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Bijou Cafe

4.6
672 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother’s Day May 13th at the Bijou Café. On her special day your Mom deserves the finest dinner in town. Reserve now at the Bijou Café, a Mother’s Day tradition in Sarasota since 1986! Special Chef’s Menu as well as our full award winning dinner menu from 4 -8pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 672 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our special occasion restaurant! Anniversary, birthdays, guests from out of town, family visiting! Probably there every few weeks. Have loved going to the Bojou Cafe for 12 to 15 years, at least.

Consistently delicious food and served by experienced people. So many new restaurants are built to be very noisy. We were told so that it would sound as if everyone is having fun! When you cannot hear your guests and even the wait staff has to bend down to hear us order our food,
this is not fun for anyone. Thank goodness for the Bijou Cafe!!!

DorothyG

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Very noisy, as it was an Opera Night & quite crowded.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Bijou has always been one of my three favorite restaurants. The food is consistent and delicious and the service exemplary. However, I usually order bottled water but for some reason at my last visit i didn't and took a sip of the water and remembered why I normally do. Sarasota water is horrible but many places have used filters and have managed to eliminate the bad taste. Bijou has not which is surprising for such a high-end restaurant. Warning, order bottled water.

One disappointment...for some reason, according to Bijou, Open Table over-booked the time I made my reservation. The restaurant called me and I was asked if I minded changing it from 6:30 to 7:00. My party was willing to do so and we did - then we waited another 15 minutes for our table. Quite frankly, i expected something to be comped for the inconvenience this time mix-up caused us. Surprisingly, nothing was.

Don't let these comments deter you from coming. It is one of the best restaurants in town.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

We are in Sarasota for the month and, as with previous visits, had dinner at the Bijou. As always, we had an enjoyable evening with very good food, excellent service, and very enjoyable atmosphere. We highly recommend the Bijou, and we hope to be back in the not-too-distant future.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Solid place to go and have an upscale dinner. Pleasant ambience and service was good

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Food is always dependable and presented well. Great wait staff! Atmosphere is comfortable and MOST people dress a little nicer for dinner.... a lost art these days! It is nice to see a clientele that doesn’t look like it just came from the beach! Nice wine selection.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were warmly welcomed, had a relatively new waiter, who introduced himself, checked on our table often and was a professional, fun addition to the wait staff we are already familiar with. Meal was delicious, drinks were generous and a very fun night was had by all!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We celebrated a 75th family birthday. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and experience. They prepared a special birthday after dinner chocolate truffle platter for us. A. Nice surprise for the “birthday boy”!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

This was our second visit within a couple months with relatives. We can always say great things about this place. The only thing is that the Opera usually in season will perform at 7:30, so we suggest that for regular dining you should not make reservations before 7:00, maybe even 7;15-7:30 would be better. Otherwise you might have a long wait.=Service is always great.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We loved the food and our table but the bar was so loud and crowded that you couldn't enjoy it.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We should never have gone for a night out on Opera night downtown. We didn't know this. The place was mobbed. Had to wait 40 min for a table with a reservation. Food was good but over priced. Darling place that I think would be a lovely spot for lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Good quality food at moderate prices. Convenient for downtown activities. Nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food and service is first class Karen is the best hostess in Sarasota and Grayson is the best waiter in Sarasota .

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

At $40 a plate for the “special” grouper, I will not return for dinner prior to the opera. The
Fish was way over-cooked and a carrot strip
as a veg is unacceptable. No salad, etc was
Offered.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The Bijou Cafe is our go to restaurant for special celebrations. We recently celebrated our anniversary there and my wife and I both had the filet mignon cooked as a pepper steak. It is about the best tasting steak you can get in Sarasota. We also enjoyed splitting a dish of the potatoes dauphinoise. We were served complimentary samples of dessert along with a special happy anniversary dish of truffles. This restaurant has been about the best in Sarasota since the proprietor converted it years ago from an old Gulf gas station across from the Opera House. Not many people remember that. All in all, you can't go wrong with drinks and a delicious meal at The Bijou Cafe.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

In all the years that we have dined here, I have had exceptional food and service every time!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

