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La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar, Birmingham, MI

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

4.5
4.5
211 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Strada Italian Kitchen &; Bar, located in downtown Birmingham, is an authentic European-style cafe opened by restauranteur Zharko Palushaj in late 2015. The menu features lunch and dinner items, including an assortment of sweet and savory pastries, salads, sandwiches and pastas - all made fresh daily. Guest favorites include the Spaghetti alla Carbonara and Margherita Pizza as well as a wide assortment of specialty honey and teas. The cafe has recently been granted a liquor license, which will allow guests to enjoy a selection of European beer, wine, and champagne.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (248) 480-0492

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Zharko Palushaj

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for private events.

What 211 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Outdoor Eating

  • Detroit

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. JT

    JonT

    Detroit

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The overall experience was very good. The food was excellent! The service was also really good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Metro Detroit
  3. LS

    LoriS

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to LaStrada. The food was fabulous. We loved everything we ordered. Our server, AJ was great and the ambience was pleasing. Staff all helpful. It is an expensive resteraunt, but the evening was worth it. We’re definitely going back!!
  4. TS

    TatianaS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Service was excruciatingly slow. Our charcuterie style appetizer came out over an hour after we sat. It’s a bit overpriced for what you get.
  5. BF

    BobF

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, cocktails and specials were excellent. The charcuterie board was amazing!
  6. L

    Lynn

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Food is excellent, always! Service was great and the ambiance wonderful
  7. KK

    KellyK

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We love the food at La Strada, but the service was completely lacking last night. Dinner for two took two and a half hours. That would have been fine if we were actually eating that entire time, but we waited for everything. Plus, we ordered tiramisu for dessert. Another waiter came over and tried to sell us on their "special" dessert for the evening. We questioned and he said that they were, in fact, out of tiramisu. That it didn't get made that day. On a Friday night. At an Italian restaurant. It was an overall disappointing dining experience that cost us nearly $300 to be just meh. Again, love the food, but we won't be back for awhile.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 October 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    La Strada was wonderful as always - the food and service were impeccable! However I won't be going back because they charged us a 25.00 credit card convenience fee which I find outrageous!
  9. s

    sfgirl

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here s always excellent. It is quite a vibrant (loud) atmosphere. It feels a bit overpriced for what it is.
  10. AS

    AmyS

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was so delicious! Best Italian restaurant in the city!
  11. SR

    SarahR

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Great ambiance however the waiters and food leave a bit to be desired. The staff was rude when we asked for a steak knife. It's not our fault the veal was tough.. They were "out" of any bottle of italian red wine less than $80
  12. k

    karbear

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love AJ at La Strada and Jarco!! Best food, great service. Feels like Italy:)
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was cold and we were charge for using our credit card?? The server was nice
  14. P

    Pete

    Memphis/West TN

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a gem of an Italian restaurant. When they ask if you want bread, say "Yes please!" It is an incredible foccacia bread served with a whipped cheese and could easily be its own appetizer. We had gnocchi and risotta and both dishes were on point. My companion was celebrating a birthday and was treated to a delicious pistachio cheesecake. I heartily recommend this for truly fine Italian dining. Want to return to try the pizza!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, service, and food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The hostess was very rude
  17. PG

    PamelaG

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    There was a charge for using CC which we never had to pay previously.
  18. S

    Swimmyfish

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!!! Beautiful night to eat outside and service was outstanding. Food and wine were top notch.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an outstanding experience. The food was amazing. Our server was awesome and very friendly. He made sure that everything went perfectly. I would suggest this place to everybody who wants to have a great time and enjoy amazing food.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i don’t typically add reviews or photos. but my husband and i just went for our 1 year anniversary and everything was outstanding! we will definitely be back. i’m still dreaming about the pasta!
  21. AS

    AmyS

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Italian food! Probably our favorite restaurant in Birmingham.
  22. PS

