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Bijou Cafe

4.6
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1328 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental

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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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1328 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Gene
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Health precautions were in place

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vipJanineW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The staff practiced social distancing while providing great service and was also very personable. I would highly recommend this place!

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vipPeachNYC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love your restaurant. My aunt and I come here often, always an amazing place

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vipmuffie
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota.

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vipCoach
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top choice for our special occasions--a Sarasota classic spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a date night with my husband.
Delicious food
Lovely dining vibe
Very pleasant

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vipKent58
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

When asked what my favorite restaurant in Sarasota was, I would respond for birthdays or anniversaries, The Bijou Cafe. Not any more. I made a reservation for our 50 wedding anniversary with and noted it in the reservation. Unlike other upscale restaurants, there was no card or other recognition. Not even a vase with a flower like on other tables. When we left we mentioned this to the hostess. She said she knew about it, but was too busy. Too busy? Less than a fifth of the tables were occupied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere and great service. Always consistent.

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donaldc
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice experience. SAFE. Masks and gloves. Food and service excellent.

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vipConnoisseur
Tampa
72 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This used to be one of our favorite dinner spots. Lately the main dining room lighting has become depressing. It is a grayish dimly lit room that does not become the patrons, nor cuisine being served. It seems that the menu has also changed from before the pandemic. It is no longer inspiring. The crowd is also quite geriatric.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks for the review. Nothing has changed with lighting since we closed. The menu has been somewhat shortened as it has in most establishments since the pandemic. All of the Bijou favorites are still on the menu to the delight of most of our customers. Calling our guests "geriatric" is unnecessary and cruel.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome it was perfect

We split the pepper steak and a great bottle of Bordeaux

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it!

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JohnA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our “go-to” place to eat downtown. Always a good experience! Good service, lovely atmosphere and excellent food. Never disappointed.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks for the excellent review John! It's great to be back making our guests happy again!

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vipEdFK
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, impeccable service, and a wonderful outside table on the patio!

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thank you Ed. Yes we have expanded our outside dining area to accommodate folks who prefer not to come inside yet!

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vipnyc25
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good meal. Very glad to see that they are open once again.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks nyc, yes it's great to be back and we certainly appreciate your business!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Asked for bar but were assigned to The room to the right. We had the corner table for four so it worked out fine
Good service but would have liked a couple of additional entrees but probably hard to do in these times.

Overall a very nice evening. Thank you. Our 56 th anniversary.

Bill Jacobs

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks Bill, sorry about not getting bar, hope you understand that we had to remove chairs from every room for the Covid mandates. Wishing you both a very Happy 56th Anniversary!

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vipjoeswick
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bijou Cafe opened after a COVID shutdown. The tables were safely spaced. The Party of 6 enjoyed the meal, the ambiance and service. Duck entre was a hit for 3 guests. Pepper steak had a superior peppercorn topping for outstanding taste. Steak quality was less than 1 enjoy for dry-aged cuts at the other National competing steakhouses. We will return, I will pass on the steak next time.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thank you for the review joeswick! We look forward to seeing you again.

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vipSRQgirl
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bijou Cafe opened with all the Covid-19 safety precautions and they did a fantastic job of making you feel comfortable while being served an outstanding meal. This is a Sarasota iconic restaurant not to be missed. I had the pepper steak and the pommes gratin dauphinois to share for the table. My friend had the trout almandine. She said it was the best ever. My steak was done perfectly. Portions were generous and served hot. Dessert shared - Key Lime pie - a classic and delicious. If you are open to dining out right now, you'll find the experience at Bijou comfortable, relaxing while you enjoy the best meal in Sarasota.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks for the excellent review SRQgirl.

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vipJersey
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great to have Bijou open. Everything was as good as always. Great meal!

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks Jersey, it really is wonderful to be back in business again!

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vipSteve
Tampa
187 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Early dinner alone.
Not as good as we remembered from a few years ago, but an option for fine dining in the theater area.
Service was very adequate, but the menu choices were limited due to the pandemic.

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Patty
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places. The food is always delicious and NEVER disappoints.
All I can say is it’s just a class act.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thanks Patty, it's great to be back making our guests happy again!

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vipSharonB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. The best overall restaurant downtown.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on June 16, 2020

Thank you Sharon! One could't ask for a nicer review!

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AnnK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely dining experience. Sarasota has many good restaurants but in my opinion this is the best. Wonderful cuisine, thoughtfully presented, graciously presented in a charming setting. We’ll return - and bring friends!

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vipSRQgirl
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious and the service excellent. This restaurant is our favorite in Sarasota for the drinks, food and atmosphere. Every entree is prepared perfectly. We had the steaks last night with the dauphinois potatoes - absolutely have to have these! When in Sarasota this place is a must!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely luncheon with 3 ladies who enjoyed getting together after days of separation in a beautiful setting, delicious food, and great service. Always a special dining experience!

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vipflarobyn
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bijou Cafe is one of our favorite places. Always a good choice for dinner with friends or a special occasion. Food is outstanding as is the service.

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vipLBKer
Tampa
45 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Tuna Poke bowl. Delicious! I never had a bad meal, why’re it is lunch or dinner.

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RobinG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall - good but not great. The caesar salad was not memorable in any way; I've had better caesar salads and Ruby Tuesday. Entree's were very good. Dessert was average. Nothing really outstanding though. The cocktails were very good, however.

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Monti
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted with a smile and shown to a secluded and pleasant location off the main dining area at 5:15 pm. Graciela provided a comfortable pace in serving our cocktails, salad, main course and celebratory desserts all in time for our party of four to make our theater appointment at 7 pm. Two entries of Maple Leaf roast duckling were delicious and presented with an orange sauce. Two other entries were the very adequate appetizer portions of shrimp Piri Piri and Bijou crab cake for the ladies. We highly recommend Bijou Cafe and enjoy dining there as often as we can.

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vipShirleyW
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

A complete disappointment. We made a reservation for our 41st anniversary at BC so we could have a quiet fine dining experience. I even noted "anniversary" on the reservation. We were seated in the bar with the Happy Hour crowd wearing shirts and tee shirts. We had dressed up for a nice evening out and watched as diners wearing jeans and tee shirts were seated in the dining room. We decided to just have an entree and get out of there so we didn't order dessert and asked for our bill. When they cleared they brought to our table a huge old candelabra with candles and an empty dessert plate with "Happy Anniversary" on it. I guess they knew all along it was our anniversary and didn't care where they sat us. I spoke with the receptionist on the way out and she didn't seem to care. Never again. There are fine dining restaurants in the city where you can actually have an anniversary worthy night out.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 12, 2020

We are so sorry to have disappointed you on your special day. We have many people who celebrate anniversaries and birthdays with us and we try very hard to make it special for them. We would have been happy to move you to another room if you had said something to the host. Our bar room is actually our most popular room so it is difficult for us to know when a guest doesn't want to sit there. Please contact me personally so I can send you a token of our sincere apologies. jp@bijoucafe.net

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Jerry
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service! Awesome service and as you would expect an awesome price *but worth the value!!”

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vippattycake
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Very consistent.

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otpilot
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a VERY expensive dinner but we knew that going in. Absolutely delicious. Impeccable service. We had filet mignon and lamb. The dessert trio was also wonderful, especially the creme brûlée.

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JohnB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Bijou has been very good generally. On the last visit I specifically and emphatically indicated that I wanted the Tuna cooked medium (pink). It arrived barely cooked and cool. I did not send it back as we were on a theater time frame hurry. However, chefs should be reminded that, what I suspect is a majority, do like to have their fish and meat at least reasonably cooked. A word to the unwise chef, cook the food the way it was requested in spite of your "elitist" training which does not reflect the world of taste. We will hesitate to return to Bijou in the future as there are many good restaurants in Sarasota. On a positive note, the waiter was terrific.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review the Bijou Cafe JohnB. We appreciate all constructive criticism although we take offense at being called elitist. We go to great lengths to accommodate our guests and occasionally we don't get it right on the first try. Being in business for 34 years in this town suggests we are doing something correctly. There is nothing supercilious, arrogant or pretentious about me, my chef or any of my staff.

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vipej55
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food! Went there with my best friend and our spouses and the food and the surroundings were excellent! I highly recommend Bijou Cafe!!

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BlairC
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A trip to the opera would not be complete without a pre meal at the Bijou. Excellent as always.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thanks Blair, you are so correct. Dinner at the Bijou and then a night at the Opera is a Sarasota tradition!

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JoanC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent - the food and wine was very good - the desert was somewhat lacking - but it is a very sweet place

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vipLovethisplace
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great patio- would recommend over sitting inside!

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thanks, we love sitting outside too when the weather cooperates!

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Lewrose2
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent location, great food.
Though a little pricey, well worth it. Went for lunch and had the avocado crab salad. Excellent. Real lump crab and lots of it. I could have done without the cheese, but that’s a matter of taste. My sister liked that addition.
Located right in the middle of the art district. Free valet parking, so that’s not an issue.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thanks Lewrose2 for the excellent review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipRiddler
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is excellent. Very romantic and great to have outdoor seating option.excellent pre show sinner

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thanks Riddler, we also love the al fresco dining when weather permits!

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vipBandC
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

3 of 4 meals were VG. The Lamb Chops were overcooked and the sauce was very bland.

Bijou Cafe
Responded on March 11, 2020

Thank you for the review BandC. Did you ask your server to replace the chops? We are always ready to correct any mistake we might have inadvertently made.

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Bijou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-8111.

Bijou Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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