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Michael’s On East Earns Wine Spectator's 2023 “Best of Award of Excellence”


Michael's On East Restaurant has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2023 Restaurant Awards, which celebrate the world's best restaurants for wine.

"In a time of technological innovation, restaurants offer the human experience diners are hungry for—listening to their customers and offering personalized experience," said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. "This annual issue celebrates the places where wine is at the top of that conversation. I'm pleased to congratulate all 3,505 restaurants for their dedication to wine and wine-loving diners."


"We are thrilled to accept this award! Our goal each year is to present our guests with the opportunity to choose from over 350+ hand-picked wines from around the world on our wine menu. Our knowledgeable staff is proud to share their expertise in helping guests with wine selections to elevate their dining experience. We are honored to continue to be recognized annually by the Wine Spectator and to display this elevated level of award", said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael's On East Restaurant.

With more than 350 estate and domaine-bottled wines on the Michael's On East wine menu, this expansive list is just a curated selection from the more than 1,200 estate- and Domaine-bottled wines available through Michael's. Patrons have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant's wine list from the adjacent retail store, Michael's Wine Cellar.

Guests at Michael's On East are invited to share in the celebration of wine all summer long with the return of its popular wine-focused summer promotions. The Restaurant is offering half-priced bottles of wine each Thursday as part of its weekly Wine Lovers Thursdays summer special. Also, as part of Michael's "Double Points Days", members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar on Thursdays.

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards represent the world's only program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. They are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. Michael Klauber is no stranger to the Wine Spectator awards as he received the Grand Award in 1982 while managing the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key!

With thirteen staff members holding Court of Master Sommelier certifications, this accomplishment reinforces Michael's On East's commitment to providing exceptional service with the guest's experience in mind. Additionally, the entire staff is trained to guide each guest through the restaurant's comprehensive wine list. Inventory for the restaurant's wine list is sourced from Michael's Wine Cellar, the adjacent retail wine store, which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy 1,200 additional boutique wines on top of the 350 wines listed on the iPad menu in the restaurant.


"Boasting 12,700 bottles on the property, our wine program is one of my personal passions—and a crown jewel of the Michael's operation," said Mr. Klauber

Since opening in 1987, the iconic midtown restaurant has remained a prominent Sarasota dining destination receiving regional and national recognition. 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. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web's most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine's role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken's Impact Newsletter.