Took my Mom to Bijou for her
Took my Mom to Bijou for her birthday. The waitress made a fuss over her and helped make dinner at the Bijou extra special.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bijou Cafe-Outstanding Dining
Dining 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.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Mothers Day treat
This 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.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
braised short ribs
Our group of four all ordered the same dish - braised short ribs - and we were all really pleased. What a delicious meal!
The service was really wonderful also.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
My daughter graduated from New College recently and I was able to organize everything with the restaurant ahead of time! They took care of everything! Several of her friends are vegan and they developed some dishes just for them. They also had a fresh strawberry cake just for us! We were seated in their patio room which offered us privacy while she opened her gifts! The food and wine were exceptional and everyone enjoyed their meal!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Bijou Cafe is definitely a must go cafe. While this was our first time there, I can promise you it won't be our last. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. We can't wait to go back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
DELICIOUS DELIGHTFUL DELOVELY
We were totally WOWED by this restaurant - having done just research on the internet to find a great place to eat in Sarasota - we never dreamed we would end up in the best place to dine. We were suppose to be 4 people; but due to a confusion in plans, ended up being only two .... we called and explained - the person on the phone said - no problem - we will still give you the same table we orginally reserved.
From the moment we walked in - to the minute we left we were treated like royalty .... . Wine selection was great - cosmos excellent .... duck liver pate, veal, duck, house speciality gratinee ...... all wonderful ... we are not dessert people, therefore we never looked at the menu. I would go back to Sarasota - just to eat here....
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Experience !
I had lunch at Bijou Café with 4 other ladies and we all enjoyed the restaurant. Two of us had never been there before. The food was good, the service was excellent and we liked the ambiance and the art. I will definitely return!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
happy to have a real good meal
This is one of the local restaurants that I who has many food allergies is able to be served a fresh prepared meal. I was there with 3 others. Had wanted to introduce them to another restaurant since they are new to the area. 2 of the gals had the summer savory meal. One had the salmon and the other the southern fried chicken salad. With the crab bisque soup one had the choco cake and the other had the apple cobbler/cinnamon ice cream. which they both said was quite good. I had a freshly prepared veggie plate. Of course I enjoyed and got the clean plate award.
6/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always the Best
Even in the summer, the place has lots of customers because the food is always the best.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed and appreciated the great summer special!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Ever!
What better place to take my Dad on what would have been his 66th wedding anniversary? Bijou was my Mom's favorite restaurant and having just lost her several weeks ago, it just seemed to be the right place to go. The place looks better than ever. Our server was fantasitc, bringing me a taste of wine when I couldn't decide, splitting our salads beautifully, and just providing first class, attentive service. And our meal was delicious! The chicken dish with spinach and roasted vegetables was perfectly prepared and so abundant that I took half home! I always looked forward to dining here when Mom was alive. There is something even sweeter about dining here now. What a wonderful and memorable evening Dad and I had. Thank you, Bijou!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
the best in Sarasota by far--the food and service were excellent and everyone in our party was very satisfied--would recommend this restaurant to everybody looking for a great experience in dining
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
special occasion made extra-special
I found the Bijou Cafe doing an online search for restaurants serving duck. The online reviews told me this was the place that I wanted to take my husband to for his birthday. While it was 60 miles away, through 3 counties, the Bijou Cafe was worth the trip. We were promptly seated in a smaller room with 6 tables and a window view of the neighborhood. My son loved his first time experience having New England Clam Chowder. My husband was overjoyed at the duck with Grand Marnier sauce. I love the filet. The desserts were delicious & creative. Our server, Daria, was a joy to have and she kept us entertained and well-served. They don't sing Happy Birthday, but brought a small chandelier to the table to make dessert special.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite Sarasota Bistro
Always excellent in the past, yesterday was a disappointment food wise. Service took forever and the food was mediocre. The ambience, service, decor continues to be stellar but we need to return to a fresher, lighter, formerly wonderful cuisine.
