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Bistro Two Eighteen
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Sous Vide Baby Octopus
Chorizo, Squid Ink Risotto, Chili Oil
Butter Basted Sea Scallops
Oven Roast Tomato, Wilted Baby Spinach
Pan Seared Gulf Red Snapper
Parsnip, White Asparagus, Sweet Pea Velout, Roast Tomato
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
The food was amazing and John our server was fantastic. He was attentive and great with the wine selection.
Excellent all around experience from seating to desert. I have never been dissatisfied at B218.
Excellent service and delicious food.
Excellent food, wait staff was very knowledgeable. Great selection of wines and entrees!
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!
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!!
Great food and atmosphere. Took great precautions during Covid and felt safe. Best kept secret in Birmingham!
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.
Consistently great food and service. Always feel appreciated by the owner!
Love this restaurant. Food is always fabulous and service is exceptional.
Good was amazing, wine was delicious and the service was perfect. Thank you for a great night
Food was excellent as always and the service was attentive.
My favorite restaurant!!! Always enjoy my experience there !
Great server, great food. Our friends from out of town really enjoyed it
great food - very attentive but no overbearing waiter. Everything was very clean and they were following social distancing guidelines. Will definitely go back
Great food and service. Excellent precautions and protection.
Can't wait for another opportunity.
Truly outstanding food quality! Every course was superb.
We where traveling through Birmingham and enjoyed a world class dinner at this wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend this place to everyone
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!
So glad Chef Tom and staff are back! Enjoyed a great evening getting away from it all. Keep up the great job!
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!!
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.
Great food. Matt was brilliant at the bar. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
The cocktails, appetizers and main plates were very good. The location across the street from Forstall Art Store is an added attraction.
Do yourself a favor. This place is awesome in every regard.
I have been to Bistro 218 many times, but this was likely the best meal I have ever had there. Everything was fantastic.
This place NEVER disappoints! The food is outstanding, the service perfect, and the roaming friendly chef makes it all come together.
Great time and great meal
Incredible service. Delicious cocktails. Fabulous food...as always. Only disappointment was the chocolate tart we ordered for dessert. Heavy and dry.
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.
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.
Stellar food and service. Possibly the best meal I’ve had out in Birmingham. Will most definitely be visiting again!
Except that the volume on the sound system is sometimes too loud, it is our first choice in town.
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.
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 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️
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!
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.
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!
Food, ambience and service was excellent!! We’ve been several times and always a lovely experience.
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.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.