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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!

1287 First St
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Pineapple Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 366-8111

Website:
http://www.bijoucafe.net/

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

Public Transit:
We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.

Executive Chef:
Jean-Pierre Knaggs

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

Additional:
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

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4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Pre/post Theatre (59)
Good for a Date (56)
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Good for Anniversaries (54)
Quiet Conversation (52)
Romantic (50)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great for Lunch (31)
Business Meals (28)
Notable Wine List (26)
Cozy (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Authentic (18)
People Watching (14)
Healthy (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Brunch (6)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Tampa)·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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 (New England)·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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 (Tampa)·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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 (Vancouver)·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!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service!

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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great meal, service and overall ambience.

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 (Key West)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Jacksonville)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Service was good but was not impressed with their food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

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,

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very nice restaurant with good selection of continental food

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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Tampa)·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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 (Tampa)·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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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We loved this restaurant. We went there before the theater. Our waiter was attentive and the ambience was lovely and food presentation perfect too. It was fairly crowded when we were leaving so I am happy we had an early reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food, great service wish I had discovered this sooner!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I always enjoy the Bijou - the staff are attentive, the food is always good, and their trio of soups is fantastic!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Ambiance quiet and elegant. The entire dinner we were feeling the French bistro experience. The food was extraordinary

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Fabulous cocktails, dinner and wine enjoyed by all. Beef Carpachio was good. (Chaz51 in Nokomis is still the best!)
Dinners enjoyed were snapper, perfectly prepared; strip steak also fabulous. Tender, flavorful and cooked Pittsburgh rare. Lamb shank special was terrific, as was the pasta. Delightful dinner prior to theater.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

@ couples including myself enjoyed our visit. I enjoyed my duck dinner with side of veggies (not overcooked). Unfortunately the duck breast was a bit dry but not worth returning. Wait staff was excellent and attentive without any intrusiveness. He asked if we were attending the nearby theater and made certain there were no delays. Very appreciated. We'll come back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent food, ambiance, service, setting. Look forward to returning.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always fabulous
Food and service. A very classy place

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always good food!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Boring tired food devoid of personality & life. Tasteless cuisine. I was so hoping for a wonderful meal but alas I was hugely disappointed. Waitress was efficient but also devoid of personality & I felt she couldn’t wait for the night to end. I was with her on that.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was perfect.., starting with the owner greeting us to him saying goodbye!

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