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Mad Hatter Bistro, Birmingham, MI

Mad Hatter Bistro

3.8
3.8
678 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro

Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, we here at the Mad Hatter pride ourselves at being nothing short of one of the most unique (and satisfying) dining experiences in town.
BRUNCH (Thu - Sun) *** FULL BAR *** DINNER (Fri & Sat)

Winter Hours of Operation (beginning MLK week):
Brunch- Thursday thru Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Dinner- Friday and Saturday, 5pm to 9pm
Tea Service (by reservation only) - 10am to 3pm

Our popular Mad Hatter Tea Parties are BACK beginning September 8, 2021! Please make reservations 24 hour+ in advance, either by phone or on OpenTable. Please specify tea party and, in the notes, please indicate how many adult or children's tea parties you are reserving. (ex. Note- 2 adults + 1 child tea parties).
For groups larger than 6, please call and speak to a manager. 248-540-0000

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (248) 540-0000

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    THE RABBIT HOLE IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE STARTING MID-OCTOBER 2021 A private room (which we refer to as The Rabbit Hole) is available for booking events. Our space is perfect for birthdays, baby/bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and anything else you and your friends and family need for your next special occasion. We implement a minimum spend policy as opposed to a traditional room rental fee, which means there is no actual charge to simply rent the space. Please call the restaurant or visit our website, www.madhatterbistro.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Maciasz: (844) 831-0102

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Cross Street

    North Old Woodward just north of Maple

  • Parking Details

    Meter parking is available and runs until 9:00pm. There are also two large parking structures within a half block of our location offering free parking for the first 2 hours.

  • Public Transit

    Walking distance from the EMAGINE Birmingham Theater.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 678 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Brunch

  • Detroit

    Brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Mother’s Day brunch we left because there was one waiter for 10 tables and one cook no bartender. Waited 45 Mins with only water many people left too. Waiter was scrambled dropped our drinks everywhere.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place great , food , service a must do it

  3. OA

    OutandAbout

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, excellent service, loved it!

  4. N

    Norajane1

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    It was nice. Could have been better if more people would work. There was only one server receiving guest and seating, taking orders cleaning up tables once finished Everyone dinning were considerate of one server. The food was satisfactory

  5. KP

    KristenP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience1

    I feel horrible for the waiter that had to take care of the entire restaurant by himself from bar tending, to bussing, to folding napkins. Shame on the owners for leaving him high and dry. It used to be our favorite , you have lost all of my respect. We will not be back.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All I can say is best dinning experience of my life!!!!!!

  7. O

    Olivia007

    Northern MI

    26 reviews

    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    There was no one in there for lunch except my friend and myself and another couple. One server who had the title of host, waiter and cleaner. Poor guy Asked him if I can order a lemonade that tasted like water and sugar and a hint of lemon. I ordered a egg omelette that was burned so was the side potatoes my 12 year old son could have made a better omelette it was flat with cheese which I didn’t order. I felt the place was dirty especially in time of Covid I saw the waiter wrap my silverware and bring it to my table after he touched a million items and didn’t wash his hands. I hope and pray I don’t get sick? The bar had dirty pitchers cups windex gross OSHA NEEDS TO COME HERE Don’t see where all the hype came from the decor sure was not whimsical It was truly a miserable experience

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There definitely appeared to be a staffing shortage, which is unfortunate and a common issue nowadays. Despite that challenge, we enjoyed our experience. The food was really good and the theme was fun and cool.

  9. s

    sandrar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food was amazing. But they only had 1 steak left at 7pm on a Saturday night. The poor man serving was alone and the restaurant itself was kinda dirty and dingy looking

  10. BP

    BonnieP

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Restaurant was closed during my reservation time... when I went back about 2 hours later, they were able to accommodate me though. There was only one staff member working. The food was ok. The rabbit hole downstairs was closed due to staffing issues. Not sure I'd go back, seems to have lost its unique flair.

  11. EB

    ElizabethB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a very pleasant time at The Mad Hatter Bistro and the food was very good. We’ll be back!

  12. EH

    EricaH

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    I understand that they are under new management but if they can’t provide the same atmosphere and qualify that returning customers are used to then they need to change there business model. Went for tea it was nothing like the tea experience I have had in the past. Sandwiches were dried out , deserts were cut up little Debbie snacks. It’s sad to see it go down hill.

