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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Alabama

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Alabama? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Elevation Bistro restaurant
5.0
5 (376)
$31 to $50
American
Fort Payne
About the restaurant
Elevation Bistro is an intimate and inviting restaurant located in the heart of Mentone, Alabama. We proudly offer menus of locally and regionally sourced ingredients in a cozy and rustic mountain town atop beautiful Lookout Mountain. Reservations are not required but highly recommended.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Fantastic all the way around. Food was delicious. Ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening. The service was a 5+! Went in to it with no expectations. My husband and are foodies and love to try new places. Could not have picked a better restaurant not just in Mentone but in the southeast. A hidden jewel.
A photo of Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar - 5 Points restaurant
4.9
4.9 (183)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian
Birmingham
About the restaurant
With an ingredient-driven focus, global accents and nuances, the menu is a commitment to simplicity and purity of flavor, a philosophy our new ownership firmly believes in. The menu is an expression of the finest available meats and vegetables, nearly all of which we procure fresh. Drawing inspiration from each corner of the Indian subcontinent, from northern plains to southern coast, we offer a diverse and dynamic experience for our guests.

In addition to traditional Indian favorites such as tikka masalas and biriyanis, Bay Leaf Modern Cuisine & Bar offers modern tantalizing twist on Indian delicacies. Unique additions to the menu such as a perfectly grilled sumptuous desi burger, succulent tangy kababs, completely re-imagined and modernized appetizer selection, complete with signature dishes such as raspberry paneer tikka and tamarind glazed short ribs will leave you craving for more !
Top review
KenMvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Went for lunch and had driven in from Atlanta for a different reason. Made a reservation for noon but forgot about time change, so was pretty quiet. We both decided to have the buffet. Tandoori chicken and shrimp were both tasty, though prepared a little differently than I had seen. One of the chicken dishes was tasty as well. On the negative side, naan was cold (they brought out fresh when I asked) and one of the dishes was very sour. Overall, pretty good value and food was decent. Bathroom must be shared with other tenants, not a pleasant experience.
A photo of Galley and Garden restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1624)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Celebrated as the "Most Romantic Restaurant in Alabama", Galley and Garden features the finest locally sourced ingredients crafted into a creative and fresh menu. This beloved neighborhood gem is also recognized as Wine Enthusiast magazine's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America and has garnered Wine Spectator's Best Award of Excellence. Artfully presented dishes, impeccable service, and the perfect address are signature to Galley and Garden, making it the perfect venue to celebrate any momentous occasion.
Top review
LoriLvip
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing food, fabulous service (Selina), and as usual was able to have great conversation with a visiting friend because it’s a quiet place. Recommend.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Birmingham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (359)
$30 and under
Sushi
Vestavia Hills
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and service and prices during happy hour was perfect. Happy hour daily!!
A photo of Daniel George Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1419)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
We hope you will join us at Daniel George restaurant. Located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village, we offer a casual yet elegant dining experience. Our menu includes fresh seafood and local produce. "Farm to Fork" is a philosophy we believe in and strive to pursue on a daily basis.
Top review
PsychGuy
Dined 5 days ago
Great overall experience. I especially enjoyed how quiet the restaurant was. A good place if you want to have conversation.
A photo of Dread River Distilling Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (167)
$31 to $50
Distillery
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Dread River spirits are created for those inspired by the journey. We take great pride in crafting each spirit we pour. Currently distilling are small batches of Bourbon, Whiskey, Rye, Vodka, Gin, Rum & Agave Spirit.

Our Tasting Room Bar area features our one of a kind craft cocktails, engineered to enhance every unique feature our spirits have to offer. Our Tasting Room is a combination of Bold and Elegant, & provides the perfect vibe for you to enjoy the fruits of our labor by pairing the perfect cocktail & your favorite food menu item. The menu features a perfect mix of selections to meet any occasion. Come check out our beautiful Veranda space.
It is dog-friendly and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Join us on Saturdays from 12 - 4 pm with our Day Drinker Menu or Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 pm.

We invite you to come and be inspired by the journey as you take part in our Dread River experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
We enjoyed our experience at Dread River. Beautiful atmosphere, very nice server and the food was good. Drinks were unique and good but small and overpriced. Also, when you book a reservation know that a standard table is basically a coffee table below knee level and it’s very hard to enjoy a full meal eating at this type of table.
A photo of Bistro V restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1922)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
New American in Alabama. We are currently operating at 50% capacity. Thank you for your patience and patronage.
Top review
D111
Dined 1 day ago
Our party of 6 were seated immediately and Lance, our waiter promptly took our drink and appetizer orders, explaining the entree specials to us with a smile. Thank you for a lovely evening!
A photo of Char - Huntsville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2968)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Huntsville
About the restaurant
Char is a Southern-style modern steakhouse offering USDA Prime and Choice cuts of meat, fresh seafood, home-style sides to share, weekday lunch specials, classic cocktails and an extensive wine and bourbon selection. Reservations are accepted via OpenTable for parties of six or less. For larger groups, please call the restaurant directly at 256.384.4465.
Top review
ThomasCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Always a joy to visit Char. The crabcakes and pork rinds are out of this world. Who would've thought pork rinds would be talked about. The steaks are always the best and cooked perfectly. The bar also never disappoints with their selection of good wines and interesting drinks.
A photo of Connors Steak & Seafood - Huntsville restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6755)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Huntsville
About the restaurant
Connors Steak & Seafood specializes in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in our well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Our friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything is always perfect and worth every penny!
A photo of Amore restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1802)
$31 to $50
Italian
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Amore Ristorante Italiano, has been a traditional family owned and operated business since 2005. We are first generation Americans who have inherited the great cultures of the old world; who have actually lived and breathed the culture of the people we represent, in the translation of the food, wine, and spirit we serve you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food and service! Highly recommend. Only negative was a placed a special occasion on the reservation and the restaurant never recognized it.
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