Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art

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140 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Sunday Lunch
Oscar’s proudly serves a delicious seasonal lunch menu carefully created with fresh local ingredients. As the cafe at the Birmingham Museum of Art, we believe a meal should be a beautiful experience in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by the beauty of art and nature.

Executive Chef Lorrin Rames was trained by some of the best chefs in America. The upscale, fresh and local food we prepare nicely complements a light-filled open dining room offering a splendid view of trees and the award-winning Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden.

Visitors may enjoy our outstanding menu Tuesday through Friday for lunch, and may enjoy our musical brunch on select Sundays. Please check the Museum calendar for dates and details.

More than just a cafe at a Museum, Oscar's is truly a destination in itself. We invite you to come and see.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Bistro
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am -2:00pm.
Brunch: Select Sundays - Please see www.artsbma.org for schedule.
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(205) 254-2775
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Cross street
24th St. N
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Beer, Cafe, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Music was good but too loud since there are no sound buffers

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Our group of 12 ate lunch here after our docent tour. Food was really good--creative combinations, well-seasoned, and the service was outstanding. Thanks for an enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I actually went two days in a row with different friends and both meals were delicious on each day. Service was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This was the first time @Oscar’s for me. My wife had eaten there before and totally enjoyed her experience. We were running errands and she talked me into going. I am glad I said “ yes”. This was one of the best experiences for lunch I have ever had. I have eaten all over the world. The service was fantastic and the food had a great taste from the appetizer of lobster corn dogs to the desert of banana pudding. This will not be my last time @Oscar’s. Congratulations to all the staff for a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

One word - fabulous, fabulous, fabulous, fabulous and morefabulous

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I love the Sunday brunches. The only thing is didn't like was being seated in that back room, felt isolated. Food is alway good!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day buffet—everything was well prepared—nothing was “stale” and all tasted freshly prepared and flavorful. Choices are overwhelming, especially the desert table, but once I made my choices (and I made a lot of them—modestly, of course) I was not disappointed. The museum is a wonderful place to dine and view. Music was fantastic. An altogether wonderful way to spend part of my day. (The service could not have been better)

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was great but service was a bit slow. The place is always packed on Sunday and is a great place to go.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent display of food: the smoked salmon just kept coming. The seasonal specials of shrimp with pork belly and heirloom tomatoes, sweet potato salad and slaw with bacon and blue cheese were amazing. The desert variety was overwhelming, so we had a bite of each; all were delicious, but but bananas foster and the rainbow cake were my favorites. There seemed to be a shortage of wait staff to bring coffee, mimosas, water refills , etc.; otherwise- perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I really enjoyed the Fathers day brunch.The food and service was outstanding.The catfish was delicious.I would have liked fried chicken with the waffles,other than that,I can't wait until next time.Good luck.The manager deserves high marks and praise

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a great time at Oscar's at the Museum. The food was good, live music was nice, and a very nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It was a fun Father’s Day with great energy, delicious food for kids and adults, and a perfect first stop before visiting the rest of the museum— and gift shop!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

This was a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration! Highly recommended! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food is delicious: good carvery of beef and lamb but the shrimp and grits and the gumbo was my favorite. Great indulgences for the dessert bar including Bananas foster but healthy fruit available. Lovely presentation. Tasty mimosas at noon.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mothers Day. Can't say enough how great the service was. Food was great! We also really enjoyed the music. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Oscar’s buffet is ALWAYS AWESOME!!! Excellent food!!! Including desserts!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Incredible variety of well prepared brunch food. Very pleasant environment with live music to set the lively mood. Everything was fresh and presented in a very appealing manner.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Great for an intimate gathering or a large group.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My group comes every Easter and it's much anticipated and enjoyed!

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Waiter disappeared into kitchen for long periods although only two other couples in cafe. Chatted with other waiters for long periods
Had to ask for beverages & refills.
Never offered. Had to ask for bread. Brought toasted sandwich bread. Crab cakes good but needed bread or crackers. None offered. Waiter way too chatty about personal life.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very good food and most enjoyable atmosphere at Oscar's. It's been a while since I last dined there but I won't stay away so long now. My party enjoyed everything. The music was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding as usual. Had family and college friend from FL. She was in awe!!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

A nice restaurant, very casual. Wear a jacket as it is 62° in the museum and dining area; done so to preserve the art work. Food and service were quite good.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

First time for Sunday Brunch and it was fantastic. Will go again.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Oscar's is a great place for business meals, quiet and never over-crowded. Being in the art museum is a plus if you want a post-meal stroll to collect your thoughts before heading back into the office.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

I have only been twice to Oscar's, but every time I have enjoyed the atmosphere and food. This time I was pleasantly surprised to hear live jazz! I also enjoy the feeling like I'm in another city. The grill veggies were surpberb...we will definitely be back soon!

