The next time you and the hubby are in downtown Tampa, make sure to walk through the front doors of the former federal courthouse. While this might sound like an odd recommendation, what you’ll find inside is a charming new restaurant called Bizou Brasserie. This eclectic restaurant is offering up delicious eats and fun cocktails right in the center of downtown. The French word brasserie means “a gathering place for friends to enjoy culturally inspired foods, crafted cocktails and casual conversation. You’ll find that the Bizou Brasserie absolutely lives up to its name.

Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Bizou Brasserie.

The Food

With a hint of inspiration from the French creole, Bizou’s culinary creations are mostly American favorites like burgers, flatbreads, and salads. An emphasis is put on fresh, local ingredients and guests can expect fresh seafood and produce, Angus steaks, and Duroc pork. Bizou also has a full bakery that’s serving up cheese and charcuterie platters as well as pastries that are as beautiful as they are tasty! Make sure to try a slice of the Lemon Berry Mascarpone cake. Bizou offers Sunday brunch, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Drinks

Whether its food or drinks you’re after, Bizou has you covered. This spot offers an international wine list, local beers, as well as craft cocktails. Wind down with Bumble Berry Sangria or a glass of Cloud Chaser Rose. Enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 -7 pm with drink and appetizer specials.

The Atmosphere

Located in one of Tampa’s most iconic and historic buildings, you’ll find the Bizou atmosphere is in strong contrast to the formal setting of the former federal courthouse. You and your significant other can relax and feel comfortable for date night or an outing with friends. Guests can expect live music on most Wednesdays as well as Fridays from 6-9 pm.

What To Do Nearby

Because Bizou is located in the heart of downtown Tampa, there is plenty to do nearby! Bizou is an excellent place to end or begin the night after a show at the Straz Center, visit to museums nearby, or a show at the Tampa Theatre.

Wanna explore other new restaurants in Tampa? Check out Bulla Gastrobar and Luna Lounge

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