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AVO

4.1
456 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Avo is California shorthand for avocado, one of the iconic products of the Golden State -- the originator, as with so much else, of the local and slow-food movements in the US. Avo continues this tradition with its "Cal-abama cuisine," using the best local and state products from Alabama along with select California seafood, meat and produce to create simple yet elegant meals in a clean, contemporary space that makes use of sustainable building products and low-energy lighting, heating and cooling. A full corner bar and a covered outdoor terrace overlooking the heart of Mountain Brook Village offer guests distinct dining experiences, including a Sunday brunch.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Brunch/Lunch : Sunday 10-3pm Saturday 12-4 Dinner : Sunday-Wednesday 4-11pm Thursday-Saturday: 5-12am
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Phone number
(205) 871-8212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ben Kirk
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Private party facilities
We welcome your celebrations with us of special occasions and special people: weddings, graduations, promotions and fundraisers with family, friends, co-workers, or fellow volunteers. Let us prepare the food, the drink and the space while you concentrate on what’s truly important at such times — the people you wish to honor or with whom you want to celebrate. While we have several large-party or dinner menus planned, we tend to customize each occasion to suit your desires and we urge you to call us to discuss, plan, and perfect your special event.
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Private party contact
Justin Geppart: (205) 871-8055
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 456 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

I have eaten at AVO many times before and have been thoroughly impressed. However, Sunday at brunch our waitress was not attentive, even though there were just a few other tables, and our food was less than desirable. I was very disappointed.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

A reliable spot for a great meal. Food and service are excellent. Be sure to try to rosemary ketchup with the truffle fries--you will not regret it! Ambiance is influenced significantly by other diners--we shared the room with a large party of teenagers celebrating a birthday, so you can imagine it was on the loud side. Certainly nothing to hold against the restaurant. Sunday brunch is also delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Bday celebration for two adult kids. Nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful experience at Avo. The wait staff could not have been more accommodating and friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter brunch...
Todd, our server, was professional, personable and efficient. Avo’s take on Eggs Benedict was especially good. The Hollandaise variation with orange zest was especially interesting and very tasty.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were disappointed in this trip to Avo. Normally their service is impeccable. The restaurant was not nearly full, and we waited for nearly an hour for our food during brunch. Our food was not particularly warm when we received it either. We had to ask for condiments, etc., as none were offered.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was great! The whole family enjoyed the dishes, and the service was excellent. We usually visit Avo in the evenings and order our usual favorites, but it was a nice change to visit for brunch and see an alternative menu with plenty of variety. We will definitely return for brunch again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome burger, interesting sides, simple prices, excellent location

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Loved starting with their French press coffee for spring brunch on the porch after early Easter mass.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

excellent brunch, beautiful restaurant, great service

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

have always been a big fan - lately the food quality is not what is has been in the
past.
I had a chicken sandwich that was the size of a chicken finger.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We love AVO!. It is our go to restaurant especially on Sunday night when they have half price wine! Service is always great as well as the food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

There for brunch on Sunday afternoon. Good meal. Be prepared if you order the pancakes, they are huge!! But very good.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The ambiance is amazing. The prime filet and sweet potato mash were great! Collard greens...negative. Tried a Ying Yang margarita, not great either. Very strong drink and the balsamic vinegar gives it a off putting taste with each sip.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Service was attentive but felt pushy with the drinks. Food was good but over salted and maybe too rich? Sampled the pork sliders, sweet potato mash and curry shrimp. Portions were small. Chairs were uncomfortable. Would recommend Dram over Avo because you still have access to both menus in a more comfortable setting. If you're looking for a nicer evening meal I suppose this would do, but there are far better options.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Ownership has changed and the food isn't as good. Burger overcooked. Menus came out filthy. Full of stains. The fish tacos aren't as good. It's just not the same.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We always enjoy Avo. We were able to eat dinner on the upstairs porch. If the weather is right, we always eat on the porch. It is always much quieter and always comfortable. Avo is always consistently good with food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I was with a friend, everything was nice but the best were the desserts and the waiter

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Brunch was not that good; it was my first time there...perhaps the other meals they offer are excellent, but brunch was passable and that was about it.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was a lot louder than we were expecting.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Consistently one of the Best restaurants in Birmingham!!!!!

