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Bijou Cafe

1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
+1 941-366-8111
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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French, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We really love this place. Very pretty and very good food. If you want to add FUN to the evening--and shouldn't going out be fun??--hit the bar early and take advantage of their happy hour menu. If Lisa is working, all the better! She is...More

Thank LambAndLion
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I go once a year when I visit Sarasota. The restaurant has been in the same hands for 15 years and has maintained a consistently high standard of food and service. Rack of lamb is excellent and the potato dauphinois is the best I have...More

Thank Howard G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit within a couple months with relatives. We can always say great things about this place. The only thing is that the Opera usually in season will perform at 7:30, so we suggest that for regular dining you should not make...More

Thank Ronaldjb4183
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind words. The world famous Sarasota Opera is just across the street from the Bijou Cafe so obviously the Opera season is our busiest time. Please be assured that while it is a very busy time the Opera season is actually...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have nothing but praise for Bijou Café. I've been there several times for lunch on business, and each time was perfection. The service is just right...there when you need them, unobtrusive, and never interrupting a conversation. It's quiet so perfect for a business lunch....More

JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive and heart warming review. Looking forward to seeing you again at the Bijou Cafe.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were determined not to return, but we had a gift card, so we tried it again. It was really nice!! Tuna, trout, lamb chops, formed salad, shrimp and lobster bisque all really good! We had nice service also! It would be nice if the...More

Thank Terry K
Reviewed 7 February 2018

Impeccable service and special menu changes...desserts to die for as well, As shrimp Pirii piri(South African twist on shrimp n grits),filet mignon and a variety of salads

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JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the Bijou Cafe for lunch. We hope to see you again and perhaps for dinner next time.

Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Participated in a group celebration consisting of 15(+)persons for an evenings meal! Cathy was in charge of party and performed her craft as wait staff extraordinaire perfectly. She was attentive without being intrusive and led our group through the evenings paces. Her recommendations were spot...More

Thank H20T
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review and the kind words about our server Kathy. We will certainly share your comments with her and the rest of our Bijou Team. We look forward to seeing you again at the Bijou cafe.

Reviewed 5 February 2018

I made our reservation two weeks ahead of our visit. I requested a table in the bar and was assured that my request would be granted. However, upon arrival we were told I did not request that table and that it was not possible to...More

1  Thank sara1951
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

We are so sorry your experience at the Bijou was not to your satisfaction. Please understand that our bar is the most popular area of the restaurant. It only has four tables and therefore it is impossible to satisfy every request for a table in...More

Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

We met friends for dinner before the symphony at Bijou Cafe. None of us had eaten here before but our friends had done their research. This was a great place to catch up. We had an early reservation (necessary) and arrived even earlier for a...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I rate Bijou excellent based solely on food quality and our limited experience. We were invited guests in a private room. None-the-less based on what we did experience we will return on our own. Cold Soup -excellent+ Crab cakes - excellent Dessert - excellent Looking...More

Thank rrosenbloom
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you at the Bijou Cafe again soon.

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6 August 2017|
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Response from Robert G | Reviewed this property |
Dress for men at lunch is normally a sports jacket with open neck shirt. They will accept a nice golf shirt and slacks but you won't see too many except in the hot summer!!
9 December 2016|
Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
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14 August 2016|
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Response from Deeds6262 | Reviewed this property |
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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