Bistro Two Eighteen

4.9
1290 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1290 people are saying
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vipKeithL
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gumbo delicious. Oysters Rockefeller delicious but only 4 oysters at a price that should have been for 6. Fried green tomatoes not cooked well and breading too thick. Blackened redfish delicious.

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TreyJ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, great for date night or special occasion if you want to try some quality food you would be able to get from your typical chain or casual restaurant.

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JeffP
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We broke out COVID fast here after our vaccinations. We have missed eating here SO MUCH. It was all we remember and we are very happy to be able to return!!!

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vipBobR
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Charred Octopus with Chorizo for flavor, Beet Salad, tender and moist Duck Confit, one of the best Steak and Shrimp dishes in Birmingham. It was our 51st Anniversary and the evening was wonderful. Service and ambiance was terrific. This restaurant should not be missed in Birmingham!!

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vipbigd
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, John was very attentive. The food was delicious and we love the atmosphere. The drinks were great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When the restaurant was full the five of us couldn’t have a single conversation because of the noise. As the restaurant cleared it got better.

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SylvsMom
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service went above and beyond. Our food was so fabulous! Great bar and separate dining available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Flounder delicious

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Foodaholic
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was great

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Hoon
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork belly appetizer was outstanding, we got the Duck and Gumbo. Both were very good. The Duck was amazing ! Great service too ! We walked from out hotel so that was nice.

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vipCarolyn
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always fun to go to Bistro Two Eighteen! The food is excellent as well as the atmosphere! It's a popular spot in Birmingham!

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HelenP
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for our 30th wedding anniversary. Everyone was so welcoming and nice. There was a lovely note on our table, and we were sent a complimentary bottle of Prosecco by the manager. The food was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

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vipEdwinaR
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

H O T - Bistro 218 is smoking hot. It is elegant and fun. Perfect for any occasion. We closed the place and the staff were so kind. The food is always fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at Bistro two eighteen is always pleasant’

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Cayb
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is one of our favorite places to eat. The atmosphere is wonderful, the food is awesome and the service is impeccable.

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vipBhmDiner
Birmingham
30 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Bistro 218. We have been coming since since opening month amd we have never been disappointed. The menu is excellent and the staff is incredibly trained on what is coming out of the kitchen. Solid wine list with unique cocktails as well as the standards. Highly recommend!

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TrinikaR
Mobile
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome . We truly enjoyed the experience.

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AugustineS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in a nice setting. Included a valet parking, we really enjoyed our visit

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vipJohnG
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was dinner at the bar with wine to match it and positive interchange with bartender!

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Brenda
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and the service was outstanding!
Wonderful!

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TynetteL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was excellent and drinks were very creative.

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vipbigd
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband had a Negroni and I had the bistro to drink. Both drinks were great. We had the pork belly and the gumbo. Both dishes were excellent. The gumbo is very filling. We split a chicken dish that was also good. Overall a great dinner. This is one of our favorite places in Birmingham because it is always consistent.

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NamrataG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, white table cloth, classy cutlery. We enjoyed the food and the service. The pork belly appetizer was my favorite...great for date night, special occasion with family and friends.

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vipkassam
Birmingham
32 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Appetizer and salad was excellent. Main dish was fair. Took a long time to get main dishes to table.

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vipTripledoc
New England
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat at the bar, if you’re a twosome. Matt and staff are a delight!

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vipJohnW
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! One of the top 5 restaurants in Birmingham.
The staff is pleasant and Tom Sabb on top of his game.
Creative menu.

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matthewe
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always great. Smoky old fashioned is a must!

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CarrieS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We love sitting at the bar! They take care of us

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best girls night out this weekend! The food and drinks were amazing. Service was great! We will be sure to return soon.

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vipBill
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a romantic dinner for two - anniversary, birthday, or just for the heck of it. Fabulous ambience, food, and service.

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vipLenB
Birmingham
32 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Avocado toast was excellent with cheeses that were different and delicious. Entrees were also excellent though a bit skimpy.

JB
vipJackB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love the food but portions are a little small.

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vipTravelbug1964
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro 218 is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is fabulous and the ambiance inviting.

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vipDrDan
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our Server, Kim, was amazing! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was outstanding.

JB
JoeyB
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. They had a real personal touch for my wife’s birthday. Never felt rushed. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, the food was amazing I had the duck and my girlfriend had the chicken and corn meal grits. Whiskey ice cream and chocolate moose for desert. The martini was low on alcohol but very tasty!

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BarbaraM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt, the bartender was excellent. John, our server was also wonderful. The food was the best! We had a very special, fun evening.

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SwissM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu is exceptional! Everything we had was very delightful

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and waitstaff so attentive.

FAQs

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 1290 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.