Still my favorite place to be for food, drink and ambience.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Favorite Restaurant
I love the atmosphere at Bijou, a room for each mood, and it always has a relaxed and personal feeling. The food is terrific and the service usually perfect.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance, excellent
Great ambiance, excellent serivce, and trhe food is delicious.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bijou Cafe is one of Sarasota's
Bijou Cafe is one of Sarasota's finest dining spots and has remained that way for some time. We have young children and they are surprisigly "kid-friendly" given the demographics in the town!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A group of four business associates had dinner together at the Bijou Cafe and we couldn't have asked for better food or service.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at the Bijou & I thoroughly enjoyed it, along with 8 of my closest friends. It is somewhat expensive but, in my opinion it was worth every penny. In fact, I'm thinking of taking my husband there for our next anniversary.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is high level of creativity
Food is high level of creativity and quality. We had a great and memorable experience, will go back again. Would be hard to come up with anything negative to say. Really truly, outstanding.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was lacking. Food
Service was lacking. Food was very good but missed the excellent mark.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet elegant dining
We have dined at the Bijou Café on several occasions and have always received high quality food and service.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every way!
I am never disappointed in the quality of service and food at the Bijou! It's a wonderful place!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience at The Bijou Cafe was outstanding. The table was set impeccably, the wait staff was friendly and helpful and the food was outstanding. A memorable evening.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
consistently well done
we enjoyed a lovely off season dinner on Saturday evening dinner. As always, the setting was wonderful, service impeccable and food well prepared and tasty. We find Bijou to be a consistently top place to dine and that is not just compared to the Sarasota dining scene, but compared to restaurants in other larger metro areas. We are always impressed with the subtle but high quality service delivered by the wait staff. Quite impressive. We always recommend this location to friends in the area of those visiting. The only suggestion we have is perhaps a bit more choice/eclectic choices on the menu or specials.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I chose to meet a new customer for lunch at Bijou. I chose it for the lunchtime casual elegance, high level of courteousness and service of the staff, the beautifully set tables and the simple yet complete menu. The food had simple twists on traditional fare and of course were not a meager "nouveau cuisine" nor overwhelmingly huge "American" portion. Clearly my lunch guest and I were in the mood to eat with our fingers - I had the pulled duck (love the mango chutney on that) and my guest had the burger, prepared to her liking. We were both deeply satisfied with our meal and though we did not choose to have dessert, the little chocolate square truffles we received gave us a delight (worthy of naughty girl giggles).
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy the Bijou.
We always enjoy the Bijou. Great food and a terrific wine list. Our waiter was Grayson. He is simply the best. Ask for him if you visit tyhe Bijou.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Nice Surprise
Bijou Cafe seems very casual at first glance because of its decor but the food that comes from the kitchen is a delicious surprise. The lamb chops are amazing and there is nothing causal about the sauce or the presentation here. The wine list is also well done and a wonderful surprise but alas there are two lists to choose from so be sure to ask for the special list. A great spot in Sarasota.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service are good
Food and service are good and predictable. Their signature half duck is excellent; however, the stuffing that was once outstanding is now at best mediocre and detracts somewhat from the overall dish. Prices are inline with a higher-class restaurant in Sarasota.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most lovely dining experience
We had a group of 4 ladies visiting Sarasota for the first time and were seating in a light-filled "Florida" room and served with attentive style and good humor - a plus for a "ladies night out". We shared several appetizers and entrees, decadent ice cream for dessert and a great bottle of Malbec wine. Possibly one of the more delicious meals I've had in quiet a while. We'd recommend the yellow fin tuna, the mushroom raviolis, and of course the duck. We even shared a side of their signature Potatoes au gratin.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in every way
It's always a great feeling when you are new to an area and you are lucky enough to find a "go to" place like the Bijou Cafe. The food above all - fantastic - the service - Jim was knowledgeable about the menu inquired whether we wanted to relax after each course and otherwiuse added to a excellent evening. I will return with my wife and friends often to the Bijou Cafe.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual, we did not go wrong
As usual, we did not go wrong having dinner at the Bijou. We have been on numerous occasions and for the past several years it has been where we have celebrated our wedding anniversary, which was the reason for our last visit. The wait staff was very courteous and attentive without being intrusive. Menu specials were described with great detail and as always, the entrees were prepared the way they were ordered. We would highly recommend the Bijou for special occasions or for anytime that you want to have a great dining experience in downtown Sarasota.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Experience in Every Way
Have loved the Bijou for many years. Never ever disappointed! I make it a point to bring special out of town guests to the Bijou.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Super Food and service. Great wines at great value. A must restaurant when in Sarasota
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite places.
