Bijou Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 132 SW Third Ave

    Portland, OR 97204

    Cross street: Downtown (Including the Skidmore Historic District & Chinatown)

    Map & Directions
  • 503-222-3187

About Bijou Cafe

Hours
Monday To Friday From 07:00 AM To 02:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 08:00 AM To 02:00 PM

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@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

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@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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Great Food and Great Staff

Cons: None

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Tabasco doesn't count!

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★★★☆☆

Tabasco doesn't count!

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Well - I was on Citysearch - looking for a place for breakfast - and the reviews on this place are so bad, I guess I wont even try it... Maybe the owner will read it too, and make some changes... The reviews here prevented us from even trying it....

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★☆☆☆☆

Well - I was on Citysearch - looking for a place for breakfast - and the reviews on this place are so bad, I guess I wont even try it... Maybe the owner will read it too, and make some changes... The reviews here prevented us from even trying it....

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This is one of our favorite breakfast joints for the weekend. Upbeat servers, food you can count on to be yummy and a bright room to read the paper.

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★★★★☆

This is one of our favorite breakfast joints for the weekend. Upbeat servers, food you can count on to be yummy and a bright room to read the paper.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Awesome tea, good menu, great location

Cons: Long waits, won't do substitutions (only omissions)

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Fresh OJ

Cons: Want to be met with a bad attitude, go here.

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i really liked the place. i went for breakfast and had the french toast. it was great. great for window watching, too.

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★★★☆☆

i really liked the place. i went for breakfast and had the french toast. it was great. great for window watching, too.

Pros: bright, sunny, friendly staff

Cons: not alot to choose from on the menu

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Cons: Unfriendly maitre d' to say the least.

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Really pleasant resataurna t for fresh food, friendly people, and first rate french omelets, they're Always perfect - Well Done. Love the Baguettes and the Home Fries are always both soft & crispy.

Keep keepin' it simple!

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★★★★★

Really pleasant resataurna t for fresh food, friendly people, and first rate french omelets, they're Always perfect - Well Done. Love the Baguettes and the Home Fries are always both soft & crispy.

Keep keepin' it simple!

Pros: Great Atmosphere Comfortable & Relaxed

Cons: Simple Healthy High Quality Food!

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: good coffee, fresh squeezed o.j.

Cons: bad service

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: We were seated immediately. Lucky us.

Cons: Service service service. And average food.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: None apparent

Cons: Worst service I've ever experienced

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when i was in eastern europe, i rode my bike everywhere. When cars decided not to stop for me i would proceed to molllest the vehicle with my umbrela by means of beating on the windshield therefore shatering it.

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★☆☆☆☆

when i was in eastern europe, i rode my bike everywhere. When cars decided not to stop for me i would proceed to molllest the vehicle with my umbrela by means of beating on the windshield therefore shatering it.

Pros: cars stopped for me

Cons: im sure this resturant is great

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: cute space, downtown

Cons: food doesn't measure up

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food, location,service,ambience

Cons: occasional wait

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Flavors, Ambience

Cons: Possibly a wait

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Bijou Cafe has wonderful breakfast items. It is a very down home feel when you are there. The coffee is fresh and the food very good. A real Portland feel to the place.

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★★★★☆

Bijou Cafe has wonderful breakfast items. It is a very down home feel when you are there. The coffee is fresh and the food very good. A real Portland feel to the place.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: nice waitresses and creative food items

Cons: long lines on the weekends

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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.

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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.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Delicious food (caramelized onions, anyone?), nice servers.

Cons: Very loud, dinging of the bell when orders are up, tables are a little close for comfort.

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I hadn't been to the Bijou in years when I stopped in for an impromptu breakfast recently. Most everything about the experience was good, except for my actual meal. The service was polite and reserved, just as expected from the long-time waiters there - very professional. The decaf coffee was excellent! A nice surprise. I ordered an omelet with potatoes in it, which came with potatoes on the side. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the potatoes on both accounts were cut large and seemed simply boiled. I couldn't detect any seasoning at all, and they weren't browned. So basically I had plate of boiled potatoes for $12.50. Pretty disappointing. Next time I'll order better, but with all of the breakfast joints in this town, it will probably be another 7 years before I go to the Bijou again.

