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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bijou Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
126 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (82)fit for foodies (77)romantic (63)neighborhood gem (56)great for lunch (33)notable wine list (33)good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • downtown delight
    Puppers
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This has been one of the best restaurants in downtown Sarasota for over 20 years. JP the owner has consistently shown Sarasota you can have a very good restaurant in Florida. His food is outstanding, management staff Karen is awesome and the waitstaff is perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdiner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Bijou is consistently the best restaurant in Sarasota.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Driving 200 Miles Just For Dinner
    Kooch
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Second visit just as delicious & special as the first time. Pretty dining room - attentive staff - 4 of us dining. We all had the house specialties - two had the duck - cooked to perfection. Lamb for one and the Pepper Sirloin. Along with the house special potatoes - don't miss them - one is large enough for a table of 4. We were too full for desert ... we had so much left over, there was no problem with the staff packing it up to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sieataVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The Bijou is always excellent and we are never disappointed. To our way of thinking it is the best restaurant in Sarasota. I had the flounder special which was delicious. My husband either orders the rack of lamb or the duck. This visit it was the duck which was as good as ever. The serving size was large and done to perfection. Our friends ordered the rack of lamb and were very pleased. We always recommend the Bijou to anyone coming yo Sarasota for a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kris
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ambiance and charm of this intimate restaurant represents the high quality of the Sarasota Restaurant Scene. The food was wonderful and our waiter was delightful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beantownvisitors
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We very much enjoyed our experience at the Bijou Cafe. It was my birthday and they have a delightful tradition of bringing a dessert to share with a small crystal candelabra for your table. The food was very good and the service attentive. Overall, a very nice experience.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fit for foodies
    evisel
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great Morrocan salad, delicious salmon and super decaffenated capuccino
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended by Friends
    Ripon68
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Bijou lived up the promise. The ambience is very nice, the service excellent, and the food interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food great service
    myrtleVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    we had a great server that keep us entertain and laughing the whole time we dined great food along with it would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always on our Top Five list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Whenever we return to the Sarasota area, we look forward to returning to the Bijou. And we request Grayson, who is a personable and excellent waiter. We appreciate the use of seasonally, locally available ingredients. The favors meld rather than confuse and the presentation is always innovative in some way. The wine list is varied and offers reasonably affordable choices for everyone. The ambiance is pleasing, with varied, well-chosen art works and table lamps reminiscent of the elegance of fine dining establishments of the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Choice
    miami307
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food, ambience and service make for a great experience but if you order the potato au gratin be ready to share this outstanding side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent French cusine
    astrobill
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    You can't go wrong taking your friends here! Very reasonable prices at lunch. A bit pricey at Dinner, but more than made up for in excellent food and service. One of the best restaurants we've ever enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    freesprt
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Have eaten here fairly often. This time I was with a small group of women to celebrate a birthday. Service and food were outstanding and they did several nice things for the birthday girl. The dining room was full but the noise level was not too loud-I don't know how they manage that but they do. The seafood bisque is one of their specialities and it is outstanding. Very good desserts too. Drinks seem too expensive, i.e; $10.00 for a house vodka on the rocks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining establishment
    NoelS
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is consistantly the best food in town. The restaurant is pretty, the food excellent and the service outstandinig. I would recommend Bijou for lunch, dinner or a special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Sarasota's BEST
    TrailerkingVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Always enjoyed eating at Bijou. Menu does not change often but food is very consistent, fresh, great presentation, and very good. Probably the best rack of lamb in Sarasota
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The restaurant is the best in Florida. Chef is truly one of a kind. Recommend the shrimp and crab bisque. Rack of lamb 10 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Family Favorite
    ilvcobaltVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    If you are looking for a place for special occasions or a romantic dinner, Bijou Cafe is the place to go. A long established restaurant known for excellent food and extra attentive service. Located within walking distance of downtown, the opera house and theaters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    LIdinersVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had dinner here while on vacation in Sarasota. Our meal was disappointing. I had a fish special with green tomatoes which was dry and really had no flavor. My husband had a German special which he said was good but nothing memorable. Service was a little slow. Probably won't return to this one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Once again a lovely dining experience---so pleasant and relaxing. No rushing, waitstaff very polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinnere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 65th birthday with another couple and we all had a fabulous meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bijou Cafe is a Winner Again
    Mac4104VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We dined with another couple for lunch and specifically chose Bijou for their lovely Savor Sarasota luncheon menu (only restaurant continuing this great Sarasota option). We loved our meals, our server, and the setting!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet