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pepper steakYou're always welcome to dine with us at The Bijou Café! But we understand – the comfort of your own home is the perfect setting to enjoy a nice meal! We've come up with five simplified, easy-prep dinner ideas inspired by our award winning menu for you to try at home! Anyone can make these dishes and we encourage you to add your own flair to spice things up and make these recipe basics your own.

 

1. Chicken Paillard

 

Drizzle chicken with olive oil and garlic, making sure to cover evenly. Add salt, pepper and lemon as needed. Place fresh cutlets in a skillet on medium heat and cook each side for several minutes. In another pan, melt butter and stir in a couple tablespoons with all purpose flour. Whisk in two cups chicken stock. To serve, add the sauce to your plate, followed by greens and the chicken cutlets, garnish with tomatoes or add sautéed spinach and veggies to compliment the dish.

 

2. Crab Bisque

 

In a skillet, add several tablespoons butter and flour to create a roux. Whisk in 1 1/3 cup chicken broth. Sautée onions and stir into sauce, adding a cup of cream, lemon juice, cayenne and salt (to taste) or optional cognac and sherry - simmering for 30 minutes. Add blue crab and baby shrimp (optional) and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until heated and serve!

 

3. Roasted Duck

 

Rub duck with salt and pepper and desired seasonings. Roast duck at 375 degrees in a deep pan for an hour. Remove duck, pour out the fat and place in the pan. Lather in butter, rotate and continue cooking for an additional hour or until skin is crisp and brown. The Bijou adds a special bread pudding stuffing and cherry Merlot sauce for extra flavor!

 

4. Filet Mignon
 

Bring wine to a boil in a sauce pan, then simmer for 20 minutes. Brush sauce onto steaks and roll in peppercorns. Grill for 5 minutes on each side. Sautée mushroom and garlic in a separate pan. Serve steaks with sautéed veggies and enjoy!

 

5. Oven Roasted Salmon
 

Rub fillets with oil, then salt and pepper to your liking. Cook at 450 degrees for a minimum of 8 minutes, and make sure to check back frequently so that you avoid overcooking (up to 15 minutes should do it). When fish starts to flake easily with a fork, remove. Top with a creole tomato glaze and serve with a side of fresh, homemade mashed potatoes!

 

 

mothersday-bijouHave you made your plans for Mother's Day? Join us at The Bijou Café – make your reservations now! In addition to our complete award winning dinner menu, our chefs will be preparing the following special a la carte menu for Sunday.

TO START

Cream of Asparagus with Almonds Soup

or

Chilled Mixed Berry Champagne Soup

or

Our Famous Shrimp & Crab Bisque

ENTREES

Pan Roasted Florida Grouper
Semolina gnocchi, arugula and fennel salad with tomato citrus vinaigrette 

 

Australian Rack of Lamb 

Crusted with Dijon mustard and Herbes de Provence, sauced with a 
Cabernet lamb reduction and topped with mint "gremolata"


 Veal Scaloppini Beaumaniere
Tender prime veal scaloppini with mushrooms, prosciutto, artichoke hearts 

Fines herbes butter sauce 

 

Mom's Special Surf & Turf
Grilled 5 oz filet mignon and butter poached fresh Maine lobster tail, served with 

Bearnaise and drawn butter 

 

DESSERT
Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Tart with Frangelico Chantilly cream.

 

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Make your reservations!

CALL (941) 366-8111

or visit our website

www.bijoucafe.net 

 

Mothers Day2The Bijou Café is open for all your favorite holidays – including Mother's Day! Wondering where to take the special lady in your life to show your appreciation? We've got you covered! Come celebrate and treat Mom to a night she'll remember.

There are so many reasons to give thanks to the beautiful women in our lives. Our mothers are the ones who nurtured us as children, nurture our own children, teach us right from wrong and support us though the ups and downs. Mom is the one we call for advice and for inspiration when we need it most. Take the time this mother's day to show your mother, sister or wife how appreciated she is!

