Birch & Vine at The Birchwood
Birch & Vine at The Birchwood

Birch & Vine at The Birchwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thebirchwood.com/
  • Phone: 7278961080x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Cline
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The dining room features two small private dining areas for 8 guests each. The boutique hotel that our restaurant is located in has a Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor that can accommodate any size party up to 341 people and has an outdoor patio overlooking a park and the waters of Tampa Bay.
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Robertson 7278961080x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Avenue North
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Most of the parking in the Beach Drive area of Downtown St. Petersburg is metered street parking. There are 2 public parking garages within 2 blocks of our restaurant.
A word from Birch & Vine at The Birchwood
Birch & Vine is an innovative restaurant within the hip, new boutique hotel known as The Birchwood. Birch & Vine takes a seasonal approach in crafting its 'Locally Sourced ~ Globally Inspired' cuisine. As the seasons change and the bounty of the land and sea evolves, so do the menu's at Birch & Vine. Located on famous Beach Drive in the Downtown St. Petersburg district, the restaurant sits across the street from North Straub Park, the Vinoy Marina and the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Birch & Vine at The Birchwood reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)fit for foodies (77)romantic (66)great for outdoor dining (56)scenic view (51)hot spot (49)notable wine list (47)neighborhood gem (40)vibrant bar scene (38)good for groups (35)great for brunch (23)late-night find (16)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • No tablecloths and weak decaf
    Nito
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I expected that with a restaurant of this quality and accompanying prices there would have been tablecloths. My companions who ordered decaf American style coffee complained that it was weak and had to send it back. The waiter was very accommodating and brewed new cups from the decaf espresso machine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very loud & unremarkable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at the Birch & Vine. It is extremely loud and therefore difficult to talk to one another. The service was very good, but the food was not. My dinner (seared ahi) was tasteless and our dessert (chocolate tart) tasted burnt and dry. We will not be returning again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular!!
    Foodie19
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is always spectacular and the service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect romantic meal!
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband and I wanted to treat ourselves to a romantic dinner. For downtown dining, Birch and Vine is hard to beat. The food is always exceptional, service attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    gram
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our first time at Birch and Vine - it was wonderful to find a young, vibrant restaurant in St. Pete. The ambiance was modern, but not cold and the service was superb. The food was very good, but we were glad to be there with a coupon - quite pricey, but worth it for a special night out. Recommended: scallops, duck and liver appetizer. share the latter - it is rich!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Positive Experience
    Doug
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our family had Sunday Brunch at The Birchwood last weekend before the Rays game. It was our first dining experience there and we will return. From the hostess to the waitress everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was great, delivered hot and tasty.We will return for lunch or dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, but...
    Norm
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Five star prices but four star experience. I would have rated 5 star if my New York strip steak was not overcooked. Ordered medium rare and got medium to well. My wife's filet was a treat though. One more thing, the $18 mini (smaller than petite, as described waitress) lobster appitizer was way over the top price-wise. Service was excellent and the saving grace for a return visit. One more try for a perfect score (these prices should offer a 5-star experience) or abandon for other Beach Dr restaurants.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business meeting
    RichD
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent food, service a little slow. We sat outdoors and enjoyed people watching and view of the park and waterfront. Convinient location off 375.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were staying at the Birchwood which was wonderful. Dinner was superb. My husband said the New York Strip was the best he has ever had. I had the Ahi Tuna and it was cooked to perfection. The ambiance was great. I was impressed with the carefully sourced ingredient choices and the way the dishes were put together. Well done Birch & Vine!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so good 2nd time around
    wish2bchefVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    made reservation via opentable, requested certain table for special occasion. Called restaurant 2 days before reservation to confirm requested table. When we arrived, told someone else had just been seated at that table. was not a big deal to person who seated us, but it was a big deal to us for sentimental reasons. server seemed rushed though restaurant not busy on a Sunday eve, food not as good as first visit. Disappointing evening. Thank goodness there are lots of choices in St Pete!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    St Petersburg has become a mecca for fine dining. It is always difficult to make a decision where to dine. This was my first time at the Birchwood and it truly was an experience! I the food was all prepared and served to perfection! The only draw back with this wonderful restaurant would be the price. If you are planning a special occasion dinner...I would highly recommend the Birchwood! I look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time....Will Go back
    Pasta106
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was our first time to restaurant and loved it. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was excellent. My husband had grouper and I had the strip steak. Great choice. His was a huge piece of grouper and the steak melted in my mouth. We also had crab cakes for appetizer and a delicious dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deserves it's Top Ten rating
    Mmgood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Unusual fresh delicious food with a great wine list and enjoyable service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor management
    Hotair
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had made an online reservation at this well regarded restaurant for a 9 pm dining time (while that's a little late for us, we decided to make it work). We enjoyed cocktails at the rooftop bar watching the lightning over the bay (fabulous). After not being paged by 9:15pm, we went down to claim our table and we were told that nothing was available in the dining room (bad reservation management) and accepted a table next to the door leading to the outside dining area. One of our party needed to constantly close the door during dinner to prevent the incursion of very warm, very humid air. The food was good. The server was fine. Really loved the Gazpacho.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took more than 30 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. Service was mediocre at best. Drinks were not good (blood orange margarita,dark & stormy). Would not recommend going forward, there are too many good restaurants in St. Pete with equally good food, much better service, and much better drinks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    Dodger
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant is one of the hottest spots in town due to The Canopy and reputation. Our reservation was for 7:30 but we were not seated until 8:20. Granted this gave us time to go up to the Canopy, have a drink and take in the sights. Also, a terrific photo opportunity. Peter served us very well and the food was fantastic. The only drawback is the volume in the open area room. We had a hard time hearing each other especially with a table of ten close to us. Each man at the group, obviously drinking heavily, tried to outdo each other in volumne & tone. This is not a restaurant for a romantic getaway. Anyway, it was an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stunning
    Bayfront1Buddy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Quiet banquette with a view of the wine bar AND the vines/ivy. Service was attentive while the meal was succulent, hot, and a blend of tastes that harmonized on my palatte. A wonderful experience.....,location, and the decor was upscale, modern, perfect. Made for a wonderful 10th anniversary dinner evening! Thanks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First time experience
    Bill
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Table was ready for us right at reservation time. Server and support staff were great and helpful. The Ny strip was cooked perfectly with a great char on it that enhanced the flavor. Drinks were poured strong but not too strong. I would have liked to have had dessert but literally was full and had no room. After meal drinks on the rooftop capped the perfect evening. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great communicators until...
    SLM86
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made a reservation via open table, and wrote in the notes that if a booth was available I would really appreciate it. They called a day in advance confirming the reservation and said "we see in the notes you would like a booth and we will have that ready for you"...so we get there and they bring us to a regular table. I told her about my request, and the message they left me, and she goes to see if there's a booth that will be available soon. She comes back and says "sorry that will be a 30 minute wait"...then we see a booth near to us cleared and a couple seated there 5 minutes later. I wish they would've done more to remedy the situation.The iPad with wine list was fun! Enjoyed our bottle of Pinot and the beef tartare was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique gem
    Water2Wine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Pros: Engaging, friendly, and helpful management and servers; decor is super and crisp, good wins choices and all 3 entrees were prepared perfectly. Cons: Parking is tough on the street; main course took 45+ minutes to arrive, making my business client uncomfortable. 6:45 seating and left at 9pm, and we didn't have appetizers or desert. Hoped to have an after dinner drink on the 5th floor, but client needed to drive home. Loud party of 8 near us and we were seated by a exit door (4 feet away) that was heavily used and distracting.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the best food ever
    daleydaleVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    the food was amazing... definitely try to the meatloaf... everything was prepared to perfection...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    WineyGuy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Oysters Rockefeller appetizer...superb. We both had steaks - her the NY Strip and myself the hangar with chimichurri. Both cooked perfectly and sides were exceptional. Two extra place settings were left on the table for about half of the meal, which was a bit irritating due to the clutter, but other than that the service was great. Canopy after for a champagne toast. Best view for this type of venue in St. Petersburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    hotchoice99
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Entirely too hot and too noisy but service and food fantastic. Ribeye was absolutely incredible. But if I had paid outside of travelling deal, would have been a bit dissappointed due to heat. Boyfriend was dripping sweat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keven
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and great service ! A must see and try !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good but over priced for the portion size.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely special dinner
    annmrw73
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was delicious--sometimes I feel that restaurants overreach a bit and make things a little more fussy than they need to be,and that may have been a bit true here, but everything we ordered tasted delicious. Service was friendly and not pretentious or condescending at all.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We Had Charlotte as a waiter, she was AMAZING!!! Food is SUPERB!!!!! Thank you for a beautiful night and dinner. We were visiting from Boston and would definitely go BACK.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find! Do try!!!
