AVO
AVO

AVO

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.avorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2058718212
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday 10-3pm Dinner : Sunday-Wednesday 4-11pm Thursday-Saturday: 5-12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Ben Kirk
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Justin Geppart 205-871-8055

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  • Parking: Street Parking
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
AVO reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (24)vibrant bar scene (21)fit for foodies (18)hot spot (18)special occasion (11)romantic (10)good for groups (9)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (9)scenic view (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Phillip
    Philip
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food here is delicious. The fresh tomato salad was superb and the chef was kind enough to share his recipe with me. I will eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must go!
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of the best in birmingham. I travel weekly and rely on OT so trust me on this one. Incredible steak and very good chicken with polenta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AVO Dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We have dined at AVO on several ocassions and have always enjoyed it. The service is responsive and the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    klle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was great - the kale caeser salad a must have! Burgers and fish tacos were a hit. You have your choice of ordering off the Avo menu or the Dram menu (downstairs restaurant) which is nice to have a choice. Love this place and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Avo food is great but menu is always the same...(with 2 specials) had the fish taco this time but had the same salmon salad the last 2 times- need some healthier options too... should offer grilled fish taco also
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food is just ok - not for the price charged. Spirits menu is impressive but were out of both malts I picked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot!
    KimC
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love Avo I am a frequent visitor! I have hosted quite a few events there and the atmosphere is phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • apage
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was wonderful but the dining room was TOO loud. I would have had a better dining experience at the outside tables. I will remember that next time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food is good and inventive, but all is destroyed by noise so great one cannot carry on a conversation and even gets an headache
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service, good food
    pardia
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service we received was top notch. The food was very good, with a lot of flavors. I would recommend Avo for foodies !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Pure Awesome! A must when visiting Birmingham!! This is my new favorite restaurant in Alabama.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great evening! I loved how our server picked up that it was my wife's birthday and included a candle on my wife's dessert that she ordered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    maggie12
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Love having choice of small,medium,or large plate items.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    TerryHall
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I was a little unsure about our reservation when we arrived. The hostess seemed a little confused. There was confusion as to where we would sit, there was not a table for us, we decided to sit at the chefs table. The food was good and the service was adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York style in Alabama
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I love AVO. The food is wonderful, unique, fresh and organic. You get a little of that New York restaurant feel but with southern hospitality service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Stepmom3
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time to dine at Avo and it was excellent. The food and the service were exceptional. We will be going back for another visit soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great food (we had the fish of the day and rabbit sausage) but expensive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great! Celebrated our 48th! 🎂
    Crater1
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great food, service, and ambiance.Capped off a great dinner evening on out 48th! Thanks
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    DaConMan
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had the Mahi and it was delicious. That combined with solid service and nice outdoor setting made for a great date night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We stopped in Birmingham on a trip to Florida from St. Louis. We found Avo on open table a decided to give it try. It was one of the top five dining experiences we have had between our life in St. Louis and trips to Boston, New York, Colorado, Wyoming, and Florida within the last five years. It ranks up there with The Mad Hatter on Sanibel, Acero in the Lou, The Atlantic Fish Co in Boston or even the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole. Original, delicious and fresh food was served to us. If you live in Birmingham, you should know you have a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great balcony patio, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food was excellent. I had the California Burger. However, the service was EXTREMELY slow.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistent,excellent service
    DelighteddebVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Great food,varied selection, good chefs,excellent sevice and management. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 220 reviews are from the AVO reviews archive.
  • Amazing
    Jeremy
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was amazing and the atmosphere makes this restaurant even more romantic. Well worth it and we'll be back for more! Not a disappointment at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Drink and Fun
    InTheHamVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Awesome place to grab a bite and a drink. We love sitting outside either on patio down below or the balcony above. This visit we had the best table up top with view of the circle in Mountain Brook. Server was great and very knowledgeable with drink options and the menu. Draft beer selection is good. Wine selection is very good and some nights have half price bottles. There is something on the menu for everyone although having two menus is confusing to most. Great place for small bites or large full meals. Reservation seating was on time on a packed night -- Mother's Day!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super cozy, best steak in Bham
    warrenme
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is an excellently run spot with plenty of friendly servers, delicious food, and the best oysters and steak I have had in Birmingham. The décor is fresh and fun, and the outdoor seating is both refreshing and romantic. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But...
    TimOnTheTownVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I found the food very goo but a bit over priced for what you are getting. Also, the waitress was back far too often to check on us. It was hard to hold a conversation with an question every three minutes. Maybe on a busier night it's the opposite? I still would go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group loved it!
    FiveUABgals
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Three of our five had never been so I enjoyed seeing them experience the delicious food, fun atmosphere and great service for the first time. Will always recommend this as a place for a little loud fun as well as a romantic dinner destination. Wish all visitors to B'ham knew of this place - the town is well represented by some fine restaurants and AVO is definitely one to be experienced.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Five stars!
    IPaddle
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great food, excellent service and good company. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    emmy
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Second visit still unexciting menu and not a lot attention to detail with respect to food preparation or service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely but oh so very loud
    Bhamfoodie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This stunning restaurant is "just around the corner" and one of the few open on Sunday. Thinking a Sunday night reservation may offer a quieter dining experience at a place we were warned about high noise level, the hubby and I gave Avo a try. We ran into a number of friends downstairs in Dram - nice to see the 50+ crowd out and about. Then we headed upstairs to Avo where we were stopped at the top of the stairs by a long line of diners waiting to be seated, and it kept backing up behind us. We we finally seated at our table. The restaurant is contemporary cool and the wait staff was attentive. Our food was very good, but conversation was near impossible. Because of the noise we may not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best choice!
    DenAng
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This place brought New Orleans Lady & Chicago Gentleman closer together & enjoyed great food in a loving way!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early date night after work
    ChrisX2
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We stopped by Dram/Avo right after work one evening, and it was a perfect end to a busy week. We started with a cocktail downstairs -- blackberry winter -- delicious. Then went upstairs and took advantage of the nice evening to sit outside. Enjoyed a series of appetizers that all tasted delicious, especially the pork belly poutine, beer braised mussels, and sonoma sliders. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Pauly
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food is always good, the offerings innovative and novel. I hope the Kale Caesar is on the menu more often ...one of the best salads I have ever eaten. The Rabbit Sausage Bangers and Mash was good, not spectacular; hence the lost star. I'll be back, as usual ...love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the billing
    ham2265
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My wife and had a wonderful dinner at AVO. It was quite a vibrant atmosphere, and the service was great. The Avo dip is a must-get appetizer. I would recommend as a great special occasion spot if you don't mind a little noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day hit
    Clive
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend on Valentines Day and we had a blast. We had a reservation for 10 pm and told them to let us know if there was anything available earlier. The manager texted me around 8:15 and asked if I was close and we had a table by the time we got there. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, and made great suggestions, we took all of them, and were not disappointed in any way. Suggestions: muscles for appetizers, lamb chops for the main, and bread pudding for desert. It is very pricy, but for people that can afford it or as for us, a special occasion, worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food, in a town
    DavidHomewood
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Very good food, in a town known for good restaurants. A busy, active place; good for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood gem
    DelighteddebVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Avo is one of our favorite restaurants. The staff is very friendly and efficient. The food has a varied menu where there is something in all price ranges. The kitchen is very consistent with very good chefs.The atmosphere can be quiet upstairs and very energetic downstairs. Overall, excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun in neighborhood
    SandJ
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    We are regulars and love the diverse menu and upscale casual atmosphere. Two venues with different feel share menus, both good. Good quick supper or fun dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find!
    SaraJo
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Very good restaurant - food was great, service was great. Staff was helpful and attentive. Only issue was that the noise level was a bit loud for the setting. Could be a nice quiet romantic spot but the large groups made it loud and kind of ruined the ambience. Otherwise it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    No complaints about the food at Avo. It has a limited menu, but everything we ordered was outstanding. The only draw back with the restaurant is the noise level. It was probably the noisiest place we have ever eaten. You almost had to shout to be heard. We would love to go back, but this might keep us away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.