The Best BBQ in Birmingham

The OpenTable Team

When it comes to barbeque, no one does it quite like they do in the South. In Alabama, pecan-infused pork shoulder and white sauce-soaked chicken gets slow-cooked over hickory fueled fire. And the best barbeque Alabama-style means family recipes perfected through the generations. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Alabama headed out to when in search of the best barbecue Alabama has to offer? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered opinions from in-the-know diners all across the state to discover the best BBQ spots in Alabama. From local hidden gems to the best and most famous barbecue spots in the state, Alabama has plenty of standout barbeque to enjoy. Grab a seat and enjoy some BBQ tonight!

Restaurants:Galley and Garden, Bottega, Cafe Dupont
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian, Contemporary Southern
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,194 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
American and French cuisines come together at Galley and Garden, a spot with some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Start with some of the restaurant's standout cocktails, like the Read more
95% recommended
Best Service in Alabama
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Bottega

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Birmingham
1,369 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Trek out to the South Side of Birmingham to try some of the wood-fired Italian treasures at the upscale Bottega restaurant. The must-have is the wood-fired pizza. Go for the white Read more
96% recommended
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Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
953 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
“Contemporary Southern” tastes come to light at this sleek, modern favorite in North Birmingham. One of the standout restaurants in the city, Cafe Dupont is styled in traditional FRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Alabama
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Bettola

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
769 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Birmingham's Lakeview District is one of the highlight restaurant areas in Birmingham, and Bettola is right at the top of the list. This colorful, lively restaurant specializes in Read more
97% recommended
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Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
498 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Stop in to the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook for some of the best barbecue in Atlanta. This third-floor standout offers excellent dining options with a great view of the areaRead more
Hot Spot in Alabama
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Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,751 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
The tastes of France and South come together at Highlands Bar and Grill. This local favorite features some of the best barbecue in Alabama in a relaxing, modern location. Start witRead more
98% recommended
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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,324 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
For those strolling around the heart of Birmingham, Bistro Two Eighteen is the place for a relaxing meal. It also features some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Get the cast-iron pRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Alabama
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Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
968 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
In the nearby Vestavia Hills suburb, Bistro V delivers some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Head to the entrees menu for classics like red wine-braised short ribs with potato ParmRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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John's City Diner

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Birmingham
582 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
This eclectic menu pairs traditional Southern comfort food with European-inspired favorites. Stop in for these old classics and new standouts along with local craft beers and plentRead more
94% recommended
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Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,220 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A sleek, contemporary restaurant, Blueprint on 3rd features some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Dine outside on the patio or in the welcoming dining room for a fine experience inRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Satterfield’s Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,535 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Trek out to Cahaba Heights to find some of the best barbecue in Alabama at Satterfield's. This eclectic restaurant with a fine patio for dining combines traditional and modern stylRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
725 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
One of Birmingham's top seafood and oyster joints is also one of the best places for barbecue in Alabama. Stop into this colorful, bright restaurant for some fine nightlife and a sRead more
92% recommended
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Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
A combination “burger bar and oyster dive,” Fancy's on 5th presents some of the best barbecue in Alabama. This upscale, engaging restaurant features a sterling selection of regionaRead more
94% recommended
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BrickTop's - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Alabama
1,313 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Lunch
With a “new and classic” American menu, BrickTop's is one of the most engaging American restaurants in Alabama. It's also a spot for some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Stop intoRead more
93% recommended

Roots & Revelry - Termed Acct

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
473 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic
This joyful celebration of Birmingham cuisine includes some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Right in the heart of town, Roots & Revelry is a fun spot with an engaging menu. Try onRead more
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Fleming's Steakhouse - Birmingham

$$$$·Steak·
Birmingham
1,349 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
One of the nation's greatest steakhouses includes some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Fleming's is a renowned and acclaimed chain with a wide menu of classics and favorites. For Read more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Alabama

Seasons 52 - Birmingham

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
2,346 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
The Birmingham location of this nationally-renowned restaurant features some of the best barbecue in Alabama. Choose from one of the restaurant's 52-world class wines alongside a wRead more
100% recommended
Good for Groups in Alabama

Grille 29 Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This upscale steakhouse in the heart of Birmingham features some of the best barbecue in Alabama. For the table, try some of the bacon jam sea scallops, honey garlic chicken fingerRead more
92% recommended
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Cocina Superior

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Birmingham
420 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Right at the Brookwood Mall, “Cocina Superior” delivers some of the best modern Mexican food and best barbecue in Alabama. A “modern Tex Mex” location, the Cocina Superior is a livRead more
94% recommended
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BRIO Tuscan Grille - Birmingham - Brookwood Village - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
1,105 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
The best of Northern Italian cuisine comes to Alabama in this installment of a nationally-beloved chain. Start with home-made meatballs, fried zucchini, or Mediterranean olives. ClRead more
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