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Bistro Two Eighteen, Birmingham, AL

Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
4.8
1995 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 983-7999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tom Saab

  • Private party contact

    Tom Saab: (205) 983-7999

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave. N.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentines Day

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for a special menu on Valentines Day 2023. Menus and details on our website. bistro218.com

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What 1,995 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Alabama

    Best Overall

  • Alabama

    Best Food

  • Alabama

    Best Ambiance

  • Alabama

    Best Value

  • Alabama

    Great for fine wines

  • Alabama

    Romantic

  • Birmingham

    Best Overall

  • Birmingham

    Best Food

  • Birmingham

    Best Service

  • Birmingham

    Best Ambiance

  • Birmingham

    Best Value

  • Birmingham

    Innovative

  • Birmingham

    Hot spot

  • Birmingham

    Great for fine wines

  • Birmingham

    Romantic

  • Birmingham

    Good for special occasions

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  1. BT

    BigTasty

    Atlanta

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    For the price, the portions were small. Good food but small portions made it seem unreasonable.
  2. M

    Moya

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beautiful setting, gracious service - always my top choice for special occasions. 218 was busy and full but we were able to talk and hear each other without effort. Nice new little lamps on the table. The fish or duck are my favorites, the 4 item chocolate dessert plate is bliss.
  3. JE

    JonathanE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were both excellent. Cocktails were a little pricey but used top shelf ingredients and are very much worth it. My wife and I had one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had here and will definitely be back for special occasions.
  4. J

    Jeremiah

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. Me and my wife throughly enjoyed our dinner here and have found a new favorite place for date night.
  5. RS

    RoadScholar

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal! We had 4 courses and each was delicious, as was the wine selection. The Branzino was a real highlight. The entire staff was very attentive without hovering. Great ambience and we look forward to a next visit.
  6. EW

    EmilyW

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gumbo was fabulous! Wine selection was great. We will be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Uneven service experience at best. When we arrived on time for our reservation, we were directed to the bar to wait for our table which was not ready. After waiting a few minutes at the empty bar without being acknowledged, the bartender abruptly took our order. The drinks were slapped down in front of us without so much as eye contact from the bartender, much less any “hello” or description of the drink. When we were seated, the wine menu was placed and left directly on top of my appetizer plate. During dinner our server Lucas was friendly, attentive and the best part of the service. When we ordered wine, the sommelier came and poured it without greeting us or offering any explanation of the wine or any tasting notes, etc. (Why have a sommelier if this is what you’re doing?) Dinner itself was good on the whole. After a forgettable mussels app where the mussels were mostly gritty and the fries left to soak in butter, I had a beet salad that, while standard, was well-executed. For dinner we had a pork chop, which was excellent, yet accompanied by an overcooked blue corn grit cake and some cauliflower that was ok. We also had a redfish dish. The fish was cooked properly, yet bland. The accompanying grits were very good. Dessert was a good almond butter cake that was a touch dry. As we finished our meal (around 9:30 and way past everyone’s weekend bedtime in Birmingham) staff were removing table cloths from the surrounding tables and giving the clear signal that it was time for us (and we weren’t the last to leave) to finish and go. Eating here I understand why Frank Stitt has delayed the reopening of Highlands. (And why Bistro 218 is glad he hasn’t.) It is such a challenge to provide excellent or even very good customer service. You can get a tasty pork chop and a good beet salad at a high price point in lots of places. Top flight service to go with good food is a challenge that Bistro 218 has not figured out.
  8. L

    Lawnboyy

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I had the duck confit and it was excellent. The service was just right. The restaurant was a little on the noisy side. Prices were very high, but expected for fine dining.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived when opened and was able to hear a wonderful selection of music. As guest started to arrive, sound levels decreased ability to hear it. Food was outstanding from tuna tartare to pork belly to kick things off, to the beef Wellington and duck confit to finish the main course. Sommelier was helpful in recommendations. Crème brûlée was fantastic as well. Mixed drinks were spot on! Will definitely be returning.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Perfect for double date night!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    As always, the meal and experience is wonderful. I’m a regular and will continue to be. My only complaint. And it’s minor, is the best salad is very small in proportion. Once you remove/consume the lettuce etc. the remaining amount of beets is very small. And the beets are the primary reason diners are ordering the beet salad. I would encourage more beets per order, particularly for the price of that item. Otherwise a great meal. Thank you.
  12. TR

