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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: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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 received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015 - 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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    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 19
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  • 9
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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
Special occasion celebration

From the moment I made an in-person reservation with MAGGIE to the evening waiter, Ian, the entire evening was delightful! MAGGIE suggested a garden view room, and was very friendly ane professional. Ian, was one of the best wait staff ever. Congenial, prompt, and courteous, he was respectful of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Onaquest2014
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San Antonio, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

From the moment I made an in-person reservation with MAGGIE to the evening waiter, Ian, the entire evening was delightful! MAGGIE suggested a garden view room, and was very friendly ane professional. Ian, was one of the best wait staff ever. Congenial, prompt, and courteous, he was respectful of our time and we never felt hurried. The food was fantastic!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Christopher made my birthday lunch truly special. He has great recommendations and really knows the menu and sees that each meal is served with panache. It was more special when Michael himself stopped by the table during dessert. I have been enjoying Michael's on East since 2008 and drive 85 miles to eat as often as possible. The menu is... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went to Michael's on East for a friend's birthday. It was a excellent choice. I had the Bowtie pasta with Chicken, panchetta, and sundried tomatoes. It was superb! The creamed spinich was very good, and a generous side dish that could easily be shared .The service was very good, A shared dessert of the chocolate brownie with ice cream... More 

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

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your entire experience at Michael's On East. I think it is fantastic that you think the Bowtie Pasta is superb! Thank you so much for your kind words on TripAdvisor, I deeply appreciate you taking the time to share your positive opinion. Thank you again for your patronage and we look forward... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

It's always interesting to see the restaurants that get the highest ratings on these web sites. Check out your own home town and you'll see what I mean. Ask a Sarasota local for a restaurant recommendation and he'll give you names like Michael's on East, Ruth's Chris, Hyde Park, Capital Grill, etc. Yoder's and other inexpensive places are wonderful, but... More 

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

I am grateful for your positive words thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on TripAdvisor. As a member of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals we appreciate the support of the local community year round. We are always honored to host celebrations and special occasions. Thank you again for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you soon!... More 

central florida
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147 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Let me get to the point. Michael's on East is a wonderful place. The food, however, just didn't hit it for me. When I drop big dime (which you will) I want to be totally happy. Michaels's on East is very nice, the service impeccable, the wine list replete, and Michael himself stopped by to make sure we were happy.... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your positive comments and perspective about your dining experience at Michael's On East. I'm glad we were able to connect personally during your dinner; I only wish your detailed observations would have been shared as I certainly appreciate (and share!) your discerning tastebuds! I do hope you'll join us again down... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Michael's On East is probably considered a fine-dining restaurant but the prices are not quite that high. The food is good with great presentation. The staff is friendly and efficient. We ate there at lunch time today and, despite being moderately busy, it was a bit noisy. That would be my only "complaint".

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

Thank you for taking the time to review Michael's On East on TripAdvisor I appreciate your positive feedback. Next time you choose to dine with us, you can request a quiet table with your reservation and we will accommodate this request. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Many thanks and best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East Co-Proprietor... More 

San Gemini, Italy
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had a special Dinner last fridayto celebrate the end of an important activity with 22 italian people, good food and good service at the begin.. then we wait about 1 hour to eat our dinner and while we were celebrating a special moment, in the restaurant there was no one but us... so they started to do a lot... More 

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

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your special occasion at Michael’s On East. We make every effort and special consideration to accommodate our guests, any time day or night. I apologize if any language barriers may have resulted in challenges or delays over the course of your meal. In the future, our team would also love to show you our... More 

Orchard Park NY
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Did you ever find a place that was so good that you hesitated to write a glowing review for fear you wouldn't be able to get a table the next time? That's Michael's on East. If you're entertaining clients you should book a room in the wine cellar, which isn't actually a cellar, but you'll see. The entire experience is... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Michael's On East I deeply appreciated your wonderful review! I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks and best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East Co-Proprietor 941-366-0007, ext. 236 More 

Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We enjoy Michael's on East, eat there frequently. Friday is special lobster night. You can enjoy in or out of the shell. Tonight we asked to be served out of the shell. To our surprise the size of lobster shelled is much less than the lobster in the shell. We believe the restaurant supplies a smaller lobster when the serve... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback as I truly appreciate you taking the time to share a review about your experience at Michael’s On East. I am sorry if it may have seemed the de-shelled Lobster Pot was a smaller portion. Our Lobster Pot features two 1¼ pound Maine lobsters in the shell. I’m afraid the meat of the dish may... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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143 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We have stopped eating here. The food and service use to be so good and the quality has gone downhill plus now there is no dress code, They let in anyone, hats, shorts, flip flops??????REALLY???????

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

I would like to first thank you for your previous outstanding reviews of our restaurant. We are in the business of exceeding our guests’ expectations and I wanted to personally apologize if your most recent experience did not reflect that high standard of excellence. While we do recommend guests dress in business casual or cocktail attire, I’m afraid we do... 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 - 60
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine, Bar scene

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 received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015 - 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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