    JDM225VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was flavorful, different and very fresh. Decor is elegant yet very comfortable. The poached lobster app was to die for. We loved the snowy grouper and NY Strip. (Skip the sauce they put on it though.) Wine selection is perhaps best in town and viewable on an iPad. The wine cooler makes up a whole wall in the main dining room and adds a lot to the experience as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hungry7
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Another excellent dinner. I'm glad we made reservations well in advance because the place was hopping. Service was friendly and our meals were terrific. I always order the Dayboat fish and have never been disappointed. Others in my group ordered the tuna (special that evening) and said it was very good. We went up to the rooftop bar after dinner but it was too crowded for our tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    Tucksmom
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Not what I expected after first visit which had been great. Female bartender at rooftop bar was rude. Service inside was extremely slow and manager had to bring the bread basket. Could have been an off nite but not sure I'll return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I love food, I had the duck and my wife the tuna. It was all just okay. It wasn't bad, but wasnt amazing. For the price, I was looking for amazing. I'm not hard to please, so I may return and try again. Drinks were a bit over priced, but that speaks to the class of people you market to. Cool place though.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration at B&V
    Player56
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The Birch and Vine is an absolutely wonderful restaurant addition to bustling Beach Drive. The atmosphere and service were spot on. The menu choices were plentiful and every dish we had was prepared perfectly and was thoroughly enjoyed. Delicious! I need to try their lunch and brunch menus now!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    ssac
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    You pleased us and our twenty-something offspring! And, they are picky. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too noisy
    luvquiet2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I booked online and mentioned that it was an anniversary. Also mentioned it to the hostess. No acknowledgement of the anniversary was made the whole evening. The restaurant was noisy; however, we did go to the roof or 'Canopy" before the dinner and that was very pleasant. Our waiter on the roof was Curtis and he was the best service we had all evening. Love the duck egg touch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best restaurant in St. Pete
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The best food in the city. The service is slow, but the ambience and vibe is such that you don't mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had been waiting to try this place and it exceeded expectations!! Loved every dish. Service was professional and responsive without being overbearing. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CANOPY ROOF TERRACE/BAR
    MADDOGVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    WE GREATLY ENJOYED THE BAR LOUNGE ON THE ROOF MORE THAN THE RESTAURANT AND WILL GO BACK AGAIN FOR LUNCH OR BRUNCH.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improving on Perfection
    CharlierVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our second time at the Birch & Vine and even better than our first. I would order nothing but appetizers but that would deprive me of the choices for main course. We split the steak tartare and the fried oyster spoons for starters and both were wonderful. My wife had the maple duck breast over risotto and I had the special halibut. Each dish was perfect. We finished with cappucino and shared the sorbets. Our waiter who told us the manager is his wife was professional, friendly and his advice was spot on. I enjoyed the house Old Fashioned and a glass of pinot nowe from Oregon that worked great wtih the halibut.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine outdoor dining experience
    Happydiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Excellent lunch menu. Ordered the strawberry, pear, chicken salad special. Very tasty and very filling! Chillers are running outside to make it more comfortable during these hot months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    NoneVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We ordered the Kobe strip steak and expected something much better for the price. I prefer Parkshore grill just a few doors down.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic