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Galley and Garden, Birmingham, AL

Galley and Garden

4.8
4.8
1587 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: (205) 939-5551 ext. 2
  • 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

What 1,587 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Best Overall

  • Alabama

    Best Service

  • Alabama

    Best Ambiance

  • Alabama

    Best Value

  • Alabama

    Great for brunch

  • Alabama

    Healthy

  • Alabama

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Alabama

    Romantic

  • Alabama

    Good for special occasions

  • Alabama

    American

  • Birmingham

    Best Overall

  • Birmingham

    Best Food

  • Birmingham

    Best Service

  • Birmingham

    Best Ambiance

  • Birmingham

    Best Value

  • Birmingham

    Great for brunch

  • Birmingham

    Healthy

  • Birmingham

    Neighborhood gem

  • Birmingham

    Great for fine wines

  • Birmingham

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Birmingham

    Romantic

  • Birmingham

    Good for special occasions

1,587 Reviews
  1. ChrisS

    Alabama

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Galley and Garden prepares a wonderful Sunday brunch.

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  2. 5thtimediner

    Alabama

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was delightful. Great menu and service was most attentive. We’ll be back.

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  3. Longhornmd

    Dallas

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday brunch! Such a beautiful setting with acoustic guitar player. Food was great. Tomato turnover was unusually special. Deconstructed key lime pie mousse was delicious

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  4. JohnS

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and incredible food. The general manager came and checked on us. It could have not gone any better.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a fantastic experience. The service was above and beyond. The food was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to go back.

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  6. Michelle

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    This is a really lovely spot. Service was great, food was good. Pricing is about right for this type of establishment. Parking is easier than I anticipated and valet was super friendly.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    My overall experience was ok. It’s a beautiful restaurant and our food was really good. The downfall is the mannerism of the host, Amanda, at the door. I made reservations for my 30th birthday and thought it would be really nice as in service. When my husband and I walked in, Amanda was not friendly nor welcoming. I told her my name and reservation time, which I called an hour ahead to inform we will be running late but not all my guest; she gave me a very dry “oh yeah”. After being seated while my guest were arriving, the vibe was very tense as if they felt bothered with a gathering of 11 African American people. Amanda kept walking back and forth staring at our area with a very disturbed face. Once my birthday cake arrived, Amanda came over and acted like she wanted to accommodate my cake by placing it in their kitchen and then said “It’s a $25 cake fee”, which I was never aware of from the time I booked and also visited the location last week to see it in person. I asked her, $25 just to bring my cake in and she said yeah. I do thorough research before booking anywhere and also checked their site again when she told me. I asked for the manager and he took a minute to come over to see about my concern. Once he came, I reiterated the $25 cake fee and he said yes it’s a fee. I politely asked him was it on their website, he was very startled that I asked, and I repeated myself. He stated no it’s told at the time of booking I told him I was never aware nor told as many times Ive spoken with the other guy when I came and when I called to inquire a couple weeks ago. He did accommodate not charging the cake fee, which I politely thanked him. They also grouped up talking in the kitchen several times. Our waitress was ok. She seemed a bit on edge, maybe tired, but when she was asked did they have to-go boxes she said “for what” and was told it’s for my cake to be sliced and given to my guest. Will I return, not quite sure. We were all uncomfortable and felt unwanted there.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ~ I enjoyed having brunch! Our waitress had a beautiful smile and great service. 10/10 Will be back again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice meal out with family! Definitely worth the price for a special occasion. The filet and Lobster Ravioli were delicious. We had peanut butter chocolate cake (a special), key lime mousse, and coconut creme brûlée for dessert.

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  10. CarrieDidIt

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional but it felt like an off day for the kitchen. The staff came back, apologized and comped the items but I truly value consistency.

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  11. JulioM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went in for the first time for our anniversary, the food and alcohol drinks were great and service was excellent. Nice and fancy place to enjoy

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  12. KimberlyS

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience and great service. Food was fantastic.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It has been a while since our last visit to G&G. This used to be one of our absolute favorite restaurants in Birmingham. However, over the years it started to decline. It appears to have a new GM and executive chef with fresh menu ideas. Also, very aware of the trending vegan movement. It’s a wonderful space. The cocktails were delicious. It’s nice to have fine dining options on a Tuesday evening. Service was better than average. The fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese sauce and lobster was cooked well but extremely bland. Basically no flavor from the tomatoes or the sauce. Our entrees were absolutely delicious. My wife tried the vegan lentil and walnut loaf and it was actually quite good. I had ravioli with lobster and conecuh sausage that had a nice Smokey flavor. Dessert could use some help. My bread pudding was fine, but it wasn’t anything superb. My wife’s fudge flight was, not great. The texture of the fudge was not appetizing and the mocha version was completely bitter and unappetizing. It was like eating old coffee grounds. I believe G&G is still a good place to visit, but it’s just not as solid as it used to be.

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  14. CHARLESP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    I had a really good meal previously (the salmon was possibly the best I've ever eaten at any restaurant); however, in my opinion, the chocolate dessert which I ordered that evening was very disappointing and certainly not worth the price; that being said, I think my brother and friend who dined with me that evening had nothing but good things to say. Yesterday, for Sunday brunch I was totally disappointed in the dish which I ordered (an egg concoction listed first on the menu I think, served in a bowl, similar to quiche for lack of a better description, but seemed to have been over cooked, was dried out, and mostly tasteless-to be honest, I would prefer the Big Breakfast at McDonald's to that which certainly costs a lot less; I thought the Bloody Marys were fine, no problem there, and my companion seemed to enjoy his meal so I wished I had ordered something different to be sure; I would have ordered Eggs Benedict if it was on the menu, but was told by our waitress that it wasn't, so not a pleasant experience overall for me to be honest.

