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Bistro Two Eighteen

4.9
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1127 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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 1127 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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DanL
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As many reviewers have mentioned, Bistro 218 is without question the finest restaurant in the Birmingham area, bar none. Every detail is perfectly orchestrated, always!
Tom and his staff never disappoint

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CrystalR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and John our server was fantastic. He was attentive and great with the wine selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around experience from seating to desert. I have never been dissatisfied at B218.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
91 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wait staff was very knowledgeable. Great selection of wines and entrees!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in Birmingham! That is saying a lot because we have dined at Highlands, Chez FonFon, Hot and Hot....the list goes on and on. Will definitely be back. Fabulous food and service!

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Susan
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Birmingham restaurants! Delicious and plus - they are Covid-safe!!
Temp was checked at the door and tables were spaced apart. The owners
and employees work so hard to make the evening enjoyable for all!!

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CarlaN
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Took great precautions during Covid and felt safe. Best kept secret in Birmingham!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in downtown Birmingham. All dishes were excellent. We split the mushroom appetizer and the summer salad. Between the three of us we enjoyed scallops, red snapper and the duck confit. (Plus flourless chocolate cake and a blueberry dish). They have nice cocktails and a great wine list. The server was very thorough and gave us suggestions and the chef came out and talked to us several times. All COVID-19 precautions taken also.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service. Always feel appreciated by the owner!

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Foodie
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food is always fabulous and service is exceptional.

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vipJennifer
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing, wine was delicious and the service was perfect. Thank you for a great night

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vipBill
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and the service was attentive.

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vipLpm1
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!!! Always enjoy my experience there !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, great food. Our friends from out of town really enjoyed it

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food - very attentive but no overbearing waiter. Everything was very clean and they were following social distancing guidelines. Will definitely go back

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vipLenB
Birmingham
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent precautions and protection.

Can't wait for another opportunity.

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StevenP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding food quality! Every course was superb.

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vipJxnwd
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We where traveling through Birmingham and enjoyed a world class dinner at this wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend this place to everyone

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend’s birthday with dinner at Bistro 218. Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating throughout the evening. The special birthday place card on the table and complimentary dessert was such a special touch. We all enjoyed our food and plan to return soon!

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vipJC123
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Chef Tom and staff are back! Enjoyed a great evening getting away from it all. Keep up the great job!

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Bamajas13
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is our favorite restaurant in the city. Always consistent and the staff are very friendly and attentive. The food is delicious and always on point!!

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tfieldsno
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu. So sad this wonderful restaurant was subject to Covid restrictions although it did not affect the service or food. Charred octopus was superb. Cocktail and wine options excellent as well.

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vipIrishDave
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Matt was brilliant at the bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

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BobG
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails, appetizers and main plates were very good. The location across the street from Forstall Art Store is an added attraction.

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JamesS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favor. This place is awesome in every regard.

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vipandyd
Birmingham
36 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Bistro 218 many times, but this was likely the best meal I have ever had there. Everything was fantastic.

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vipAllen
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place NEVER disappoints! The food is outstanding, the service perfect, and the roaming friendly chef makes it all come together.

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vipMsCrab
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time and great meal

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vipSLPM
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible service. Delicious cocktails. Fabulous food...as always. Only disappointment was the chocolate tart we ordered for dessert. Heavy and dry.

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Steve
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food preparation was excellent. The food chooses and pairings were exceptional.. My only compliant was we were ushered to the bar for a drink , however, our table was obviously ready. Saw several others the same way.

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vipSchoolmarm
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Bistro 218 after a concert. When we arrived, we were offered a table in the bar, but we had requested standard seating. Even though it was close to closing time, we were seated in the quieter main restaurant. Not wanting to eat a heavy meal, I ordered a salad; my companion ordered an appetizer. We both ordered a dessert. Everything was delicious as always. Soft jazz played in the background. Sean, our waiter, was attentive without being intrusive. It was a perfect ending to the day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar food and service. Possibly the best meal I’ve had out in Birmingham. Will most definitely be visiting again!

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MY44
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except that the volume on the sound system is sometimes too loud, it is our first choice in town.

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SteveH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience can be summed up with one word: Outstanding. The food, the atmosphere, and our server were all impeccable. This was our first time at Bistro 218 and will certainly not be our last.

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vipJustSayin
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular - food, service, and ambiance!! Mark, our server, was wonderful!! We had the mushroom/grit cake appetizer, beet salad, and red snapper. Chef is amazing - all were absolutely delicious. Actually chef accommodated our special requests for snapper on trout prep, and for mine - broccolini instead of root veggies. Merci beaucoup a tout!! 5 STARS ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️

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CindyE
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Bistro Two Eighteen and we loved the atmosphere! It's what I would call an "urban elegance" with the exposed brick and white table cloths. Our table was perfect, up in the loft overlooking the restaurant and city street. John was our server and he was fantastic! Very friendly and professional, we would ask for him again. We shared the Fritto Misto appetizer, gumbo, and scallops. It was all very good. We will definitely be back!

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TylerR
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough great things about our experience. The food, service, cocktails, valet, everything was great. We are going to make this a staple for our date night outings.

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EllenM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding. I had a dietary restriction that the chef did not have a problem working around as everything is cooked to order. Our group had duck, beef and fish and they were all delicious and perfectly cooked. The fish tasted like it had been caught that day. Save room for dessert--the pastry chef is very talented. Our favorite was a cherry/almond/pistachio dessert. Divine!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience and service was excellent!! We’ve been several times and always a lovely experience.

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 1127 OpenTable diners.

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