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Bijou Cafe

1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
+1 941-366-8111
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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French, American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything went great until we got to our entrees. My partner arrived on a lovely evening before the opera and sat outdoors. The restaurant is right across the street from the opera. The service was excellent as were our appetizers. I had the liver pate,...More

Thank heffflump
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent to either have lunch or dinner! This place is really a "must" when visiting Sarasota. You should not be disappointed. Food is excellent and service is good with very friendly people.

Thank jeanlucp731
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind review. We agree that the Bijou Cafe is a must do when in Sarasota as people have been visiting us since 1986!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hosted an event in one of the private rooms recently and was very pleased. Great food, staff was excellent and owner came in an introduced himself. Managers were easy to work with. I look forward to coming back again. Love the historic area where...More

Thank wellsdp
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for those kind words. We are a proud family owned restaurant with 32 years of hands on experience. Personal attention to every detail is our mission. We look forward to your next event at the Bijou Cafe.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Just wow! This restaurant is probably one of my new favourites in Sarasota. The food was DELICIOUS. We came on a weekday night and the restaurant was packed (not even season yet), but the service was great. I guess with great food and great...More

Thank anotableman
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This is the very best of eateries!!!!! Why this beautiful restaurant is not the ‘No 1’ restaurant in Sarasota I don’t know!!!!!! I would go as far as to say it is the best restaurant we have eaten in since our arrival in the USA!!!!!...More

1  Thank h4dox
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped at Bijou Cafe for their happy hour and had such a nice time. We were totally taken care of by Daria, bartender par excellence. The drinks were delicious as were the apps. We fully intend to get back for their regular menu. Everything...More

JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thanks for sharing those kind words about our Bijou Cafe! We are very proud of our professional staff and many of them, like Daria, have been with us for years! We look forward to seeing you at the Bijou again soon!

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

I really wanted to love this place. Our neighbors took us here as their "treat." I would not come back. I think this place poses itself as a prime French restaurant. The service was spotty and dinner took over 75 min to come to the...More

1  Thank Laurie G
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Bijou Cafe is indeed a jewel. We visited last year whilst on holiday and returned for a second time on Friday 01 September. We went along to enjoy the wine tasting prior to dinner, which takes place the first Friday of the month out of...More

Thank JaneAnneB
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Our party received a very warm welcome upon arrival. We were shown to our table by a very friendly hostess. Our waiter was Grayson who offered us the menu and also advised of daily specials and his recommendations. Grayson described each dish in a way...More

Thank briantcl
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I was with a large group of retired men visiting the Bijou Cafe for lunch recently. I know it is difficult in serving large group, but they did handle it. I had the "Trout" with spinach and asparagus which was very good, although the spinach...More

Thank Joe094
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Sir, thank you for your comments. I sincerely apologize for the error and will be more than happy to reimburse you the gratuity you inadvertently overpaid as well as the ice tea you never got. Please call the restaurant at your convenience with your info...More

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Response from Johnnydez | Reviewed this property |
Never saw shorts there
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Usually there are daily specials offering catch of the day local seafood.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
    (Pineapple Ave)
  • Public Transportation: We are 2 blocks west of the main bus terminal.
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-366-8111
  • E-mail
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