We are extremely disappointed to announce, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we will not be able to open the Bijou Cafe for at least another week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and assure you we are doing all we can to open in a safe and orderly manner as soon as possible.
The Knaggs Family

May 29th, 2020

Thank you for your patience. Your long wait is over. We are delighted to inform you The Bijou Cafe will be opening at 5:00pm on Tuesday June 2nd.

We have been busy cleaning, painting, sanitizing and moving furniture for your convenience and comfort. Our staff has received extra training in health, safety and social distancing measures.

We have made space inside for social distancing and added outside tables and chairs to create a true European alfresco atmosphere. Please be sure to see our on-line take out menu.

We hope you will be comforted knowing we are doing all we can to make your visit with us safe, healthy and enjoyable.

We look forward to seeing you and encourage you to make reservations by clicking below or by calling us at 941 366-8111

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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