Bijou Garden Cafe

4.5
1624 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.

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 1624 people are saying
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Jennifer
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First visit to Bijou Garden Cafe and it did not disappoint. We started with cocktails at the bar. They had some interesting options for cocktails. I had a grapefruit gin drink that was light and refreshing. Forget the name of it. We ate on the little patio and it was so nice. French onion soup and escargot for appetizers. I had the steak au poivre and my husband had shrimp piri piri. Steak was a tad over cooked. I asked for medium and I think it was medium-well but other than that it was fantastic. Really good service too. Would have stayed for dessert but we were late to the Caberet at Florida Studio Theater.

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vipLidoEd
Naples
27 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and had a wonderful 59th wedding anniversary dinner. Everything was outstanding.

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vipMontauk
Tampa
58 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been dining at the Bijou for years and always enjoy the consistent good food, wine, and service. The restaurant recently changed hands and the dining experience is just as good, maybe even better. The menu is quite similar to before. Choices are varied . The wine list is better and there is more energy in the restaurant and staff. We had a most enjoyable time.

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vipCarolC
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Bijou never disappoints! The food, drink and service is excellent. Don’t miss the pate and the duck. Actually better than we’ve had in France. Last night we had the duck and trout almandine. Great portions and excellent. It was our anniversary and they helped us celebrate!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this place! Our fifth trip to Sarasota & we’ve visited many wonderful restaurants, but this has become our favorite. Oh

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IreneG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service from the gentleman valet parking to the wait staff is exceptional. Our waitress, Daria, was a joy.

I ordered the steak au poivre and had to scrape off some of the pepper. Otherwise everything was delicious from the wedge salad to the creme brulee.

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StanleyF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Location can’t be best for opera or theater in Sarasota. Service and ambience are fine and food is good. Downside is a small menu and top dollar prices. Still convenience of parking in the Sarasota Public Library lot free makes the package well worthwhile.

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vipJohnC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner. Trout is delicious, chicken paillard very tasty

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KarenW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful. This was our second time here. Highlights are the onion soup and the pâté is wonderful! I had the Tomohawk pork chop. It was delicious! I do feel truthfully think it small for $32 and it only came with Brussel Sprouts. The BS were undercooked I couldn’t eat them. I wish I told the waitress I am sure they would have given me another side. My husband said the crab cakes are the best he ever had. My friend had duck and loved it. Nice restaurant and worth a visit. We will go back

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MinaM
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and personable service with all staff masked. Food superb as always.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 31, 2021

Mina - Thank you for the five star rating and comments. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Hope
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

we had not been back since new owners took over. It was a bit disappointing. Decor seemed stale. Our server was outstanding; attentive and timely. Appetizers were good; pate and escargot but bisque was tasteless with a blob at the bottom. No specials at all on the menu. Entrees were ok but lacked zest. We hope the new owners will reinvigorate the place but it needs something to get it back to its former glory.

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vipBrentA
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Diors… was stellar, impeccable service, and food was excellent

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WilliamB
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food and wine were excellent. Knowledgeable waitress added to our pleasure. A delightful evening.

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vipRichardM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and the service is great! A nice place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wondering. Great service and amazing food

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gregory
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fodd was good but not spectacular. Service was excellent and the location is great fow downtown events.

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vipBeverlyS
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theater early dinner. Attentive, knowledgeable waiter who took time to know our theater times and got to know us. Triple Tail was excellent and husband's rack of lamb done to perfection

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MarjeeR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and menu choices are wonderful. The service is extraordinary. We keep coming back!

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GGinSRQ
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was another outstanding dinner at Bijou Garden Cafe. The team always is professional and friendly, and the food never disappoints.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 6, 2021

We are so glad you had an outstanding dinner experience. We appreciate the kind words about the service and food. Thank you for the five star rating and recommendation. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipTNTDowntown
Naples
44 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Hi. We know that Cafe is getting ready to be remodeled so we know the ambiance will be great!!!
The trout amandine was great (5). The shrimp piri piri was too spicy (and I like spicy).
The wine list for by-the-glass could use some improvement.
It was a disappointment that the most popular dish- the seafood bisque has been discontinued. I think most people would be thrilled if that and back.

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vipPeterC
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bijou Garden Cafe has been one of my favorite restaurants for years and it is especially pleasant in these challenging times. The staff are thoughtful and friendly, the interior is attractive with well-spaced table arrangements, the wine selection is good and, of course, the menu and food specials are outstanding! Valet parking is also very good.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 3, 2021

Peter - we are thrilled to learn the Bijou Garden Cafe is one of your favorites. We sincerely appreciate the five star review and recommendation as well as your nice comments about the staff, interior, wine list, food, and valet. Thank you again and hope to see you back soon.

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vipMichelleC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great location. On the quieter side if that is what you’re looking for. Good for a romantic night out.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 3, 2021

Michelle - thank you so much for the five star rating. We appreciate the kind words about the food and location. We hope to see you back soon for another night out.

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BlueeyesTN
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there to dine before a show and it was excellent! We will return again!

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for the five star rating. We are thrilled you had an excellent experience dining with us. We look forward to serving you again.

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CherylB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!
Everything was prepared and plated to absolute perfection 👌
Fresh and excellent quality!
The service is incredible!
Overall, this restaurant is a must.
I'll definitely be back.
Thoroughly enjoyed my evening!!

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KJVoodie
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious, especially the pork chop and filet. Great place to meet friends and have the ability to converse and enjoy the entire meal.

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JeffreyH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants for fine dining in Sarasota! Even with a change in ownership, the quality has been maintained!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The wait staff are professional and friendly. Tables are spaced correctly and the birthday’s are still celebrated with a crystal candle holder brought to your table! Please bring back the local art work which supports our artists and made the restaurant so unique.

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vipFoodjunkie
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Menu had a wide variety to chose from and they also had a very nice wine list.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for the five star rating and recommendation. We appreciate the kind words about the variety of our menu and wine list. We look forward to serving you again.

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vipedwardb
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good and Grayson our waiter was outstanding!! A real professional.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2021

Edward - Thank you for the five star rating and review. We are delighted you thought everything was very good and will forward the kind words to Grayson. We appreciate your time and business.

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Elizabeth
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband there for his birthday and now we are hooked!

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2021

Elizabeth - Thank you for your five star rating and recommendation. We appreciate you choosing to celebrate your husband's birthday with us and we are so glad you enjoyed everything. We look forward to your next visit.

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SusanS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot -great service

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2021

Susan - Thank you for your five star review and for being a great customer. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the new menu items as well as some old favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first trip back. Better than ever. Seared halibut entrée was outstanding.

Bijou Garden Cafe
Responded on July 26, 2021

Welcome back. We are so thrilled you think we are better than ever! Thank you for your five star review and your business.

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Mare
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
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
120 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
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 on July 17, 2021
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 on July 20, 2021

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 on July 17, 2021
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
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
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 on July 19, 2021

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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FAQs

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

Bijou Garden Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1624 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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