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DOUBLE-DOUBLE THREAT: Four Awards in One Month!


We are so honored and excited to have received 3 major awards just weeks apart from each other! Each award recognizes the hard work and commitment of our team to exceed guest expectations during every visit. At Michael's On East, our mission is "to treat every guest the way they expect to be treated." We have dedicated time and invested resources through extensive training, certifications, and increased sanitation protocols to serve our guests safely. Thank you, Sarasota, for allowing us the great honor of serving you with Legendary Hospitality for more than 30 years!

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment

Michael's on East was awarded the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment – a promise that our establishment achieved enhanced safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA to ensure the safety of guests and employees. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, our goal is that guests have confidence that our business is sanitary and safe, and staff are well trained when they see an FRLA Seal of Commitment on the door.


"FRLA is proud to designate Michael's On East with our Seal of Commitment for their commitment to sanitation excellence," said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Through this achievement, they are demonstrating their serious pledge to ensure the safety and health of their employees and guests, and we commend them."

AAA Four Diamond Designation for the 31st Year in a Row

Michael's on East has received the coveted AAA Four Diamond designation. Michael's on East has maintained this prestigious honor consecutively for 31 years!


"We are honored to receive the acclaimed Four Diamond designation from AAA," said Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor. "This award reflects the commitment of our staff and management to provide every guest with exceptional hospitality throughout their visit."

Michael's on East is part of a select group representing the top tier of the hospitality industry in North America. Overall, just 682 restaurants have earned the AAA Four Diamond designation for 2020. Restaurants at this level, just 2.3% of the more than 30,000 AAA Diamond restaurant listings, feature distinctive fine dining, well-served amid upscale ambience.

Tripadvisor's 2020 Travelers' Choice Award

Michael's on East announced it has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers' Choice award-winner. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners are known for consistently receiving great traveler/diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.


"Winners of the 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition," said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. "Although it's been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers/diners as the world begins to venture out again."

Wine Spectator's 2020 Best of Award of Excellence

Michael's On East has been honored with the "Best of Award of Excellence" designation for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2020 Restaurant Awards. Recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers, the restaurant is the only honoree in the Best Of Award of Excellence category in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Michael's On East was first recognized by the Wine Spectator in 1989. The Best of Award of Excellence award in 2020 represents an upgraded level of recognition for Michael's On East in the annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.


"This coveted 'Best of Award of Excellence' distinction is a very gratifying recognition for our Wine division! As our region hopes to welcome domestic tourists to our beautiful area this summer, the international recognition offered by this distinction helps us introduce Michael's On East and Sarasota to oenophiles across the country," said Michael's On East Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber.

 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.

Michael's On East achieved the Best of Award of Excellence for more expansive lists that show a greater commitment to wine with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. This restaurants' team invests time in extensive staff training, carefully designed presentations, innovative menu pairings, and showpiece wine cellars. 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.

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1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
1212 East Ave. S.
Sarasota, FL 34239
1259 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239