Bijou Cafe

4.7
1426 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 1426 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMorley4
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Inside the restaurant looked like a lodge. They tried to sit us right outside the kitchen until we asked to be moved.
The server was a rude to my son and we didn’t app red coats it!
The French onion soup was WAY to salty... chef- you need to taste the food you are serving.
I ordered the special which was supposed to include seared tuna. The tuna was cooked WELL DONE on the first attempt and cooked so much I couldn’t eat it. The server brought a second plate of tuna and it was cooked well done as well. I don’t think they knew how to prepare the food they indicated was the special. Made me incredibly sad.
The rest of my family ordered duck or lamb chops which was supposed to be a signature dish and yet we found it to be mediocre.
I really am hard pressed to understand the reviews of the restaurant being a 4.7... to me it should have been at best a 2 star. Needless to say, I don’t need to go back.

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viptangogirls
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Sat outside and enjoyed the goat cheese and artichoke souffle. Duck had good sauce and was very tasty. Both crust and skin was a little soggy like it had been prepared in advance. The burger was great. Salad delish. Strip steak wonderful and the trout was good.All in all a very good meal.dessert of sorbet with brownie !!Yum. Left stuffed!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is outstanding. Best onion soup and duckling ever.. nice set-up outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always perfection and wait staff is lovely!
Couldn’t get outside this time which was disappointing but c’est la vie.

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susanh
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful

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Birdsofafeather
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bijou has always been a special place for both lunch with friends, dinners with family and "date night". It's a pleasure to be out and about again and to see that they are able to have more outdoor dining.

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MarciaM
Indiana
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Sarasota. You know it’s going to be a special evening when you come here. Excellent food and our favorite waiter Grayson is the very best.

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vipSpecial
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the staff always goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and special!

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geneb
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been our “ go to “ place for a nice evening out since the 1980s

our menu choices usually center on pepper steak and the duck but have ventured into other items and specials and have not been disappointed

Would recommend this restaurant to anyone without hesitation!!!!

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LyndaB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect and memorable every time we visit. One of our very favorite places!

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vipJamesA
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service were all excellent!

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vipLjanem
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Bijoux never disappoints. The quality of the cuisine and the attention to every detail is always perfect. My husband and I started with our long-time favorites, seafood bisque for him, pâté for me. I believe it’s the best, silkiest pâté I’ve ever tasted. Tonight’s entree was duck, and it was done perfectly. We finished with crime brûlée... I can’t wait until we go back next time.

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susicle
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous french food and nice ambience outside. The service was excellent and just the right speed for us since we were going to a concert - they were very cognizant of when we needed to leave.

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vipBalletomane
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Bijou has always been one of our favorite restaurants. However, this visit was a disappointment. There were no heaters - it was a chilly night and with COVID we only eat outdoors. The food was good but not great and it took more than 40 minutes for the entrees to be served. Service was adequate but not superior as one would expect from this caliber of restaurant. Not rushing back.

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vipFatherB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a refined place in Sarasota. Had a wonderful meal.

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Ernest
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dinner for us celebrating Valentine's Day.

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vipRick
Naples
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Valentines Day Dinner.

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vipJK5482
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very romantic for Valentine’s Day. Our waiter was about as knowledgeable as we have ever had anywhere and made great recommendations

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BruceR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Sarasota's finest, fine dining establishments. The Bijou gave us the romantic Valentine dinner we wanted - safe, distanced, masked (staff) with the excellent food, wine, and service we know to expect. They are a community treasure and should be supported.

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vipSRQgirl
Tampa
74 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, delicious Valentine's Dinner! Everything was perfect - the impeccable service and our entrees were outstanding. Expect the best of Sarasota everytime from everyone at Bijou.

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GeorgeV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was great! I would definitely recommend anyone to come eat here. We will come again! Thank you

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

White tablecloths in a bland room room. Service came off a little arrogant at first, until I ordered a nice bottle of wine. Lobster and Crab bisque was phenomenal, mains were not great (peppercorn steak and duck).

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vipDaul
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would have given 5 stars except for the fact when I made the reservation, I said it was our anniversary but their usual little anniversary table setting at dessert time was ignored. We have gone here numerous times and at least 15 years straight to celebrate our anniversary. This is the first time they forgot. I would say that my wife loved her lamb but my NY strip was a little tough. The steak tartar appetizer wasn't the best I have ever had, either. It was a busy night so maybe that was it. Our waitress was attentive so I think someone else forgot the anniversary request.

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vipJonB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a great place to dine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the single Beef Wellington and was blown away!

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vipMaryK
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate before going to the opera house, and always love the Bijou Cafe because of it’s close proximity to the Sarasota Opera. It’s always fun for our group of opera loving friends to dress up and make an evening of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The inside is set up for social distancing. There is extensive outside dining. Food and service are always excellent.

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Paula
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first night put at a restaurant since months of Covid shutdown, and it was Perfect!🤩

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Garnetgirl
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful evening at Bijou! A perfectly congenial and satisfying experience. They make every guest feel special and appreciated. Oh, the food happens to be terrific, too!

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vipJKRJr
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

First time and it was a good overall experience The food was great, but they need to have bigger bread baskets!
The service was adequate. We ate outside. They could use bigger tables for outdoor dining if you have four or more people imo.
I would visit again.

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vipsrqsby
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great dining experience at Bijou. The food is delicious, the service is professional, the surroundings and noise levels are appropriate for an upscale dining experience.

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Patrick
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful anniversary dinner here. The food was excellent. Great wine list. The bottle list was much more encompassing than the glass list.

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vipFeliceS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent outdoor dining option for Sarasota. The food was very good and the service we got from Dior was excellent.

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vipDiannaO
Tulsa
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and excellent food. The meal started with great bread, which is always a indication of what is to come.
Highly recommend and will return.

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vipJoyceH
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French restaurant! Everything was top notch. With all the wonderful downtown Sarasota restaurant options we chose to eat here twice on our 5 day vacation.

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fredm
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine and great service. I recommend this place for sure.

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Debra
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently wonderful!

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NilaM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, wine, and service superb! The atmosphere was a bit sterile, perhaps some soft music. Highly recommend this restaurant and we will return.

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Threecharms
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome evening - could have not been better. We were seated outside - socially distanced - enjoyed a great bottle of wine. Salads were tasty, appealing and just the right size! Burger was the best I have had and friends really enjoyed the trout. Waiter was awesome- very attentive! Creme brûlée didn’t disappoint! Will definitely return soon!

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GloriaL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Bijou Cafe in downtown Sarasota was a culinary delight. Escargot appetizer, entrees of roast duckling with mixed berry & cognac sauce, the shrimp piri piri had a spicy bite and the side of brussel sprouts with sriracha aioli was delicious. Kenji our server was attentive & fun. It was special night! Highly recommend.

FAQs

Bijou Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-8111.

Bijou Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 1426 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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