Discover the Best New Restaurants in Birmingham

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Birmingham, also known as “The Magic City", stands out an affordable and creative place with lots of history. As Alabama's largest city, Birmingham offers a wonderful mix of charm, culture, and entertainment. The Birmingham Museum of Art showcases 24,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints, and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens flourish as the state’s largest living museum! The Civil Rights Movement converged here, which you can learn more about while visiting the attractions in the Civil Rights District. Have fun exploring the distinctive neighborhoods, like the bustling Southside, industrial downtown, and hipster-centric Avondale. Birmingham also has a burgeoning food scene with everything from Southern BBQ to steaming hot ramen to pan-Mexican cuisine. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out when they want to check out a newcomer to the culinary scene? Here’s our Tastemaker List of the best new restaurants in Birmingham.

Restaurants:Five Bar Birmingham, Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Fancy's on 5th
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Five Bar Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
55 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fun
Many locals consider Five Bar to be one of the best new restaurants in Birmingham. Located on the corner of 29th Street and Clairmont Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood, they offeRead more
91% recommended
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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
725 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Located on 5th Avenue South in the Lakeview District, Automatic Seafood and Oysters is one of the best new restaurants in Birmingham. Chef Adam Evans and Designer Suzanne HumphriesRead more
92% recommended
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Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Fancy’s on 5th is a burger bar and oyster dive located in the heart of Avondale across the street from the park. Named for the elephant Miss Fancy, the main 1920s attraction at theRead more
94% recommended
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Amore

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
772 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Amore Ristorante Italiano, located in the Greystone Center, offers a taste of Little Italy in Birmingham. It’s easy to imagine you are dining in a cozy spot in New York’s Little ItRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Ash

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
81 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
Ash is a wood-fired American kitchen opened by local chef Mark Driskill, a prominent force in the Birmingham culinary scene. Located in Homewood, it’s a cozy, welcoming restaurant Read more
89% recommended
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Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,220 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Blueprint on 3rd is a polished, casual American brasserie located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Locals consider it one of the best new restaurants in Birmingham and it has aRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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BrickTop's - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Alabama
1,313 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Great for Lunch
BrickTop’s in Birmingham is a small restaurant chain with multiple locations across the south. The new Birmingham outpost is already a favorite with locals and visitors and featureRead more
93% recommended

Big Bad Breakfast

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
The brainchild of award-winning chef John Currence, Big Bad Breakfast started in Oxford, Mississippi and is now taking the south by storm! Located just north of town square in OxfoRead more
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Whistling Table - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
87 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Whistling Table, located on Clairmont Avenue in the Forest Park neighborhood, is a hip, casual eatery serving upscale American food. Executive Chef Mac Russell bases the menu on hiRead more
89% recommended
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