Bizou Brasserie

3.8
377 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Bizou is located inside the Le Meridien Hotel in Downtown Tampa. Bizou serves signature Contemporary American food with a cajun twist, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Bizou offers the winning combination of superior cuisine, premium hand crafted cocktails, unparalleled atmosphere and first-rate service.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(813) 227-9555
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cody Dwyer
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Twiggs St.
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Parking details
Valet Available through Hotel entrance
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 377 People Are Saying
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3.8
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4.2
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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

Birthday— friends get together. Restaurant was very empty, service was poor. Food was cold by the time we got it. It was a shame— we had heard great things but left disappointed.

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DJ
Savannah
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanksgiving.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food came out cool - felt like preparation was more suited for a wedding and not dinner. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived for our reservation. The highlight were the drinks - which is something you can imbibe in without the underwhelming food.

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I wouldn’t go back to this place. A waste of time and money. Everything from the mgmt to the food was awful.

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M
Chicago
162 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Pros: delicious burger + fries, the cheeseboard is immaculate (and serves 4 ppl), good wine selection, convenient if stay at hotel
Cons: service was slow, bar was somewhat vibrant but restaurant was not

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UF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious avocado toast and egg whites! I ordered a peppermint mocha and it was to die for.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was not that tasty. I had the strawberry field salad, but the dressing didn’t pair great with the salad and very limited strawberries in the salad.
Also ordered the zucchini ribbons which are about 1/10 of a centimeter wide of actual zuchinni and then disproportionately smothered in fried batter that was overly salty.
Also ordered the salmon entree since they were out of the salmon appetizer and the portion of the entree maybe the size of a half of a hand, but it tasted fine, nothing special.

Additionally the waiter offered to cover the first round of drinks since we were celebrating a birthday (3 of us). Then at the end of our meal he said he couldn’t find his manager to comp the drinks so he offered us a free dessert instead. To me, this was unprofessional. So we asked him to go look for his manager again. Then he came back and said he found the manager and can only comp one drink. Again, not entirely professional.

Otherwise, the ambiance was great. It looks classy and it stayed pretty quiet.

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OT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This is our 4th or 5th trip to this restaurant. Food is mediocre. Service was slow and slightly inattentive. The restaurant staff are oddly dressed no real uniform some look like kitchen staff serving tables others looked like they were ready to work at the front desk of the hotel. Very inconsistent. The wait to order was a bit long. Omelettes were dry, toast cold, extra small portion of breakfast potatoes and missing toast for one of our meals. Manager offered a muffin “to go” as a replacement. Over all we were disappointed and after paying $60 for brunch with no alcohol we probably won’t be back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the live music was great

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JK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The good: the flank steak was perfect! And the three pepper sauce was the perfect complement.

The bed: spinach ravioli was no better than any chain “Italian” restaurant.

The ugly: the service! Our waiter, Larry, was incredibly condescending and dismissive. There was an extraordinary wait for the food, and even longer for bar service.

The verdict: doubtful I would give them another shot. Too bad, because we liked the menu and the location.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

service was very slow. Food was mediocre, slow to refill drinks and then messed up on the check.

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CF
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Establishment within the Le Meridien is beautiful. Service was great and attentive, but the food is another topic. Flavors were good, but food came out room temperature. Being we were literally the only ones in the restaurant at the time, I would have expected better. The bar was great after dinner for a drink, coffee and dessert.

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Considering the price and the fact that it is a La Meridien hotel I would expect better quality food. I was there for breakfast and two of us ordered omelets with a side of bacon. The eggs were dry and the bacon was like beef jerky.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place has potential but..... service was not good. At noon there were 4 tables. They need some help

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really neat knowing the building itself was a Federal Courthouse. The lay out of the restaurant was well done. The décor was great. The food was quite good; everyone in the group enjoyed their dish. I believe you get what you pay for at this establishment. I look forward to my next visit here.

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T
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restored historical building is a gem in downtown Tampa. The service was excellent - very responsive and friendly. Had the pasta and Brussels sprouts - would order that again! While we didn't visit the bar on this trip, we would recommend it. The physical layout of the bar lends it itself to a sense of connectedness with other patrons. We'll be back.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food, decent service. Bartender was very helpful at getting us something we'd like rather than the most expensive item.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Steaks perfectly cooked!

