About Bizou Brasserie
Bizou Brasserie is located inside the Le Meridien Hotel in Downtown Tampa. Bizou Brasserie serves signature Contemporary American food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Bizou offers the winning combination of superior cuisine, premium hand crafted cocktails, unparalleled atmosphere and first-rate service.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Available through Hotel entrance
Private Party Facilities:
With Bizou's access to the banquet space within the Le Meridien Hotel, we can handle private parties small and large.
Private Party Contact:
Kristi Moser: 813-999-8203x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Bizou Brasserie Ratings and Reviews
Enjoyed the food and with the exception ...
Enjoyed the food and with the exception of a steak order that was ordered medium rare, but came out well done, all was tasty. Service was not great-there was only 2 other tables of people, but felt very rushed and pressured to make decisions. Was not offered a dessert menu or coffee without having to ask for it. The restaurant was not busy which made the server issue annoying. We'll give it another chance, but hopefully the service will improve.
The indoor dining for Sunday was excellent. I think we all enjoyed the food, I know the sausage biscuit and gravy was very good. Our waiter seemed a little lost and had to return to verify some of our requests. He did keep our drinks filled and was attentive just tentative. I recommend Bizou for special occasions over routine dining for the ambiance!
Interesting ambiance and great service
We visited again after about a year after our Bizou just opened. I was hoping the quirks in the kitchen were ironed out...however the menu looked the same and we made the mistake of ordering the charcuterie platter again. It felt and looked like they took grocery store quality meats and put them on the board, I have made a better meat and cheese board buying high quality meats and presenting them in an appetizing way (store bought Mortadella and very thick package like salami are not appetizing). The escargot was tasty, a little more soupy than I like, but the butter/salt ratio was very good. Another guest ordered the mushroom ravioli and liked his meal, my daughter ordered the filet. It needs seasoning - very bland. The service though was exceptional, we really liked our waiter, he was very accommodating and was really friendly. If I go back, I will not order the meat and cheese platter again but I would like to go back and try their cocktails. I have tried a few and they were very good.
Overpriced for happy hour
Very cool building and the renovations have maintained the architecture nicely of the old courthouse. Drinks were good value (we were there on Monday - $8 martinis), but the small plates were overpriced. $11 or $12 for 3 pieces of fried eggplant or 4 small pieces of bruschetta.
Great food and service...TOO LOUD
I've always enjoyed coming here in the past. The food and the service have always been good. Unfortunately, it was so loud that one of my guests couldn't participate in the conversation because of the loud band playing. The band was good but toooooooooooooooooo loud. I'm not sure if there is a future here for me.
Loud would be a better word than energet ...
Loud would be a better word than energetic.
Waiter, Ryan was excellent. HOWEVER, my Prime rib and fried potatoes were heavily salted. The waiter and hostess were concerned and did not charge me for the entrée. They also comped my desert. The first course, selection of 3 cheeses etcetera was excellent.
Wasn't anything extraordinary
We went there for Easter Brunch and we were rather disappointed. Food was okay but warm, not hot. Not a huge selection and though they had an omelette station they didn't offer sausage or bacon on the side. The building itself was amazing (old courthouse) and we may give it another try for dinner rather than brunch.
For hotel guests, the restaurant is conv ...
For hotel guests, the restaurant is convenient, but I do not recommend it for non-guests seeking weekend brunch. The buffet was mediocre, the coffee bar (also omelette station) was very, very slow and the wait staff was inattentive.
Menu: Not an extensive menu however very creative
Visiting in Tampa, the Le Meridien was recommended and we dined there two nights because we were so pleased with the varied menu, service, presentation of food, and of course the end result of "deliciousness". We had one of the best Filets one night and fresh seafood the 2nd night; both had great side dishes and I would highly recommend the Risotto Potatoes and the Roasted Brussel Sprouts. We will definitely be back next time we are in town!
Valentine's Day outing
I made a reservation in mid-January at this restaurant, for Valentine's Day for my boyfriend. He had been wanting to try it, so I thought this was a great opportunity to take him there. I must say I was pretty disappointed when I received a phone call the day prior to our reservation, confirming our dining time, and informing me that it was a fixed price menu. The reason he wanted to try it, was because there was some nice sounding dishes on the menu, and I never would have made a reservation there for valentine's day, had I known it was going to be a limited menu. There was nothing indicating that on the website, and no one informed me of that when I made the reservation (we went the day before the actual holiday, February 13). When I asked the person who called me what the menu was, she said I would receive an email, which I did not get for a couple of hours later. My boyfriend doesn't like seafood, so having only the options of mussels and shrimp for appetizers, was not exactly what we had in mind. Plus I am not a big dessert person, which of course was part of the package. At least we could order the items à la cart, which saved us from paying $75 each for a meal that we could only enjoy part of.
One positive note, the service was fantastic, and the food that we did order was quite good. Also, the wine pricing was pretty reasonable for a hotel.
At first, the service was slow. But it improved during the meal and our service turned out well. I liked the decor and pleasant atmosphere. The food was excellent, as was the wine. My rating is an overall 5 stars. I do think more advertising is warranted so the good word gets out.
Food great; service slow but for a reason
The food was very, very good! I would go back again for this!
The night we went, the bar was overwhelmingly NOISY with patrons. There was a singer/guitarist performing too and he was actually drowned out despite the fact that he had an amp and microphone.
The servers were very nice and apologetic, but it was just so slow. Luckily we were there with no rush, so it was OK for us. But I could tell that others patrons were annoyed. Two servers told us it was the Billy Joel concert in town that evening, and that they were slammed unexpectedly with concert-goers on a time crunch. So the drinks arrived after the salad...the excuse was that the bartender was slammed with orders from dining room and the bar. We didn't even ask... the servers kept offering an explanation as to why it was slow and apologized when each thing came to our table. The entrees took a very long time to arrive. The original server did not return to check on us. I did see him scurrying to different tables all evening, so he was REALLY busy. Different servers brought our food (including a manager, I believe).
Again we were not in a hurry and we were not going to the concert. As a matter of fact, we used our iPhone to Google where Bill Joel was playing. It was the Amalie Arena in Tampa which is ONE mile from this restaurant.
Service modest. Food ok. Lighting awful.
For a hotel the food is about right. It neither surprises nor excites. Wait staff competent but not highly skilled. Ambiance austere in a big room with notvmuch intimacy. Lighting is white LEDs high in the ceiling casting an austere funereal whiteness. No candles on tables so the room - which is architecturally captivating - doesn't glow not invite.
The live music was the best part!!! Staf ...
The live music was the best part!!! Staff seemed overwhelmed.... Not sure why they were that busy! Food was under cooked and/or they were out of specific things. The hotel is awesome ... Very cool looking! Overall I wouldn't go back!! For the food or the hotel stay!
This restaurant is in the old courthouse in downtown Tampa; now also a hotel, making the whole complex a very unique venue. The ceilings are high, as they were in the old courthouse days, causing the noise level to be elevated. Food was excellent and well presented by our attentive server, Tara (I think).
What a gem! I was visiting the area and was staying at the hotel that this restaurant is located in. I was looking for a romantic restaurant to propose to my girlfriend. What a great staff! Everything was perfect! I would like to thank the staff again.
Thanks from Dan & Trisha
I love the ambiance!
I love the atmosphere of this trendy little restaurant. The food is great and so is the wine and cocktail choices. I absolutely consider the bar one of my favorite in Tampa, the bar food has many choices and the bartenders and wait staff are superior.
We had a good experience and really enjo ...
We had a good experience and really enjoyed the evening. Charming place to eat if you have an event downtown. Great food, great wine list and nice ambiance!
We were frustrated by the hostess, who at first refused to sit us at a booth. She said they were "busy" that night and they were saving them. Even though, there were several empty booths and the time and only two other small parties in the entire restaurant. We had made the reservation on OpenTable weeks in advance, so I found this very annoying.
In the end, after questioning her we ended up getting moved. Next time, I will put this request in the comments when making a reservation.
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