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Michael's On East

Sarasota , FL

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1212 East Ave. South
Sarasota, FL US 34239 (map)

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Catering , Wedding Venue

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Tamera
Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
I have used Michael's Catering may times before and they never disappoint. They are so accommodating and their food is First Class! Their staff is amazing and I would NEVER use anyone else!
I have used Michael's Catering may times before and they never disappoint. They are so accommodating and their food is Read more...
I have used Michael's Catering may times before and they never disappoint. They are so accommodating and their food is First Class! Their staff is amazing and I would NEVER use anyone else! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Great staff with wonderful customer service. We had our dream wedding fulfilled through this vendor!!!
Great staff with wonderful customer service. We had our dream wedding fulfilled through this vendor!!!
Great staff with wonderful customer service. We had our dream wedding fulfilled through this vendor!!! Read less
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Joanne
Wedding:
4/26/2014
4.9/5.0
Michael's on East really saved the day at my wedding and I could not recommend them more highly. We had last minute issues with our original caterer and Phil from Michael's on East stepped in and made our wedding so special. He, along with his time, created a personalized family-style menu for us that was just incredible. I always had a vision for what I wanted our food to be and Michael's on East made that a reality for us. The staff were just superb, too, and so kind and helpful throughout the whole night.

I would definitely recommend Michael's on East if you are looking for delicious, different wedding food provided by incredibly talented professionals.
Michael's on East really saved the day at my wedding and I could not recommend them more highly. We had last minute issues Read more...
Michael's on East really saved the day at my wedding and I could not recommend them more highly. We had last minute issues with our original caterer and Phil from Michael's on East stepped in and made our wedding so special. He, along with his time, created a personalized family-style menu for us that was just incredible. I always had a vision for what I wanted our food to be and Michael's on East made that a reality for us. The staff were just superb, too, and so kind and helpful throughout the whole night.

