, it's at the bar. The best food is the simplest food, not the ultra-fancy culinary inspired stuff on the menu, it's the steak. It's the Filet cooked to perfection "Pittsburgh" style (charred on the outside, cold in... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We always have great experiences at Michael's on East. The food is excellent, the service is perfect, and the ambiance is marvelous. These people really know how to make your restaurant experience special.

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Newton, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

1. A 30-45 min wait for a table, when you have a reservation is not acceptable. 2. Despite what other reviewers said, the guy entering in front of me was wearing shorts and a polo - he was seated. 3. We were there on a busy Friday night, there was ample free parking on the street, in front of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Had an 8 pm reservation, but the table wasn't ready. We were visiting from out of town and our host had made the reservation .We went to the bar for a drink- live piano music, however, it was SO LOUD that it made conversation impossible. Finally, we were seated. Eventually, a waitperson took our order and the food arrived at... More

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