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Cafe Via

310 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009-6313
248-644-8800
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Ranked #18 of 88 restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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- Jun 21, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Mill Valley, CA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We had a very pleasant lunch at Cafe Via today. The food and the service are both very good. The menu is big enough to offer plenty of choice without being overwhelming. The server and the manager were both there when needed but not underfoot. The interior is quite nice and the patio is the best in town. I look... More

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Birmingham, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Cafe Via has warm and relaxing atmosphere, with really delicious food. My husband has the Ruby Red Trout whenever we dine there. It is our favorite place to take out-of-town guests and they are never disappointed. It's the one restaurant in Birmingham where we like to be "regulars." The vodka and tonics are done perfectly too! The patio is wonderful... More

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Beverly Hills, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Cafe Via is the most dog friendly restaurant in Oakland county. They have a beautiful patio setting in a courtyard area and welcome your dog. It is heated in the cooler weather months, so much so that we enjoyed a great lunch on a crisp but beautiful Saturday last December. And the food is great! We have had several lunches... More

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Birmingham, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Overall, we really love Cafe Via. The atmosphere is perfect, warm, inviting, relaxing, romantic. The servers are always pleasant and polite. The only downside is that the chef changes the way he makes things all the time. One time the Caprese Salad has chunks of tomatoes, the next time slivers of tomatoes. I know he/she is just being creative, but... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
400 reviews 400 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I am a New Yorker who just returned from a month of upscale dining in France so it is unfair for me to nitpick the meal and keep it in the context that this is Birmingham and it is Michigan. In that context it was very good. The dishes were a chef trying somethings unusual, such as fried brussel sprouts.... More

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Birmingham, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I love this place. Food is excellent, so is the service. Very well run clean restaurant. May be a bit pricy for feb whole family but perfect for a night out with the spouse. Outdoor seating is fun, even in the winter, where there are heaters and a covered area. Lots of good standard choices to eat done well. They... More

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Detroit
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We recently were unexpected guests at Cafe Via. We received a warm welcome and were placed in a particularly comfortable area just beyond the bar and with the outdoor area with it's fireplace in clear view. Our server was most pleasant and helpful and the quality of the food was very good. We had explained that we were attending an... More

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Warren, Michigan, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

wow in a city with ample high end restaurants service will set you apart , and this place seems like they are at the top of the food chain and dlet you know it! our group walked out and took our group down the street. We had drinks and that was it, when 3/4 of the group you are in... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

While I'll admit that the atmosphere is lovely, the service was only so-so (on a Wednesday night, totally un-crowded, took two hours to complete a meal). Our waitress was friendly but neither attentive nor particularly engaging. The crab cakes were excellent, but we had to send back the Caprese (burrata tasted spoiled) and the replacement beet salad was uninteresting, though... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I have been twice to Cafe Via, One time was a great deal as it was Birmingham Restaurant Week and the other time it was for a friend's birthday. Both times were at lunch. The service was just fine, the restaurant was filled with people for a weekday lunch. The food is good. My favorite part is the patio as... More

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