A Guide For Traveling to Santa Clara for Business

A Business Traveller’s Guide to Santa Clara: Transportation, Hotels, Food & Fun

When traveling to Santa Clara on business, you can expect top quality food and service wherever you go. Also known as the “Heart of Silicon Valley”, Santa Clara is centrally located with attractions such as , Levi’s Stadium, Avaya Stadium the Santa Clara Convention Center, the Intel Museum and businesses such as Oracle, Brocade, HP and Cisco. There are many options to choose from in terms of hotels, transportation & food while traveling to the area. Birk’s Restaurant is a Santa Clara dining institution conveniently located near many of these as well!

Airport Transportation

When considering modes of transportation to and from the airport, you can choose several shuttle options such as SuperShuttle, Monterey Airbus, or the 24-hour shuttle at the La Quinta Inn if you choose to stay there.

Hotels

If you plan on staying near the Santa Clara Convention Center or Levi’s Stadium, you have the option of staying at the Hilton or the Hyatt Regency, which are located down the street. There is also the option of staying at the Marriott Townplace Suites right off of Highway 101. If you are looking to stay near the San Jose Airport, you can stay at the Best Western Inn located near Santa Clara University.

Venues

When it comes to venues, the Santa Clara Convention Center is an ideal place to hold an event. With multiple accommodations, friendly-staff, and lots of space you can hold a meeting, convention, conference, trade show, reception, or any other type of special occasion.

Looking for an amazing meal while in Santa Clara? Birk’s Restaurant is just a short walk from the Santa Clara Marriott, Santa Clara Hyatt, Santa Clara Hilton and a short drive from the Biltmore Hotel and Suites Santa Clara. Also, walking distance from the Santa Clara Convention Center, Birk’s is a popular option for a lunch business meeting or a post-convention dinner to finish building new business relationships.

Food

If you’re feeling like unwinding at sports bar, there is Smoke Eaters Hot Wings, a sports bar near the AMC Mercado 20 theater and Mission College. Also inside the same plaza is In-n-Out Burger, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, & Tomatina.

If you’re looking for a sophisticated dining experience then Birk’s Restaurant is your best option. For 26 years, Birk’s Restaurant has been a prime spot for businesses to hold lunch and dinner meetings. The lively ambiance in combination with our selection of fresh seafood and chops brings a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience for you and your colleagues. We’re tucked in an office park right off the 101 freeway on Great America Parkway.

Fun Activities

Levi’s Stadium is the place to be if you want to catch any sports games, concerts, or outdoor events. It’s located next to Great America & the Santa Clara Convention Center. The Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club is also next to Levi’s Stadium (it’s across the street!) and offers a driving range, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course. Along the side of the Golf course is the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail, which extends all the way to the Bay. It’s a great place to go for a walk or bike while getting views of the water. If you have an extra few hours, take the chance to relive your childhood and spend a few hours at Great America riding roller coasters, playing arcade games and enjoying the water park.

Looking for a few more ideas? Check out this guide of “What to do, where to eat and what to see in Silicon Valley” for different periods of travel time.

Birk’s Restaurant: A Santa Clara Steakhouse Worth Visiting

Birk’s Restaurant has a name for itself with both Silicon Valley locals and  global travelers, as the place to make business deals and also enjoy social celebrations. However, if you live in the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not be aware of this gem of a steakhouse in Santa Clara. If you are looking for fine American dining, look no further than Birk’s Restaurant in the San Jose area.

It’s best to make a reservation at Birk’s Restaurant to ensure a table but we do welcome walk-ins as well. We have excellent, fresh seafood and an impressive selection of steaks, chops burgers and sandwiches. Established in 1989, Birk’s Restaurant has created a household name for ourselves in the San Jose area for our lively ambiance and sophisticated fine dining experience. Our restaurant has chefs from all corners of the world who all bring their own unique influences to the dishes.

Our fresh seafood dishes include king crab, tiger shrimp, lobster tails, oysters, and sashimi. A full array of meat cuts includes Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Pork Chops, and Angus Steaks. For sides, you can try the one-of-a-kind Moroccan steak bits, crab cakes, & our special Charcuterie, with salami, duck breast, cheese, & more. If you have room for dessert, then you won’t be disappointed as we serve a plethora of dishes, including Crème Brulee, Cheesecake, Ice cream, Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.

