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Bistro Two Eighteen, Birmingham, AL

Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
4.8
1698 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.

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Booked 24 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Pommes Frites$9.00

    House Cut Fries with Aioli

    • Maryland Style Crab Cakes$19.00

      White Wine Butter Sauce, Pea Shoots

      • House Cured Pork Belly$15.00

        McEwen's Yellow Corn Grits, Farm Egg, Gastrique

        • Fritto Misto$17.00

          Stripe Bass, Redfish, Shrimp and Calamari with Remoulade

          • Charred Spanish Octopus$18.00

            Chorizo, Romesco, Squid ink Aïoli

            Soup and Salad

            • New Orleans Style File Gumbo$15.00

              Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, Crawfish

              • Roasted Beet Salad$13.00

                Parmesan, Arugula, Pecans, Raspberry Balsamic

                • Market Salad$14.00

                  Chèvre, Bacon, Corn, Potato, Haricots, Tomato

                  • Fried Green Tomato Salad$15.00

                    Creamed Corn, Bacon, Cherry Tomato, Frisée

                    Specialties

                    • Wild Gulf Shrimp and Vegetable Risotto$31.00

                      Vegetarian Option Available

                      • Free Range Chicken Paillards$29.00

                        Lemon Butter Caper Sauce, Creamy Risotto

                        • Airline Frenched Chicken Breast$36.00

                          Parsnip Croquette, Haricot Vert, Mushroom Pan Jus

                          • Duck Confit*$37.00

                            Breast Slices, Fingerling Potato, Veal Glace, Haricot Vert

                            • Blackened Louisiana Redfish$34.00

                              McEwen's Yellow Corn Grits, Fried Okra

                              • Pan Seared Gulf Red Snapper Provencal$34.00

                                Fingerling Potato, Haricot Verte, Mignonette

                                • Tournedos au Poivre*$41.00

                                  Pan Seared Tenderloin Medallions, Brandy Cream, Potato Gratin, Chard

                                  • Char Grilled Colorado Lamb$39.00

                                    French Whipped Potato, Swiss Chard, Sauce Bordelaise

                                    • Beef Wellington*$49.00

                                      Pastry Wrapped Filet Mignon, Mushroom Duxelles, Veal Glace

                                      Last updated: April 10, 2022

                                      What 1,698 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. AW

                                        AushanadaW

                                        Birmingham

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was my wife’s birthday and you guys made it really special with the note and dessert! Loved everything from the staff to the amazing food! I’ll be back for sure!

                                      2. A

                                        Admiral

                                        Birmingham

                                        8 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined 2 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Friendly staff, excellent service, and very tasty meal.

                                      3. KJ

                                        KennishaJ

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food was delicious & beautifully plated! The service was absolutely delightful.

                                      4. J

                                        Jeff

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Service was fantastic. The Flounder and Red Snapper were excellent. We will return and enjoy more meals at this restaurant.

                                      5. s

                                        stephaniem

                                        Memphis/West TN

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Beautiful restaurant, fantastic service from Joseph and fantastic food! Thank you for a great experience with my besties 😊

                                      6. YF

                                        YvonneF

                                        Birmingham

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Awesome ambiance and fantastic food!

                                      7. GS

                                        GeraldS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Everything was magnificent, couldn't ask for better service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice elegant evening.

                                      8. AS

                                        ASPierce

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food and service were both excellent, as usual. One of the things we like most is the friendliness of the people working there!

                                      9. SG

                                        SueG

                                        Birmingham

                                        31 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This is my favorite restaurant in Birmingham. The food is amazing. Great wine list. Unbelievable desserts.

                                      10. R

                                        Rick

                                        Atlanta

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Everything was great. The only problem was my wife's Beef Wellington. Her first bite was is a fatty part and she did not finish it. Good thing they have to-go boxes. It was Mother's Day meal so she was disappointed. The rest of the food was great.

                                      11. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        It was amazing! We took my Mother in law and her husband to celebrate Mothers Day. The food was exquisite and the service was exceptional. Would not change anything about the experience. Definitely will be going back to bring friends, occasions and next time will bring our own bottle of wine! One of the only places in Birmingham you can bring in own bottle of wine!

                                      12. D

                                        Davis

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful time my partner and I sat at the bar and had excellent service. Food was very good but lacked a little salt. The charred octopus was fabulous. Will definitely return on my next visit to Birmingham.

                                      13. NM

                                        NycoleM

                                        Atlanta

                                        3 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall3food2service5ambience5

                                        Our family was celebrating Mother’s Day. The service and ambiance were excellent but the food itself was fair. Our reservations were at 5 PM so we opened the restaurant on Saturday. Disappointingly, our entrees were not hot but barely warm. It almost seemed as if portions of the plate were pre-plated and sitting to get ahead of the rush. We almost sent our meals back but didn’t want to make a fuss since it was a celebration.

                                      14. JB

                                        JamieB

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall4food3service4ambience5

                                        Service was pretty good overall. Waiter said he would get us bread, but didn't bring it until we asked after about 20 minutes. I ordered the Tournedos au Poivre to be cooked medium (well), they were brought to the table RAW. Good thing my date liked raw, so we switched plates. I wasn't going to send it back because she insisted on having it and we had already waited over a half hour for the food. I ended up with the Wild Gulf Shrimp and Vegetable Risotto, which was good. For the high price of the meals, I expected them to be cooked to order and bit more timely. The drinks from the bar were perfect at least and our server was good on refills. Probably won't go back because I can't trust the cook for that high of price.