  13. LL

    LLLaverne

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had one of the best meals lately at this small bistro. Couldn't understand why we were the only ones there on Friday at 5:00 (which I know is rather early for dinner). Best chicken and waffles ever! They really elevated that dish, and my friend had an amazing chicken special. My only complaint is that the menu is not well designed -- it took a minute to figure out exactly what was available , since everything sort of overlaps. Would not hesitate to return, hopefully for brunch next time.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Jason made the entire experience!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and excellent service, enjoyed it very much. Was very pleased that I could take mom on Easter morning for tea service. Thank you so much! We will be back soon.

  16. ES

    ErikaS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was amaaaazing and so super cute inside! We had a great time and all the food was flipping delicious. 10/10 we will be back!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great experience. Our server was great, he was doing serving, hosting and bar tending so he was a very busy guy for Saturday brunch. still got great service from him.

  18. MJ

    MJ123

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, service was absolutely wonderful and the overall experience was phenomenal

  19. WG

    WilliamG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1

    We arrived a little before our reservation time and had to wait for about 10 minutes to be seated. The restaurant was quite small and was pretty dirty. Most of the decorations were dusty and the bathrooms needed to be cleaned which would not have been an issue for most places. There seemed to be only one person working. I know there was at least one other person there because someone had to be cooking. Jason, deserves a raise. He was our host, bartender, server and bus person! Except for the cook there was not another employee there the duration of our stay. We had really high hopes for this restaurant as we had heard of it online. Fortunately the food was good (we ordered the $27 steaks). Without the food, we probably would have left after our drinks. But Jason was very polite and did the best he could. He did not complain about anything. I feel bad for him because toward the end of our meal he started waiting tables both upstairs and downstairs. If he had become injured they would have had to shut the whole place down! Overall, it was disappointing because we had really hoped that the restaurant’s ambiance would have been something that would bring us back. Jason is a professional and the food was good but nothing else was.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Apmosphere was very small and cluttered not whimsical as expected by advertising. The server we had was friendly and good. He however was the only front of house employee; hosting, serving, bartending and cleaning, while having about 12 tables, a few of which were on a different floor. So he is also running up and down stairs, while doing all of this. So service was a litte slower than I feel most people would want. I wss with my friend for her birthday, so we were not worried about time. As someone who has been in the industry for years, I have to give this guy mad props. He never seemed stressed and still stayed friendly, he had excellent time management and multitasking abilities. The food all tasted great, although weren't necessarily the same as described in the menu. Overall I would eat here again. I would not consider it a destination restaurant, as many I think drive here due to the theme and its really a restaurant with some eclectic decor.

  21. KC

    KareyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a wonderful and fun 18th birthday celebration for my daughter!! Really made it special for her and her friends!

  22. c

    clo94

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Very misleading atmosphere. It’s very small, the bar was coved in cleaning supplies and junk. The drinks were way too strong, and the charcuterie tray was cheap crap for $19. Didn't bother staying for an entree.

  23. N

    Nikki

    Savannah

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    The experience did not at all match what was advertised. The tea flavors are not the same as on the menu and the tea comes out of Meijer boxes that have just been purchased from the grocery store. Many of the pastries came out frozen and were not edible. The whole experience was extremely disappointing.

  24. MR

    MendieR

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    They were out of pasta, crab, no latte. It looked a little run down. Only one server who did not look very professional, but was friendly.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1

    Massive disappointment! You can tell this place already had its day in the light. Dust, torn fabric, and dingy feel to everything. Waited 30 minutes for an omelette and burger only to hear server talking with cook saying the stuff that comes out of the kitchen fast comes from the microwave. Ended up leaving after that and thankfully the place right next door was perfect to grab something fast and delicious. Huge insult to fans of the theme.

  26. LR

    LoriR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    Here in my food. Waiter rarely came around. I needed a different drink did not get it until after I got my meal. I ordered ice tea and never was able to get a refill because the waiter never came back. We were super excited to visit and left extremely disappointed.

  27. B

    Bones

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I cancelled this reservation. Place was empty, dirty, dark, not one customer in there. Never ate there. Left. It’s a dump. Not at all like any of their posted pics. No Alice an wonderland theme. Hours don’t match their website, Facebook etc. don’t waste yourvtime

  28. JP

    JandP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    They were short staffed and out of several beverages. Maybe on a better night it could have been fun.

  29. HL

    HeatherL

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely tea service for our anniversary and they were wonderful and accommodated my husbands gluten restriction. Our server was great and we enjoyed ourselves very much!

