Purchase a Gift Card and help the Bijou Staff!

We're hoping you and your family are well and staying safe. It's been 2 weeks since we temporarily closed the Bijou Cafe out of concern for the health of our staff but it seems like ages.

Just like you, we have no idea how long this shutdown will last. Our staff have been temporarily furloughed and will be receiving some financial assistance from the government soon. To help them through this financial struggle we have committed to donating 25% of the proceedings from every gift card we sell from now until we reopen again.

Please help us help the hard working people who are the soul and lifeblood of the Bijou and consider purchasing a Gift Card now.

Your online purchase is simple, quick and easy. The cards will be good forever, can be used as gifts to others and will help immensely during this difficult time.

Thank you,
JP, Shay and Jeffrey

March 20, 2020

Just a few days ago I sent you a letter announcing the steps we were taking to assure you a safe and pleasant dining experience at the Bijou Cafe.

Update: The rapid spread of the Coronavirus has forced us to take immediate necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our guests and employees.

So it is with profound sadness in our hearts we are announcing the temporary closing of the Bijou Cafe until this pandemic is behind us. We ask that our loyal and devoted customers comprehend the gravity of this and we implore everyone to heed the warnings, keep safe and stay strong.

I would like to express a very heartfelt thank you to the guests who have donated funds directly to the staff and also those who are purchasing gift cards online from our website. Your generosity at this difficult time is truly appreciated.

We will be back to serve you as soon as possible and hope you will be there to support us.

Thank you and please keep well,
Jean-Pierre, Shay and Jeffrey Knaggs


Enjoy nostalgic elegance and modern European inspired cuisine for a charmingly memorable fine dining experience in the heart of downtown Sarasota.

Located in the Theatre and Arts District of downtown Sarasota, the Bijou Cafe has been a treasured staple of the Sarasota restaurant scene since its opening in 1986. Diners appreciate the award-winning wine list, outstanding service, and eclectic menu. The menu is inspired by the French and South African heritage of owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs and elevated by Chef Ryan William’s inventive passion for using local ingredients and sustainable seafood.
The Bijou Cafe strives to ensure every guest experience is special, whether the occasion is a romantic date night, celebratory dinner, business luncheon, or happy hour with friends. Private rooms provide an elegant setting for rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, and business seminars.

Private Dining

No matter the occasion of your party, be it an intimate luncheon for twelve, a unique social gathering for fifty or a celebration at a venue of your choosing, we offer a number of settings for your private event. Everything from menu selection to wine pairings, flower arrangements, audio visual needs, wifi connections, to parting gifts, can be custom designed for a memorable occasion.

Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2PM

Dinner hours
Mon-SAT from 5PM

Closed Sundays during
the Summer season

Bijou Cafe
1287 First Street
Sarasota, FL 34236


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