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The Bird & The Bread
The Bird & The Bread

The Bird & The Bread Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebirdandthebread.com
  • Phone: (248) 203-6600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday:5:00pm -9:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Comfort Food, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Adam Galloway
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Thursday Late Night Happy Hour often features live music. Please call for details, or check our events schedule on our web site.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please check our web site or facebook for all upcoming special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Brown & Merrill
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Bird & The Bread
The Bird and The Bread, a European comfort food inspired concept in downtown Birmingham, MI. This restaurant broadens its beverage focus beyond a generous selection of unique wines to include a selection of over 100 beers, craft cocktails, and dozens of specialty spirits.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The coffee was the best part of our breakfast....the food was completely cold and dry. Too bad, because every thing else about the restaurant was amazing!!!"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "My friend from out of town and I went here over Labor Day weekend, we had such a great time. We had the calamari and octopus appetizer which was delicious. My friend ordered the Mitten Burger since it has all MI ingredients-she was impressed with how tasty it was. I had the pork, it was amazing. For dessert we had the lemon dessert that was nice and light. Very cool place with different types of people from kids to seniors and everything in between. Service was quick and courteous."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed excellent dinners and wine Saturday evening. We really enjoyed talking with two managers/wine stewards about our wine choice and the difference between this Birmingham Restaurant and their other restaurant in Ann Arbor. The service was rather slow, though, but the staff is still relatively new and learning. I expect this will improve. Definitely worth going to, and we will go back."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Interesting menu, well-prepared dishes, attentive service, reasonably-priced wine list, all in a pleasant, uncrowded outdoor setting."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "The beef short ribs in chocolate stout sauce... AMAZING!!!! Great wine and beer selection. So glad we came here!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "First visit Enjoyed the "wood" room for atmosphere The wait for the food from the ordering time was too long for us - long lull after finishing salad Two in party thought food was very good, two thought the food was only ok Food is family fare, with some dishes having a contemporary twist A return visit depends on if a very slow paced evening is wanted"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Second time here and still not impressed. Food is forgettable. Calamari was gritty, seafood pot was pretty bland, however the corn chowder was excellent. Waitress was lovely, but just as first time there, service is scattered and unorganized. Wish the menu was more exciting and with a little more depth of flavor. Could be such a knock out."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We went during Dreamcruise weekend, and the restaurant had a limited menu. The food was marginal: my Cesar salad had barely an dressing and minimal romaine lettuce. My friend's margherita pizza did not have proper tomato sauce on it. My salmon was overcooked even though I asked twice for medium rare. My husband's chicken and potatoes were soggy. I was disappointed."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our first visit to B & B was for lunch during the Dream Cruise. We scored a table outside & ordered off the special menu. Everything was great....we'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The evening that we had dinner there was the night of the Woodward Dream cruise and they had a limited menu . We sat in the outside area with kids screaming in the background. There was a sign for valet parking but it was for the valet stand for the restaurant across the street. Would be better if they had their own valet valet parking...."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had dinner for four last Saturday night. The food and the service were excellent. The outdoor eating area is comfortable and lively."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "food good, a wonderful way to spend a social evening with friends. cheerfull waiters, got to try the octopus/squid starter, thought I was in Greece"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "For starters, literally and figuratively, you should start with the brioche and brisket sliders, as well as the spinach and artichoke in phyllo dough. I added the grilled calamari and octopus, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. I had the duck for dinner, which was very tasty but a bit salty. My daughter had the Michigan burger which she really liked, but also noted it being a bit on the salty side. Still, I definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "When I first came here for lunch, the experience was so-so. Friday night's dinner for a group of 5 was great though! We had a terrific server who was very attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was all so good, everyone in the party was full and happy. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Absolutely love this restaurant! The food is amazing! There is a great selection of wine and beer. The servers are knowledgeable and friendly. Cannot wait to go again."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed eating outside. The service was good but the food was just average. I am hoping for improvement. We really like the restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This unassuming street corner holds favors of Europe. Supper was lamb sausage worthy of a wine bar in Paris. The depth of the draft beer list was amazing. The truffled frites starter was gone in minutes-crisp and delicious. The pizza crust was full of flavor with plenty of satisfaction in the sauce and diablo toppings. I have visited for lunch and supper and have plans for brunch. Service was friendly and welcoming."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had a birthday celebration so wanted a place we could celebrate! We had to wait a little for table outside which wasn't too bad. The food was good- our service was ok... We were having fun but I don't think the waitress was... When we wanted dessert- they were out of several things .. Brought the desserts and put candles in them and walked away- had to locate some one to light them... But nonetheless we had a good evening... Wait staff could have tried to enhance the good time instead of being cold..."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great food and drinks but Service was a little slow considering it wasn't that busy when we dined there."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Have been there 3 times now and almost always very good service and food. Last visit the staff made every effort to work with our time constraints and it was excellent customer service! One other time the waitress was very, very slow in getting to us and seemed to be the only one working the patio area...but we came back"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Best service and staff around. From the moment you walk in, the staff is warm and genuine. Fantastic ambiance, great food and menu, with none of the attitude or snugness common elsewhere in Birmingham. My new and lasting favorite place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "They have a variety of seating i.e. regular seating in various dining room spaces, some high tables around the bar, and an outdoor terrace. Eclectic menu with lots of options and price points so can accommodate those who want mainly small plates/appetizers, a hamburger or salad or in-house made pizza, as well as those who want a more substantial dinner (steak, seafood, duck). Seafood pot special was excellent and burger also got rave reviews. Wine list is also varied and solid. Great place for date night during weekends or on more quiet week nights with the kids. They have one of the few children's menus I've seen that is well thought out and executed--not all pre-fab bar food. Very glad to have them as an addition to the B'ham scene."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner very much. The service was excellent. Menu was unique and delicious. Drink selection was very nice. They also have a back room that is beautifully decorated for private parties!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was the second time dining at this restaurant, only because my bf and I received a GC from the manager after a displeasant dining experience. I have to say this time was better yet not the best. We sat down at our reservation time, water came right away. The server also greeted us right when we sat down, which is unlike the last experience of waiting 30 mins to even be greeted. We needed time to look over the menu and the server gave us an ample amount of time, in fact too much time. We had to get 3 people to find our server to order, which took another 20 mins. We were at the restaurant for 30 mins without even ordering anything. However once we ordered, the food came promptly in a timely manner. Food was good, server was friendly."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The only people in the restaurant were in the outdoor seating, so reservation were not necessary, empty restaurant inside. Chicken overcooked, tasted as though reheated, lamb rope sausage tasted like on the verge of going bad, not fresh at all. Salmon was fine, and Brisket sliders were very good as well as the tomato basil soup."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food was on the brink of creative, for a new restaurant it was good. Still needs some work, but the service was good, very personable."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Sat outside to dine. It took a really long time to just place a drink order. They were not that busy on a Tuesday at 6:00pm. Once we placed the order it took some time to get the two glasses of wine and iced tea. The waitress did not take our order until 7:00pm. Food did not arrive until 8:00pm. Food was really good had the beets and ricotta along with the fish and chips appetizer. I would go back but I would advise the waitress I would not want a three hour dinner."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We had dinner and the food was excellent. After requesting as outside table, they did not have one so while we waited the nice, young, manager offered a drink on the house. We were very happy with his concern to make us enjoy our night. We will spread the word on this good restaurant with a wonderful patio."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Had not heard good things but was surprised w an excellent dinner for me and my husband ate outside on a beautiful evening"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Short summary: the food is perfectly cooked, but the flavor combinations in it are strange. Wouldn't avoid the place, but won't likely be seeking it out either."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was good, and I'd go back again, but I was disappointed that they charge $5 for a bread basket. I'm a bread snob and after paying $5 for the basket I expected amazing bread. It was only so-so. (The best was the corn bread.) Also, if you are a party of two, and you want to sit outside, one of you may end up with a view of a parking lot! Service was excellent and very accommodating. Sitting on the patio was lovely once we were able to switch our table."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went to The Bird & Bread for dinner with my family (7 people total) and wasn't sure what to expect because this was my first time here. The server (who was also the bartender) was great and the atmosphere was just as delightful.... the food on the other hand wasn't anything special. The wait for them to bring the food out for 7 people wasn't horrible but when they forgot one of our meals it took them another 30 mins to bring it out. The whole table had finished their dinners before they brought out the forgotten meal. Chicken was good and so were the mussels. Great bar but the restaurant needs some work in the kitchen before I head back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We pulled up and there was a sign for valet, yet there was no valet. The main reason I chose this restaurant was for their French Onion Soup and Scallops which I saw on the online menu. However when we sat down to order (which was about 30 minutes after our reservation time) neither one of those options were on the menu. They nicely informed me that they changed the menu the day before but had been too busy to update the menu on their website. The service was extremely slow for a place that had plenty of open tables. The best part of the meal was the appetizer spinach artichoke dip and the pinot noir we ordered. The drinks at the bar were nice as well while we waited for our table. At $110 a person I would have expected much more."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was slow and not what I am used too at a restaurant of this caliber. Food was good but the menu choices were limited and there weren't specials. Water were served at room temp and the waitress seemed very disinterested in being at work. It looked nice in the open-aired seating area, but we were sat wayyyyyyyy in back, even though the rest of the restaurant was empty. I had high hopes, but this did NOT meet my expectations."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "One of the diners requested for her birthday specifically this resturant. We waited over 1:20 minutes for our dinners to arrive. When we were finally served the soup was cold, the hamburger that was$17.00 was not prepared properly and the cheese was not melted. The cod was served cold. All were sent back. The owner came over and basically was very condescending. Would not recommend or revisit for a second chance"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great meal! Had mussels and braised short ribs. Loved the use of local ingredients . Large covered area to sit outside . Could be a bit noisy inside with the high ceiling and wood floors."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went with my girlfriend for dinner. We ate on the patio and loved it. The lamb sausage is to die for! Going back with my husband this weekend. Excellent service, too. A real gem in Birmingham."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Been here before and it wasn't like this, but there was an overpowering smell of cheese or something like that in the restaurant, so we asked to sit outside. No one came to our table for what seemed like 15 minutes to the point where I got up to go find someone. Our waitress had walked by us several times without greeting us. Food was good as were the drinks, but this was disappointing and I hope isolated. Last time we were here, we sat at the bar and did have to put effort in to flag someone down for refills and appetizers, but overall it's a relaxed atmosphere and good food. Nice variety of starters if that's what you're after."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food did not meet my expectations set by other reviewers. The table shared appetizers: Nuts &cheese, which was good, and the brisket & brioche, in which the brisket was very fatty and did not have much flavor. I also had a cup of the summer corn soup and it was bitter and the cumin flavor was overwhelming. I had the fish & chips, which was close to not edible. The chips were burned and served cold. The fish was almost all batter-while it looked quite appetizing, it was soggy, oily and undercooked on the inside. When we ordered the appetizers, we asked for 4 of the brisket sliders for the 4 of us, only 3 came out with the other app. For the main, one person's meal did not arrive for a good 5 min after the rest were served."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time. Much better this time. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014