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MH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a great location. Great food and prices. I drove 1hr to eat there. Server was very attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bizou is located inside the Le Meridien hotel in downtown Tampa. It has a really nice atmosphere and I had a really enjoyable time dining there. The food was delicious and the service was superb!

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L
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Elegant and original looks, great ambience. The food was bland, was not impressed.

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CM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my birthday and I was given my choice of Dessert. It was a special meal and place. The setting was a renovated courtroom and my best friend, Les, is a retired attorney who recalled when the building was a court house.

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G
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It would have been nice to know that the restaurant was being renovated and they were in a temporary bar downstairs. I would have come at a different date.

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Enjoyed the atmosphere. We had drinks at the bar first and then had dinner. Made reservations for dinner after being at the Straz.

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SC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff was very attentive (great job Larry) and the food was very good. The bar staff was very knowledgeable and the drinks were consistent. Couple the staff with the unique decor of the old court house and the great menu offerings; Bizou becomes a "must try" for anyone dining in Tampa.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so amazing and affordable. I love the style of the restaurant and bar. Music was a perfect pairing with the setting. Our server Anna was the best!!!

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was less than mediocre. The menu changed from being unique and innovative to just regular food that you can get anywhere. My husband had the prime rib- which he said was just okay.. and I had the lobster ravioli- it was cold. It is disappointing to see such a cool spot be so bland. It was also dead- no vibe at all. If you are looking for a quiet place to eat- then it will do. The bar area was very quiet. If you are a foodie and someone who enjoys a good fun atmosphere, don’t bother!

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was absolutely horrible. Would not recommend if you are willing to spend good money on average food. We waited nearly an hour for our food between the starter and entree, and the waiter avoided the table. At high dining time the restaurant wasn’t even full, so there was no excuse on the poor quality. At the end of the meal he apologized for our wait and had the nerve to blame it on the kitchen staff. Regardless, attentiveness is key to good service. You should never have to ask a hostess to fill your water after 30 minutes because the waiter is MIA attending to other tables.If you like attentive service, do not go here. In addition, it was clear from the audible conversation between management and the server that our food had been missing. A competent manager would have at least checked on the table.

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W
Tampa
57 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took advantage of the $30 three course meal offered during Tampa Bay Restaurant Week. Excellent food and service in this hip hotel in converted courthouse.

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EL
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My steak was cooked to perfection! I wish they had bigger portions of vegetables!

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SG
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Early father's day breakfast. Yummy...needed mimosas

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Live music was a bit too loud for us but liked it overall.

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OT
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and the atmosphere was relaxing

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N
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. There was nobody in the restaurant upon arrival and yet it took over an hour to receive our food. One dish didn't show up, and one dish was mixed up with another order.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great building and restaurant!

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast, excellent service and I would definitely eat here again while in Tampa.

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SP
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always . We LOVE Bizou

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RT
Tampa
67 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

As residents of Tampa, we’ve been wanting to try the Bizou restaurant at Le Meridian hotel. Given the reputation of Le Meridian hotels in general, we looked forward to a nice late evening dinner at he hotels primary restaurant.

Wow. What a disappointment. The service was fine. The cocktails were good. But the food was awful. We had fairly simple dishes. The salmon for my wife was more than well done (should have been medium rare to medium),completely over seasoned and over salted. Wasn’t edible and we left it behind. My steak chimichurri was cold, way over cooked - beyond medium which was ordered and more like well done plus plus plus. And room temperature cold. The only good thing was the potatoes accompanying my wife’s salmon. Overall very disappointing experience. With so many options of excellent dining in Tampa, no reason to ever go back. Feel sorry for overnight travelers who end up there just because they are staying there.

We stopped at McDonald’s on way home for a bite since the food was so bad.

In fairness, we did mention our disappointment to the new manager (Eddie I think) upon leaving, but we just wanted to leave. He offered to make our next experience there much better, but I’m not sure it is worth the time. Very disappointing.

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VD
Orange County
103 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Memorial weekend brunch in a historic building is amazing. Breakfast was good but ambiance is what makes restaurant special!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. Had excellent table service. Good portion size. Intimate, cloistered-feeling ambiance. Live music - at a significant-enough distance as to be pleasant and not overpowering. Overall, the experience was outstanding. We'll be going back soon!

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