The Best Bars for Foodies in Birmingham

The OpenTable Team

Birmingham, Alabama stands out as one of the country’s most affordable and creative places. As Alabama’s largest city, "The Magic City" has plenty to do, from strolling through scenic parks to admiring lush gardens and visiting award-winning museums. You can catch your favorite artist at the world-famous Alabama Theater, explore the world of science and discovery at the McWane Science Center or use Birmingham’s central location as a hub to reach other great spots nearby. If you're looking for a place to party, Birmingham has a lively nightlife full of lounges, clubs, and happy hours. But where are the smartest, savviest going out for a drink? Check out our Tastemaker List of the best bars in Birmingham.

Restaurants:Fancy's on 5th, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Highlands Bar & Grill
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood, Contemporary Southern
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Fancy’s on 5th, located on 41st Street, is a burger bar and oyster dive with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s right in the heart of Avondale across the street from the park and Read more
94% recommended
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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
725 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
Automatic Seafood and Oysters, located on 5th Avenue in the Lakeview District, is a lovely casual dining spot for seafood, oysters and a mix of land-to-sea fare. The dining and driRead more
92% recommended
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Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,751 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
For one of the best bars in Birmingham along with fabulous fine dining, check out Highlands Bar and Grill in the heart of the Five Points South neighborhood. The restaurant featureRead more
92% recommended
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Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,107 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Blueprint on 3rd, located in the heart of Pepper Place, is a polished casual American brasserie. The interior features historical Sloss Furnaces as the backdrop, an industrial art Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
480 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Habitat Feed and Social is the popular bar and restaurant at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. Located on the third floor of the hotel, the bar is a great spot to meet peoplRead more
Great for Brunch in Alabama

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
3,773 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille, located on Perimeter Park South in Birmingham, dates back almost 4 decades! Grounded to its butcher-shop roots, Perry’s specializes in hand-selected,Read more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Alabama

Bellini's Ristorante & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
1,880 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bellini’s Ristorante and Bar, located on Cahaba Valley Road in Birmingham, is one of the area’s most beloved spots for great steaks and well-made cocktails. The restaurant featuresRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Birmingham
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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,259 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Bistro Two Eighteen is a cozy Contemporary French restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District. The interior features minimalist decor, hRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Daniel George Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
888 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Daniel George restaurant, located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village, offers a truly relaxing, upscale dining experience and one of the best bars in Birmingham. They feature crRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Bottega

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Birmingham
1,369 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Inspired by the wine bars and trattorias of Italy, Bottega features a warm and sophisticated setting for drinks and dinner in both the dining room and the cafe. The restaurant occuRead more
89% recommended
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Village Tavern Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
1,786 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Village Tavern is a neighborhood gathering place that many locals think is one of the best bars in Birmingham. Located on Summit Blvd, it’s a perfect central gathering place for a Read more
94% recommended
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Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
909 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Bistro V is the brainchild of former college football star Jeremy Downey. Located on Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills, the restaurant sits in a strip mall in an unassuming littRead more
100% recommended
Hot Spot in Alabama

Satterfield’s Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,485 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Satterfield’s is a Modern Fine Dining restaurant that blends old-world European cooking with new-world influences. Favorites on the menu include delicious steaks, fresh seafood, chRead more
90% recommended
Healthy in Alabama

Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
2,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Texas de Brazil is a top choice for those looking for great steak with a little Brazilian flair. This Birmingham establishment dishes out delicious meats and also serves a number oRead more
84% recommended
Good for Groups in Alabama

Fleming's Steakhouse - Birmingham

$$$$·Steak·
Birmingham
1,309 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
For a high-quality cut of prime beef, you can’t go wrong with Fleming’s Steakhouse. Locals love it because the setting is just right for a celebration, dinner with business clientsRead more
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Alabama

Bettola

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
765 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant located in the heart of Birmingham’s Lakeview District. It features the cooking of award-winning chef James Lewis and the bar is one of the tRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Alabama
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Amore

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
679 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Amore Ristorante Italiano, located just off 280, is a traditional family-owned and operated business with awesome food and a cozy bar. Inside the warm and welcoming dining room, yoRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
1,248 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Ruth’s Chris is a national chain celebrated for its consistently fantastic steaks and cocktails. Situated in the lobby of the Embassy Suites hotel, it is a popular choice with bothRead more
92% recommended
Special Occasion in Alabama
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Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,157 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Galley and Garden serves up delectable American-French inspired cuisine and is a popular nightlife spot in Birmingham. Located in the former historic Merritt House on Highland AvenRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
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Grille 29 Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Grille 29 is a steak-and-seafood restaurant originally started in Hunstville. It took over the former McCormick and Schmick’s location and now features a gorgeous stained-glass domRead more
92% recommended
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