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Galley and Garden, Birmingham, AL

Galley and Garden

4.7
4.7
1415 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 939-5551

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Lindeen

  • Catering

    If you have a special place in mind, we can bring the Galley and Garden experience to you. Our catering staff will ensure your event is memorable with the food, wine and refined service you expect here at Galley and Garden. To discuss the possibility of your event, please contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Our historic building is a beautifully renovated Southern home, with a collection of rooms providing guests with the perfect space to host private functions. Whether you are looking to have a business meeting, luncheon, party or wedding, we will facilitate all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Teri Stewart: (844) 358-1809

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    11th Court S.

  • Parking details

    Self-parking is available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,415 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Best Ambiance

  • Alabama

    Great for Brunch

  • Alabama

    American

  • Birmingham

    Best Ambiance

  • Birmingham

    Notable Wine List

  • Birmingham

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we've had at a restaurant in a while. Perfect atmosphere. Great way to spend a date night.
  2. D

    Disappointing

    Birmingham

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Despite having "gluten free" items on the menu, the items were fried in gluten-contaminated oil, and the restaurant had a difficult time ensuring menu items would be gluten free. For a restaurant of this purported quality, items listed as "gluten-free" should actually be gluten-free and safe for Celiacs, and the restaurant should be able to accommodate gluten-free diners. With that said, the bartender (Dillan) was great and always provides great bar service. This is a great place for drinks at the bar, but will not be back for food until they can ensure a safe meal.
  3. KT

    KeithT

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff and food were excellent. I am very glad that I chose this restaurant to have my anniversary. They went above and beyond to help make it a very nice evening.
  4. VS

    VickeyS

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asked for a quiet table and was seated in the bar area, not exactly quiet.
  5. T

    Terri

    Tallahassee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent mea! Wine list is extensive. Service fabulous!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose Galley and Garden for a dinner with a friend i hadn’t seen in a while because the food is consistently good and it is quiet enough to have a meaningful conversation! Places like this are difficult to find these days. We sat outside since it was a perfect weather evening and had a wonderful time. Our server was lovely, my pork chop entree was perfection, as was the fried green tomatoes with crab meat appetizer.
  7. IF

    IrishFan

    Birmingham

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn’t tried the Brunch before but after our visit today we highly recommend it. Food was excellent and the service top notch (from valet to the front manager to our actual server).
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful atmosphere.
  9. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant! The food was delicious, but we especially loved the ambiance. It was great for quality time and conversation!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday brunch. The drinks and food were both great, and the price accurately reflected the quality of food and service. It was our first time and we will definitely be back!
  11. M

    Mayi

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lived in Hoover, AL for 15 years and we wanted to celebrate our departure from AL in an exclusive place. We’ve always wanted to come here and it was the perfect occasion. Everything was perfect! We arrived punctual to our reservation and we were seated immediately. The hostess was a delight and dressed to the nines, exactly what you expect from a restaurante of this category. The waiter was really knowledgable of the menu. He cordially answered all our questions about the menu and gave us his opinion. The food arrived timely and IT WAS DELICIOUS! The portion a little big for me for brunch, but my husband enjoyed finishing and trying two different dishes. We have thought about making the two courses, but after reading the desserts we couldn’t resist and we accompanied with an excellent cup of coffee. This is the perfect place for an special day. We regretted eating in this restaurante when leaving AL. We should’ve made this our favorite place.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent meal. Juan was very attentive.
  13. K

    Kenny

    Birmingham

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Galley and Garden are obviously struggling to find quality assistance in the dining room post COVID, like many other restaurants. Our waiter was very nice but knew nothing about the food or wine when questioned. We asked if a specific wine was unoaked - waiter didn't know and had to go ask someone. We asked if the grouper was deep fried - waiter didn't know and had to go ask someone. We asked if we could have some tartar sauce with the grouper that accompanied the oysters - waiter didn't know what tartar sauce was and had to go ask someone. At 7pm the bar was out of blue cheese olives for my second martini. We had to ask for bread and butter. Most of the allocated bourbons listed on the website spirits menu were not available. The food was prepared well but nothing really stood out as an amazing dish. Galley and Garden really needs to step up their game.
  14. HD

    HowardD

    Birmingham

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group had the Oysters, Tomato Turnover, Peach Salad, Grouper, Short Rib and Scallops. Everybody cleaned their plates! Great food as always.
  15. SQ

    SkyQueen74

    Birmingham

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere at this restaurant are absolutely wonderful!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Anniversary
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food. Classy place for a date night or we enjoyed brunch with friends.
  18. TH

    TemeahH

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was fantastic. Only took off a star because: 1. We asked for food to come out slow. As soon as we were done with one course they were bringing another. Felt rushed. 2. When we first arrived noise was perfect. But by the time we left you could barely carry on a conversation it was so loud.
  19. AS

