We went to the restaurant as were looking for a spot to host a rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding party. We discovered that we wouldn't be able to do so, as there was no area that would be able to be separated from the rest of the dining hall. The food was excellent, which is a good find for the Pinellas area. One drawback is that the noise level is very high..
It is nice to be able to visit the canopy area on the open air rooftop, which has great view, for a cocktail before dining at the restaurant. I would definitely recommend the restaurant and would visit it again.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous! Terrific food & service!
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday dinner, terrific! Rachel, our server, she was great! Very pleasant, very knowledgable about the menu, how items were prepared, checked on us at the right times, etc. The other wait staff was wonderful.
The place itself is gorgeous! Very modern, clean, and nicely decorated. The food was fabulous! Everything is made from scratch. We had the Seared Scallops and the Garlic/Peppercorn Charred NY Strip, OMG! Terrific! The scallops melted in my mouth, the steak was cooked perfect. Wonderful flavor to both items. Then we had the Plantain Foster and the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, great! Only complaint, was the noise. There were several parties and a baby behind us (she didn't fuss to much).
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming a favorite
This is a fairly new restaurant for St. Pete. It had some hiccups in the beginning but has slowly started coming around. The food is consistent now, the service excellent, and I love the decor. The only complaint is the noise level. It can be very difficult to hold a conversation, especially when a large group is close by. I really don't know how they can fix that issue based on the size of the room and ceiling level. I would recommend eating outside if weather permits. Also, the bread basket could use some improvement. Go upstairs to the bar and see the best view of St. Pete.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a family friend from England come to visit and wanted to take her to a special place for dinner, and viola via the intranet Birch and Vine appeared! What a delightful dinner, thoroughly enjoyed every morsel. Service was great, ambiance superb, can't say enough about your establishment... we will return!!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were greeted very warmly; had a knowledgeable waiter when discussing wines. The food arrived quickly, and was beautifully presented. A very enjoyable experience.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tried the restaurant shortly
Tried the restaurant shortly after they opened and we were very disappointed, so we decided to wait a few months and let them work through the new restaurants issues. This time was a much better experience. The food was really good. The selection for everyone in our party to choose from was great. The fish special was awesome and the filet was a wonderful, cut it with a fork piece of meat. The wine list was really nice, broad in selection, but not pretentious. The restaurant is noisy, so I would not recommend if you're looking for a quiet evening. The service was the only weak link. On another note, they serve the food on these HUGE square plates, looks nice but totally takes all the table top room.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday nigh date
New restaurant very trendy and food was fantastic. Top floor has bar with hairs over looks warren and south st Petersburg would recommend restaurant is a little noise but food great
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find!
We wanted a brunch in downtown St. Pete that 2, 4 and 6 year old granddaughters would enjoy. Boy, was this the place! The menu was unique and fit for foodies, but also had not only a kids' menu but regular items that they enjoyed. It was the 4 year old's birthday so our server brought out a sticky bun with a candle in it. He went above and beyond throughout the meal (sorry, his name escapes me but he grew up in St Pete).
We then went upstairs to see The Canopy. We were visiting from Naples, but WILL be back.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Have been wanting to try the Birch & Vine and sooo glad we did! Had a great lunch with the girls. The food and presentation was wonderful. I would eat the ginger chicken salad EVERY DAY it was so delicious. We wil definitely be back!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a simple, concise review: a beautiful dining space designed with excellent service flow; terrific lighting; interesting yet not-overwhelming menu; wonderfully attentive and skilled service (knowledgeable, informed, yet not overly solicitous or fawning--and the barback/bussing servers work their butts off but in a wonderful way that is very subtle but hugely attentive); amazing food (the gorgonzola ice cream that comes with the carpaccio is worthy of dessert; the sous vide scallops are plate-lickable); great energy--and all this was observed on a night when it suddenly started pouring rain and the staff had to accommodate table changes and more. Highly recommended on multiple levels. It was our 1st visit, but certainly not our last.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outdoor Air Conditioning!
Loved the outdoor A/C units. Seems like the ultimate luxury!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great possibilities, but needs work
Just made third visit. Food is delicious. Decor pretty. Neighborhood great. But...lovely, friendly, but poor service at lunch. They are so nice I hate to say it, but you will wait and wait. Dinner had a different problem. Individual service great, but management was terrible. Waited 45 minutes for a reserved table with no apology or follow up. When we finally asked to see the manager after paying, we waited another 15 minutes. It is a shame because these are easy fixes when the food is good and the service nice. They could easily get to be the best in downtown, but they are not there yet.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second visit was a winner!!!
Went on opening night and I wasn't impressed. Had dinner there last night and the food was very good!!! Service was excellent!!!
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us visited for the first time and we'll go back. It's very attractive inside. The service was average--nothing special and at times the waitress seemed irritated. Food did not arrive at the same time so some were eating and some were not. Appetizers were great! Dinner was good. The most tender filet I've ever tasted using the unique concept the chef has in place. Meats, chicken and fish are sealed fresh in a bag and put in hot water to cook until tender, then grilled for a crisp skin. Unfortunately both the filet and the meatloaf were pretty bland otherwise. Chef could use some richer sauces and seasonings. Drinks were good. Desserts didn't pique our interest. We will go back.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
dinner and a view
Food and service were outstanding. The dining room is beautiful and great outdoor dining. Have after diner drinks on the roof. The only negative is no valet parking, since the area is very busy these days.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meatloaf was a bit dry, but
Meatloaf was a bit dry, but would still go back again.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wasn't let down
Had heard great things and we weren't disappointed. The food was great and the service provided by Katie was outstanding. We will definitely go back many times
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A MUST TRY- - - - Birch & Vine
The food was beyond my expectations which were relatively high.
