Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art

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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.
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LC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the buffet was OUTSTANDING!! And the service was impeccable...Kudos to Mr. Cobb and team who exhibited the utmost in professionalism...It was the best dining experience any father could have...Can’t wait until next year.

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TR
Atlanta
93 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch is outstanding! There are a great number of meat and vegetable choices... either lunch or breakfast. Service is good. And be sure to save room for dessert.

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CA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day for my husband. It was the perfect lunch

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R
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Despite my reservation made through Open Table, Oscar's was CLOSED when we arrived. I would recommend calling direct, if possible, or calling the Museum where it is located, before going since they obviously didn't communicate they would not be serving lunch that day due to a set up for an evening program. This was not a sudden unexpected closure either, as the evening program had been on their schedule for some time. My Open Table reservation was worthless.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great. Phil was our server and was extremely helpful.

Unfortunately, we were having a business discussion during lunch when a large group of children was released into the dining room with little guidance and it was very loud for 10 or so.

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MW
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother's Day brunch was lovely as usual. This was our family's 3rd annual Mother's Day brunch at Oscar's and I think my mother would be disappointed if we didn't do this every year. As always the food was outstanding and the music was wonderful. Looking forward to spending Father's Day there as well.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special place to go for Mother's Day lunch. You are greeted like family and the chef explains where things are; the waiters make sure your drink never runs dry. The space itself is absolutely gorgeous and just makes you feel good to be there, and the live saxophone music added to the ambiance. And the food!! Incredible selection, and everything was fresh and scrumptious. We've also gone here for Easter brunch as well (waited too late this year) and there is no where I'd rather go for a holiday brunch. My favorite is always the deviled eggs. Note it is also possible to stay on a healthy diet here as there are many choices including healthy ones.

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AP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem we had was one of our party is in a motorized wheel chair, the woman is a quadriplegic and controls her chair with a straw. We hadn't mentioned this on our reservation and for some reason they had us seated at the farthest back table in a very long restaurant where she would have had to maneuver through all the chairs and tables, which would have been quite impossible. I told the front desk person and they got another person and then finally the manager came out and he agreed to put us at an empty table up front, he was not too pleasant about it at first and made a big point of telling me that I should have let them know in advance. In the future I will know to do that, but he had plenty of empty tables so I still fail to see what his problem was. The rest of the meal went well, the servers were wonderful, the food was good and the manager was very nice and friendly by the time we left. We would definitely go back and send friends.

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My leadership team had a great visit to the museum and a wonderful lunch at Oscar's. Christian took great care of us, going above and beyond as he served us a delicious lunch. Birmingham is blessed to have a beautiful, creative space in which to meet and eat!

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l
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for Easter brunch. The staff and waiters were prompt and great about checking on us. The food was incredible. It was buffet and they had a large variety for every palate. Not too loud either. Wonderful experience!! I will definitely be back.

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S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

while we were the ones making (light) noise and merriment until the high school group came in, it is ALWAYS fun to have lunch at Oscar's. a group of 10 came to see specific art and have lunch to end a study we have been in this spring. the food was beautiful (so beautiful we passed a few things around to see more closely how they were constructed, delicious (we had a sharing plate or two or three), and were well taken care of. Oscar's is where I take out-of-town guests, meet friends for lunch, and introduce folks to the museum - despite the construction around it, a wonderful experience!

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Naples
42 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was so friendly.

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FA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a bad rain storm day so the crowd was thinning out at the time of our 12:30 reservations.
Music was delightful. Wait service was attentive but my waiter lingered at my table a bit to long talking to us. Plates were slow to be picked up. Drinks came quick enough.

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PC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch buffet is always so good. Diverse selections and beautiful presentations. And always so delish!

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AS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Jazz Brunch was wonderful! The food was plentiful, and delicious, and the Jazz combo was delightful. Although there was music we could still hear each other at our table. My friends and I decided to do this Sunday Jazz Brunch again soon!

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AB
Western NC
75 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service, menu seems to be up and down. Some great, others good, still others not so good.

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OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic! Just perfect for Sunday Brunch! Can’t wait till next time.

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CP
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I think there's room for improvement but the menu offered something for everyone and the food was good. I very much enjoyed the music and feel it teeters on being a wonderful experience but something is lacking.

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FF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was very enjoyable. The service and the food were very good. At brunch we were entertained with jazz which was great and added to the total experience.

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D
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch! The Food Is Spectacular

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TR
Atlanta
93 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took in the monthly brunch buffet...always good food and lots of it. It’s a bit pricey but good. Service was all right.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and a pleasant variety of entrees. The lobster pot pie was super tasty.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I use Oscar's for my annual lunch get together with friends. It never disappoints me.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere. I will be returning in the future. Thanks.

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MG
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I ate here for one of the Sunday brunches. It was really good. Plenty of selections and everything was so very good. We will go back!

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a great Time with the red Mountain choir
Great food Chef Lorin are the best

Gonzalez Family

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LD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was expecting a better selection of pastries and artisanal breads.

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D
Birmingham
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch In Birmingham,Ala! The Food is so Awesome and so many choice's from the Chef, all high quality food selections! its only there for Sunday Brunch the first Sunday of each Month! Make your reservation and do not miss it!!!!!!

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DM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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SC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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KT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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M
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JW
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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ET
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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a
Birmingham
24 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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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s
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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