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bijou Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bijouverobeach.com
  • Phone: (772) 226-5254
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Chuck Arnold
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Historic Downtown Vero Beach
A word from bijou
Creative nouveau french bistro specializing in fresh seafood and French favorites done in a lighter style with a great american and french wine list.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service was aone and I can not wait to return often Just wish they had their chefs table like they had in their prior location The early bird summer special is a great deal"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My girlfriend loves French cuisine, so I found the Bijou on Yelp and decided to give them a go. I'm so glad I did! The place is a little hard to find, because it is tucked into the corner of a small strip mall (and Apple Maps has it in the wrong location), but we managed to find it as we pulled a u-turn. It has a cozy, neighborhood air that is inviting and friendly. Casual. Based on this, I was surprised on how high class the meal was. We have eaten in Michelin star restaurants in Europe, and the food here was arguably better - and much more affordable. Each plate had multiple elements of flavors and textures that made it all the more memorable. Overall, dollar for dollar this is the best meal I have had - and that is saying a lot. :)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had the best food at Bijou's and attentive service. We will go back there when we are in the area again. The early bird dinner menu was a bargain at around $15 for an appetizer and entree. Easy parking."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped in and had a nice time. The food was good but there is room for some improvement. The duck was cooked perfectly but the filo dough side I received was soggy but I liked the idea. Filled with raisins, figs and I believe goat cheese it was a nice attempt at something different but needed better execution. The brown sauce over my duck was fine but it was the same brown sauce used on my wife's steak. My wife's "duck fat potatoes" were a bit light on the duck fat as we didn't really taste it. Also, her steak was charred which took away from the flavor and seemed to be broiled instead of pan fried which is always better. Desert was very nice and we enjoyed our service. Nice place but needed better execution."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What a great move! Great food now in a comfortable less noisy space."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our dinner was the best we have tasted in Vero! We had the watermelon, beet and blue cheese salad, and the warm Brie salad with grapes, thinly sliced apple, strawberries and a perfect vinaigrette. Our entries were their short ribs and their special barramundi which were both excellent. We highly recommend Bijou - treat yourself to a lovely dinner with a loved one and friends!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My husband and I discovered this restaurant last summer by chance. This summer, we were in Vero for 3 nights and ate at Bijou 2 times. The chef is amazing. We thought he was a genius when we tasted the smoked raisins last summer, but he topped himself. The scallion cheddar cornbread with bacon jam and artichoke tart were beyond words. I'd say more, but what would be the point. All I can say is, if you have the chance to eat at Bijou, do it."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Delicious food and great service. I really like their new location, with indoor and outdoor seating and full bar. They had a great menu with additional creative specials for the evening. Looking forward to a return visit!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Bijou although having been in Vero Beach, just moved to its new location off 14th Avenue was new to us. We broke out of our routine and decided to try this restaurant. Each course had a wonderful presentation, paring of flavors, and balance. The dining room is spacious and quiet although full which is a problem is so many beach side spots with a spacious bar artfully separated from the dinner guests. The creme brule was perfection and the strawberry short cake looked like a piece of art work. They have a special summer menu, so if that doesn't bring you out to sample this wonderful dining spot you are missing something special."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Need help with the air conditioning - it was quite warm. Need some round tables to seat 6 or 8. Could use some more wall art."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "pleased with our meal. well prepared. nice ambience. great service."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "As always, Bijou was a wonderful, the "special" was a wonderful surprise. Our server (a different Steve than usual) was attentive, informative, and made our evening special. Our usual waiter (also Steve) was sorely missed of course. The only negative (and this is no fault of anyone) the air conditioner was broken, and that really affected the overall enjoyment of the evening. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food and great service. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was great, the service was super. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent as was the service. The bread that was served was dry and hard. My only complaint."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We booked this based on the reviews and they were spot on. It was like being inside one of those busy little bistro. Food was delightful, wine could have been chilled more but they did have an issue with the cellar that day. Wait staff very attentive, located in a quaint mainstreet area and you definitely would have to know about it from someone or read reviews like we did. It felt like we were eating at one of those Paris out of the way spots that only the locals go to. I highly recommend you try it, don't be in a hurry this food is made to order. You eat as the French do relaxing & enjoying each bite."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This was our first visit. The food was amazing! Service was attentive, without being intrusive. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Great food and service. A regular for us and other foodies. Warm, likeable staff who get to know your name. Fun dining at the bar overlooking the kitchen. The chefs are happy to converse and share their secrets."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Thanks to all for a great meal. Creative and consistently good."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It is EXTREMELY small, so noise can be a problem if very busy- but on week nights only 1/2 of tables full-better environment. (experienced dinning on both a Sat & a Wednesday night) Vero Beach is home to many older, hard of hearing folks who tend to "shout" at each other-especially evident when you have 2 elderly couples at both tables on either side of you... UGH! ( not any fault of Bijou-just a fact of life when dining out in most of FL) But most importantly- LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FOOD- The service is flawless!