Galley and Garden

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1039 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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JoelD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant - wonderful outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Paris in Birmingham.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at G&G. Our waiter was wonderful with great recommendations on food and wine and the Cafe Pierre dessert coffee was a pleasant surprise!

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JimS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

maybe the best saffron sauce i ever had under a precisely prepared slice of good quality salmon. The side of Habersham grits was excellent. Wish i could cook so well.

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ReedJrTastedaWorld
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch...amazing intimate setting, great food... had the beef short-rib...service was great!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Couldn't have picked a better place to go for an anniversary date

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JeffW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is always amazing. I have never been disappointed. This time was not exception.

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vipOmnivore
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly outstanding restaurant with enthusiastic, professional service and exceptional food. The dining room is aesthetically beautiful as well. Don't miss the shrimp and grits!

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BrentS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had reservations for our anniversary. When we arrived we were sat in the bar area. There were TV's on the wall behind the bar which weren't exactly the ambiance we was looking for, however, we didn't mind so much b/c the volume was turned down. After we were sat by the hostess, we waited a little longer than we would've liked before being greeted by our server which was the only negative from the entire experience. Overall our server and the rest of the staff were friendly, helpful, and made an effort to create a elegant, upscale environment. I ordered the filet which was not the most impressive cut of meat I've had, but was cooked perfectly. My wife had the grouper and we both agreed it was one of the best dishes we've ever had. Our fish was flaky, tender and almost melted in your mouth. This was our second visit and we will definitely go back!

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Dillsy
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a nice date night here! Food was delicious but the scallops entree only had three scallops so was disappointed in the portions. Excellent service and atmosphere!

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DebraG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my last night in Birmingham and my dinner plans got cancelled. I ate there alone and had a great time. Terrific wine list with some really good half bottles. Food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time; the building is lovely, location is nice, food was very good, and the service was exemplary (thanks, Justin!)

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AllenJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter here for here 13 birthday and she loved it. A nicer restaurant without being too pretentious. Food and service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The most knowledgeable server at any restaurant I’ve visited and the beef short ribs were as exquisite as he described. The valet parking was quick and polite.

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SongO
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice ambience and staff. But scallops my wife ordered were really disappointing. Wait staff didn’t know quite how to respond when she said so. But otherwise was a very nice evening out.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable, quiet, and delicious

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PAULN
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for a business lunch. service was great and food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Saturday after Valentines Day. Great service, Food was very nice price was expensive

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DustinS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My wife and I went there on Valentine’s Day. The food was extremely disappointing. Neither of us ate more that half of or first course (Fried oysters for me/ Potato and leek soup for her). My 2nd course was the brandied mushroom linguini and I had to send it back for a salad because the pasta was so bland. We both had the steak filet as our 3rd course and again it was so bland I broke down and requested a butter dish with salt be brought to the table so I could season it myself. The desserts were also below par. The amaretto cheesecake tasted like rubber with the texture to match so we both focused on my wife’s chocolate cake, and still only ate half of that.
Immediately after walking in the door the vibe was chaos. The hostess at the front started taking us to our seats, but another lady, who was clearly having a rough night and was frazzled had already sat someone else there. We waited at the bar for 10 mins but couldn’t even get the bartender to take our drink order. Once seated we watched the “frazzled lady” continue to walk around the restaurant, rubbing her temples and acting like she was hanging on to sanity by a thread.
Our server was GREAT! We got the impression that she was not surprised by the negative reaction to the food and did everything she could to make our visit positive. However the manager never stopped by our table once, despite $40 being taken off the bill, so it’s hard to convince me he was not aware of our negative experience. As we were leaving he was at the door and asked how things were. When I answered “honestly ok at best” and explained the dining experience he simply said “sorry to hear that” and gave us his card and asked for us to come in and give them another chance.
There are WAY too many great dining options in Birmingham for me to ever gamble another $200-$300 on this place. Try Highlands Bar and Grille, Hot&Hot Fish, Cafe DuPont, or Chez FonFon

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Kylied002552
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The host was absolutely rude when we first walked in the door until she sat us at our table which was in fact on top of other guests at their tables! The food was absolutely a huge disappointment and disgusting! For this to be such a beautiful place it sure was the biggest let down and poorest choice for me and my fiancé to have our anniversary dinner at! We spent $220 on the worst food we’ve ever put in our mouth! I will never go back to Galley in Garden and I will be telling everyone I know about my experience there and how awful the food was! Honestly ruined our whole night on valentines!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Umar was a great server, and our Valentine’s courses were amazing! Will definitely be back here for their regular menu, the atmosphere and decor were awesome.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner. Ambiance was perfect. Waiter pleasant and very knowledgeable. Suggested the perfect red wine that complemented the whole four course meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor front of the house customer service! Had reservations for Valentine’s Day and was so taken aback by the hostess’ rude behavior that I told them “nevermind” when we were eventually approached to be seated nearly 10 mins after our scheduled reservation time. This would have been my first dining experience at Galley & Garden and though I cannot comment on the food quality...I was completely dissatisfied with the ill trained, ill prepared, and ill tempered staff! A complete WOW for disappointing experiences!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hostess was very rude when arriving and on the phone when she confirmed our reservation and acquired our credit card number for the Valentine’s dinner. The food was mediocre, but the server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines Day. Food was outstanding. We will come back.

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localomnivore
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galley and garden is very beautifully decorated and the arrangement, even on Valentine's day, was not crowded. The food was very delicious. I loved the cheesecake for dessert.

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Nozz143
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I had heard amazing things about this restaurant and overall the food was amazing. We were just mostly disappointed with the steaks. We asked for medium and they same out medium rare ask to have to thrown back in the grill and they came back out medium rare just warmer on the outside. Flavor was lacking in the steak as well. Apps were delicious and salads were some of the best I’ve had. I don’t think the steaks reflect the rest of their regular menus seeing as this was a valentines menu with set courses. Would be willing to give it another try

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DanL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. He was very good with recommendations for wine, entrees, and small dessert to share.

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WalterK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. We were pleased with both of our entrees and would recommend to anyone of our friends

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shortump
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was disappointed they cancelled the Valentine's lunch special that was advertised on their website, but the appetiser and entrees we had were awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ice cream is fabulous

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maryw
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Always a pleasure to visit when I’m in town!

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vipChingy
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I’ve eaten. The dishes my husband and I had were truly enjoyable and creative.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with a small group of friends. Lovely food, EXCELLENT cocktails by Shannon, and great service.

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DanD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Galley and Garden was an absolute delight. The ambiance, the food and the service was incredible. Our waitstaff was knowledgeable and friendly. They were very attentive but did not interrupt our flow of conversation. Each dish was truly special and on point. Definitely will come back again!

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vipHowardG
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant evening with new and delicious selections. Roasted squash and goat cheese salad,linguini with shredded duct confit were superior. As usual, superb cuisine and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food.

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DavidH
1 review