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Bijou Cafe

1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
+1 941-366-8111
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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French, American, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236-5507
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything went great until we got to our entrees. My partner arrived on a lovely evening before the opera and sat outdoors. The restaurant is right across the street from the opera. The service was excellent as were our appetizers. I had the liver pate,...More

1  Thank heffflump
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Excellent to either have lunch or dinner! This place is really a "must" when visiting Sarasota. You should not be disappointed. Food is excellent and service is good with very friendly people.

Thank jeanlucp731
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review. We agree that the Bijou Cafe is a must do when in Sarasota as people have been visiting us since 1986!

Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I hosted an event in one of the private rooms recently and was very pleased. Great food, staff was excellent and owner came in an introduced himself. Managers were easy to work with. I look forward to coming back again. Love the historic area where...More

Thank wellsdp
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for those kind words. We are a proud family owned restaurant with 32 years of hands on experience. Personal attention to every detail is our mission. We look forward to your next event at the Bijou Cafe.

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Wow! Just wow! This restaurant is probably one of my new favourites in Sarasota. The food was DELICIOUS. We came on a weekday night and the restaurant was packed (not even season yet), but the service was great. I guess with great food and great...More

Thank anotableman
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Response from Johnnydez | Reviewed this property |
Never saw shorts there
8 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
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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