Bizou Brasserie

4.2
437 reviews
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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.
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DR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the black shirts and white suspenders! Can’t wait to come back and try more Appitizers. Building is beautiful. It’s just fun.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to chill or even take a date. Unique atmosphere with excellent service and exquisite food.

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AT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We chose Bizou Brasserie for our pre-theater dining because we were excited to see how they had converted the old courthouse. The space was worth seeing.

The food was enjoyable but not worth going back for. It was a strange mix of hotel prices and quality and deluxe dining.

We started with drinks at the bar which were watered down.

At our table we ordered the goat cheese app which was good. The bizou and downtown burgers were very flavorful and extremely well cooked but could have used acid in the way of lettuce and tomato to really make them sing.

The side salads were a bit of a joke. A bowl full of mixed lettuce topped with dressing. Though the burger upcharge for a side salad is $1 for entrees it is $4 and to buy it on its own is $6. I would have been incredibly upset if I had spent more than a dollar for that.

Additionally, the $6 side of bacon Brussels sprouts came out in a small ramekin that consisted of two sprouts cut in half for a total of four small bites. Not worth the extra cost.

The biggest disappointment were the desserts. Whomever wrote the descriptions on the menu deserves a raise. The apple crisp and pecan tart sounded so unique that we had to try them. Being from New England, we’ve had a lot of Apple Crisp and this was very much just ok. It was just a traditional crisp with a less than crisp topping and the flavor was a bit off. The bourbon ice cream also tasted off.

The pecan tart was just simply pecan pie. Again, it was fine, but the description made it sound unique.

Overall, the experience was fine, and the building is really neat to see.

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TQ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was amazing. We did not care for the charteriu board, and they actually took it off the bill. Very impressed I highly suggest the burger!

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T
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I selected this location as I love the idea of this being a former courthouse. It's pretty inside, although I wish there were more of the original inside architecture from the courthouse; outside of the bathroom. When I arrived, it took a while for the waiter to even take my drink order; a bit disappointing. The noise level was low, so I appreciated that aspect for sure. You could have a conversation without trying to hear what the other person is saying without leaning over; great feature. Highly recommend the Bumble Berry Sangria cocktail.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time customer and found everything very good. Was early for reservation and was to be seated in a more crowded area although other areas were empty (told reserved). However, host was very accommodating and quickly cleaned off another table so we weren't on top of others. Started at the bar with a nice variety of unique cocktails. Would recommend and return.

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AL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice hotel bar/restaurant. The food seemed to take a long time to come out given that the restaurant was not crowded when we dined. But, the food was tasty and this was a convenient spot downtown before going to a show at the Straz.

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The place is beautiful and ambience is superb. I like the quietness so we don't have to yell to hear each other. The dishes are very good. My son who's allergic to so many foods had a mountain of house salad that he finished down to the last piece of vegetable. The waiter could have been more personable, but he's okay.

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DH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Lamb, Ravioli and Burger were all wonderful and enjoyed by the guests. the Snapper was not good and I would not recommend it. The fish was old and flavorless. everything else about the dinners was Excellent.

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C
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good, we enjoyed our meals which included the Chopped Salad, Salmon, and Stuffed Chicken. There were times service was a little slow. It wasn’t enough to adversely affect the evening, but it was enough to notice.

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PM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went to Bizou before a show at the Straz. Had a reservation and were seated right away. Our waiter wasn’t the best honestly, nice enough but not very attentive. The food was good and the ambiance of the old building was nice. The food was good, we had the Bizou burger.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great service

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S
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tenderloin was good. Burger was over cooked.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was the most pessimistic, sloppy and rude person I have ever had. But the atmosphere was cool and the food was wonderful!!!! I would go back but request not to sit in Larry’s section!

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NN
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow to start but good once started. Food was quite good. Nicely presented and right-sized house salad. Bizou burger was really tasty and is recommended. To be avoided is the Brussel sprouts side-just wet,soggy sprouts. Overall was very good, but nothing special.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

One out of four dishes was good. The pork shank was delicious. The burger, sirloin, and filet were just terrible. The burger in particular looked like it had just been defrosted and stuck in a microwave. Really disappointing. Also, the wait staff was actively fighting with each other over who would get our table. Nuts.

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SR
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I would not go again! Brussels sprouts were awful - definitely not roasted. First they brought them just dipped in water, then overboiled. Asparagus came with just 3 pieces. Tenderloin skewers were all but tender. I also didn’t know you can mess up that much French fries.

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LC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very pleasant early dinner before going to the theater. The food was good and not expensive.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Our server was basically non-existent. It took forever for anyone to come to our table, and once we ordered she never came back to check on us at all. I ordered a glass of champagne when we sat down and they forgot to bring it...i finally got it half way through my new (after i reminded them) and it was warm. There were three of us, we ordered entrees only very quickly because 1) we had to get to a show and 2) i could tell quickly service was going to be questionable - and our new took nearly two hours. No appetizers and no dessert.

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EV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Mediocre food served at room temp and uncooked chicken 😔

We were excited to try dinner here and left quite disappointed. We were sat at 6:00pm for dinner in plenty of time to make it to the nearby theatre to see Hamilton. We are a family of four.

The venue is very cool and the live music was wonderful. Our server was very nice and attentive. That’s where the good stuff ends though.

My husband ordered fish and I ordered salmon. Both were good. My older son ordered the flank steak and my younger son ordered chicken from the children’s menu. Every single one of the sides for ALL of our meals was lukewarm. The mashed potatoes were dry and barely warm. Asparagus was room temp. We didn’t send them back because we wanted to be sure to get to Hamilton on time. But then we discovered the fried chicken served to my younger son was NOT fully cooked. Parts were raw. We sent it back. They did offer us a free dessert. That was nice.

Sadly we won’t be back. That meal was such a let down on so many levels. We don’t complain generally so it takes a lot for me to write this. But really, it was a waste of time and money.

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d
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance. Croutons were stale but salad was otherwise fine. My salmon sandwich for lunch, done medium rare, was delicious.

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CW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Unique atmosphere but noisy. Loved the building. Not busy for Sunday brunch yet staff not responsive. Sup par hotel food . Bloody Mary super spicy had to get another server to take it back. It was not explained it was made with chili vodka! My eggs benedict - came out on UNtoasted English muffin. One of the two eggs NOT runny & no hollandaise sauce! Server brought out some runny tasteless sauce. They took my eggs off the tab. Will not go back.

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p
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The only problem and for me is the worst problem ever was the service. I had to tell our waitress everything. Get us water, get us coffee spoons, etc. Aside from that food, ambience and location. Really good. I will probably go back. But if I see the same server I’m gone

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JV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. All of our meals were perfectly cooked and were delicious.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I made a reservation at 7:50am for a table at 6:15pm. When I came in there were several open tables, some with reserved signs others not. I was seated at a 2 top directly next to the restroom (no reserved sign) with a wonderful view of a coffee bar with a dirty floor. Also they were already out of brussel sprouts. Eventually we were moved to a large round table in the back corner. Food was mediocre. Volume was loud. Our server was great, but we will not be back.

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RS
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior ambience and service

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TB
Tampa
94 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy lunch at Bizou a few times a year; as many reviewers have noted, the building that the restaurant and hotel occupy is the Old Courthouse, and yes, they did a very nice job retaining many of the classical elements of style while updating it.

On this visit, my wife enjoyed the classic burger with cheddar. They really do make an awesome, unctuous burger. Hands down in the top 5 we've had. But be forewarned - it is pricey at $15; however, first - the quality of the meat is outstanding, and second, the atmosphere is definitely upscale-casual. Excellent spot for a business lunch (especially if someone else is paying!!).

I had the steak and cheese flatbread (for the first time). It was off-the-chain good!! I like my flatbreads crispy (last one I had here was too doughy), but they happily obliged my request to make it a little crispier - I recommend asking for that so that the flatbread holds up to the carmelized onions, tender steak, and fontina cheese. I also asked for a little extra horseradish cream on the side - which was a good choice. At $17, it is (again) pricey, but the ingredients were very fresh, the beef was of high quality (tender, no gristle).

Service was punctual and friendly.

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MS
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tremendously convenient place for dinner before a show at Amalie Arena. Food was lovely and service great - especially when I left my credit card behind! Balsamic Asparagus, a nice salad and a different twist on brussel sprouts. Asked for a quiet corner and it was provided and maintained. Really appreciate the care.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cool place for dinner and drinks. A bit of history with some modern features.

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had dinner reservations with my son who was celebrating his 20th birthday and we were about 30 minutes late but they were great about accommodating us as we had tickets to see a show at The Straz that evening. Great service, food, wine and ambiance! They have valet parking for dining guests for only $5. I highly recommend this place for just about any event! Loved it and plan to return soon!

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e
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, terrific service and delicious food!!

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AL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food, delightful experience that does not disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

We had a very early reservation (5pm) because we were heading to a show at 7. We were the first ones in the dining room. It took 2 hostesses and a manager 2+ minutes to find where to put us in the empty dining room after staring at an iPad and whispering. I had made a reservation months prior and had confirmed. There was a manager with short blond hair that totally stressed us out. She would pace the dining room and run around like a chicken with her head cut off the entire time. She was in and out like it was New Years Eve and they had a line out the door. Totally ruined the nice calm atmosphere it could’ve been. At one point the same manager in nice clothes was carting a rack of glasses through the dining room when there were servers standing around. I get helping out if you’re swamped but this was excessive in a 1/4 filled dining room. We ended up ordering 3 of the small plates. Zucchini ribbons were the best thing. Stroganoff meatballs were under seasoned and dry. Just a bit more sauce and salt would have made them much better. Also, it was “wild mushroom” stroganoff and it was as wild as a baby portobello. The cheese and charcuterie platter was okay. it was salami, speck or some type of Spanish ham, and a few chorizo type pieces with a cheddar that was decent and an outstanding blueberry goat cheese. No description was given so I’m guessing. All in all good but they must be put together in advanced and crackers are placed on the board and they were soggy. For $23 I don’t want soggy crackers. Our server along with her support staff was attentive. The bartenders were the true standout gems of this place. Unique and delicious craft cocktails. Next time, I’d definitely have a cocktail then move on for dinner.

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EO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced plain food. Great ambience and venue, although $5 for parking seemed like a slap on the face if you’re eating at the restaurant. Service was fine, but nothing to rave about.

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First impression was that it is in a beautiful old building, when entering it is very loud, extremely high ceilings and marble. It was an old federal court house. The food was excellent along with great service. Not a place for a intimate dinner. But overall was a great place for good drinks and dinner.

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EL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We had a 5pm reservation, early to leave us time to make a media reception at the Straz before seeing Hamilton. The host seated us next to a noisy vent. When we asked to be reseated he looked around the EMPTY restaurant and said, but all these tables are reserved. The food was below mediocre. We will never return.

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TP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. If I could give Bizou six stars I would. It is easy to compliment a restaurant when the entire experience is perfect. I believe true excellence is shown when a hiccup occurs.

Our appetizers and my entree where fantastic. However there was a challenge with my SO's entree. The manager handled the issue himself and without us asking removed the meal from our bill. Our server likewise apologized which was unnecessary but appreciated.

It is nice to see a high end restaurant, when there has been a challenge, handle the situation with grace and excellent service as opposed to making the patron feel that they were in some way responsible for incorrectly prepared food.

Bizou created a fan for life with their professionalism (and great food) and we plan to return next month with several other guests.

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience would be happy to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We ordered the caesar salad to start. We requested that it be brought as one serving. It was brought into split small servings. The serving was by far the smallest caesar salad serving for $12 we have ever had in a restaurant. My wife chipped her tooth on the first bite as the croutons were rock hard. By the time she picked out all the croutons, the brownish, discolored romaine and the hunk of heart they left in there, her portion of the salad was diminished to exactly 4 very small total bites. The waiter asked if we were ready to order the entree. My wife informed him we would be leaving and asked for the check. He turned around brought us our check. Not once were we asked if it was something unsatisfactory or question why we would leave. Nor the concern of my wife holding onto her cheek and grimacing in pain. The side plated with all the inedible parts of the salad were an obvious giveaway. My wife wrote a short note on the receipt in the hope that Bizzou may reach out to apologize for their complete lack of caring. But to no avail. Very disappointing! It's highly overrated. There are far more restaurants with better food, service, ambiance and pricing in the area.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was great. There was a very large party there at the same time as my party so it took a while to get our order, but it was delicious.

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