Bijou Cafe

4.5
745 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Anniversaries
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 366-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean-Pierre Knaggs
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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.
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Private party contact
Karen Thomson: (941) 366-8111
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pineapple Ave
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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
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Public transit
We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 745 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

A very nice restaurant for any occasion. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Came for lunch and enjoy the front (bar) room. Main dining feels dated and stuffy. The food was inconsistent, our server Logan was terrific. We ordered items that we’ve had before but they weren’t the same. Change in the kitchen? Won’t deter me from returning but wish it had been as good as it was when we went in springtime.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Once again a fabulous, outstanding dinner with friends.
The staff always goes over and above for service, and the food just comes alive with taste and textures.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at this fine restaurant, as always. The food is excellent, as is the service and elegant ambience.

I recommend this place very highly.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The Bijou Cafe is a tried and true staple of elegant dining in Sarasota. Always fresh and expertly prepared meals that are served in a courteous and professional manner. Private rooms are available and work very well for a business meeting. Quite possibly the best crab cakes in town to boot! Valet parking in downtown Sarasota is can added bonus.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food, great service and a wonderful choice for visitors to downtown Sarasota.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The Bijou never disappoints. The Savor Sarasota menu is good, but not as varied as is the Rosemary, and no filet as do some of the other restaurants. The amuse bouche and the ending chocolate are very nice added touches

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We had a trainee waiter and things did not go as smoothly as what we would have liked

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Usually Bijou Cafe is fabulous; however, today my friend and I both ordered salmon. Mine was delicious, but she had to order something else as her salmon had a bad taste. This never happened before in the all years I've been going to the Bijou. Once her replacement order came, everything was perfect.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

They made our anniversary a special occasion with great service and wonderful food.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Everything was fine, except our orders got taken care of AFTER s private party, meaning the dinners were delayed. Not enough servers?

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Bijou Cafe is consistently good. Food delicious, service excellent, quiet and convenient. It's got it all!!

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Bijou Cafe is a class act. Pretty patio seating, plus various rooms to choose from for inside dining. Very nicely appointed. Service is as you'd expect from a fine dining establishment. While it can get somewhat pricey, the Savor Sarasota menu made it a very good bargain. Everyone at our table of 7 was very satisfied with the meal and the portions.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food here is very good. It is not stuffy but still elegant in ambiance. Nice wine selection, especially by the glass. The food is not pretentious but still good, like you would do in your own kitchen at home on an ambitious day. Recommended.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

We were the first to be seated in their large dining room (5:30 pm). Menu offerings are pricey for the food quality. We had a generous gift certificate for the restaurant and, with so many outstanding restaurants in Sarasota County, we probably would not return to Bijou Café.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Service was excellent, and the food and wine was exceptional. A delightful evening!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Bijou continues to maintain exceptional standards of food & service-always a pleasant experience. The Savor Sarasota menu is a gift.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Good food excellent service a return for us after twelve years and we will return again,sooner than before. Our table was in the bar which surprised us,but it turned out in a good way for conversation. Backing up to a wall helps when wearing hearing aids.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Been here several times, a GREAT restaurant. About a 90-minute drive but well worth it. Waiters are excellent attentive and professional. The presentation of the food is beautiful. One of my favorite restaurants I have eaten at.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Great pre theater dinner spot. Excellent food and good happy hour for friends get together. Savor Sarasota menu is somewhat limited but good. Dessert portions could be smaller. Liked it.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Dinner at Bijou was fabulous as always. The wait staff is always so courteous. Thank you for a lovely dinner.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

20 YEARS OF DINING WITH YOU. BUT ONLY A FEW TIMES PER YEAR, PRIMARILY DUE TO SOME OF THE WORST CHAIRS OF ANY RESTAURANT AROUND. TERRIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ANY SIZE OR SHAPE, BOTH THE SEAT BOTTOMS AND BACKS. GET RID OF THEM.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

the food was OK but not something I would come back for in the future.
the duck pate was not to my liking.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner with friends the other night. The service is always exceptional along with the food. The Savor Sarasota menu was a delicious mix of favorites and new additions. We enjoyed every minute and bite. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Best place for a special occasion...ambiance,service,menu. Grayson was the best server we've seen in a while.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We have not been to the Bijou for many years . . . but I was happily impressed that the decor was more modern and bright then my first impression years ago. Also, we did the Savor Sarasota Menu and we were pleased. For starters I had the Watermelon salad and my husband had the shrimp and crab bisque which was offered for an up charge of $5; The Prime Skirt Steak was done a perfect medium and the side were special, nicely prepped and seasoned. My husband had the Yellow Fin Tuna with the side that were unique to his dish.
The desserts were o.k. but nothing that special. I had a combo of Coffee Gelato really delicious but the Pistachio (disappointing almost no flavor). My husband had the Key Lime Parfait I liked it he did not like any of the desserts.

Our waiter was terrific, knowledgeable and smiling!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We enjoyed the dinner, the ambiance, and our server was competent, friendly, and professional.
As always, dining at The Bijou Cafe is a lovely dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Totally awesome. Food, Service , Ambiance, and Dining Experience. Overall 5 Star

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Before, when we had taken part in Savor Sarasota , it had been a great experience . Not so on this occasion. We were booked for 7pm and were seated at 7:45 and served at 8pm. The food was lacking in flavor and imagination. We won’t eat there ever again.

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

As usual, a wonderful meal. Especially love their vichissoise!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent food
Well served

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This is one of our favorite places in Sarasota. We have been coming here for the past 10 years and is usually our first choice for a special occasion. The other nite we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here for dinner, then walked across the street to the Opera House for a Concert. It really does not get any better than that.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always an exceptional experience at the Bijoi

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Great food and Grayson is the best server in Sarasota

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

crab cakes were not good, special grouper was good. Desserts ok.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Consistently outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Thank you for a friend and her kindness

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We go to Bijou cafe quite often because we know we can get good food in a classy atmosphere. Always a pleasure

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We have been going to this restaurant for 16 years. In 16 years I’ve never had a bad meal there. That is more than you can say for most restaurants in Sarasota.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

This is the most delightful place for lunch or dinner in downtown Sarasota. It is a Sarasota standard for 30 years. The food and service are great.

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