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  15. RonD

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful drinks Excellent service Very, very good food Only 5 Star open for Brunch on Sunday Will be back soon!

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  16. JOEH

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife for her Birthday Fantastic drinks, great fried green tomatoes, unbelievable strawberry salad. We had filets, which was perfect. Some very nice wine and finished with the Bourbon bread pudding. I must say we relaxed, we’re in rushed and everything was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back……

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  17. Monaf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Went for my birthday around 6pm on a saturday. Ordered the pork chops, they came dry and flavorless but were topped with a sampling of bacon jam. On the side came blended sweet potatoes that truly needed at least a hint of brown sugar and the other side was equally as bland green beans. 3/10. Service was iffy but has great potential. Parking was questionable but available. Some would enjoy but i sure didn’t.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Galley and Garden has turned out to be one of our favorite spots in Birmingham. It is dependably delicious with amazing and unique cocktails, great service, and a warm southern experience.

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  19. EnKay

    Alabama

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious angus file and excellent service, thank you, David!

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  20. KarenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service. There was a bridal party there the night we went so it was kind of loud but we had a great time.

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  21. JennRich

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time at Galley and Garden, but it won’t be our last! My husband and I enjoyed the service, and the food was delicious. We were very impressed by the fried green tomato starter with pimento and lobster. Once the weather cools down, we want to return and sit on the patio. Highly recommend.

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  22. Diningout

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service was great!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a great meal at the bar. Everything exceeded expectations and the bartender was friendly and the drinks were strong!

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  24. RandomGuest25

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a beautiful restaurant! I will definitely book another reservation here!

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  25. MandyS

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I do not know why we have never eaten here, but it was a pleasant surprise for sure! Beautiful setting with fantastic food! Perfect for a great date night!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful 30th anniversary dinner. Delicious food & beverages. I was so impressed with the quality of service - & the number of people working on a Monday night.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch experience we’ve had in months. Food was incredible and service was perfectly attentive. Loved the guitar player during brunch.

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  28. KimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all ordered different entrees including the filet, short ribs, pork chop & shrimp & grits. Everyone loved their selections. The desserts were also wonderful especially the Bourbon pecan bread pudding. We enjoyed our experience so much & look forward to returning to Galley & Garden again.

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  29. RollTideInTheDesert

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Never been before and went for BHM restaurant week. Great option to try various menu options and great value. Very friendly and attentive staff. Cute location in an old house that’s been renovated. Valet was available but we did a quick street park on the block.

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  30. JamesB

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great birthday celebration!! Glad we visited and lovely Brunch menu.

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  31. Jamzzy

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was visiting from Memphis and discovered Galley & Garden through research online which had glowing reviews so decided to try it! The renovated Merritt House, it’s decor, music and overall ambience is very beautiful and inviting - perfect place for a romantic night out. The cocktails were fabulous - the only downside is that the glasses were much too small - almost looked like shot glasses… would have preferred a regular size glass especially considering the cost. Food was excellent - especially the fried oysters, watermelon salad, scallop entree and bread pudding. Bartender Kailee was very friendly, attentive, and informative. We were highly curious about the upstairs area so she gave us a tour - an amazing, beautiful space that is an absolute must for larger parties or events. Will definitely come back again!

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  32. BeverlyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Garden and Galley remains wonderful food, ambiance and service was great.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious from appetizers, to entrées, and then to dessert. The cocktails were amazing too! We will definitely be returning to dine again.

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  34. DanA

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have been a few times in the past, and this time was not up to par. The food was OK, but it was not hot. The drinks were OK. The waiter was good but overall the experience was disappointing.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My fiancé and I celebrated our anniversary here, I will say that the experience was fantastic, the food was flavorful, and the value of what we got matched the price that we payed. However, two things keep this experience from being perfect. First, the cocktail I had was not good, I was honestly surprised because everything else was amazing but the cocktail. I know this may sound like an odd complaint but it tasted like straight alcohol, more like I was drinking pineapple vodka. My second qualm is small but the way our server carried himself did not match the vibe of the restaurant if that makes sense. I felt like I was in an incredibly upscale restaurant except for when my server was at the table, then I felt like I was at the local diner being referred to as “buddy” and my fiancé being called “sugar”. I want to emphasize the point that he was good server it’s just that his vibe didn’t match the restaurants.

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  36. Sshe

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Our service was terrific! Unfortunately the food was not up to par, but we will be back. It has always been good in the past so hopefully this was just an off night!

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  37. JRS73

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated both of our birthday's. The whole dining experience from start to finish was excellent. We enjoyed our special occasion night out very much! Great job Galley & Garden!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and food was excellent ! Great recommendations.

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  39. StanC

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short ribs and pork chops were great! Wasn't a fan of the mushroom and walnut app. Key lime dessert was fantastic but the banana pudding was only pretty good. Drinks were strong, which is fine and wine was good. Overall, very good place to go but only if you are looking for fine dining and upscale.

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  40. PaigeT

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the ambience, to the host, to the wait staff, the cleanliness, the valet.....everything was just superb. I will definitely be back!

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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 4.8 stars by 1587 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


Order delivery or takeout

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: (205) 939-5551 ext. 2
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