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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 via mobile

We attended a wedding reception here, and the food and service were superb. The staff was so helpful before, during, and after the event. The food was prepared perfectly, a difficult feat for such a large group. Highly recommend.

Thank Lori T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful meal here. Attentive service and easy location... will go again. The prix Fixe menu was excellent, which great choices. My very much enjoyed the profiteroles.

Thank NicholaL46
Reviewed 1 September 2018

I have been coming here for years. It seems to always be getting better each time I come back. Escargot and PEI Mussels was my dinner last night. Yes, and a few glasses of a nice French Chardonnay. Profiteroles for desert. It doesn't get any...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 24 August 2018

The Bijou Cafe always delivers great food and great service and we always reserve a table in the bar, especially for intimate dinners together, or with another couple. In the off season, better restaurants in Sarasota offer a promotion of appetizer, entree and dessert at...More

Thank Siciliansatheart
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Thanks so much! We always try our best to make a Bijou visit a memorable occasion. And with our Summer Prix Fixe menu it makes it a great value as well!

Reviewed 20 August 2018

this is one of my 'go to' restaurants. It's a favorite because i can take clients/friends and business associates here, and we can actually talk and hear each other. The wait staff is ALWAYS excellent, in my years of going here I've always been treated...More

Thank artisticdirector
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Well thank you very much sir for an outstanding review. Indeed, after 32 years of catering to the fine folks of Sarasota we have learned a thing or two about satisfying our guests!

Reviewed 15 August 2018

Delightful staff and delicious food, in downtown SRQ! Perfect for: date night, special occasions, dining before a show, families as well as business meals. They have something for everyone on their menu - foodie haven!

Thank SRQBeach
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Thank you SRQ Beach, we very much appreciate the kind words. We are so grateful to our professional staff and loyal customers who have supported us for 32 years in the heart of Downtown Sarasota!

Reviewed 21 July 2018

We have been eating at the Bijou for 12 years -- we try to save it for special occassions because its on of our favorites -- however -- recently we met friends there for cocktails & a savor sarasota weekday dinner -- did not get...More

Thank Jr John J G
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

So sorry to disappoint you. We appreciate every criticism of our restaurant whether it is good or not so good. However, we believe we have the right to defend ourselves when needed. You might have called me or emailed me directly with your issues and...More

Reviewed 18 July 2018

Bijou Cafe has been one of Sarasota's leading restaurants since 1986. Located at 1287 1st Street, in the heart of downtown Sarasota's theatre and arts district, it features an award-winning wine list, outstanding service, an eclectic menu and a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Owner Jean-Pierre...More

Thank Taylor B
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Thank you Taylor for this outstanding review of the Bijou Cafe. There is no better advertising than the honest words of a very satisfied customer. We appreciate your detailed and very kind words and hope to see you at the Bijou again soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2018

If it weren't for the delicious food, I would never go back. Our waiter managed to insult, offend or belittle almost every woman in our party of 7, while we were celebrating a special birthday. He may have thought it was amusing, but never let...More

Thank CharlieWatts
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We went to the Bijou with friends during Savor Sarasota for lunch. The Savor Sarasota prefix menu offered a good deal of variety. The food was really good. The service was attentive, but did not interrupt our visiting with friends. The dining room was over...More

Thank retengr
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Thank you very much for the excellent review of the Bijou Cafe. We are very proud of our cuisine and our professional, attentive and unobtrusive servers. We look forward to your next visit.

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23 September 2018|
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Response from JPSarasotafla | Property representative |
Yes we do have a very modest dress code. We do not require jackets and ties and call our dress code smart casual or resort casual. Dress shorts are fine but cut-offs are not. Tank tops on men and baseball caps are also not... More
Ron C
26 August 2018|
Response from JPSarasotafla | Property representative |
Actually the Bijou cafe is closed on Sundays so our staff can have a day off to enjoy with their families. We do have Happy Hour Monday thru Saturday from 5:00 until 6:30 so please plan on joining us!
Joseph D
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!!
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
Fine dining in the heart of Sarasota's theatre and arts district since 1986. We are proud to offer a seasonal menu with an emphasis on fresh local produce and sustainable, abundant seafood.
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