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132 SW 3rd AvePortland, OR 97204Map & Directions
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Phone: (971) 990-6806
Bijou Cafe, Inc.
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: No
Cuisines: American, French, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
04/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
@jaymagun-Why would you possibly leave a review for a restaurant you didn't go to, but just read reviews of? Nobody cares that you decided not to go and your 1 star rating is reckless if you did not try the place.
The restaurant is good, the service is variable but Portland is a very strange city in regards to service. I've had awful/indifferent/inattentive service in many, many places. I've lived here for three years and have realized that if I want the food at the places I like, I'll put up with the service and just not leave a great tip, especially if the service was on the indifferent/inattentive side. If the wait staff is directly and intentionally rude, I wouldn't care to go back.
Back in Wisconsin, where I'm originally from, I would normally stop going somewhere if I received consistently bad service (which is generally rare there, probably because wait staff makes so little that tips are almost all their salary, compared to here where wait staff minimum wage is much higher, and should be.) but bad service is systemic here so unless I don't want to go to 75% of the restaurants in town, I just deal with it and enjoy the food.
06/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It was a beautiful day and my husband and I decided to spend it walking around downtown Portland. We passed by Bijou Cafe and liked the way it looked so walked in for breakfast. There were many open tables and yet we stood waiting for quite some time before we were waited on. That should have been my first sign that it was not going to be a good place to be. We finally got seated and our server never informs us of the specials or refills our water or asks how our meal is. She was so busy flirting with another table with two young men and really could not be bothered with us. We waited 15 minutes just to get a take out box to put our remaining food in. Finally, I just went up to the kitchen counter and asked for a box, only to be told one will be brought to us. It was another 5 minutes before we received it. Perhaps it's because we were the only couple of color in the restaurant? Be that as it may, we will not be returning to Bijou. What a disappointing experience to what began as a wonderful day.
06/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I really loved this place. Being a Chef from the South it really left a lasting impression on me. I'm going to Seattle this year and I may drive down one morning to eat.
Ask for the server that has gun holster for her order pad, she is the best.
01/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I visit Bijou for brunch every Saturday. Their food is consistently good, and the loose leaf black tea is wonderful. The boyfriend loves their muffins and vegetarian options.
One thing I don't like is that they won't make substitutions. I'm allergic to wheat, so I've asked before for extra salad instead of the bread item. Oh well. Double muffins for the boyfriend. They also missed our name on their wait list once, and seated some people before us who came in after us, but we were promptly seated next when I pointed this out.
Once in a while, I cheat on Bijou and try out another place, and I almost always regret it.
11/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
When you go out to eat, service ranks high. You can have mediocre food but outstanding service and still have a good experience. But when the staff acts like it is your priviledge to be there and asking the server for something is a bother then the whole experience is shot. The owners of the Bijou Cafe need to come off their high horses. The place and food simply are not that good to have such and attitude clearly exemplified by their staff. If your table is ready, they wont even seat you unless everyone is there standing at attention. They will simply pass you by to the next group. The atmosphere and food are not worth the attitude. There are plenty of better places in Portland to go for food and service.
06/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to the Bijou recently, unfortunately at my own suggestion, with family who were visiting from out of town. I hadn't been there for many years.
I have never felt so instanly unwelcome in a restaurant in my experience, which has been extensive. I am in sales and my territory is quite large so I've entertained clients in many restaurants.
I glanced at the sign which I thought read, ""Please be seated."" It actually read, ""Please wait to be seated."" It was an honest mistake, I believe. There were several empty tables so I was making my way to one when I was stopped quite abruptly by the maitre d', a quite tall, slim, gray haired, middle aged man, with upheld hand, as if to say ""stop where you are."" He addressed me very curtly with, "" The sign says wait to be seated"". He was obviously displeasedand gave me a stern, and unwelcome look. I apologized and told him I misread the sign. I believe it would have been much more honest of him to just say, ""Can't you read?"" He then asked how many were in our party and I replied, ""There will be seven"", and the rest of our party would be arriving shortly. He then ushered the two of us back to the front door and said to sign in on the list even though there was no one else waiting.
