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“Love the patio at this restaurant”
Review of Cafe Via

Cafe Via
Ranked #26 of 101 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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 I love to eat outside. It is not an inexpensive lunch, Our bill for two salads and two sodas was $45.58 without tip. If you don't mind spending $50.00 on a lunch for two , it is a nice place to go.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had a casual lunch on the outdoor terrace. The waitperson was excellent & gave us space for our conversation. The meal was good, nothing special but enjoyable. The outside terrace was very pleasant.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Cafe Via has been around the Birmingham, Michigan, restaurant scene long enough by now to be able to calibrate its food, service and prices according to its clientele. Unfortunately, owners or managers have taken their guests for granted. The front desk is totally unfriendly- professional, yes, but totally lacking human touch. The terrace is lovely as long as you don't see one of the waiters carrying the big, black garbage receptacles infront of you (YES, he did!!!).The food offers nothing exceptional but what is very impressive is this restaurant's current pricing! A filet mignon for $45 is more palatable when obliged to pay it at a Manhattan restaurant, not downtown Birmingham facing the back of a building! Two pasta dishes, two glasses of the house red wine and service charges for two costing over $100 is not worth this place. It will be quite some long time before returning to this one!

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1  Thank mirsar
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The food is great, Service great and atmosphere is great. There are many different sides to this place. Each room is a different feel. A library, small rooms, larger social room and my favorite, the outside tented area.

Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

My girlfriend and I went there for lunch. We had a hard time getting the attention of the wait staff even to bring water. While we sat waiting, we overheard many times "hello Bill" hello Mac" "hello Mr. etc." several times in a cheery voice. You get the idea. After we did get our order, the waitress returned to our table with a tight smile a couple of times to let us know she would appreciate our paying up and getting out. Forget Cafe Via if you want a leisurely lunch. Food was okay and expensive.

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4  Thank Marti42643
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