The Most Fun Restaurants in Birmingham

The OpenTable Team

Birmingham brings together a mix of Southern charm and hospitality with noteworthy history, culture, and cuisine. The most fun restaurants in Birmingham play a key part in that culinary scene, delivering creative takes on classic Southern foods. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Birmingham headed out to when they're looking for the most fun restaurants in the city? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together this list of the 20 best new restaurants in Birmingham. Whether it's a classic Southern diner, a barbecue joint or one of the city's trendy fusion spots, the most fun restaurants in Birmingham has something for everyone. Grab a table in Birmingham and treat yourself to one of the city's most fun restaurants tonight!

Restaurants:Blueprint On 3rd, Texas de Brazil - Birmingham, Bistro Two Eighteen
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Steakhouse, Contemporary French
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Blueprint On 3rd

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
930 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
In the heart of the trendy North Lakeview Industrial District, Blueprint on 3rd is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. This upscale but casual American brasserie featureRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
2,760 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Birmingham installment of this acclaimed national Brazilian steakhouse chain provides plenty of fun (and plenty of meat) to visitors. This lively and engaging restaurant featurRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in Alabama
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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,165 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Trek to the Birmingham Financial and Theater district for an excellent meal at the stylish Bistro Two Eighteen. This modern and engaging spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Read more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Highlands Bar & Grill

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
2,751 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This Five Points South local favorite blends traditional French cooking styles with Southern tastes to create a flavor all its own. One of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham, HRead more
97% recommended
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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
724 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
This Southern seafood favorite is one of the highlights of the Lakeview district. It's also one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Pick from an extensive selection of Gulf,Read more
94% recommended
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Cafe Dupont

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Birmingham
821 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This modern downtown restaurant is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Cafe Dupont features a focus on regional, Southern ingredients and classic dishes. It's a fine, reRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
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Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
Burgers and oysters are the highlights at Fancy's. This modern and welcoming space is one of the more lively spots in all Birmingham. Stop in for specials like the “Taco and TequilRead more
97% recommended
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Amore

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
526 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Right off of US 180, Amore is an excellent spot for dinner after a movie at the nearby AMC Theaters. This stylish and dark-accented Italian spot features a full selection of ItaliaRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Bottega

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Birmingham
1,369 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This charming Italian hot spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Alabama. Sit back in this comfortable, colorful Highland Avenue restaurant to relax. Enjoy a menu of traditionaRead more
97% recommended
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The Fig Tree

$$$$·Southern·
Birmingham
285 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Fresh Gulf seafood and laid-back vibes define this casual and intimate eatery. The Fig Tree Cafe is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham, with a creative menu and some finRead more
100% recommended
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Roots & Revelry

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
428 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Head out to the Thomas Jefferson Tower for an excellent view of Birmingham and some of the town's best food at Roots & Revelry. This colorful and engaging restaurant boasts a menu Read more
Healthy in Alabama
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Bellini's Ristorante & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
1,773 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This upscale Italian steakhouse features a creative menu of Italian classics and new favorites. Stop into this lively Birmingham neighborhood gem for a special dinner menu. It featRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Alabama

Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
842 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This modern and stylish Vestavia Hills hot spot is a welcoming American bistro. Stop into this relaxing and engaging local favorite for a selection of classic Southern comfort foodRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Alabama
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John's City Diner

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Birmingham
581 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
One of the most acclaimed restaurants in Birmingham, John's City Diner is an Alabama institution. The world-spanning menu includes everything from Southern classics to modern AsianRead more
90% recommended
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
1,102 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
This lodge-styled classic American steakhouse and seafood spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Head out to the Patton Creek Shopping Center to enjoy some of the sRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Alabama

Ocean

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
1,637 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Some of the best seafood in the South is at the Birmingham favorite Ocean. An upscale and inviting seafood spot, Ocean is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Start with Read more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Birmingham
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Satterfield’s Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,428 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This trendy Cahaba Heights Road restaurant features one of the finest menus in all Birmingham. A fun and lively place in the heart of town, Satterfield's is the place to go for an Read more
90% recommended
Healthy in Birmingham
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Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
459 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The upscale Grand Bohemian Hotel at Mountain Brook is the location for Habitat Feed & Social. Stop into the restaurant for a fine meal and some excellent people-watching. Habitat fRead more
Outdoor Dining in Alabama

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
3,368 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This upscale steakhouse in the heart of downtown is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Featuring all the classic steakhouse trimmings and exquisite modern decor, Perry'Read more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Alabama

Grille 29 Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Grille 29 is an upscale and comfortable steakhouse that is one of the most fun restaurants in Alabama. Right in the heart of Brookwood village, Grille 29 is the place to go for a wRead more
92% recommended
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