What are some thoughts that come to mind when you think of your mother? Beautiful, caring, kind hearted, unconditional, strong, wise, radiant, loving. These are the qualities we are acknowledging this Mother's Day!

Fun fact! Did you know that the American holiday of Mother's Day started in 1908, while other cultures have been celebrating similar holidays for centuries? The modern holiday as we know it grew from one woman's desire to honor her mother in the early 1900's, while we continue to spread the tradition today. Mother's Day occurs on the second Sunday in May, and is recognized as a national holiday. Though the celebration has become commercialized over the years, that doesn't take away the heart of what the day is all about, expressing gratitude to our loved ones.

Mother's Day is a holiday for the whole family. We welcome you to spend your Sunday dining with us as we bring you the best cuisine and atmosphere Sarasota has to offer. We're open on Sunday, May 10th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and serving our full award winning menu as well as the chef's specials! Call 941-366-8111 to make your reservations now! Booking also available online at Open Table.


Here's to you, moms!

 

Bijou Flowers WeddingThe Bijou Café is the perfect venue for weddings and receptions. Did you know the Bijou is able to host wedding ceremonies? Yes, it's true! In addition to our main dining rooms, we also have access to a lovely courtyard across the street for small weddings. 
 

We can accommodate up to 40 people for private dining or buyout functions for 150+! We are experienced event planners here at the Bijou Café and would be honored to host your next event.

 

We are members of Weddings of Sarasota, a group of the area's finest wedding and event professionals. The artisans at Weddings of Sarasota are seasoned veterans with the ability to make your event exactly what you imagine. Together with our party planners, we will answer all of your questions and handle all of the most important details of your big day. You'll be able to relax and let us do what we enjoy the most – create wonderful wedding celebrations and help make all your dreams come true!
 

In addition to partnering with Weddings of Sarasota, other businesses we work with include elegant floral arrangements by Flowers by Fudgie, custom creations by local Sarasota cake maker Cakes by Ron, hair stylist and makeup artist Tammy Gamso and tent specialists Rental Depot. 

 

Visit www.weddingsofsarasota.com for wedding checklists, bridal tips, hotel accommodations and other great resources. Some tips for planning your wedding event include:

Bijou Wedding  •reserve your wedding location as soon as possible
  •book your wedding officiate
  •determine number of guests
  •establish a budget
  •determine attire for attendants
  •make a guest list
  •choose a reception location
  •choose a caterer, videographer, florist, makeup specialist and DJ

   The Bijou Café is your wedding event go-to for your Sarasota wedding. We'll host a beautiful
   ceremony and reception for you, as well as be there with you step by step through
   all the other details. 

 

  For inquiries, contact Karen, our General Manager and Event Co-Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 

Fruit cocktailSpring is here and there's no better excuse to try some new Spring cocktail recipes! If cocktails are your pleasure, try one of our exclusive mixology creations at The Bijou Café. Find our signature mixed drinks here on our "Latest Gossip" menu. Or try these fun new recipes at home:
 

1) Spring Sangria

3/4 cup limoncello
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup diced fresh local strawberries
1 bottle chilled demi-sec rose champagne
1 sliced lemon

In a large pitcher, combine limoncello and strawberries. Top with champagne and stir in half the lemon slices. Pour over ice, and add a scoop of fruit to each glass. 
 

2) Spiked Sweet Tea

8 cups water
6 tea bags
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp backing soda
1.5 cups chambord liqueur
1/2 cup vodka
your choice herbs and fruit for garnish: mint, raspberries, oranges
 

Boil water and steep tea bags for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and add sugar and baking soda. Allow sugar to dissolve and add chambord and vodka. Let the tea cool and then pour over ice and add garnish!
 

3) Blueberry Bourbon 

1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 cups blueberries
4 shots bourbon
1 cup fresh mint
club soda
ice

Bring sugar, water and ginger together to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Add blueberries, mint, bourbon and heated syrup into a food processor. Pulse and serve over ice. Add club soda and mint garnish. 