    TRfromTtown

    Atlanta

    151 reviews

    5.0

    151 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My lady friend and I started our anniversary weekend at Bistro 218 with a wonderful dining experience. Our waiter helped her with a cocktail suggestion which she loved s. She and I split a blackened fish with grits and fried okra…really delicious. And we capped off our meal with a very good crème brûlée!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in B'ham. Hits the sweet spot in 'specialness' between a regular night to dinner and an anniversary-type meal. Basically - always a nice choice!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    My wife and I were incredibly disappointed last evening with our experience at Bistro218. The issue was the service. Our waiter was respectful, courteous…and obviously overworked. I assume this was because staffing shortages, and I do not at all feel negatively about the wait staff. The food was excellent as always. I Will hesitate to return any time soon.
  15. LR

    LaurenR

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely LOVED the bourbon dinner. Won lots of wife points for booking this. Food was incredible. Will definitely go back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful bourbon tasting meal. Everything was excellent.
  17. PC

    PercyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The night was enjoyable with a perfectly cooked steak
  18. DJ

    DouglasJ

    Birmingham

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went before going to an event at the BJCC. Food and service were great and efficient.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Slow service. Dinner was outstanding. Dessert was not very good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service!! Cool atmosphere!
  21. F

    Francisco

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Great wine lis. Atmosphere was also great. This is my new fav spot.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great experience when we go here! The food is amazing as always and great ambiance!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucas was great! Very attentive, friendly, & patient. The food was exquisite as always. Love dining here, everyone is very welcoming & polite.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We decided to pick a new place to celebrated our daughters birthday instead of going to one of our usual places. It was a nice experience for all of us. The food is a little higher priced, drinks are over priced and it was a little louder then what we prefer
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary. We had just gotten engaged at Bistro Two Eighteen a year ago. They gave us a very lovely table and the ambiance was amazing, and the food was to die for. Bistro Two Eighteen is a dining experience, one we will enjoy for years to come!
  26. LW

    LucyW

    Mobile

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love Bistro 218. There are so many restaurants in Birmingham that we love, but this one stands out! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff that treated us like royalty. This is the second meal in as many months. We've also been two times before last year when in town. I had the tuna tartare both times. Fresh and cold both times. So good. My husband's app mussels were so good that I got them as my dinner. Sauce was light but decadent. I got the frites on the side, because I like them crunchy. Wow! We also got two orders of brussels sprouts and the scallops. This recent trip we had the tournedos au poivre. Absolutely divine. Marc recommended a good white burgundy to go with the mussels. Also, had a nice sauterne. We sat in the bar area in a quiet front table. So nice. Beautiful decor and cool atmosphere. Bar is a bit more casual. I would be remiss if I didn't comment on the service. While the food was outstanding, Mark, our server was just wonderful, as were the manager and server last month. My husband's mother was dying in Huntsville, so we've been going back and forth. We were exhausted both times, but this recent visit, she had just died two days before. They couldn't have been more friendly, kind and helpful. We even remembered our anniversary was the next day, and they gave us a nice glass of champagne. Make your reservations now. You will not regret it.
  27. CP

    CathyP

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to sit in bar area and it was definitely noisy. Now we know! Will pick restaurant area going forward. Everything was wonderful
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    First time visiting. Calibrating thru french cuisine .. generally good .. seasoning might need adjustment esp salt
  29. BC

    BrianC

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone who worked there was incredible! The food was delicious! This restaurant is truly a gem and we look forward to returning!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very loud atmosphere. Couldn’t hear the waiter or those at my table. Food was alright, definitely not as flavorful as the reviews made it out to be.
  31. BD

    BirmDiner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date with
  33. LS

    LeeS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Amazing service. Such a wonderful atmosphere. Loved it all.
  34. B

    Bhamnet

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal with friends. The Octopus appetizer is amazing. Best Duck in town. Wonderful food and excellent service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I took our 3 adult sons to dinner and celebrated 2 birthdays. Enjoyed the food very much and the boys really liked the atmosphere.
  36. CP

    CameronP

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience every time. Food and service always good
  37. CC

    CurryC

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a special dinner. Food is outstanding and the customer service is well beyond a wait staff. I would not try to host a large party but 4 or less I feel is the perfect size dinner party for the ambiance. It is pricey but in my opinion well worth an occasional visit.
  38. MA

    MistyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down, best meal I've ever eaten. I look forward to eating there again soon.
  39. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavor, flavor, flavor. I could tell I was in good hands when I noticed the salad was properly seasoned. Blackened Redfish was fresh, lively with smoky collards, yellow Carolina rice, and lightly fried okra. Just so much fun to eat. The Cherry Bomb was incredibly professional, a true pastry chef in the kitchen. Service when and as needed, no more. Dining room comfortable, good sound levels. Eat here
  40. J

    Jody

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bistro Two Eighteen is rated 4.8 stars by 1995 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bistro Two Eighteen

218 20th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave. N.

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom Saab

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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