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Permanently Closed - Birch

4.4
363 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Casual Dining
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American
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(323) 960-3369
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.2
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4.1
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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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lalassie (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

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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vipdgmaui (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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muimui4food (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

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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HonestReview (Pittsburgh)
1.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

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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Monica (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on September 6, 2017

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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vipWhataboutG (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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vipInvaderZim (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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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