Galley and Garden

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997 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Chef James Boyce and wife and partner, Suzan, invite you to Galley & Garden, Birmingham’s newest destination for American-French inspired cuisine. Located in what was once the historic Merritt House on Highland Avenue, Galley & Garden underwent renovations in the summer of 2014, enhancing the grandeur of the original home with modern touches. Today, both the cuisine and the atmosphere of Galley & Garden highlight the juxtaposition of traditional and modern Southern touches.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dinner will offer a four course, prix-fixe menu at $85 per person (excluding beverage, tax, and tip) Our Lover’s Lunch menu will be a three course, prix-fixe menu for $30 per person. Lunch a la carte menu also available.

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 997 People Are Saying
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j
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The fillet was small, which was fine but it had no flavor. The potatoes tasted like instant. The gravy tasted like from a mix. The rolls tasted no better than frozen yeast rolls. My drink was watered down and the ice tasted like from tap. The service was great and the ambiance was great.

E
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Too loud. Seated in the bar area with bloody mixed martial arts on the television. We arrived 10-15 min early but they would not seat us. Had us go to the bar and wait only to be seated at a table that was open when we arrived.

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable and friendly staff in a fun atmosphere with great food and wine

OT
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galley and Garden never fails to impress. Great food, great service, outstanding wine list. Thanks Jesse for seating us in the front room!

TG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, excellent food and beautiful restaurant!

BM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent as always! I have been dining here for several years and Galley and Garden never disappoints.

AW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good service and food. Contributes to be favorite!

w
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Food and service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would go back again tomorrow. Short rib never disappoints! Pamela was a great server and help to us! We will be back!

PH
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this was a new find for us. the food was excellent and the wait staff was very pleasant and professional.

JA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience1

Made reservations through Open Table for New Year’s Eve. Had no idea there was only a special set 4 course menu at $110.00 per person offered that evening. I would not have made reservations had I known. Food was good but not that good!!
Hopefully open table will be able to alert individuals in the future if restaurants are having “special menus “ .

JA
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience and meal. It was a great way to celebrate the New Year. We are always made to feel welcome by Vitus and all the staff. They never disappoint

OT
Mobile
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What for my wife’s birthday.

Lamb flatbread for a starter was amazing!! I had the roasted beet salad and my wife had the grilled wedge ceaser. Both were great but the ceaser had more flavor. I had the New York strip with lobster Mac and cheese and she had the short ribs. Both were great. Short ribs were super tender and flavorful. Steak was great and well cooked.

Only complaint was the rushed feeling we both got from the waiter. It wasn’t like he was trying to rush us, but he just talked very fast and didn’t let us finish our questions before piping in.

JT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, excellent food, a real treat. We will be back.

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Our service was terrible, took 30 min to get our first drink. The food was good, but by the time the food came we were so miserable we just wanted to leave and go to McDonalds!

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Time for our beverages from the bar to get to our table was excessive.
Only one bartender.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Christmas Eve

O
Raleigh
55 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent. The food was wonderful. We loved everything about our dinner experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galley and Garden did not disappoint. We are new to Birmingham and wanted to treat my parents to a nice evening out. To say we were all satisfied is such an understatement. We left with happy bellies, recharged hearts, and got us in the Spirit of the season. Our waiter was impeccable and his patience was perfect for our party. The food was outstanding- we had the flatbreads for appetizers as well as the butternut squash soup and what a start! Main course consisted of scallops, salmon, and the vegan dish all were delicious. Dessert was the vanilla bean creme brûlée with coffee a perfect ending. Thank you Galley and Garden for treating us with such warm southern hospitality! We will be back!

g
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Galley & Garden, one of our favorites in Birmingham. As always, our server and hosts were attentive, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to see. It's a beautiful space at any season, but even nicer with the holiday touches.

After some bubbly to toast the evening, we started with the butternut squash salad and the Ahi tuna ceviche, both excellent. We both had an amazing Duroc pork chop, moist and perfectly cooked inside with a beautiful sear and glaze. This was served on a savory onion-based puree with red cabbage. It was one of the best pork chops we've had, anywhere. Dessert was a hazelnut and chocolate cake with a beautiful Rivesaltes dessert wine.

Really excellent experience and a great way to celebrate an anniversary together!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so kind and helpful from the moment of our arrival and parking the car to each and every one of the courses in our meal, the experience was delightful.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful holiday lunch. Great service and sat in the cozy bar area. Yummy food. Shrimp and grits were delicious.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

‘Thick as thieves’ is an excellent drink. The main entree of duck was very good. We will definitely go back!

TW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and great service!

B
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super... you prepare the best short ribs in town!
Staff was very welcoming and I really like the dining room area

AT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner out to celebrate our anniversary. Waitress was attentive, but respected our privacy. Food was excellent. Beef was tender and cooked just right. Scallops were great, and cooked well. Love the atmosphere of this place. Thanks

VH
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious— the yeast rolls are the best ever, waiter brought a second basket— the service was beyond 5-star, as our waiter, Vivus, remembered us from one other time he served us a year ago! An extra treat was ambient music by well-known jazz singer/guitarist Marlowe Shepherd. From now on Galley and Garden will be our first choice for an evening out.

y
Atlanta
137 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting with outstanding service. It is nice to have fine dining lunch options.

JK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Galley and Garden was great. Service was very good. We had a large group that was unwieldy at best. They did a good job to accommodate the group.
Food was very good

NW
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to G&G and it was terrific
The menu is varied and the chef is both innovative and capable, which produces some very sophisticated dishes. On our visit the grouper was superb, with a smoky sauce accompanying the classic pan seared treatment. The flatbread starter worked well with AL "BBQ" sauce. And the cornmeal crusted oysters were fabulous. Steak and another fish were also super as were the desserts we tried...the intense cherry topping on the cheesecake was quite tasty. Wines were interesting and reasonable..the restaurant is recognized by both Wine Spectator and Enthisiast. A great find!

JW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, great food and great service at a fantastic restaurant. Always look forward to dining here when we're in town.

IF
Birmingham
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving meal. Service, food, and ambience were just right on this special holiday.

JA
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Galley and Garden. Best overall restaurant in Birmingham. And we love Vitus and the entire wait staff

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family was on vacation and did a little investigation on where to dine. We saw some great reviews and a few that were so-so, but upon looking at the wine menu online, we could tell that someone cares a lot. Additionally, the opportunity to dine in a renovated old house sounded fantastic

The food, wine, ambiance, and service were impeccable. Easily our favorite place in Alabama. Keep up the great work Jesse and crew!

JL
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, gracious, attentive service, beautiful building.

AK
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best service I have had at a restaurant in a long time. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful with a gorgeous patio and fireplace. Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully presented.

KS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On of our favorite places in Birmingham

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! A must-try.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not as good as expected, service has room to improve