Bijou Cafe

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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R
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. We always make sure to include a reservation whenever we visit and have never been disappointed.

j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No cubrió nuestras expectativas la comida.
Ordenamos Crab cake y Pato . Ninguno de los dos platos eran nada especial .
El ambiente es acogedor y el servicio estuvo bien .

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OT
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We expect the best at Bijou.
The only exception was an overly spiced tuna tartare. It was a late dinner so the waitress sumos not bill it.

JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from the time we stepped in the door. Service, food, suggestions, respect of time....seriously, I just can’t say enough!
Hope to return with friends this week so they too can enjoy!

MF
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just 10 days before Thanksgiving my MIL broke her hip. The therapists kept hedging on whether we could get her into a wheelchair to go out to dinner. Ultimately it was a game day decision and she couldn’t make it. That turned our party of 5 into a party of 4. When we arrived the hostess originally took us to a quieter side room. But then they wanted to move us out into the much noisier main room. I wear hearing aids and for me, quieter is better. I can’t participate in conversations in noisy places. When I asked if we couldn’t keep the original location they were very accommodating and we had a wonderful meal. Everything was prepared and presented perfectly. Service was timely and smooth. Altogether one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

CP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have frequented Bijou over the years, to include holidays and had had many good meals.
Thursdays dinner was not good. The turkey was dry and overcooked and it was a thick unappealing slice.
The vegetable were over one and tasteless.

E
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a Thanksgiving Day reservation at Bijou Cafe, because we were vacationing in Siesta Key. The place did not disappoint. We had a time table for two, and the place was packed, as one might expect on a holiday. They had their regular menu plus a special Thanksgiving menu, and we obviously chose the turkey platter. They bring out a basket of rolls right away, plus a plate of gougeres. I started with a butternut squash soup that was outstanding. The turkey platter was heaped with huge slices of turkey, plus all the sides. We were so full that we shared a slice of pie for dessert. My husband proclaimed that to be the best pecan pie he had ever eaten.

SR
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota and even on a crazy busy day like Thanksgiving, it did not disappoint! The staff, food, just everything is always impeccable.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great food.

DE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of the best restaurants in Sarasota. The moment you walk in till the time you leave you enjoy your experience. The service is perfect, the food perfect and the presentation is not lacking. Price for most items is correct but a couple of the soups and side dishes are a little high for what it is. Wine list one of the best. They could squeeze in a few more craft cocktails for fun.
Overall a 9.8.

AL
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waitress, lovely atmosphere, very good food.

BH
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bijou is always a great choice for dinner, especially when theater proximity is part of the decision. Consistently great food and service, as well as valet parking.

b
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Bijou! Pre ballet this time!

M
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice quiet and non rushed evening!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good before the ballet.

B
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Steak was too salty. Presentations poor

j
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is the best restaurant in downtown Sarasota for a business or friendship lunch. It is also a great after-work gathering spot and has a wonderful dinner menu. Can't be beat.

M
Indiana
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

N
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. My lamb shank was tasty and falling off the bone, and the asparagus risotto was tasty. The caesar salad however was disappointing. The lettuce was a little wilted, and the melted cheese garnish felt and tasted as if it was pre-made and left to sit for awhile. The service was awesome across the board. The restaurant's decor is elegant and beautiful...a romantic setting. We will be back.

e
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Greyson is certainly one of the very best waiters in Sarasota.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food always very good. Surprised how very casual the other diners were dressed. Affects the atmosphere a bit.

CS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, absolutely! It was pleasant in every way and so very convenient to the opera house! We had lovely wine and 3 appetizers to share: plenty of delicious food for the two of us!!
Thank you so much for your quality here in our hometown!

PS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and delicious food. Wonderful service!

MK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good, love this place!!! Good seafood specials and soups each night. Very convenient to the opera house right across the street.

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, nice ambiance. Diners dressed appropriately.

j
Naples
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the food, service, and ambience were excellent. The Bijou Cafe is my favorite downtown Sarasota place for lunch.

DS
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit. Like the first visit the food was brilliant and the service excellent; on this occasion our server was Graciela who was outstanding. All the staff were friendly and it was a pleasure to be at The Bijou Café. Wine prices were somewhat optimistic, some marking down would not come amiss. We booked through OpenTable who offered 6:15 pm as the earliest we could arrive. We were going to the Opera which started at 7:30 pm so arrived at the restaurant at 5:45 pm in the hope they could squeeze us in early. There was no problem with our early arrival and we were seated immediately. Next time we will book direct with the Bijou Café. Lovely place and lovely people. For sure, we will return.

C
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two besties enjoying a lunch together. The lamb is divine.

G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful as always!

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Bijou. An abundance of tasty and creative food selections. We were a party of six, with everyone choosing different entrees. All were served at the correct temperatures and very flavorful. Great selections of wines at appropriate price points. The service was superb. Grayson, as usual provided attentive and informative service. It’s is truly our favorite Sarasota restaurant.

A
Naples
67 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and spectacular service. We were very pleased!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as was the service.

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful venue for getting together with old friends. Food and service were both excellent.

ST
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is always friendly. We love the quaint atmosphere. The food is always superb.

HB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, fantastic food, great wine selection, fabulous desserts.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.

MP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful evening with friends, delicious food, and delightful drinks.

BD
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner allowed us to have a quiet evening in the bar. Great soup trio. Outstanding Basil martini!

T
Tampa
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dining room desperately needs rehab.
Food, service & parking was great. Hope the duck serving does not get any smaller or will need magnifying glass to find it.

RJ
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

My filet mignon was one of the worst cuts of meat that I have ever had at a restaurant. It was tough and flavorless. It could not have been a filet it was more like a poor cut of round steak. My wifes strip steak was a more normal cut, relatively tender for the cut. The gratin potatoes were outstanding. The brussel sprouts were mediocre. The tomato bisque was unique and very flavorful. Service was prompt and acceptable. All in all the filet which was the most expensive item was so bad I would not return or recommend the Bijou Cafe.

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