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310 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009-6313
248-644-8800
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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A short block from the Townsend where we stay a few times each year, Cafe Via offers the soupcon to its interesting menu with being pet friendly on its comfortable heated porch. My wife had the hamburger which was as good as anywhere and I had the brussel sprouts prepared with a pumpkin sauce and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
500 reviews 500 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A short block from the Townsend where we stay a few times each year, Cafe Via offers the soupcon to its interesting menu with being pet friendly on its comfortable heated porch. My wife had the hamburger which was as good as anywhere and I had the brussel sprouts prepared with a pumpkin sauce and a beet marinated gravelox, All... More 

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Fryeburg ME
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We were visiting the Detroit area and my cousin suggested this restaurant. We live in Maine so it is difficult to get good lake fish. My entrée of broiled whitefish was excellent. Nicely presented. The waitress was also helpful when suggesting entrees. Parking is a problem in Birmingham. The hostess was able to direct us to a parking garage which... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This upscale but casual cafe in the heart of Birmingham MI is our favorite "go to" place for lunch or dinner. Outside dining is always fun but for casual meals we prefer a hi-top in the small bar area. The library and the front glassed in rooms are great for small parties and groups. The menu is simple but full... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My wife & I had lunch at Cafe Via this weekend. Even though it was Birmingham's (MI) "Day on theTown" we had no trouble getting a seat on the patio. It's a pleasant setting, well covered, with a pleasant breeze, tables of 2 & 4, well off the street (minimal traffic noise), and THE place to see & be seen... More 

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I've eaten at cafe via a number of times...its charming with a variety of seating options. High tops in the bar, banquettes, small private room and indoor/outdoor seating year round. Food is very good but somewhat pricey- entrees in the $20-$30 range with soups, salads, apps and sides a la carte. My entree was beef brisket and it was very... More 

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Mill Valley, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 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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Michigan
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

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
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500 reviews 500 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
370 helpful votes 370 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 310 E Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009-6313
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: 248-644-8800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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