The Best Restaurants in Birmingham, According to our Tastemakers

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Amore, Bistro Two Eighteen, Galley and Garden
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Birmingham
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Time
7:00 PM

Amore

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
968 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 variety of regulars, vi...

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Best Overall in Alabama
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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,482 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 decor, Dark mahogany wo...

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Best Service in Alabama

Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,256 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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 underwent renovations in t...

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Best Ambiance in Alabama
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Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,442 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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 features historical Sloss Fu...

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Best Overall in Alabama

Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
1,050 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Second Avenue North ne...

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Best Overall in Alabama
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
4,633 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. This outpost is a local ...

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Satterfield’s Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,604 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 include delicious steak...

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Best Food in Alabama

Daniel George Restaurant and Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,008 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 creative American cuisine a...

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Best Overall in Alabama

Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
1,102 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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 unassuming little sp...

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Best Food in Alabama

Old Tom's Pub

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
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 for lunch and also ma...

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Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
195 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups

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 for a delicious meal...

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Bellini's Ristorante & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
2,087 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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, the owners set out t...

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Best Ambiance in Alabama
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Mikey's Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
462 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion

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 fantastic eatery. Located o...

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Neighborhood Gem in Alabama
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