Michael’s On East has been awarded its 25th consecutive Four Diamond rating by AAA.
“Michael’s On East is one of only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida to maintain the AAA Four Diamond status for 25+ years,” said W.D. Williams, Sarasota-Manatee District Manager for AAA. “Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that across the United States and Canada, only 24 restaurants have held this award for 25 years. This is an amazing accomplishment.”
Moreover, Michael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award in Sarasota, Fla. The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally trained evaluators from AAA’s national headquarters. Only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 restaurants rated are approved by the AAA Four Diamond list.
“My business partner Phil Mancini and I have been touched by so many special milestones over the past few years. Receiving such a top honor from AAA for 25 years straight is another a great testament to the consistent excellence we have been committed to since opening our doors in 1987,” said Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “We are extremely proud of our team. Within our region’s vibrant culinary scene, we feel fortunate to offer guests a top destination for refined—yet fun—fine dining for every occasion.”
AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression.
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About Michael’s On East
Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 25th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2014. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.