Birk’s Restaurant understands every component of the fine dining experience and we offer a vast selection of wines and handmade cocktails to complement your seafood or steak dinner. Since the restaurant is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we are very familiar with California’s wine country and have been nationally recognized by Wine Spectator for having one of the best wine lists in the world. Juan Campos, our wine manager, and our servers can recommend wine pairings to our dishes to create an infusion of flavor that is unparalleled in the Bay Area.

As a household American Restaurant, Birk’s Restaurant takes pride in our cooking, hospitality and sophistication to offer one of the best fine dining experiences in the San Jose area. Since we are located in Silicon Valley, we are not strangers to serving the brightest minds and innovators of the tech-world. In the past two decades, Birk’s Restaurant has been a primary place for business owners and executives to meet up for lunch or dinner to enjoy the elegance that the restaurant provides.

For those living in the East Bay, from Oakland to Danville, out to Livermore and Pleasanton, the drive down to San Jose is quick during the evening reverse commute, and on the weekends. We are also located near Levi’s Stadium and are walking distance to the games and other events. If you’re looking for an American Restaurant in the bay area, this is the perfect location for your next birthday celebration, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day dinner, or anniversary!

Call today to book a table!

Birk’s Restaurant: The Steakhouse for Business & Events in Santa Clara

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Birk’s Restaurant is a steakhouse that captures the essence of Santa Clara Valley where the top technology companies and businesses gather to discuss innovative ideas and plans for the future. The Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers often conduct working lunch meetings at Birk’s, or join us for our Happy Hour specials and excellent dinners.

One of the very first people you will meet at Birk’s is our Hostess, Trish. She is one of the first that will welcome you to our restaurant with a smile. As a hostess, her duties include greeting customers entering the restaurant, planning where they are going to sit, and then bringing them to their table. As the first point of contact, Trish helps keep the restaurant organized so that tables are balanced throughout the restaurant and dinner orders progress in a timely manner.

When it comes to being organized, Trish likes reservations because they “make it easier for me to plan the day and schedule for the staff.” A majority of Birk’s customers make reservations, but they also welcome and accommodate walk-in guests. She says walk-in guests are typically seated at the counter, bar area or the portables so if you want to secure a dining table then making a reservation is the way to go!

Trish likes working at Birk’s because the staff is “one big family unlike anywhere else”. She enjoys the pleasant and fun atmosphere at Birk’s, where the staff get to participate in trying out new and upcoming dishes. These “Daily Additions” are specials where the culinary team is testing out new menu items for the next seasonal menu change.

Her favorite dishes at Birk’s Restaurant include seafood cob, scallops, & prime rib for dinner.

If you’re looking for your next favorite steakhouse in Santa Clara, look no further than Birk’s Restaurant. Located in close proximity to Levi’s Stadium, we cater to business travelers looking for lunch or dinner, local business people and those looking to celebrate a special occasion.

An Extraordinary Dining Experience: Get To Know The Culinary Team at Birk’s Restaurant

What makes Birk’s Restaurant a Bay Area favorite for over 25 years? The welcoming atmosphere, great service and friendly staff are a large part of it, but it’s also the outstanding food that draws our guests back to enjoy their favorite dishes, or try new specials. Birk’s Restaurant is proud to work with a talented culinary team who come from a wide range of backgrounds; their diverse experience is what allows them to conceptualize and create the mouthwatering entrées that guests love.

Executive Chef Maurice is an international traveler who has studied culinary arts around the world. He first learned how to cook Cajun and Caribbean style food from his grandmother, and as his interest in food grew, he went on to study at the Carnegie Cooking School in British Guyana. He also took advanced cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Chicago and Le Cordone Bleu in St. Helena. Over the years, he has specialized in fine dining and Italian cuisine in a variety of restaurants throughout the Bay Area. Maurice has been the Executive Chef at Birk’s for 16 years now!

