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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

4.3

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (31)
Romantic (28)
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Quiet Conversation (28)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Great for Lunch (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Cozy (13)
Business Meals (11)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a pleasure. Service and my habitual mussels was very good.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Although the décor needs some updating, the food was fantastic. Seems to be an older crowd that come often which speaks volumes - if you like that environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food and service in nice atmosphere. Dining room a bit crowded and hectic.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Have been a Fan of this restaurant since it opened in the mid 1980s. Have recently amped up our dining out at this level and rediscovered how awesome this venue is in may respects.

This is our go to for any meal out that we would consider special. Have tried numerous menu items and daily specials, all great, but frankly hard to move from the pepper steak and the duck.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have dined here forover thirty years. Though it is expensive we have always felt that the food, the service, and the ambiance make it worth the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My red snapper special was over cooked some. Too dry. My date’s trout was perfect (I sampled it). Moist and tender. I come here every other month before the ballet at the OH. First time my the fish was sub-standard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely restaurant. Great ambience. Wonderful service. My chicken was dry and lacked seasoning. Still, worth a nice experience. Would come again when in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Bijou. There were a few mistakes with our order, but was compensated well. I do have one thing that did bother me. We ordered a very nice bottle of red wine and it was served in glasses that were for chardonnay. Not sure why since the guest next to us were given the correct glasses for their wine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Haven't been there in many years, but it was superb as I remembered it. Lovely atmosphere, without being crowded in and there is at least at attempt at acoustics to keep the din down. It seemed an amazing value compared to our other Sarasota fine dining the following night. Drinks were great and fairly priced and the food seemed very well priced. My only thing might be that the lamb shank had suprisingly no taste of lamb, and could have been beef from the taste. I'm unsure if they do something to get rid of that "lamb taste" that some people don't like, but I love the taste of lamb and I'm just not sure why this didn't taste like it -- however the overall preparation and presentation (with Pappardelle) was superb. The trout was another good choice. Banana bread pudding was amazing. And we asked for a beet salad to share and were convinced they brought us two whole salads as they were separately plated and really very generous servings. Can't imagine one person eating both -- but sure enough there was only one on the bill.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an excellent Thanksgiving dinner last week . They did "Tom" proud with all the fixings. The presentation was creative and the serving size for each item just perfect. Our server took very good care of us from start to finish. It was a wonderful and memorable way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very nice evening will come back great service and food

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We took the family there for Thanksgiving dinner and it was amazing. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was impeccable. I really liked that the restaurant was quiet enough that we could all have a conversation. Totally recommendend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We chose Bijou Cafe to accommodate our vegetarian brother-in-law (several salads and entrees for him), his spouse (likes steaks, not seafood), and us (omnivores, who love seafood). The server was very helpful, and took back the salad my brother-in-law had ordered, because he did not want cheese on it. It was replaced quickly.

Entrees and desserts were good, but relatively expensive. We did get little extras that we enjoyed -- small bites of an appetizer, chocolate bites after dessert.

We came at 7 pm, and there were only a few tables filled. More people came in later -- a rarity for Sarasota!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Clean, pleasant, quiet environment. The food was well prepared but extremely limited vegan menu. The Spaghetti sauce was not Italian gravy but simply cooked cherry tomatoes over angel hair pasta and not what I expected nor what the waiter described.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We went for an early dinner prior to going to the theatre. The room is very pretty, server was friendly and attentive and food was excellent. We would definitely recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Bijou is divided into several smaller rooms, so that diners can enjoy a more intimate setting than if it were one big room. Writing this weeks after our evening there, I can't remember exactly what we ordered, but do remember being very satisfied with the entire experience.

Take it from a foodie, you can't go wrong at Bijou Cafe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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