Birchs
Birchs

Birchs

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.birchsrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: (952) 473-7373
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday: 4:00pm-9:00pm Thursday-Saturday: 4:00-10:00pm Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Mon - Fri @ the Bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Burton Joseph
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Burton Joseph 9524737373
  • Special Events: Birch's Weekly Food Specials.... Monday-Buckhorn Fried Chicken...$9.95 til 8pm** Wednesday- $5 Burgers and fries 4-6:30pm**Thursday-Grilled Maine Lobsters $22.95** Happy Hour M-F at the bar. 1/2 Price Flatbreads, $2 Sliders (Burger or Grouper) $2 off taps, wines, rail drinks!!

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Birchs
Birch’s Restaurant and Bar sits across from what was once The Buckhorn, Long Lake’s beloved roadhouse located “Out Where the West Begins,” and home of the “World’s Most Famous Chicken Dish”--The Buckhorn Chicken”--which has a place of honor on Birch’s menu today.

Chef-Proprietor Burton Joseph operates his contemporary supper club in The Buckhorn tradition. Ingredients are locally sourced and menus are seasonal. Please dress up or dress down. Have a date or bring your kids. As The Buckhorn printed on every menu, “we want you to feel at home.” VOTED BEST FRIED CHICKEN 2010!!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Birchs reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (8)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Goodbutnotgreat
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Pork belly small plate was fantastic, Could have eaten 3 plates worth. Edamame was ordinary...i could have made that at home. Both my wife and I had the walleye which was good but not great. Lots of bones in the fish yet and for the price i would have expected it completely bone free. Service was the biggest disappointment of the night. Didnt have wine selection we ordered. Small plates/appetizers took a long time. Then the main dishes came about when we werent even half way done with the apps. so they sat there and probably got cold while we enjoyed the apps. Also felt like we were being pushed out the door. Bill came less than 1 minute after getting our dessert and without being asked for. Overall, good place, but will probably chose to explore another restaurant versus going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We love going to Birch's. It has a nice atmosphere and good food. We especially love their happy hour specials, the pizzas, the Buckhorn chicken. the service is good and we have always had a good meal there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the 2nd time that we have eaten at Birch's and both times we were extremely pleased. Food is great, beer selection was great, and the service was above what I expected. We will definitely be back and continue to recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sundevil22
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Outstanding food and service! The Seabass was fabulous and my husband loved the Buckhorn Chicken. We are excited to return to Birch's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always top notch
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We have been here many times, food is always prefect, We have tried everything thing on menu alway prepared to first class standards, sole the best .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat. night
    Peggt
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I liked the specials board. Energetic crowd- nice mix of families, singles, couples. Famed chicken was just so-so. Waitress forgot about us at the end.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love this place! A cozy neighborhood place...where we feel like they know us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late nite chat
    Quip
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    2 friends, late nite chat. Very quiet inside, as everyone else was outside by the fire. Nice music volume, attentive service. This place is RELIABLY well done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    Franklin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had my wife's 50th birthday celebration here......would do it again in a minute......but now she's counting backwards......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great girls' night!
    katwas
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We ate a selection of small plates and enjoyed all of them!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice Restaurant
    Maggie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had so much fun, and my friends are very picky, and they were so pleased and were going to go back, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening
    liz2
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, great service, not too noisy, nice to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    Cathy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great find. Have come here severals times and it is always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birch's
    JimAgainVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Birch's is a nice break between the local "lake" restaurants and the traffic jeopardy of 394 into Mnpls. Tuesday is our favorite night to be there, as their half-price wines (the list is short but a deal is a deal...) and the oyster specials bring us back all the time. Their menu is creative, and provides variety without going to extremes. If I had ten restaurants to go to before I died, I doubt Birch's would make the list. If I had 100, I'd go there...on a Tuesday!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Dining Experience
    JABGroup
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service, atmosphere and food (except a bit salty on the scallops) was all in all a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food fine. waitress irritating
    gdniteout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food good - staff pleasant - waitress too fast - brought soup with salad and main meal before salad completed. she needs to be more aware. She was rushing us with cocktails - ordering and serving - it became irritating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 555 reviews are from the Birchs reviews archive.
  • Good date night resturant.
    Chad
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Second time at Birches. I really like the smaller venue, and the food is good. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillandAnnVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had Sea Bass tacos and a half rack of Baby Back Ribs. Both were outstanding. The ribs were nearly fall off the bone with a great dry rub (have the sauce on the side - you probably won't need it). It was great to have fish taco's with something besides talapia or "mystery fish".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite!
    MNNeneVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Have been to Birch's twice in the past week. If you live in Plymouth, you know there are few eat worthy restaurants in this area, and wanted to make sure this one was the REAL DEAL. Consistently great, unusual food on both visits. We ordered oysters, walleye, truffled shrimp, steak frites, portobello sandwich, Brussel sprouts...wide variety of terrific food. The bread basket is a little wimpy, but the guys didn't seem to mind. And, I'm super picky...so, if that's the only fault I can find..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tale of two Restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I read the reviews and was not sure if I was going to find a very nice restaurant or a poor service over priced food local dinner. I can see why the two extremes. I am just not sure what they want to be. We had their entrees and Buckhorn Chicken. The lamb dish was good, could use a little more seasoning and the chicken was done very well, crisp moist and lightly seasoned. The tables were set like a nice restaurant but the service was not what you would expect in a nice restaurant and they were wearing jeans or jean shorts. It was also odd the bus boy serving the dinners. The restaurant is small and has a fairly large bar in the middle. If you want a nice restaurant this likely isn't your best choice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Scallops!