Maurice’s cooking style depends largely on the ingredients. During the spring and summer months when fresh produce is abundant and full of flavor, he prefers simpler cooking methods that let the dominant flavors within the dish shine on their own. In the fall and winter months, when fresh ingredients are out of season, he embellishes the flavors of the dish more by adding herbs, slow cooking, marinating or curing them.

As for Maurice’s favorite dish at Birk’s – well, they’re all his babies and he loves them equally!

Sous Chef Julie grew up in Salinas, Monterey County. Her mother is also a chef who owned a Vietnamese restaurant, so excellent food was a part of her upbringing. She used to hang out in her mother’s restaurant and learned how to cook with fresh produce, fruit and homegrown herbs. Julie went to nursing school for a year and a half before returning to her love for food and attending Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco. She first worked in Monterey, where restaurants focus on the fresh local ingredients, before moving up to Santa Clara to Michael Mina, where she grew to appreciate New American, with it’s fresh food focused menu as well!

Julie considers her cooking style New American, with emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. She prefers lighter dishes where the quality of the ingredients can shine through, with less spices required.

Her current favorite dish at Birk’s is a new spring menu item, the Island Chicken Salad, which brings in a lot of different flavors through jackfruit, pears, and a touch of coconut. It reminds her childhood and her mom’s cooking!

Sous Chef Javier started at Birk’s in 1990 as a dishwasher. However, his love of learning and inquisitive nature led him to work his way through every food station at Birk’s Restaurant as he worked his way up to his current position. Javier first started as a prep cook on the kitchen, where he supported the cooks on the line with what they needed (mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, etc.). Next, he worked in the pantry where he served the salads and desserts before moving to the sauté station, where he prepped the paella, pasta and side dishes. At the grill, he cooked meats; then the middle station where the dishes are plated and the sauces are heated. Throughout this process, Javier was learning how run and manage the kitchen from the chefs and finally was promoted to a Sous Chef.

Javier enjoys Latino style food, and his cooking style runs toward spicy food with plenty of peppers and chilies.

His favorite dish at Birk’s is the Vegetable Plate, which happens to be one of his creations. It’s a pleasure to see how popular it is every night and know that he was a part of its creation.

Assistant Sous Chef Andres also started as a dishwasher in 1989. He actually came from the same town as Sous Chef Javier, though they did not know each other personally. Similar to Javier, Andreas worked his way through the different food prep stations at Birk’s until he learned enough about the workings of the restaurant to be a Sous Chef.

There’s a diverse range of talent in the chefs at Birk’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, the fine dining restaurant of choice for the Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers. Their unique personal and culinary backgrounds are what give the food at Birk’s that extra touch of magic. Read about how all of our chefs collaborated and combined their cooking styles to create this season’s spring menu. Has all this reading made you hungry? Make a reservation with us today or place an order for delivery through Waiter.com!

Birk’s Innovative Spring Menu

Spring is here! To celebrate the return of sunshine, Birk’s has created an innovative and delightful spring menu featuring many lighter Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

In the spirit of creativity, we approached our menu creation with an entirely new method this year, turning it a Birk’s team effort. Instead of one main chef researching, creating and developing the new menu, we shared dish development amongst our whole culinary team! Executive Chef Maurice Dissels, Sous Chef Julie Duong, Sous Chef Javier Tovar and Assistant Sous Chef Andreas Garcia each took responsibility of one to two menu item changes to get the process started. Each chef brainstormed a few ideas, then created the dish and presented it to the others. However, once initial dish ideas were presented, the evolution of each dish became a team effort; they tasted and critiqued each other’s creations, and worked together to improve them. Birk’s spring menu is a masterpiece of collaboration where all of our chefs pitched in to bring the out best in each other’s cooking.

But why take our word for it? Come in today and sample our delicious new offerings. A few of our favorites include:

Mesquite Grilled Steak Bits – Steak bites marinated in turmeric, cumin, and coriander, and served with mint yogurt and smoked herb oil. This dish is full of flavor and one of our most popular dishes with our staff.

Boneless Lamb Loin – The lamb is served with herb couscous, grilled artichoke and harissa carrot emulsion with gremolata.

Cheese Steak Sandwich – The cheese steak sandwich comes with caramelized Bermuda onion, sautéed mushrooms and cheese fondue. Turmeric infused tater tots really set the dish apart.

