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Bijou Garden Cafe, Sarasota, FL

Bijou Garden Cafe

4.7
4.7
2418 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
Located in the heart of Sarasota’s Theatre & Arts District, the Bijou Garden Café opened in 1986 in a restored 1920’s era gas station. Over the last thirty-five years, it has grown into one of Sarasota’s best-known restaurants. Featuring outstanding cuisine, impeccable service, imaginative cocktails, and an extensive wine list, the Bijou Garden Café has the perfect appeal for any occasion.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Continental, Contemporary American, Café
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (941) 366-8111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Covelli
  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Cross street
    Pineapple Ave
  • Parking details
    We offer complimentary valet parking every day. Free public parking is available on both 1st Street and Pineapple Ave.
  • Public transit
    We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,418 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Romantic

2,418 Reviews
  1. Foodie

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The min we walked into the restaurant it was WOW from being greated to seating us next to the trio to the server that became our best friend by end of night And the food OVER THE TOP fabbbbbb night

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  2. Craig

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere and reasonable prices.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded 1 day ago
    Craig - Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate the complimentary words.

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  3. Aquavit

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    FABULOUS never disappoints look forward to returning

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  4. ErinR

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The jazz trio was delightful , the food delicious . A lovely evening
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded 1 day ago
    Thank you, Erin!

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  5. AnnD

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The old menu of original Bijou was fabulous!! This menu did not excite us, leaves a lot to be desired. Our waitress was superb.

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  6. LarryM

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outside patio was shaded and cool at 6:45pm. Some values in wine list and great seafood. Large portion of scallops S shrimp on rice for one of us and grilled slam with carrot and potenta was done well. Downtown across from opera.

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  7. GB88

    Tampa

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Great location!

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  8. BobR

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu with excellent array of choices..great service and the low key atmosphere which enabled table conversation...kudos to Chef Covelli

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  9. Rockysb

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was perfect for a birthday celebration. The food was, as always, very delicious. Bijou Garden Cafe is a favorite for us.

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  10. Chrisco

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there early on a weekday, so it was very quiet. Service was excellent, as was the food. Ambiance was lovely. Valet parking appreciated.

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  11. TomM

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Old and tired menu. Inattentive service. Interior feels so dated. Time for a refresh. Fillet mignon was delicious.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on April 9, 2024
    Tom - Thank you for dining with us and sharing your feedback. We agree that the interior could use a refresh. We will be closing the Bijou for major renovations at the end of the month. We hope to welcome you back next Fall. Thank you again.

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  12. Notawriter

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy Bijou Cafe, this time we brought our family. They loved it too. Elegant, but not stuffy, lovely!
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on April 9, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us once again and introducing the Bijou to your family. We're thrilled to know you all loved it. We truly appreciate your business and your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks again.

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  13. dkefaia

    Tampa

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kathy did a wonderful of pacing our dinner to be completed in time for our theatre date. Entre;s and drinks were the best!
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on April 9, 2024
    We'll pass the message along to Kathi and the rest of our service team. Thank you for dining with us. Your five star review is very much appreciated.

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  14. Retiredearlyat55

    Tampa

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had tickets at van Wezel for 8:00 show. Bijou Cafe felt like a calm, beautiful oasis for us. We have not been here in a long time. Our server, Cathy, was excellent. The music was quiet and so nice. Duck and salmon were our entrees. Both very good. It’s a wonderful place and we will return. Valet parking appreciated.

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  15. GlennC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived about 20 minutes early but were seated immediately. Tom with our server and his service was awesome. All the employees that approached our table were just as good. This was our first time there in about 15 years, and it was just as good as we remember the first time, thanks for making this a wonderful occasion and an experience we will remember .

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  16. eatout

    Tampa

    478 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    478 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bijou is excellent. Menu covers all the bases. Great, interesting choices. Service (Grayson) is outstanding. Ambience is "all grown up" - an opportunity to speak without music blasting. Food preparation and presentation were excellent.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 29, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us. We're thrilled to know you had an excellent dining experience with outstanding service. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to serving you again.

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  17. FrankT

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a great experience. Tom is superb and always offers professional and personalized service. We ordered the duck and the shrimp with scallops and both were elegantly presented and tasted fabulous. And, of course, the mushroom schnitzel is amazing! The Bijou is where we love to go for special occasions and lovely atmosphere.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 28, 2024
    Frank - Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to share your review. We're honored to be your choice for special occasions. We'll pass the message along to Tom. Thanks again!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bijou Garden Café is consistently excellent. The menu is not extensive, but every item is imaginative and perfectly executed. Our server, Thomas D, kindly attended to my concern about garlic— the salad was slightly modified for me, as was the chicken. Thomas is very professional while not all stuffy. He really added to the totally delightful dining experience. I also greatly appreciate that their delicious butternut squash soup is made without cream. At Bijou they are aware that many patrons have theater or opera tickets, and will time your dinner accordingly.

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  19. DmitriyS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant in Sarasota, delicious, beautiful and fashionable
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 25, 2024
    Dmirtriy - Wow. We're honored to be considered the best restaurant in Sarasota. Thank you so very much for dining with us and sharing such high praise. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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  20. Barbb47

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all (4) had wonderful meals at Bijou, it was our 1st time here. They have an excellent and quite reasonably priced wine list and our friends chose a top notch Cabernet that we shared - was wonderful. We shared kale salad and eggplant appetizers, enjoyed those. I had the duck, which was outstanding, moist and tender and meaty! My husband had the short ribs with Paparradell noodles and loved it, a 3rd also enjoyed the duck, and the other friend had the lamb chops with potatoes and Brussels sprouts. It was truly a very fine meal, the most expensive entree was $42. (Reasonable, for the quality of food and the quantity!). White tablecloths, and live music of piano and soloist added to the ambiance ( music was background). We’ll be back, we enjoyed it!

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  21. ChrisC

    Louisville

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After enjoying a Sunday brunch at Bijou Garden last year, we finally decided to take some new Florida friends their for dinner. When we arrived for our 7 pm reservation, the restaurant was full catering to the Opera crowd. We were 20 minutes beyond our reservation when we were led to our table. Very comfortable chairs and dining space. The guitarist and singer were at a perfect volume. Their music was noticeable but not overwhelming. Thomas, our server was great. Pleasant, attentive, and experienced. Our cocktails were cold and generous. All four of us enjoyed our shared appetizers and main courses. With a couple rounds of cocktails, a pair of shared appetizers and 3 main entrees, desert and coffee, our bill for the 4 of us with Thomas's well earned 20+% tip came to around $400. Bijou Garden was worth the price and a definite return destination for future fine dining.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Chris! We're thrilled to know you and your new Florida friends had such a positive dining experience. We offer live music most Friday and Saturday nights and its always meant to compliment the natural ambience. We'll pass your kind words along to Thomas and the bartenders. We truly appreciate your business and the favorable review. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  22. GrandTheatreGoer

    New York City

    155 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    155 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been coming here once a year for 14 years as part of an opera trip. It’s evolved a bit with the new management (six years ago?) but standards have remained very high and I love it.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you! We're so honored to have been a part of your annual opera trips. We're thrilled to know that you still love our place after 14 years. We have evolved a bit over the years but It's always been our goal to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We appreciate your loyal patronage and we look forward to seeing you again next year or sooner!

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  23. Karen

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the perfect restaurant for knowing that you will always have a delicious meal.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Upscale dining in a lovely setting. Perfect for pre-theater meals.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you!

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  25. Dorcas

    Naples

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inventive menu. Try the mozzarella snitzel as an appetizer. Great half duck.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us, Dorcas! We're thrilled to know you enjoyed the mozzarella schnitzel and roasted half duck. We truly appreciate your business and the five star rating. We hope to see you back soon. Thanks again.

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  26. kamoi

    Tampa

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attractive,quiet setting. Excellent service. Highly recommend the duck and shrimp scallops with curry sauce.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 25, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us, Kamoi. We're so glad you enjoyed the service and atmosphere. We appreciate your recommendations. The Shrimp & Scallops with Green Coconut Curry is definitely a house-favorite. Thanks again!

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  27. Bobbie

    Tampa

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Bijou presents an interesting menu with excellent food.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 26, 2024
    Thank you, Bobbie. We're so glad you thought the menu was interesting and the food was excellent. We truly appreciate your business and you taking the time to share a review. Thanks again.

