La Strada Dolci e Caffe - Italian Bistro

4.6
94 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
An absolute gem in the heart of Birmingham! The drinks are delicious, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming
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Detroit
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time in for dinner and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We have been here for breakfast which is also very good. We felt that the desserts were about average. The owner was very helpful with the wine selection. We will be back!!

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local restaurants. Great meal and service every time.

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r
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. We had pasta in a mushroom truffle sauce and a salad. Really great meal. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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CN
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. We recommended it to our family and friends.

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MK
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with a friend one evening and sat outdoors. The appetizer (Peppers with Italian Sausage) was excellent. My main course of Veal Scaloppini was also excellent. The noise level outside was low except for an occasional moron passing in a sports car.

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

La Strada is truly a gem. The atmosphere and authentic food really makes it feel like Italy!

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JC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in the area

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k
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious authentic food!

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Service (thank you, A.J.), food, wine -- highly recommend.

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JH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Pros: Cute cafe, great food, very nice gentleman host that greeted us. Cons: Unfortunately we had a bad server. Service was super slow. She wasn't attentive and was rude. We went to La Strada for breakfast. The server gave me one cup of coffee and never asked if I would like another nor did she ever come back to check on us in 45 minutes. My 16 year old son went to find her and ask her if our food was coming soon. He said that she barely acknowledged him and didn't even turn around to talk to him. She was not with another customer so he wasn't interrupting her at all. Our food order, plain crepes and egg dish took over 50 minutes, which is a very long time to wait for breakfast. They charged extra for syrup (does not come with plain crepes). My son ordered a side of toast, and we were charged extra for the tablespoon of jelly. That was a surprise - usually jelly/jam would be included especially if we are paying extra for the toast?
The waitress was not an asset to La Strada. She is the reason we will go elsewhere. Food was good, but service was not.

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LR
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It’s nothing magical - the pasta is fresh but the flavors were bland. The buratta and bruschetta were amazing. The service was meh. I’m not racing back but it’s. A good more low key option compared to many places in Birmingham.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day.

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KR
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very flavorful, but the crepes are a rather small portion and the final straw was when we ordered a side of bacon and literally one strip on a huge rectangular plate was served. For $6! Also they made the French press carafe smaller. We used to get 2 Teacups each. So value not so good.

But we loved the back dining area. The middle area was a tad busy it seemed in the way so we asked to move and we were accommodated. Service is excellent.

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PB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and very authentic Italian. Service just a little slow. Overall, a wonderful experience.

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The waitress was very nice at the beginning, but when we said we'd just have some coffee, she really shut her face and was not as nice as before.

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j
Detroit
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We ordered food and it was brought to our table cold. When sent back, they just reheated it instead of making new pizza. Then my husbands pasta was brought out cold and they just swished it in a pan to reheat. We have been there before but may not be there again

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SR
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, but way too loud, and nothing special decor wise.

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OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time with our parents ! The food was great everyone just enjoyed themselves which was much needed . From start to finish there was not one thing on the table that was not fantastic !

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect in every way.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

There were lots of young children running around and screeching. Parents didn't seem to care much. Otherwise, a lovely Easter meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in to the minute we left, service was spectacular. We had Easter lunch as a family and all of our meals were perfect. Hard to find places that can beat this experience.

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Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and of great quality ! It was as if we were transported back to Italy : Do not walk out without trying the Italian hot chocolate - decadent

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, very good service, great coffee and beverages

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LR
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful brunch with my husband. We shared crepes and frittata that was outstanding! Best latte I’ve had in a long time! Highly recommend 😊

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JA
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Appetizers and pizza were great. Excellent ingredients. The pasta and veal were mediocre. Not terrible. Great location and venue so depending on what you’re looking for it could be okay. I would not recommend for a traditional dinner. Drinks and appetizers or wine and pizzza before a movie I would come back for.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birmingham’s best kept secret. The food is excellent and the service makes an everyday meal feel like a special treat. This place is a gem. Delicious Italian food.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, atmosphere and the service! My only complaint is they pour a short pour.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a gem. A very special place. Our favorite The service is amazing and food is outstanding and very authentic Italian.

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f
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was amazing. Service impeccable. The wine delicious and was a great pairing with the food choices we made. They had several specials that evening: We chose the Lasagna Bianco and the swordfish, a ceasar salad to share and then their housemade Ricotta Cheesecake (which you have to reserve a piece especially if you'd like one.) Overall a wonderful evening and will definitely be back.

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RO
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding-- very attentive and helpful in selecting our entrees. We all like to share our meals, so we all ordered something different. As expected, some of the selections were more flavorful than others, so we know which entrees to steer toward in the future. In all, we were very impressed with the ambiance and the service, and we will definitely return in the future.

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R
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding.
All four of us enjoyed the service and the quality of the food.
We will definitely look forward to coming back.

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K
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful service! Authentic feel and finally some good Italian in Bham!

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d
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic. Hospitality is warm. Service is skilled and friendly. Great atmosphere, a bit of Italy in Birmingham

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Emily was friendly, prompt and professional. It was a noisy setting but the food was delicious!

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JD
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

very expensive. the seats are very uncomfortable. the food was very good.

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LH
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Honestly I brought 7 people for a business dinner. The table and food were great. The service was very slow and I had to flag down a waiter several times throughout the night. We were waiting a little while for 2 people but took time to get water and drinks. I wanted some appetizers while waiting and finally placed order. That was disappointing but otherwise everything else was great. I have been there twice before and had not had this problem

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D
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had veal cheek special. It was great! I would get it again

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RL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very authentic Italian Cafe...everything house made...desserts were to die for...fabulous wine selection. Very good.

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MM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This has the most authentic Italian cafe/restaurant vibe I’ve been to in the US. It is very difficult to notice that it is even present from the street. And the food is terrific.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Gathering with friends

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