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Bijou Cafe

594 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion (65)
  • Pre/post Theatre (63)
  • Good for a Date (58)
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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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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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 594 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

Great menu and service!

vipCazzy (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Overall, everything was very well done for our party of seven. The only minor problem we had was a delay in our food since three large parties put in their orders at the same time. Waitress was very good and the food was also very good.

vipedwardb (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Grayson is the best waiter in Sarasota. His recommendations were outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

E xcellent food and service. I recommend it highly.

DeniseD (Naples)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Well served meal, excellent cuisine and extremely accommodating service. The ambiance was high end - suited to the well heeled crowd. I enjoyed the evening!

Jonnie (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

There was a BIG rain storm as we were leaving and the hostess gave us two umbrella to use to go to a show. We returned them and we pleased that they would do that. We have been there several times and each time it has been outstanding. We will be back.

ccinsrq (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Two ladies got together for very belated birthday celebrations.
We both had burgers. Simple but very delicious. Service was just right,
not overwhelming or under-efficient.

Bill (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

We dined at Bijou Cafe for our anniversary upon the recommendation of a friend that lives in Sarasota. The food, service and atmosphere were first rate. Definitely a place to which we will return. We had the grouper special, which was excellent although a little pricey.

PamW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Food and presentation was excellent, as was the service and atmosphere. Excellent wine list.

Bara2 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

I always enjoy any meal that I have at the Bijou. Brunch, lunch or dinner, it's always delicious and perfectly served in a lovely atmosphere that's conducive to quiet conversation.

MichaelB (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

The Bijou comes with a sterling reputation, which appears semi-deserved. We went on a Friday, for a romantic dinner. It was during one of the annual boat race parades/street fairs, so the place was relatively empty. The service was spotty despite the few patrons, some food came out very late (a third course, of sides), nice paintings but little ambience. Some of the food was inspired, such as the sampler of crab bisque. Some, like the sampler vichyssoise, was merely cold potato soup. Beet salad pretty and tasty but unevenly prepared (there was certainly sufficient time to even out the slices of beets, from a professional kitchen). The grits were dry and overcooked, somewhat surprising. Escargot good, chef seemed to have forgotten the Pernod, though. Overall an overpriced disappointment; though the food was pretty good, on balance we were expecting a more premium experience. The staff seemed somewhat preoccupied, both front and back of house, and as a patron that ought not ever be noticed. The restaurant is busy most nights, so I've heard, thus this review is probably a waste of my time and yours, just our experience-- it ain't the French Laundry, nor Chez Panisse, more on the Chart House level without the view.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

The bisque was incredibly rich, and flavorful. The beef ragout was equally enjoyable. My favorite was the dessert. Save room for the indulgence. The after-meal cappuccino came with a sugar crystal stick was was rather novel, but the cappuccino itself was rather lackluster.

vipWaynesvilleWanderer (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

I had been to Bijou many times before but never for lunch. What a pleasant surprise that it was so much more than I expected! Portions were generous and the service good. Not as many people for lunch so it was quiet and easy to converse at our table. It is now one of my favorites for lunch and dinner!

Fifi (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Bijou has been our favorite for 5 years. We moved here 4 days ago. My duck was over-cooked, too heavy, and I could not eat it. Very disappointed on our first dinner as Sarasota residents. Beet salad excellent, dessert good, ambiance nice. Hope for some communication from management. 910-228-3862.

vipTHOMAS (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

We had a wonderful meal; the service was outstanding...friendly, amusing, and professional. Look forward to dining there again.

foodfan (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

We enjoyed our first visit to the Bijou. the food was very good and the service excellent though I feel the decor a bit "tired".

GOLFER5 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Good for special occasions--rather expensive for every night dining!!!!!

Joanie (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

Went for savor sarasota. Steak Was gristly with fries. 29 dollarstoomuch......

lala (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

We love Bijou! The food is always delicious and the service impeccable. It is our favorite restaurant in Sarasota! Consistently great!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

We had another great experience at Bijou. We were seated promptly and were promptly greeted. The wine list has changed with many new selections. The prices were actually less expensive. The menu has changed a bit. However, the great signature dishes have survived. Our server Grayson, once again proved to be knowledgeable and engaging. Our experience is that he always makes a good night better. We have returned up North and will be looking forward to coming back to Bijou in the fall.

carole (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Lovely restaurant. Was there for the $29 special. There was 3 of us. I was the only one not real happy. My salmon was on the dry side. So if you order itask for rare.

JackW (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Went to dine with two good friends, and enjoyed a most pleasant experience. The ambience was very pleasant, the service swift and quite friendly, and the food uniformly quite good. All in all, very nice, and we will not hesitate to return in the near future.

JanE (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Service was good, not hurried. Food was great in taste and very satisfactory in all respects. Drinks are generous with a great selection.

Sueffla (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

I've eaten at the Bijou Cafe for more than 20 years and have never been disappointed. Everything was wonderful.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Simply one of the finest restaurants in the Sarasota area, which has some really excellent offerings.

vipeatout (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2016

BIJOU is a Sarasota tradition: very good food, very good service. Very consistent - does not change much but that is just fine because the visits to Bijou are always [pleasant experiences.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

The savor Sarasota menu was just as excellent as the choices they offer on their regular menus. The service was impeccable and the wine list offered many reasonable choices.

vipsrq2 (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

quantity - large
quality - mediocre
best part of entire meal was crème brulee

Waitress was very pleasant

vipjoy42 (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

This is a place locals go to for a great dinner and good service. Some of the wait staff have been there for over 10 years. Food is always fresh, and consistently good. Always recomond the Bijou to visitors.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on June 1, 2016

Our favorite Sarasota Restaurant. WE bring our children and grandchildren here for special occasions. Food, ambiance and service superb. Never disappoints.