Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About Bijou Cafe
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!
Sarasota, FL 34236
Continental, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer valet parking every day at lunch and every evening during the peak season. We have a private, well lit parking lot across the street and there is plenty of on street parking as well
We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
Private Party Facilities:
We have 2 separate private dining rooms. The Bird Room seats up to 30 guests and is fully AV equipped.
The Patio Room seats up to 40 and has access to a private outdoor area with fountain.
Private Party Contact:
Karen Thomson: (941) 366-8111
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bijou Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Bijou Cafe is across the street from the opera and many of the theaters so many people go before the shows. The food is consistent and good. The service is excellent. Even though it appeared the resturant was packed we were able to get our food and had plenty of time to enjoy it before our evening show.
We had not been in awhile and a few menu favorites were absent but the food did not disappoint,
Nor did our server Elena. Extremely friendly Elena was charming and professional as well as spot on with menu recommendations.
And always a must, the crime brûlée to top off a special evening,
While in town we searched for a nice restaurant to celebrate my husband’s birthday and came across Bijou Cafe. It was such a pleasant evening; great service, food, ambiance. Fran was our primary server and helped us choose between various dishes as so many sounded amazing. The two we landed on were delicious. My husband had the duck and loved it! We’re in the area a few times per year and would definitely return to this restaurant.
It was our first time and we all enjoyed! My husband and my friend each said the NY Sirloin was the best they have had in Fl. I really enjoyed the Carolina Trout. We will go back for special occasions for sure. The hostess gave us a lovely tour and recommended happy hour as well.
Bijou is the best restaurant in Sarasota. We had a 3 course fixed priced dinner Friday evening and it was fantastic. The escargot was perfectly prepared. The main course choices were all excellent - we had the trout which was very delicious. The gelato was so so so good! We had an outdoor table and it was a beautiful evening.
Always a favorite of ours, I had the escargots and they were the biggest and best I have ever had. The duck breast was OK but I guess I like crispy duck better. Jennifer was our server and she was outstanding from serving the cocktails to suggested that we share a glass of wine with dessert.
This is a fine restaurant with efficient, friendly service. Service was not rushed. One has time to chat while eating and the server was careful not to interrupt. The food is superior and well presented. It's a Sarasota icon and well worth the experience.
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