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!
The Patio Room seats up to 40 and has access to a private outdoor area with fountain.
Our guests and we shared a wonderful pre-show dinner at Bijou, conveniently located across the street from the Opera House. Everyone ordered a different entree, including sole meunière, lamb shank, chicken paillard and coq au vin. Everything was delicious, served piping hot, in plenty of time without feeling rushed at all. A perfect downtown Sarasota choice.
A downtown Sarasota classic. The best overall restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Excellent food, subtle decor, and great service.
We had the French menu and ordered the sole..Outstanding
A very nice restaurant for any occasion. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was very pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food, great service and a wonderful choice for visitors to downtown Sarasota.
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
We had a trainee waiter and things did not go as smoothly as what we would have liked
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.
They made our anniversary a special occasion with great service and wonderful food.
Everything was fine, except our orders got taken care of AFTER s private party, meaning the dinners were delayed. Not enough servers?
Bijou Cafe is consistently good. Food delicious, service excellent, quiet and convenient. It's got it all!!
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.
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.
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.
Service was excellent, and the food and wine was exceptional. A delightful evening!
Bijou continues to maintain exceptional standards of food & service-always a pleasant experience. The Savor Sarasota menu is a gift.
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.
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.
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.
Dinner at Bijou was fabulous as always. The wait staff is always so courteous. Thank you for a lovely dinner.
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.
the food was OK but not something I would come back for in the future.
the duck pate was not to my liking.
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!
Best place for a special occasion...ambiance,service,menu. Grayson was the best server we've seen in a while.
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!
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.
Totally awesome. Food, Service , Ambiance, and Dining Experience. Overall 5 Star
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.
As usual, a wonderful meal. Especially love their vichissoise!
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.
Always an exceptional experience at the Bijoi
Great food and Grayson is the best server in Sarasota
crab cakes were not good, special grouper was good. Desserts ok.
Consistently outstanding food, service and atmosphere.
Thank you for a friend and her kindness