If I hadn't needed to wait for the rest of our party to arrive I would have simply left at that point. It took longer than expected for the rest of our party to arrive. It was during Rose Festival and parking was difficult to find. After we were seated the two of us went ahead and ordered. Our waitress asked if the maitre d' told us if the rest of our party didn't arrive before two o'clock that they wouldn't be able to order at all. I called them on their cell phone to let them know. I ended up reading the menu to them and ordering their choices for them. Two of them arrived with plenty of time to have ordered without the phone call. I have to admit that the rest of our party didn't make it in time so we asked to have their orders boxed, which our waitress gladly did, and took them with us. The Bijou still received payment for seven orders. I felt more stressed having patronized the Bijou than I have been at my work for a very long time.
Upon arriving home, I got online to register my opinion and found four of the first five reviews on City Search for the Bijou were negative. I will definitely make it a habit in the future to read the reviews on the City Search website before I go out to eat. I certainly wish I had before our meal at the Bijou.
Even though a restaurant has been in business for as long as the Bijou has doesn't neccessarily mean it will continue to be. in this economic climate it's still very possible that the number of negative reviews that the Bijou has received on City Search could adversely affect their bottom line. There are many restaurants that have gone out of business recently and I don't believe the Bijou is immune.
i have been in sales management for many years and I can honestly say that if the Bijou's maitre d' had been in my employ and I witnessed the way he treated me, he would no longer be working.
Who wants to go to a restaurant expecting to have a relaxing meal only to be made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable when there are 100's of others that are welcoming and have just as good if not better food?
I will never patronize or recommend the Bijou to anyone in the future.
03/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
today was my third and final visit to bijou. i'd heard great things so tried it for the first time about 2 years ago. it was okay food okay service. a year or so later i tried again. my waitress was a gray haired angry looking woman. she was VERY friendly to the two tables of obvious regular customers i was situated between. apparently if you're not a regular of her's you don't receive friendly service or a refill of coffee or water. food, check that's it. she did however constantly refill the tables surrounding me. after waiting 10 minutes or so to pay i put on my coat and stood by my table waiting to pay while she sat at the table next to mine finishing her conversation. today i tried again. i stood at the door and made eye contact with 2 of the wait staff. they were talking to customers and looked away. finally i was motioned to a table. my order was taken promptly, drinks delivered quickly then my food came out. first thing i noticed was they only serve one piece of toast which was cold as was the butter which i had to butter my toast with. (i hate that) and the potato portion was about half the size it use to be. i asked for another piece of toast. i know were in a recession but i'd rather be charged more than nickled and dimed on the portions. 10 or so minutes passed during which time my server refilled coffee to the surrounding tables and when back to his conversation. i was almost finished when he returned and i asked for more coffee and a piece of toast. at that point my egg was cold and i was irritated. the toast came out cold as well. so if your looking for a place with great service and hot & delicious food to spend your hard earned $$ during this difficult time this isn't the place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
So we had brunch at Bijou Cafe, which has good overall ratings on this and other sites. The first thing we see is this short haired, angry blond woman in a military type ballcap behind the open view grill that is literally snarling out at the customers and chewing her fingernails...I'm so glad I'm not a germ freak. She seemed quite angry. This made me immediately uneasy and slightly concerned about the overall quality of our pending orders (and to the placement of the aforementioned chewed nail as well).
Our server was a longhaired blond girl who, when asked, informed us that an omelet on their menu could not be made into a scramble (I understand that substitutions can be a pain but turning an omelet to a scramble is ridiculously easy). She seemed utterly indifferent to whether we were happy or not and I would have had to dress in a clown costume and repeatedly threaten to tickle her to eek a forced smile out of her. Between the cook and the server it seemed like they were about to walk out or possibly something else was going on behind the scenes to cause them this much unhappiness. Perhaps they were battling post holiday hangovers...who knows.
I felt that, for what we got, our food was overpriced and seemed to be the same kind of food that we could honestly get at any Denny's...I don't often eat at Denny's but the exaggeration is very slight. Which is sad sad sad for how much we paid, not to mention that, with one smile, the service at a Denny's could easily have surpassed what we received at this highly rated downtown cafe. I guess we paid as much as we did for the sheer fact that we were downtown.
If this were the standard in their service then I would not recommend waiting in line to eat there. For the money, you could go to one of the local markets and make yourself a feast at home.
11/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We walked in to Bijou, dressed in Sunday clothes, on a Sunday at noon, and there were about four people waiting in the foyer. It looked moderately busy. Three staff completely ignored me, so I politely asked a server with his hands empty how long to expect to wait for a table for two. He pointed at someone who looked like a manager, told me ""I don't know, but he will"", and turned on his heel and walked away.