 

LambWinter wreaked havoc up North this year while we basked in sunshine enjoying our usual Florida balminess. However, as I write this the outside temperature is hovering around 85° and it's not even April yet! 

 

That means it's Spring and Easter is just around the corner! It is a wonderful time to enjoy our many blessings: family, friends, health, our beliefs, and, of course, chocolate! 

 

Please consider bringing your family to The Bijou Café for our outstanding Easter Dinner. We will be offering our award winning dinner menu from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm on Sunday, April 5th. 

 

For the day's specials, our chefs will be preparing our famous Australian Rack of Lamb with minted demi-glace sauce as well as maple glazed Virginia baked ham with all the trimmings. 

 

For the catch of the day, we will be featuring the freshest, local and most sustainable fish we can get. Our seafood presentations are the talk of the town and on Easter Sunday our chefs will once again amaze you with their talents! 

 

Be sure to save some room for our delightfully delicious and delectable desserts! Click here to see our full menu. 

 

Be sure to call right away for reservations as this holiday sells out quickly.  

  

Circus BlogThe Bijou Café congratulates Sailor Circus on another successful season!
 

This past weekend, The Bijou Café's very own J.P. Knaggs had the honor of presenting as Guest Ringmaster at Circus Sarasota with Key Chorale and Cirque des Voix Orchestra. It was an invigorating experience to be a contributor of such an incredible show. The highlight of the performance was a five person high wire act led by members of the iconic Wallenda family. 
 

The circus arts are one of the most well known forms of family entertainment. The Circus Arts Conservatory, a non profit with 80% of its proceeds going to circus outreach, aims to raise awareness about its programs both locally and internationally. 
 

Sarasota is a very special place. There's so much for the public to witness. The circus is what Sarasota County is based on, it's the history of this particular county.
 

In the 1920's John Ringling moved the Winter quarters for The Ringling Bros to Sarasota and as a result the circus became an active part of Sarasota's unique community. Today, Sarasota is home to The Circus Museum at The Ringling Museum of Arts, The Circus Arts Conservatory and an impressive ensemble of performance and circus arts.
 

The Sailor Circus Spring shows are underway and they anticipate an eventful season. This year is their 66th anniversary and we expect nothing less than spectacular performances. You can support their cause by purchasing tickets through circusarts.org, or donating to their education program, humor therapy program or Sailor Circus academy (though we highly recommend a show).

Sarasota Opera2The Bijou Café is a Sarasota Original restaurant that has set the standard for fine dining since 1986. We are located in the heart of the Theatre and Arts District in downtown Sarasota, with esteemed neighbors such as Florida Studio Theatre and Sarasota Opera House, among others. We feel fortunate to be located in such a special and historic part of downtown. Sarasota is well known for it's theater and arts and this is one aspect of our city that keeps us vibrant and lively. 

 

The Sarasota Opera, now in it's 55th season, established it's roots at the Ringling Museum in the 1920's and later joined the downtown scene in the late 1970's. In 2008, the theater underwent a major historic renovation and added magnificent features and details to the space. There is something for everyone in this world class, intimate venue. The Winter opera season is in full swing, so purchase your tickets and treat yourself to a show. The Bijou Café is a stone's throw from the Opera, so take a stroll over to visit us while your'e there!

 

We can attribute much of our success to the Sarasota Opera, and want to give special thanks to this thriving establishment. A typical day for us during opera season includes a packed house of Sarasota Opera patrons who are enjoying a meal before or after a show. We are proud to serve an eclectic group of patrons from all over the world at the Bijou Café. We do amazing business in part because of our arts district neighbors, and have the best seat in town to be involved in the busyness and excitement the theater season has to offer. 

Winter 2015 Season

Tosca / Giacomo Puccini /  Feb 7 - March 28
A tempestuous diva’s jealousy leads to tragedy in Puccini's powerful melodramma. Two favorite Sarasota Opera artists, Kara Shay Thomson and Rafael Dávila, return as Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi.

