Galley and Garden

4.8
1265 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in Highland Avenue, Galley and Garden Restaurant is the perfect spot for an evening out. The historic white-columned Merritt House, restored to its gleaming splendor, is home to Galley and Garden. With beautiful bright and airy white interiors, marble-topped bar, wine cellar, and private dining event spaces, the Galley and Garden is a perfect setting for a delectable meal, Sunday brunch, or a lovely soiree.
Celebrated as the “Most Romantic Restaurants in Alabama”, Galley and Garden feature the finest locally sourced ingredient crafted into a creative and fresh menu. This beloved neighborhood gem is also recognized as Wine Enthusiast’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 the Galley and Garden, making it the perfect venue to celebrate any momentous occasion.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1265 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still our favorite Birmingham restaurant. Lobster ravs with Maison Champy white Burgundy (a staff recommendation) was transcendent.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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vipTammieC
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal as always! Enjoyed with good friends, will be back again soon.

Galley and Garden
Responded on November 19, 2021

Dear TammieC, Thank you for dining with us and sending a 5-Star review. We enjoyed reading your note and you are quite right - a great meal with good friends makes for a great experience. Thank you for celebrating your friendship at The Galley and Garden. We hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Diana Rosure

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luvtoeat
Birmingham
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very nice restaurant to dine for any occasion. The food is exquisite and the welcome very warm.

Galley and Garden
Responded on November 19, 2021

Hello luvtoeat: We are thrilled to hear about your recent dining experience. We strive to deliver the very best food and service and we are so glad it resonated with you. Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Diana Rosure

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vipEnKay
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our steaks, brussel sprouts appetizer was excellent. Will come back soon to try lobster ravioli.
Thank you for great service!

Galley and Garden
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Enkay, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the steaks, Brussels sprouts appetizer. Yes, please do come back for the lobster ravioli. It is one of the most requested items on our menu. We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Diana Rosure

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great. We had an accident with broken water glass and I thought the entire table should have been changed. Good recovery by wait staff.

Galley and Garden
Responded on November 19, 2021

Dear Sir/Madam: Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you thought the food was great. We apologize for the mishap with the broken glass and we are glad to hear that the staff recovered the situation well. It was a pleasure having you and we look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Diana Rosure

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Floridal
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ordered spinach salad for starter to split. The generous portion was a perfect amount to split, and came out plated for each of us. We enjoyed it! We ordered the scallops and filet for entrees. The set up that night was different from the menu listed on the restaurant’s website, which was a little disappointing. My husband gave the filet a 7 out of 10. I felt the same was about the scallops. Overall, the meal was tasty; but, not as good as I remembered from our prior visit. We’ll probably go elsewhere for our next special date night.

Galley and Garden
Responded on November 19, 2021

Dear Floridal, Thank you for your feedback. While we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the spinach salad and the overall meal. I apologize for the aspect of your experience that wasn’t as stellar as we would hope. We appreciate your input and hope that we get the privilege of welcoming you back for an improved experience in the future. Sincerely, Diana Rosure

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vipKarenS
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food! Nice ambience too! Have eaten here twice while visiting family in Birmingham and will definitely be back!

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vipTerrellC
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service staff at this restaurant is second to none! The most impressive thing about this visit was the valet attendant. I didn't even use the valet but was going to park in a space that would have exposed my vehicle to a possible accident and the attendant went out of his way to warn me. Thank you for such a high standard of service inside and out of your establishment.

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EvanM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was a personable waiter and all our choices were delicious! Valet was best. Have ever seen! Eating outside was a plus!

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vipTerrellC
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent is an understatement when it comes to describing the quality of food and service at this restaurant. Not only was the service wonderful, even from the bartender, the food was superb. We have already made another reservation for dinner since this lunch was so good.

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CandaceM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch with my college kids and family was easy and delightful.

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Smith
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service could be more attentive. Requested bread 3 times. Received half way through meal. Needs training on wine service.

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 23, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Feedback from our guests is important to us as we are always striving to get better. I will be sure to take note of your comments to improve upon moving forward. -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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TylerN
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy was great! We had a late reservation but never felt like we were inconveniencing anyone. Everything we ordered was perfect, and we’ll be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming. We dined inside and it was lovely. We each had a different seasonal cocktail and both were very nice. Loved the roasted asparagus appetizer. The salads were perfect. I had the vegan lentil loaf and my husband had seared scallops. Both were delicious. The key lime mousse was a perfect ending.,

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HartHoffman
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan meatloaf was extraordinary! It was delicious and so creative.

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 8, 2021

We are so happy you enjoyed your meal! It's our pleasure to create all types of dishes to cater to different dietary lifestyles. We hope to have you back soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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EMHH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting with truly exceptional food and service.