                                      15. NN

                                        NooNoo

                                        Birmingham

                                        24 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        24 reviews

                                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        This is our favorite restaurant in Birmingham. We had the redfish with fried okra and grits. My wife had a salad and I had the gumbo. All were simply amazing. We enjoyed having the wine steward come by the table and help us select the perfect bottle of wine. All in all a tremendous experience. We highly recommend this restaurant

                                      16. R

                                        Reece

                                        Mississippi

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We'd never been to Bistro Two Eighteen but had a really nice time and would definitely go back. Great service, amazing food. Was a nice restaurant but also didn't feel out of place in jeans. The market salad and Beef Wellington were both fantastic.

                                      17. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Raleigh

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Well, the real question is what part of our experience wasn’t excellent? And the answer is nothing. WOW! Our party was 6 total and we sat in bar side. From the moment the nice young lady opened the door for us until we exited, every minute was literally perfect. Service was excellent - our waiter was informed, engaging, had the right tempo for everything, and served us right on time with every part of the meal. The food? OH MY … every bite was a flavorful, perfectly cooked treat. We just can’t say enough good things. We eat out a lot, and at a lot of finer dining establishments, this was our favorite in quite a long time! Just outstanding.

                                      18. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Chicago

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        My husband and I had dinner at Bistro 218 last night. The food was excellent, as always. The blackened redfish was indeed blackened, but not too spicy. Beautiful flakiness. The grits are so creamy they could be a savory dessert! My husband had the beef tournedos. They were slightly undercooked for him (he ordered med rare) but the cut of beef was so good it didn’t bother him. The bartenders make a mean cocktail, the servers and hosts are very professional and friendly, and the playlist was 80s hits. Perfect for us! About the noise level - there were lots of graduations going on and there appeared to be several family groups. When we have been to Bistro before, the noise level was moderate.

                                      19. JM

                                        JeffM

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I took my wife here for her birthday. They left a nice note and my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal.

                                      20. PP

                                        PatrickP

                                        Las Vegas

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Have been before and was once again pleased with the dining experience Some new additions to the menu.

                                      21. BH

                                        BuffyH

                                        Birmingham

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                        Hidden gem! Great food!!

                                      22. SP

                                        SamP

                                        Charleston

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The server and manager were outstanding in resolving an issue with one dish. They could not have done it better.

                                      23. L

                                        Laura

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Bistro 218 went above and beyond to make our anniversary a special night! They had a card waiting on our table and brought us complimentary champagne as soon as sat down. Our server was so attentive and I cannot say enough good things about the food. We had frittes and gumbo as appetizers - both were great. But the blackened red fish was the star of the show! It was incredible.

                                      24. SW

                                        SherlW

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Best meal we have had since we went to Boca! Everything was wonderful

                                      25. JC

                                        JackieC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great place for special occasions like RETIREMENT. Joshua really took care of us and the manager stopped by to check on us. New favorite fine dining restaurant!

                                      26. m

                                        myrar

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 28, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        FABULOUS experience!

                                      27. b

                                        brynashly

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Absolutely an amazing experience and the food was beyond any expectation I could have had. Superb

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall2food3service4ambience1

                                        Too loud in dining room. Girls across from my table could not hear us on the other side.

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love this place.

                                      30. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Ate here on the night we went to the Ballet, my daughter ordered the beef Wellington which was incredible, all the food was very good! They were even so accommodating since we were pressed for time to bring us our desserts before our entrees per our request. They likewise were exquisite!

                                      31. M

                                        Mariah

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The food was absolutely incredible. Atmosphere was calm and comfortable. Perfect date night or just in general nice place for dinner.

                                      32. b

                                        bshayan

                                        Atlanta

                                        21 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        21 reviews

                                        Dined on April 22, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Nice cozy restaurant. Host and service was good. The food was good but both food and wines were pricey.

                                      33. LM

                                        LanoraM

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious food. Warm service. Wonderful music in the beautiful bar.

                                      34. TR

                                        TerryR

                                        Birmingham

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 19, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Inventive menu deliciously executed. Service and overall ambiance was what you would for in casual fine dining. We will definitely return.

                                      35. GW

                                        GregoryW

                                        Birmingham

                                        24 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        24 reviews

                                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Everything was great. My husband had Red Fish and it was very dry. Just would not get that again. We loved pork belly, gumbo, and beef Wellington, Cream Brûlée.

                                      36. CH

                                        CharlesH

                                        San Diego

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall3food5service4ambience1

                                        The staff was pleasant and the food was terrific. The restaurant itself was bad. The floor was extremely old tile, very slick. One could skate around if wearing leather-soled shoes. The acoustics in what seemed like a brick-walled alley were very poor. With tables closely packed in a fairly large space, the noise was unbearably loud. We had to yell at each other when the tables were full. I would avoid this restaurant unless you enjoy a hyperactive, loud dinning experience.

                                      37. LD

                                        LeighanneD

                                        Washington DC

                                        5 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had a fabulous experience tonite. John, our waiter, was outstanding.

                                      38. r

                                        r0binbird44

                                        New Orleans

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fantastic French food! This place rivals the culinary cuisine in my hometown of New Orleans. Whenever I travel back to Birmingham I will certainly come back to this restaurant. The ambiance was perfect, the service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. Bravo!

                                      39. JR

                                        JenRob

                                        Nashville

                                        10 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Fabulous food atmosphere and service! The valets, hosts bartenders wine steward and servers made for an unforgettable evening. Can’t wait to return!

                                      40. JS

                                        JackS

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was delicious, service was great. Highly recommended

                                      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 1698 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                      Booked 24 times today
                                      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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