I caught the manager's glance, who had his hands empty and didn't look hurried, and said, ""excuse me, sir"". He literally put his hand in my face, and walked the other way. My wife and I turned and walked out. I have NEVER been treated so poorly at any Portland restaurant at any time of day. I don't care how good your reviews are, if my $50 brunch and drink ticket isn't worth 5 seconds of your time, I'll make sure none of my friends spend a dime in Bijou.
11/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
being one of the highest rated breakfast joints in Portland I expected this place to be out of this world but it was far below my expectations. For a Sunday morning the wait was fine, about 15-20 minutes for a table for 3. I ordered a pecan sticky roll and a side of sausage- the sticky roll was more like sponge cake soaked with carmel sauce. It wasn't bad, but it was brought out before all the other food even though it was my main meal. The sausage was not breakfast sausage, it had fennel in it and tasted like it should be in spaghetti sauce instead. My friend's omlet was undercooked, runny, and unedible and when she complained, the waitress claimed that they made their omlets ""french style,"" even though my other friends omlet was cooked fine. My other friend ordered one of the daily specials, a butternut and kale squash omlet, and she complained that it lacked any flavor whatsoever. I was not impressed with Bijou and am very surprised that it is so highly rated. If you want a good breakfast place try Genie's, Juniors, or Simpatica.
10/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We were in Portland staying at a downtown hotel and we heard about bijou so we went there for breakfast and it was fantastic. Our family liked the french toast and pancakes, but most of all we loved the fluffy omelets.There can be a bit of a wait though, so walk there when they open at 7 am and you'll have no wait. Also great lunch.
09/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Portland for the weekend with 3 girlfriends where we stayed at a downtown hotel. Late Saturday morning we walked to Bijou's from the hotel, which whetted our appetite's, and when we arrived there was a 10 minute wait for our table. It was packed for Saturday brunch, and the aroma wafting down the street only intensified our freshly aroused hunger :o)
Inside was wonderfully cozy! Bright, friendly and informal, the 'son and pop' atmosphere was delightful, with the chef/owner taking the time to chat it up with guests. The rustic bread was divine, the coffee excellent, and the service friendly. I had an omelet with cave-aged Gruyeres, tarragon, potatoes and it was uniquely the best I'd ever had (sorry mum!!).
Was the food really that good, or was I just with my girlfriends for a weekend without our husbands and having such a good time with them nothing could have been bad? Maybe, but for me it was that good......
For my friends? Well, two of the four said they thought it was pricey........of course, they would have preferred a Grand Slam from Denny's.....my other friend was very appreciative of the food quality, including the fresh organic eggs, and we both felt the prices were reasonable for this special occasion.
I am gregarious by nature, and loved the hustle and bustle. The ten minutes in line allowed us to chat it up with wonderful strangers, the closeness of the tables led to conversations with our neighbors.....and all of this culminated later in the afternoon by running into ""new friends"" at the Saturday Market.
Bottom line? If you are a people loving person, appreciate good breads and cheeses, perhaps are looking for a bit of an adventure, I strongly recommend going to Bijou's for a fantastic Saturday Brunch. If crowds aren't your thing and you need your space; loosen up! Reach out and say ""Hi :o)"" Be the initiator and enjoy a wonderful Portland afternoon!
07/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Bijou a few times now and I have to say that it is getting better and better with every visit!! The food options are creative, local, natural/organic, and the sweet and efficient staff make the experience an overall must for a great starting point of my day. I will return.
04/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ok, it was Saturday morning, therefore the place was pretty busy, but the service wasn't very friendly, and my husband's Illy capuccino was way too bitter. My decaf coffee was surprisingly good, and the food was all right, definitely not 5* though! Also, if I'm allergic to anything, it's the waiting stuff getting friendly right at the point of giving you a bill, which only suggests that they care only about the tip, no matter how neglected you got during the whole breakfast. Don't think we'll be back for a while.
01/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A friend treated me to bijou, cafe which was a definite plus because the prices seem pretty astronomical for what they're serving. However, I had one of the scrambles and it was really delicious. My only complaint is that, if you are sitting next to the kitchen as we were, you have to listen to the ding of the bell every single time an order is up. That really ruined the overall dining experience for me because they were busy that morning and consequently the bell was going off every thirty seconds or so. If you can get a table further away then I'd say give it a try - it's good food and nice servers.