Bird Cafe
Bird Cafe

Bird Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.birdinthe.net/
  • Phone: 8173322473x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11am-3pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: David McMillan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commerce Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Sundance Square Valet located on Commerce Street north of 3rd Street. Self parking available at Sundance Square Garage on 3rd Street and Calhoun Street.
A word from Bird Cafe
A new chef-driven concept has flown into the new Sundance Square Plaza. Here, the focus is delicious, delectable small plates.

The split-level restaurant with more than 6,400 square feet of indoor space and 2,300 square feet of patio space looking out upon the new Sundance Square Plaza will sure to make your experience special and unique.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bird Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
228 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)great for outdoor dining (126)special occasion (83)great for brunch (70)scenic view (67)good for groups (66)hot spot (64)great for lunch (63)neighborhood gem (61)notable wine list (55)romantic (42)late-night find (30)vibrant bar scene (27)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • Unimpressed!
    FineDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I really did not care for the food at this restaurant. They were creative dishes but were overall lacking. The bacon lollipops were mosty fat. The Tandoori lamp had a very unappealling appearance and awful texture. The mozzarella, tomatoe with pesto was very good and the moth balls were so, so. Beer and wine choices were very good. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st visit Bird Cafe
    diner1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We followed the advice of our waitress and ordered 4 items. The salad was good and probably could have been split 3 ways. The Bacon lollipops were great. I mean it is bacon and very good bacon at that. Shrimp and Grits with jalepeno gravy was just ok. My wife liked the quail better than I did. Wasn't a big fan of the bird or the accompanying cornbread.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    Snellville
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great place to eat with good service. Unusual plates that are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    foodfrenzy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We can't stop talking about this place. Took my boyfriend on a birthday date here and it was perfect. Wonderful atmosphere, incredible food and lovely staff! A great experience! It took us to another place, and made us forget we were in Texas.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will be back
    UptownGirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived early and were seated early. Ordered 4 share plates. The hummus was amazing and the fresh pita was so good I may be back for take out ! The buttermilk fried oysters were good but a bit bland. The crispy tofu was very spicy and flavorful. I did not care for the lamb tandoori. Service was quick but no one came back to refill my ice tea until we were leaving. I will definitely be back and will recommend Bird Cafe to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Ft.Worth stand out.
    HVfoodie1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was so pleasantly surprised. The sharing small plates concept was new to me. That part was fun. The really fun part was tasting the food. Unique pairings and new takes on old recipes. My favorite was the shrimp and grits with the jalapeño gravy. I'm still thinking about it. Great staff, expansive bar, and all in a cool old building. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal and atmosphere
    donandsue
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We highly recommend the pig and peach which is pork belly with grilled peaches and grits. Good selection of craft beers on tap
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • :)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had such a great dining experience. The food, service and ambience were all on point and we will definitely be going back. The food is reasonably priced and everything tasted so fresh. The service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melissa, made us feel at home!
    Boozer6
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    She recommended some great food items for us and also made us feel comfortable! Definitely be back again! Yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good again
    Kcjimj
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This the perfect dinner spot for Bass Hall events. Our second visit, love the small plate concept. Service quick and knowledgeable , food different and quite good, what's not to like ?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bam4660
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Baby back ribs were a favorite as well as the crab and shrimp salad. Both presented well and the flavors unique and delicious. Service was nice, everyone enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jsalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went here for brunch. The cobb salad was good. The crab and shrimp chop tasted fresh. Service was friendly but not too attentive. The place was nice and airy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a foursome
    Dante
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I met another couple for dinner and drinks. We shared all our menu selections and very much enjoyed all of the food and drinks. Service was excellent, drinks were of superb quality and outstanding selection. Our friends were quite impressed. It was our second visit, but will surely not be the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    TexSerena
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was overly impressed. Best hummus i have found. Salads and meat sticks were savory. All organic. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    emmaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very different and interesting food options. We had a great time largely due to our waiter - which I wish I could remember his name. All items were absolutely amazing and so fresh! We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland food, staff needs training
    Gordy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had the crispy duck wings which had a sour taste and needed seasoning. Also had the crab salad which was nothing special. Staff needs to be aware of bringing fresh plates, napkins when each entree comes out. Busboy was anxious and tried to take my salad while my hand was in it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best
    TXDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very inventive and fresh menu that is best enjoyed with sampling the large number of small plates. 4 for a party of 2 is recommended. Pair them with one of the nice by the glass wine selections. Service is outstanding and the location/ambiance is old town Fort Worth class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great surprise!
    Hungryfrog
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Several of my friends had been talking about this place. I went with another friend before a play. It was great! The staff was friendly and recommended the Share Menu. It was wonderful!! I was glad I had made a reservation, it was easy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheers!
    amdavis
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had an enjoyable evening with friends at Bird Café, it was beautifully decorated, great drinks and food. We enjoyed sitting outside looking at Sundance Square. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant and relaxing
    baby
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a lovely afternoon enjoying the patio with a great drink selection and delicious appetizers. Our server was pleasant and knowledgable, taking the time to answer questions and help us decide on which drinks to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute & cozy
    Supholmes
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Booked a last minute reservation for a friends birthday - and this placed wow'd! Cocktails, food and wine were all delicious. The zucchini ribbons were a little greasy, but other than that the meal was wonderful. We were seated upstairs, which was perfect for a girls night/birthday dinner. Will definitely be stopping back by!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Gastro Pub!
