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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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Indianapolis, IN. USA
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank VaBeneSRQ
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderfl dinner at the Bijou Cafe while visiting Sarasota. The setting is lovely and relaxing and the food is the best! Loved the crab cakes and the "superfood" salad. Our server, Grayson, was excellent (and very funny!) We will definitely be back to the Bijou on our next trip to Sarasota.

Thank Judith P
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the years we have visited this special jewel of a restaurant. We have had Holiday parties here, birthdays , anniversaries etc and they never disappoint The Bouillabaisse is phenomenal , the lobster bisque sweet and the Lobster ravioli is tasty I just miss a dessert that is no longer available, the fresh berries and sabayon cream

Thank Johnnydez
West boylston
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had dinner here after a play on 3;/ 5/2017 WOW! IT was Really SO PERFECT! Our server Kathleen made EXCELLENT suggestions and actually KNEW our friend BOB M from their association on Cape Cod where she is in the OFF Florida Season! It is obvious she loves her work and has been here for some time. We... More 

Homewood, Illinois
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant with friends. The food and service were very good and I recommend it it. It is near the opera house and is very elegant, particularly for Florida. I didn't give it five stars because the menu is somewhat limited and it is a bit pricey.

Thank Jim A
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited last week and had the best French food ever--even better than in Paris. The orange duck with fruit stuffing was delicious and large enough for dinner the next night (they even packed extra sauce in the doggie bag--very nice touch). My husband had the rack of lamb and never stopped smiling. The appetizers were great: mushroom soup was... More 

Thank Zabby1
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outdoor table for 6, good food, and impeccable service. Why would anyone want to eat anywhere else? No complaints about us staying after closing.

Thank the0lantan
Venice, Florida
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81 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have a mixed review. Unfortunately it was a VERY loud room due to a party. Can't fault them for that. I think I had such high expectations, I was a little disappointed. Two of us had the fish and it came out very underdone, almost jiggly. The waitress did take it back. It still wasn't quite to where I... More 

Thank Sherri B

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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
USD 31 - USD 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
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?