 

The Marriage of Figaro /  W.A. Mozart / Feb 14 - March 27
Featuring the same beloved characters used in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, but composed 30 years earlier, Mozart's comedy sees Figaro and his fiancée Susanna join with Rosina (now the Countess Almaviva) to thwart her husband’s lechery.

 

The Golden Cockeral / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Feb 21 - March 19
Once a favorite showpiece for coloratura sopranos like Lily Pons and Beverly Sills, this rarely heard masterpiece is a fairy tale filled with exotic and beautiful music.

 

Don Carlos (Paris Version) / Giuseppe Verdi /  March 7 - March 24
The 2015 installment of the Verdi Cycle is the original Paris Version of the epic Don Carlos. This sweeping drama is one of Verdi’s masterworks.

 

chef bob 3One of the defining qualities of an exceptional restaurant is the customer service. At the Bijou Café we consider our staff to be like family, and come together to ensure that everyone from waitstaff to owner to managers to chefs are on the same page. We work in unison to provide our guests with the best possible dining experience. 
 

Some qualities of an outstanding customer service team: 
 

The restaurant atmosphere is warm, hospitable and inviting. From the host who greets you at the door to the server who takes your order, each of our staff members greet you with a great attitude.
 

The staff has an advanced knowledge of menu and wine choices. Here at the Bijou, our menu items and wine selection are always expanding. We do our best to provide you with a helpful and informative description of our specials and dining choices so you are paired with a lunch or dinner that caters to your favorite tastes.
 

Your servers are attentive, courteous, personable and professional. You can tell from their tone, speech and body language that they are authentically enthusiastic and looking forward to interacting with you! 
 

The food is prepared with attention, skill and care. Our chefs at the Bijou take pride in their art. Chef/Owner J.P. Knaggs personally ensures that each plate is masterfully prepared and adheres to the Bijou's high quality standards. 


The restaurant is prepared and accommodating. Even during busy season, we are never too preoccupied to provide you with distinguished customer service.


Our aim is to provide our customers with a welcoming atmosphere, friendly and helpful service, and some of the finest cocktails, wine, desserts and chef specialties that Sarasota has to offer.

 

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We live in a thriving community with a diverse selection of arts and cultural organizations. Downtown Sarasota is the epicenter of all the most exciting local activity. The Bijou Café sits in the heart of it all, and we're proud to be surrounded by such world class neighbors.

Sarasota Opera — Sarasota Opera, now in it's 55th season, established it's roots at the Ringling Museum in the 1920's and joined the downtown scene in the late 1970's. In 2008, the theater underwent a major historic renovation and added magnificent features and details to the space. There is something for everyone in this world class, intimate venue. The Winter opera season is in full swing, so purchase your tickets and treat yourself to a show. The Bijou Café is a stone's throw from the Opera, so take a stroll over to visit us while your'e there!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — The gardens are a bayfront oasis dedicated to the study of plants and environmental conservation. Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, Selby is popular to scientists and guests alike. From gardens to banyan groves to a delightful coy pond, the grounds are a colorful, lush wonderland. Events include yoga instruction, feng shui seminars, art classes, weddings, business functions and an array of exhibits. There's always something new happening so check in regularly!

Sarasota Architectural Salvage — Sarasota Architectural Salvage, or SAS, is a retail space filled with antique artifacts, architecture and oddities. Customers include contractors and builders, but the warehouse is also open to the public. You can find anything from refurbished furniture to vintage post cards in this unique showroom. The owner has recently expanded to the Rosemary District and it's newest location is called SAS Mercantile, nestled in the previous Ice House building. This location features less raw material and a more refined collection of goods. SAS is a must see. 

Sarasota Chalk Festival — The annual festival is a non profit free to students, children and families. This interactive, international attraction welcomes renowned artists from all over the world. Each year hosts a different theme honoring a relevant piece of local or national culture. The 2015 theme will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The festival is a mere eight years old but boasts global success, and has grown exponentially since the first few years. The event has broken world records, and evolved into a 3-D extravaganza. The Sarasota Chalk Festival is a downtown gem so stay tuned for upcoming details from their site. 