I would definitely recommend Michael's on East if you are looking for delicious, different wedding food provided by incredibly talented professionals. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Stephanie
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael's On East provided the catering and rentals for my wedding and did an excellent job. Guests continue to rave about the food - it was absolutely delicious! The service was excellent too. Ngoc was fantastic and easy to work with despite my numerous changes and ideas!
Michael's On East provided the catering and rentals for my wedding and did an excellent job. Guests continue to rave about Read more...
Michael's On East provided the catering and rentals for my wedding and did an excellent job. Guests continue to rave about the food - it was absolutely delicious! The service was excellent too. Ngoc was fantastic and easy to work with despite my numerous changes and ideas! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Casey
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Michael's on East is insanely good. I used them for catering and table/chair/dishes/flatware etc rentals for my wedding earlier this month. As the weather was iffy Phil attended the walk through with us and the rehearsal to help us decide what to do in case of rain. On the wedding day they had everything set up (as the weather had cleared) in three different locations (ceremony, cocktails and reception). Unfortunately out of nowhere a smaller patch of the storm appeared above us and began to rain. In about 45 minutes this amazing team had the 3+ hour set up transformed into weather appropriate and beautiful locations. Not only did they transform the entire set up and save the event, they were on top of their game for the food as well. We had restaurant owners attending as guests and they admitted to us later they were worried with the wedding delay (due to the weather) the food might not be as presentable as it would have been - but they were SO impressed with the quality, presentation and overall yumminess of the cocktail food, and the main meal, they couldn't stop raving. Starting from the tasting we had at the restaurant (the cook put together different options and made a spectacular custom menu for us) all the way to the 12+ dessert bar, we were SO pleased. I would recommend this vendor in ALL capacities (rentals, catering, etc). THANK YOU MICHAEL'S ON EAST for making our day so special even in the rain!
Michael's on East is insanely good. I used them for catering and table/chair/dishes/flatware etc rentals for my wedding Read more...
Michael's on East is insanely good. I used them for catering and table/chair/dishes/flatware etc rentals for my wedding earlier this month. As the weather was iffy Phil attended the walk through with us and the rehearsal to help us decide what to do in case of rain. On the wedding day they had everything set up (as the weather had cleared) in three different locations (ceremony, cocktails and reception). Unfortunately out of nowhere a smaller patch of the storm appeared above us and began to rain. In about 45 minutes this amazing team had the 3+ hour set up transformed into weather appropriate and beautiful locations. Not only did they transform the entire set up and save the event, they were on top of their game for the food as well. We had restaurant owners attending as guests and they admitted to us later they were worried with the wedding delay (due to the weather) the food might not be as presentable as it would have been - but they were SO impressed with the quality, presentation and overall yumminess of the cocktail food, and the main meal, they couldn't stop raving. Starting from the tasting we had at the restaurant (the cook put together different options and made a spectacular custom menu for us) all the way to the 12+ dessert bar, we were SO pleased. I would recommend this vendor in ALL capacities (rentals, catering, etc). THANK YOU MICHAEL'S ON EAST for making our day so special even in the rain! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Phenomenal food and service. The staff was exceptional and the food was superb!
Phenomenal food and service. The staff was exceptional and the food was superb!
Phenomenal food and service. The staff was exceptional and the food was superb! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Ngoc was amazing! Available all the time!! Willing to work with my numerous ideas!!! Even glitter!!! Phil, the owner, made my dream a reality and not only was the wine cellar the best venue for us, but my guests and family are still taking about the food!!!!
Ngoc was amazing! Available all the time!! Willing to work with my numerous ideas!!! Even glitter!!! Phil, the owner, made Read more...
Ngoc was amazing! Available all the time!! Willing to work with my numerous ideas!!! Even glitter!!! Phil, the owner, made my dream a reality and not only was the wine cellar the best venue for us, but my guests and family are still taking about the food!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael's on East was an absolute pleasure to work with for my wedding event. I had to change venues about 4 months prior to my wedding date. Phil and his staff put me at ease and they handled everything. He immediately responded to any inquiry I had a question about, he gave excellent advice and opinions which I trusted implicitly, and he was on site the few days leading up to the wedding to make sure everything was setup as we had discussed. The food was absolutely incredible!! The service staff was attentive and very polite. I can't say enough about how wonderful everything turned out. My wedding was perfect and Phil and his team deserve all the thanks!
Michael's on East was an absolute pleasure to work with for my wedding event. I had to change venues about 4 months prior Read more...
Michael's on East was an absolute pleasure to work with for my wedding event. I had to change venues about 4 months prior to my wedding date. Phil and his staff put me at ease and they handled everything. He immediately responded to any inquiry I had a question about, he gave excellent advice and opinions which I trusted implicitly, and he was on site the few days leading up to the wedding to make sure everything was setup as we had discussed. The food was absolutely incredible!! The service staff was attentive and very polite. I can't say enough about how wonderful everything turned out. My wedding was perfect and Phil and his team deserve all the thanks! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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RRedford28
Wedding:
12/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Simply phenomenal. Phil is as OCD as my family and I are. He poured over every detail and left nothing to the imagination. It rained at our out door wedding at Selby for a few minutes and his staff had everything dry, flipped, and wiped in less than 10 minutes. Our guests and family were very impressed with the service and blown away by restaurant quality food. We STILL get compliments on the food at our wedding. Phil Mancini was also crucial to helping us find and communicate with the rest of our vendors, with whom he knows very well. He also was able to help us fine tune our menu with seasonal ingredients. On our wedding day, he was on premise for hours trying to get the bistro lights up just right, an issue we had to deal with last minute after other vendors priced the work at 3 times the cost. The best caterer in all of the Bay Area. Choose Michael's on East if you DON'T want to worry about a headache and you want to offer your guests a memorable evening.
Simply phenomenal. Phil is as OCD as my family and I are. He poured over every detail and left nothing to the imagination. Read more...
Simply phenomenal. Phil is as OCD as my family and I are. He poured over every detail and left nothing to the imagination. It rained at our out door wedding at Selby for a few minutes and his staff had everything dry, flipped, and wiped in less than 10 minutes. Our guests and family were very impressed with the service and blown away by restaurant quality food. We STILL get compliments on the food at our wedding. Phil Mancini was also crucial to helping us find and communicate with the rest of our vendors, with whom he knows very well. He also was able to help us fine tune our menu with seasonal ingredients. On our wedding day, he was on premise for hours trying to get the bistro lights up just right, an issue we had to deal with last minute after other vendors priced the work at 3 times the cost. The best caterer in all of the Bay Area. Choose Michael's on East if you DON'T want to worry about a headache and you want to offer your guests a memorable evening. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Amy
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.1/5.0
Our food was hot and delicious. We had chauteaubriand, grouper, horseradish potatoes, blue cheese tomatoes and squash and people raved. They set up a cook tent right beside our tent and the servers and food were excellent. The linens, etc, were expensive, but the food and alcohol were very reasonable considering they were both top shelf.
Our food was hot and delicious. We had chauteaubriand, grouper, horseradish potatoes, blue cheese tomatoes and squash and Read more...
Our food was hot and delicious. We had chauteaubriand, grouper, horseradish potatoes, blue cheese tomatoes and squash and people raved. They set up a cook tent right beside our tent and the servers and food were excellent. The linens, etc, were expensive, but the food and alcohol were very reasonable considering they were both top shelf. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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traci
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Michael's on East made a delicious plated dinner and dessert buffet for our wedding in October. They set up a kitchen next to our tent so the food was made on-site and very fresh.
They let us go to a couple of tastings for free at the restaurant to test out a few different meal options- it was amazing!
We ended up getting a fish and meat combo for dinner- perfect to satisfy all guests. The kids had a couple of options for meals and they offered a vegetarian option as well.
We ran out of beer at the reception-but I am pretty sure this is the only time they have had that problem...and knowing our guests, I don't think this was their fault!
Michael's on East made a delicious plated dinner and dessert buffet for our wedding in October. They set up a kitchen next Read more...
Michael's on East made a delicious plated dinner and dessert buffet for our wedding in October. They set up a kitchen next to our tent so the food was made on-site and very fresh.
They let us go to a couple of tastings for free at the restaurant to test out a few different meal options- it was amazing!
We ended up getting a fish and meat combo for dinner- perfect to satisfy all guests. The kids had a couple of options for meals and they offered a vegetarian option as well.
We ran out of beer at the reception-but I am pretty sure this is the only time they have had that problem...and knowing our guests, I don't think this was their fault! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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skinnesb
Wedding:
2/26/2011
4.9/5.0
We had our wedding reception at Michael's on East and it was absolutely fabulous. Phil Mancini was so much fun to work with and we enjoyed putting our menu together with him. He's creative with food and menus and is open to any ideas you bring to the table. He works with you to stay under his quoted price per head and doesn't nickle and dime. Not to mention, it's generally accepted that Michael's on East has the best food in town. Working with Phil was wonderful. My only complaint is with Phil's assistant who I had a difficult time communicating with. I had trouble contacting her at times and we had several instances where she made incorrect changes to our menu/proposal. Ultimately, I went straight to Phil and got things taken care of promptly and efficiently because he is fabulous (as I've mentioned many times)!
We had our wedding reception at Michael's on East and it was absolutely fabulous. Phil Mancini was so much fun to work Read more...
We had our wedding reception at Michael's on East and it was absolutely fabulous. Phil Mancini was so much fun to work with and we enjoyed putting our menu together with him. He's creative with food and menus and is open to any ideas you bring to the table. He works with you to stay under his quoted price per head and doesn't nickle and dime. Not to mention, it's generally accepted that Michael's on East has the best food in town. Working with Phil was wonderful. My only complaint is with Phil's assistant who I had a difficult time communicating with. I had trouble contacting her at times and we had several instances where she made incorrect changes to our menu/proposal. Ultimately, I went straight to Phil and got things taken care of promptly and efficiently because he is fabulous (as I've mentioned many times)! Read less
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Phil and Rhondi
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
I can never say enough about Michael's on East. This restaurant has become our favourite evening out whenever we get down to Sarasota. As soon as we saw the Wine Cellar all dressed up for a private event we knew that we had to have our wedding reception in the Wine Cellar. Everyting was amazing from our first meeting with Helen and then Ngoc to our meetings and communications with owners Phil and Michael the business end of things always went smoothly. Then there was our actual reception for 55. The food was fantastic and raved about by all. Several of our guests had dietary issues....no problem chef put the Tuna out and just created a whole new side just for our event. Noel who seemingly does every job at Michael's was great, from helping us out with great wine selections, to setting up our tables with favours etc. to working with me and for me throughout the evening to making a little bed up for my 7 year old daughter/flower girl as the night wore on, he was amazing and felt more like a friend than anything. The entire staff for our reception (and I feel awful that I don't remember all of their names) Karen, Kristine and the others were all amazing. From cutting up food for the little ones, to treating us like old friends, to saving us some of the amazing h'or d'oeuvres for our late arrival......everything, they were just amazing. Some of the staff Joe (the pianist) and Jennifer (Bar) from the restaurant side were great and even made a point of coming over to our reception to offer their congratulations and wishes. The food, the wine, the cake, the staff were all the best. Thank you so much for making our reception so wonderful.

Rhondi and Phil Ouellette
I can never say enough about Michael's on East. This restaurant has become our favourite evening out whenever we get down Read more...
I can never say enough about Michael's on East. This restaurant has become our favourite evening out whenever we get down to Sarasota. As soon as we saw the Wine Cellar all dressed up for a private event we knew that we had to have our wedding reception in the Wine Cellar. Everyting was amazing from our first meeting with Helen and then Ngoc to our meetings and communications with owners Phil and Michael the business end of things always went smoothly. Then there was our actual reception for 55. The food was fantastic and raved about by all. Several of our guests had dietary issues....no problem chef put the Tuna out and just created a whole new side just for our event. Noel who seemingly does every job at Michael's was great, from helping us out with great wine selections, to setting up our tables with favours etc. to working with me and for me throughout the evening to making a little bed up for my 7 year old daughter/flower girl as the night wore on, he was amazing and felt more like a friend than anything. The entire staff for our reception (and I feel awful that I don't remember all of their names) Karen, Kristine and the others were all amazing. From cutting up food for the little ones, to treating us like old friends, to saving us some of the amazing h'or d'oeuvres for our late arrival......everything, they were just amazing. Some of the staff Joe (the pianist) and Jennifer (Bar) from the restaurant side were great and even made a point of coming over to our reception to offer their congratulations and wishes. The food, the wine, the cake, the staff were all the best. Thank you so much for making our reception so wonderful.

