Birch Street Restaurant Review, Palo Alto


Birch Street

2363 Birch Street

Palo Alto, CA 94306


650-327-0188 (Fax)

Birch Street Website

Birch Street Palo Alto exterior decor

Birch Street is a French-Californian bistro in the California Avenue shopping district of Palo Alto. The focus on local, organic, and sustainable ingredients from the local farmers market. They use to be known as Bistro Elan and were located around the corner. The new restaurant is fairly small and much more casual. We liked the old restaurant, so it was a no brainer to give this one a try.

Decor, Vibe – Birch Street has simple decor, pictures on the wall, a large clean, open kitchen, and has beautiful dining area in the front sidewalk patio. Most of the folks dining or in the 30s to 50s and many were well dressed. The place was fairly quiet during lunch time.


Birch Street Menu changes regularly, they have a small variety to select from. Not a lot of options for vegetarians


Birch Street Palo Alto Prosciutto and peaches

La Quecia Prosciutto, kashiwase peaches, feta, olive oil, & lemon ($14.25) hit the spot on this warm summer day. Fresh sweet peaches contrasted nicely with the savory prosciutto.

Birch Street Palo Alto seared tuna salad

Pan Seared Tuna, tomato, watermelon, dill, spicy paprika dressing ($16.75) was highly recommended by our server and definitely is worth ordering. More sweet, savory action along with some tender tuna.

Birch Street Palo Alto Hamburger

Cast Iron Seared BN Hamburger, lettuce, onion, aioli, house french fries ($14.75) was a fairly large burger cooked to our desired medium rare. Juicy, very nice bun, and thin French style fries.



Birch Street had decent service with some helpful waiters and no need to ask for refills. We are surprised this place is not busier. They have achieved a more casual restaurant away from the main street.

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Birch Street Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Tu - Fri 11:30am - 2pm, Tu - Sat 5:30 - closing, Closed Sunday and Monday.
Prices:$24 - $39

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