About Birks Café par Europea
Whether you're from here ... or abroad, we hope that the moments spent at the Birks Café feel like a journey - a journey of discovery of culinary sweetness and pleasure. Enjoy your time at the Café, take in the surroundings and enjoy a moment of relaxation.
Continental, Afternoon Tea
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Sunday : 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM; Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 2:30 PM -6:00 PM, Thursday - Friday: 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Birks Café par Europea Ratings and Reviews
they ran out of the daily special by 12: ...
they ran out of the daily special by 12:30. That was disappointing as the rest of the menu is very limited. The waiter was distracted so we didn't get our soup for 15 mins after ordering and then the manager came back to double check the order for our mains. All in all a mixed up service experience. The lunch took longer than expected because of this so I won't go back for a business lunch.
This is such a pretty place to have brun ...
This is such a pretty place to have brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner - think "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The service was impeccable and the food exactly right. We both had the appetizer of the day: a shrimp and cucumber salad with microgreens and a hint of dill. My friend had a blanquette de poulet, which she said was “creamy, rich and to die for.” I had the salmon tartar, served with zucchini “tagliatelle” and microgreens – lovely! They have a nice little by-the-glass wine list (which is optimal for lunch); we enjoyed the Sancerre and Riesling. Unusually, they had us taste the wine before our glasses were filled. A nice touch! I definitely recommend the Birks Café and will certainly be back!
I was expecting more quality food wise. ...
I was expecting more quality food wise. The club sandwich was dry and my salad was overly salty. The dessert and coffee were very good though as well as the service. However, there were few peopl having lunch. I would not return myself.
I've been there several times. This time ...
I've been there several times. This time, I went for Sunday Afternoon Tea, and it was great as usual except for one thing. Probably because we were 7 people a bigger group for afternoon tea, they stuck the sandwiches on top of each other instead of placing them individually, so the bottom sandwich were kinda ruined. My friend ate it without saying anything, but for the price she was paying and ambiance we had, I'm sure she would have expected her sandwich to be nicely placed. Otherwise, it was enjoyable afternoon.
While the food and presentation was ver ...
While the food and presentation was very good, even though the waitresses were nice and smiling, there where big enough flaws in the service and lack of formality that you would not expect for the afternoon tea in an establishment like Birks. We can probably attribute it to insuffisant training, but overall, it is probably because there were only two persons attending the whole restaurant. Even though it wasn't busy, to achieve a quality service, I believe there is a certain amount of personnel you shouldn't go under.
I would still recommend it for the afternoon tea, if you're not expecting a formal service, because we did enjoy the teas and the food, the ambiance was pleasant and also, they had a very nice detail for my mother's birthday.
The quiet ambiance and historic Birks se ...
The quiet ambiance and historic Birks setting is a nice place to have lunch with friends or conduct business in peace. It was nice to be able to have a quiet conversation without having to strain to be heard over the "background" music. No loud music here. Service was unobtrusive, discrete and knowledgeable. The Risotto was delicious and creamy without be mushy. The squash soup and salads enjoyed by my friends were also lovely. $50 for a lunch is a little steep (includes a nice glass of wine, generously poured). But as a treat it was a pleasant experience.
I was not pleased with the service. I sp ...
I was not pleased with the service. I specifically mentioned this was a 60th birthday surprise when I reserved, and not even one person was welcoming or gave the invitee well wishes.
I chose this restaurant because I thought it had class, but during this visit, it was simply an over priced tea.
I did fill up my card at the Table on Sa ...
I did fill up my card at the Table on Saturday, and I did mention to the head Hotess that the Service & the attitude of the serving people was very low & need to get someone with experience & good attitude,,,,,,,,,,,,
We went for high tea. The tea was excell ...
We went for high tea. The tea was excellent, the scones and the jams really good but the sandwiches were dry and tasteless. Obviously prepared early in the day for consumption at 5:00p. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant but there was no ambiance and the room was almost empty. We were disappointed. Not a good value.
To celebrate a nice occasion, to let som ...
To celebrate a nice occasion, to let someone know you care about them,this is the place. It is elegant, beautifully served and delicious. I have invited friends many times and have never been disappointed. The quality is excellent, and the apparence is just beautiful. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it.
