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Bistro Two Eighteen

4.9
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1185 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Welcome to Bistro 218
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District, Bistro 218 features side by side dining concepts.

Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail in our upscale casual bar room and indulge in a full bar menu under or proceed through the French doors into the main dining room and take pleasure in French classics paired with seasonally procured wines and local craft beers. Reservations are available in either room.

Ever changing menus are seasonal, with Gulf Coast influences and feature local foragers and farms supplying the best Alabama has to offer.

Bistro 218 honors the traditions of French bistros with minimalist decor in a historical setting. Dark Brazilian mahogany, high ceilings and exposed brick adorned with local art emanate a comforting yet elegant atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner, a pre-theater meal or a relaxing night out.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1185 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BlackRose
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First date over a year ago at this place. Didn't eat the first time. Nothing but drinks and conversation. This time had the food. Me and the love of my life will be back. It was fantastic! Food is exceptional!

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JimF
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu. Everything is so good it's hard to make a choice. Quaint but elegant atmosphere. Service is over the top. Couldn't have had a better dining experience.

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philc
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time at Bistro Two Eighteen. Another A+ evening. Our server was Shawn(Sean?) and he was great. The food was excellent. We live on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and have all kinds of seafood opportunities, however, I had the Snapper and it was the best snapper I have ever had.
Great job and great place. We will be back!!

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BenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were seated quickly. Nice ambiance. Socially distanced. High ceilings. Very elegant yet comfortable. Food was superb. If you don't get dessert you've really missed out. What a great find.

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vipTripledoc
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consider eating at the BAR. THE SERVICE IS IMPECCABLE!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Would have been amazing but the wine pour was minuscule. A glass for a low end wine was $9 and a bottle $40. The glass was barely 3 ounces. A bottle is always a better value but this was completely ridiculous.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for our 9 year wedding anniversary. Service was so attentive and fast. Food tasted amazing and they were so sweet to bring us a glass of champagne, and not one but two desserts on the house to celebrate our special day. Including a cute sign that read happy anniversary. Such a special restaurant to enjoy in Birmingham. We will most definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, the food, and the overall ambience is the restaurant was all perfect. We enjoyed the food very much and will return again.

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vipYikes
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. Delayed seating upon arrival despite having reservation. Two of the four entrees were cooked incorrectly and there were no attempts by management or server to rectify.

They do not adhere to any social distancing guidelines and they are quite rude in general about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The octopus and pork berries of the appetizer were wonderfully delicious.

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TomH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entire experience was awesome. Will definitely be back.

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StanB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening with delicious food, wonderful service, and a beautiful setting! Looking forward to returning and trying other items on the menu.

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Crystalina3
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is consistently good. The service was amazing also. You can't go wrong with choosing it for dinner, drinks, or lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New fav spot- great people- Great food- great tunes

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vipDede
Birmingham
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is a favorite !
Janine our server is amazing. Always remembers us, is there when you need her and know the menu well .
Appreciate the outdoor dining option

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TWTT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Nice atmosphere

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CassieM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic!!! Food was amazing and service was excellent!! I highly recommend it!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Superb as usual. Chef Saab has a great restaurant. Top 5 in Birmingham.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Recommended a good bottle of wine. Reasonable prices. Food tasted fabulous

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. It was amazing! Definitely will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. It was our anniversary and they made it very special.

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gilm
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to visit Bistro 218. Always consistent in a great setting. Go Tommy!!!!

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vipJohnG
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice return to inside dining with great meal and fine service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service and a quiet relaxing anniversary dinner. Highly recommend. One of our favorites.

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vipBill
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beatiful cozy dining experience - you'll think you're in a French cafe.

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BillB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, amazing food - the best “date-night” spot in downtown Birmingham.

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BobG
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a very good bistro, doing their best with thevirus. Good location, nice bar and some great food. The dishes are small but fulfilling. The deserts are shareable.

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vipRW1888
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant! My dad took my mom and I for dinner here the other night and the food, service, and ambiance were all fantastic! They have a great wine list too! The portions were perfect and the food was delicous!

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WillS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see they've reopened. One of the most consistent restaurants around. Always very high quality.

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Krislin
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday “card” waiting at our table. It set a great tone.yummy meal, attentive service, nice wine suggestion. The ambiance is so nice! Great way to celebrate my birthday!

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Susan
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Bham! Staff is so polite and professional and food is delicious.

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TamikaD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best dining experience at Bistro 218. I highly recommend the Duck Confit. My waiter Johnny was the best..

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MikeP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, as always. The wait staff members were courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. A delightful evening. Also, Bistro’s COVID procedures were very good and reassuring.

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vipMsCrab
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite night out-excellent food, service, and ambiance.

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BarbC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The setting was perfect for a night out!

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Harden
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is amazing!! This was our 4th time here and by far the best. It literally keeps getting better every time we eat here. This was our anniversary and they made it so special for us! We will continue eating here as long as they stay open.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience ❤️

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Matt
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food at Bistro Two Eighteen! This is a perfect spot for date night or just to catch up with friends. The service was a bit slower pace at times which is nice to give you time to enjoy each course and good conversation. The menu has a wide variety of options to choose from, and the wine list is great as well.

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Zeke
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for 7:30 and weren’t seated until after 8. If we didn’t have access to sit at the bar to have a cocktail while waiting for our table we would have left. Everything about our meal and server was excellent but we were frustrated that we made reservations (for only a party of 2) and had to wait as long as we did.

FAQs

Bistro Two Eighteen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 983-7999.

Bistro Two Eighteen is rated 4.9 stars by 1185 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.