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Bistro Two Eighteen, Birmingham, AL
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Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
4.8
1984 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

9:30 PM


Booked 23 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
  • Dinner with Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kimiji

    $135.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 7, 2023 only
    Introducing, our first featured wine maker of the year at Bistro 218! Emmanuel Kimiji is a very well known figure in the wine world and is no stranger to Alabama. Emmanuel owns vineyards in California and Spain and makes some of the most quality-driven wines on the market. Not only does he craft some of the finest beverages on the market, he is a well-known Master Sommelier. We will be serving a five course dinner, each course carefully paired with his wines.

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What 1,984 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 Service

  • 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

  • Birmingham

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  1. TR

    TRfromTtown

    Atlanta

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  4. LR

    LaurenR

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    PercyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    DouglasJ

    Birmingham

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Francisco

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Great wine lis. Atmosphere was also great. This is my new fav spot.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. BD

    BirmDiner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great date with
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. J

    Jody

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great experience.
  30. CB

    CajunBabe

    New Orleans

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary and had a romantic dinner! I definitely recommend for a special date night, service and food is A+
  31. C

    Chicca

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Food and service were excellent. Great service.
  32. JJ

    JohnJ

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined at Bistro 218 on New Year's Eve. The restaurant offered a 'special' NYE menu. The appetizer choices were limited, but were very tasty. The baby grilled artichokes were delicious, and the shrimp cocktail featured large plump shrimp that were perfectly cooked and an excellent cocktail sauce. I was a little disappointed that something a little more complex than shrimp cocktail was not offered. For our second course, we had the Lobster bisque which was outstanding and full of large chunks of lobster. For the third course, I had the Rack of Lamb and my dinner partner had the Duck Confit. Both were excellent. We washed it down with a very nice bottle of Chateauneuf -du-Pape. The deserts were also very good, but not so outstanding that I can remember the names. Overall, a five star experience with great service and outstanding food. However, I do think that the prix fixe of $125.00 per plate excluding drinks, plus a mandatory pre-paid gratuity of $50.00 felt a little overpriced. I have dined at this restaurant before and the food and service always has been outstanding. Maybe one of my favorite places in town at this time, but for comparable meals, I would not have paid more than $100.00 per person. Maybe this is just the premium paid for the special occasion. Maybe I would have felt differently if the appetizers had been a little more spectacular.
  33. SP

    SamanthaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time, our main course came out while we were still eating our salad course, and our dessert never arrived despite the fact that we paid for a prefix menu for New Year's Eve.
  34. JS

    JenniferS

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our New Years Eve Prie Fixe!
  35. CS

    CameronS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolutely spectacular dinner. From the time you enter the door to walking out expect a top notch experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Bistro Two Eighteen! The location has a large bar area to experience before one is seated. The bartenders are very attentive and there are many unique cocktail offerings. We were seated on time. Seating is comfortable and the music is refreshing as the restaurant takes one back in time. Noise level is perfect allowing conversation with music in the background. Food selections are excellent. We enjoyed the octopus and salad to start followed by the duck and the Louisiana redfish. Flavors were outstanding! There is a nice selection of wines to pair. Finally the staff makes a difference. They know the meals and provide sound responses to questions. This is an excellent option for dinner downtown! Thank you staff for a relaxing evening!
  37. DE

    DavE

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent drinks, food, and atmosphere. Great for special occasions and date night.
  38. LP

    LaurenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 218 did not disappoint! The food was excellent and the service was amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience! We will definitely be back! The Bistro cocktail was delicious!
  39. CA

    CynthiaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Would recommend- a lovely place to enjoy dinner.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!!!

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 1984 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 23 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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