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The Bijou Café The Bijou Café
The Bijou Café
Contact: Karen Thomson
Address: 1287 1st St, Sarasota, Florida
Phone: 941-366-8111
Fax: 941-366-7510


Type: Ceremony & Reception Venues

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The Bijou Café is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of the Sarasota’ Theatre & Arts District.

The cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary, unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Suncoast and established The Bijou Café as one of Sarasota'’s most sought after fine dining destinations.

Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café since 1986. It has a seating capacity of 140 in three separate dining rooms. The enchanting décor you’ would expect in a quaint, but modern European café surrounds you with French windows and doors throughout, sparkling glassware, contemporary art and the soft glow of candlelight.

The Bird Room seats 30 and is designed for wedding rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and other private gatherings.

The cuisine reflects Jean-Pierre’'s South African and French heritage. The Zagat Survey named The Bijou Café one of the top three restaurants on Florida'’s West Coast and it won the Reader’s Choice Awards from Sarasota Herald-Tribune several years consecutively. Florida Trend put the Bijou in their top 200 restaurants in Florida and Sarasota Magazine called it the “Best of the Best!”

The Bijou Café has annually garnered the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for our outstanding wine selections from the USA, France and around the world.

The Bijou Café is open at 11:30AM Monday-Friday for lunch and serves dinner beginning at 5PM every day during high season. They are closed on Sundays in summer, but open every night during the winter months.

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