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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
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (49)
Romantic (46)
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Pre/post Theatre (46)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Great for Lunch (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Notable Wine List (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Business Meals (25)
Cozy (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Authentic (16)
People Watching (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

What a wonderful restaurant! We only had one night in Sarasota on the weekend ( first visit to Sarasota) and picked The Bijou Cafe for dinner. Quiet, comfortable, nicely organized into different smaller rooms and a separate bar. Fab menu and attentive service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service. A memorable evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota.....recommend it highly....food excellent, service superb and environment is just right. Not too quiet so you think the restaurant doesn't have a following and not so noisy that you can't have a conversation....it is just right

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice and relaxed atmosphere. The service and the food we're great.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite in Sarasota! Love the food, the atmosphere, the service. The candelabra when celebrating a birthday is the perfect touch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Atmosphere and service was great but I was disappointed with my vegetarian meal. It was missing an important ingredient from the description (brought to the table after I spoke up). I found the dish to be very bland and overpriced when you considered how much the vegetables would cost in the store.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

Bijou is still one of our favorite Sarasota restaurants, and our latest visit didn't disappoint. The food is first-rate, the preparation commendable and the service attentive and professional. My only gripe is the overhead lights are a bit bright at night - how about turning them down a notch for evening dining?

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, a lovely meal with attentive service in an upscale setting . One of the few treasured conversation friendly restaurants in the Sarasota area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Somewhat disappointing given that we have been coming for many years. Special veal chop was dry and relatively small. Priced at $45 and just too expensive for what it was. Food was tepid at best. May give it one more try.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very average food. Sarasota has many better restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Lovely experience overall. Nicely crafted coctails, great appetizers. Entrees we're on point and a lovely wine by the glass selection.
Will most certainly return.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food and service were good. It was difficult to hear a conversation at our table and the restaurant wasn’t even crowded.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Have been there many times and never disappointed. Food and service always a very good and quiet ambiance is a rare treat these days.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good food in a nice atmosphere. Friendly and competent service. Good value

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is one of our go-to places in downtown Sarasota. Everything about it is outstanding. The menu, the staff, the drinks and the atmosphere are all the best you can find in Sarasota for continental cuisine. We had dinner there with a friend the other night and even though they were slammed by a post theatre crowd some with no reservations, they managed to keep the service level and the food exceptional. We had a great evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wait staff was wonderful great wine menu , we had cocktails then a bottle of wine , we were going to a show and everything was timed just right , wine and food were fantastic ,waiter was great will definitely go back soon !

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fabulous experience. Exceptional service. Reasonable prices. Wonderful wine accompanying my pepper steak. My wife had the shrimp and grits loved it. Recommend the bread pudding desert. Will definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

A lovely space, excellent, friendly staff, unhurried service that gives diners the time to enjoy an excellent meal. The Shrimp and Lobster Bisque was the best I’ve ever had, and the special that included beautiful scallops and a ramekin of lobster mac & cheese...oh, my! Desserts are fabulous as well—if you can save room! We’ll be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved the food and the service. Will definitely eat here again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything about the Bijou Cafe is so special - the food, the ambiance, the service - that you can't help but feel special while you're there. The bisque is legendary, the rack of lamb is perfection, the potatoes are to wonderful, and Grayson, our excellent waiter over the years, is delightful. The Bijou is a superb restaurant for people of any age who enjoy fine dining with a touch of class.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bijou is on of thee top 4/5 restaurants in Sarasota and has been so for years. Excellent menu, service and ambiance. It seems you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Outstanding service by Jennifer. We had a bourbon Manhattan, straight up, that was really delicious. The crab cakes are wonderful as is the duckling. First class operation all the way around.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Couldn’t have been better! Every course was perfect, as was the service.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The appetizers and salad were outstanding. The entrees were less impressive.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our go to place for special occasions. Love the food, the atmosphere and staff. Karen is a great Manager and very accommodating. Love you Bijou!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Bijou Café consistently ranks as one of the top restaurants in Sarasota. We had Christmas Eve dinner and the specials served were outstanding. Service is always attentive, but not pushy. It is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Typically we have a great meal, but service was rushed and food was mixed in quality. Overall disappointing this time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were looking for a venue for a quiet dinner at this busy holiday time. The restaurant was full but our table for 2 was lovely. The shrimp piri-piri was excellent as was the duck. Bijou doesn't disappoint.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I love the Bijou - always good food, pleasant atmosphere, great staff!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I give my husband gift cards for Christmas, his birthday, and my birthday each year. That way I know I'll have a super dinner on those occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Never disappointed at the Bijou Cafe. The food was excellent as was the service and ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 16, 2017

living in Sarasota we have a great many good restaurants and Bijou is right up with the best. It is the perfect place for before or after the theater or just a great night on the town.

The atmosphere is a little dressier than flip flops and shorts but there are no shortage of laid back restaurants that you can lounge in Sarasota. You won't get turned away but Bijou patrons are a little more high end. You may get food and service but this dinning experience might be better enjoyed if you wear something from the far end of your closet. The tables are well spaced so you will not be unintentionally sharing conversations.

Service was just perfect, never had to ask never had to wait and the food was five star. I have been there before an gave a lower review (4.5) but this time. .about a perfect dining experience.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The Bijou is a special restaurant where Sarasotans go for fine dining. It’s the place to see and be seen. White table cloths, fresh flowers, wonderful waiters, delicious food and a lovely ambiance. It’s perfect for a business lunch or a special occasion. They also have private rooms for parties.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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.
Unfortunately I’ve read your restaurant has a poor level of cleanliness. Too bad, i’ll Have to find another near the Opera House.

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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