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Michael's On East

1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239
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Ranked #25 of 822 restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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217 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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Chicago, Illinois
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358 reviews 358 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

By most accounts, including the ever-observant Sarasota Magazine, Michael's On East and Bijou Cafe are the top-rated restaurants in the Sarasota area. That issue is highly debatable, of course, but having dined at both places within the last month--and at nearly all of the leading contenders for the top prize--we can attest to the fact that if they don't rank... More

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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very pricey above average food wines are very expensive . Your survival depends on local catering events

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East Hampton. NY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Michael's is a more formal restaurant than most, and the food is very good. The best steaks we have had in Sarasota. The restaurant otherwise leans toward Italian cuisine and they do a fine job. You also dress up if you so choose (which we enjoy) and feel right at home.

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sarasota, florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

i wish folks didn't feel the need to dress as if they were jimmy buffet when going to dinner at a nice upscale place like michael's. certainly sarasota is a vacation destination and i should be more forgiving, it's just that t-shirts, shorts and sandals seem to me to be a bit demeaning. perhaps a reasonable compromise would be to... More

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Rhode Island
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Shared cocktails and apps with friends for happy hour. The atmosphere and service was wonderful. The cocktails were high end selections chosen for their happy hour and the calamari and chicken wings were outstanding. Their bar menu was pretty extensive, so anyone's pallet would be satisfied. I would go again.

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84 reviews 84 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Since moving to Sarasota, this restaurant has become our favorite pre- concert venue. The decor is sophisticated, but very comfortable with a fine attention to detail. The nicely designed piano bar cannot be surpassed anywhere that we know of in SW Florida. The wait staff is well trained and attentive. My husband and I have enjoyed so many dinners served... More

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

An all around wonderful experience. The seasonal salad was extraordinary. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. The staff was friendly and helpful. Two of the people in our party have eaten their several times and said they have never had a bad meal. Definitely try the coconut ice cream. My only concern was the piano player. He was wonderful, but I wish... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Once again we were treated to a wonderful evening at Michaels on East. It happened to be our anniversary, a fact which Mike, our server acknowledged right away. From the excellent cocktails to the marvelous Key lime dessert it was a memorable evening. My husband had his favorite item to order on any menu (Ahi tuna) and said it was... More

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

Hello Pat, Thanks so much for allowing us the opportunity to welcome you back to Michael's On East. We hope you won't wait until your next anniversary to dine with us again! I thought you and your husband may be interested in the recipe for the Ahi Tuna dish he enjoyed during your most recent visit. Please browse our blog... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We were treat by our friends to a wonderful evening at Michaels on East. We had Friday Lobster fest at this wonderful Restaurant.2 x1and a quarter pound lobster and mussels and clams.new potatoes and very sweet corn on the cob.Excellent service by our server Kelly who was very attentitive to all our needs.They peeled and cracked the lobsters and our... More

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Sarasota, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Went to lunch with another couple and had a great meal! Food was excellent! We had the skirt steak and the delicious bread pudding topped with coconut ice cream. Service was top notch! We will be a regular diner!!

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

Hello, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing your great experience on TripAdvisor. I also wanted to be sure you received the announcement that we recently extended our Savor Sarasota menu through June 30: http://www.bestfood.com/2014/06/savor-sarasota-news-2/ It would be our pleasure to host you again soon! Best wishes, Michael Klauber Co-Proprietor More

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