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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
11:30 PM
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Bijou Cafe

4.5
586 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 366-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jean-Pierre Knaggs
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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.
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Private party contact
Karen Thomson: (941) 366-8111
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pineapple Ave
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Parking details
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
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Public transit
We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 586 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jude (Naples)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We sat on the terrace in the evening. It was lovely. It was dog even friendly!
The food was amazing, plentiful and beautifully presented.
Motor cycles on the street were annoying--but not Bijou"s fault. Srq should obtain an ordinance against them .

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The experince was lack luster and food was average...service was ok but the main room is a bit tight and i felt like the tables were on top of eachother....we were not at all impressed and were disappointed because we heard wonderful things....to boot I speant $180 with tip and we had no wine just a couple of beers and water.....way overpriced for what the experince....I give it a 3 all the way around

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vipConnie (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

It was our 50th anniversary and we could nor have been to a better restaurant! Our dinners were excellent and the service exceptional. We enjoyed every aspect of the evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

The pasta lack taste. The duck was stuffed with dressing. They should have not stuff the duck.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The Bijou is one of our favorite restaurants. We drive from Port Charlotte a few times a year to dine here. The food and wine are always top quality. We like to arrive early and have a cocktail at the bar. Wish there was more seating avaiable. Have always recommended The Bijou to friends. Bon Appetite!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always a pleasant experience when you dine at the Bijou. Food is always excellent and service is outstanding.

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vipPatrick (Naples)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Bijou is always a favorite especially for pre/post theater. We actually "save" the restaurant for those occasions.

This last experience was not the best but no one gets a 10-10 Right?

New waiter (trying his best but OJT isn't always the best teacher) and in the overflow room. one of our party ran late so the timing because critical. Not as great service nor atmosphere in the back room as customary.

That said with popularity and success it is not unusual to have a slightly "off" night.

Our biggest complaint was the slow delivery of our cocktails . .which considering the profits in drinks is silly. We settled with one round of drinks instead of two and/or a bottle of wine.

The restaurant and staff are usually attune to time restrictions for the theater etc but the delays this night caused us to miss desert!

For two of our party of six and unforgivable sin!

Food was usual high standards (trout was excellent) and we will return in a few weeks better informed. Main room more experienced waiter! Of course our guy might be great by then as he learns the ropes. Highly suggest you try the Bijou Cafe. They deserve their success.

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RayM (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We enjoyed it very much. The food was very good and considering my husband has a lot of allergies, they were accommodated comfortably. The waitress and waiters were very attentive
It has a quiet atmosphere so one can have a conversation. We enjoyed it after seeing a good play at the ASOLO THEATRE.

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vipFoodie14 (Denver)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

A very friendly place especially as it was pre opera and busy. The food was quite good and reasonably priced. A good choice when you want comfortable food in pleasant surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Always a treat that we enjoy. We would rather have had a table in the bar area but nothing was available even though we called about a month in advance of Valentine's Day. This is a nice downtown choice.

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vipannie (Tampa)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Horrible!!! The veal was so tough. For fine dining - it was disappointing. Service was very good. We were rushed through our meal. Will not go back any time soon

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vipManny (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great meal, service and overall ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Key West)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was very good. Great location for attending the Opera after dinner

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TomJ (Jacksonville)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We are not opera or live theater fans and really didn’t understand this restaurant caters totally to them since it is right next to the OperaHouse and the dinner theater.
The crowd was stuffy and/or down right rude and overly perfumed. The food was fabulous, but not worth the lack of ambiance more to our age (late 50’s so we’re certainly not young). A couple loudly announced that we’d been given the table she ‘always wants’ as if she owned the place. This isn’t the restaurant’s fault, but we likely won’t return since they’ve clearly been overrun with that snooty group of relics.

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HazelT (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Service was good but was not impressed with their food.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Bijou was the first restuarant we went to when we came to Sarasota. Celebrated early Valentine's Day -- couldn't get reasonable reservations on VD. Had steak au poivre and duck and a negroni. Good,

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vipSeanorLikestoEat (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was more than expected. The Tuna and Sea Bass were prepared properly and pared appropriately. Service was spot on, but not overbearing. Parking was across the street in the Library lot. A very enjoyable meal with my wife, we were able to converse without a problem.

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vipjs2236 (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Bijou is a great spot for pre/post theater meal. Excellent menu and very fresh ingredients. Roasted beet salad especially good.

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ED5151 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Mediocre food. Special fish entree served at barely room temperature. Service indifferent. Wrong check delivered to me.

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RobertD (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary at the Bijou this week and we’re more than delighted with the entire experience. We were seated promptly - “upgraded”, the hostess said, as someone had cancelled. When told it was our anniversary, our waitress, Cathie, brought over a small candelabra and put it on our table. She helped us choose a very nice champagne. She was friendly and attentive and took excellent care of us.
We shared a wonderful salad with greens, fruit, berries and nuts - much more than a single salad! My wife was thrilled with the fresh tuna. She said it was “like eating velvet”. My duck was also excellent - moist and flavorful, and was served with both orange sauce and a dark cherry sauce, both very good. The kitchen kindly removed the stuffing at my request and served more vegetables. We declined dessert, as the dinner portions were so large we could hardly finish.
We always enjoy the Bijou and will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This has become one of our favorite restaurants in Sarasota. The food is always delicious, and beautifully presented. Nothing unusual on the menu but really well prepared Continental Cuisine. The crab cakes, Caesar Salad, French Onion Soup and the Veal Shank....just perfect! We also love the servers, and have enjoyed Grayson, who has served us a couple of times and always with professionalism and care. Highly recommend the Bijou Cafe.

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viprandks (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We were three for lunch, seated at a spacious table sufficiently far from other diners that we felt private and comfortable. I had a chicken paillard with sauteed spinach (unusual, I thought; it's usually with a salad); my husband had cream of asparagus soup and a good burger; and our friend had the crab and avocado salad which she thoroughly enjoyed. Everything we ate was delicious and interestingly seasoned; the service was correct and pleasant; and we enjoyed our meal thoroughly.
We'd go back!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Had a wonderful time, great food and service and service was perfect! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Very nice restaurant with good selection of continental food

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vipFinedyne (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We were seated in a lovely, quiet room. Then the waitress entered and the ambiance was ruined. A voice that large should be confined to the great outdoors. She did not have the waiter instinct for interruption ( instinct and skill, to get in and out quick, but politely) so in the middle of a sentence we were jolted by a megadecibel “How are we doing?” (”we”, like a bad nurse?). I couldn’t eat the amuse bouche because I don’t eat crab (“ha ha. Sorry,” said the Big Voice). Beet salad and special fish were excellent. Vegetarian tower was half good and half not. But I really do appreciate a restaurant’s efforts to provide a vegetarian option other than pasta. In fact that was how we chose this restaurant.

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Jonnie (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We like the location and valet parking. Everyone is very friendly. Food was outstanding and the service even better.

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vipTSDflorida (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

As always a wonderful meal and great service. Bread pudding for dessert was a perfect touch to end our meal...yum!g
Great for lunch or dinner and outdoor dining is lovely. Restaurant could use some updating

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

A great meal for a birthday celebration. Cozy environment, good service, great food, a tad pricey...but then all the good things in life are!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We walked by and decided to eat instead of another reservation. It was the highlight of our Sarasota visit. The string, the food, quantity and service were outstanding.

Recommend Bijou to all age of diners.

Great pre-opeta.

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