The setting for Birks Cafe is somewhat u ...
The setting for Birks Cafe is somewhat unusual being situated on the mezzanine level of Birks Jewellery Store but it works surprisingly well especially for that special treat or special occasion as in our case. The afternoon high tea service is a genuine highlight with a nice selection of savoury and sweet treats to tempt just about anyone. The service is attentive without being overly intrusive. I can thoroughly recommend it.
Great service, amazing food, quiet and o ...
Great service, amazing food, quiet and original place.
BUT carpet & flooring are disgusting (and I'm not one who notices these things usually) and the showcase displays on the walls around the tables are sad and empty! Kinda weird when you're at Birks, one would have figured they'd take advantage of this surrounding opportunity to display nice things.
Having brunch at Birks Café is an experience well worth having. To me, eating there is special and memorable. However, my previous two visits were so outstanding, providing an unmatched blend of service and food, that it might have been too much to ask to expect such an out-of-this-world feeling yet a third time.
Mother's Day brunch
Mom and I used to spend our Saturdays at Birks looking around and shopping some 35 years ago- it was so nostalgic to go back, sit and be served to delicious and plentiful dishes on butcher's blocks on the same floor that we purchased my wedding China and cutlery. The food was absolutely delicious- from the piping hot sweet bread with homemade strawberry and orange jam to the scrambled eggs and Blt sandwich to the beef tartare served with salad and fries- to top it off, 2 mimosas and coffee served in China, only fit for Birks:)
Thank you for a wonderful day and be sure that I have definitely spread the word-
A gratified Birks jewelry and cafe customer:)
Afternoon tea for two - delicious and relaxing
I had the pleasure of enjoying "afternoon tea for two" with a friend at Birk's Café by Europea on a beautiful Friday afternoon, just after work.
First let me gush about the service. Everyone was very pleasant, accommodating, and relaxed while still being very efficient. We stayed over 2h30 and not once did we feel any pressure from the staff to liberate the table for other clients. That made the ambiance quite relaxing for everyone. Maybe that is why it's a bit difficult to get a reservation but I like it better that way!
Second, not only was the tea and food delicious, but it was plentiful so that I didn't need to eat later that evening. Don't get fooled by the small size of the portions! ** A quick note for those who think the sandwich bread is stale: it's just a type of dry bread used in traditional afternoon tea.
Also, I really appreciated the fact that instead of sticking to the menu offered for the afternoon tea, the staff suggested alternatives to my friend and I, as I am diabetic and she is a vegetarian. That denotes class and excellent customer service.
Finally, I found the price quite reasonable at 26.50$ each. My only constructive criticism: the teapots are lovely but the tea becomes cold quite quickly. I suggest another system to keep the tea hot.
Better than expected
A friend had recommended going here for tea as she goes often, but I had also read numerous negative reviews concerning the food and service including one from the friend who was going to be joining me this time. I had to convince her to give it another chance. Her poor experience was on the weekend during the holidays. We went on a Thursday in April. We had two French servers and both were great - friendly, knowledgeable, no pretentions and we never had to wait long for service. The tea I chose was a smoked tea, so with a particular flavour. The server asked if I was familiar with it, which I was not, so he made sure that I smelled it first so that I would have an idea what it would be like. The food itself, while not amazing, was better than I was expecting, with a couple of items that stood out. You could tell that the sandwiches were pre-made as the bread was a bit dry, but otherwise I had no complaints. My friend had a couple of special requests and they were willing and able to accommodate her. The decor is a bit of a letdown as it's showing signs of age. Also one of the vents had not been cleaned in a while. That being said we both agreed that we would go back again.
Enjoyable relaxing experience
A nice location to go for afternoon tea and enjoy a small lunch. The food was fantastic and although it doesn't look like much it was very filling. Very quiet and adult crowd. Great place to catch up with a girl friend or your mom.
Delightful Birks Café
Birks will always be a special place.
The menu offers an unusual choice of food prepared with taste and imagination. Not your standard bacon and eggs. The jams, pâtés/creton, brioche were delicious. The service was flawless.
We all enjoyed our experience and without hesitation would recommend Café Birks.
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