Bijou Cafe
Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bijoucafe.net/
  • Phone: 941-366-8111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Pierre Knaggs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 2 separate private dining rooms. The Bird Room seats up to 30 guests and is fully AV equipped. The Patio Room seats up to 40 and has access to a private outdoor area with fountain.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Thomson 9413668111

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pineapple Ave
  • Public Transit: We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking every day at lunch and every evening during the peak season. We have a private, well lit parking lot across the street and there is plenty of on street parking as well
A word from Bijou Cafe
The Bijou Café, located in the heart of Sarasota’s prestigious Theatre & Arts District since 1986, is one of Florida’s best known restaurants. Chef-owner, Jean-Pierre Knaggs and wife Shay, welcome guests with genuine hospitality and unparalleled service. Chef Knaggs, renowned for his sophisticated innovative cuisine, brings a passion for cooking to breath-taking new heights! For more casual fare The Bijou Cafe offers a lighter Bar Bites Menu in the “Gossips Lounge”, or outside on the Patio, the place to be for seasonal al fresco dining. An award winning, value based wine list and a dazzling collection of imaginative cocktails fulfill even the most ardent imbiber’s desires!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bijou Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)fit for foodies (71)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (51)great for lunch (36)notable wine list (26)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Lunch- as always
    Ewbarnet
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed a delicious salad and a super dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob R
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have eaten at the Bijou for years and always was delighted with food ambiance and service. However this time, they made a mistake in my bill and ran my credit card through twice resulting in an $115.00 overcharge to my Debit Card. They easily collected the proper amount for my dining bill but they are having difficulty seeing that I get my $115.00 overcharge back. It doesn't seem to be very important to them and they say just wait and it will clear out. Two days in a row. I was disappointed in my calls to them to straighten out. When you call before opening hours, their answering by machine is a little rough!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs an ambiance expert!
    bak2mangeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The menu is great though why everyone insists on throwing sirachi peppers in everything is beyond me. The scallop special was so good but too spicy to eat. Our waiter Greyson was wonderful but the lighting is awful, the yellowish tint and murkiness makes for an unwelcome feeling I'm sorry to say. They have the good led spots on the art, let's use it for the diners as well!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Chester
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We visit Sarasota a few times a year from the UK and always try to have dinner here. I am ashamed to say that I always have the same meal as to me it is just perfect. Lobster Bisque followed by the Lamb Chops. Can never be bettered and the food is matched only by the warm welcome from Karen and her staff and the setting in the intimate bar area. Just go and enjoy the best food in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful lunch
    bucky
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    food well prepared, service excellent, we were sitted in lounge area that with all of the galss windows was somewhat warm as it was a sunny Florida day. Will return and ask for the main dining room
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and service
    Rosita
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We will be back. The food it is delicious and original
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We celebrated our 12th Anniversary at Bijou since it was the restaurant of choice the evening of our wedding. Even though we have eaten here many times over the last 22 years as residents of Sarasota the charm of this restaurant remains consistent. Great service, excellent food and a quiet environment. A gem during the non-tourist season. Thanks to all for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bijou Cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Bijou Cafe is a small downtown Sarasota restaurant that has very good lunch and dinner menus, along with a fine wine list. 7:00 pm on Saturday night, was filled to capacity. $50 - $75, per person, entree, salad, dessert. Wine bottle, $30 - $70
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    BertVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in this locale. Food always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yes, it is a gem.
    out2munch
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    To begin with, a surprise. Without a word, we were promptly seated in a quiet corner. They had actually read our special request on the Open Table reservation! Next, although usually a seafood person, I ordered the braised beef short ribs, currently on the Savor Sarasota menu. They were amazing, perfectly seasoned, and cut-with-a-fork. The beet, arugula and goat cheese salad was a nice opener, and the dessert, which we often skip, was here included, a delicious assortment of fresh berries with cream. The service was excellent, and we made up for our specially priced meal by ordering a great bottle of Guigal Gigondas, recommended by our waiter. A total treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We go there yearly for my birthday. The food as well as the service is outstanding...food arrives on hot plates...can not beat that...presentation delightful...found close by parking ...can. Walk around downtown Sarasota ..beautiful night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence every time!
    Bara2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Saturday night's dinner experience was superb! We were greeted at the door immediately, seated at a lovely table at once and from then on the evening was delightful. The food was extraordinary which is no surprise to me. I've been going to the Bijou for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. Going there is always a complete pleasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • visitor
    visitor
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food, attention to detail and service wonderful as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Connie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We brought our friends who were celebrating their recent marriage. I asked for a nice table and was given a wonderful private table in the rear. Food and service were excellent. I enjoy personable service and we got it. My firiends enjoyed the candelabra brought to the table and we got some great pictures with it. We will be back for sure.!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Savoring Sarasota
    BandC
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We enjoyed the Savor Sarasota menu they were offering. And were certainly tempted to choose other items from their regular menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savor Sarasota
    Aced13
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Learned from our server Jim that this offer will be extended through the end of September. We enjoyed the duck, trout and shrimp dishes. Service was prompt and timely visits to see if all was okay. We were early at a six pm reservation, by the time we left not many tables were available. That in itself tells you something about this classy restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Best!
