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About The Bird & The Bread

The Bird and The Bread, a European comfort food inspired concept in downtown Birmingham, MI. This restaurant broadens its beverage focus beyond a generous selection of unique wines to include a selection of over 100 beers, craft cocktails, and dozens of specialty spirits.

Please note we are closed for business on July 3rd and Independence Day(July 4th), and Labor Day (September 4th).

210 South Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European, Comfort Food, Contemporary European

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch Sunday: 10:00am -3:00pm
Dinner Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Brown & Merrill

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(248) 203-6600

Website:
http://www.thebirdandthebread.com/

Parking Details:
Pierce Street Parking Structure
Peabody Street Parking Structure
Metered Street Parking

Executive Chef:
Adam Galloway

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, The Bird & The Bread can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (877) 865-3610

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our web site or facebook for all upcoming special events.

The Bird & The Bread Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.8

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

Great eatery in downtown Birmingham. We went on a Sunday morning for Brunch, which was yummy. Brunch menu is diverse -- made the selection a challenge! Server was super nice, and very attentive (until the place got busy). Highly recommend.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was very very slow. Restaurant was half empty and it took an hour to get brunch. So many apologies but not even a % off meal. Not very good customer service. Won't be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is a nice place. It has a nice vibe. It has a unique menu and the food was delicious. Nice selection of craft cocktails.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was very poor. Our waitress forgot to bring us things and was not very attentive. The food was mediocre.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always a great spot for brunch. If you're into endless mimosas, they have those too.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Served was pleasant once one arrived at our table took way too long to get our drinks no bartender
Seemed like we were ignored and that there was no organization
We ordered the cheese- board which indicated it was market price, worst cheese- plate ever served on a plate for $25! ; there was 3 of us so 4 tiny slices of a baguette was not going to work ; took at least 20 minutes to get more.
The place has some ambiance but we will not be back

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Got food before app! Wine order to go with dinner and didn't come out until asked half way through meal. Managers solution was the dessert that neither of us wanted

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Appreciate that the restaurant is kid-friendly.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We went to the Bird and the Bread because my cousin was in town from IN, and I wanted to eat on the porch in the breeze. We had a great time, and it was the perfect place for our event. I had half the bird, which was very tasty. The bird was a tiny bit dry, but that could happen at any time. The juice they pour at the end, the crispy potatoes, and the green bean casserole were all delicious. I would have it again. The bread with cheese we had as a starter was heavenly, and I liked my wine. My mom had a delicious bloody mary, and everyone liked their salads and small plates. The only awkward thing is when you arrive, and no one is there yet, they still look around for a table, like where can they possibly squeeze you in? I would also be uncomfortable eating an entire meal at the couches on the porch, which is where they originally wanted to seat us. That might be fun with a young group, but not with my 79 year old mom and aunt. You will also have to leave throughout the meal to put quarters in the meter, because the dumb city of Birmingham is too fancy (greedy?) to allow you to pay for more than an hour at a time. This causes people who are sitting on the porch to sort of scale the bushes, and try and jump to the sidewalk to get to their cars quickly. It only takes an extra second or two to walk through the restaurant and out the front door like a civilized person. Also, people in Birmingham bring their kids to every restaurant, so you have to just chill out and not worry if kids and babies are loud.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great place for lunch with friends! Lovely place, upscale, but not too expensive. Very good food, light on the fat.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great for brunch!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I've never been impressed with their entrees. I had the rabbit pasta and it was barely warm, had a ton of meat and the corn and cilantro in it just didn't make sense. The drinks are good though, as were the soft pretzels. Go for apps and drinks--skip dinner.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The service was horrible. I made reservations for 1 and wasn't seated until 1:45. The good wasn't as great, compared to my first time. The mimosas were more juice than champagne. I hate that I suggested this place for our girls date.

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Had to wait for a table even though we had a reservation. Service was VERY SLOOOW. Took 45 minutes for out food to arrive (which seemed crazy since it was brunch food...eggs and toast!?!)!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent spot for brunch! Food is great and service is excellent.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We have been to the Bird and the Bread a few times for both brunch and dinner. The restaurant really never disappoints on quality of service and food. Servers always have great recommendations and we've never left here unhappy. It is an open space and quite loud so not the best for a cozy/quiet date (if that is what you are looking for).

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

While this meal wasn't as good as we've had in the past here this is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Reminder to myself to stay away from "mp" unless its guaranteed to be amazing. Chalking this up to an "off night". We'll be back!

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I read that the service here can be less than great. Well, this was our first time here, and the service was wonderful! The server was friendly and attentive and just charming, the manager stopped by, and everything was lovely. Oh, and the food was great. The portions are huge. The alcohol offerings are many and varied. I am sorry I did not save room for dessert, so will need to go back soon. A wonderful Friday night meal!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Group was seated at a table too small to accommodate us. Food was average but over priced. One of our party found a hair in his drink. Drink was replaced but we were still charged for the drink. Waitress was good when present but for most of the dinner was absent.

This is probably the last time I will dine at this restaurant. I've come here several times before and always tend to leave disappointed.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food and drinks were fantastic. The bartender was awesome, very informative and friendly. However, once we were sat at our table our waitress proceeded to ignore us most of the night. She forgot to bring our 2nd drinks until the meal was over and we had to flag her down just to get her to our table several times. She then charged us for the drinks we never received and was very rude. I'm not a sensitive snowflake, I just want my drinks with my food. She would've realized we never got our drinks if she ever came back to our table.