    AllisonS

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch experience! Recommendations from the staff were spot on. Food was great and well paced. The tomato turnover is a must try! Well made mimosas. We hope to be back to try dinner soon!
  20. C

    Chad

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service here are some of the best in town. Highly recommend for a night out with that special person.
  21. VS

    VickySG

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the amount of food received for the price was not what we expected. The filet was very small. The menu said mashed parmesan potatoes and we got other potatoes, the price for a side of brussel sprouts was ridiculous for the small size received. Overall, the food was good (short ribs were very dry) but overpriced.
  22. AP

    APerk

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time at Galley & Garden and it definitely won’t be our last! The food is amazing and the service is impeccable. The staff are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to their menu as well as their wine options. The ambiance is wonderful and it was relatively quiet. The old house is beautiful and the layout of the dining space is easy to navigate and not crowded. There is not a single thing on the menu that isn’t fantastic! We enjoyed a starter, bottle of wine, entrée, dessert, and a cappuccino. Absolutely will go back! Slightly pricey but the ambiance and food are well worth the experience.
  24. G

    kathyG

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a dear friends ends 68th Birthday she herself had been to Garden and Galley several times so her choice. It was amazing in every way from ambience, to food to our beautiful server Abigail, she was delightful in every way. We will Certainly go back again and again and will recommend to our friends Thank you Garden and Galley for a memorable evening
  25. MM

    MelissaM

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous find in downtown Birmingham!! Classy place with outstanding food, atmosphere, and service, and the place is Southern charming.
  26. WT

    WendyT

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed brunch. Food & service both wonderful.
  27. CS

    CSRogers

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lovely setting and great atmosphere. Food was delicious and well prepared.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Birmingham Restaurant Week and it was fabulous. Food choices were great, price was good. All around great experience and service.
  29. JR

    JohnR

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    This review pains me as I took a few days before finding the words I wanted to share around our experience at Galley and Garden. First off, the food was outstanding. We started with the tomato turn over, had salads and the two of us shared the short rib and lamb entrees. Every bite was a good as the last and the quality and presentation of the food would want us to return for more. Our trouble came from service. I understand staffing shortages everywhere but, when a table for two is easily a $200 ticket I expect waiters and staffing to correlate. I could tell initially when we sat down and placed our bar order that the night was going to be long - it felt like it was an inconvenience. When we put in our food order, our waiter couldn't write it down fast enough and walk away as we were going to add another starter to share. Overall we left feeling underwhelmed and questioning if we will give it another try. Again, food was great and maybe with other service we would have left feeling like it was worth it.
  30. K

    Kent

    Atlanta

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great dining and service!
  31. B

    Bakerpartyof2

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed everything and service was exceptional
  32. JS

    JimS

    Birmingham

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  33. S

    Stef

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The appetizer and salad were very good. The deserts were nice. The main dishes were not good. The chicken was over cooked and bland. The short rib was ok, but not very flavorful. And unfortunately both my husband and I have not felt well since eating here.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25 year work anniversary
  35. GB

    GayleB

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp and grits was the best ever! Great food coupled with welcoming service and atmosphere. Go ahead and use the valet parking so you can enjoy the most of your time stress free.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. All three of us loved every course. It’s a tad pricey, but these guys are fighting against inflation harder than you and me. Main waiter gave great recommendations, and bus boy(?) was always there to fill water glasses and make sure we were comfortable. It’s a very cool building and set up maybe especially outside. (We were simply in a less interesting area.) Highly recommend!
  37. DK

    DwyalynK

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good brunch spot! Excellent service, delicious food and great ambiance!
  38. W

    Wright

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! I have celiac and they made ordering super easy and it was still delicious!
  39. GB

    GlendaB

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful waitress. Great cocktails ! Great good and service.
  40. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Galley and Garden is one of my favorite restaurants, thus I'm reluctant to complain. But I think the chef needs to know that the snapper filet was overcooked and, frankly, free of flavor. It could have been saved, perhaps, by plenty of a piquant sauce, but the few drops of something were totally ineffective. Inasmuch as my friends, who are French, had only the main course, I was disappointed that Galley and Garden failed to live up to my expectations of it. They, of course, were too polite to say anything. As I said, though, I love that restaurant and write these critical words only in the hopes that it will be even better than it already is.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Galley and Garden offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 939-5551.

Galley and Garden is rated 4.7 stars by 1415 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Galley and Garden

2220 Highland Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Court S.

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self-parking is available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Women

  • Executive chef

    Jessica Lindeen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (205) 939-5551

  • Catering

    If you have a special place in mind, we can bring the Galley and Garden experience to you. Our catering staff will ensure your event is memorable with the food, wine and refined service you expect here at Galley and Garden. To discuss the possibility of your event, please contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Our historic building is a beautifully renovated Southern home, with a collection of rooms providing guests with the perfect space to host private functions. Whether you are looking to have a business meeting, luncheon, party or wedding, we will facilitate all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Teri Stewart: (844) 358-1809

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