The Best Cheap Eats in Birmingham

The countless options for cheap eats in Birmingham come as no surprise considering that the city's culinary history extends all the way back to Native Americans in the 11th century. A blending of African American, Spanish, French and indigenous cultures throughout the years has created a fusion food scene you won't find anywhere else. But which eateries do the smartest and savviest diners enjoy frequenting the most? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve compiled data from thousands of restaurants across the nation to find the hotspots that OpenTable’s most seasoned members can’t get enough of. Guests will find the heart and soul of the South in Birmingham's eateries. They’ll also discover popular local offerings such as Lane cake, Grapico cola, Special Dogs and Greek-influenced ketchup-based barbecue sauce. With the Culinary and Hospitality Institute churning out new professional foodies every semester, Birmingham will always remain a mecca for epicureans. Everyone can show off their financial savvy by booking at one of these cheap eats today!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:John's City Diner, Fancy's on 5th, The Fish Market - Birmingham
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Comfort Food, American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Birmingham
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

John's City Diner

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Birmingham
595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine

Some of the menu items at John’s City Diner wouldn’t typically fall under the umbrella of cheap eats in Birmingham. Those who show up at lunch, though, enjoy affordable dishes like pecan crusted trout...

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Best Overall in Alabama

Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem

Situated right across from Avondale Park, Fancy’s on 5th prides itself on being an oyster dive and burger bar. Oysters from across the region are served up in a variety of preparations, and patrons ca...

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The Fish Market - Birmingham

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
44 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Business Meals

The bright-blue lettering stenciled above the entrance to The Fish Market beckons patrons to an entrance surrounded by beautiful foliage. After walking through the luxurious double front doors, guests...

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Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
507 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Botanically inspired and progressive regional cuisine are the name of the game at Habitat Feed & Social. Located on the third floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, this eatery welcomes guests with gorgeo...

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Outdoor Dining in Birmingham

Seasons 52 - Birmingham

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
2,432 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date

It's hard to believe anyone could find oak-fire grilled and brick oven-roasted offerings at a cheap eat in Birmingham, but Seasons 52 manages to pull it off. Guests absolutely love the cedar plant-roa...

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Good for Groups in Alabama

Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,444 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Following in the tradition of French bistros, Bistro Two Eighteen is housed in a historical setting but offers minimalist décor. Simple white tablecloths, soft lighting and a few pieces of fine art ar...

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Best Overall in Alabama

Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
1,073 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

The black-painted overhead air ducts, modern lighting fixtures and surreal paintings give Bistro V a contemporary appeal. This makes the fishing boat hanging overhead even more unique. The eatery has ...

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Best Overall in Alabama

Five Bar Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
55 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fun

If there’s a single cheap eat in Birmingham that lives up to its name, it’s undoubtedly Five Bar. That’s because the restaurant only serves five red wines, five white wines and five entrees. They mana...

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BrickTop's - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Alabama
1,456 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

The marquee out front gives off a lackadaisical appearance at BrickTop’s. Once inside, though, everything turns upscale quickly. Luxury lighting, linen tablecloths, mirrored columns and impressive art...

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
1,623 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch

Seasonally inspired and scratched prepared dishes are one of the many things that guests remember about Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. One look at the prices of their high-end meals, such as the seared a...

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Good for Groups in Alabama

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
1,338 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Calling the lobby of Embassy Suites hotel home, Ruth’s Chris Steak House provides a serene place to enjoy juicy steaks and more. Guests are surrounded by a variety of trees and other foliage in the se...

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Special Occasion in Alabama

Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,237 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

The Merritt House is a historic landmark, but it began a new life when Galley and Garden moved in. The opulent columns, hanging lanterns and second-floor balcony all call back to a previous time. The ...

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Great for Brunch in Alabama

The Yard - Birmingham

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
431 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Of all the cheap eats in Birmingham, The Yard may well have the most calming décor. Framed vintage photographs line distressed brick walls. There’s a variety of lighting throughout, and they can only ...

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Good for Groups in Alabama

Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
3,121 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic

Foodies who want the most options in their salads will fall in love with Texas de Brazil. The eatery's Salad Area has an array of ingredients that include goat cheese terrine, steamed asparagus, caper...

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Steakhouse in Alabama

Bettola

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
769 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Rarely does a restaurant promise 'straight-up Italian fare' along with wood-fired Neapolitan pies, but Bettola scrawled it right across their homepage. The eatery calls itself both casual and upscale,...

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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
728 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

The bright-blue neon sign outside of Automatic Seafood and Oysters gives this eatery a vintage feel. Once inside, things change up quickly. There’s industrial décor, minimalist art, floral backdrops a...

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Grille 29 Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Homewood
992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

The dome atop Grille 29 is nearly impossible to miss when driving down Shades Creek Parkway, and the inside of the restaurant is just as visually appealing. Also viewable on the inside, the dome provi...

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Cocina Superior

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Homewood
420 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays

Even with its 'superior' moniker, Cocina Superior remains one of the best values for cheap eats in Birmingham. This isn’t to say that the eatery is more inexpensive than other options, but since dinne...

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BRIO Tuscan Grille - Birmingham - Brookwood Village - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Homewood
1,105 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion

Anyone looking for a perfect combination of Italian food and cheap eats in Birmingham cannot pass up a chance to enjoy BRIO Tuscan Grille. The Peru-brown building is easily identified from across Shad...

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