The chef always does a great job of presentation and the service was great too.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Happy Birthday to me
My brother owned a pub-restaurant in the NY Finger Lakes and was very impressed. He can be very picky so I made a great choice as he came from The Villages. The food was wonderful. My girlfriend and I have previously come for lunch and it is one of her favorites as well so coming for dinner was special for her too.
Next time, I will come just for dessert because they sound so good.
Thank you for an enjoyable experience.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why I choose to return to BIJOU.
Great ambiance, caring service and excellent food.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A Favorite
The Bijou Cafe is always a favorite. The definition of perfection. I have never been disappointed with the service, the menu selections, the quality of each meal. Would always recommend for a lovely evening.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
It doesn't get better than this!
What a fabulous experience! The food is unparalleled! (we are very discriminating eaters). My partner got the rack of lamb......Oh my God! I got the New York Strip Sirloin, which was tender, juicy, and flavorful. The service was phenomenal, with Jennifer as our server! We would consider driving from Hollywood, Florida to Sarasota, just for another wonderful meal. (well, we also fell in love with Sarasota!)
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
From start to finish, a 5 star experience! Great food, lovely surroundings and the staff made us feel welcome! We will go back.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first visit to Bijou Cafe in about a year. Why? I dunno! Maybe I just forgot how really good this restaurant is! The food was fabulous the other night! Crispy roast duck over a mound of lovely stuffing with cherry (or orange) sauce. Pan-sauteed grouper with beautiful veggies. Wonderful crab cakes. Even a small order of sinful Dauphin potatoes to share! Everything was scrumptious! An early opera concert eliminated the noise of pre-opera dining frenzy, and we had a reasonably quiet dinner in a mostly full dining room, with prompt but not overbearing service. YES! And the valet parking is such a convenience!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food (veal, duck, crab cake dinner, & mushroom ravioli mains and basil-crusted goat cheese starter), reasonably priced bottle of wine, and OK portions. The service was a little slow (VERY busy), but overall good. My service peeve is with the manager. I had a gift certificate that I had only on my phone. It is a numbered certificate. When I asked to use the certificate, I was told that I had to have a paper copy. Really? Isn't the number on the certificate unique? If it isn't, then why wouldn't an unscrupulous person run off a hundred copies for friends? If I had thought of it at the time, I should have asked to send it to her via email and let her print it out, circa 1990. I let it go, but I wish I had pressed the issue.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Destination Restaurant
This is a resaurant that you might want to travel to even if you don't live across the street as I do. Lovely surroundings, attentive staff and great food make any meal a great dining experience. A place for both lunch and dinner.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent before the Opera
If you are going to event at the Sarasota Opera House, this is your spot. Its right nearby. It has excellent food. And the service is attentive. Its worth the price.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in Sarasota
On a gluten free diet and they accommodated me wonderfully. Food and service 5xxxxx.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for the holiday dinner. The food was good home style comfort food.
Would love to go back to try other menu items to get a real flavor of the place!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Experience as Always
Had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with great wine pairings. We love the atmosphere and setting of the bar and find the guests and staff are all delightful. Would highly recommend anytime you are in the area.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a group of 6 for Thanksgiving dinner and the food was terrific! Our waiter was friendly and helpful and we had a great holiday! I would recommend Bijou Cafe for Thanksgiving if you'd like a nice evening out without cooking!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining out thanksgiving at Bijou
The Bijou Cafe has become our Thanksgiving dining out tradition. The free-range turkey and all the standard side dishes are great, plus we get a dish of the famous cheese potatoes inspired by a recipe JP got from a French chef, AND there's plenty of turkey left over to take home for sandwiches.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM