Birk's
Birk's

Birk's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.birksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4089806400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am to 2:30pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4pm to 6pm, Saturday: 5pm to 7pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm to 9:30pm Sunday: 5pm to 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Maurice Dissels
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: CLASSIC AMERICANA MENU Friday-Sunday Dinner 3 course menus change weekly. Inquire for details HAPPY HOUR 4pm to 6pm, Monday—Friday and Saturday 5pm to 7pm Whet your appetite with a Birk's Big Martini, Specialty Cocktail or Beer. Ask a server about our discounted drink specials

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mission College
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample Parking behind the restaurant
A word from Birk's
Birk's proudly offers hardwood grilled steaks, chops and seafood and has served Silicon Valley diners continuously since 1989. Birk's concept is based on the traditional city grill with a contemporary twist that remains one of the most popular dining destinations for lunch and dinner in the area. In addition to the menu of hardwood grilled steaks, chops, fresh fish and seafood, Birk's culinary team creates daily lunch and dinner menu additions. The lively bar is stocked with a complete array of beverages including an award winning wine list, select beers on tap, single malt scotches and full espresso bar. The attentive yet unobtrusive service professionals combined with an elegant facility and consistently executed cuisine make Birk's the ideal location for your next business or casual lunch or dinner, private dining or special occasion event. At your service, Birk's
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Birk's reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (82)special occasion (63)good for groups (51)fit for foodies (41)notable wine list (39)vibrant bar scene (30)romantic (27)hot spot (26)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (20)great for brunch (14)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 081814 Birks
    hard2please
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The menu at Birks suggests that carnivores should be satisfied and, in general we were. The prime rib that my wife ordered was well trimmed of fat a generous portion of nicely cooked meat. On the other hand my 8 ounce prime rib ordered medium rare was pink in the center but overcooked and dry. There was no juice on the plate even after cutting to eat it. Had our waiter checked back, perhaps the situation would have been corrected before I had satisfied my hunger (it was edible). Overall the service this night was OK just not timely. The atmosphere at Birks is clubby and loud but civil. We requested a seat in a quieter part of the restaurant so it was pleasant enough. I would return to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outstanding experience. Service, food and ambience was excellent. Definitely recommend and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Filet mignon-yes, pork loin-NO
    RonM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My friend and I had dinner on Saturday night at Birk's. We enjoyed the restaurant's ambiance and the waiter's banter and availability. I ordered the filet mignon with blue cheese and thought it was cooked perfectly. She ordered the pork lion so we could share each others selection. We both thought that her pork loin was a good portion but was dry and over cooked. My mistake was not sending it back to the kitchen for her and ordering her a replacement right away. About halfway into our entree, our waiter did ask how our food was and we shared our disappointment with the dryness of the loin. She even demonstrated for him by showing how hard to was to slice. He apologized but offered no options or remedies. I expect better from Birk's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice place to eat very good steak decent price and good service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively at Birk's
    histandardsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I always enjoy Birk's because the food is quite excellent, and reasonably priced for the quality level. There's generally a lively business lunch crowd most weekdays, and bumping into friends and colleagues is not uncommon. The service is quite good and reasonably attentive, given the crowd. The menu tends to vary to remain interesting, while the usual standards are maintained, but always prepared to a high standard. The noise level is the only real issue with Birk's in my opinion. Energetic is an understatement! Would love to see some creative noise mitigation brought to bear, without compromising the bright and airy interior. Interesting challenge!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and Service always good
    Diana
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have eaten hear many times. The food is always delicious and service always great. Even with a large party, the food doesn't take long to come out.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome always!!
    JACKER
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Thank You. Staff is always great!! Food. Service the place is awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Night at Birk's
    PP63
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Birk's is one of the best steakhouses in the south bay. I met a friend there for dinner on Sunday night. I ordered the 8 oz. filet mignon. It was right off the grill and very tender. The baby gem salad is my favorite. My friend ordered the ceasar with anchovies. She said it was really good. And I value her opinion since her father was a famous chef in the area. She knows good food. During the week Birk's happy hour is full of local movers and shakers. It is a vibrant bar scene. The bar menu offers excellent food. There is always fresh seafood on the menu. The fried calamari is hot and crispy and a must order. I take friends and clients to Birk's on a regular basis. They are always impressed by the atmosphere, food, and drinks.
    Special Features:
    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
  • It had been 20+ years
    CrazyQVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I used to come here before kids and it was always top notch. I had an opportunity to have a business meeting "lunch" in Santa Clara so I booked Birk's. It had not changed food was good and the staff was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    D1ningOut1sFun
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is good, the service is good, and the full bar if nice! Enjoyed an appetizer, a salad, a filet, and sorbet... Is was all good and enough food that there was leftovers for the next day. The cost isn't cheap, but it was worth it. Highly recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Cereza
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Have tried pork and chicken at different times, both great dishes with soft taste.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great business lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food, libations. A bit noisy...but that could mask sensitive conversations well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Food!
    Fatima
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is delicious here. You get good value for the price you pay. It is close to the new 49ers stadium so it is a must go to place if you want to eat there before. The flavors of the food are rich and very good. The wine list has some good variety as well. I definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to go before a Niners Game
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a great dinner before the Earthquakes game on Saturday night. My wife and I commented this would be a great spot to have dinner for a 49ers game. The food is great. The New York was cooked perfect and you have to try the truffle fries. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Wine and Food
    OutAndAbout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Birk's staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. The atmosphere is great for a private meal or a group outing. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like this place but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It has poor acoustics which makes it difficult to converse softly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality
    luv2eatndrinkVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lamb is good, fish is mediocre. Salads have too much dressing, decent wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As usual I enjoyed it
    lovedthefillet
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great place for business lunches and dinners/ I have never been let down.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent bar area and good specialty cocktails. The food was very well prepared and the servings were very generous. An all around good dinner house. Excellent rack of lamb and the blackened rib eye was very good not to salty as at some restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, terrible service
    Bigdaddyo75VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Me and my companion ordered steaks. Preparation was totally uninspired (compared to Ruth's Chris or even Morton's). One of the steaks that was supposed to be "medium rare" arrived "well", but we had to "convince" the server that it was not actually "medium rare". The only good thing was the calamari appetizer with a lot of garlic. The service was terrible: we could never get the server's attention - even when he seemingly glanced our way (very infrequently) he did not see our signals. For example: when our steaks arrived and I needed something before they got cold, he acknowledged that he saw that I needed something and then started to take an order at a 10-person table. Overall terrible value for the money.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, Excl. Service, NOISY!
    FoodNWine4Me
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food and wine were good but for the $$$ price we paid a bit inflated. The waiter we had was very good. But it was so incredibly noisy it was difficult to have a conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible Food!
    TimeToRelax
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a client lunch at Birk's this week and it was a wonderful experience. The service was spot on. All of us enjoyed our food. I opted for what I thought was "just a burger" and found it to be perfectly grilled with a tasty brioche bun and fresh fixings. My fries were excellent - I planned on only eating half but that didn't happen... Our server was quick and efficient and obviously very time conscious. We did not feel rushed but I felt very comfortable knowing the restaurant obviously caters to business folks on the clock. I noticed their well-stocked bar with many local brew options. They have a great happy hour every weekday with specials and $1 oysters on Friday night. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I totally forget about this restaurant even though it's close to me! We had an anniversary dinner and our waiter was awesome! The bread was dry but everything else including dessert. My prime rib was incredibly delicious, it had a lot of flavor in it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Cereza
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I liked the restaurant, the food is good and the place convenient for a lunch meeting with friends or for business.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Pricey but excellent food and service. The filet mignon is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service
    surpriseMe
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We loved the delicious food and amazing service at this restaurant. They have the right formula to keep their diners coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and Room for Improvement
    sylvestw
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I've been to Birks lots of times, finally reviewing it after work related dinner. Small beer list but GREAT selection, our table shared a 750mL of Wookie Jack and the Sour (which was great, I wish I could remember the name!) The appetizer platter was great, good onion rings and the steak bits were good too. Main entrees were where I struggled a little...the filet was fantastic, the salmon was good, but the ribeyes (2 people in our party got it) were both waaay too fatty and marbled...I know a good steak, especially a ribye, needs marbling, but this was a pretty poor cut, both people were big steak/meat guys who eat out a lot and both were disappointed by the ribeye.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable !
    spcydish
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I love Birk's but I miss the Salmon Teriyake Salad!!! Please bring it back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Highly recommend, I eat here 4 times per week business meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I shared a wonderful meal returning after over 21 years. I was delighted by the Mediterranean Spiced Lamb--perfectly accompanied with the Vidovich Monte Bello Road Cabernet Sauvignon. We had great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birks aint Birks Anymore
    DanTheMan
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Coming here for 4-5 years my expectations were for a great meal. Alas, the chef is faltering. I ordered a medium rib eye, my wife wanted medium well which the server explained very clearly. We both got medium rare; mine was closer to rare. They took my favorite wedge salad off the menu, something I was looking forward to. The alternative salad was fairly good. I've always known it was extremely noisy at Birks so I asked for a quiet table. Unfortunately in the far corner of the restaurant which wasn't busy, two guys butt up against me could not have been louder. They seemed to shout at each other in an empty room. OK. Bad luck -- again. As the place filled up, it was loud as usual.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 20 years
    RoadTraveler
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have frequented Birks for 20 years (on an infrequent travel basis). Dependable food, GREAT waiters. Perfect business dinner location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Hello Birks, thanks for making our once a month Girls Get together a great night out. We celebrated our friend Karen's new baby on the way and our friend Jeanne's return from Hawaii. Enjoyed our evening. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a hit with clients
    lovedthefillet
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I've been going to Birk's for over 15 years and it always seems like there's something new on the menu. I don't think I've ever had the same thing twice. Great place to bring clients, but don't be surprised if you run into your competition...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jeff
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a nice dinner. We sat at the smaller bar to the left. However, I think that turned out create slower service actually. It was a Friday night and the place wasn't that busy but our service, in particular, the bar service was very slow. There were several tables that came after us that got their food before us and even were finished with dinner. Final note - this place is expensive, much more expensive than we thought. The food, service was out of balance with the cost. Probably will go back for Lunch but not dinner again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my forth visit to Birk's. Excellent every time. Their price to quality ratio is also right on. Love the filet and pork chops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steaks
    CLD1VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    love the seafood but the filet was fantastic. A bit too noisy though. Cannot carry on a good conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats and service
    Playnejayne
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Came here for Fathers Day and they were able to take our party of 9 an hour early. The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AndThenVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Absolutely marvelous steak cooked perfectly to order. !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday evening experience
    graduation2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Elegant feeling when you first enter the restaurant with dark woods and neutral colors accented with white. The service was personal and our waiter really listened to food choices and why. You hardly noticed the coffee being refilled and for the entire evening did not feel rushed. The food was hot, plated to show the food and not alot of garnish. Good portions and the lump crab cakes were the best west of Chesapeak Bay. A very nice impression for our guests who are not from the area, north San Diego County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.