    QueenBee
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Cooked perfectly! Caesar uneven, romaine should have been separated. Scallops best I've had -- perfectly sautéed. Cauliflower puree a bit watery, needed something to make it standout and bind it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty with great variety
    Tonkafoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We took some friends to Birch's on Saturday evening. I'd made reservations, and the table was waiting for us when we arrived. Everyone was very friendly, and our waiter had a nice sense of humor. The place was busy with positive energy and I saw many good-looking plates pass by while we waited for ours. We ordered the zucchini fries appetizer. Delicious! Among us, we chose walleye, scallops, lamb and chicken. They were all very good and none of us was disappointed. I loved the warm and cozy atmosphere. Birch's reminds me of a Wisconsin supper club with the white table cloths and intimate neighborhood feel. Do take a sweater or jacket; the AC was really turned up and I was freezing. But we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mogi
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We enjoyed the ride out to the lake, and the quiet of the location. Food was excellent. A nice destination.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Consistently excellent. Small intimate, great place to meet if you want to have conversation without all the background noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great time. The food and service were great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit pricy but worth it.
    Mamabear
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Brunch was $30 per person. That being said, the selection and quality were worth the money. While the ambience is so so, it is clean and the day we were there, quiet, even though it was full. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I would not recommend for brunch.
    JJJJ
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very disappointing. Way overpriced for food selection and quality.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mothers Day Brunch at Birches
    KenA
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great place to eat. My wife loved the food. Birches had a large selection and it was all good. The service was great. The meal came with a complimentary Champaign with orange juice mixed in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marks0008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made a reservation for Birch's on a whim for Mother's day brunch, all of the food that was prepared was great especially the muscles, normally I stay away from sea food at brunches due to it being under or over cooked, but the muscles served during brunch where both packed with meat and cooked properly. Thank you Birch's for providing a great brunch for Mother's day as it made me look like a genius.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything was great. Food was excellent in variety and in quality. We will be visiting you often if you have the Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    happydad
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We're were looking for a new place for brunch. The restaurant description made it seem like t had a view of the lake but it's across the road and blocked by buildings. Other than that, the food was axing for a brunch - walleye fingers, seared tuna salad, great cuts of meat, etc. smaller location so I think the chef takes advantage if being able to cook specialty foods. Had the usual omelet and French toast as well, so good enough for the kids. Super nice staff. Great experience altogether.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    Mike
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had reservation on a Saturday night and it took nearly an hour of waiting to get seated after our arrival. The owner came over and gave a very genuine apology and bought us an appetizer. Normally, I would be furious at this point, but once inside Birch's, you can tell that it would be difficult to time tables as there just aren't very many! The food was exceptional. Absolutely exceeded my expectations. I will return again and again. Even with the unexpected wait, I still rate this restaurant with 5 stars because it was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    RubyD
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I liked the atmosphere and the service was very good. The food was really nothing to write home about and I didn't think it was worth the price. I had the salmon which was a little overcooked and there was maybe a 1/4 cup of quinoa salad with it and had no flavor. Birchs is basically not really different than many other mediocre restaurants so it doesn't stand out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Menu
    KeroseneVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Tuesday is half-price bottles of wine, along with oysters on the half shell. Nice variety of mid-priced entrées, small plates, burgers, and a handful of bigger, expensive ($30+) dishes. Very nice list of desserts, but the Chocolate Lava Cake wasn't your typical crisp cake with "lava" inside but a piece of cake on top of some lukewarm chocolate sauce. The real kicker was that it cost $10.00! We ate less than half the dessert, informed the waitress that it wasn't very good, and then saw the price on the receipt. Yes, I should have made a bigger issue of it. My only other gripe is that they only have one IPA -- Surly Furious -- but at least that's a good one. Wines are entry level-to-mid quality, but reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice local place
    JackSprat
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Hidden but accessable. Birchs has the bar, food and especially the service to provide an enjoyable dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Lake secret
    foodforthought
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went at 5:00 on a Saturday evening and had our choice of seating. Server attentive, quick and friendly. Bread served warm with whipped butter. A half portion of shoestring onion rings with horseradish dip was tasty and plenty enough for two. Salad of fresh Iceberg with prosciutto and blue cheese dressing was delicious. Enjoyed main entrees of cracker breaded walleye/mashed potato/grilled asparagus and seared Scottish salmon/quinoa that were both as good as they looked. Bread pudding with cinnamon whipped cream was fabulous. Ambiance was quiet except for Motown which was playing at moderate volume overhead. A thoroughly enjoyable experience which both of us highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Nice enough table setting. Service was rather inattentive. Variety of food choices, variety of satisfaction in said choices. Onion rings and chicken were very good. Other guest was not pleased with their meal. That said, not a lot seems to stand out. I am not sold that I should return to Birchs.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our regular dine-out spot
    VANB1
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We eat here almost every week and enjoy every meal. This time I ordered the special sea bass and it was amazing! They make great cocktails and have a nice wine list also. Desserts are always something to look forward to!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Pollyanna
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is the first time EVER that we chose to eat out on Easter Sunday. I looked for a restaurant that was serving leg of lamb because that is our tradition. Birches came through! The buffet was lovely and the lamb was fine. No mint jelly, though.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent variety Sunday buffet
    SaintPauli
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Birchs is fairly small but nonetheless put on a sophisticated and varied buffet menu. The young servers were friendly. My cafe latte was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate