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!
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
black-pepper encrusted | jicama pineapple slaw | sesame jasmine rice | soy glaze | wasabi lime sauce
prime strip, black pepper crust, secret spiced pepper sauce
Rack of Lamb
Australian, 2 double chops, herbes de Provence, mint cabernet reduction
Wonderful experience....will be back..
We were fortunate and a late cancellation provided us with a wonderful table in the primary outdoor seating area. Service, Food and Drinks were excellent. 2 of us had the Lamb Shank with Artichoke Strata. Delicious and plenty of meat on the bone. Wives had beef and both were cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the Bijou Cafe!
Back to where it was before the shutdowns. Great service and food in a very relaxed atmosphere. Will return soon.
Bijou has really slipped. Have had many good meals in the past but this one was a disaster. Seafood bisque was way too salty; wedge salad featured hard lettuce, scant blue cheese and a tiny scattering of tiny bacon bits that were overcooked; the sea bass was very fishy and not thick enough to start.
The Bijou is a treasure for those of us who want an overall enjoyable and satisfying dining experience. The welcoming proprietor and staff give the sense one is at home with them where they are as pleased to see us as we are to see them. From special occasions to comfortable dining, every visit is a flawlessly consistent treat for all who frequent this charming restaurant. 💕
Great experience!! The soup was Delicious. The au gratin potatoes were off the chain. And the steak was phenomenal.
The quality of the food at Bijou needs to be improved to justify the $30-$40 price range for entrees. It is mediocre at best. I was expecting improvement with their new chef, but was disappointed. I did not feel comfortable dining there - that small back dining room was too crowded for my comfort level during the Covid pandemic. Best to request outdoor dining, but keep in mind, most of the outdoor dining is on the sidewalk near the curb and is not under cover.
We had a perfect dinner at a beautiful outdoor table. Outdoor seating has been extended to the surrounding sidewalk and it is very pleasant and comfortable. Tables are nicely spaced. The menu has several inventive and delicious new choices. The pasta, Sweet Corn Agnolotti, was such a wonderful surprise of flavors - we loved this new dish. The trout almandine was prepared to perfection. Neither of us are big fans of Brussel Sprouts but the Brussel sprouts at the Bijou are so good we could not stop eating them until the last one was gone (the serving is generous). Service is attentive but never intrusive. The server anticipated everything we needed. I am really looking forward to my next evening at the Bijou!
Bijou Cafe responded very well to the covid situation and has nice outdoor seating. Service was still very attentive and food was good. It's a pleasure to see them up and running. Looking forward to more visits soon.
The atmosphere, the service and the food are the best in Sarasota. I had the Trout Almondine which was lightly seasons and butterfly filet. The amazing Pommes Gratin Dauphinois are sharable. The Herb-Roasted Salmon had great flavor and cooked to perfection. It was a great evening out to dinner and safely distanced. This restaurant is a must if you come to Sarasota!
Loved the food. Really missed going to this restaurant and glad they survived the closing.
Such a lovely restaurant that has been a Sarasota institution for decades. They have put forth a noble effort to open in July and reopen in November. Let’s support them!
My friend and I sat on the patio, which is beautiful, with ivy on the walls. We were distanced from other diners, and our server, the gallant Grayson, wore a mask. My friend enjoyed her Shiraz, and I had a gin basil smash that was delicious. We split the shrimp piri, which was spicy but not painful, and one of the Bijou’s specialties, the rack of lamb. For dessert, we had a sweet and gooey carrot cake with sugared carrot strips and the cream cheese tucked inside. Mmmmm!
They had their grand-reopening last night. We decided to give it a try. There’s a lovely outside eating area, unfortunately it was raining so we had to sit indoors. The main dining room was busy so we opted for the bar, there’s several tables on there. It was perfect!! The service and food is amazing. Crab cakes and rack of lamb are delicious! And get the dessert! Gelato is so good! Highly recommend!!
We love love love Bijou! Such a little gem tucked away in a perfect place in Sarasota, almost nextdoor to the Opera House and Public Library, and a block away from the busy Main Street scene.
The food is exquisite and super delicious. The waitstaff are professional and kind, but quietly in the background. The absence of music makes for quiet conversation. From the beautifully painted walls and tasteful artwork to the ivy covered outdoor patio, the whole experience is a slice of heaven. Our favorite restaurant by far.
Long one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Sarasota, Bijou's most recent re-opening was flawless. The trout almandine was superb, served hot and well presented. The French 75 cocktail was the best one from among several restaurants. Our burger was perfection. Service was attentive without being intrusive.
We're glad Bijou is back so that we can resume our regular visits.
Excellent food and service. Health precautions were in place
Great food and atmosphere! The staff practiced social distancing while providing great service and was also very personable. I would highly recommend this place!
Love your restaurant. My aunt and I come here often, always an amazing place
One of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota.
Always a top choice for our special occasions--a Sarasota classic spot.
Had a date night with my husband.
Lovely dining vibe
Good food, nice atmosphere and great service. Always consistent.
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.
Very nice experience. SAFE. Masks and gloves. Food and service excellent.
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.
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.
Awesome it was perfect
We split the pepper steak and a great bottle of Bordeaux
Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it!
Our “go-to” place to eat downtown. Always a good experience! Good service, lovely atmosphere and excellent food. Never disappointed.
Thanks for the excellent review John! It's great to be back making our guests happy again!
Great food, impeccable service, and a wonderful outside table on the patio!
Thank you Ed. Yes we have expanded our outside dining area to accommodate folks who prefer not to come inside yet!
Good meal. Very glad to see that they are open once again.
Thanks nyc, yes it's great to be back and we certainly appreciate your business!
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.
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!
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.
Thank you for the review joeswick! We look forward to seeing you again.
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.
Thanks for the excellent review SRQgirl.
It is great to have Bijou open. Everything was as good as always. Great meal!
Thanks Jersey, it really is wonderful to be back in business again!
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.
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.
Thanks Patty, it's great to be back making our guests happy again!
Wonderful as usual. The best overall restaurant downtown.
Thank you Sharon! One could't ask for a nicer review!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Bijou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-8111.
Bijou Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1343 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.