About Birch & Vine at The Birchwood
Birch & Vine is an innovative restaurant within the hip, new boutique hotel known as The Birchwood. Birch & Vine takes a seasonal approach in crafting its 'Locally Sourced ~ Globally Inspired' cuisine. As the seasons change and the bounty of the land and sea evolves, so do the menu's at Birch & Vine. Located on famous Beach Drive in the Downtown St. Petersburg district, the restaurant sits across the street from North Straub Park, the Vinoy Marina and the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay.
Please note, online reservations are available for Birch and Vine, we do not accept online reservations for the Canopy, reservations for the canopy may be available through the restaurant directly
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
4th Avenue North
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Most of the parking in the Beach Drive area of Downtown St. Petersburg is metered street parking. There are 2 public parking garages within 2 blocks of our restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Birch & Vine at The Birchwood Ratings and Reviews
Higher end setting and plates. We had a nice time with great company. Our server was attentive but not overly so. We felt comfortable taking our time with the meal. We did miss some items no longer on the menu.. skipped desert because of this.. Still a solid spot if you want to impress your company.
My wife and I stayed for an anniversary weekend at The Birchwood, an amazing hotel that Chuck Prather has created that was an experience in and of itself (special thanks to Brandon at the front desk). We love the Canopy rooftop bar (and have enjoyed moon-rise cocktails there many times in the past) but this was our first experience at the hotel and restaurant. The apps and main dishes were all creative and well executed (I had the Pumpkin Sword Fish special...outstanding) and the wine list is expansive and impressive. The service was spot on...attentive but never intrusive. We also enjoyed Sunday Brunch the following morning (the short rib Benedict is fantastic). We are truly looking forward to our next visit to this wonderful place.
We decided to try Birch & Vine again after a disappointing meal when it opened. It is walking distance for each of the three couples, a big plus on a Saturday night. We weren't seated until 45 minutes after our reservation. We weren't seen by a server for another 15 minutes. Drink orders weren't taken for another 15 minutes and the promise of bread was fulfilled 15 minutes later. My martini was perfect. Bread was piping hot and good. I ordered the fritto misto, but contrary to the menu description, was all calamari. I ordered the lamb chops and they were 90 percent fat. I picked out the meat and was done. The sides were mysteries, shredded meat and a carb of some sort. I told the server about the chops and about 20 minutes later a new plate of them was being offered. At that point I was done and declined the offer. The wine we ordered was terrific and fairly priced. We received a complimentary amuse bouche and cookies.
Overall, I think Birch & Vine is well-intentioned but is short on execution. They don't have enough servers and the chef should never have let those chops be cooked let alone leave the kitchen. The food was just okay, not good, and the prices aren't justified. But, it's location, location, location and sitting on Beach Drive on a Saturday night drinking a great martini and great wine and great bread is divine. Drinks and apps, anyone?
Birch and Vine was in the past a favorite restaurant. What has happened? Our entrees were absolutely terrible: fatty rack of lamb and an absolutely obnoxious tomahawk pork chop. By the way, it was a Wednesday night and we were the only dinners in the restaurant...telling. Service was fine, we felt so sorry for the waiter.
I have gone to Happy Hour here a couple of times and like it because the noise level allows conversation at the bar. My dining experience was wonderful. We were seated right away and food was delicious. Everyone at our table had a different dish and everyone loved what they ordered. It got a little noisy later in the evening, but that just enhanced the ambiance as a happening place.
I wish I could say that the food was amazing because we loved everything else about this restaurant and the Birchwood hotel. The ambiance was lovely, the service was impeccable. The food was just okay. All three courses left a lot to be desired. Not bad enough to send back but just not the wonderful food we would have loved to have. We will definitely try them again and see how it goes. We WANT to like them!
My dinner was tasteless and not presented very well. When the manager came over and I told him it was not very good, his response was, "well we are taking the item off the menu next month!" He did ask if I wanted something else, which I refused but never ask to remove it from the bill. I had only taken a few bites. I will not return again, plenty of other better restaurants along Beach Drive!
