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Bijou Cafe

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Wed, 1/23
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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cup $5.00
bowl $6.00
soups du jour
hot and chilled
cup $6.00
bowl $8.00
shrimp and crab bisque
trio of soups
grilled chicken $15.00
shrimp $16.00
fresh fish $market
ceasar salad
our version of the classic recipe
black and bleu
Blackened filet of beef, maytag bleu cheese, Neuske's bacon, red onion, arugula, herbed evoo
moroccan salad
fresh‎ florida citrus, dates, almonds and apples, balsamic vinaigrette
southern fried chicken
salad with bacon, tomato, pecans, dried cherries, fried onions and buttermilk ranch dressing
beet and arugula
with goat cheese, red onions, croutons and white balsamic vinaigrette
molly's cobb
chicken , tomatoes, onions, avocado, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, point reyes bleu, dijon vinaigrette
chopped mediterranean salad
grilled lamb, romaine, feta, olives, artichokes, onion, cucumber, croutons, sun-dried tomatoes, herb vinaigrette
gravlax smorrebrod
open faced marble rye, house cured salmon with horseradish sour cream cheese spread, shaved radish, onions, capers. served with a petite caesar salad
pesto chicken salad
pulled roast chicken with house made pesto dressing, and arugula, on a croissant
wild mushroom and gruyère grilled cheese
shitakes and creminis, creamy gruyère, semolina bread, petite caesar salad or pommes frites
bijou burger
our special blend of ground brisket and chuck, char-grilled and topped with your choice of cheese, served with petite caesar salad or pommes frites
pulled roast duck
maple farms roasted duck on ciabatta bread with melted brie and mango chutney. served with petite caesar salad or pommes frites
open face grilled veggie
red and green peppers, eggplant, onions, portabella, tomato and squash on warm goat cheese focaccia with herbed aioli on the side, with petite caesar salad or pommes frites
spinach and roasted tomato capellini
olive oil, sautéed spinach, roasted garlic and tomatoes, basil, grana padana
chicken paillard
organic chicken breast, sautéed in olive oil and garlic with roasted mediterranean vegetables and sautéed spinach, finished with lemon and butter
seasonal salmon
Grilled,‎ tarragon compound butter atop watercress, tomato and onion salad mkt price “braaivleis” South-African sausage grilled house made “boerewors” or farmer’s sausage, served with south african style grits, chutney and grilled tomato
bijou crab cakes
lump crab, pan fried and served with creole remoulade and petite caesar salad or pommes frites
yellowfin tuna (rare)
chayote,‎ carrot and lime salad, wonton crisps, orange-ginger emulsion, red chile oil
market fish
seasonal and sustainable species; presentation and price change daily
spa style fish du jour
today’s fish, steamed or poached, served with steam veggies. gluten free, fat free, local!
shrimp piri piri
American-harvested‎ shrimp with a spicy sauce of lemon, garlic, cayenne, with South African style grits
hearty cajun style gumbo/stew of chicken, ham, sausage, shrimp and rice and gumbo file
sm $9.00
lg $11.00
pommes gratin dauphinois
no visit to the bijou is complete without a taste of these delectable potatoes. smothered in cream with a hint of garlic, baked to a bubbling golden brown with gruyere cheese.
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.
$25 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
French, American, International
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
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a lovely dinner at the Bijou Cafe. The food, service and ambience were all excellent. It was our best meal in Sarasota.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Rich-Stamford
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Still humming classic restaurant with cozy bar with just four tables. Bigger dining room. Delicious house cured salmon. Perfect rack of lamb and filet. Fresh vegetables. Intimate, professional and filled with locals.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank wsdoyle
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you wsdoyle. We are so grateful that after 33 years we are "still humming"! Thanks to the locals and visitors, thanks to our loyal and professional staff and thanks to our beautiful city of Sarasota.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say that for such a lovely restaurant, with an excellent waiter and great location, the food was mediocre. I had the crab cakes on the appetizer and the crab cakes were soggy and lacking in flavor. My date had the fresh fish...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank julie b
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So sorry we couldn't please you. We try hard to please everyone and most of the time we do. I'm sure you'll find some place you like!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were three and we dined in the small front room off the reception area. The Caesar salad us always good, the soup of the day excellent, and the trout delectable. Service was attentive, but not too much or too little. A gem in Sarasota!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Bi-coaster
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words. Looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friends like Bijou for its proximity to Florida Studio Theater and valet parking for a person with walking difficulties. We had a reservation for its opening at 5. I had liked what I saw online for the happy hour menu. Unfortunately, it is only...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank beachqueen2225
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food is very good, but the restaurant website advertises valet parking for lunch and dinner at their website, as well as gives instructions for a lot nearby; also says lots of spots on the street, but not so in snowbird season. Beware of the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lynn G
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Lynn G for your review. You make it sound as if getting here is difficult when in fact it is really very easy. No streets are closed and the city has been very co-operative by providing signage for all business's affected by construction....More

Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

I thought this was going to be very special but it didn't really work for me or my husband. The food was bland, service not bad, very pretty inside and clean but I just did not feel the real French food vibe. I have been...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank ddavis1212
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Thank you DDavis for taking the time to review the Bijou Cafe. Sorry we didn't live up to your standards. After visiting all the "French spots" in town you do realize the Bijou Cafe has been here longer than all of the others? And yes...More

Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

The culinary experience at its best. Attentive staff, beautiful decor and excellent French food. French onion soup and crab cakes were terrific. Will return next trip to Sarasota!

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank John D
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2018

Thank you John D. We appreciate your kind words and also look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed December 9, 2018

Bijou has been here a long time and there is a reason for it. The food is terrific, the room lovely and the staff attentive without being over-bearing. If you tell them you are headed to the theatre, they will make sure you are finished...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Ed T
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Thank you Ed T. Indeed the Bijou Cafe has been in business since 1986! With our proximity to the area theaters it has always been a priority to get our guests well fed and on to the show in time!

Reviewed December 2, 2018

As you walk inside the restaurant, you get an immediate impression of being in a very posh, upscale place. Every table is beautifully set on a white table cloth with nice silverware and linen napkins. The staff look very professional, they are courteous and attentive....More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Luv2Tour2
JPSarasotafla, Owner at Bijou Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Thank you for the great review of the Bijou Cafe. We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you again soon.

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December 25, 2018|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
6:15 pm
September 23, 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
August 25, 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!
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