My husband had the NY Strip with sweet potato hash, and we are both foodies and agreed it was the best steak we had ever tasted. The crusty outside of the steak with all the flavors and the perfectly medium rare instead have us already talking about when we can return.
I had the Seared scallops with Edamame succotash which included a bit of pork belly, over truffle grits. Oh my! We wanted to take a quart of these grits home with us, one of the creamiest, most decadent perfect-parings for the delicate flavor of the scallops.
We will be hard-pressed to not get the same things, but the entire menu looked amazing. The tuna tartare was what we had for our appetizer. Yum!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner and drinks
Great food, nice farm-to-table menu, upscale ambiance. Be sure and go to the upstairs rooftop bar for a predinner drink.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff, the surroundings, the drinks and the meal were all exceptional. We enjoyed our time there very much and will certainly go back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Dining Experience
I truly enjoyed my dining experience at this restaurant. The staff was attentive and pleasant, the décor was beautiful, the drinks were unique and tasty, and the meal was superb. Many chefs have gone a little crazy with truffles, but the chicken dish I ordered was perfectly balanced. It was tender, well seasoned, and was beautifully plated. We all enjoyed a Crab Fondue appetizer as well which was well suited for our party of three to split. Again, a perfect balance of crab and cheeses with crispy chips. We also began the evening at the Canopy upstairs which is beautifully decorated with stunning views of downtown St Petersburg and the waterfront.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food is fabulous. The decor is fun and and inviting. The service staff were all friendly and on their game. We had a great dinner with good friends in the Birch & Vine and went for drinks on the rooftop Canopy Bar. It was an all around great experience. Thanks!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great new resteraunt in St
Great new resteraunt in St Petersburg. Fantastic service and food, good menu. Hopping night life at roof top bar. I am going again next weekend.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went with friends from out of town and we all loved the Birch and Vine. The food was incredible, menu unique, the ambience is chic but energetic and the view from the top bar is magnificent. Will definitely go again...and again!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birch & Vine...Devine
I had read the mixed reviews and was a bit hesitant about going to this place, but was pleasantly surprised. Staff were all attentive. I ordered the miso scallop dinner with edamame and grits. My meal was delicious and cooked to perfection. My dining companions were also pleased with their selections. Only complaint is it is a very noisy setting and they need valet parking, otherwise, Would definite recommend.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome night out
This whole experience in the remodeled Grayl's Hotel made us proud to be from St. Petersburg! The menu selections at Birch & Vine were excellent in taste, presentation and price. The renovated dining area was pleasant & contemporary, although a touch on the noisy side. The accoustics need a liitle work. The upstairs lounge is breathtaking both in ambiance and view. This is a real show place and we are eager to have out of town friends and family visit to take them there.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a BIG time.
We had been to Canopy a few times but this was my first time at Birch and Vine.
The staff was great and I loved the assortment of great choices for the appetizers as well as entrees.
The lump crab fondue was rich and delicious as was almost too much to finish !
We had the scallops and the duck and each selections was as delicious as it was beautiful.
I only had one issue and it was minor. It was a long time between courses. I enjoy taking my time with a bottle of wine
so it worked out./
I will absolutely go back again soon and will recommend to all my friends.
BE SURE you go upstairs to the Canopy Bar for after dinner beverages. The view is great and the crowd is lively.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was out of this world!
My only complaint - it was a birthday weekend getaway and I asked for a romantic spot for 2 when hotel & dinner reservations were made 2 weeks prior. We were seated at the only available table in the middle of the very noisy dining room. In hind site I should have told the hostess that was unacceptable and waited for the next available comfy, cozy booth. The next day I had brunch inside the dining room. It was much more quiet and laid back than the night before. My meal was equally delicious. My guess is there isn't a bad meal to be had at Birch & Vine by Chef Cline! I will be adding the hotel and the restaurant to my list of favorites high on my list of recommendations! Rooms at the hotel are divine!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We gave a new place a try
and it was a mixed bag. Limited yet creative menu, seems to be very pleased with itself. There's an over-reliance on pork belly (in a lot of dishes) and both appetizers & entrees could benefit from some editing . . . too many components conflicting with each other on the plate. Portions were large, enjoyed: the clam appetizer & lamb entree, I'd advised to skip the chicken, it was overwhelmed by the pork belly in the accompanying greens & soy butter sauce. Booked an early table (630p Saturday) and the noise level was too high for conversation. The dining room is small, with doors to the outdoor seating constantly opening bringing in noise/onlookers. Maybe we'll try it on weekday night for a quieter dinner. Beautiful room & location.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunday brunch was delicious. Shared fried green tomato eggs benedict and lobster and cheese scrambled eggs with a friend and both were delicious. The spicy bloody mary was great too. The service for brunch was slow but pleasant. We sat outside on the "veranda" for brunch then went up to the rooftop bar to continue visiting. The staff on the rooftop were attentive without being obtrusive and the fire pits came in handy as it was cloudy and windy. I will definitely be back.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Thing To Happen To Beach Drive
We had been waiting for the right time to make a reservation and thought the timing would be perfect just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The menu, food, suggestions, wine and staff were fantastic. We gave Birchwood five stars because it has already been 2 days after our dining experience and we are still talking about the meatloaf.
Thank you for making our Thanksgiving holiday perfect Birchwood.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
First dinner I'm our honeymoon
The Birchwood has excellent food and service. My husband and I are both foodies and look for great restaurants to visit wherever we travel. This restaurant came highly recommended by everyone and I can see why. Not only was the meal exceptional but the waiter was very knowledgable and sent us two glass of champagne when he heard we were celebrating our honeymoon. I'd highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or everyday dining if you enjoy great food.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took a chance an it paid off
I had heard good reviews so I booked our Thanksgiving dinner there. The food was outstanding and excellent service.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM