Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
917 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
What 917 People Are Saying
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Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always.

H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always perfect! Our service was a bit slow as the restaurant got busier, but server was good.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining with these folks. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wine list. It can be noisy at times but that is something that happens when people are enjoying themselves.

NB
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to celebrate our daughter’s 40th. We usually share entrees and split the main. (There is a small split charge). The crab cake appetizer is really excellent. Two modest size cakes with more crab than I usually find in large cakes elsewhere. Very good and highly recommended. But beware! They sit in a lemon-butter wine sauce that is an absolute killer. You will want to order a bowlful!

The menu rotates fairly frequently. We had the flounder (split) served pan fried with purée carrots and broccolini. The fish was perfect. Thicker than I usually see flounder, cooked so the fish stayed moist even though the skin was crisp. Just excellent.

ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Music was too loud. Hard to hear.

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class all the way!

a
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience Tom and his staff are first rate

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around! Scallops were fantastic!

AM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went before a show and the waiter was very attentive to make sure we got out in plenty of time! Bistro218 is a wonderful meeting spot and celebration spot that has delicious food and a great staff!

JC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everybody’s meal was top notch. Service was spectacular. All suggestions were helpful and spot on. Loved the food and the scene.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chanterelles and peach galette were sublime.

k
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Mahi Mahi on the bar menu was a delish fish! Cocktails are always tasty.

BV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town in all regards. If you been there only once, they know you the next time and make you feel welcome. Great experience always!

SH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, in my top 10 places ever. Service was excellent. Noise is a problem as I have some hearing loss, and would be the only thing that one could improve.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Service!

JC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner as usual. Wonderful service and outstanding food all around. A favorite restaurant for sure!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful celebration for my birthday. From the rose to the happy birthday sign, the celebratory complimentary glass of wine and the personal face to face with the chef - the evening was perfect. And that’s not even speaking to the amazing meal! It was a beautiful dining experience!

CH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for lunch at 1PM, had a reservation, so I was seated immediately. Since I have already reviewed the menu online, I was able to order right away. I have the Chicken Palliard with Vegetable Risotto, and it was absolutely delicious! And service was FAST! I was still getting adjusted in my seat and unwrapping the flatware when my food was brought to the table.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. We are on the coast all the time so we get a lot of good seafood. The gumbo rates up the with the best. Caution it has a little kick to it. Our main course was excellent. We will be back.

TC
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent! Service was a little slow with only 2/3 waiters in main dining room but overall great time had by all !

TS
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I need to eat here more often.

OT
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Bistro218
The friendly atmosphere and staff as well as delicious food are the hallmarks I look for in dining out
Thank you for another memorable evening

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place that never disappoints.

m
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just so easy to forget bistro 218 because it’s downtown. But it’s both easy to get to and Park. Because it’s downtown, sometimes we forget. Great to be there. We really like this restaurant. The food is excellent. Looking forward to its second venture.

a
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

WA
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome and the service was exceptional. Lucas did a great job !

DH
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of our favorite restaurants in Birmingham… And that’s saying a lot with as many outstanding choices we have in the Magic City!

L
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional!!!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful as always!

OT
Birmingham
78 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great overall experience. No one rushed us. John did an exceptional job waiting on our table and all the varied dishes were top notch.

b
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and outstanding food!

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was excellent. The charred octopus was a real standout. The staff were terrific.
The place is a bit pricey especially the drinks. However the value overall is worth it.

C
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Crab cakes and salad were delicious. Service was very good. And plenty of privacy for business discussion. Very happy with this meal.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful! Food delicious and good portions. We will be coming back.

CG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amy provided superlative service! Too many positives to list them all. In summary everything was perfect, except the temperature was too warm and the music was too loud. Two easy fixes to achieve perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, let me say that this was literally the best overall experience that I have ever had!!! I was planning a date for my longtime girlfriend, and was told by friends that Bistro-218 is one of the best in Birmingham.

After arriving we were greeted with so many smiling faces and immediately I knew that this was going to be a great evening. The hostess very nice and respectfully. John was our server and he was phenomenal, he created a wonderful atmosphere for me and girlfriend. Made great recommendations for wine and food (Which was really amazing by the way!)

This was our first experience with you all and you guys nail it!! We can’t wait to come back and dine with you all!!!

Thank you so much

MP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food! Always a great experience! The staff is top notch.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Tom always does a great job. We went to Bistro for dinner to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.
Food was excellent, the staff was extremely attentive, and everything went very smoothly. We sat on the bar-side. The music selection in the bar was great as well.
Definitely coming back again soon

F
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. The food was excellent. Service was knowledgeable and efficient, and a particularly nice touch was when the chef came out to our table.

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