The meal was less than expected due to a combination of poor service and lack luster food. First the waiter could not get the cork out of a bottle of wine and ended up breaking it off in the bottle - so a new bottle was retrieved unfortunately it had not been properly chilled - warm wine - yuk. Next our entrees arrived without the ordered grilled chicken so 2 were sent back to the kitchen - then the waiter returned with them 10 minutes later there was no dressing on the side as ordered. The children was tougher than an old boot. The waiter never returned to check on us, so we ended up eating the salad without any dressing. Not good. Finally, we were celebrating a birthday - which we had discussed several times with the waiter - when he brought the "birthday" dessert the candle was in the wrong dessert and presented to the wrong person. Just to cap the lunch off, the glass bowl that the birthday dessert was presented in had a huge crack in it. In fairness, the restaurant did comp our desserts but definitely would not return. Very disappointed in this highly recommended restaurant.
We had another excellent Tuesday night dinner sitting outside, in the rain (but not getting wet) last night. Our server, Dean, was excellent, getting wet himself to bring us our wine to sip as we watched a sudden summer storm.
We have never been disappointed with Birch and Vine--even though I long for both the fois gras and the butter-poached lobster appetizers back on the appetizer menu. But last night we tried new appetizers (it was Tuesday night, after all), including the crab cakes, which were delicious (and this is from a person from Baltimore, who knows her crab cakes and thought the only folks who could do crab cakes right in St. Petersburg were Maryland natives Barry and Kelly at The Brass Monkey and Harold at Backfin Blue Cafe). Now I can add Birch and Vine for a lovely upscale (and generous) serving of crab cakes sitting atop lovely avocado and creamed corn sauces. And yes, foodies, the creamed corn works.
Thanks (again) to our server Dean for recommending our excellent (and moderately priced) California Pinot Noir. Dean told us that all the servers had tasted it and rated it the highest of all they tasted. And that is what was so inviting about Dean's service: he gave us good reasons for ordering what we did and did not seem disturbed that all we ordered were appetizers (half price . . . along with the half-price wine of course). In fact, he encouraged us in our ordering, saying "of course" the appetizers were what we should order on a Tuesday night. And "of course" he was right.
Kudos to the owner as well who supports the philanthropic community. We particularly thank him for supporting the PARC Top Chef event, which we attended: a wonderful night that showcased Birch and Vine and supported such an important non-profit.
THis was a very pleasant surprise as it was my first time there.
The service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was quite
good and the menu fairly complete. We have a nice glass of
Puilly Fusse chardonay, and a fairly good wine list.
OVerall, a very solid recommendation.
I eat out every meal as this had to be one of the worst overall experience I have had. A terrible server and food was just as bad. I had snapper and it was very smelly and so dry I could not eat it. The crab cake was good but everything else was not worth the high price items.
This was our first time here and were sadly disappointed by the robots that run this restaurant. When we checked in this our reservation they didn't have our table ready so we checked back 2 other times and they looked at us as if they had never seen us before- absolutely no customer service or personal touch. We finally got our table and our waitress wasn't any better- no personality and no attempt to do more than the bare minimum required by her job description. The pork chop that was recommended was fried and could have been something served at a low level diner. It was so noisy in the dinning room that my husband and I couldn't hardly hear each other, which isn't a great environment for a date.
The beer was good and cold, which was the only positive. I have no plans to return to Birch and Vine.
