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La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar, Birmingham, MI

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

4.7
4.7
182 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 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.

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Cross Street

    Old Woodward

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • CHEF TABLE FOR 6

    USD 95.00 per person

    28 July - 26 Aug 2022
    CHEF TABLE FOR 6 PEOPLE, 5 COURSE MEAL CREATED BY CHEF ZHARKO P. YOU AND YOUR GUEST JUST NEED TO SHOW UP AND CHEF WILL PREPARE THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOU (5 COURSE DINNER CHEF CHOICE) WINE PAIRING AVAILABLE ONES THE TABLE ITS BOOKED SOMEONE WILL CONTACT YOU FOR A DEPOSIT AND GO OVER ANY ALLERGIES, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL ANTHONY AT 917-770-3589

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Outdoor Eating

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Italian

  • Detroit

    Best Food

  • Detroit

    Fit for Foodies

  • Detroit

    Notable Wine List

  • Detroit

    Outdoor Eating

  • Detroit

    Italian

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  1. BF

    BobF

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    Announcer

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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.
  3. P

    Pammy

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

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

    KathyH

    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.
  5. M

    Matthew

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 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.
  6. s

    sfgirl

    Detroit

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 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.
  7. F

    Foodie411

    Houston

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. 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!
  12. S

    Swimmyfish

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

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

    PhilipS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! My mother was Italian and I grew up eating great home-cooked Italian food. She would have approved of La Strada and she usually felt she could have done better!
  14. V

    Visitors

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant accepted reservation 2 weeks ahead of time. I called before.going there to ask a question and no one answered. Parked and walked there to find out they'd been closed for 5 days and another week more for maintenance. They did not cancel the reservation or contact us.
  15. JB

    JuliaB

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had a reservation for a birthday party. When we arrived, the restaurant was closed “ for electric repairs”. I understand that everything might happen bit why nobody called or text me to inform me about it? Very poor service this time, it was very rude.
  16. l

    lucianod

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with amazing food . Zharko is great and always have a surprise for us
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing time, from the service to the food!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We did not have a good experience this time. The service was not good with the male server. It got better when one of the managers took over waiting on us. The food was marginal. 2 of the party got the Veal Marsala and said they wouldn’t order it again.
  19. P

    Pasifae

    Detroit

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great veal meatballs and excellent lentil soup. Love this place.
  20. CP

    CPD1988

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant that was not crowded at all. They also don't do tipping so the menu may look pricey, but it is not.
  21. G

    Giovannaz

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was so anxious to try this restaurant but I have to say I was disappointed. They need to update the website because the menu was totally different. Options are very limited, portions are small and prices high for what you get. The burrata appetizer was 3 very thin sliced half slices of tomato for $14. The bruschetta was delicious but only 4 very small pieces of bread over toasted. Service was slow.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant, food and staff in Birmingham! Felt like I was back in Italy. An absolute pleasure.
  24. GF

    GayleF

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite restaurant. The experience was perfect from beginning to end. Excellent wine selection, strong menu and out of this world desserts. Multo bene
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Went to dinner with my single mother. Waiter obviously thought we weren’t going to spend any money so did not cater to us at all. We spent 20 minutes waiting for bread and drinks and then another 45 minutes waiting for our meals which was chicken and mussels. We left before dinner could get to us, not worth being treated disrespectfully.
  26. SH

    StevenH

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fresh food and delightful service. Looking forward to returning soon.
  27. AZ

    ArthurZ

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Zarko and his crew...for years!!!
  28. J

    mayurJ

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Seating was cramped and not that comfortable. Wine and the food was very good. They did not have Maccallan Single Malt( my personal favourite) service was very good
  29. GR

    GRfoodie5

    Grand Rapids

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Outstanding service at this “no tipping” restaurant!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great meal
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner. Our server AJ could not have been more helpful and enjoyable. The food is delicious. We all agreed it is probably the best Italian meal we’ve had outside of Italy and the bruschetta is the best we’ve ever had. I love the fact that they take reservations because it is not a very large place and I don’t prefer to wait for a table.
  32. KZ

    KateZ

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If i could give them 10 stars, I would. We went there for brunch. The food was perfect, very special. Their egg special had shaved fresh truffles on top...unbelievable! The atmosphere was wonderful. The service was exceptional. I can't wait to go back!
  33. FT

    FarisT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was absolutely delicious!! They do not allow for tipping which was weird. Again, food was delicious!!
  34. BF

    BethF

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic dinner. Our server,Mark, was great! The house made cheesecake is a MUST HAVE.
  35. LG

    LauraG

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great overall experience except for the smell of burnt toasts.
  36. SH

    SaliH

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Went for dinner, service and food great! I the ambiance could be improved if they had curtains between the office building entrance and the restaurant. It’s too bright with the bright led office entrance lights. I will be back for sure because that was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had! Service was excellent!
  38. LG

    LauraG

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy, cute place. Our meal was delicious! Service was great too.
  39. RS

    RobertS

    Naples

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food . The only improvement would be to serve better Italian bread. A very good restaurant
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very very good. Get desserts elsewhere, not a specialty.

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 4.7 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 pm


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
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–10:00 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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • 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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