Mary’s Chicken – Chicken and saffron rice with fresh English peas, Spanish chorizo, roasted red peppers and fried flat leaf parsley. The rice is a specially sourced Spanish rice to add authenticity to the dish.

Foie Gras Custard – Served with the charcuterie plate with our in-house cured Calabrese salami, smoked duck breast and pickled vegetables. The foie gras is layered with an apricot jelly and is amazing!

Beet Salad – The toy box beet salad is lightened up with watermelon, and baby arugula. To create a unique twist on this dish, we used golden beets and chioggia striped beets and drizzled a goat cheese sauce over the beets rather than using chunks of goat cheese.

Prime Rib BLT Sandwich – Our version of the classic BLT: smoked prime rib, in-house cured and house smoked pancetta, with heirloom tomatoes, fresh ground black pepper, fleur de sel and chopped salad of seedless green grapes, chiffonade kale, celery, carrot, onion, green cabbage, flat leave parsley. Did you know that Birk’s Restaurant smokes all of our meats in-house? That way we get complete control of the flavor and quality!

Mixed Grill – This dish brings together three very popular items on our menu: lamb, filet and venison, with three sauces. The filet is studded with roasted garlic cloves and placed atop wild mushroom béchamel, the lamb is drizzled with preserved lemon harissa and venison is belted with pink peppercorn sauce. The dish is finished with pan-seared polenta and wilted spinach.

And many more! Come enjoy a meal at Birk’s today, where gourmet food meets innovation to the delight of our hungry customers.

View out our updated lunch and dinner menus and make your reservation today!

Enjoy An Intimate & Elegant Valentine’s Day Dinner at Santa Clara Steakhouse, Birk’s Restaurant

Enjoy an elegant Valentine’s Day dinner away from the crowds at Birk’s Restaurant in Santa Clara this year! Unlike other restaurants that will seat you elbow-to-elbow with strangers to fill up on holiday guests, you’ll have a little space enjoy your meal with your special someone. On Valentine’s Day (and a select few special days in the year), we actually remove some of our tables to give our guests extra space to enjoy their meals and to create a more intimate setting.

In addition to the ever-popular steak and seafood menu items, the culinary team at Birk’s Restaurant has crafted a special Valentine’s Day menu  that is available on Sunday. Our Classic Americana menu is available Friday and Saturday. Treat yourself and your loved one to either filet mignon and lobster, or venison chops, with a handcrafted Purity vodka cocktail. For the finale, we conclude your Valentine’s Day meal with our carefully crafted orange soufflé. Delicious!

We feel that every meal is special but that holidays deserve a little bit extra. We like to ‘surprise’ guests with a special Valentine’s Day treat (Sunday only) at the conclusion of the meal and many of our regular diners look forward to this extra touch each year. Fantastic food, romantic atmosphere – what better way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day? Plan a Valentine’s Day dinner at Birk’s Restaurant and we are sure it will become a yearly tradition!

Birk’s Restaurant is opening at early on Sunday with reservations   starting at 4:00 PM for Valentine’s Dinner. If it suits your schedule, plan a Valentine’s evening early, we are also taking reservations Friday and Saturday evenings.

Hours
Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:15am – 2:30pm
Lighter fare served at the bar between lunch and dinner
Dinner: 7 nights a week from 5:00pm

Located near Great America Parkway and Levi’s Stadium, Birk’s Restaurant is a renowned Santa Clara steakhouse. It is conveniently placed for those looking for a night of fine dining in the San Jose area. Call today and make your reservation!

 

 

 

Big Game Week Events at Santa Clara Restaurant Near Levi’s Stadium

Hey football fans, it’s that time of year again! Birk’s has a whole lineup of exciting events to celebrate the big SB50 game coming to Santa Clara. Get your football fix and satisfy your taste buds at the same time with our food and drink specials. Birk’s Restaurant is located 1.8 miles from Levi’s Stadium – walking distance and perfectly placed to help you keep the party going all week long.

