Birch

4.5
21 reviews
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$50 and over
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Farm-to-table
Birch offers a tasting menu experience of local, seasonal and sustainable food in a comfortable atmosphere. We are located directly on the water in Seattle's popular South Lake Union neighborhood. We are only open on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 774-1948
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Kessenich
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Cross street
Fairview Ave N & Yale Ave N
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Parking details
Stalls marked "Reserved for Kois Center & Birch" are free of charge.Other stalls must be paid for at the parking terminal near the stairs.
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Public transit
We are located a short taxi ride from Downtown Seattle and conveniently adjacent to the South Lake Union Trolley as well as several bus routes.
Additional
Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

This is the 2nd time we have dined at this restaurant. We liked the food, but for a 7 course dinner

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AG
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Birch is like eating in a nice dining room that is floating on Lake Union. The food was excellent and the service was authentic and timely. Just know ahead of time that it is expensive, as I believe your only food option is the chef's tasting menu. If you couple that with wine pairing, as we did, it can get very pricey. I was glad to learn that they have a parking lot.

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DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perched on the edge of Lake Union, this unique semi-pop up offers such a special experience filled with surprises with the tasting menu being a mystery! My trust built in the dishes with each presentation and the total experience was a true thumb’s up! Don’t miss out trying this stand out offering to the Seattle food scene...

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JM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is attentive, dishes very well balanced. Wine pairings demonstrate expertise and thoughtfulness. I recommend this restaurant.

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m
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our dinner at Birch was disappointing. There was confusion about our drinks, courses were timed inconsistently (and not always with the pairs wine), and the service felt sort of cliche and not genuine. The food was hit and miss—maybe one course was truly memorable. The other were just adequate or altogether lackluster. There was a ton of room in the dining room, which meant it was quiet—that was nice. But not a good indication for a restaurant that’s only open Friday and Saturday. I get what they’re trying to do, but they have a long way to go (they could start by pulling the television off the wall...that was unexpected and very unappealing, especially in a place with so much natural beauty to leverage).

If you want to spend that kind of money on a truly memorable meal, go to the Inn at Langley. Same price. Infinitely better.

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KS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The pumpkin curry soup and the rabbit were particularly good in the standard tasting menu.

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AW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience, great view and great . Great food and wine pairing though a little short of exemplary. Small portions and small variety on tastings.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space / excellent food and service!

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Tasting menu only, but there are 3 choices : standard, pescatarian, and vegetarian. Everything was fresh, expertly presented, and everyone on the staff was stellar. No tip option as they automatically add 15% to the bill. Highly recommend

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OT
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most lovely experience at Birch. We were 2 couples; all did the tasting menu; one person did the vegetarian tasting menu. Everything was exceptional. The food is elegant; not crazy stuff, just delicious and perfectly prepared. We were in no hurry and didn’t mind short delays between courses. Our sommelier was fun and made the experience even more enjoyable. Overall just exceptional; we will be back.

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JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a private VIP experience! Food, service and atmosphere as well as descriptions of the courses made for a great time!

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LT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really fantastic food! Great addition to MP! But it is quite loud.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice venue. They could use to rotate the tables that are for parties of 2 so that both people get a view of the water. Also, PLEASE add some sound deafening panels, rugs, wall hangings, or something. The rating was energetic on here but it was more like insane.

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R
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Had the tasting menu dishes. Food Was fresh. The meat dishes were cooked just right, but not very flavorful. Wait time between dishes could be improved.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Really lovely location overlooking the lake and the clean, sparse design is easy and comfortable. The menu choices are standard fare for an upscale, northwest cuisine farm to table spot... and preparation was good, however I didn’t find anything here to be extraordinary or excellent. It’s a great location with good food - the price point is worth the views and the food was good enough but not great.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th weekend. Awesome find. Go there and get the 7 course tasting menu. You'll see...

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Birch was fantasitic. They are a little hard find, but well worth the search.

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H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What amazing food they had! Just the right amount and everything seemed very healthy. So tasty and accommodated for my girlfriend who is pescatarian. Definitely will be coming back!

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PV
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Birch is new to the scene, and we were impressed overall. We hope this restaurant will succeed, we'll return in a year or so to see how it's improved, and we recommend everyone give it a shot now. Two elements of our date experience topped the list: the view of Lake Union and the cook quality of the proteins and vegetables.

Birch sits atop the White Swan Public House with huge windows to see the marina, Lake Union, Westlake across the water, the Space Needle, and Gasworks Park to the north. Gorgeous.

Birch offered a three course tasting menu, and Chef Jeffrey Kessenich cooked our well-selected salmon tartare, scallops and steak to the perfect temperature and tenderness. Sourcing for Birch is outstanding - the ingredients were fresh, bright, and authentic Northwest.

But 3 and 4 stars?

Food: as good as Chef cooked, his dishes lacked a complexity of flavor and proper seasoning. A Wagyu steak needs salt, and so do the potatoes that accompany it. While the salmon had citrus to brighten the flavor, the accompanying crackers had little flavor. The salad was excellent but morel mushrooms are as earthy as can be; a second note of heat or even a goat cheese to provide a different earthy experience would have produced better balance. Every dish had a superb foundation, but every dish needed more notes, primarily adding seasoning to most dishes and sprinkling heat throughout the meal would have done wonders.

Service: not quick, unfortunately, particularly given that we were among few diners at the new restaurant.

Ambience: As good as the view is, the ambience does not take overall advantage of it. The lighting is a bit bright and the decor is cold. Birch's choice of wood for its paneling and stainless accents provide a very clean look, but the venue is neither inviting nor romantic. Fabric, please! Color, please!

For a new restaurant Birch has a lot of horsepower - some decor and flavor fine tuning will place it among the top restaurants in Seattle.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our table was right by a window with a gorgeous view of the water and sailboats. The space has a fresh feel. The food had unique flavor combinations, tasted wonderful, and presented in simplicity. We had Duck Egg Tagliatelle, Northwest Albacore Crudo, Alaskan King Salmon and Wagyu Sirloin. Their chocolate torte was really yummy!!! We would come back to try some of the other dishes.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal here! All of the tasting menu options looked great. The pastas are made in house. Staff was friendly and attentive. Will certainly be coming back soon. Very affordable. Everything here is good.

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