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★★★☆☆

I hadn't been to the Bijou in years when I stopped in for an impromptu breakfast recently. Most everything about the experience was good, except for my actual meal. The service was polite and reserved, just as expected from the long-time waiters there - very professional. The decaf coffee was excellent! A nice surprise. I ordered an omelet with potatoes in it, which came with potatoes on the side. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the potatoes on both accounts were cut large and seemed simply boiled. I couldn't detect any seasoning at all, and they weren't browned. So basically I had plate of boiled potatoes for $12.50. Pretty disappointing. Next time I'll order better, but with all of the breakfast joints in this town, it will probably be another 7 years before I go to the Bijou again.

Pros: Service, coffee, ambiance

Cons: Tasteless potatoes and way too many of them!

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Located in downtown Portland, this place has a delicious variety of great breakfasts. I think they serve other meals but I've only had their breakfast items. We have met there for business meetings periodically (smaller group) & it's worked out well. Scrumptious hot chocolate with a sprinkling of cocoa on top. A friend of mine LOVES their buckwheat pancakes. I like their french toast.

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★★★★☆

Located in downtown Portland, this place has a delicious variety of great breakfasts. I think they serve other meals but I've only had their breakfast items. We have met there for business meetings periodically (smaller group) & it's worked out well. Scrumptious hot chocolate with a sprinkling of cocoa on top. A friend of mine LOVES their buckwheat pancakes. I like their french toast.

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After seeing the lines at Mother's, we took a walk down the street and ran into Bijou. I'd heard about good things about it from a couple of people, and thought it might be a good substitute. There's a reason why one place has lines out the front door, and Bijou's has open seats. It's miserable food. We overspent for it, and both of us left most of it on the table. In every way, it was a disappointing breakfast.

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★☆☆☆☆

After seeing the lines at Mother's, we took a walk down the street and ran into Bijou. I'd heard about good things about it from a couple of people, and thought it might be a good substitute. There's a reason why one place has lines out the front door, and Bijou's has open seats. It's miserable food. We overspent for it, and both of us left most of it on the table. In every way, it was a disappointing breakfast.

Pros: I survived

Cons: Barely

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Good Oyster Hash. You might like the oysters at the beach, but they kind of leave them out a little. Think it's a problem? Don't eat there then -- too expensive for the likes of you.

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★★★☆☆

Good Oyster Hash. You might like the oysters at the beach, but they kind of leave them out a little. Think it's a problem? Don't eat there then -- too expensive for the likes of you.

Pros: Mood, Oysters, Brunch

Cons: Pistols, Waitresses

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I've had a wonderful 30+ year experience with the Bijou Cafe. Their regular menu and innovative new offerings have always been dependably good, the coffee's always fresh and I've never wanted for better service. I know they get really busy during peak times so maybe service slips a bit from time to time but I've never had a bad experience and the help has always been friendly. The place has a lively ambience and a distinctive personality...truly original. The Bijou ranks right up there with places the likes of Besaw's, Milo's, The Jam and others of that ilk. Give it a try, it's all good.

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★★★★★

I've had a wonderful 30+ year experience with the Bijou Cafe. Their regular menu and innovative new offerings have always been dependably good, the coffee's always fresh and I've never wanted for better service. I know they get really busy during peak times so maybe service slips a bit from time to time but I've never had a bad experience and the help has always been friendly. The place has a lively ambience and a distinctive personality...truly original. The Bijou ranks right up there with places the likes of Besaw's, Milo's, The Jam and others of that ilk. Give it a try, it's all good.

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Boy, they really like their potatoes here. I got potatoes as a side dish and in my omelet. Strange item to put in an omelet (I know they're usually found in fritattas, but not omelets). Otherwise, the food was just average. a little pricey too. Friendly staff and nice bright room.

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★★★★☆

Boy, they really like their potatoes here. I got potatoes as a side dish and in my omelet. Strange item to put in an omelet (I know they're usually found in fritattas, but not omelets). Otherwise, the food was just average. a little pricey too. Friendly staff and nice bright room.

Pros: Nice and relaxed

Cons: a bit pricey, especially since the food was nothing special

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The service was very warm. I had to wait for a friend and I was invited in and served waaaaaaaay too much coffee. (The surest way to my heart is to give me coffee, so my opinion has been purchased via kobo's superb tasting, and fair-trade friendly little black bean) I was attended to even though I was just sitting there. The food was good, portions definitly not small. The only thing I can possibly complain about is that my scrambled eggs, which I asked for on the side (and was quite willingly accomodated) were a little too buttery. I don't live in the city, so i drove for an hour in crummy traffic just to have breakfast with a friend. It felt friendly and calm inside, in contrast to the traffic battle I had just fought. The sun was filtering inbetween the passers-by through the large window and I felt relaxed and cheered after a hard week.

