Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
897 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.
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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place that never disappoints.

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m
New York Area
36 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.

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

Always a great experience

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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 !

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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!

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

Always exceptional!!!

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

It was wonderful as always!

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

Delicious as always

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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.

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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.

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

Always great service and outstanding food!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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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SP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a great environment! The six of us arrived a little early for my wife’s birthday dinner and sampled some of the specialty cocktails like the Lemon Russo and the French Martini. Delicious - and then on to the appetizers, grilled octopus and pork belly, which were interesting and different as well. The entree from Duck to crab cakes to grilled halibut were well prepared and just the right size. Everybody enjoyed their meal and all complimented the chef. It was an excellent dinner from the get go, from the service to the ambiance to the food. It was all perfect. Thank you Bistro 218 for a great evening.

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E
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazingly delicious food - I had the seafood stew and it was heaven. the service is outstanding and the atmosphere perfect for conversations and personal space.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will go back

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CF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A good friend who's opinion about food I greatly value recommended Bistro 218 to me as my next "must try" venue. It did not disappoint in the least! I loved everything about the restaurant from the atmosphere to the menu. I can't wait to go back and try other items- there were so many good choices!

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y
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved this restaurant. We ordered the octopus for starters. It was the perfect texture and the accompanying sauces and chorizo and sauce were perfectly seasoned. They made the dish well balanced! We had a beet salad for our second course. It was bright and earthy and delicious- nothing overly special- just really good! Then I had the scallops and my husband had the beef They were phenomenal! The smells alone were dynamic! We had several glasses of wine and lived our time , the staff And the food we decided to stay for an after dinner drink and dessert. The dessert plate we ordered was a little of everything. It was outstanding. The toffee, the chocolate mousse creamy and thick, the vanilla cream and raspberries. I could go on and on! What a very good meal! I will definitely be returning!!

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BV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro 218 NEVER disappoints! Beautiful restaurant, great staff, delicious food and all the special touches can be expected every time I visit. Always consistent and I never leave without feeling it was a fantastic experience.

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DL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What more can you add about this gastronomic great other than Tom Saab and his staff continue to achieve a level of excellence far beyond so many contemporaries in the restaurant business.

Every detail is meticulously polished and never fails to leave one completely satisfied from start to finish.

What a true gem for Birmingham that a place like this exists !!

Always a favorite with us and look forward to our next visit!!

D. Lowe

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GV
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner and my waiter was great! Will definitely be back

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IT
Birmingham
64 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere, drinks, food... Everything was 5 star. I'm not sure why this is the first time that we have eaten here, but it will not be my last. Wife and I spent our 32nd anniversary and was probably one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at,,,, ever!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service...very patient and helpful in choosing what to get.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beef Wellington was great, and worth every cent. I got the gumbo as well and though I’m a big eater, those two are a little too much food for one person. I’d definitely skip the gumbo and split just one appetizer if getting the Beef Wellington. The gumbo was a large bowl but Average and at $14 = not a great value.

Drinks were good but a little on the pricey side. Should knock those down a few bucks.

Chef and staff are fantastic and the bar area next to it is awesome. I will return.

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EK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We think the chef has upped his game. Just wonderful. We also found our waiter to be most amiable and efficient.
We will return.

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to impress me! Once again a beautiful evening with great food and friends. They were so accommodating from adjusting our reservation number to tweaking the sound system so us older people could hear better. Best 3 hours ever! Thanks so much. And did I mention the food was perfect? The only difficulty is getting your neighbor to share! Ashley

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak frites was excellent. Highly recommend.

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DD
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such amazing food. The service and attention to detail were outstanding!

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l
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second time to dine at Bistro Two Eighteen and the food was fabulous each time. We have already recommended this restaurant to others and it is in our restaurant rotation list.

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CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a fabulous meal in a casual atmosphere with great service. I have recommended it to several friends. A truly hidden gem.

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

Food was excellent!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. We will be back again soon. Best gumbo I have ever eaten!

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AL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for dinner before a play!

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