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Michael's On East

1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239
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Ranked #32 of 832 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $48
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Ate at Michael's On East years (and years) ago, so I wasn't certain if it still had the same pizazz... It does, and in spades! The service at Michael's is exquisite, and the food is sublime. You might think that is being a bit overdramatic, but it's not. One visit there will convince you of why it's been one of... More

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Sun City Center, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Very over rated, I have been there twice. I believe you have to be a regular to get decent service. Even the bar experience was sub-par to comparable restaurants. I like the wine store but will never go back to the restaurant.

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Delray Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were there over the Labor Day weekend and made reservations from the hotel via Opentable with no issues. We would have given it 5 stars, but we were stuck with a little table against the wall with chair cushions that were pretty worn down or something since the table felt up to my chest. The piano can be a... More

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Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Be it lunch,dinner or a special venue we are never disappointed. Michael always keeps us so looking forward to our next visit to Sarasota. AJ we consider him our waiter and gives 110% and always is there making us feel so welcome without being overbearing.

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I loved the seasoning of the food and the service was outstanding. We'd drive across the state just for dinner.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
118 helpful votes 118 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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