Saturday, January 30
To start things off on a delicious note, Birk’s is hosting our first ever Mangalitza  Hog Dinner in combination with WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey. Enjoy a 4 course dinner of unique pork dishes like Oven Roasted Apple Butter Stuffed Pork Leg or Bacon Ice Cream paired with WhistlePig cocktails. Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering culinary event! Space is limited, so buy your tickets now.

Each day during the Super Bowl week we will be featuring a different happy hour special paired with a wine, cocktail or beer partner. Join us for your favorite snack or drink and enjoy extended Happy Hours!

Feb 3
Cheese & Charcuterie (4 – 8 pm)
J. Lohr Wine tasting – Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon and more favorites!

Feb 4
$3.00 Oysters & Oyster Shooters (4 – 8 pm)
Purity Vodka Featured Cocktails – Sure Bet Shandy and The Favorite

Feb 5
Extended Happy Hour (3:30 – 9 pm)
Strike Brewing – Tap Takeover

Feb 6
$2.00 Braised Pork Belly Sliders & Bola’s Carnitas Tacos (all day)
Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey Bottled Cocktail – Pig Skin Punch

Feb 7 – Game Day!
Pre-Game Lunch Festivities
$3.00 Oysters & Oyster Shooters
$2.00 Bola’s Carnitas Tacos
J. Lohr Wines
Purity Vodka
Strike Brewing
WhistlePig Rye

SB50 Week Increased Hours
In honor of the big game and the increased crowds in Santa Clara, we will be open for lunch both the weekend before the game and the weekend of the game.

Lunch: 11:15 am – 2:30 pm (the weekends of 1/30 – 2/7 only)
Lighter fare served at the bar between lunch and dinner
Dinner: 7 nights a week from 5:00 pm until closing

Extended seating is available so we can comfortably accommodate your Game Day party! Call today for reservations: 408.980.6400.

Commitment to Excellent Service at Birk’s: Rob’s Point of View

Being a server at Birk’s Restaurant for four years has been a privilege and learning experience. It is far more than just an ordinary food service waiter job; it is a chance to learn about and experience different cultures and walks of life. While Birk’s Restaurant in Santa Clara is known for its hard-wood grilled steaks and chops, our fresh seafood, cocktails and awesome wine list, beneath the surface lays a service team and managerial staff that truly cares about the guest experience. While our guests come to eat, it is the upscale casual atmosphere and professional but courteous staff that makes the dining experience beyond exceptional. We all know that there are plenty of restaurants in the area, many of them serving quality food just like we do. However, we focus on the relationship we have with our guests, and that is often where we succeed the most in pleasing our patrons.

During my time at Birk’s I have seen things that at seemed peculiar until I discovered the reasons behind them. I have seen business travelers who fly in from across the country, often times from New York or New Jersey. I have seen groups of men and women from London and Japan, often times stopping at Birk’s on their way to or from the airport.

One of our regular guests who comes to the restaurant during the week usually has suitcases, laptop bags and two or three other guests in tow. As it turns out, he flies in from Ohio twice a week because that’s his sales territory. And apparently, so is Birk’s – his guests are actually clients, and he brings them to Birk’s because he knows we have the wine he likes, the food he likes, and that we will be attentive without interrupting his meetings. Speaking of business, I have overheard on more than one occasion, a businessman remark to his first-time guests at Birk’s, “Birk’s is the gauge of the market – if Birk’s is busy, the Valley is doing well,” referring to Silicon Valley, of course.

But while the majority of our restaurant can look like the suit-and-tie crowd, particularly during the week, we have local guests that have been dining with us for decades, and first time patrons as well even though many of them joke, “I’ve passed by the sign on 101 millions of times, but I never came in!” The weekends are a great time for our first time diners and our return patrons, as it is generally a little quieter and there are usually fun events near Birk’s Restaurant, like a Shark’s hockey game or an event at Levi’s Stadium or Avaya Stadium. Season ticket holders love us because they know we provide a good meal, good drinks, and a quiet dinner before or after the game – and we respect their time constraints while still providing an excellent meal with quality and attentive service, as opposed to being rushed in and out. There is usually a table available or space at the bar on the weekends. And of course, we have the sports games and pregame shows being aired on our television sets. Plus some of the bartenders and waiters have fun stories about spotting many of the players and coaches in our restaurant as well – yet another sign that Birk’s is the place to be. But for those not into sports, Birk’s Restaurant is also a great place for families and “date nights” on the weekend. Our staff is happy to be at work and we are proud of the food we put out. We focus on our guests no matter what, and getting to know people on the weekends is a great time to form bonds and talk about our menu a little more.

One of my favorite things to do is introduce returning guests to their next favorite dish. It creates a bond between the diner and the waiter, but it’s also a fun thing for us, because we have tasted all of the food, helped develop the plating and chose some of the sides for the entrees. And of course we do continuous beverage training, so we all know what’s new and exciting from the bar – whether it’s a new high-end whiskey that we have a limited supply of, or a cocktail that our bartenders have been making a lot of because it is a seasonal hit or just an old classic. And with an always-expanding wine list, we also know what wines are drinking really well right now – we are not trying to simply sell stuff so we can make room for something else, or because we have some sort of incentive to sell it. While our diners surely appreciate this kind of attention, they may not know that it feels great for us to give that kind of service because we see great service as a reflection of ourselves.

So whether you’re a first time diner or a returning guest, whether you’re alone, with a date or significant other, group of friends or business associates, I can attest to the fact that the wait staff at Birk’s treats everyone with the genuine enthusiasm, care, and respect that we would want to be treated with when we go out with our friends, families, or colleagues. From the moment you walk in the door and our hosts greet you with a smile and offer to check your bags or suitcases for you, to when you sit down and order the first round of drinks or a special bottle of wine, to that juicy steak that hits every tastebud with flavor sensations and creates a sensory experience you can only get at a fine steakhouse like ours – remember that the waitstaff is not just here to make tips or to sell food or beverages that need to be rotated out. Instead at Birk’s, thanks to our long legacy of quality and commitment to excellence, you can count on a genuine, heartfelt service to accompany a world-class meal.

Ready for an outstanding dining experience? See our menu or make a reservation here.

Reserve Birk’s Private Dining Room for Your Holiday Corporate Party

Birk’s Restaurant is a popular lunch destination for local Santa Clara business people, but for Erica Knight, daytime lead host and private dining coordinator, the holidays are her favorite time of year due to the holiday parties that Birk’s regularly hosts. As a steakhouse known for its steaks, chops, seafood, burgers and salads, Birk’s professional environment is a popular lunch or dinner destination for business people, travelers, businesses and guests celebrating special occasions. Erica thrives in this dynamic environment.

During the day, Erica can be found at the front desk, coordinating between the front and back of the house and ensuring the show runs smoothly. Her favorite part of the day, however, is coordinating the private dining events at Birk’s. Erica grew up helping her family organize events, plan menus and create seating arrangements. Helping diners at Birk’s plan an event, whether business or personal, is a natural extension of her enthusiasm for creating an outstanding dining experience.

Birk’s Restaurant has 3 private dining rooms (the Deck Room, Banquet Room and Snoopy Room) and can accommodate parties of up to 40 diners. Each party has a unique set of requirements and Erica rises to the occasion of making sure all the guests are comfortable and are satisfied with the menu selection. Unlike some other event venues, Birk’s Restaurant does not limit parties to 2 or 3 options for entrees. We allow our guests to customize their own menus and choose up to 6 entrees, or simply order off the main menu.

Weekend parties of 20 or less also have access to our Classic Americana menu, a 3-course inclusive meal that is only offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This makes organizing so much easier and many of our clients love this option.

If you need more guidance, Erica can explain the benefits of each menu option –having a set custom menu can help our clients’ budget for their event but having access to the full menu allows for a wider variety of options. Whatever you choose, we are here to help make your party a smooth success.

Due to the quality of our dining experience and comfortable atmosphere, Birk’s Restaurant is a popular private lunch and happy hour venue on workdays because of its proximity to the Santa Clara Convention Center and the nearby business parks. Many local business people schedule client meetings over lunch at Birk’s and we welcome this. Weekends are usually hopping with birthday, anniversaries, baby showers, rehearsal dinners (we are right across from Freedom Hall) and company holiday parties.

