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Michael's On East

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1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-2304 (Bahia Vista)
+1 941-366-0007
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's been about 2 years now, but I used to go here a lot. After 2 visits during the week, I was really disappointed that the chicken dish I ordered was definitely microwaved. If you do go here, go during the weekend so you can be sure you are getting fresh food.

1 Thank hedah
Chicago, Illinois
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1,733 reviews
943 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several reasons why Michael's on East has ranked among the leading fine dining restaurants in Sarasota, Florida, for 30 years. There is the location, at 1212 South East Avenue, a block off busy highway 301 in downtown Sarasota. There is complimentary valet parking, a wonderful convenience. There is the food, supervised by co-owners Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini,... More 

2 Thank Taylor B
St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Michael's is known for food but their service is even better. The bar and wait staff truly make the experience. Michelle, Chris and Keira are why we come back again and again. We've been while they're gone and couldn't wait until they returned. Definitely some of the best service in Sarasota.

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Parrish, Florida
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every bit of food is covered with salt. The bread was salty. Salted butter. I usually order seafood because you can't screw that up. The scallops were drowning in salted butter, as was everything on the plate. I sent it back and told them to just sear them in a dry pan. These, too, were too salty. My husband, who... More 

1 Thank connie m
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is fine dining at it's best. You wouldn't know if you were in NYC, Chicago or Beverly Hills. The food here is 5 STAR. You must have Michael's daughter's Truffle Mac and Cheese. This place will be around for a long time and serving it's guests at the highest level. The banquet area and wine cellar are equally impressive.... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Last night we decided to stop by Michaels on East for dinner. It was 6 pm and the place was basically empty. I walked in the bar to see if we might want to sit there. Tables were empty. The hostess yelled..hey come over here and stand while pointing her finger. She was a older lady and rude. I did... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool restaurant, unique in its own way almost transposing you in another world. We listened to the live piano, danced a bit and enjoyed some delish american-Indonesian food. The place is definitely a bit pricey but we ordered from the 3 course set menu which was really good. Best short ribs i ever had and the black rice desert... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I seldom eat out when on the beach at Longboat Key, because we like to enjoy the grill. But we've found a place that made us change our mind. From the warm welcome, to the superb service from our server, Michael, the entire evening was a treat. With a variety of menu items, there was a delight... More 

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

Dear Judith, Thank you so much for your positive review. I am truly delighted to hear that you enjoyed your entire experience at Michael’s On East with Michael H recently. I have shared your overwhelmingly positive words with our entire team including our Executive Chef Jamil. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thank you for your continued patronage.... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maggie is a wonderful hostess! Joe, our server, was personable and great with advising selections from the wine list, as well as guiding us on menu selections! We try to visit at least once a month, because you can't find better food, service, and ambiance anywhere in Sarasota, and at a reasonable price point. Thanks much! Chalyce and Jerry Sullivan

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

Thank you for your kind comments about Michael’s On East. We truly are​ fortunate to have great staff members on our team like Maggie and Joe. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback on Tripadvisor. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your next visit. Best wishes, Michael Klauber Michael's On East Co-Proprietor 941-366-0007, ext.... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ambience and setting beautiful. Food delicious but expensive. Will cater for gluten free but do not carry gluten free bread, crackers or pasta so the cheese platter dish came without crackers and was eaten with tomato and lettuce. I am also vegetarian which made the selections were difficult. My husband and friends enjoyed a wonderful meal. I had the cheese... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $60
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, International, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Valet Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-2304
    (Bahia Vista)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-366-0007
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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