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  28. Whoop

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic day at the Bijou cafe! I’ll be back soon
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded 5 days ago
    Thanks, Whoop! We're so glad you had a fantastic time. FYI, we will be closing the Bijou for major renovations at the end of the month. We hope to see you back before then or when we reopen next Fall. Thanks again!

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  29. CarolB

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, our food was delicious. Service impeccable and atmosphere first class!

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  30. timeflies1

    New York City

    195 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We all enjoyed our appetizer and entrees. Food was served briskly and without wait til we got to desserts and coffee. Our waiter was cordial and prompt. But between the nearby theaters and opera coming on curtain time, things did slow down. He did his best and we were appreciative

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  31. CapeFoodie

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We have not been here in a while. Had an awful table where wait staff was walking through between rooms all the time. Menu was limited. Tony had the pasta but no cheese was ever offered. Waiter was great otherwise. Will not go back

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  32. Jeanne

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive and the manager, Don, is the best ever! If you like curry try their scallop and shrimp over jasmine rice with a green curry sauce. Delicioso!
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 18, 2024
    Jeanne - Thank you. Don and our entire staff will surely appreciate your kind words. The Shrimp & Scallops with Green Curry Coconut Sauce have definitely become a house-favorite. We're so glad you enjoyed and hope to see you back soon. Thanks again.

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  33. CTGAL

    Tampa

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy Saturday night after an opera in season. But wait staff were prepared and attentive without skipping a beat. Our waiter, Diego, was the epitome of professionalism and charm (an apt protégé of Grayson). All entrees were thoroughly enjoyed. We feared the musical trio, which was right in front of our table, might interfere with the conversation amongst the 6 at our table, but they were at the right volume to add a pleasant accompaniment. Lovely evening at Bijou as always.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal beautifully prepared and served in a quiet atmosphere. I highly recommend the restaurant.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 27, 2024
    Hey, thank you so much for your wonderful review and recommendation! We're thrilled to know enjoyed a lovely meal. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again.

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  35. PamM

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bijou is not a typical Sarasota restaurant. Nobody asks, “How’s that first bite tasting?” The decor is elegant and understated. The tables are well-spaced. The service is quiet and efficient. The food is delicious. We will be back.

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  36. FribergJR

    Naples

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our 4th visit. Very consistent. Quality of food, Service, ambience and value make Bijou a favorite.
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 18, 2024
    We appreciate your continued business and truly honored to be considered a favorite. Thank you so very much.

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  37. JerseyJane

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were at Bijou for a pre-Opera dinner. We were looking for something light and satisfying that would allow us to savor every performance minute up to the end at 11pm. Bijou and Grayson (our always gracious helpful waiter) delivered. We each had two appetizers (a salad one and a heartier one) plus shared a dessert which was perfect for the occasion!

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  38. Redcap

    Greater Boston

    174 reviews

    4.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not as good a meal as usual. Rice was mushy. Always love the service and the entertainment was excellent! Guitars were better than piano. Overall a nice evening
    Bijou Garden CafeResponded on March 12, 2024
    Thanks for dining with us once again and sharing your feedback. We're sorry you felt the food wasn't as good as usual. We promise things will be perfect next time. We're glad you enjoyed the service and live music. Thanks again for your review!

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  39. sholshky

    New York City

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was excellent and the restaurant was very nice. Loved my Pear Martini and the Lamb was really tasty The mozzarella appetizer was also great. Look forward to coming back soon and trying something else They also had music in the Queens room tonight

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  40. LindaB

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this elegant place as a go to when attending one of the theaters downtown. The food is consistently well done and not skimpy, but just right in volume. The wait staff is always very knowledgeable about ingredients (important to someone with complicated food allergies), and always willing to adjust to please. Plus it’s quiet enough to have a decent conversation with table mates - a rarity now adays in Sarasota.

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FAQs

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

Bijou Garden Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 2418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bijou Garden Cafe

1287 First St, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pineapple Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Sarasota
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Continental, Contemporary American, Café
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We offer complimentary valet parking every day. Free public parking is available on both 1st Street and Pineapple Ave.
  • Public transit
    We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Covelli
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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