Ready to Step into Wonderland At The Mad Hatter Bistro

Inside the Mad Hatter Bistro - Ready to Step into Wonderland At The Mad Hatter Bistro

The Mad Hatter Bistro is a great place to fall out of reality for a bit and enjoy lunch, brunch, tea, or dinner, in Birmingham, Michigan. The outside of the building, while dampened slightly by the Old Woodward construction currently going on, looks like an old vaudeville theater entrance. Whereas once you walk inside, you immediately get the impression of landing right in the middle of Alice in Wonderland. Are you ready to step into Wonderland at the Mad Hatter Bistro?  Mad Hatter Bistro Entrance - Ready to Step into Wonderland At The Mad Hatter Bistro

Alice in Wonderland Details

The entire two-story restaurant has little touches of whimsy throughout the building. Everywhere you look at the walls, ceilings, stairs and even the chairs have an Alice in Wonderland theme to them. On the outside, there are the classic door knobs from the story. You can almost imagine them coming to life and moving their mouths to greet you.Door Knobs outside Mad Hatter Bistro - Ready to Step into Wonderland At The Mad Hatter Bistro

Once you enter and are waiting for a seat, there are several more cute decorations from the dressed rabbits to the set of silver keys hanging on the coat hooks. Rabbit decorations at Mad Hatter BistroKeys hanging on a coat hook at Mad Hatter Bistro

The main floor is decorated from the Queen of Hearts perspective with a rich, luxurious feel in the decor. From chandeliers, candles, and velvet picture frames. Even the walls are painted like the card soldiers in the Queen’s guard. When I recently stepped into Wonderland at the Mad Hatter Bistro, I sat over in the checkered area and kept trying to figure out the riddle “Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?”Inside the Mad Hatter Bistro - Ready to Step into Wonderland At The Mad Hatter BistroWriting desk, clock, and bird cage decorations at Mad Hatter BistroThe stairs leading to the downstairs seating area is decorated with cards, quotes, and more clocks. Although with all the clocks in the restaurant you would think one would have the right time. “I’m late I’m late for a very important date!”Clocks, mirrors, and cards decorating the wall leading down the stairs at Mad Hatter Bistro

Downstairs Eating Area

Inside view of the downstairs eating area of the Mad Hatter BistroThe downstairs eating area has more of the Mad Hatter Tea Party theme. The green walls are to give you an outdoor feel, and the upside down lamps are totally something the Mad Hatter will do. This is a great area to have a group afternoon tea party, which you have to make reservations 24 hours in advance. You can make reservations online.

Cocktails

Bar area of the Mad Hatter Bistro

Besides the decor, the cocktails make the place fabulous! You have to see the teacup and spoon chandelier in the corner of the bar. Very unique! The drink menu takes a little time to decipher. There are small graphics down in the corner that help you navigate the menu (sweet, sour, bitter, etc.). My friend, Nathalie and I tried the Pom and Circumstance and Thyme Loves Hero. My drink came with a Swedish Fish on it as a decoration. Drinks come in crazy bent glasses which add to the crazy atmosphere. Cocktail Drinks menu at Mad Hatter BistroCocktails at the Mad Hatter Bistro

Food

Yummy! That about sums up the food choices here. Prices are reasonable for an upscale bistro in Birmingham. We tried a couple of appetizers and entrees to see how everything tasted. The Tuna Wonton Tacos are a surprise, soft on the inside and crunchy wonton on the outside. Nice flavoring inside the tacos. The Mac and Cheese with Cavatappi noodles have the right blend of creaminess and cheesy flavor that will warm you up on a dreary, cold day. tuna wonton taco appetizer at Mad Hatter BistroMacaroni and Cheese at Mad Hatter Bistro

The main entrees choices range from seafood, pasta, burgers, steaks, and even rabbit. We tried the Shrimp and Grits and The Mad Hatter Burger. The Shrimp and Grits was another surprise taste. It consists of Stoney Croft Farms grits, cheddar, poblano, black beans, and roasted corn. The dish is very hot when served so before you burn your tongue make sure to let it cool down a bit. The Mad Hatter Burger is made from Farm Field Table beef. It is a great classic burger and the hand-cut fries are a nice touch. Shrimp and Grits at Mad Hatter BistroThe Mad Hatter Burger at the Mad Hatter Bistro

The Mad Hatter Bistro has one small flaw in that it is in a small building so, this affects the number of reservations they can accept and how many walk-ins they are able to let in. Best bet is to try and make a reservation. We tried to do a walk in and were told they had no more openings for several hours. We ended up walking around Birmingham which was just as much fun. Then we called back and made dinner reservations for the first seating at 5 pm. We had no problems the second time. Knowing this ahead of time will help you to not be disappointed if you can’t get in when you want to. 

The Mad Hatter Bistro should definitely be on your list of things to do in Birmingham. This restaurant has been here since 2014 and I just heard about it by chance recently. I hope you can take some time to check it out. You won’t be disappointed to step back into Wonderland at the Mad Hatter Bistro.

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