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★★★★★

The service was very warm. I had to wait for a friend and I was invited in and served waaaaaaaay too much coffee. (The surest way to my heart is to give me coffee, so my opinion has been purchased via kobo's superb tasting, and fair-trade friendly little black bean) I was attended to even though I was just sitting there. The food was good, portions definitly not small. The only thing I can possibly complain about is that my scrambled eggs, which I asked for on the side (and was quite willingly accomodated) were a little too buttery. I don't live in the city, so i drove for an hour in crummy traffic just to have breakfast with a friend. It felt friendly and calm inside, in contrast to the traffic battle I had just fought. The sun was filtering inbetween the passers-by through the large window and I felt relaxed and cheered after a hard week.

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My husband and I had been to the Bijou several times and we've previously enjoyed their service and food, but on our last visit, one arrogant employee completely turned us off from the restaurant. When we arrived Saturday morning, I tried to wave to the tall white-haired employee who was standing outside and taking down names on the waiting list. Though he saw me, he turned and started to walk back into the restaurant. When I followed him to ask to put my name on the list, he looked back at me, visibly annoyed, and loudly warned me not to try to cut in front of other people. I turned around and saw a woman standing there, who I hadn't seen before. I apologized, explaining I hadn't seen her. At this point, the employee told me he wouldn't write my name down on the list. Confused and humiliated, I left. My husband and I decided to walk over to Mother's, where they were very kind and accommodating. The treatment I received was uncalled for and ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing Saturday morning. I shall never return to the Bijou.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I had been to the Bijou several times and we've previously enjoyed their service and food, but on our last visit, one arrogant employee completely turned us off from the restaurant. When we arrived Saturday morning, I tried to wave to the tall white-haired employee who was standing outside and taking down names on the waiting list. Though he saw me, he turned and started to walk back into the restaurant. When I followed him to ask to put my name on the list, he looked back at me, visibly annoyed, and loudly warned me not to try to cut in front of other people. I turned around and saw a woman standing there, who I hadn't seen before. I apologized, explaining I hadn't seen her. At this point, the employee told me he wouldn't write my name down on the list. Confused and humiliated, I left. My husband and I decided to walk over to Mother's, where they were very kind and accommodating. The treatment I received was uncalled for and ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing Saturday morning. I shall never return to the Bijou.

Pros: good food

Cons: awful arrogant service

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I've been to the Bijou a few times and never thought it was anything special. Frankly I'm astounded to read some of the raves? The owner's relatives perhaps?

I say this because on my last visit, I found out something that seems key to the Bijou's problems. My companion asked if they could do just egg whites rather than regular eggs as he's on a diabetic diet. The server, who was quite nice (I've never had what you'd call "bad" service there), explained that the owner "thinks of this as her house, that she's inviting you into, and you wouldn't ask your host to make changes in the menu." This was dumbfounding. First, it's NOT a house, it's a business where customers have to pay. The owner is not my "friend." (Shockingly, my actual friends don't charge me when I come to their house for a meal. Imagine) Second, cooking egg whites is something I've never heard of a restaurant refusing - sometimes they charge an extra buck or so but never a flat-out no. Apparently there is *no* accommodation ever for the customer's special needs.

Whoever this owner is has a real attitude, and I think it influences the mediocre quality of the food. What arrogance. Apparently the food is all done strictly to "her taste." God help somebody who has a food allergy. The breakfast is never more than ordinary. With so many great, individual, and *accommodating* breakfast places in town -- Helser's, Tin Shed, Detour, J&M, Break & Ink etc. -- there's no reason to go to the Bijou just to get a blast of this kind of attitude.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to the Bijou a few times and never thought it was anything special. Frankly I'm astounded to read some of the raves? The owner's relatives perhaps?

I say this because on my last visit, I found out something that seems key to the Bijou's problems. My companion asked if they could do just egg whites rather than regular eggs as he's on a diabetic diet. The server, who was quite nice (I've never had what you'd call "bad" service there), explained that the owner "thinks of this as her house, that she's inviting you into, and you wouldn't ask your host to make changes in the menu." This was dumbfounding. First, it's NOT a house, it's a business where customers have to pay. The owner is not my "friend." (Shockingly, my actual friends don't charge me when I come to their house for a meal. Imagine) Second, cooking egg whites is something I've never heard of a restaurant refusing - sometimes they charge an extra buck or so but never a flat-out no. Apparently there is *no* accommodation ever for the customer's special needs.

Whoever this owner is has a real attitude, and I think it influences the mediocre quality of the food. What arrogance. Apparently the food is all done strictly to "her taste." God help somebody who has a food allergy. The breakfast is never more than ordinary. With so many great, individual, and *accommodating* breakfast places in town -- Helser's, Tin Shed, Detour, J&M, Break & Ink etc. -- there's no reason to go to the Bijou just to get a blast of this kind of attitude.

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If you have any food allergies or a child who would simply like a plate of potatoes, don't go to the Bijou. The food is alright, the wait way too long, but what I found maddening was the fact that asking for anything except specifically what is on the menu is not only immediately disqualified but also met with a scoff and attitude. Are the wait staff that scared of the cooks? Do they not have a bowl they could put some potatoes in and give it to a 8 year old boy who doesn't like crimini mushrooms? Could they not offer some substitute if you have an allergy to an ingredient? I even offered to pay extra. Please, Bijou, you are not that tasty.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you have any food allergies or a child who would simply like a plate of potatoes, don't go to the Bijou. The food is alright, the wait way too long, but what I found maddening was the fact that asking for anything except specifically what is on the menu is not only immediately disqualified but also met with a scoff and attitude. Are the wait staff that scared of the cooks? Do they not have a bowl they could put some potatoes in and give it to a 8 year old boy who doesn't like crimini mushrooms? Could they not offer some substitute if you have an allergy to an ingredient? I even offered to pay extra. Please, Bijou, you are not that tasty.

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Just a note for any vegans who may be fooled by the inclusion of tofu scramble on the menu--the home fries are cooked in butter, so the only vegan options are the scramble and dry toast. Disappointing!

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★★★☆☆

Just a note for any vegans who may be fooled by the inclusion of tofu scramble on the menu--the home fries are cooked in butter, so the only vegan options are the scramble and dry toast. Disappointing!

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Enjoyed a tasty brunch here on a recent trip to Portland and loved pretty much everything - strong coffee, fluffy omelettes, fresh fruit, great French toast, etc. Service was friendly. Had to wait because we were a large group but it was pretty painless and worth it considering the delicious food!

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★★★★★

Enjoyed a tasty brunch here on a recent trip to Portland and loved pretty much everything - strong coffee, fluffy omelettes, fresh fruit, great French toast, etc. Service was friendly. Had to wait because we were a large group but it was pretty painless and worth it considering the delicious food!

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I've been to the Bijou half a dozen times over the past few years, and it has been consistently a great experience every time. The food is excellent and very well-prepared. Their omelettes, in particular, are the best in town - most places focus on impressing you with the size of the omelette, leaving the fillings and preparation to be compromised. The Bijou's are just how real French omelettes should be: perfectly tender and appropriately-sized for any person with a normal-to-above-normal appetite. The staff is professional and they seem to really enjoy where they work, which always makes me feel a bit nicer about my dining experience. Yes, the prices are closer to what you'd find in New York and the wait can be lengthy... but just bring the paper and anticipate eating New York-quality food (which wouldn't also be mostly organic and local in NY for that price, btw).

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★★★★★

I've been to the Bijou half a dozen times over the past few years, and it has been consistently a great experience every time. The food is excellent and very well-prepared. Their omelettes, in particular, are the best in town - most places focus on impressing you with the size of the omelette, leaving the fillings and preparation to be compromised. The Bijou's are just how real French omelettes should be: perfectly tender and appropriately-sized for any person with a normal-to-above-normal appetite. The staff is professional and they seem to really enjoy where they work, which always makes me feel a bit nicer about my dining experience. Yes, the prices are closer to what you'd find in New York and the wait can be lengthy... but just bring the paper and anticipate eating New York-quality food (which wouldn't also be mostly organic and local in NY for that price, btw).

Pros: great food, pleasant ambience, friendly staff

Cons: a bit pricey for PDX

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We were surprized to read such good reviews and then ate there one Saturday morning. The food was just average and the servings were small.

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★★★☆☆

We were surprized to read such good reviews and then ate there one Saturday morning. The food was just average and the servings were small.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Ordinary

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Expect to wait in along line for food that is better than average but not quite worth the price.
We have gone many times but Bijou has become more of a back up for us when other places are too busy.
The food here is good - the french toast in particular is very good. But you know you are in trouble when each ingredient has a name,"Oh the painted hills beef, the Yakima Valley eggs and the fresh churned Corvallis butter.." Tiring isn't it. But get past that and you go "that's a good omlette.
Staff is friendly for the most part, although sometimes I get the feeling they are expecting a more of an upscale clientelle...it is breakfats and Portland...hello.
Expensive but the specials can be worth it.

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★★★★☆

Expect to wait in along line for food that is better than average but not quite worth the price.
We have gone many times but Bijou has become more of a back up for us when other places are too busy.
The food here is good - the french toast in particular is very good. But you know you are in trouble when each ingredient has a name,"Oh the painted hills beef, the Yakima Valley eggs and the fresh churned Corvallis butter.." Tiring isn't it. But get past that and you go "that's a good omlette.
Staff is friendly for the most part, although sometimes I get the feeling they are expecting a more of an upscale clientelle...it is breakfats and Portland...hello.
Expensive but the specials can be worth it.

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the bijou is a spot the noosh has visited frequently over the years, but on his most recent visit, he found the wait staff to be a tad bit on the "chilly" and "unattentive" side. for instance, mid order the waitress went and not only took a beverage order from a neighboring table, she filled the order as well and did not return to us for another five minutes. the noosh is on a diet and likes sweetener in his coffee and he was dissapointed that bijou only stocks stevia a bitter sweet(ener) for a bitter customer. would you like fries with that?

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★★★★☆

the bijou is a spot the noosh has visited frequently over the years, but on his most recent visit, he found the wait staff to be a tad bit on the "chilly" and "unattentive" side. for instance, mid order the waitress went and not only took a beverage order from a neighboring table, she filled the order as well and did not return to us for another five minutes. the noosh is on a diet and likes sweetener in his coffee and he was dissapointed that bijou only stocks stevia a bitter sweet(ener) for a bitter customer. would you like fries with that?

Pros: great hash, delicious eggs, toast is toasted

Cons: chilly, stevia bad, chilly again

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In a four day visit, my husband and I were compelled to visit Bijou twice! Call me naughty, but I even ordered the same thing both times, I couldn't get the delicious, fresh oyster hash out of my mind. The potatoes were tender and spiced just right, and the side of orange anise toast makes my mouth water just thinking of it. The seating was efficient enough, and the coffee, tea and food were brought promptly to our table. The waitress was a bit chilly (somewhat of a shock, since I am a born and raised Oregonian and have lived in NYC for the past 10 years, I felt like I was back in NY) the first visit, but warmed up the second time around. Considering the quality and use of organics, the prices were more than fair.
I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

In a four day visit, my husband and I were compelled to visit Bijou twice! Call me naughty, but I even ordered the same thing both times, I couldn't get the delicious, fresh oyster hash out of my mind. The potatoes were tender and spiced just right, and the side of orange anise toast makes my mouth water just thinking of it. The seating was efficient enough, and the coffee, tea and food were brought promptly to our table. The waitress was a bit chilly (somewhat of a shock, since I am a born and raised Oregonian and have lived in NYC for the past 10 years, I felt like I was back in NY) the first visit, but warmed up the second time around. Considering the quality and use of organics, the prices were more than fair.
I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Quality, Innovative food

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If your looking for a reasonably priced breakfast, this is the last place you should stop. I've heard many "great" things about Bijou and the breakfast they serve. All we found when we visited was a bland, overpriced plate of food. There are many places in this city to get a great, reasonably priced breakfast, do yourself a favor and pass on this place.

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★★☆☆☆

If your looking for a reasonably priced breakfast, this is the last place you should stop. I've heard many "great" things about Bijou and the breakfast they serve. All we found when we visited was a bland, overpriced plate of food. There are many places in this city to get a great, reasonably priced breakfast, do yourself a favor and pass on this place.

Cons: prices, bland food

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I'm totally flummoxed as to why anyone would rave about this place. Just throwing a lot of money down for a meal doesn't make it good. I searched hard to find something that looked interesting for the price. I'm not paying $11 for a dull omelet! I ended up getting the fruit plate which was nothing more than a small amount of flavorless, hard canteloupe, a mealy, tasteless apple (how can you even find a bad apple in the PacNW in the Fall?) and an awful fig, all for $4.95. I also ordered a piece of bread that was supposed to be seasoned with anise. It had no flavor at all let alone any herb flavor. That one piece of bread cost me $1.95. They didn't even have sugar substitute on the tables. Why is that? Let's get real and call it as it really is: pretentious and uninspired.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm totally flummoxed as to why anyone would rave about this place. Just throwing a lot of money down for a meal doesn't make it good. I searched hard to find something that looked interesting for the price. I'm not paying $11 for a dull omelet! I ended up getting the fruit plate which was nothing more than a small amount of flavorless, hard canteloupe, a mealy, tasteless apple (how can you even find a bad apple in the PacNW in the Fall?) and an awful fig, all for $4.95. I also ordered a piece of bread that was supposed to be seasoned with anise. It had no flavor at all let alone any herb flavor. That one piece of bread cost me $1.95. They didn't even have sugar substitute on the tables. Why is that? Let's get real and call it as it really is: pretentious and uninspired.

Pros: somewhat cheery

Cons: , tasteless, pretentious

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We've had good meals here before and the best keeps getting better. The vegetable "hash" was to die for, and I am not a vegetarian. Wonderful coffee and espresso. Excellent bread and pastries from Pearl Bakery and all of their ingredients are organic. It's good to support businesses that support other local businesses. Our server was exceedingly friendly and helpful. The long line when we arrived was worked quickly by an attentive host. It doesn't look like much on the outside but don't be fooled. A wonderful Sunday brunch experience.

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★★★★★

We've had good meals here before and the best keeps getting better. The vegetable "hash" was to die for, and I am not a vegetarian. Wonderful coffee and espresso. Excellent bread and pastries from Pearl Bakery and all of their ingredients are organic. It's good to support businesses that support other local businesses. Our server was exceedingly friendly and helpful. The long line when we arrived was worked quickly by an attentive host. It doesn't look like much on the outside but don't be fooled. A wonderful Sunday brunch experience.

Pros: food quality, food variety, service

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I really love the Bijou. However, I really really wish they would find a new substitute for the delicious grilled cinnamon bread they once had. I know the bakery closed, but the orange bread is not even close. I hope they find a sweeter/cinnamon bread soon, it was the best, great contrast to perfect omelettes. AND, fresh squeezed orange juice and strong coffee. After a year of being bummed about the bread I came back this morning and everything else was even better then I remembered. (oh yeah, please dont bring large parties on weekends, just come here for a nice breakfast for two or small family, it just makes everyone else wait longer!)

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★★★★★

I really love the Bijou. However, I really really wish they would find a new substitute for the delicious grilled cinnamon bread they once had. I know the bakery closed, but the orange bread is not even close. I hope they find a sweeter/cinnamon bread soon, it was the best, great contrast to perfect omelettes. AND, fresh squeezed orange juice and strong coffee. After a year of being bummed about the bread I came back this morning and everything else was even better then I remembered. (oh yeah, please dont bring large parties on weekends, just come here for a nice breakfast for two or small family, it just makes everyone else wait longer!)

Pros: great ingredients, fresh OJ, go on a weekday

Cons: , NO Grilled Cin. Bread

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I went to BIJOUon a Sunday morning. Had to wait a bit, which was not a problem at all. Felt a little unwelcome by their haughty maitre'd. Sat down and waited for scarce staff to acknowledge our table, there were only two of us. Sure, they were busy. We agreed to coffee at the servers' suggestion, she failed to bring after 15 minutes. Our server offered to comp the coffee, which I thought was nice.

The prices were high. I've never paid 11.00 for an omelette. This is breakfast, not an appetizer at Ruth's Chris. The food was good. BIJOU is a mostly vegetarian spot.
The Farmer's Omelette was great.

Mostly what irritated me was the sloppy service, prices, and snooty environment.

It was not horrible. I just won't return. There are plenty of other unique breakfast places, with great food, prices, and feeling.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to BIJOUon a Sunday morning. Had to wait a bit, which was not a problem at all. Felt a little unwelcome by their haughty maitre'd. Sat down and waited for scarce staff to acknowledge our table, there were only two of us. Sure, they were busy. We agreed to coffee at the servers' suggestion, she failed to bring after 15 minutes. Our server offered to comp the coffee, which I thought was nice.

The prices were high. I've never paid 11.00 for an omelette. This is breakfast, not an appetizer at Ruth's Chris. The food was good. BIJOU is a mostly vegetarian spot.
The Farmer's Omelette was great.

Mostly what irritated me was the sloppy service, prices, and snooty environment.

It was not horrible. I just won't return. There are plenty of other unique breakfast places, with great food, prices, and feeling.

Pros: unique choices

Cons: , high prices

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Perfect meeting place for brunch with friends--we enjoyed the hearty, comforting food in generous portions; the strong, flavorful coffee with frequent warm-ups; and the easy pace, in spite of the crush of customers--we never felt we had to hurry our meal along, despite the line at the door.

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★★★★★

Perfect meeting place for brunch with friends--we enjoyed the hearty, comforting food in generous portions; the strong, flavorful coffee with frequent warm-ups; and the easy pace, in spite of the crush of customers--we never felt we had to hurry our meal along, despite the line at the door.

Cons: Parking

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The nice thing about "homey" food is that it is comforting, and the restaurants are often relatively fast in serving you and fairly well-priced. All that is true of the Bijou's brunch.

What is also true of most "homey" food is a complete lack of imagination. French toast is just that, oatmeal is oatmeal (i never liked it even as a kid), and even the scrambles are pretty boring in terms of ingredient choice.

I was seated very fast (considering it was Sunday brunch), the service was great, and I got French Toast and a mimosa for about 12 dollars, all of that is great. But compared to other offerings in other restaurants, I don't really see a need to go back to the Bijou, at least not for brunch.

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★★★★☆

The nice thing about "homey" food is that it is comforting, and the restaurants are often relatively fast in serving you and fairly well-priced. All that is true of the Bijou's brunch.

What is also true of most "homey" food is a complete lack of imagination. French toast is just that, oatmeal is oatmeal (i never liked it even as a kid), and even the scrambles are pretty boring in terms of ingredient choice.

I was seated very fast (considering it was Sunday brunch), the service was great, and I got French Toast and a mimosa for about 12 dollars, all of that is great. But compared to other offerings in other restaurants, I don't really see a need to go back to the Bijou, at least not for brunch.

Pros: fast, good food, ambience

Cons: boring menu

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Place came with such high regard. Special note about the roast beef hash and the oyster hash. The oyster hash was great, but not outstanding. The roast beef hash was of high quality (which is great), but tasteless - could have used SOMEthing. The service was not that great. Overall, not worth the wait. Nice to see a downtown place so busy on a Sunday morning, though. You just don't see that in anywhere USA.

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★★☆☆☆

Place came with such high regard. Special note about the roast beef hash and the oyster hash. The oyster hash was great, but not outstanding. The roast beef hash was of high quality (which is great), but tasteless - could have used SOMEthing. The service was not that great. Overall, not worth the wait. Nice to see a downtown place so busy on a Sunday morning, though. You just don't see that in anywhere USA.

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fried cinnamon bread??? farmers omelette - super. Real heavy buckwheat pancakes??

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★★★★☆

fried cinnamon bread??? farmers omelette - super. Real heavy buckwheat pancakes??

Cons: crowded, parking, waiting

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Tables of two were easily managed while all other parties did have a reasonable wait. The crowd was young and hip while the food was tasty and worth waiting for. The sweet corn muffins and jam made the whole experience one I would repeat over and over again.

2
★★★★☆

Tables of two were easily managed while all other parties did have a reasonable wait. The crowd was young and hip while the food was tasty and worth waiting for. The sweet corn muffins and jam made the whole experience one I would repeat over and over again.

Pros: close to home, food, service

Cons: wait

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The service staff was great. Very friendly and very fast. The menu had very interesting items. Unfortunately, the omlettes and the potatoes we ordered were undercooked. But overall, it was enjoyable with a nice atmosphere. Big portions.

2
★★★★☆

The service staff was great. Very friendly and very fast. The menu had very interesting items. Unfortunately, the omlettes and the potatoes we ordered were undercooked. But overall, it was enjoyable with a nice atmosphere. Big portions.

Pros: Great service

Cons: omelettes undercooked

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Are you craving a bacon and oyster omelet? Light as down pancakes with a drizzle of syrup? For nearly 30 years, this downtown hangout has been a morning gathering place for a diverse group of breakfast lovers. Even on the grayest Portland…

 

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