About AVO

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.

2721 Cahaba Road
Mt Brook, AL 35223
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch/Lunch : Sunday 10-3pm Saturday 12-4 Dinner : Sunday-Wednesday 4-11pm Thursday-Saturday: 5-12am

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(205) 871-8212

Website:
http://www.avorestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Ben Kirk

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.

Private Party Contact:
Justin Geppart: (205) 871-8055

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

AVO Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Scenic View (5)
Cozy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Authentic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Usually a favorite local spot, but restaurant was understaffed on this visit and service was extremely slow.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Good service, Nice menu, excellent food. Everyone was very attentive

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server was FANTASTIC. Obviously, the food was phenomenal and we got to sit on the porch which had a great view and even better atmosphere. Todd, our waiter gets a solid 12/10. WE LOVE TODD. TODD IS GREAT. TODD WINS.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had not been to Avo in awhile and really enjoyed it! always a hit with my customers when i suggest we go there to eat! Yummy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Large parties were extremely loud on this visits and floors were messy as result of the large parties

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

AVO is always good. Food and service are always consistent. One of our favorites.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Not impressed. In my opinion, if you charge more for food then your food should be better than those who charge less.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great place to gather with friends especially for outdoor dining on a nice evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great place for a late Sunday informal dinner in Bham. Nice beers to boot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We stopped on the way back from Tuscaloosa and met an old high school friend of my wife's and it was perfect! The ambiance is really cool and feel like a tropical forest. The food, cocktails and wine were outstanding. Had the fresh grouper and some AVO dip.

Great wines and bourbon and a great server, Phillip, who made excellent suggestions. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We tried the Filet with truffle fries & boatfish with grilled okra/corm. Both were cooked perfectly and the sides really complimented the entree. We skipped appetizer to save room for dessert. The waiter suggested a blackberry/lemon cake triffle type dessert. We went with it and even the the lady that brought it out said it was her favorite. Sadly the cake layers seemed quite stale and the dessert was't enjoyed by either of us. But our entrees and the nice/quiet porch dining made for an awesome datenight with my hubby! Their burgers and Grouper sandwich sounded wonderful. Will be making a trip back very soon for lunch!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service and the food were awful. I had company in town from LA and I was embarrassed. We sat upstairs. Very few people there. I won't eat there again. SUCH a disappointment.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The panko encrusted chicken was phenomenal!! Would highly recommend.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great service, great location, and amazing food! Sat outside abc was perfect to get some emails done while grabbing a bite to eat.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

3 out of 4 dishes were very good. The Masala Shrimp though had been kept warm. There was a film on the sauce and the rice wasn't fresh either. Overall rather pricy for the portion sizes, but interesting dishes that are mostly good quality and tasty. Nice for sitting outside.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent selection for Birmingham Resturant Week! We will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 17, 2017

This is a favorite place so I hate to even write a bad review. But, I will not be back until I know that they have addressed their server issue. By far the worst server I have experienced in years. No introduction, no guidance with the menus, and when asked for salt and pepper I was handed a small dish of salt (okay) and the huge pepper mill that they offer for your meal. WTH? All AVO needs to do is bring back the dining experience, but it has to start with the staff.

The food is very good though...

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Organic, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This place could be good. Needs better options on the menu. Food is overpriced. Nice ambiance. Service was good.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great food as always. But curious about the reservation options with Open Table; very convenient app for reservations but was given the choice of 5:00pm or 7:00pm only. There was almost no one in the restaurant from the time we sat down until we left around 6:20. Would have preferred a 6pm reservation but my options showed it would have been too busy to accommodate us.

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

We went to Avo to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. We started with the nachos, which were incredible. For our meals I had the panko crusted chicken with girts - one of the best meals I've had in a while. He got the bison burger and was very happy. We sat on the outdoor balcony, and stayed cool with an old fashioned for him and a frose for me.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 7, 2017

As always, we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere at AVO. The Dram burgers are always a hit!

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great experience. Will definitely be back!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was good, but not great. It would have been a better experience if not for the fact that the place has terrible acoustics! It was so loud that our party of four had to lean in toward each other and almost shout in order to be heard. We were glad to get out of there because our ears were hurting. If you go, sit outside on the terrace!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food and service. Noise level was over the top with multiple screaming children. I acknowledge it was Father's Day brunch so maybe I should have expected the noise. However, my next visit will be in the evening not lunch.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Made a reservation for Sunday brunch and enjoyed the entire experience. We had outdoor seating on a beautiful morning, French press coffee and an excellent breakfast. The food, service and ambiance are excellent. We will definitely return again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Sat outside upstairs and had a great evening. Good and atmosphere were perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The Food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful.
The restaurant was not overly crowded and had a relaxing atmosphere. Definitely a nice dining experience with friends.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 2, 2017

I had the best time! We celebrated our wedding anniversary and it was lovely. We dined outside and it was perfect! Great weather, excellent food, great service! Thank you Avo!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great!!!!!

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vip
 (Mobile)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We always enjoy Avo, and love to go on Sunday evening when bottles of wine are half price. On our most recent visit I had the salad with salmon, which was a nice large portion and cooked to perfection. My husband was in the mood for a cheeseburger, accompanied by their fries with truffle salt and rosemary ketchup. Yum! I had to snag a few of those fries. Service was fine, nothing to complain about or anything exceptional. My only complaint is that this place is LOUD when there are several groups celebrating a special event, or who just talk loudly. I know they are just having a good time but the sounds reverberate in this setting. If you are hard of hearing you might want to avoid busy times or you won't be able to hear your dining companion. There is outdoor seating as an alternative.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The mail was delicious, but there were not a lot of options to choose from.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very please with food but a little over priced. Server was not so attentive and longer then normal to check on us and leaving us to wait 30 min for check

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went for Easter Brunch. Highly recommend ordering their scones. They were great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great bar bites!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Birthday for Best Friend!! Fabulous!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 26, 2017

The lighting on the tables was not good... Needs more ambiance and brightness.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Food was pretty good. However, the restaurant was dirty. The stairs leading up were sticky. The floor needed a serious cleaning under the table and the placemats were textured and contained food particles.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 17, 2017

When we walked in we could smell the burgers cooking on the grill and they smelled great. It made us hungry immediately. We started with drinks from their fantastic bourbon, whiskey and scotch menu. The guacamole is fantastic. I had the halibut and my wife the burger, both were excellent. We finished it with the apple cobbler tres-leches. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 11, 2017

This was a miserable experience all around. The restaurant was about as loud as a live concert. It was almost impossible to communicate with anyone in our party or our server. Management was notified multiple times and never made an attempt to remedy the situation. The whiskey list is a complete sham. They actually carry about half what is advertised. The burger was quite good however the ham sliders are pitifully done. Each "biscuit" is about one square inch with low quality ham scraps on them. Due to management's complete disregard for the environment of the restaurant I will not return. Extremely disappointed.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Avo is consistently good both in food and service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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