    PeterS

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    An extremely disappointing evening at a place which we thought was very reliable. Insufficient staff to handle the bookings they had accepted and the result was chaotic. Very slow service without the usual polish, and staff running back and forth. The highlight was a very polished performance by a high schooler who had been pulled in to replenish water glasses - he did a magnificent job and was dressed for the part. The food was actually fine when it arrived. Having moved into the neighborhood I thought this would be one of my regular go-to places but will have to pause on that. We’ll return but not for a while. No gestures made to compensate for the abysmal service…
  23. MJ

    MJSCHREIEzr

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waitress didn’t come to our table for 20 min, she should possibly be working at Big Boy. We were told how to order- not allowed to order appetizers until we decided on dinner. The food was tasteless and the pasta came straight out of a box. Terrible experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service was really poor all around. Jammed the table with all courses, open and serve a Rosso di montalcino while I asked for brunello di montalcino. Just not going there again
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was very good as was the quality of the food and portion size.
  26. CK

    CathyK

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic, The food was fresh and delicious!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food. Good ambiance music. Excellent service.
  28. DB

    DBSFL

    Naples

    60 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointed with entire experience. The atmosphere was not lively at all and was a bit depressing. We did have a table by the window that made it tolerable. The food was just average. Pizza came out cold. Chicken dish again just average. Seemed that the waiter was overwhelmed with tables and not very personable. We don't visit Birmingham very often but when we do we will opt to try other restaurants .
  29. BF

    BobF

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks and service were excellent!
  30. A

    Announcer

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding Italian cuisine with excellent wine list, including quality less expensive wines from Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Owner is the chef and some of the employees seem to be friends or family. Service is pleasant, accomodating, but informal. Plenty of outdoor seating.
  31. P

    Pammy

    Detroit

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food.. . dessert was yummy ..we will be back
  32. KH

    KathyH

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We had an early mid-week dinner reservation and the restaurant filled up as we ate. The initial service was slow taking the drink and dinner orders, but improved once the meal was ordered. We found the dinner salad dressing to be very astringent, but enjoyed our gnocchi and egg plant dishes. Please note La Strada is one of those establishments that has a few “hidden” charges such as $9.00 bottled water and a 4% credit card fee.
  33. M

    Matthew

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience3
    The food is always good. The service is fine. One thing that I liked prior was that the tip was included in the price of the meal. They changed that which is fine. I went there and was on with that. However, this time, they charged an additional 3.5% for using credit card. When I’m paying $300 on a meal, I don’t carry that kind of cash. Not sure it said it on the menu nor did the server point it out when he saw I was paying by credit card.
  34. s

    sfgirl

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Service was excellent. Our server AJ was knowledgeable and friendly. He was very busy, but we never felt rushed. Sat outside. Ordered bruschetta and Prosciutto and melon which were both plenty to share. Their policy of no tips has changed, and their prices haven't so it was a bit pricier. The only thing that seemed over the top price wise was the gelato. Overall, a great experience and we will go again.
  35. F

    Foodie411

    Houston

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside in July and very pleasant. Food quality amazing. Service fantastic. All dishes chef quality. Get the focaccia bread. Chicken scampatelli excellent. The only value issue I would say is the champagne came half pour. The tomato burrata was one larger piece of tomato with small bit of burrata. Not enough for 2.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food was excellent but please be warned, my brother-in-law got a vodka tonic and it was a very small glass filled with ice for $13. I would have thought you should have gotten double that amount which would be more normal for that cost. We might go in the future, but will definitely only be a wine drinker
  37. J

    Jody

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent every time and the staff is firendly.
  38. B

    Brunello

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had just such a lovely first experience. My husband and I sat outside and La Strada did all the rest! The food was excellent and Anthony recommended a great bottle of wine to compliment. Looking forward to returning soon!!
  39. C

    Chris

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was simply AMAZING!!! Zharko made our family feel at home and incredibly special, as did our waiter AJ and manager Anthony. Fabulous team and food was delicious!
  40. S

    Swimmyfish

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly the best dining experience in Birmingham. Outstanding food, wine and service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 480-0492.

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

243 E Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Old Woodward

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Zharko Palushaj

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (248) 480-0492

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for private events.

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