Michael's On East - Original Eats

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An Original Dish...
Written by Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber:
"After my hospitality studies at Cornell, I was hired by the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans as their first ever management trainee. The GM of the hotel was the dynamic Archie Casbarian. Archie was considered one of the top hoteliers in the US at the time. Archie took me under his wing and moved me through all the different food & beverage departments at the hotel (which I loved!) over 2 years. One afternoon, he surprised me with a big announcement. He was leaving the hotel after 20 years and purchasing the iconic Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. The restaurant dated back to 1918 and had been deteriorating for decades. Archie asked me to come with him as his assistant and of course I said YES! We spent a year-and-a-half restoring the dilapidated structure and focused on returning the restaurant to its former glory. Every detail was thought through and the history of the restaurant was showcased through the menu. One of the former owner’s (Count Arnaud - a self-proclaimed Count) favorites was bananas flambéed and the Count's version of the New Orleans classic “Foster” was what we tested and ultimately showcased on the menu for our re-opening in 1977. That is where I learned to make the dish tableside and trained many of our new staff on creating the “show” at the table! Today, Archie’s wife Jane and their two children - Katy and Archie Jr. continue to carry on the great tradition of hospitality at Arnaud’s. You can be sure that their dining room is filled with the excitement each night as table after table is served this celebratory dessert! Much like the "Pompano Casbarian" on our dinner menu, I continue to be forever grateful for the mentorship I received from Archie, and am proud to have another piece of my culinary history showcased on our menu!"
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Original Eats Price: $17
Limited Edition Offering
Suggested But Not Required
Please Call 941.366.0007

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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 31st consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2020. In February 2012, U.S. Airways Magazine selected Michael’s On East as an East Coast Icon, in good company with the ‘21’ Club in New York City.

Now a part of Sarasota’s history, partners Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini have built their unmatched reputation for exceptional service and inspired cuisine on the principle that “each guest should be treated the way they expect to be treated,” every moment of each and every visit. The Sarasota culinary duo have been recognized regionally and internationally for their dedication in helping more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and giving back more than one million dollars through in-kind donations, contributions and partnerships.

Located at 1212 S. East Avenue in Midtown Plaza, the iconic fine dining restaurant is currently taking dinner reservations from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Monday–Thursday and Friday & Saturday 5:30–9:00pm.

Michael’s Lounge and Bar open at 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday until close, featuring Happy Hour specials from 5–7pm. Live entertainment in the lounge begins each night starting at 6:30pm. The restaurant is currently closed on Sundays. The restaurant’s Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 48 guests. Michael’s Wine Cellar can seat up to 50 guests for private events.

As you prepare for your dining experience at Michael’s On East, we often receive questions about the appropriate dress. We suggest “business casual” or cocktail attire. Ties and jackets are not required for gentlemen.

Reservations for the restaurant are accepted online or can be made via phone from 10am to 10pm, Monday through Saturday. For more information about Michael’s On East, call 941-366-0007.


1212 East Avenue South
Sarasota, FL 34239

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