Bistro Two Eighteen

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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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JW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great meals and exceptionally helpful and attentive staff. The crew here always creates a terrific, comfortable atmosphere. A guest from out of town joined us this week and needed a vegan option. The waiter and chef went above and beyond with a clever variation on a menu item that our friend raved about. Can’t say enough good things about the menu and the team here.

JW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found out about Bistro 218 two or three years ago. After one visit, it became my wife's and my favorite restaurant. Consistently excellent food whether seafood or beef. Best gumbo I've ever had. Sazerac cocktail to die for. Service always spot on. Cannot go wrong with Bistro 218.

S
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always well done. Service by Shawn was Great. Meal was superb. They turned the background music off when I asked. Acoustic in these old buildings and a crowd -don’t need extra noise. My favorite place!!!

JK
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service but loud

MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food was amazing best duck I've ever had.

IH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for a work dinner. Everything we ordered was fantastic. I would highly recommend the gumbo and crab cakes. I had the shrimp risotto for me entree. Our server was excellent. Valet parking is helpful since it’s downtown. I would go back again.

NM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner at Bistro Two Eighteen was excellent. Will definitely go back.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very good dinner, I was surprised. Food with flavour.

CK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This dinner was a treat. Our server, Sean, was outstanding and did everything to make the night perfect. The food recommendations were perfect and were clearly made with intention. Amazing experience!

CH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C'était parfait! I love this place. The food is always divine. The atmosphere is always great. The staff are friendly. I absolutely recommend this place to anyone. Also, as always, I had the Chicken Paillard, the Pommes Frites, and for dessert, I had a spiced apple cake with a nutmeg ice cream. My cocktail of choice for the evening was a Kir Royale.

B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here every trip to Birmingham and plan our stay around at least one dinner at this property. The food and service are first rate and the attention to detail makes the experience special. Do not miss this one!

AL
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Drinks; food; server- all fantastic!

T
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem in downtown Birmingham! We went there at the recommendation of a local patron for a business dinner, and none of us were disappointed. From the appetizers to dessert, everything was awesome -- including the service.

A
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gumbo and crab cakes were delish! I highly recommend this hidden gem for lunch and dinner!

M
Birmingham
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good as usual. Will always go back.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect setting for my Mom’s 75th birthday dinner

NN
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Birmingham.
The chef always comes out and thanks us for
Coming back. Food is delicious and we like that they let us bring our own bottle of wine for a
Corkage fee. Great service and food.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome experience. Great food and great ambiance. We have never had a bad meal.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Date night with daughter.
Fun time.
We both had good food and we shared :)

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all-time favorite restaurants. I had noted when I made the open table reservation that it was a birthday and they had a lovely sign on the table wishing a happy birthday. What a nice touch

HG
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great energy and ambiance with attentive wine service. Don't miss the scallop and duck confit main course options.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef -Classic!
Drinks - Delicious!
Food - Fantastic!!!
Staff - Superb!!

Truly a delightful evening with warm spirits all around; highly recommended 👨🏼‍🍳

k
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with wonderful crab cakes. Scallops were amazing. Steak Fritz was delish as I sampled from my husbands meal. Cocktails were tasty and enjoyable. We sat in the bar area which was busy and the noise level allows you to have a conversation with out yelling.

RM
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro 218 never disappoints! The dining room is perfect with extremely tall ceilings, exposed brick and well appointed dining tables. The service was spot on and the meal was perfectly timed. The menu is nicely varied and I’ve never been disappointed in my many meals there. If you are looking for a fine dining experience in a historic setting in a space that you can still carry on a conversation this restaurant is a top choice in a city with sone great options.

CH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to dine! The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. The food is always five star (if it were my decision, I'd give them a Michelin star, but alas . . .). The atmosphere is pleasant and reminiscent of a Parisian cafe along the Seine. I will continue to visit Bistro Two Eighteen for as long as I am able.

c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Waiter was attentive, friendly, informative, and fun. A great downtown restaurant.

b
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

As usual - fabulous service, delicious food and a memorable experience!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Halibut was the most delicious fish I ever ate! Wonderful dinner start to finish.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Great food

OT
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always do such a great job. Regular anniversary stop. The food is great and they take great care of us.

n
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was on a business trip from Atlanta and like to eat at local restaurant. I sat at the bar, the bartender was very informative about the wines and food. I chose Austin Hope cab which is an awesome wine. I had the Halibut which was the best Halibut I ever had, it was cooked perfectly and full of flavor. I also had a delicious salad. This place did not disappoint. This place was amazing. Will be back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fantastic food and great people.

OT
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends and family who have never been before. Two are executive chefs for Nestle USA. They loved it! Thank you!

f
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While my cioppino was very good, my wife's risotto was unremarkable.

SK
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous!

H
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took along friends from Nashville who dine out often. They were very impressed. We had requested seats in the bar section which allows you to order off regular and bar menus! I often choose the bar menu with smaller portions and my fish over cheese grits was outstanding. Our drinks made by Tim were excellent as always! Chef stopped by our table which we enjoyed. Highly recommend!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food. Service was superb! Great to have Tom come by the table for a visit.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was going to an event at the remodeled Lyric Theatre and wanted a good nice in a warm environment nearby. Bistro Two Eighteen fit the bill perfectly. The meal was wonderful, well-prepared and well-presented. The service was excellent. We knew we would be on a tight schedule and so I made comment when I made the reservation about when we needed to finish our meal. I didn't mention this when we arrived but planned to do it if I saw time getting tight. When we lingered over the main course, enjoying each bite, our server said he had read the comment I made and so he said, I'll go ahead and put in the desert order so there will be little delay. As it turned out, his action made the timing work out perfect.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we sat upstairs, which I will always ask for now, great service.

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