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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
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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 (29)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for a Date (23)
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Fit for Foodies (22)
Romantic (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

All agreed food was good, but several dishes were overly salty. Several diners have issues with high blood pressure.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a reserveration 2 weeks prior to this date. This person said this is your Table, it’s this or out side. This was a awful table for two we were 4. In an aisle. Service was good not adequate. Have dined there before, however will never do it again.
There no redeeming feature except that is near the opera house.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Bijou Cafe is across the street from the opera and many of the theaters so many people go before the shows. The food is consistent and good. The service is excellent. Even though it appeared the resturant was packed we were able to get our food and had plenty of time to enjoy it before our evening show.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

My hamburger was more done rather than medium rare. Disappointing

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had not been in awhile and a few menu favorites were absent but the food did not disappoint,

Nor did our server Elena. Extremely friendly Elena was charming and professional as well as spot on with menu recommendations.
And always a must, the crime brûlée to top off a special evening,

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Three out of the four dinners were top notch.
The one NY Steak had about one-third gristle and was a much thinner cut than the other NY
Steak that was ordered. Had the gentleman spoken up immediately it would have been sent
back. Since he was a guest he didn't feel right about complaining. It was his first time at the
Bijou. He was offered a drink and dessert.

Whoever is cutting the steaks needs a refresher course. That steak should have been ground up
for hash.
We will be back, because I always speak up. The other three dinner were excellent.
Eileen Hassel

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding. Excellent Caesar salad. Grouper delicious. Lamb chops delectable. Dessert fantastic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

While in town we searched for a nice restaurant to celebrate my husband’s birthday and came across Bijou Cafe. It was such a pleasant evening; great service, food, ambiance. Fran was our primary server and helped us choose between various dishes as so many sounded amazing. The two we landed on were delicious. My husband had the duck and loved it! We’re in the area a few times per year and would definitely return to this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful place- my favorite restaurant in town. Personal attention, great food, amazing lobster soup!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Bijou Cafe has always been known for very very good food and service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is consistently good. The spicy tuna tartare was amazing with just the right amount of heat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Absolutely a great find. It is our special place to dine.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The Bijou Cafe is a Sarasota classic. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is quiet elegance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent service in comfortable dining room.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We ate in the bar and it was nice and quiet for our wedding anniversary. I had the special Grouper and it was excellent, my wife had the trout which she also said was good.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

It was our first time and we all enjoyed! My husband and my friend each said the NY Sirloin was the best they have had in Fl. I really enjoyed the Carolina Trout. We will go back for special occasions for sure. The hostess gave us a lovely tour and recommended happy hour as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great drinks, food, ambiance and service! The restaurant continues to be consistent in all these areas!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great value, food and service. All round excellent experience.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was not as good as it used to be

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were very please with the service and the food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food. Second time for us and we still loved it. Great value price fixed menue.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Bijou is the best restaurant in Sarasota. We had a 3 course fixed priced dinner Friday evening and it was fantastic. The escargot was perfectly prepared. The main course choices were all excellent - we had the trout which was very delicious. The gelato was so so so good! We had an outdoor table and it was a beautiful evening.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Disappointed

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food and service
Highly recommend
Celebrating 75th birthday
Wattress was pleasant and attentive

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 10, 2017

As always, the Bijou Cafe was perfect for a lunch to catch up with a friend. Great food, friendly service, and relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went for an early dinner before a show across the street at the Opera House and it was very good. It usually is.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Beautiful presentation but the mussels had been pre cooked and reheated so they had shriveled to almost nothing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent food....Excellent service....and a Chef who knows his craft!! Innovative menu and comfortable surroundings. Highly recommend the Prix Fixe option available for a limited time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Have eaten here often and always good. Today had the mussels. Disappointed. Tiniest mussels ever had. Did not care for the very thick fries either. Only ate one or two. Service was excellent. Beautiful room.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Wonderful food, service and venue. We will definitely return to this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were not aware there were "other dining room" options. We would have preferred a quieter, more intimate dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We met my brother and wife who are from Naples and they were impressed with the venue and food. All our meals were excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Bijou has the best rack of lamb in the country. Their dauphanouse potato’s are also the best. Not cheap but worth the price.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Bijou was excellent as always! Definitely a must for a special occasion! Staff is attentive without being too aggressive!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Consistently good food. The duck is as good as one can get anywhere. It is not a swinging venue. Sophisticated and reserved is the atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great, but too cold in dining room. Thanks to waiter who turned off fans by our table

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent dinner, wonderful service. We enjoyed celebrating our 60th anniversary at the Bijou.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Always a pleasure. The food is terrific. The martinis are generous! Greyson our waiter was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

The Bijou is The Only timeless classic in Downtown Sarasota !
Alwayx reliably 5 Star

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a favorite of ours, I had the escargots and they were the biggest and best I have ever had. The duck breast was OK but I guess I like crispy duck better. Jennifer was our server and she was outstanding from serving the cocktails to suggested that we share a glass of wine with dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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