    lala
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Don't miss eating at the Bijou! The best in Sarasota!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for us
    nala
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I went. We are new to Sarasota and the place looks very inviting from the outside. Sadly that quaint decor does not carry through to the inside which looks a bit like a Holiday Inn restaurant that hadn't been updated in twenty years. Not a place for foodies. The wait staff was very good however, very nice and quick to fill water glasses or wine. The food was pretty good if a tad rich and not particularly inspired - sorry, but steamed broccoli as a side?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful as always
    SDM1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was the spot of our first date. Since then we have been back for the 1 year anniversary of that 1st date and most recently for our 1 year wedding anniversary. The food is always wonderful with new things to try and the service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Up to Par
    FrequntDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dine at Bijou on a regular basis and generally find the experience extremely positive. Our last visit was not up to par. More often than not our main course is duck. This time the duck meat was somewhat dry on both our ducks. I used all of both sauces provided to counteract the dryness. Exacerbating the situation was the dressing. Some time ago Bijou changed their dressing recipe for the worse. This time it was even less tasty than its not very tasty usual. I don't understand why they changed the recipe but I hope others will also let them know it was a bad move.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goodfoodaddict
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The Bijou Café is consistently a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bijou cafe - Downtown Sarasota, FL
    Puppers
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    JP and Karen Do a great job with their staff and the chef is awesome everything made fresh to order desserts are awesome and the staff has been there with the Bijou for a long time which speaks volumes about the restaurant and the owner I have been going to the Bijou since JP open and that's been at least 15 years or more. I continue to go there and I continue to refer people to the Bijou because it will never disappoint, and is Sarasota's best hidden secret in the down town area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is only one first impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    .... and the Bijou's was excellent. We'll be back a second time soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do Bijou
    foodisgood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Classic dining with a bit of a twist...elegant, superb food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sarasota gem
    SarasotaGem
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A special place for a special occasion and a great meal with outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined Dining
    snkk
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our dining experience was an excellent one. The restaurant has several smaller rooms, tastefully decorated with tables well spaced. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. Our meal was served at an appropriate pace. The dishes were attractively plated and the food was well prepared and tasty. Will definitely return to this lovely gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have eaten at Bijou perhaps three times a year for over 25 years. It has always been my first choice for "let's eat out". Never a disappointing meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • neighborhood
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    There were 4 of us and we dine outside. The dinner we had last Monday night was not up to Bijou's normal high standards. The veal entry was greasy, the soup was unremarkable. The cod fish dish was good. Maybe the Chef was off on Monday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    ALFREDVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    BIJOU CONTINUES TO BE A VERY SPECIAL DINING EXPERIENCE. THE FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIANCE ARE TRULY A PLEASURE, AS THEY HAVE BEEN FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice
    RayM
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Bijou never disappoints. They will greet you with a smile and treat you well, from the valet to the owner to the bartender. The food is consistently near perfect with the peppercorn steak and the crispy roasted duck near the top of an extensive list of favorites. Love sitting in the lounge area for a slightly less formal experience. It's no surprise to see the Bijou top the Zagat survey as they have been at the top of my list for years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place never disappoints!
    Jcg728VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I have been coming to Bijou for years and it is always consistently fantastic! This visit was no exception. Our waitress, Dalia, was exceptional. Drew, the host, was as warm and accommodating as he always is, being sensitive to my 92 year old Dad's hearing issue by placing us in a quieter spot in the restaurant. Overall, between the food, the atmosphere and the service, our evening was a perfect "10". This place is on my must visit list when in Sarasota! Don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Savor Sarasota
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of the 3 items on the menu was Scottish salmon and they did not have it- offered Atlantic; the second choice- duck salad- more a lunch item; third- veal do not eat! Soups and chic dessert-very good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Odyssey
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food and service were excellent! We were here with another couple to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was a fun and enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Food4Me
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was great, food was fantastic. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine dining in Sarasota
    DS11VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent food served in refined atmosphere. Went with kids, definitely felt under dressed, only ones there in shorts. This is a very nice restaurant, food was very good, service was professional, would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energy Charged
    KConthebeach
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had lunch last year with friends from CA and Daria was our server. Again we lucked out with Daria being our server. She is spunky and full of life. I enjoy how she is a professional that doesn't miss a trick!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for those with food allergies
    happy2eat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time in a local restaurant. The chef made for me salmon with a vegetable combination of diced sweet potato/diced beets and swiss chard with a side of asparagus . The other two gals ordered off the menu and said the food was excellent. After,we sat and talked. It was so quiet I was able to hear them. I generally can not hear when I am out. Have so many food allergies was glad to have a meal out with my friends. One of the gals was quite impressed as we had been at another restaurant in the area where I was unable to have a meal. Sat there while the others ate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We dined with friends and had all had great meals. We were never rushed and the wait staff were attentive but not hovering. The wine choice was excellent. We have been to the Bijoux many times in the past and it has never failed our expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summer Menu
    MadamsaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The Bijou is always delightful but their summer menu is also reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Savor Sarasota Special is great!
    YoungInSrq
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went to Bijou with some coworkers for lunch during the week. Service was excellent, and the food was on point. We each had a soup/salad and entree off the Savor Sarasota menu ($15) and every loved what they ate. I had gravlax salad (great dressing) and the black and blue salad. Steak was cooked perfectly. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.