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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved this restaurant for a classy, quiet place with fabulous food. I've been going here for years for many lunches and Happy hour with my husband, friends, and alone. I always check the menu first, as it does change. When I saw the new...More

Thank chefmelmartinez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I try to make it here whenever I’m in SRQ. Dined for lunch with some old friends. I had the crab bisque to start and the ahi tuna for my main dish. Both were excellent . Service is always top notch. I won’t leave a...More

Thank Kelsey B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Since this restaurant is one of our all time favorites, when we decided to visit Sarasota for New Years with friends, we contacted them to make reservations and introduce our friends to this lovely place. Since it was so crowded that evening the noise level...More

Thank elllen1301
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Expected more, having read advertising blurb and website. Service not very attentive and quite surly. Chicken was very dry and stringy. Lamb shank was tasteless inside. Sauce was good but was only over the skin. The roast vegetables were a joke. We expected a chef...More

Thank Alan K
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Went with friends after a performance at the Opera House across the street. From the warm greeting of the hostess to the fresh berries in Zabaglione for dessert the experience was exceptional. The food and service are always exceptional

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Had a horrible experience last night. My steak was undercooked. I sent it back and it was still undercooked. Our waiter said he would tell the manager. I thought they would make an adjustment but they did not. We stopped going to this restaurant three...More

Thank Shari A
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

My sincerest apologies to this guest. We tried to cook the steak to her liking but apparently failed to do so. The manager did tell the server to remove the steak from her check but in the rush of people leaving to go to the...More

Reviewed 25 November 2017

We chose Bijou Cafe to accommodate our vegetarian brother-in-law (several salads and entrees for him), his spouse (likes steaks, not seafood), and us (omnivores, who love seafood). The server was very helpful, and took back the salad my brother-in-law had ordered, because he did not...More

Thank HelenSarasota
Reviewed 24 November 2017

The service, food and atmosphere was perfect. We ate in the Bar lobby and our server had a great sense of humor.

Thank Sherry E
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I first visited this restaurant in 1986 and it has become one of Sarasota’s landmarks On a recent visit all items chosen were delicious with beautiful presentation The missing 5th star only because they forgot our order of their special recipe Potato...More

Thank SrqMike
Reviewed 22 November 2017

The best thing about this restaurant is the location as it is literally right across the street from the Sarasota Opera House. Other than that, I cant really say anything nice about this visit (outside of our waitress having an awesome personality). This was my...More

Thank Cassandra I
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Response from Johnnydez | Reviewed this property |
Never saw shorts there
9 December 2016|
Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
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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
USD 25 - USD 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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