Nice Mothers Day treatThis restaurant is in the theater district, and it is hard to get reservations in Season. We did snag one for Mother's Day and it was a memorable experience. The food was great, but you have to enjoy fine dining. There was a good selection of specials, both wine and food. It is a quite, upscale place with very good service. It is an excellent spot for a special occasion gourmet meal.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBijou Cafe-Outstanding DiningDining at Bijou Cafe is a wonderful experience from the greeting at the door to our exit. Service is exquisite, prompt, and polite! Menu is outstanding with specials of the evening clearly described in detail by servers and are always delicious. Food is always served hot! Servers are beautifully trained, extraordinarily polite, and they make dining at the Bijou a special occasion, even if it is not a special occasion in our lives. THE perfect place to dine before a performance at the Sarasota Opera House. Bijou Cafe makes one feel very welcome, and it is clearly our # 1 Sarasota restaurant.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my Mom to Bijou for herTook my Mom to Bijou for her birthday. The waitress made a fuss over her and helped make dinner at the Bijou extra special.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGREAT EXPERIENCE, THOUGH MOREGREAT EXPERIENCE, THOUGH MORE EXPESIVE THAN OPEN TABLE LISTS IT.
NOT A CAFE - BUT A VERY GOOD HIGH END RESTAURANT
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversary dinner at Bijou CafeThis was our first time to have dinner at Bijou Cafe and we were not disappointed! We were celebrating our anniversary. The duck was simply perfection and the special fish (hogshead snapper) was delicious. Our salads were also very nice as was the dessert we shared. Fruit with whip cream (we chose the cold version). The ambiance is so lovely! The hostess was warm and welcoming also. I would say our waiter seemed to disappear at some point later in the evening. He was not overly attentive, but maybe that is the new thing these days! We will return.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Happy Hour from 5-6:30,Great Happy Hour from 5-6:30, which we enjoyed sitting outside, followed by a wonderful meal (Rack of Lamb) in a lovely dinning room. Service was excellent as well.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful setting in downtownWonderful setting in downtown Sarasota right across from the Opera House. Eating outside was a delight.
Food was beautifully prepared , presented, and of excellent quality.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious. Pricey but worthDelicious. Pricey but worth it for special occasions.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a favorite for any occasion!One of the finest places to dine in Sarasota! Went for our Wedding Anniversary and they did not disappoint! The waiter, Jim was very attentive and humorous and made our evening enjoyable. The food was incredible and they even brought a candleabra to the table at dessert!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had not been in SarasotaWe had not been in Sarasota for a few months and decided to return to the Bijou. So happy we did, since everything was outstanding!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding dinner. Out ofOutstanding dinner. Out of towners looking for a special dinner. With reservations we were seated in the bar. Not what we had in mind. Wanting the main dining room we were told a 15 minute wait, we were 15 minutes early, but told no place to wait inside. "We walked outside where a few tables and chairs were, but rain earlier had dampened out chairs and our spirits. Within minutes one of the hosts came out with cushions so we could sit, then a suggestion of a drink on the patio which we choose to celebrate. With those two gestures our spirits lifted and we had an outstanding evening. The food was creative and cooked perfectly, the service was attentive, and we found a wonderful South African wine. Cannot wait to return.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThanks to Sarah, our waitress,Thanks to Sarah, our waitress, and the rest of the staff.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed my birthday celebrationWe enjoyed my birthday celebration at Bijou Cafe. The service was impeccable and our wait staff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. It's nice to find a good restaurant with a quiet atmosphere.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThere were six of us and twoThere were six of us and two werecelebrating birthdays, The six of us had four different entrees abd they were ALL good. The 3 people who ordered the duck had plenty leftover for lunch the following day. We informed the server that we had to be at a play at 9 (res was at 7) and we were on our way at 8:45.
Overall a very pleasant evening3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAn Opera Area must!Lovely spot,great ambience, art, waitstaff, location and best of all the menu! A party of 5 had five different items off the menu and we all were jealous of each other! Delicious! We've been many times over the years and will return when we return!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBijou is a very dependableBijou is a very dependable restaurant with a diverse, interesting menu and very well-prepared food. Service is not always outstanding - but our last experience (server was Joel) was really excellent. Bijou deserves continuing success. It is an important player in Sarasota's restaurant scene.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMvalet parking important, reservatiovalet parking important, reservatioons a must especially when opera season, General Manager Karen Thompson on top of the evening, would highly recommend--Shrimp Piri Piri and crab cakes a must, enjoy2/22/2013 12:00:00 AMNice Bar, Pleasant SurroundingsVery pleasant bar, comfortable dining room, attentive and knowledgeable service. The menu focuses on heavily sauced dishes, but a few simple preparations are available by request. The melange salad was especially nice, very finely chopped greens and cheese. Snapper ordered simply grilled without sauce was nicely prepared and presented. Some good wines at moderate prices (although our first choice was sold out).2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM