Permanently Closed - Birch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The name Birch is a subtle homage to chef Brendan Collin’s hometown of Nottingham, England, where he grew up near a copse of birch trees. Collins has designed Birch's menu to reference the diversity in Los Angeles that has intrigued and influenced him over the years. Some examples include rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio and carrots; monkfish tikka masala with quince chutney and lime pickles; and a whole fried snapper with lemon, fennel salad and a saffron rouille. Dishes will be shareable ranging from appetizer-like to larger format options, fostering a convivial atmosphere. General manager Sal Roses, formerly head bartender at chef David Lefevre’s MB Post in Manhattan Beach, will take the helm of service and the beverage program with signature cocktails that include the Stabilizer with vodka, rosemary and lime; and a wine cocktail called Vino Snap with San Pietro Gavi, Cocchi Americano, lemon and ginger.
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American
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for my wife's 40th birthday and the day of I looked up the restaurant on Google and it was permanently closed! No notification from OpenTable or the restaurant and it had been closed for a month! WTF! Completely unacceptable.

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l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant is no longer in operation. I'm surprised that I was able to make a reservation. Thankfully, opentable notified me that the reservation was cancelled.

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Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived prior to reservation - place permanently closed nearly 2 weeks prior -- despite receiving a reminder 24 hours earlier from Open Table that it was open and waiting for me !

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OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience at Birch! A warm LA night, good friends, good wine. The Pork Shank was INSANE, the figs and burrata, delicious and the Chicken Liver Mousse - amazing. I'd definitely return! Super fun strip of Cahuenga.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

they were out of almost half of the menu. the food we did get was over salted, and not good

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I used to love Birch. They have changed their menu to a less interesting, less shareable menu. Also, we were having a pre-show dinner which they were aware of. There was ONE server for the whole restaurant. We waited 15 minutes before being approached , they no longer have a full bar and our (and everyone around us) food was significantly delayed. It took over an hour to get our mains which we had to eat in 5 minutes to rush to our show. They did remove one entree from the bill but for now, I am staying away.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food with unusual flavor combinations that work. The crowd is maximal right before a nearby theater event on Saturday nights, so if you go later in the evening, it may be less frenetic.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Menu was not what we expected, didn't match what is on the Open Table app.

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m
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative and tasty menu. My hubby and I shared the puttanesca and their signature pork loin. The pasta was filled with flavorful olives, capers and anchovies. The portion was small though. The pork on the other hand was substantial and was,fall apart tender. I especially liked the fact if you're heading to the Pantages you can park on the street and walk to the theater. The manager was so nice to show us a shortcut there. Definitely will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Being on a busy Hollywood street, it's a bad idea for the entire front of the restaurant to be open. Cigarette smoke from passerbys wafted in throughout the meal. Portions were small and flavor profile average. Burrata appetizer was quite lovely, but Patty melt subpar and scallops overcooked. There were at least 8 dirty tables upon arrival, and there were only 3 people at the bar, so being too busy to tend to tables is not a probability. Don't sit under an ac vent either, condensation dripped on me during the meal. The restaurant design is nice, and the menu has potential, but it has a long way to go before I would return. There aren't many entrees for those who do not eat seafood either.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place had terrible service and our food came out cold. I never leave reviews and I never complain, but do not waist your time or money here.

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HR
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, the restaurant was severely understaffed. Service was incredibly slow due to there only being 3 servers (one was the host). The staff was polite and friendly but the food was overpriced for what you get. Would not recommend. I think this place has great potential, but some of the dishes (like a few pieces of melon and some prosciutto for >$15!!) do NOT have enough thought and care applied to make this place worth it.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible experience.

Service was a miss from the beginning. Walked up no hostess. Waiter sat us. Thought it was weird but got worse. The entire restaurant had 2 servers for 20 tables. Totally disorganized.

Food was underwhelming and over priced.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Birch prior to going to see Hamilton and it was packed with people eating prior to seeing the play. The energy in the room was great--everyone was friendly. We sat at the bar and had happy hour prices which was great as we got to meet everyone seated around us. The food was top notch and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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JS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In the heart of Hollywood but with a Silverlake vibe. The menu is tiny (not a lot of salads here) but intriguing and well-thought out. If your server tells you your handcrafted cocktail is "spicy," believe her. My Birch Punch was almost medicinal, there were so many herbs and spices in it. All was forgiven with the appetizer (peaches and burrata with a heavily-spiced hush puppies) and the AMAZING pork shank. It was presented as a deconstructed banh mi: pieces of lettuce, flatbread, pickled carrots & cucumber, hoisin and hot sauces and a beautiful, succulent, tender pork shank, all for your combining pleasure. My sister had capellini with lobster, and it was scarfed down before I had a chance to sneak a forkful (I was pretty mesmerized by my pork shank) Had no time for dessert (pre-theater) but I'm looking forward to coming back here and checking out more of the menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Birch was one of my favorite restaurants in Hollywood due to the amazing food and perfect service, but after my last experience, I'm not sure if I will go back. The service and ambiance have totally changed. We tried to order another entree at 8:45p and our server told us the kitchen was closed. First, who closes their kitchen at 8:45p? Second, why would the server not tell us?! The server pushed the food through and then apologized, saying the kitchen staff wanted to leave which is why they wanted to close to the kitchen. The bartender sat behind the bar, eating his own food, staring at us. Then in the middle of us eating with fresh drinks, the restaurant turns on all the lights and the music off....in other words, trying to push us out. It was only 9:15p!

Birch is one of the more expensive restaurants in Hollywood. It's not worth paying that kind of money for the lack of service and ambiance. It's sad to see another restaurant in Hollywood go downhill.

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WG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is great! Good service. It wasn't very crowded when we were there so the noise level was nice. I'd go back.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. We were seated near bar. Apparently new bartender was in manic episode. He talked non stop and very loudly in his never ending attempt to pickup female at bar. Extremely annoying. To the point it ruined what should have been excellent dining experience.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from start to finish was awesome. Definitely ask the host, Jimmy, for his suggestions on what to order.

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IZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I've loved Birch in the past. But they're going thru some transition and you couldn't feel the love anymore; out of many items on the menu, 1/2 the bar menu missing b/c bar manager transition and no re-stock, 2 servers for whole floor and were overwhelmed and couldn't be as attentive as in prior visits. I would've closed for a couple days til new staff was in place and menu and bar items restocked. Felt like 1/2 a restaurant operating food & service-wise compared to their former glory.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Birch is legit! It is also walking distance to Pantages, which makes it the perfect place to dine before a show. Excellent cocktails too!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived and were seated, ordering our food & enjoying our food and atmosphere, this was a great place to eat! The sea bass was perfect. My daughter had the gnocchi and it was delicious. The service was great. We were delighted to have such a nice place to eat before seeing "Hamilton" at The Pantages. :)

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S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice meal here before a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The plates were good for sharing, especially the peach and burrata salad. The patty melt was really satisfying.

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S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Convenient location for pre-show dinner, though there is no valet parking, so you'll have to allow time for parking and walking. Servers and bartender were friendly and professional. The dishes were well-presented and delicious. The only frustration was the slow service in the kitchen. We waited 45 min for food to arrive after ordering, and we were worried that we might be late to the show even though we allowed 2 hrs for dinner.

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F
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food with a great atmosphere!!! The peaches and burrata were divine!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday roast is not to be missed! Service was great and food was great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation, and they decided to close the kitchen before we got there. We had had a rough day, as someone close to us had tragically passed away, and we wanted to enjoy a nice dinner with friends to get our minds off of things.They apparently did not check their reservations and really weren't apologetic and were annoyed that we wanted to eat on a Thursday night at 9pm. I have eaten here before and really enjoyed it, but I won't be back.

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Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at BIRCH and it was spectacular! 3 of us had the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing that had us ending with pork shank which was incredibly delicious!!! The wine complimented the dishes perfectly and food and service were all top notch.

Highly rec'd and looking forward to going back again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Was disappointed and will not return.

CC required for reservation for this place?
Ambience was pretty disappointing for how much we had to pay for drinks and food. The portion of the food was small-plate-size. Absolutely noisie, uncozy, not classy, and crammed in. Was hoping for a chilled, relaxing, and classy atmosphere. Not even close.

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ME
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly kind service! Wonderful food. Always a fan of Birch!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every minute of our meal at Birch. The food was delicious, Sin and Jimmy were delightful and attentive and the ambiance was lovely. We would go back in a heartbeat!

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CB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious every time. Roger's the best too!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back. Food was outrageously good and the location great having been at the Pantages theatre

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m
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If you like Pork Shank you want find better then this anywhere in LA! The Chicken Liver Mousse is amazing too!

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SS
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had dinner for a pre Hollywood bowl show/anniversary celebration right as the restaurant opened. The table shared the curry meatballs (brilliant) and butter lettuce (everyone loved the light dressing). Entrees were sea bass, ribs, gnocchi and Patty Melt. Everyone raved about the patty melt. Rated a star down for service because the waitress was notably short and seemingly disinterested.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Really wanted to like this place. Service was sub par and main dishes just seemed off. I had the Sea Bass and it was a thin filet..Usually it is more steak like and taste was off so not sure I got what I ordered, I inquired with the server and got a shrug... Wife had the octopus which had nothing on the plate but a tentacle no side or starch. That is fine but then that really should be an app not a main course..Totally forgettable meal....

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AA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just have to give a big Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the staff for accommodating our crazy play schedule! We did the Chef's Tasting menu... SERIOUSLY FANTASTIC!! They pushed everything through quickly, let us switch seats three times to get away from the sun, and brought their super tasty cocktails fast! Truly a wonderful experience, thank you all, we will be back! XO

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OT
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Again very enjoyable Sunday Roast with all of the trimmings, big portions don't bother to have breakfast if you are planning to have Sunday Toast Lunch here🇬🇧😎👍🏻

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FF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Great food! And excellent mixed drinks. We were stuffed after having the chef's taster menu...go hungry!

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s
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and trendy restaurant near the Pantages. We had the salmon poke and a pasta dish and both were delicious. I wish we had been hungrier because there were so many fun dishes on the menu that I am sure were also great.

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