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Bijou. The first visit was outstanding. Everything was fresh and delicious. The second visit was very good. Both visits, we ordered off of the early dining menu which is an appetizer and entree for about $16. The servings are plentiful. As a matter of fact, we ordered the escargot tart that sounded amazing. It was good, but not outstanding. However, it was huge. The appetizer alone would've been enough for lunch. The service and presentation of the food here is top notch and we'll go back a third time."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "In general, in an area full of mediocre restaurants, this place does stand out. However, there were a few misses. The salads were tasty, but way over dressed. The fish with truffle oil and honey had way to much honey. And the waiter was way too zealous ! I would return as I think the food is interesting. The sashimi appetizer was outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The biggest drawback (and this is not a deal breaker!) is the noise level! The earlier the dinner the quieter."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Amazing food, great service. Love sitting near kitchen...much quieter'"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "From the minute you walked in the door you felt welcome. The service was impeccable and the staff anticipated our every need .It is impressive that they offer samples. The suggested wine pairing was right on. The menu items were creative and the presentation was attractive. Everything was delicious. For a party of six the long table and noise level made conversation difficult. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Best food I've had in Vero Beach in the 15 years I've lived here. Creative without being overdone. Flavours perfectly melded. The Chef's table offers "dinner and a show"! Absolutely loved it!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A great combination European and american atmosphere. Intimate and fine dining"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Our only disappointment was the lack of an espresso and cappuccino maker. To have enjoyed the great food up to this point and then find that the restaurant could not provide an espresso or cappuccino was a big disappointment. They used to have one but it got taken away. Bad decision! With so many great restaurants in VB, this will affect our decision to return. Too bad."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A variety of wines and price ranges. The homemade rolls with a herbal hint were good. The pork belly with a blueberry sauce was delicious, and the salmon tatare was superb. The fried snapper with pineapple risotto did not work. The fish was rubbery and overwhelmed by the pineapple & the accompanying sauces made it overly sweet. The surf and turf was an ordinary , stringy braised beef with two or three sautéed scallops thrown in. The chocolate bombe was quite good, the creme brûlée was inexcusable. The custard overcooked and full of air holes, the too-thick layer of flamed sugar was burnt, slightly bitter and stuck to your teeth. Given bijou's reputation, the major lapses in basic culinary practice are troubling and need to be noted."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The meal was perfection from the first course escargot in puff pastry; to the main course sliced duck breast in pear sauce with sweet potato/pecan puree and baby spinach with garlic; to the dessert - peanut butter bread pudding with mixed berry compote and peanut brittle. All served beautifully with artistic flair and terrific service. Can't wait to go back!!! Husband's steak and french fries (the best ever-crisp and hot) also tops!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent menu with everything cooked to perfection! Tables are close and noise level high but worth it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food selections for 1st and 2nd course wonderful. Local fish fresh off the boat, service attentive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "From beginning to end the meal was fabulous! The restaurant is small so reservations are a must! Mike, our server, was friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful dinning experience and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We were greeted very warmly to this small restaurant of simple elegance. Very attentive staff but not at all intrusive. My spinach salad was different and delicious, as was my salmon entree. The three of us wished we had appetite left for dessert, but we all agreed that the coffee was exceptionally good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We wanted to try Bijou, and since they were fully booked for Valentine's Day we decided to go the night before. We met friends there who were in the same boat! The menu we'd seen online had just changed the day before, but there still several entrees that were hard to choose between. I would say that the chef is inventive without being fussy, and everything we had was quite tasty."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food was very good. Our waiter, Stephen was fantastic. A memorable evening."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We just returned from a week in Vero Beach, and by a long shot - Bijou was the best meal by far. The Rustic Oyster Stew was unlike anything experienced previously, and the Short Ribs literally melted in your mouth. With terrific service from Stephen, and his knowledgable wine suggestions (always with a taste to confirm), this was by far the most sophisticated and enjoyable restaurant we visited. The other places we went just didn't have a professional feeling, and the food and service were mediocre to poor. Just google the top Vero restaurants and that's where we went. Save yourself the trouble and go to Bijou straightaway."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "One of our favorites on Vero. My wife and I really like this place. From the time you walk in the door until you leave all the staff makes you feel like they are glad you came in. In addition the food is fantastic. We both had the pork rib eye (neither of us had ever had this cut before). Wow! It was delicious and melted in your mouth. Accompanied by a good red wine it hot us ready for the dessert. A "chocolate dome" accompanied by homemade toffee. We will return before we leave town."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food was excellent and our server gave excellent service. Only complaint would be the confusion over the entrance. Sign stated "open" but doors were locked. We did eventually find our way but a simple sign would help."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Dinner for 4 to celebrate a birthday. The food was imaginative and delicious. Our waiter was a bit snarky but overall experience was good."
    Dined on 2/4/2014