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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for Birthdays (24)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Romantic (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Cozy (10)
Business Meals (10)
Authentic (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (1)
Vegan (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Savor Sarasota menu was just fair. Selection was very limited. Friends got the duck and huge amounts of stuffing with little amount of duck. I got the grouper with vegetables and thought the fish was good, but veg was just ok and small amount. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota and in the last year or so we noticed the prices increase and the quantity diminish, which makes me unhappy and not want to return. At Rosemary the servings are much larger and much less expensive. At Hyde Park last night the Savor Sarasota menu was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Loved it, we came with our Golden Retrievers, sat outside on the patio and had a wonderful meal, great service, great menu, just top notch, will definitely be back

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 8, 2017

The Bijou was excellent as always. There were 6 in our party and we were seated promptly and the server came over right away for our drink orders. We were on a special dinner event-Savor Sarasota-so had a special menu for a 3 course dinner. All the items were very tasty-especially the crème brulee.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Came to Sarasota for an anniversary celebration. Have been to Bijou Cafe before and are happy to say it is still as delicious as even. Amazing food a definite foodie spot. Go and enjoy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Bijou Cafe is our favorite restaurant in downtown Sarasota. Food is consistently excellent and service is friendly and very professional. The menu is creative. We enjoyed steak and chicken Paillard. Savor Sarasota menu has interesting choices. Love the pistachio gelato for dessert. Always the best experience. Happy hour is special too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We were there to celebrate the birthday of a good friend. The service was excellent. The food was delicious and the atmosphere is always lovely.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Service and dinner meal were great

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Always consistent and fabulous. Daria is the best waitress!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Your service and food are fabulous! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This was next on our list of places to try around the Florida Studio Theater. Our favorite place closed, and we have found some highly rated, pricey places in the area somewhat disappointing. We were pleasantly surprised by the Bijou Cafe. Yes, the decor and menu are not up to the latest trends, but they do what they do very well. We both enjoyed the trio of soups as an appetizer. One of us had the crab cakes and the other that evenings fish special which was a grilled grouper served with quinoa, faro, and a peach cucumber relish. Both were very good. The price on the fish special was a slight sticker shock when the bill came as it was on the upper end of menu prices although there were no super fancy ingredients.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 17, 2017

My husband had the N.Y. strip ... perfectly prepared (larger asparagus could have been peeled at end to prevent "woodiness"). My roast duck with accompanying sauces and fruit stuffing was excellent. I was really pleased with the crispy duck skin ... which is a "must" for me.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good soup and crab cakes. Very good service from Lisa. Great way to celebrate Mothers Day

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Food and service are wonderful. Quiet so that you can carton a conversation

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We had their classic roast duck. It was fabulous. Crispy but moist.
We had their crab cakes. At least as good as those I have had in Maryland.
Large chunks of crab with just enough filler to hold them together.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great dinner

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Service was exceptional, the menu choices were exceptional. Drinks were reasonable , and
Desert was excellent.
Our server Lisa was terrific. Been dining at Bijou for 17 years. It is the place to go for evening dining.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was just okay for main course. Chicken was over cooked. Highlight was the shrimp appetizer. Very good. S

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I have been coming there for years and brought a friend who had never been! Excellent food and service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent duck with cherry sauce.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food, wonderful atmosphere where one can converse without shouting across the table, service always impeccable. Great, great place anytime of day.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The Bijou Cafe has always been perfect; great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great time. Food prepared well. Service was excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent assistance from server in selecting and organizing meal choices. Very tasty and original dishes served in an unhurried manner conducive to good conversation and appreciation of the wine and cuisine. Appreciated a quieter environment with good ambience. Restaurant is well located close to major hotels.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

First time to Bijou Cafe...attentive service, pleasant decor, and very good food...really enjoyed my New York strip steak...cooked perfectly...would definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were here on a busy pre-ballet., pre-theater, and pre-prom night. The service was professional, friendly and prompt. The quieter atmosphere invites conversation. It is pricey, so best utilized for a special occasion. We would come here again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great night with three other couples
Server was excellent
Knew the food well
Good value wine recommendation

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 27, 2017

A nice evening meal with friends, compromised by a very noisy table next to ours ( a rarity at the Bijou) and one of our entrees, a chicken dish which was tough and overcooked, also a rarity for the Bijou. Still a favorite and will get better as the busy season diminishes.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Can always count on The Bijou for a pleasant evening-
great meal, great service and a noise level conducive to conversation

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great evening. Great food. Wonderful ambiance. I look forward to going again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We were warmly welcomed and escorted to a cozy table by a window. Service was excellent. Well informed staff made good recommendations. Trout was perfectly prepared. Veal chop almost too much to eat! For dessert be sure to order indulgence trio.
Probably fifth time dining here and it's always a great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fantastic experience. Best lamb shanks I've ever had!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Naples)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Always a great choice for good food and service, and for location near theater and opera venues.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on April 22, 2017

A Sarasota mainstay, always excellent food, great service and a very comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Stopped in for a nice dinner with my daughter on a Friday evening. The restaurant and our meal hit the spot. All the food we had was very good, including both the excellent beet citrus salad and the perfectly cooked fresh fish of the day. This restaurant will definitely be on our list of recommendations to others and our list of places to return to when we're back in the area.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 20, 2017

As always, it's a treat to dine at the Bijou; our waitperson, Jamie, was attentive, friendly and accommodating. The good was superior. We look forward to our next visit,

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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Restaurant was excellent, as usual. Only issue was that they attempted to locate us next to the kitchen which was unacceptable. In fairness to Bijou, this may have been Open Tables' fault. We were given a different table.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Great little spot in a nice location. Wonderful meal and great service.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Our server Lisa was amazing! She answered all of our questions, gave perfect descriptions of certain dishes, very courteous and professional. She made our dining a wonderful experience.
We look forward to returning and having her serve us again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 16, 2017

It was Easter. My wife and I went. I ordered lamb chops and my wife had a chicken dish.
It was busy but not packed. In addition we had lobster bisque. The soup was XLT. We waited a long time and the lamb came cold and the chicken came burnt. We refused the dishes. And offered to pay for the soup and the wine. The owner came and apologized. she refused to accept payment for the Soup and the wine. she assured us this is not who they are and pleaded with us to try them again.
We will try them again.

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