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AVO

4.2
433 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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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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 433 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hsc82 (Birmingham)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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vipBirminghamLawyer (Western NC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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vipclh2 (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 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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vipplanters71 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Max is the best

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined 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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MH87 (Birmingham)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 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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PLMB (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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SatNightIssues (Nashville)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
2.0  Dined 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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vipInTheHam (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined 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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KelleyW (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Great dining experience to celebrate an anniversary!

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vipnewtoTampa (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 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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fpfoodie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Food consistently great with good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  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!

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vipNeffie (Atlanta)
3.0  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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vipBirminghamLawyer (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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Aus4320 (Birmingham)
3.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

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

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SFvisitor (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 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!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
1.0  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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