Bijou Cafe

4.7
1473 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental

About

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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KathyF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special restaurant with excellent cuisine, service and ambience. We split the crab cakes for an appetizer; I had the rack of lamb, and my husband had the pepper steak. They surprised us with carrot cake for dessert for our anniversary. Everything was delicious. Service could not have been any better.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed an exquisite meal for our special anniversary dinner. The service was impeccable. Hadn't been to Bijou Cafe before, but now hope to make it an occasional habit.

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vipPimmer
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because of everything going on in my life, it's been a couple of years since I've eaten here. And it's just the same as it's always been - excellent. The tables are a bit further apart, but the ambiance is the same. Kathi is an excellent server - I was able to set my own pace.

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MarianE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

First time here and not likely to make it a regular stop. Overrated in my opinion, $$$, and quality was not equal to the price. The vegetarian option was good and appreciated, salads were excellent. Service was adequate, not special: there were just two of us and the server had to ask which one got which entree. The vodka martini was watery with mushy olives. There are better choices in the area near the Opera house, Bijou doesn't quite impress.

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DorotheaC
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to the Bijou! From soup to nuts the best food, the best service and the best location!

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KimberlieM
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening celebrating my husbands birthday. Our service was on spot, no rushing, great suggestions, perfect opportunity to relax and chat.

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Eriepants
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love an evening at Bijou!

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viprpmd4
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

May be Sarasota's best restaurant. Trout outstanding. Lamb perfectly prepared. Do not miss escargot app. The carrot cake will melt in your mouth. Very welcoming and professional wait staff.

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Winner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, each course!! Our wine was delicious too!! We will return! Bijou is now one of our favorites!!

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vipSparky
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. The food is always delicious. We will be back .

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WilfredM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. The weather was horrible but they were able to accommodate us inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner as usual!

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vipRedcap
New England
112 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, first time back since COVID. They were excellent with safety and masks. Food was outstanding. Great on!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Great food as always. Comfortable, quiet ambiance.

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Gina
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Expereince from beginning to end. The food was so delicious we are still talking about it. Rack of Lamb, Crab Cakes and Steaks were delicious. We are already making plans to go back. LOVED IT!!!

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vipAndi
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bijou Cafe for dinner. Food delicious and the service was great. Ate outside which was very nice. A little overpriced but I would go back.

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vipNativeFLDeb
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant fir family dinner. Loved the rack of lamb. The absolute best!♥️

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CherylC
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Incredible food - taste, presentation. VERY slow service the evening we were there.

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TomL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Food and professional service
We had the lamb chops and they were prepared perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience1

We had to dine in an extra room that lacked any ambiance
Felt like we were eating in a spare closet
Waitress was excellent
Food was not as good as in the past

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Easter celebration !

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vipVictor
Tampa
95 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I dined at Bijou Café for the 1st time on Easter Sunday. We ate inside, as the outdoor tables, while nice, were not shaded. The ambiance was quiet with diners enjoying conversations at all tables. The food was pricy, but excellent and the service was attentive and professional.

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vipFoodiecouple
Tampa
68 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated in Bijou's indoor patio rooms with 5 table, so is was quiet. The food was oustanding. We had the double lamb chops and trout almondine. Our server, Gabe, was wonderful. Grateful to be enjoying dinner out, again.

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NancyK
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I''ve been here many times and never been disappointed.' I'm glad I chose it for my families first meal out since Covid. The staff was warm and welcoming and helped make it a special celebration.

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PPinSRQ
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were here for Easter lunch. Service was great but the restaurant feels dated. Food was hit and miss. Lamb Shank was delicious . The mash potatoes tasted like out of the box mashed potatoes or cooked a whole while ago. I could not tell which it was. I had the french onion soup. It was very mediocre. The broth had a funky taste and the cheese was like string glue. I also had the Cesar salad. Found it drowning in tasteless dressing. We had the trio flan for desert. It looked better then it tasted. This restaurant is not what it used to be. I hope they step it up a notch.

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SandraE
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Cafe Bijou is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota.
Sandra & Robert Endres

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Shellybean
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Easter lunch. Food was exceptional. Wait staff were wonderful. Would have been 5 stars if not for two interactions with management who was very rude. Hope this review will put her on notice that she needs to not be rude to customers trying to help them come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was alright.

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e5ski
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience. there was a crazy unpleasant incident with a very odd couple at the bar and the entire staff handled it professionally and perfectly. the food was outstanding and we will definitely return

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vipLisaL
Atlantic City
77 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistent. Lamb Chops are the best!
Such a great place. Great service!

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vipjackshoykhet
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unforgettable experience!!!! Nothing Elise to add....

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BarryO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The building is unique which adds to the experience.

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vipdrd736
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. Celebrated our wedding anniversary there and it was indeed "special". Grayson (our server) was so professional with taking care of us and he was a big reason for our enjoyment/satisfaction.

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vipPaulT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Second time here and outstanding again.

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FrankT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to dine at Bijou and have been doing so for many years. This year we celebrated 21 years being married and as always … great food, great service, great ambience, and great fun made for a great evening out!

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vipGoodfood
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Grayson provided an amazing and fun experience at the Bijou. We shared the escargot and beef tartare both of which were delicious. I had the rack of lamb which was cooked to perfection and the au gratin potatoes, yum!!

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MaryAnnB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service in a beautiful outdoor setting! We will definitely be back.

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MLaurel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant from start to finish. Great food, service and the patio was charming.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipedwardb
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grayson our waiter was excellent and the food was also excellent. Very enjoyable evening!!

FAQs

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

Bijou Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1473 OpenTable diners.

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