Bijou Cafe

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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!
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L
Miami
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special dinner. The choices are varied and plentiful and the portions are large. Cocktails are especially well done! I liked the cozy bar area and outdoor spaces as well. Reservations in high season is a MUST!

AW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

seated promptly
great food
wonderful service
this was our second meal there on our 3 week vaction

JR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had wonderful service! Made the food even better!!

FK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Ok food, subpar service. Disappointed with the food.

k
New England
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When did the Bijou become ordinary?
Food was not up to par. Service was disappointing and dining room was crowded and noisy.

L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food average- expensive for what was served. Very old crowd-

HM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed. I chose the crab cakes as they are supposed to be one of the signature dishes. They came out Luke warm, on a Luke warm sauce. Crab cakes were rather dull in flavor too. An interesting salad went with them. I left one on my plate. Couldn’t eat anymore. Yuck

DS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very elegant restaurant, great service, great food. The sauces used on vegetables were outstanding. I had the grouper special, and it was a very generous serving of grouper. The best thing were the crab cakes. I find many places in Florida serve crab cakes that are primarily filler. Not here. The crab cakes had a abundant amount of crab meat chunks. Reminded me of the crab cakes found in great seafood places by the Chesapeake Bay.

VM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb pre Opera meal!

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IK
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The chicken was over cooked and dry. The fish was just fair. The lamb cooped where outstanding.

GH
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was nice, not outstanding but nice.

PE
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Lovely look but predictable menu with nothing that stands out.

D
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always for our Anniversary. 18 years going to Bijou and counting. We also go with friends and family. Great food and service.

N
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere, we were sat in the front of the restaurant near a bar and a view of downtown streets. Food was really good and well portioned. I got the lamb shank and my wife got the surf and turf special, both had a lot of meat and were delicious.

EF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice for a classic dining experience.

SS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Valentines

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JP
Naples
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Have a hard time choosing what to order. It’s all so good!

NS
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wind birthday celebration!

MK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant

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MK
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The black grouper special was perfect as was my salad melange and glass of Bordeaux. We always find the location perfect for a before the opera dinner, as we can just walk across the street to the opera house after we eat and enjoy the show.

j
Atlanta
61 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to celebrate a birthday. Best lamb chops I have ever had - so lean and tender and full of flavor. Appreciated the excellent, professional service as well. Sorry I cannot recall our server’s name to recognize her. We will be back for sure.

N
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening. We dined at the Bijou with long time friends and enjoyed the perfect evening. The service was impeccable. The wine list is excellent. And the menu choices offered delightful choices for all - meat eater, vegetarian, pescatarian..... the mussels were fantastic. The soup special was a butternut bisque and my friend thoroughly enjoyed it. The Melange salad is a favorite and was a great way to start the dinner. Entrees were fantastic. We had such a nice time and splurged on delicious gelato. We had a leisurely dinner and lots of good conversation. We will be back.

L
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Bijou Cafe for a birthday lunch in the bar area that is really a garden room. Be sure to try the trio of soups. Magnificent!

RW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was very good and the server was quite good and attentive

c
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and we had an amazing evening with an amazing waiter. Can’t wait to come back

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! As always. Best restaurant in Sarasota.

SJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

A little too noisy. Would have preferred a more out of the way table, as I thought we had requested

BZ
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure with tasty dishes and responsive service.

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bijou is always excellent! My friend and I both had salads which were delicious and attractive to the eye. The service was prompt and friendly and we were not rushed once we finished eating.

B
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely experience at my favorite Sarasota restaurant. Dinner was delicious and the service impeccable. Plenty of time to sit and enjoy the ambiance until we left for a play at FST.
Barbara Lupoff

Bijou Cafe
Responded on February 9, 2020

Thanks very much for the kind words Bara2!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Look forward to a return visit

W
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were not rushed at all and all dinners were perfectly prepared and cooked. We will be back.

GM
New England
161 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Celebrated my wife’s birthday here after eating here last year . For some reason the main dining room seemed dated , our meals were just average and the waitress had to do a Happy Birthday on a plate instead of the dessert.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our waiter seemed curt and unfriendly initially but warmed up as the evening progressed. We were the only diners for about the first 30 minutes. Much too quiet and no background music. Our meals were variable. My husband’s tuna was excellent. My watermelon salad the same. However my tagliatelle entree was very thick and creamy to the point of being pasty - making it quite distasteful. Perhaps just a poor choice on my part, but not at all what I would have expected from Bijou Cafe. Our waiter, who did warm up to us eventually was gracious enough to make me an affagato upon request.

a
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, service, and atmosphere.
Only here for 5 days but may go back for another dinner.

j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I was so excited to go to Bijou Cafe for my birthday. I had researched the menu before we left and knew I wanted to try the Tandoori lamb. When we got there, we were immediately seated and greeted. But then that was that. No server and no service for quite some time. We finally did get water, and I ordered a martini. Unfortunately, my drink tasted like gasoline. . It was horrible, and so I sent it back. So again, we waited and waited with no order given, no bread on the table, No sign of our server. When she finally came back, we ordered. I ordered the much-anticipated Tandoori lamb, which to my surprise was actually rack of lamb. It was not tandoori spiced at all. It was delicious mind you, but I'd have never known if it was in a garlic demi-glace or anything else. Just good, tender lamb. The other food at the table was outstanding! My fellow diners had the duck baguette and the lamb shank. There wasn't an a speck left on anyone's plate! But again, our server was MIA for nearly our entire Service. But the chocolate truffles on the Happy Birthday plate at the end was a nice surprise!

PC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my wife birthday
Great meal and cocktails

BN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very nice menu. Highly recommend.

e
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bijou’s food and Grayson’s service were excellent as usual. Sarasota is very fortunate !!! Ed Baran

AJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Trout had zero flavor and was mushy; duck was to be boneless, but had several chunks of bone matter and a fair amount of bread pudding as the stuffing; could have used more meat. Service and ambiance was nice; wish the food matched the atmosphere.

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