If you’re looking for a place to host your company holiday party, look no further than Birk’s Restaurant! We decorate for the holidays and love to keep the festive spirit going. Erica will work with you to ensure a superb dining experience. Be sure to enquire early because we already have 16 bookings for December, and more calls coming in every day!

Developing the Fall Menu at Birk’s Santa Clara Steakhouse

 

Maurice Dissels - Executive Chef at Santa Clara Steakhouse

Maurice Dissels – Executive Chef at Birk’s Restaurant

Fall is here and seasonal changes at Birk’s Restaurant mean more than just replacing seasonal vegetables in dishes or welcoming excited diners from 49ers games at Levi’s stadium. The biggest change that frequent diners at Birk’s will notice is the seasonal menu change where we create completely new dishes to suit the next 6 months. This is where factors such as weather, changes in eating habits and availability of ingredients are all taken into account and reviewed in great detail before testing, developing and launching a new menu item. Seasonal menu changes at Birk’s start months in advance and involve a detailed process of testing and refinement. Overseeing all this activity is Executive Chef Maurice Dissels.

Chef Maurice believes that “Being a true culinarian means finding a way to express your soul and yourself”. Maurice’s philosophy and expertise is one of many elements that establish Birk’s Restaurant as the premier steakhouse in Santa Clara. As executive chef, Maurice serves as both a departmental head and working chef; his principal functions are to plan, organize, coordinate and ultimately oversee all food related and non-food related operations at the ‘back of house’ at Birk’s Restaurant. He is the creative force behind Birk’s culinary program and other duties, includes menu planning, costing and merchandising, theoretical costing of food and labor, purchasing, hiring etc. He has been the executive chef at Birk’s for almost 15 years, and one of the ways he finds to express himself is through the ever-changing seasonal menu at Birk’s.

Chef Maurice and his team (including Sous Chef Julie Duong, Sous Chef Javier Tovar and Assistant Sous Chef Andres Garcia) craft each seasonal menu in exquisite detail. For example, with the fall, focus will be on heartier foods like braised meats because guests generally prefer warm filling meals as the weather cools. We will also be switching summer vegetables (like asparagus) out for autumn vegetables (like broccoli).

There are several steps to each seasonal menu change.

First, Chef Maurice and his team identify the menu items that they would like to replace. These are dishes that were not as popular, or were based on ingredients that are becoming unavailable. Even different cuts of meat have seasons, so Chef Maurice has to really drill down and re-think the dishes for each season.

At Birk’s we work to maintain consistency through the menu by ensuring the new dishes are the same type of dish they are replacing. This ensures guests receive the same excellent variety of dishes, but we optimize them for the changing season.

After that, it’s time for some culinary research and development. Chef Maurice and his team review cookbooks, visit farmer’s markets, dine out at other restaurants and talk to purveyors — all to collect inspiration for possible new dishes.

Finally, it’s time to cook! Our new seasonal menus items are new dishes based on their research and preparation, as well as the style and creativity of his team. We are excited to share features of our latest menu change.

The Fall 2015 menu features:

Lunch

Bacon Wrapped Filet and Shrimp

Celery root purée, caramelized baby carrots, red chimichurri, tarragon emulsion

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Ground patty with Granny Smith apple and roasted pistachios, jalapeno slaw, onion strings, mayonnaise spread, Kaiser bun, dressed potatoes

Certified Angus New York Steak Nicoise

Brandy marinated, roasted beet, hard boiled egg, green bean bundle, Nicoise and green olives, grape tomatoes, Yukon potato, red onion, little gem lettuce, anchovy-marjoram vinaigrette

Lunch and Dinner

Five Spice Pork Belly

Soy-sake braised, roasted artichoke and potato, poached egg, wasabi

Braised Veal Shank

Roasted farro, pine nuts, dried cranberries, Parmesan, braised greens, pan jus, gremolata

Blackened Ahi

Roasted kabocha squash, white corn, creamy bamboo rice

Butter Poached Broccoli

Orange gremolata, black salt

We look forward to seeing you at Birk’s Restaurant, the number one steakhouse for Santa Clara’s movers and shakers. Stop by, try our new menu and share your feedback with Chef Maurice and his team – we look forward to hearing from you!