  30. AL

    ALICE

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    This place was a joke. Made a reservation, called and left a message confirming the tea party part of the reservation that they "didn't get". No biggie, ordered off the regular menu. Out of 4 or 5 cocktails, $20 charcuterie platter could've been made from GFS for five bucks. The worst part is the place is FILTHY. there are years worth of dust falling from the curtains and ceiling. Gross. Do not recommend

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Slow service. Horrible food for the price. We never saw our server and also needed refills of water badly. I brought two teens as this is suppose to be a fun place for them and it took for ever for her chicken tenders to come out and they looked disgusting. She was very unhappy. It was way overpriced for the total as well. I will never go back.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visited today for a double birthday brunch. Our server, Jason, was great!! Friendly, attentive, and made a perfect mimosa. Food was delicious. We all ordered different items and we all loved everything. I wish we had been able to sit downstairs because it’s more heavily themed and I am Alice in Wonderland obsessed. But it did not seem like they were seating that area at the time. All in all it was a great visit. I can’t wait to return!

  33. JS

    JackieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had made reservations for 3:45 pm but did not get seated until 4:05. Very small dining area. Our server was very good. They were out of some basic items- like cream for coffee and ketchup. We had the cheese trap appetizer which was good and plenty for 3 people. We order the hamburgers and fries. The burgers were good, but I thought the potatoes were done a bit much. Very limited menu. Overall, not a bad place to go for a different dining experience.

  34. m

    mrsdimples96

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The Mad Hatter was amazing experience, Jason was an awesome waiter and very knowledgeable, he made our sangria flight which was tasty. We ordered a burger, potatoes, chicken and waffles all were really good. The ambience was nice but the restaurant was small, you should go for the experience.

  35. T

    Tara

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The food was rather good just not a big selection to choose from. We went for brunch, got the brunch burger with potatoes which was delish. Its small but cute and slightly Alice in Wonderland themed. Would go back and try their afternoon tea!

  36. SH

    ShontaeH

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I had great expectations from this place and was disappointed. There was only one server and about 8 sets of patrons so the service was super slow. The food took awhile and it was disgusting. We asked the waiter about replacing the food and he came back with the bill. We asked for the manager and he took 1 thing off the bill. Will not be returning.

  37. DE

    DEPA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    My expectations were so high and it was a very disappointing experience. The actual restaurant needs a deep cleaning and renovations upgrades in every area. The theme is amazing but it hasn't been updated ever or freshen up in forever...the food was nothing to taking about and the drinks well I wasn't impressed at all. Being a restaurant in downtown Birmingham should speak volumes of flavor and decorum and I'm to say it was not any of that at all...The staff was very nice but definitely needs fine tuning such as training, appearance, & hospitality, serve the server training, and even the hardware needs an upgrade from the front door to the kitchen to the cleaning personal...I would not suggest this place to anyone at the present time...my hopes is that this missive is reviewed and taken into consideration and some implementation not these things so that this place stay viable and profitable.

  38. RI

    RItS

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server was absolutely amazing. The food was delicious. We had a lovely evening.

  39. SD

    SDissapointed

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Fun concept but organization and execution was poor. Facility seems neglected and needs up keep.

  40. BW

    BrigidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had amazing food in a fun and unique restaurant. We have been wanting to come for a couple of years (we live two hours away), and it was definitely worth the trip! Our server, Jason, was fantastic and the food could not have tasted better. We will be back!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mad Hatter Bistro using the Order Online button. Mad Hatter Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (248) 540-0000.

Mad Hatter Bistro is rated 3.8 stars by 678 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Mad Hatter Bistro

185 N Old Woodward Ave Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    North Old Woodward just north of Maple

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Thu–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Meter parking is available and runs until 9:00pm. There are also two large parking structures within a half block of our location offering free parking for the first 2 hours.

  • Public Transit

    Walking distance from the EMAGINE Birmingham Theater.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (248) 540-0000

  • Private party facilities

    THE RABBIT HOLE IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE STARTING MID-OCTOBER 2021 A private room (which we refer to as The Rabbit Hole) is available for booking events. Our space is perfect for birthdays, baby/bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and anything else you and your friends and family need for your next special occasion. We implement a minimum spend policy as opposed to a traditional room rental fee, which means there is no actual charge to simply rent the space. Please call the restaurant or visit our website, www.madhatterbistro.com for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Sarah Maciasz: (844) 831-0102

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