I can't say enough great things about Birch and Vine. Its the best restaurant in St. Pete! We dined here for my husband's birthday but not the first time we've been here. First, the menu is creative but not unusual. I'd like to kidnap Chef Anthony and take him home with us. Every dish was out of this world amazing. We decided to get several smaller plates instead of an entree but I'm looking forward to going back to try the entrees because they looked so good. We had the fried olives, wagyu beef carpaccio, mushroom soup and 2 salads. It was just enough food. The wagyu carpaccio was so good that I've thought about it every day since I had it. Who does that? It was truly "to die for" - melt in your mouth and the flavors were perfectly matched. My husband wanted to lick the bowl of the olives and the soup - omg. Mushroom soup is my favorite and theirs is awesome! It was only a tad too salty but the rich mushroom flavor was so good that it overpowered the saltiness. I would still get it again. The salads spoiled us for any salad elsewhere. They were absolutely delicious! Oh and he had a hibiscus beer that was so refreshing. Now, as if the food wasn't enough to bring us back, the service - unmatched. There's great service with stuffiness and there's great service with personality. I'll take the latter all day long. For example, we ate at another upscale place a few days prior and while the service is spot-on, the personalities leave a lot to be desired. Here, we had Brandon and loved him so much we recommended that our friends, who were dining the following day, ask for him. He's not only very knowledgable about the menu and food in general but he's attentive with a super personality. He's the type of waiter I love - someone I can relate to and who feels more like a friend. He seems to have a passion for food and is just such a nice guy! He's a large part of the reason we'll be back!
Our overall experience at the Birch & Vine was average. The atmosphere was nice, and it was quiet, but we were there when they first opened for Sunday brunch. The service was nothing exceptional and the food was mediocre. I did expect more from this restaurant. They have a lot of work to do to catch up with their neighbors.
The restaurant was so loud, we had to be moved to another area of the restaurant. We split the Big Eye Tuna and when they split the dish for us, one of us received more tuna than the other. It was good but not great.
We met for drinks at The Canopy upstairs. It was crowded and loud. We went downstairs to the bar at Birch and Vine and it was much better. We were seated for dinner and the noise level was good until the restaurant filled. There was a party of 10 people that were so loud, we asked to be moved.
I won't return to Birch and Vine. Too loud and food was average at best.
Birch and Vine is located in a lovely historical building that now houses a boutique hotel. We were greeted warmly and each person with whom we interacted made us feel welcome and wanted to make sure our dining experience was exceptional. We shared a trio of shrimps that were prepared using three different methods and each selection was wonderful! This is a perfect shared dish. . .or a meal for one! Each of us enjoyed the Chef's Day Boat Fish Special, which was red snapper. It was perfectly pan seared, moist and flakey! Impressive and long wine list. Our wait person was thoughtful to steam the half and half for my coffee - impressive! It is definitely a fine dining experience and we would certainly go back if we are in the area again.
Dinner was lovely. The wine pours were quite stingy....we've had wine tastings that have been more generous. We needed to,leave in time for a show and even though they were busy they handled our request exceptionally well. Our problems occurred after our show when we went back for drinks. First we trieD outside. The waitress left drink menus but never returned. When we asked we were told she'd be right back. So we waited. When we again inquired, we were told it was after 11:00 and the outside area was closed. Um... We had been sitting there for twenty minutes BEFORE 11:00. Sigh. No problem. We went Inside and sat at a low table near the bar. The manager came by and cleaned the table for us. Then we sat. There were four staff members standing around. I got up and asked the bartender (he was washing a glass). He told us he'd be there in a moment and turned his back. So we waited. We eventually flagged someone down and got some service. Not sure if it was just the late hour or they didn't like the way we looked (dangerous middle aged theatre goers).... But the dinner WAS lovely.
Our waiter was friendly and easy going. When he found out I was gluten-free he offered to bring me a piece of GF bread. I thought that was really nice... cannot recall the last time I had a piece of bread before dinner. My Mom enjoyed her lobster tails with veggies, and I had a perfectly prepared filet with fingerling potato mash. We shared a piece of cheesecake for dessert. It was vanilla, with fresh cherries on top. Looking forward to going back.
Totally disappointing.... The food was awful. I never send anything back and I couldn't even eat a salad that I ordered. The orders that were brought out were incorrect. One person in our party ordered soup and it had something like stones in it.... I won't be returning, as a matter of fact I brought 7 friends there and I was totally embarrassed.
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