Bijou Cafe

4.6
1343 Reviews
$31 to $50
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!

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
What 1343 people are saying
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SWFL
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience....will be back..

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DosWinos
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipnyc25
Naples
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Back to where it was before the shutdowns. Great service and food in a very relaxed atmosphere. Will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

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.

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Garnetgirl
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. 💕

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viptomm
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! The soup was Delicious. The au gratin potatoes were off the chain. And the steak was phenomenal.

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vipFussy
Naples
59 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

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vipNewyorker
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipCTGAL
Tampa
163 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipSRQgirl
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Really missed going to this restaurant and glad they survived the closing.

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viplauriesland
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

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Ruth
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRobG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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

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

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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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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
50 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
72 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
12 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
72 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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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.

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