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Bijou Cafe

4.5
591 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 591 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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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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polabear21 (New England)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful drinks ,food and timely service. Our table was ready upon our arrival,outstanding!!

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BandF (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Reliable, upscale, and across from the Sarasota Opera. Perfect for a pre-opera dinner, or anytime. You can't go wrong here.

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Bara2 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our lunch was excellent as always! Lovely quiet ambiance made conversation a pleasure. The service was impeccable and friendly.

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Wiselindag (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This was my first visit to Bijou Cafe, but definitely not my last. it is just steps from the Sarasota Opera House, which we were visiting. We were delighted with the menu, the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance in this lovely restaurant.

I highly recommend it.

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Jude (Naples)
5.0  Dined 5 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 5 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 5 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 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service. Always.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined 6 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 on February 15, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

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 on February 15, 2018

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 on February 14, 2018

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 on February 14, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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 on February 14, 2018

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 on February 14, 2018

Great meal, service and overall ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Key West)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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TomJ (Jacksonville)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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