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Bijou Cafe

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1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507 (Pineapple Ave)
+1 941-366-8111
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 16:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time at Bijou. A family affair for the weekend. The soups and sides were good. The Filet Mignon was ordered Medium rare and it came out medium and was not well special in any way. The Halibut was dry. The servers (we had a male and a female) did not know how to interact with his... More 

Thank Brian W
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dirty martini was heavy vermouth, no juice. Server forgot our bottle of wine so we canceled it after entrees came. Server didn't even apologize for forgetting to bring wine which was totally unacceptable. Service was slow. Old crowd of old people. Loud and everyone seated together in a cluster despite lots of open seats in restaurant. $50 filets both had... More 

Thank Don_Coleman
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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116 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cocktail list was cool but it was a fairly old crowd. We were hoping to get appetizers but nothing was appealing to us. We had French fries and very strong drinks. Good value on drinks! The servers were very attentive.

Sarasota, Florida
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144 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to have a "girls " luncheon at what was once a favorite spot because of its ambiance and delicious cuisine. I have eaten at the Bijou 3 times over the past month and a half ;always having a less than perfect meal. We decided to give it another try, hoping that the previous visits were just a quirk.... More 

Thank Melissa F
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Managed to secure a seat at the bar. Lovely service - starter of bisque was just how you imagine, creamy and perfect - lovely main course and some excellent drinks (to look at and enjoy)

Thank thelowlander
Englewood, Florida
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Book your private event early! After looking at several venues in Sarasota to host our son and daughter-in-law's Rehearsal dinner, I'm so glad I decided on Bijou Cafe. They have a lovely private room with adjoining outdoor terrace that was perfect for our group of 28. The minimum food and beverage requirement is very reasonable considering there is no charge... More 

Thank 283Frequent_Traveler
albany ny
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59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our dinners mine yellow fin tuna and hers pork schnitzel.Our waitress Mayela was terrific.The Bijou Café was very accommodating and we have always enjoyed our time there thank you for a great night.

Thank ranger46AlbanyNy
Indianapolis, IN. USA
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The four of us dined here to celebrate my birthday. I can see why people rate it so highly. We had a quiet, smaller room, extremely good service, and the food was excellent. The staff also didn't mind if we brought in our own cake. We told our server up front that we had tickets to the symphony and she... More 

Thank dangui
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This was our first visit to this established in-town restaurant. It starts with complimentary valet parking. The menu was extensive with daily specials including a local catch, and duck (one of three staples) which we shared. The wait staff was friendly and efficient without making us feel rushed. The atmosphere was casually elegant. Overall, an excellent choice.

Thank Harold G
Sarasota, Florida
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217 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Sorry that I do not share the same views as many of the other TA reviewers. We try Bijou once a year and were excited to go back this year after reading about the new chef. Unfortunately, our dinner was okay but simply nothing special--basically the same menu, salads are always excellent, but the entrees are underwhelming and mediocre at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
American, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?