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Sarasota is well known for it's vivid arts community and abundance of cultural attractions. As locals, we benefit from the diversity of entertainment our community has to offer. In the heart of the Theatre and Arts District, Bijou Café enjoys front row seats to some of the areas finest establishments and special events. Here is an abbreviated list of some of our favorite things to do as a local or visitor to SRQ. 

Ringling Museum of Art  — Since the beginning of the 20th century, citizens of Florida and people worldwide have marveled at the legacy that John Ringling has created. If you're a native of the area, you know the story well. The founder built the museum on his own property out of passion for art and education. Over the years the Ringling Museum has become a hub for creative vision, hosting innovative exhibitions and special functions for all to enjoy. Specifically, a night life event called Ringling Underground, a fusion of regional art and live music. Don't miss the upcoming event on March 5th from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the Museum of Art Courtyard. 

Burns Court Cinema — Established in 1984, the Sarasota Film Society has brought independent and international artistic cinema to our neighborhood for years. The Film Society has expanded and now has two local theaters, one in Lakewood Ranch and of course our favorite in downtown Sarasota. Now playing, The Imitation Game, based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top secret code school during the darkest days of World War II. Also, McFarland, USA, a story about a track coach in a small California town who transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders. Visit their website for upcoming show times. 

Mote Marine Laboratory — From their humble beginnings in Florida, this research facility has grown to include extensive research programs, an international internship curriculum, an impressive aquarium featuring a variety of marine animals, fish and a 135,000 gallon shark habitat. Mote's latest exhibit, "Oh Baby" explores ocean animal romance and life cycles. This family friendly marine-scientist gallery invites you to learn more about our ecosystem and encourages conservation and restoration. You won't want to miss this fun attraction, open for a limited time.

Sarasota Farmers Market — The Sarasota Farmers Market is a year round, weekly market on Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm on Main St. and Lemon Ave. and on Wednesdays at Five Points Park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The market maintains it's tradition in providing the community with fresh produce and hand crafted artisan goods. Some of our favorite regular vendors include Worden Farm, Sarafresh Juice, Local Coffee + Tea among many, many more. Rain or shine, the Sarasota Farmers Market is sure to please. 

reservedThis year we are lucky enough to have the 14th of February fall on a Saturday! This is typically the busiest night of the week for us and it's also an Opera night, so needless to say we are filling up rapidly!

 

Just in case you have not been able to secure a table for the 14th, we are making this year a Valentine's Weekend! We will be offering our romantic, extra special, delightfully delicious Special Valentine's Menu Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. This special menu will be offered in addition to our award winning full dinner menu

 

So, if you were unable to get a table on Valentine's Day, make the most of the weekend and reserve a romantic table for two on Friday or Sunday night. Your sweetheart will be just as impressed!

 

Reserve a table by calling us at 941 366-8111 or click here to make a reservation on Open Table!

 

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forks and corks 2015The internationally famous Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival is almost here! This amazing weekend of food, wine, and fun, brought to you by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, begins Fri., Jan. 23. We're inviting you to join us here at the Bijou for a winemaker's dinner featuring a five-course meal and wine pairings at 7 pm on Jan. 23; tickets are $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity and we expect them to go fast so call now for yours!

The name DeLoach has long been associated with excellent California wines. After selling their original flagship winery, the DeLoach family started Hook & Ladder on 375 acres situated in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. Today the family run business is as successful as ever and producing award winning wines! Michael DeLoach, president and all around fun guy, will be here to show his wines.

in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley's nineteenth century namesake. In 1975 the family built a small winery and Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyards' first wine. The 3rd generation of the Wetzel Family is now active in the winery and continues the family tradition at AVV. Hank, a knowledgeable, warm and friendly chap, will be here pouring his family wines.

Plus, our talented chef has planned a fabulous five-course menu to complement these magnificent wines:

HORS D'OEUVRES
Mini Chesapeake Crab cakes with Cajun remoulade
Torchon de Foie Gras- fig compote
Seared Ahi Tuna and avocado wasabi cream
WINE: 2014 Alexander Valley "Gewurz", Mendocino County, Gewurtztraminer

FIRST COURSE
Pan Seared Branzino
Butter poached Lobster sauce, Fingerling risolee
WINE: 2013 Hook & Ladder Estate Chardonnay

SECOND COURSE
Grilled Manchester Farms Quail
Nueske's Bacon studded grits and sour cherry coulis
WINE: 2013 Hook & Ladder Estate Pinot Noir

MAIN COURSE
Herb Rubbed and Smoked Tenderloin of Angus Beef
Served au jus with Pommes Gratin and seared asparagus with shallots
WINE: 2011 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard Selection

DESSERT
Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Torte
Raspberry and Chambord sauce, pistachio cream
WINE: 2010 CYRUS


WINEMAKER'S DINNER - Bijou Cafe (1287 First St., downtown Sarasota).
Friday, January 23: 6:30pm reception, 7:00pm dinner; $95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity; RSVP by phone at (941) 366-8111.

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Confectionary delights are an excellent way to show your love and affection for your special someone, as is a trip to the Opera!

 

February 14 happens to fall on the night of a performance of "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Sarasota Opera House and to make the spectacular simple, we’ve chosen our top three desserts for this romantic evening:

 

Bijou’s Assorted Authentic Italian Gelati and Sorbettos: a taste of Italy sets the stage perfectly for an after-dinner date for the Italian-sung comedy opera The Marriage of Figaro.

Amarula Crème Brulee: try your tongue at the language of love, French, while ordering this decadent delight, s’il vous plaît! Share your spoon and let your date crack the golden caramelized shell.

Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate Mousse: celebrate National Chocolate Month and show your date just how sweet you think he or she is with this whipped cream topped delight.

 

Want to go the extra mile? Impressing your Valentine can be as simple as surprising your date with a small card with a heartfelt message or a bouquet of roses. A single rose works too!

 

Since Valentine’s falls on both a Saturday and an opera night, we suggest you reserve your tables early and rest assured that your Valentine’s plans are taken care of.

 

Friday Hours: 5-10pm
Saturday (Valentine’s Day) Hours: 5-10pm
Sunday Hours: 4-8pm

 

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bijou2014It's hard to believe it's already the holidays. The year has flown by and it's time to celebrate! Whether you have friends coming in town, are ringing in the new year with family, or are just enjoying a nice relaxing holiday, the Bijou has the perfect, easy, and delicious plan for you!

 

Be the hit of the holidays this season by hosting your holiday party in one of our exquisite private dining rooms. We add the extra little touches that make your celebration a memorable event, from passed hors d'oeuvres to an elegant sit down dinner party and everything in between. There are rooms still available, please call Karen Thomson, our GM and party coordinator at 941-366-8111 for more information.

 

If you can't make it to the Bijou, at least you can still bring The Bijou home to you! Serve your guests our famous Pommes Gratin Dauphinois at your own table. Just bring in your favorite casserole dish and we will fill it with our scrumptious potatoes. It's that simple! Finish the dish in your oven at home (we give you a printed slip with all the directions), and when your friends and family savor the delectable aromas of crusty baked Gruyere cheese and fresh cream, garlic and potatoes they'll thank you lovingly. You can take all the credit, of course!

 

Gift cards are also available in any denomination you wish! They do not expire and one size fits all! We mail free to anywhere in the US. We can also Fedex next day for a modest fee. Visit our website and order your gift cards on-line by clicking right here!

 

The entire Knaggs and Bijou Cafe Family wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.

 

Holiday Hours at The Bijou:

Dec 24 Christmas Eve: open from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, closed for lunch

Dec 25 Christmas Day: Closed

Dec 31 New Years Eve: open at 6:00pm, seating until 10:00pm

Jan 1 New Years Day: Closed to recuperate!

Sundays: Starting Jan 4, open on Sundays for dinner only from 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Call us to make your reservations today at 941-366-8111 or RSVP online!

 

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holidays2014After a long, hot and thankfully uneventful summer (weather wise) we are truly ready for fall! Up north the leaves are displaying their majestic golden hues while here in Florida we know it's fall when the license plates change color! It's not too early to plan your Thanksgiving Dinner or even Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve at the Bijou Cafe.

If you don't feel like cooking for your whole family, we are offering our full a la carte dinner menu on Thanksgiving Day. We will have several chef's specials and, of course, our famous Roast Carolina Turkey with all the trimmings. The tasty, festive turkey dinner is $28.95 per person and $12.00 for children under 12. Secure your reservation (and turkey!) today. We will be open from noon to 8pm.

If you are looking to host your thanksgiving at your home instead, don't forget to swing by the Bijou to pick up our "Pommes Gratin". Bring your own casserole dish and we will fill it up so you can present it as your own home cooking. You simply finish at home and your family will be truly "Thankful"!

Holiday parties are so much fun, but even better when someone else organized it all for you. Our two private dining rooms are the perfect venue for this. Call Karen Thomson, our General Manager at 941 366-8111 and let her expertise in event planning will help make your event memorable!

If you have been away all summer, welcome back! If you are a permanent resident, it's always good to see you, so please give us a call!

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sausagesBiggrilling2Do you feel like you missed out on Oktoberfest activities this year? The Bijou has you covered, continuing our special prices and themed lunches and dinners throughout the rest of October!

Oktoberfest is a great excuse to gather a group of friends and join us for a celebration! We have some favorites on the menu, like the authentic wurst platter with Geiers Knockwurst, Bratwurst and Weisswurst. Add a side of german potato salad and you will feel as if you have been transported to Germany.

Pair one of these delicious German dishes with a tasty cold craft brew, and you have turned your lunch or dinner into a party! Many of our beers are made right here in Sarasota and were hand selected by our chef. Call and make a reservation, or just swing by. Lederhosen attire suggested!

 

OKTOBERFEST LUNCH MENU $15 (Tax and gratuity not included)

To Start
Soup du Jour (Hot or chilled specialty)
or
Shrimp & Crab Bisque (additional 2.00)
or
Spicy carrot salad with almonds and gouda cheese in tangy yogurt dressing
or
BIJOU CAESAR Romaine lettuce, herb croutons, parmesan crisps, creamy roasted garlic dressing, anchovy

Entrées

GERMAN WURST PLATTER
With Geiers Knockwurst and Weisswurst, German potato salad
or
PORK SHANK
Braised until fork tender and served with multi grain mustard sauce, parsley potatoes and red cabbage
or
SALMON WITH RIESLING BEURRE BLANC
Panko herb encrusted filet, pan seared and served with grilled asparagus


OKTOBERFEST DINNER MENU $29 (Tax and gratuity not included)

To Start
Soup du Jour (Hot or chilled specialty)
or
Shrimp & Crab Bisque (additional 2.00)
or
Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad with fresh dill mustard vinaigrette
or
Spicy carrot salad with almonds and gouda cheese in tangy yogurt dressing
or
BIJOU CAESAR Romaine lettuce, herb croutons, parmesan crisps, creamy garlic dressing, anchovy


Entrées

GERMAN WURST PLATTER
With Geiers Knockwurst, Bratwurst and Weisswurst, German potato salad
or
PORK SHANK
Braised until fork tender and served with multi grain mustard sauce, parsley potatoes and red cabbage
or
SALMON WITH RIESLING BEURRE BLANC
Panko herb encrusted filet, pan seared and served with grilled asparagus


Dessert

GERMAN APFELSTRUDEL Made in house and topped with vanilla ice cream

 

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You know we take our happy hours seriously, especially when it comes before such an amazing and beneficial event like the Bal Masqué. This Saturday, October 4th, we are bringing the pre-party to the Bijou!

 

The Bal Masqué, starting at 8pm at the Sarasota Opera House, benefits local organizations that help children in our community. This fun event will raise money for organizations such as the Child Protection Center and Suncoast Charities for Children.

 

As the Official Wine Sponsor for the SRQ Bal Masqué event, we are transforming our Gossip Lounge into the perfect masquerade ball happy hour location. Directly across the street from the Sarasota Opera House, join us at 5pm to try our sparkling bubbly and tasty apps before hitting the main event!

 

Join us this Saturday to try “The Bijou Bal Masqué Bellini”, our specialty cocktail based off of the classic Italian Bellini concoction, then wander over to the opera house for the main event See you soon, and don’t forget your mask.

 

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oktoberfestOur Savor Sarasota menus were a huge success, thanks to those of you who joined us all summer long. A special thanks to our talented culinary wizards as well who kept coming up with great new menu ideas. 

Alas, it has gone for now, so we have another wonderful gustatory plan for you. For the first time ever, the Bijou Café is offering an Oktoberfest menu!

Starting October 6, in addition to our lunch and dinner menus, we will offer a weekly prix fixe menu that pairs perfectly with our new craft beer selections. Many of the first week's offerings are classics: beef and cabbage soup, a wurst platter, pork schnitzel, beef rouladen and so on!

For only $15 at lunch and $29 at dinner, this deal is the perfect way to celebrate fall! Prost!

 

OKTOBERFEST LUNCH MENU $15 (Tax and gratuity not included)

 

To Start

Choice of a cup of Beef & Cabbage Soup

or

Soup du Jour (Hot or chilled specialty)

or

Shrimp & Crab Bisque (additional 2.00)

or

Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad with fresh dill mustard vinaigrette

or

BIJOU CAESAR Romaine lettuce, herb croutons, parmesan crisps, creamy roasted garlic dressing, anchovy

 

Entrées

GERMAN WURST PLATTER

With Geiers Knockwurst and Weisswurst, German potato salad

or

PORK SCHNITZEL

Pork cutlet, lightly breaded, sautéed and served with mushroom gravy, mashed potato and red cabbage

 

 

OKTOBERFEST DINNER MENU $29 (Tax and gratuity not included)

 

To Start

Beef & Cabbage Soup

or

Soup du Jour (Hot or chilled specialty)

or

Shrimp & Crab Bisque (additional 2.00)

or

Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad with fresh dill mustard vinaigrette

or

BIJOU CAESAR

Romaine lettuce, herb croutons, parmesan crisps, creamy garlic dressing, anchovy

 

Entrées

GERMAN WURST PLATTER

With Geiers Knockwurst, Bratwurst and Weisswurst, braised sauerkraut

or

PORK SCHNITZEL

Pork cutlet, lightly breaded, sautéed and served with mushroom gravy, mashed potato and red cabbage

or

BEEF ROULADEN

Braised Beef steak rolled and stuffed with bacon, onion and pickle, served with spaetzle

 

Dessert

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE with fresh whipped cream

 

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jp and No one understands Happy Hour better than the Bijou. While we love our wines and martinis, sometimes we just need a nice cold brew after a long week! To that end, JP and our staff took it upon themselves to tackle this most important question: what craft brews should the Bijou Café offer?

One of the first options we explored was JDub’s Brewing Co, based right here in Sarasota. We were pleased to have the opportunity to tour their brewery last month and learn all about their history and innovative beers, and felt right at home at JDub's, where the motto is "Quality, Innovation and Culture."

JDub’s uses only the highest quality ingredients their beers including real honey and coffee, not extracts. Their tasty brews are matched by their quality, passionate employees. After our tour, we were ready to add JDub's to our list of craft beers at the Bijou!

Come try one of many handpicked craft beers, or any other of our specialty cocktails with friends after work. During happy hour, all our beers are $1 off! And don’t miss our special Oktoberfest menus coming soon to pair with these excellent beers.

 

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