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 8, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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vipLaurenS
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch with fabulous food and service!

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a delightful celebration for my daughter’s 30th birthday. We had a party of 8 and we were given a private area. Food and service excellent. Would highly recommend.

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 2, 2021

Hi Linda, We pride ourselves in our unique ability to offer such an abundance of options for private dining! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your celebration with us! We hope to have you back soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner celebrating my birthday.

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 2, 2021

Thank you for choosing us for your celebration dinner! We are so happy you enjoyed and happy belated birthday! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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vipKarenS
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Service was also outstanding! No complaints and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Impeccable service. Very quiet for a Thursday night. Delicious!

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Lanford
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly and helpful. One of the entrees was a little tough to eat so the manager would not let me pay for it. I told him he didn’t have to do that but he insisted. The salmon entree was great and the bread pudding for dessert was outstanding!

Galley and Garden
Responded on October 2, 2021

Hi Lanford, We pride ourselves in creating a dining experience where our guests always leave satisfied. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to have you back dining with us again soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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GregO
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining in Birmingham from start to finish

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bkirk
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet and the scallions were amazing - recommend the chef's brownie!! Hunter was an excellent bartender - (ate at the bar)

Galley and Garden
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for the lovely review! The chef's brownie is truly delicious! We are glad you enjoyed and hope to have you back soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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VickiV
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous server. Loved the atmosphere and food. Will definitely be back

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SpencerU
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service. The food was delicious and the wait time was almost nonexistent.

Galley and Garden
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi Spencer, Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to leave a lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your dining experience. We hope to see you back soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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vipIrishFan
Birmingham
46 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

People make a difference! Recent changes in ownership, management and wait staff have led to a noticeable decline in the dining experience. This downward trend has been in play for most of 2021. Our experience last night was the low point for us. My cocktail order took over 30 minutes and the first delivery was wrong. Food was good but has been exemplary in the past. Dessert listings were not accurate as the one I ordered was not available. Unavailable items should be announced prior to ordering. We hope things turnaround for this establishment.

Galley and Garden
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi there, We appreciate you taking the time to offer your feedback. COVID-19 has taken a toll on the restaurant industry and we are all working to get back on our feet. We appreciate the patience and hope to have you join us again soon! -Jessica Lindeen, General Manager

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kmsmith
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. The bartender offered great suggestions as did our server Ali. The food was delicious. We love G&G and look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Drinks and food was great. Felt the salads were tiny. Overall great experience.

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vipebow
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another phenomenal meal at one of our most favorite restaurants. Simply cannot beat the food, service and ambience. Have never had anything less than an exceptional experience.

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vipGeneB
Atlanta
121 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful modernized bar and small dining rooms off of bar area in antebellum mansion. Daring cocktail menu. Modest but reasonable by the glass wine offerings. Large portion steak and delectable scallops. Peach dessert was a bit pricey for the portion, and it was just ok, not stellar. Large bar seating for solo and paired dining. A keeper!

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vipBobbyH
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We are from out of town, but this place in the past for us has been a must when visiting Birmingham. Tonight's food was very good-- I had the Tenderloin and it was done nicely.

The disappointing part of the night was that our waitress lacked knowledge of the menu. I have been to this restaurant numerous times over the years when visiting our daughter and always had some of the best wait staff in Birmingham-- tonight was an anomaly I am hoping. The waitress seemed extremely nervous to start with and when we asked her what the difference was between the Filet and the Tenderloin, she said one is sliced and the other is not. She then said the sides are different on the two entrees. There was a poor depiction of the two pieces of meat. I subsequently ordered the Tenderloin and my daughter got the Filet so I was able to determine the difference quite easily upon tasting both.
Overall, the prices are not inexpensive here so they really need the best servers in the area and tonight our waitress was no where in that class.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant!

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jeffc
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I chose Galley and Garden to celebrate our 37th anniversary and we really enjoyed our time there. The food and service was the best. Well worth the drive from Tuscaloosa.

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Gail
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Sunday brunch fairly late and had lunch items rather than breakfast food. Starters (oysters and peach with burrata). entrees (shrimp and grits and short rib) and desserts (lemon lavender creme brulee) all great.

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TG001
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is very much on the pricey side, but if you want a really nice fancy Sunday brunch, this place will deliver. Good food, excellent service. Limited menu, set course - you can't just order a coffee and a pastry. The "corpse-reviver" cocktail is very good but stronger than it seemed, maybe next time we will just stick with a mimosa. Patio is nice if the weather permits.

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vippookiebear1
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice brunch experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They ran out of several items so we had to choose different entrees/sides and the up charged us for our choices. Seems strange to be charged for making a substitution that was caused by the restaurant running out of items. Otherwise, everything was very good.

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

Galley and Garden is rated 4.8 stars by 1265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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