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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Bijou Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (88)fit for foodies (68)romantic (65)neighborhood gem (44)great for lunch (34)notable wine list (25)good for groups (13)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (7)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Wonderful as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rehearsal dinner for 10
    carol
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We hosted what turned out to be an amazing rehearsal dinner for our son and future daughter in law. The friendly professional and extremely thorough staff met every expectation and more. Making arrangements from Ohio and making all the arrangements over the telephone we could not have been more pleased with the outcome. Highly recommend for your special occasion in the patio room or one of their private dining area. It will be a special memory to our family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Celebration
    MrBrian
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday at a corner table in the bar. It was perfect, delicious food, unhurried service and a wonderful vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer dining
    mamma
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This is the second time this summer that my husband and I dined at this restaurant. His fish entrée on both occasions were excellent. I was disappointed both times. The duck was good but not outstanding. I ordered the pork special this time and was very disappointed. I did not complain since I didn't want to ruin the lovely evening we were having. The wait staff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy & Fulfilling
    Teri
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We really enjoyed the evening...let's start with the Morrocan Salad and the best being the pork shank dinner with tasty sides. The yummy sweet treat salted caramel gelato was a great ending to a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely restaurant
    flaxseedVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant for the first time in 3 years during Savor Sarasota . This is a great 3 course meal for $29 and a fantastic value. I love the atmosphere, soft and inviting, and comfortable,yet special. I had the shrimp bisque which everyone loved at my table,but I found a bit too salty. Then I had a very nicely prepared salmon,and enjoyed the vegetable plate that someone at our table added on ,and the vegetables were delicious ,not over cooked. Last I enjoyed coconut gelato,yummy and others had a chocolate featured desert with coffee creme. Also very good.We will definitely be more frequent visitors. I forgot that this is a really wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Night Out
    Simple92
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent service and wonderful meal. A great place for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Lunch at Bijou Cafe
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Took out-of-town guests for lunch, all were impressed with cottage cafe ambience, superior service from Daria, and delicious meals! Tried the Savor Sarasota offering...did not disappoint!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best of Sarasota dining
    chatzi
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Bijou is as dependable as they come for excellent, friendly service, fine dining at its best and ambiance that is superior.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AustinJamborVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The Bijou is the place for: Great food, Great service, Great Settting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bijou Cafe is great!
    TXdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    On our recent trip to Sarasota we had dinner at Bijou Cafe. Wonderful experience. Shared an appetizer - just enough for two. Filet and rack of lamb were perfectly prepared. Waiter was able to give suggestions as far as entrees and wine. Service was just right. You have the feeling of dining in a house….cozy and intimate. But also a good venue for dinner with friends. You can not go wrong with Bijou Cafe. We will definitely return and definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott from Knox
    scottnknox
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is our favorite fine dining in the Sarasota area. The food is always exceptional and the service exemplary. You can't go wrong choosing to eat at the Bijou.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Savor Sarasota Gem
    MadamsaVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    They are having the special $29 Savor Sarasota menu through Aug. The menu changes every 2 wks. Some are more appealing than others but it's always good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Duck Sandwiches!
    GourmetGirl1
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Amazing duck sandwich with brie & mango chutney. We went to lunch for a co-worker's birthday and everyone had a wonderful meal. Enjoyed the complimentary home made truffles too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dinner
    LoLo
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We took advantage of the Restaurant Week menu and we were happy that we did. The offered selections were diverse enough to please varied palates and the food was wonderful. Our waiter was attentive and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lipsmacker
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    has a $30 prix fixe dinner menu that allows two prescribed courses (appetizer and entree) from the main menu that is a good value. three of us ordered and enjoyed the duck entree. a steak from the regular menu was only fair, was served cold, sent back and returned hot but somewhat dried out. good soups. service enthusiastic but servers could use more training.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What was the fuss about?
    Foodfantom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I'm beginning to think that America's casual dining addiction has wreaked havoc with the national palate so much so that a 'so-so' restaurant would elicit 4-star reviews and a preponderance of glowing recommendations to an out-of-towner. To be brief, the salmon was overcooked, the mashed potatoes were flavorful but dry and cold, and the dessert - a bread pudding - was gummy, not fluffy, and drizzled with what tasted like Hershey's chocolate sauce accompanied by burnt-tasting sugar water which I am almost certain was meant to be caramel. On the good side, the martini was ample as was the pour of wine, though I would have liked to see more variety by the glass.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RCS1
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Great food. Prices are a little high but the special menu is a bargain. The servers though were not up to the level of the food and the setting. More like what you would get at an Applebees. They were attentive enough, just not trained.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An All Time Winner
    luv2gofirstclass
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Bijou has been my top favorite for many years. When going for a romantic twosome or joining friends for dinner you can always count on excellent food and service. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet