Bijou Garden Cafe

4.6
1591 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1591 people are saying
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4.7
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mare
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for a friend. The service was outstanding and relaxed. Food good! a little pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Menu was somewhat limited.

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vipRedcap
New England
119 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting to hear they were sold to another local restaurant owner. Glad they will be keeping this landmark restaurant and updating it a bit. Really hope they keep the Puri Puri Shrimp as well as the snails and Shrimp and Crab bisque on the menu. A bit disappointed as I had noted it was my husbands birthday that they did not acknowledge it with at least a greeting.

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vipLovely
Naples
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband, Sons and I were very impressed with the Service. The Food was very well presented and tasty. We ordered the Carrot Cake for Dessert. The best Carrot Cake we have ever eaten!

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded 3 days ago

Lovely - Thank you for the five stars and kind words about the carrot cake. We are so glad you had such an enjoyable evening. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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SeanT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a lovely place with great service. Definitely a slower dining experience which is what we were looking for. The food was well, prices are on the high side. The chairs are not comfy enough for a slower dining experience in my opinion. Overall would come back for a special occasion, or a night with the girls.

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vipHelen
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great attentive staff, food served at right temperature and tasted great.

A wonderful - satisfying experience.

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vipSRQgirl
Tampa
79 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were delicious. Served promptly and the right temp. Our server was attentive and not overbearing. We enjoyed our meal!

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Retbanker79
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was tasty and Grayson took great care of us as we celebrated our anniversary. Look forward to our next visit.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks so very much for the review and recommendation. We are so glad you enjoyed your anniversary celebration. We look forward to your next visit as well!

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vipBara2
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was superb. We were celebrating 2 birthdays at our table. Our server was delightful and added to the festive moment. Each if our meals (3) were different but each one was delicious and fully satisfying. Dessert was really a treat and the birthday plate with chocolates was the perfect finish to our perfect dinner.

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vipPeterC
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit since the change in ownership and, due to Covid-19, for 18 months. We were so pleased to experience the same atmosphere and very pleasant service we always enjoyed. Also, the food was as excellent as ever. Another feature - even though the restaurant was full and it was Saturday evening, the noise was really well contained - due to the design and finish of the building and the pleasant approach guests took.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded 4 days ago

Peter - Thank for the five stars and recommendation. We are so glad you enjoyed the food, service, and atmosphere after enduring the last 18 months. We would love to see you again soon and truly appreciate your business.

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vipAnnie
Tampa
93 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Not the same restaurant recently sold. No art work on the walls. No ambiance at all. Server was great. food was ok. But you expect more. Disappointing. Won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Even better was the service. Grayson is one of the best wait professionals I’ve had the pleasure to meet recently. Decor needs some strengthening.

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Frank
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the dining experience would be good but it was great! The trout almondine was best I ever had. Our waiter Gabe made the evening a special experience.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 14, 2021

Frank - Thanks for the five star rating and review. We are so glad you had such a special and great experience and thrilled to learn the trout was the best you ever had. Please come back and visit us anytime. Gabe and the rest of our service staff look forward to serving you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely classic!

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vipESK1
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were terrific as always.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 7, 2021

We are so glad you thought that food and service were terrific. Thank you for the five star review. We appreciate it.

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Scott
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Restaurant seems to be in transition with new ownership. Food quality has dropped and ambience is gone.

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vipPsychDoc
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rain pouring down and it would’ve been great if the valet had an umbrella to get us to the door! Other than that, the meal was great. Although we were wet.

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NMB29
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our waitress, Melissa. She smiled and smiled, was observant without being
obtrusive. After requesting take home boxes, we told her we wanted dessert. She offered did we want her to tell us verbally the desserts, or did we want a menu. We hold her verbal, and chose quickly.

The presentation was beautiiful too, and the food excellent. We will recommend your restaurant to our friends and look forward to our return.

Oh, and we were a little early, your firt customers of the evening. The person who met us and welcomed us was very nice too. Neva Burton

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JanetB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many good points to recommend dining here. Overall ambience, lovely. Impeccable service. They inquired about attending the theater, so they knew to get us out in time, but nothing was rushed. So many delicious food choices it was hard to decide. The trout was perfect and the vegetables with it melt-in-your mouth cooked perfectly. No room for dessert, unfortunately. Look forward to returning.

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NancyV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great cocktails. What a pleasurable dining experience!

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 1, 2021

Nancy - thank you for the five star review and recommendation. We are so happy you think our food and cocktails are great.

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viptrs57
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The chairs are very uncomfortable. Music so quiet the conversations at the tables around us were too clear. Food was good, but seemed pre-prepared.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for your review and comments. We understand and do apologize for the chairs. We have ordered much more comfortable and elegant replacements and are just awaiting the delivery. With regard to the music, our intention was for it to be pleasant yet subtle, allowing for intimate conversation in our smaller rooms. And in terms of the food, please be assured that all of our dishes are cooked and prepared fresh to order. We appreciate your feedback and hope we'll see you again soon.

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Alex
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Steak was tough. Hard to cut through.

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Vince
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Bijou it was a great experience. Great service food was out in a great time. Would definitely go again.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on June 28, 2021

Thank you for your business and the positive review. We are so glad you enjoyed your first visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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VerondaT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , special treat for my birthday, service was great. Manager came around to ask us how was everything.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on June 28, 2021

Thank you for spending your birthday with us. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal and our server was excellent. Thank you!

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 2, 2021

Our pleasure and thank you, Susan. We are fortunate to have such great customers. We are thrilled you loved your meal and thought your server was excellent. Thank you for the five star rating and recommendation. Hope to see you again soon.

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vipFrancine
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Waiter was new and got several things wrong
Suggested Pinot Grigio is a type of chardonnay
Food was fine

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vipGretchenH
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Bijou is normally one of our favorite places. We reserved our table over a month ago, and still were seated at a table in front of the kitchen which made it very noisy and distracting being in a high traffic area. We should’ve asked to be moved as soon as we came in as there was a table deeper in the restaurant that was open the entire time we were there. My bad.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for the review, Gretchen. We are pleased to be one of your favorite restaurants and we're sorry that your table assignment resulted in an unpleasant experience. Had you asked, we would have happily moved you to any table of your choosing. In the future, if you have a specific table preference we will gladly add it to your guest profile on OpenTable. Thank you again for the review and we do hope we will remain one of your favorites.

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vipRonnLinda
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Sarasota.. Special occasion????? You can't go wrong..

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Great location/staff but, needs new chef and menu. This place is Tired

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 1, 2021

Thank you for the review and the feedback. Since your visit, the kitchen has in fact undergone a change in leadership. Chef Chris Covelli and his talented culinary team have elevated our menu with several inventive new dishes while modernizing some of the classic favorites. We would like to welcome you back to try our new menu and hope to provide you with a more satisfying dining experience.

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vipAandP
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Some of the dishes were great, some just OK. Waitstaff was wonderful.

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StaceyG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The escargot and piri piri shrimp was delicious!

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Grammy
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food tasted excellent. We went early and the restaurant was hardly full at that time so it was extremely quiet. The service was top notch.

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viploverofwine
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was one of the better restaurants we've had since we arrived in Florida on friday. The food and the service was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We got the rack of lamb and the fillet both cooked to perfection. We we're very happy we went there last night. We highly recommend it.

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RogerA
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very bland decor indoors, chicken was dry and overcooked. Onion soup was cheesy and tasted good but nothing special. Wish we had dined elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We had the crab shrimp soup delicious but a little bit salty, the chicken entree, salmon and cheeseburger. The carrot cake dessert was delicious and different. . Our waitress Mayala was helpful and very attentive she recommended us the carrot cake and to order the duck entree next time we go for dinner.
Overall a great experience. We will be back. Also they offer a valet service.

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vipESK1
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects. Service was great.

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vipRichardM
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful services ~ 5 stars! The staff is friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back there!

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vipBruceK
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bijou Garden Cafe remains one of the gems of downtown Sarasota dining. The staff are always attentive and helpful but never overbearing. The food remains among the best available in town, meats cooked exactly to requested temperatures, all food beautifully plated and delicious. And the location is perfect to combine dinner with attending a performance at the Opera House or Florida Studio Theatre, or just a downtown stroll.

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vipJimescuadra
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Bad food, slow service.

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MartinF
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Bijou in Sarasota many times. I understand that it is under new ownership. It is still the same excellent place it has always been. We will be back again.

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vipMaydaB
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We dined at Bijou while on vacation in Long Boat key. The food and service was good and the restaurant was really quiet. We did notice that the patrons were mostly retirees. I’m not sure if that was because we had a 6 pm seating. Regardless, the experience was good.

FAQs

Bijou Garden Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 366-8111.

Bijou Garden Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1591 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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