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Michael's On East

1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-2304
+1 941-366-0007
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Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (65 reviews)
“lobster pot” (11 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
€€€€
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1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239-2304
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1 - 10 of 685 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were early for reservations, so opted for a drink in the lounge. I don't think I've ever experienced a waitress who had a handle on what she was doing as well as ours. We no sooner were seated than she got to the table,...More

1  Thank chuckiek
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hearing that you had a great experience is the best thing we could hope for! Your recommendation means a lot to us. Thank you for choosing Michael’s On East, we look forward to serving you for many years to come! Many thanks and best wishes,...More

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Michael's on East is probably the most well known, and certainly the best marketed restaurant/catering business not only in Sarasota, but possibly all of Florida. Michael Klauber is simply a master at public relations and as professional of a restaurant "front of house" personality as...More

2  Thank Doug S
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Dear Doug, Thank you for the wonderful review, we truly appreciate the positive feedback. We appreciate your continued loyalty to Michael’s On East. I am thrilled that you enjoyed your experience at Michael’s On East for a wine tasting dinner, great to hear that the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have dined at Michael's for lunch and dinner (as well as countless special events) since they opened. In the last week I had both lunch and dinner there with different guests. Both meals were excellent. The menu has a nice variety; great salads, a...More

Thank BaccusRanch
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the fantastic review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoy our Friday Night Lobster Pot specials, as well as, our other menu items! We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you soon! Thanks again, Michael Klauber

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First the positive: Great dessert selection. Now the negatives: If you expected an array of breakfast items you would have been disappointed. Basically eggs benedict. I don't expect food to be served piping hot on a buffet but I do expect it to be at...More

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I would like to first thank you for your choosing to dine at Michael’s On East for Easter Brunch. We are in the business of exceeding our guests’ expectations and experience here at Michael’s On East. We obviously failed in our mission this evening &...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best, both in food, atmosphere and service, with upscale prices. Convenient free valet or street parking.

Thank SRQregular
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the exceptional review, we truly appreciate the positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed your experience at Michael’s On East. We look forward to hosting you again soon. Kindest Regards, Michael Klauber

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the recommendation of an acquaintance, we made reservations for Easter brunch for a group that ranged from pre-teens to grandparents. The whole experience was excellent. The service was quick and friendly. Kimberly, our waitress, was attentive without hovering or rushing anyone. The food was...More

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Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your positive thoughts about Michael’s On East via TripAdvisor. I deeply appreciate your patronage and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon! I will let Kimberly know she received such a rave review. Best wishes,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The GPS on our rental car mislead us in trying to find the restaurant on a back street behind a strip shopping mall. When we entered the eatery, we were not sure we were in the right place because it was a very loud, crowded...More

1  Thank Robert L
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so sorry to have disappointed you. For over 30 years, I have had one singular focus for service in my restaurant - to treat our guests the way we would expect to be treated! Obviously we failed in our mission that evening. I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first reaction upon entering Michael's was that it looked like 1980's posh - a high level of décor that's not keeping with the times. Of course, the restaurant was quite busy, so I guess there's a market for that style. The food was pricy...More

Thank SouthboundEventually
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I wanted to personally apologize if your most recent experience did not reflect that high standard of excellence. I would greatly appreciate your detailed feedback so we can immediately address any challenges with our staff and management team. Please email me at michael@bestfood.com and include...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried this restaurant as we were looking for a different, more upscale restaurant to celebrate my cousin's birthday. The evening started out on the wrong foot and didn't get much better. As I stated, it was a SPECIAL occasion and taking birthday girl out...More

Thank HappyVenetian
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I would like to first thank you for your choosing to dine at Michael’s On East. We are in the business of exceeding our guests’ expectations and experience here at Michael’s On East. We obviously failed in our mission this evening & I wanted to...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

This was a new place in Sarasota for us, though it has been in business over 30 years. Most of the reviews are positive and we would agree with the favorable reviews. The wine list is extensive Service was prompt and our server, Andrew, was...More

Thank Rob P
Michael K, Owner at Michael's On East, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our restaurant. We pride ourselves in offering inspired, always-evolving cuisine, and I'm very happy that your recent experience was great! I will let Andrew know what a superb job he did! We look forward...More

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pvthawk52
27 March 2018|
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Response from ashman2013 | Reviewed this property |
Average 30-35$ though they have a price fixe for lunch that is well worth it 😊
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11 October 2016|
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Response from Michael K | Property representative |
A papadum is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food from the India; typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from made from lentils or chickpeas. They are imported directly and are lightly fried. They are gluten free!
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24 August 2016|
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Response from Michael K | Property representative |
The incomparable Joe Micals delights Michael’s Lounge guests with timeless favorites at Michael’s Piano Bar, Tuesday – Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. Enjoy Joe’s performance of hits from Neil Diamond, Tony Bennet, Billy... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$60
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017 - 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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