I don't want to diminish a place based on one terrible employee so I'd highly recommend this place for great food and drinks but stick to the bar.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Service was ok...however, when we were brought the bill while still eating our meal (and the restaurant was not terribly busy) we were put off by this improper gesture. Our waitperson had not bothered to ask how our meals were let alone if we would like an after dinner drink or to look at the dessert menu. It was odd to say the least. We found it rude.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The brunch menu was quite unique. However it was very heavy on the carbs and light on the fruits and veggies.
The food was tasty and the people watching was fun.
Service could have been better, we waited too long for our meals.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Service was poor and very slow.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I love this restaurant. This was the first time we had less than adequate service, so another time my ratings would be higher. The food is delicious, the wine selection, so-so.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went here with a party of 6 for Fathers Day brunch. The food wasn't bad for a few of us, things were lacking more than others taste wise... the problem was that we waited 20+ minutes to be greeted by our waitress and then an additional 10+ minutes to get our drink order to us. The waitress was not friendly, she never introduced herself, when she got to our table she simply only said "What do you want to drink?". She never apologized for the wait, she never told us the specials, she was lacking serious knowledge of the menu; when the food came out she never came back once to check to see how everything was/if we needed anything; She never cleared our plates at the end of our meal and we waited another 20-30 minutes after completing our meal to even cash out.... I could sadly keep going. She basically was non-existent and we felt scammed having to even leave her a tip. The manager did manage to come check on us at the end of our meal and we told her of the situation. She was apologetic and brought my Dad a $25 off coupon for his next visit but I unfortunately do not think any of us will be returning and we feel as if a comp on part or even all of our brunch would have been appreciated and was slightly expected more than the received coupon he got to attempt an assured return.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Moving to Detroit. Was apt hunting staying close to the restaurant so went to dinner here. Decently late reservation at 8:30 p.m.
Was very busy even that late. Almost too loud.
Server was overwhelmed & very distracted. Both our table & next table was horribly late on service from asking for drinks to getting requests for starters and then disappearing act to ask for supper. We had to call him and rushed all our orders in since we were afraid if we just ordered drinks he will be again gone for an hr before we get supper orders in.
Server doesn't even know what Tequila was used for house margarita and disappeared for 10 minutes!
Wanted to take all the orders in same time. We said we wanted two tacos and then he went away placing the order. Did not come back till way later when we were all done eating.
Menu seemed promising but horrible execution.
Also, not a $30 as Open Table said. My supper large dish was red snapper and was $36. Smallish size fish, dry and chewy. Definitely did not seem fresh. Tasted more frozen, inferior quality and tiny for $36!
Side dish was a mashed potato deep fried. Looked Yummy on plate BUT that huge of a tater ball the inside temperature was all wrong. It was cold mashed potato inside!
My partner's seafood dish was boring too. Nothing stood out. Even Red Lobster & Olive Garden has better food than this!
As a foodie, definitely checking this as a NOT GO BACK EVER restaurant once we move to Detroit!
Maybe it was a concept by some good chef who is no longer there and the folks executing his vision is absolutely missing their mark. I hope Detroit food scene is way better than this!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was good but the service was not. The space outside was very cool but again the service was poor

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent food. A bit pricey when you add drinks but only what I can expect to pay in Birmingham.
Great friendly servers.

A few more vegetarian or vegan options would be appreciated.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Good food at a good price and portion size. The daily specials are creative and delicious. Make sure they get your order right if you're ordering cheese on your scrambled eggs, because there's no point in adding cheese later and not having it melted on there before.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Had a reservation at 7:30 was initially seated way in the back of the restaurant next to a party of 20+ people
Way too noisy we asked to sit up front and had to wait because a graduation party was going on. Also a wedding party was coming in later!
Would have been nice to know of all these parties would have made a reservation elsewhere! The food was good but our order wasn't correct
We won't be hurrying back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Everything was good. The spicy green salad was good, however, I ordered shrimp and the four shrimp were hardly worth the additional $8.00.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Went with a girlfriend on Saturday night to celebrate our birthdays and catch up. Impeccable, friendly service. Great recommendations. We ordered several small plates to split, and the pacing of the food delivery was well-thought out to give us time to nibble, chat, and get ready for the next dish. All in all, a really wonderful night.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Jenn Our Waitress/Bartender WAS AMAZING ! Nice atmosphere with outside seating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was our first visit and we were very disappointed. We attended the Mother's Day Buffet, and our service was awful. We sat for over 10 minutes before our server came to our table and she seemed very disinterested. My husband had to get up 3 times to find her to get clean plates, ketchup, salt & pepper, and beverage refills. We are a very low maintenance family, but it was tough just having basic needs taken care of. Because it was a special holiday meal; gratuity was included and we felt robbed of $25 because her service was so poor.
Our meal was decent, but nothing special. The buffet attendants were texting while at the protein carving station and not very attentive. One employee told my husband that most had been there since 2:00 am (we had a 5:00pm reservation) and he apologized for the service (and we hadn't even complained). I think he knew how bad it was. We will try it again on a normal day and are hoping its better.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I took my Mom for Mother's Day. It was way too pricey for what was served at the brunch---$45.00 per person and didn't even include 1 glass of Mimosa!! That was an additional $8!! Shame

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Booked this restaurant for Mother's Day. Had no idea we'd be seated in a banquet room in the back of the restaurant. So needless to say the ambience was lacking and there was no real dining experience as it was a buffet. The food was better than average but the service was typical of a big event that is too big for the staff.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Food and atmosphere were excellent. Did not like the fact 20% gratuity was added to our bill(party of 4). 20% gratuity on $45 pp brunch buffet where beverages except alcohol were self serve on the other side of the restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Do everyone a favor, and stop doing Mother's Day Brunch.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 14, 2017

great spread for brunch

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 13, 2017

They seated us next to the bar area and it was so loud we could barely hear to carry on a conversation. Other than that everything was fine.

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