The Best Restaurants in Birmingham, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham offers a historic destination in the valley of the Appalachian Mountains that embodies the essence of southern living. It offers an array of things to see and do, from the Museum of Art and the McWane Science Center to the Birmingham Zoo and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The Civil Rights movement began here, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute stands out as one of the most visited places in town. With about a million people in the metro area, the city also boasts art and music scenes with international appeal - not to mention the food offerings! From outstanding farm-to-table fare to Birmingham’s distinct style of barbecue, “The Magic City” never fails to impress with dining options. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. If you'd like a southern-style meal, check out our list of the very best restaurants in Birmingham.

Restaurants:Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega, Amore
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Southern, Contemporary Italian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,751 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For fine dining in Birmingham, it’s hard to beat this Contemporary Southern gem located in Five Points South. Foodies and critics alike hail it as one of the best restaurants in BiRead more
97% recommended
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Bottega

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Birmingham
1,369 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Bottega Restaurant is housed in a historic building on Highland Avenue in Birmingham and diners love the elegant atmosphere. Inspired by the wine bars and trattorias of Italy, it fRead more
97% recommended
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Amore

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
529 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Amore Ristorante Italiano, located just off 280, is a traditional family-owned and operated business that locals adore. Inside the warm and welcoming dining room, you’ll find a varRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,166 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bistro 218 is a cozy and enchanting Contemporary French restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District. The setting features minimalist decRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,100 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Galley and Garden is one of the top spots in Birmingham for American-French inspired cuisine. Located in the former historic Merritt House on Highland Avenue, the restaurant underwRead more
94% recommended
Best Value in Alabama

Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
935 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Blueprint on 3rd, located in the Longview Industrial District, is a refined yet casual American brasserie that specializes in Birmingham regional cuisines. The dining room featuresRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
822 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Cafe Dupont is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham for fine dining in a beautiful atmosphere. The eatery occupies a storefront building that dates back to the 1870s in the SeRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
3,372 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Located just off Highway 280, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is one of the country’s premier, award-winning steakhouses with locations in Denver, Chicago, Birmingham and Texas. ThisRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Alabama

Satterfield’s Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,428 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Located in the heart of Cahaba Heights, Satterfield’s is a Modern Fine Dining restaurant that blends old-world European cooking with new-world influences. Favorites on the menu incRead more
90% recommended
Healthy in Birmingham
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Daniel George Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
836 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Daniel George restaurant, located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village, is a casual yet elegant dining experience that will impress even the pickiest eaters. They feature creativRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Alabama

Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
843 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Bistro V, located in the Vestavia Hills neighborhood of Birmingham, is the brainchild of former college football star Jeremy Downey. The restaurant, tucked into a strip mall in an Read more
97% recommended
Best Food in Alabama

Old Tom's Pub

$$$$·Scottish·
Birmingham
6 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Old Tom’s Pub is one of the most welcoming, laid-back places in Birmingham where you can grab a bite and share in a drink and conversation with your friends. It is open every day fRead more
100% recommended
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Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
Fancy’s on 5th is a burger bar and oyster dive located in the heart of Avondale just across from Avondale Park. It’s a fun, casual dining spot specializing in American comfort foodRead more
97% recommended
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Tre Luna Bar and Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Birmingham
308 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Tre Luna is a family-owned and operated upscale Italian eatery that many locals think is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham. They specialize in homemade pastas, pizzas from Read more
95% recommended
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J. Alexander's - Redlands Grill - Hoover

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
589 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
J. Alexander’s is a contemporary American restaurant located in Galleria Circle. The restaurant’s philosophy is to provide you with the highest possible dining experience from the Read more
95% recommended
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Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
196 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
Oscar’s is the elegant yet playful restaurant at the Birmingham Museum of Art and is a great place to visit whether you’re taking a break from art viewing or out nearby and hungry Read more
93% recommended
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Ash

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
81 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Ash is a wood-fired American kitchen with southern roots and international flavors. It has a casual yet refined feel and strives to create a place where you can share a delectable Read more
100% recommended
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Bellini's Ristorante & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
1,773 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Bellini’s Restaurant and Bar, located on Cahaba Valley Road, is a lovely fine dining establishment with an intimate dining room and two large private dining areas. Opened in 2008, Read more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Alabama

Mikey's Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
388 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mikey’s Grill is owned and operated by Michael and his sister, Melissa Lee. Together, they have over 30 years of restaurant experience and it shows in the way they run this fantastRead more
89% recommended
Best Service in Alabama

Bettola

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
687 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant located in the heart of Birmingham’s Lakeview District. Award-winning chef James Lewis founded Bettola and it quickly became one of the trendRead more
93% recommended
Good for Groups in Alabama
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