My sister and I enjoyed a very pleasant dinner before the opera on Tuesday evening, 6 March. Staff was helpful in facilitating service so that we could finish early enough to attend the pre-opera gathering. Food was quite good and nicely served.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We told server we had theater tickets, and appreciate that dinner was served promptly but not rushed. Excellent meal, as always --- good choices really well-prepared.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Bijou Cafe is a local restaurant who’s food is always dependable, you know it will be good. We usually go on weekends as husband loves the vichyssoise, orders one and brings one home. Love the Bijou.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

What a special spot. It was our first time dining there, but we felt right at home.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The waitress had a cookie-cutter impersonal demeanor, taking charge and dictating how she was going to serve us instead of letting us choose.
We made reservations 2 weeks in advance for a special Birthday, confirmed the reservation the day of in person over the phone and were given a not that desirable , off prime small table in the area we requested. We were on time. Not a great experience.

The game Pate appetizer was mediocre and a bit watery.
Their famous pommes gratin were hopelessly over cooked and had the constituency of a cheese fondue. Terrible and embarrassing for what I’ve come to know how this dish should be, I’ve eaten it there many times.
Our entrees were acceptable and we decided to not complain as to not taint our special celebration.
We won’t be back anytime soon, after many great meals over the years.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Charming venue with excellent service. Best duck outside of Prague. Delicious escargot, tuna tartare, creme brûlée , chocolate mousse. Can’t wait to go back for the lamb chops

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food and service were top-notch.
Our server, Eileen, was so sweet and helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always have a wonderful pre-opera dinner

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The restaurant delivered its usual good service, food quality, cocktails and timeliness to be on time for the curtain at the Opera! Bravo!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

A wonderful staff,... enjoyable time, great service and tasty meals

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Greeted with a friendly smile as soon as we walked in the door. Our server was pleasant and attentive. I had a delicious French martini and my husband had a glass of Pinot Noir. Our entree choices were a filet and a pepper steak with sides of grilled asparagus and scalloped potatoes (can't remember the proper French name used for the potato dish). Both our steaks were cooked perfectly. The asparagus had a perfect crunch and the potatoes, wonderful - recommend that you get this side dish to compliment your meal.
I had creme brulee for dessert and my husband, salted caramel gelato. They both were excellent!! It was a good thing that we had to walk several blocks to get back to our hotel to work off some of our calories .

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

As usual my husband and I had lunch on Tuesday afternoon. I had the crabcakes which I absolutely love and a glass of the house cabernet and my husband had the soup of the day and the shrimp sandwich wih avocado and a glass of cabernet . We always love coming here. You have valet parking and great food and great service. Another wonderful lunch at the Bijou.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

As always The Bijou never disappoints..
After 30 years of dining there, the ambiance, food and service are still 5 Star.
Thank you for another wonderful experience!!
Kerry and LuAnne Kirschner

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I love to go to the Bijou every year on my birthday. The lunch special is just that - very delicious. Never disappointed.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We all love this place. But very disappointed with our last visit. My filet was incredibly undercooked. Our friends lamb was the same. Service was very rushed initially then hard to get her to return. Finally, the bathrooms were a mess with clogged toilets. Must have a been a horrible night for a usually great place.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We love this restaurants!,the food is always delicious. We will gomagain

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food was very salty
Even mentioned it to waitress,
Soup too salty
Veal too salty
Have been here many times, worst meal we have had
Blame kitchen!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food excellent in general. Major criticism is there. Was TOO MUCH OIL in the piri piri shrimp, which has a wonderful flavor which would still be there with less oil.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had not been to Cafe Bijoi in years. Thought it was old fashioned And kind of fuddy duddy.
This experience was quite nice!
Food delicious ( trout, Tuna, lamp chops, formed salad split for two-very nice, shrimp lobster bisque).
Needs a little updating in decor.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We went for my stepmother's birthday and she loved it. The food was delicious and the service could not have been better.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

As always, the Bijou Cafe is excellent. The food was wonderful, as always. Our server was very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. This is an outstanding downtown Sarasota restaurant and has been so for many years.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

First time and we like very much

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary. Staff was very attentive. Food and wine were very good.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Always top notch, from the food, to the service - with the timing of the generous courses to be enjoyed leisurely but not too slow- an excellent meal!

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