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Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Mrs.LTT
Wedding:
1/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I am beyond impressed by the level of service and quality we got from working with Michael's on East. I'm not from Sarasota but my husband is, and if you ask anyone from Sarasota they'd say that Michael's is the best (they also have a fantastic restaurant). I chose Michael's based on their great reputation, and it definitely delivered. The tasting alone was one of the best meals I'd ever had! They can do anything you want, and do it well. I wanted crab cakes made from my mom's recipe-- done. I wanted chicken fingers like the ones from my favorite place in Nashville with their signature sauce-- done. (They flew in the sauce). Every bite of food was excellent!!
Beyond the food, Michael's ended up playing a pivotal role in saving our wedding when the weather in Sarasota dropped to the 30s and our reception was scheduled to be outdoors. Micheal's happened to have their ballroom available that night (lucky for us!) and just 6 days before our wedding let us rent it. We met with Phil (who is a pleasure to work with) and he did everything in his power to pull together the wedding indoors. He helped us cancel our alcohol contract with our vendor at our other venue, choose new wines (he even sent us home with a bunch to try... I think he saw how frazzled we were), and helped us figure out what to do to transform the space (like drape fabric to soften the ceilings). Amazingly, they also helped us save money in this process. While the venue admittedly wouldn't be my first choice for my reception, when we had our weather crisis I felt so lucky to be working with them. You won't get better food, quality, or service anywhere else!
I am beyond impressed by the level of service and quality we got from working with Michael's on East. I'm not from Read more...
I am beyond impressed by the level of service and quality we got from working with Michael's on East. I'm not from Sarasota but my husband is, and if you ask anyone from Sarasota they'd say that Michael's is the best (they also have a fantastic restaurant). I chose Michael's based on their great reputation, and it definitely delivered. The tasting alone was one of the best meals I'd ever had! They can do anything you want, and do it well. I wanted crab cakes made from my mom's recipe-- done. I wanted chicken fingers like the ones from my favorite place in Nashville with their signature sauce-- done. (They flew in the sauce). Every bite of food was excellent!!
Beyond the food, Michael's ended up playing a pivotal role in saving our wedding when the weather in Sarasota dropped to the 30s and our reception was scheduled to be outdoors. Micheal's happened to have their ballroom available that night (lucky for us!) and just 6 days before our wedding let us rent it. We met with Phil (who is a pleasure to work with) and he did everything in his power to pull together the wedding indoors. He helped us cancel our alcohol contract with our vendor at our other venue, choose new wines (he even sent us home with a bunch to try... I think he saw how frazzled we were), and helped us figure out what to do to transform the space (like drape fabric to soften the ceilings). Amazingly, they also helped us save money in this process. While the venue admittedly wouldn't be my first choice for my reception, when we had our weather crisis I felt so lucky to be working with them. You won't get better food, quality, or service anywhere else! Read less
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asudano
Wedding:
3/21/2009
4.1/5.0
They did a great job! we changed our minds a lot and they were always flexible with us. the food was AMAZING! they are sometimes a bit hard to get a hold of or info from, but at the end of the day, their service was great!
They did a great job! we changed our minds a lot and they were always flexible with us. the food was AMAZING! they are Read more...
They did a great job! we changed our minds a lot and they were always flexible with us. the food was AMAZING! they are sometimes a bit hard to get a hold of or info from, but at the end of the day, their service was great! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Eugenia
Wedding:
4/26/2008
4.9/5.0
I tried to think of anything negative to say since for a wedding there always is something that goes awry but there was nothing. They catered both my Rehearsal Dinner and my Wedding and I could not have been happier.
They are sincerely the best from the quality of their food, to the professionalism of their staff.
I tried to think of anything negative to say since for a wedding there always is something that goes awry but there was Read more...
I tried to think of anything negative to say since for a wedding there always is something that goes awry but there was nothing. They catered both my Rehearsal Dinner and my Wedding and I could not have been happier.
They are sincerely the best from the quality of their food, to the professionalism of their staff. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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jdgarte
Wedding:
11/5/2006
4.1/5.0
Great food but expensive. Also, unless you have a wedding coordinator (which we had a part time family member) the catering staff is clueless. The guests sat down after appetizers and saw our slideshow which was 30 minutes and during that time no one was served salad or soup. Then dinner was rushed out because people were starving.

Was it our mistake for not having a coordinator or their mistake for not using common sense?
Great food but expensive. Also, unless you have a wedding coordinator (which we had a part time family member) the Read more...
Great food but expensive. Also, unless you have a wedding coordinator (which we had a part time family member) the catering staff is clueless. The guests sat down after appetizers and saw our slideshow which was 30 minutes and during that time no one was served salad or soup. Then dinner was rushed out because people were starving.

Was it our mistake for not having a coordinator or their mistake for not using common sense? Read less
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