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La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar, Birmingham, MI

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

4.8
4.8
326 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
La Strada Italian Kitchen and Bar, located in downtown Birmingham, is an authentic Italian Restaurant opened by Restaurateur and Chef Zharko Palushaj in late 2015. He began developing his concept in 2013 when he was named Restaurateur of the year by Hour Magazine. The menu features top quality of Italian/European products, variation of aged and fresh cheeses, salumis, pizzas, in-house made pasta, fish and seafood flown from all over the world. We also include top American beef and poultry , classic desserts and gelato. As our Chef-Owner's philosophy states, "Old world meets New world, where quality meets preparation and European style service meets expectations of the guests". Passion, quality, attention to details, and most importantly dedication to his wonderful guests make La Strada a world of its own. To serve you is a real privilege and pleasure!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • 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
    Whether it's a bday party, baby shower, office function or any other special event, please contact us via email info@lastradaitaliankitchen.com or phone (248) 480-0492 and we'll do our best to accommodate your desired date and any requests you may have to make your party/celebration memorable.
  • Neighbourhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross Street
    Old Woodward
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 326 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Overall

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Best Food

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Italian

  • Detroit

    Best Overall

  • Detroit

    Best Food

  • Detroit

    Good for special occasions

  • Detroit

    Italian

327 Reviews
  1. HowardT

    Detroit

    425 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    425 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    La Strada is a beautiful restaurant and the food is very good. The wine list is stupidly expensive and insulting . We asked the server for butter for the bread twice and when he finally brought it, we noticed we were charged $3.50 for it. After ordering the appetizers we were told one of them was not available and when we asked to see the menu to choose another, the server seemed impatient and just suggested that we order the sausage appetizer, which we did. We felt rushed. Also, some time after ordering the entrees we were told that one of them was not available and, again, we felt rushed to find something else. While we thought the food was good we felt that we were taken advantage of and we will not return.

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  2. Coop

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and authentic Italian food and ambiance! Highly recommend it to food and atmosphere lovers! They just need to get their name out there better Most have never heard of it -

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  3. ChristineK

    Key West

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and Service! Can't wait to go back!
    La Strada Italian Kitchen & BarResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the wonderful review. We are thrilled that we managed to exceeded your expectations. Looking forward to serving you and your family soon. Best Regards from La Strada!

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  4. Antoine

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    With an 8pm reservation, we had to wait 15-20min to be seated. Table was too small for the size of dishes they served the food in. A hair was found in the appetizer dish (Calamari Fra Diavola). One out of the two main courses (Lamb Shank) temps was on the cold side. We received two free drinks, and a cheesecake.
    La Strada Italian Kitchen & BarResponded 3 days ago
    Dear guest, Thank you for the review, in the weekend it tends to be busy. We remember the issue with your table, the manager took full responsibility to corrected and replace the dish without questioning if it was from the kitchen or during dinning, you kindly refused. The food is inspected before reaches your table each course. Nonetheless we are really sorry and apologized than, as well as in writing. Hopefully will have another chance to do better in a near future. Best Regards! La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

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  5. BobF

    Las Vegas

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nick was great! Unfortunately, the food was good, but so slow…. 2 pieces of bread and one cocktail in the first 75 minutes. We’ve had outstanding experiences in the past. Maybe just an off night?
    La Strada Italian Kitchen & BarResponded 3 days ago
    Dear Guest, Thank you for the feedback. We strive to give our guest a great dinning experience each and every time, please accept our apologies for failing to do so and very much appreciated your understanding. Looking forward to serve you soon and this time in a timely matter. Best Regards! La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

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  6. James

    Northern MI

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great experience! Very prompt service, very professional staff, fantastic menu and presentation of food 5 stars!
    La Strada Italian Kitchen & BarResponded 3 days ago
    Mr. James , Thank you for your amazing review! Excited to welcome you back! Best Regards! La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

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  7. Welovelastrada

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love La Strada. Everything is always perfect!!! AJ and Andrew are priceless!
    La Strada Italian Kitchen & BarResponded 3 days ago
    Dear Guest, Thank you for your wonderful comments! We're thrilled you enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to serving you again soon. Sincerely, La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

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  8. Diner1

    Detroit

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the top 5 restaurants in metro Detroit. Period.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Nicholas took great care of us. Food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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  10. OmarA

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always perfect. The staff is always welcoming and friendly.

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  11. DeniseC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not impressed with the food. The chicken I ordered was tough yes they offered something else which I declined but no one ever apologized. We felt rushed and having to order everything at once. I want to enjoy my experience didn’t feel that here. The service was good. Have to be honest we won’t be going here again for the price it wasn’t worth it.

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  12. dovs

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian food with impeccable service. Comfortable seating

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  13. PamelaG

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food delicious! Peter was wonderful! Excellent service!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very slow service but food good First drink service soooo slow so we ordered second drink soon after which came faster

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  15. JulieD

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Not as good as the last time I was there. Our waiter was very brusque.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant ever! Wonderful food, service, and venue

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  17. OmarA

    Detroit

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about the restaurant is amazing from the food to the staff. A lot of pride is taken into it. We really enjoy being there.

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  18. PeterS

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a very pleasant dinner on Valentine's Day. What was particularly pleasing was that we were not forced to take a set menu but instead a thoughtfully composed a la carte menu with a number of their proven dishes along with a few additional special items. Frankly, had this not been offered we would have dined elsewhere. Service was of the usual high caliber and the meal was excellent. The table was nicely decorated without being over the top. Basically another very good experience at this fine restaurant and we'll return soon. Looking forward to checking out their new aperitivo bar which is due to open in another month or two.

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  19. Bernard

    Cologne

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Staff and Cuisine are exceptional every time!!!!

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  20. janetm

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and food! Always s special time.

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  21. karbear

    Detroit

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, excellent food and wonderful ambience. It is a regular for us and we completely enjoy the whole experience of dining at La Strada.

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  22. Mick

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Service was outstanding Food was Divine

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, service was top notch and the ambiance was perfect.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Probably the best we’ve had in a while. Just not sure it was worth the more than $300 we spent on 2 dinners and a glass of wine.

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  25. NoorHak

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service, good food, love their cheesecake pistachio!!!

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  26. DaunN

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorites! We've dined here dozens of times for consistently excellent service, outstanding Italian food, great wine and a lovely atmosphere. The regular menu items are always great, but the specials consistently exceed expectations. Very few restaurants have servers with the level of knowledge and care that La Strada has, and their recommendations are always spot-on.

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  27. ChrisO

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian restaurant. Portions were optimal and pizza fantastic

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  28. ColinM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were some issues with reservations and not being able to find a seat, but I later received a call from the owner to smooth things over and allow it to be a positive experience. Very good ownership to support the stores success.

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  29. HareshM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good bout wait staff needs lots to be desired Waitere never came to take main entre order for dinner. Food what we got wae very good but very pricy . Staaff was inexperienced.

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  30. PaulC

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another perfect meal. The truffle option was amazing, and done tableside. Service was excellent as always. This is always a favorite and go to spot for us, looking forward to our next visit!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, and excellent service, the tiramisu with pistacho is really good!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were exceptional. The diner was rounded out by the famous pistachio cheesecake. It was a little loud which made conversation a bit challenging. That won’t stop us from coming back!

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  33. JonT

    Detroit

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall experience was excellent! The server did a great job. The food was excellent!!

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  34. Michaelm

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinner with friends. Everyone was delicious. My husbands drink was a bit overpriced at 26.00 for a manhattan. That is a little disappointing.

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  35. DaveS

    Naples

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and atmosphere was fantastic! Excited to see the expansion coming soon.

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  36. CharlesH

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an awesome experience. The ambience was great. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. 

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The lighting was really bright, no cocktail list, seated without menus…food was very good though

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  38. PeterS

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great experience ! Food & service both excellent despite them being very busy.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Small restaurant, no booths, just tables. Our waiter AJ was not as accommodating to us as others, for instance we were not informed of the specials for the day(not on the menu) as we overheard the table next to us. My wife was disappointed, we will not be returning.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing from when we walked in till when we left ! Will go back for sure ❤️❤️❤️

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FAQs

La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for La Strada Italian Kitchen & Bar

243 E Merrill St, Birmingham, MI 48009

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Old Woodward
  • Neighbourhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Fine 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, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (248) 480-0492
  • Catering
    Please contact the restaurant for catering.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether it's a bday party, baby shower, office function or any other special event, please contact us via email info@lastradaitaliankitchen.com or phone (248) 480-0492 and we'll do our best to accommodate your desired date and any requests you may have to make your party/celebration memorable.
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