Cafe Birdie

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$30 and under
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Neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal California-Mediterranean comfort food in Highland Park, Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really liked our first visit to Cafe Birdie. The neighborhood feels alive and we enjoyed the ambiance and food. Overall, we'll probably lighten our selections next time...we left feeling pretty stuffed. Much of what we ordered (fried chicken which was outstanding, mushrooms and peaches which were lost in sauce, pistachio pesto pasta which was perfect, and shrimp n grits) was on the heavy side. the cocktail were excellent. One weird occurance was the pot smell that kept wafting through the patio where we were seating. Kind of an appetite killer. Not sure just where it was coming from but we'll opt for indoors next time, even though it's pretty dark and certainly louder. Note that the Gold Line stop is a block a way and parking in the neighborhood isn't always easy...taking the train is a great way to come and go!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

weird servers.
too touchy and very awkward.

KD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We made our reservation and stipulated that we were celebrating a birthday. We arrived, service was nothing to write home about...not bad not exceptional. Servings were incredibly small (marketed as 'shareable' so we were 'encouraged' to order extra plates to 'share'). We were a party of four and ordered 7-8 dishes... (we ended up at another restaurant afterward to enjoy an adult-sized dessert). We ordered the burrata which was served with 2 slices of toast sliced in half (insufficient for a party of four). When we requested more 'bread' to finish the burrata, we were informed we would be charged (so my husband informed them he would remove the charge from the tip. We were charged $4.00 for a slice of toast. The meal could have satiated a party of 2 but was insufficient for a party of four. We left hungry. By the way, my husband's birthday was never acknowledged. On our way out, a server dropped a carafe of wine. My husband who was in a cast had to navigate around broken glass and my daughter's blouse was stained with wine. We never received an apology. We left the restaurant without a "Thanks for coming in" or "Have a nice evening." I am not sure they ever noticed we left. We did leave notes regarding our experience on the receipt. We will never go back. If you want to be honored and made to feel really special on your birthday or any special occasion, go to Malbec Pasadena on Green Street. They are grateful for their customers and make sure you know it.

B
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for dinner, which was light, but it was good. Service was outstanding. It was not crowded, but it was early. We plan to go back again. I'm not sure a 2nd time would bring up anything new, but it's worth the try. There aren't many places I care to try a 2nd time, but this is one of them. I think this place has some surprises. It also features a back patio.

FV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Main dining room is lovely and boisterous, patio is pretty and quiet, feels like we're on vaca

AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful dining experience, effervescent ambiance and skilled and hospitable staff.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Everything is shareable. Very loud & dark. Couldn’t hear the ppl across the table. I felt like a grandma when I had to pull out my phone flashlight to read the menu.

BM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good except the drinks were a little skimpy.

F
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Waiter was a little too insistent that we should eat our food family style. There’s nothing wrong with family style, but it is optional.
On a Friday night it was so loud and crowded it wasn’t enjoyable as an eating experience. There were two of us so we were put at a tiny table very close to the next tiny table.
Maybe early on a weeknight would be a better time to go.

VM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite! Brunch, dinner, and happy hour are all fantastic. I go as often as I can, and bring any friends and family visiting.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, the service was fast & friendly, and the atmosphere was chic. Would 100% go again and again!

p
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time; our waitress , Amanda, was outstanding. Every dish was sensational. My favorite is the fried chicken and second favorite was everything else.

DQ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

While the service was excellent, our dining companions super hip with hair all colors of the rainbow, Cafe Birdie was a complete dining disappointment. Tiny “shared” portions with lackluster taste. My friend and I shared two dishes. The scallop special was light and listless with little flavor, the scallops barely recognizable. The pork collar dish was grisly and tough, unsuitable to be served in a restaurant. The noise level in the cafe with the repetitious beat of techno sounds, which made me think I had tintinitus, made the experience intolerable. We left irritable and very hungry.




Cafe Birdie was disappointing.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch! Food was delicious and the staff was very attentive.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and drinks. It seems the menu for both food and drinks varies depending on the site you visit. Overall, an very good restaurant with the main exception being the noise level. If you go with 2 to 4 people, communication likely works, most of the time. With more guests, you probably won't be able to hear others very well.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been for dinner and the food was amazing. We went for brunch and the food was just okay and pretty pricey for eggs and bacon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We love this place. One dish was a miss but the rest was great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Explained my shellfish allergy to the server. The first dish (amuse bouche) was delivered to me with shellfish on it.

V
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food is very small and expensive, we left hungry and out 165$. One of the most annoying policies they have is no substitutions, I asked for no cilantro and the waiter said that the chef makes no substitutions. There are many people that taste soap when they eat cilantro, I really wanted hamachi but couldn’t order it because of the cilantro. The waiter was of no help with suggestions. We ordered Moroccan chicken and it also had cilantro, shame I couldn’t eat it. I wouldn’t come back here again

C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the dishes were great, but the small plates were standout. Two plates a person and one drink a person will run your tab up pretty high, but the quality makes it worthwhile. We'd dine here again!

RE
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The only real complaint is the noise level. Better to go during the week than on the weekend.

DK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been wanting to try Cafe Birdie for a while. Every time I passed by, it looked so pretty. So when I saw that they were part of DineLA I made a reservation. The place itself is beautiful, although a bit cramped. The waiters kept on bumping us while walking. The menu seemed interesting, however it was disappointing. The items where interfering but did not pack a lot of flavor. Overall I would maybe come back for drinks at the bar (since it’s so cute) but would not come back for dinner again.

LH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful relaxed but lively space. Food is always outstanding. The burratta with plums was a perfect summer dish. And the hamachi is heaven!

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time outside on the patio. Service was top notch and the food was excellent and inventive.

KD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was average in flavor/creativity. Too costly for so so quality. Liked the ambiance, back patio a plus. Probably won’t visit again.

PW
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant. Everything in the menu is extraordinary. Been there 3 times in one week!

Thank you Birdie!

DW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous flavorful food. Fresh ingredients. Creative entrees.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Service and ambiance also great. My only wish is that for the price the entrees came with some sort of side. We ordered several other things to go along with them but just felt value wise it was a little lacking. However still loved my experience here!

E
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Cafe Birdie for a Friday Night Date Night and had a wonderful time. I did have a reservation but probably didn’t need one. Everyone was friendly and everything was adorable and clean. Great local drink choices and we’re STILL talking about the food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The tables are a little close together and we got wedged between two groups which made it a little more difficult to hear each other. The food was delicious - but the waitress didn’t really seem to be a “people person” and was a bit abrupt with us, I would like to think that at the prices they charge the wait staff would be a little nicer.

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall, the ambiance is good. My grilled asparagus with poached egg was good but the portion was small for the price, it looked like an appetizer. Maybe it will also present better on a larger plate. The service got slower. Tea hot water was never refilled. The interior is nice.

e
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was bustling during our dinner but our server was very attentive. We had a bottle of orange wine, which was a new experience. And for dinner we ordered the Okinawa sweet potato, cauliflower, Caesar salad and the pesto genovese, finished with tres leches for desert. Overall I think I have better enjoyed having happy hour at the bar and eating the select HH dishes. All things were good but for the sake of value I’d probably just return for HH. For two people we probably could have had one more dish though we still left satisfied. Be sure to check out the bar in the back - Good Housekeeping - while you wait for your table.

AW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Expensive small portions. Nice staff but menu will not be changed or requests serviced. One gluten free option.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, lovely service, we ate outdoors early.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Overpriced and under cooked. Friend ordered chicken that showed up dark pink although they remade it and took it off the bill.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Paul was our server abscess great. He was funny, made us feel welcome and kept tabs on our table.

S
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is always consistent. You are always able to be seated and the waitstaff is accommodating and knowledgeable about the wines.

PC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Although the food was very good, I did not know the portions were going to be so small- This is more like tapas style , rather than full entre dinner style eating.
Also, I was quite disappointed with the table I requested: I specifically asked for a nicer table for a birthday dinner. I was given a table with one seat facing a brick wall- alcove. Also, some dishes took quite a while and we we were hungry; I asked for bread. I was charged 4.00 for two pieces of burnt sourdough. Overall the food was good, but I do not think it was good value.

b
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very innovative food in a charming setting. Love the overall vibe of this restaurant. Staff is very well versed in the menu.

JG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! The food is amazing, the service impeccable and the wine list is awesome. Come here often and it’s always great!!

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