    Youngun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Overlooking the new Sundance Plaza and it's fountains is another winning restaurant by Shannon Wynne. New takes on old pub favorites like Bison Bangers and Mash . Wonderful share plates including quail, fried and fresh oysters, crispy duck wings, lamb and rice grits. Four different takes on mussels, Rabbit pot pie, steak and Stout pot pie, etc. The special that night was Snapper on a wood plank with a mango salsa - easily the best fish dish we have enjoyed in a long time. Our server, Tamara, was very knowledgible and helpful, service was attentive but not overbearing. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sharing is good
    jingles
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Like the summer menu additions...and the salads are outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum Yum
    whatever
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The service was excellent. The menu had the small plates which are great for sharing with a group of friends. the names of the mixed drinks are a topic of discussion but are delicious. We would return again. Did not know about the outdoor dining on the square until after dinner. Would have liked to have been asked by the hostess for seating. A little hard to find from the street in your vehicle not well marked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual Experience
    Texasguy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There is nothing boring with the Bird Café. The unusual menu, with its exciting combinations is tempting and rewarding. The wine selection is excellent (not inexpensive) and the service is memorable. The informal atmosphere in the Sundance Square setting makes this a perfect experience for those of us Texans who like informality and quality in a mixture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed feelings
    foodisgood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and drinks were good, but service was very slow. Worst part was giving us the after dinner drink menu, but then didn't come back to see if we wanted to order till after we had completely finished our desserts. We were seated upstairs and it was VERY warm up there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night!
    gastronista
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a wonderful night! The food was delicious but we were more excited about the incredible wine find that our server recommended. It was delicious! We will come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings about the Bird Cafe
    DaveNColl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The restaurant offers a "shareable" menu and traditional. We were excited about the "shareable" and had mixed reviews. First we ordered a salad and a pot pie. We received the pot pie first and was told it was the last one so they wanted to make sure we got it?? We had just started on the pot pie and our salad (ceasar)showed up?? Both were sooo good we could not complain. then we ordered the bangers and mash, duck wings, and asparagus. We received the bangers and were a little disappointed not a lot of flavor, we finished them then got the asparagus. And after some time got the duck wings, and were not what we were expecting. I have to say the first 2 dishes were so good we will go back and try something else, perhaps the non shareables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gastronomical delight
    ThirstyTiger
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great restaurant. I would actually give it 4.5 stars. The only reason I deducted any points is because I was comparing it to their sister restaurant in Dallas, The Meddlesome Moth. Even though the menus are nearly identical, I think the food at The Moth has a little more flavor. And I was really hoping for a similar beer selection as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we were hoping for
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife, two daughters, and I had a Saturday night meal at Bird Cafe this past week. The setting was good but the food was disappointing. We tried a few things that seemed like they had promise for teen-agers and adults - baby-back ribs, a bacon dish, steak kabobs. The ribs and bacon were loaded with fat with very little meat, the steak was raw, and the vegetables we ordered to accompany the meal were exceedingly bland. We eat close to home often- The Tavern and Inzo's - and this experience made us feel validated in not branching out so much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Urban Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed 2 back to back dinners at Bird! Small plates perfect for sampling and sharing multiple dishes! Wine list super with good white Burgundies! Art work is phenomenal! Highlight of our trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local find
    traveler
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our group of 5 went to brunch recently. The food selections and quality was very good. The Mother and Child reunion was the table favorite. We were a little disappointed in our order of biscuits, smaller then we expected and nothing special about the taste. The zucchini cake with praline pecan ice cream serving was large enough for the 5 of us to enjoy. It was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    LWade
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Bird cafe is okay. Interesting drink selections and the food is okay. The happy hour all night dish (or it's something like that) is a must get though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • purselady
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a great location for bite and glass of wine and the service was excellent. Downstairs very loud, but upstairs perfect. We ordered 8 small plates during the evening and found that the description of the food sounds better than it is. We found parking difficult, recommend Valet parking option
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great find!
    texgal10
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday with friends, and really enjoyed ourselves. The building was built in the 1880s and much of the original detail has been preserved. Yes, the restrooms are upstairs, but it's worth the trek up the stairs to take in the charming Victorian details. As for the food, it's done small plate style, so sharing is encouraged. It's a bit of a new way of eating for us aside from when we go out for sushi, but we loved it. I enjoyed getting to taste so many different things. Everything was delicious, particularly the bacon lollipops (which were almost like dessert with the funnel cake and maple sauce). The only miss was dessert, their menu was a bit lacking, and one of the 2 desserts we ordered was terrible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Sundance Square
    No1FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was unique and very good.. Loved that they have good champagne by the glass! Service was fabulous the bar staff was very friendly and drinks were great! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and tasty
    DanaJ
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Wonderfully different food and excellent service! We tell all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bird Cafe
    poulsenkw
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The first impression was that of an overcrowded table layout. It was difficult to squeeze past other diners. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Sampled a number of starters including the deviled eggs (wife liked, I did not), moth balls (both thought bland), and chicken skins (literally chicken skins with sauce - OK). The beet salad was very nice. Entree was the cod and chips. The fries were wonderful but the cod was only OK - the breading was too heavy. The service was great until a table of 10 was seated next to us - then the service basically stopped. I had to ask twice and wait 10 minutes for a water refill. The entree arrived very late. Great location - marginal execution.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient and delicious
    Kcjimj
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We tried Bird Cafe before an event at Bass Hall. We were quite late due to a mammoth traffic mess and they were very gracious about finding us a table. The server said he would get us out in time and he did even had time for coffee and dessert ( berries ,ganache, baked meringue cup). Bird is a small plate place so. We had hummus with pita bread, cheese and meat plate, shrimp and grits, deviled eggs, and ?. Everything was delicious, favorite was shrimp& grits. Very pleased with food and service, definitely a go to place for Bass hall events, it's just across street from Bass. Servings were generous, 2 per person probably enough. Overall a winner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the shareable plates!
    cccinhaslet
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We dined with another couple - all of us ordered a dish to share (as well as one salad to share) - great way to experience the delicious small plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic