European, French
Price Scale

 In 1986, chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay revamped a dilapidated downtown gas station across from the opera house into a white bungalow with a French-inflected menu. He eventually expanded from seating for 40 to 140 in three just-formal-enough dining rooms. With a South African/French heritage, he introduced local diners to South African wines, chilled soups, pommes gratin dauphinois, shrimp piri piri, chicken paillard, all on a menu that is refreshingly continental-eclectic. Many businesspeople and city dwellers think of the Bijou Café (and its intimate little bar) as their own club, but it’s a popular tourist spot, too

Meal Times
Dinner, Lunch
Good to Know
Outdoor Dining, Reservations
Good For
Business Lunch, Date Night

Bijou Cafe

1287 1st Street, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Downtown Sarasota  •  (941) 366-8111
Monday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m. Friday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 5-10 p.m.