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Didn't realize the only option for brunch was buffet, which I thought was overpriced.

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

The day I visited, the music was provided by Red Mountain Theatre Conservatory and was very good. I really enjoyed them and was pleasantly surprised that this was the entertainment. They did not overpower the space, but provided a welcome addition to the meal.
The food was okay. The setup of the buffet was odd as it was made to be two-sided for flow but you missed things by visiting only one side. There were no spreads for bread at all...no butter, jams, jellies or cream cheese. I found that odd. Maybe I was supposed to ask, but I would expect that they would just be present.
The menu noted breakfast breads and yeast rolls. I expected a variety of different sweet rolls and breakfast breads. I found only blueberry muffins, and scones and bagels. Only when I left did I see the biscuits and yeast rolls.
The layout of the buffet was odd too. The first thing you came to was mashed potatoes. I found that odd. The flow was a bit awkward, too. I was told I’d be given instructions on how to navigate it, but I did not get those. I think I navigated just fine, but it wouldn’t have hurt to have instructions.
The desserts were noted as Masterpiece Desserts. I found them not worth the calories. I tried three. One was really good...a pecan pie in a chafing dish. It needed something to cut the sweet, but was the most tasty. I had a chocolate pie that was very anemic. It seemed like those you buy in the store. And a lemon raspberry cheesecake that had real cake in it and was so very dry.
I’m glad I tried Oscar’s brunch and I’m not unwilling to try again.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Special occasion with Red Mountain Theater Company. Enjoyed entertainment and food with service great.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Very elegant venue for lunch dining in the middle of an art gallery. Their Sunday brunch is really great but check ahead of time since they only offer brunch on select Sundays. We were a little disappointed that they did not have crab cakes on this visit, they do offer really good crab cakes on Wednesday.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Oscar’s. I was pleasantly surprised by the many options on the buffet. I’m not a “buffet” person, because they’re not always maintained that well, but that was not the case with Oscar’s. They kept it clean and nicely presented. The food was quite flavorful with good temperatures. I will go back.

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3.0Dined on November 5, 2017

I have been to Oscars on 3 or 4 different occasions. Until my last visit on this past Sunday, it was a spectacular dining event -- both in culinary choices and service. However our service THIS visit left much to be desired. He seemed overwhelmed, impatient, and at the end of the meal implied that we were lying about the number of guests we had at our table. Our reservation was for 15 though only 9 joined us. When we requested the ticket, the server stated that there were "at least 10" in"10" if that were necessary but also to hopefully help adjust his attitude. I honestly do not know if I will return to Oscars -- if so I definitely would NOT be amenable to his service.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service, friendly helpful wait staff. Delicious food.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

That was our first brunch experience, mainly because my wife was always at work on Sundays, but recently retired. Since we had met for lunch a few times because we like it so much, we decided to try the Sunday brunch. It exceeded our expectations, the food was awesome! The chef was out front welcoming, the band started playing some awesome jazz, and it wasn't too crowded-just right!

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Very impressed with the food. Prices were reasonable and staff was fabulous. Truly enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food and service! Nice buffet selection! Great value for the money!! Super music!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Oscar's hosts a fabulous brunch menu with upbeat live music nestled in the amazing BMA exhibits. The wait staff is engaging, knowledgeable and friendly.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2017

This was a fun brunch....live jazz band with a great sound, awesome buffet brunch with southern cooking along with brunch standards - all delicious - with awesome desserts, too! Wait staff was good. It is a special occasion in that they aren't always open for this so need to check ahead that they are having it on the Sunday that you are interested. The added bonus is that the museum is free and open until I think 4 that day - so it makes it a super few hours.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

Wonderful service and food! Music was also great! We will go back each month for the extensive buffet!

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