Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
833 reviews
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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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GH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were absolutely outstanding. The pork belly appetizer, West Indies salad, and file gumbo were all excellent. The scallops were out of this world. The rabbit was good, but I would order something else next time. Our wines and desserts were also fabulous. Finally, the wines and desserts were awesome. We'll definitely be back!

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DM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation at Bistro 218 to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. We were greeted and seated on time. The chef came out to welcome us and we were told we were at the best table in the house. The sever was very nice, and the food was EXCELLENT. My wife and I both ordered the BEEF WELLINGTONS and it was delicious. A starter of a seafood trio and a couple of cocktails came first. Delicious as well. We ordered a dessert of an apple spice cake that came with homemade cinnamon ice cream. SUPER GOOD! Coffee afterwards and we on our way to enjoy the rest of our evening. So, I say dress up-casual and go to Bistro 218. You will love it!

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R
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place to enjoy very good food, Totally recommended!

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AG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth time dining at Bistro Two Eighteen. Everything at Bistro Two Eighteen was perfect for my birthday dinner. They had a special table and birthday wish waiting at the table when we arrived. They were prepared to meet my food allergy restrictions without compromising on the taste; all of our dishes were amazing. Per usual, the service and timing of dishes was impeccable. Looking forward to returning again.

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LW
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots. The food and service this time was fair but not the normal spectacular experience we had in the past. We will be back. My guess is that they may have been understaffed that night.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the and service was unmatched!

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DT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was probably the best service experience we have had in Birmingham. Food was excellent but the entire staff really goes out of their way to make you feel like a welcome and important guest. Top notch service and food and we will definitely go back many more times.

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L
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good , but portions small and still left hungry. Had beet salad and beef medallion with three regular shrimp. Really nothing unique , and my wife had 1/2 snapper . It was like tapas with full size pricing. It’s good , but It’s not one of my recommended restaurants .

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EH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is excellent. We had a late reservation so had a little wait as the people ahead of us lingered. The staff was very friendly. We ate upstairs which was pleasantly quieter so we could converse more easily. My mussels were absolutely delicious although not very numerous, and the wedge salad was also very tasty.

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NB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to 218. Awesome place, and excellent food. A must go!

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HW
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite hidden gems in town! Get the bone marrow, you're welcome!

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AS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite. I ordered the rabbit and It may have been my favorite dish in Birmingham so far! Waiter was extremely knowledgeable of the dishes and was a big help. Ambiance was very romantic for our anniversary. My compliments to the chef and the whole staff for a lovely evening.

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S
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Never disappoints!

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OT
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as always.

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EV
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a great atmosphere. The gumbo was very good, but I was very disappointed in the wilted spinach. Apparently, the chef forgot to wash it; therefore, it was gritty. Needless to say, it made me self-conscious about the remaining vegetables.

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AP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Expensive!

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NB
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food. Will go back often.

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AH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good and we enjoyed the service and ambiance

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MM
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

John was great! Food excellent.

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OT
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening! We celebrated with friends and could not have asked for a better evening. Relaxed - not rushed. Food was delicious - all 3 courses!

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CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted like we were royalty. The service and food were wonderful. Great place to eat
before a show.

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t
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Bistro 218 with a big group before going to the theatre. This time it was just the two of us so we decided to try new dishes since we have more time. The Chef Tom came over since he had seen us often and chatted. Since we had tried most of the main dishes, he suggested the prime burger. OMGosh it was excellent !! Highly recommend it when you want excellent comfort food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! We had a show to go to and all the staff were aware and made sure we were on time but not rushed with our dinner. Excellent food and very helpful with wine and food choices. Highly recommend.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We were placed at a table very close to the kitchen - we heard everything going on in there - lots of plates banging - a distraction that was not needed

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SQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are New Yorkers with high bar for restaurants! Over the last two year, we have dined a number of times at Bistro Two Eighteen with our local and out of town friends. Our experience has been consistently outstanding and totally satisfying in every way! Bistro Two Eighteen stands out among the top restaurants in Birmingham. We hope to enjoy it for years to come.

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JB
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A neat atmosphere in an old, downtown storefront. The lighting is set low but not so low that you can’t read the wine list and the menu. No loud background music and the noise level was good. Not formal but everyone in dressy casual and no “loud talkers”.

The wine list is pretty big and a lot of wines by the glass. We weren’t familiar with any of the wines by the glass and the waiter offered us a taste before we ordered. My snapper was perfect and my wife’s soft shell crab was outstanding. She especially appreciated the chef changing the sauce and vegetables that was listed on the menu.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Service uneven and long wait between apps and entree.. no explanation of same. Was not terribly busy so don’t know why..

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CS
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and experience are always superior. Bistro has a number of mainstays on its menu that are always outstanding (gumbo, risotto, fish and beef entrees) as well as seasonal changes. Great place.

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CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! The restaurant is beautiful with great music.

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LW
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful - shrimp, beef, rabbit and crab cakes. Good wine and cocktail.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband and family for his birthday celebration. Everyone loved their food and our server was amazing! They also served a very difficult wine to find these days that we love!! Will be back!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. The service was excellent as well as the food.

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JG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great cocktails, very well prepared and presented food. Fresh extremely well prepared soft shell crab Saturday - Excellent!!

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CW
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was top notch. We will definitely be back

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JG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was one of the best we have ever had in Birmingham. Atmosphere is outstanding. No cramped feel to the restaurant and the the servers were very pleasant and very familiar with menu.

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OT
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mitchell was an attentive and informative server, and Chef Tom Saab again delighted our palates with his creativity.

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TG
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food
Great atmosphere
Service could have been a little more personal
Rather loud for not being crowdedness

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TT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Good menu that is well executed. Dessert menu is awesome.

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N
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food great ambience chef Che is awesome

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c
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time It’s so consitent. This time we had first timers join us and they too were very pleased. A great dining environment and the food is always so fresh and delicious.

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