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Staff did not adhere to a discussed wheat allergy. That blunder was followed up with raw shrimp on the appetizer. Not undercooked, but completely raw.
Have a fun drink and casual bite downstairs at Dram, but most definitely don't waste your money (or health) upstairs at Avo.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Our server was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

very non attentive staff (more than one) - 3 of the 4 food entries were poor. One was very good.
overall - 3 of 4 of our family gave it a C- / D+ and said to not to return.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Late Valentines date with my bride. Overall it was an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

First time at Avo. Went for a late Valentine's date. Will be back and have already recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

AVO is always great. The food is good and the service is great. It can be loud but ask for seating on the patio if you want something quieter. AVO always pleases and is very reliable.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Our server was very attentive and helpful in describing menu items. The food was good, but not exceptional. The biggest complaint was the noise level. It was so loud that my wife had to switch sides of the table to hear the conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We always love dining at Avo and it never disappoints! And we appreciated that we could order off the regular menu for Valentine’s Day dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Max is the best

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

My husband’s pasta was bland. The hostess wasn’t there to greet us and the waiter was not very good.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great location and ambiance. Food was just okay. I had the grouper sandwich and it was just so so. The burgers are always good there. Fries that are usually great we’re also not as good.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Good food. You get to order from both menus without having to be in the bar downtstairs.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

What a great place to grab brunch, great atmosphere and very welcoming. Drinks were fantastic, food was not only visually appealing but delicious. We will definitely make this a matting place for brunch!!!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great. Only drawback was that is was very loud where were sitting.

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Very disappointing experience all around. My wife & I are from out of town, staying at the nearby Grand Bohemian. We chose Avo as an 'upscale' dining option within walking distance. Our reservation was at 8pm on a Saturday night-prime dining out time.

The most disappointing thing:
As the restaurant markets itself as higher-end, there are only 4 entrees on the menu. What are the chances that on a Saturday night, the restaurant would be out of 1 of those 4? Well that is exactly what happened to us - out of the filet. Really. What makes that more baffling to me is that it is my understanding that the filet is also used in 2 other dishes (sliders & some other app). If it's that critical to your menu, how on earth do you ever run out? Oh, there also is a reputable market within spitting distance that could have served as an emergency option. But that would have required problem solving. Instead, the manager came to the table to apologize & presented another menu (the one from the bar restaurant downstairs that shares a kitchen) with basically burger choices as replacements. I can promise you that I certainly would have chosen another restaurant if I wanted to go on a date to eat a burger.

Another disappointing thing:
We inquired as to what the pasta dish of the day was & received a response from the waitress that included "wine based", "tomato based" and "bolognese type" sauce. So the pasta of the day is still a mystery...

Last disappointing thing:
We did enjoy some raw oysters which included an equal amount from 2 parts of the gulf. However, the menu indicates offerings from the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. My wife loves oysters from the Pacific. We were disappointed and not really communicated that the ones we would receive would only be from the Gulf. A simple note in the menu indicating availability or the waitress addressing it would have been helpful. The verdict is still out as to whether or not there are ever any available not from the Gulf.

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2.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. The mini biscuits were awful. I got an egg white omelet and it was good. My husbands burger was bland, not warm, and fries were very greasy. The placemats on the table were caked with old food. The waitress kept complaining about the weird people that were sitting behind us, which was rude and tacky.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Always good food with good service. Fish taco was large and tasty. Burgers are large with piles of fries. Love the sauces on the side.... Makes dipping fries interesting for the whole table.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Great dining experience to celebrate an anniversary!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

The food was good but the bacon on our hot Browns was burnt. The restaurant was loud and noisy and not a place I would choose again when I want a conversation with my friends!

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