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About Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art
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.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am -2:00pm.
Brunch: Select Sundays - Please see www.artsbma.org for schedule.
24th St. N
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cafe, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Oscar's at the Museum - Birmingham Museum of Art Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We got the chicken salad plate. There was a generous portion but it was very plain. The rest of the plate was filled with fresh fruit. There was a small slice of banana bread. It was not exactly what I was expecting so perhaps if I had known ahead of time I might have gotten something else. I didn't feel there was much of a selection.
My first time at Oscar's was for Mother's Day. I decided to pamper my mom and finish the morning off with brunch and I am so glad I did! She enjoyed it and so did I especially with all the food choices. Well, I liked it so much I made reservations for Father's Day! Dad is very picky and finicky so I wasn't too sure how it would go over with him, but to my surprise...HE LOVE IT!!! Thanks for such a great experience and I so look forward to going during the week.
My husband, family and I love to frequent the Sunday brunch! We were in for February's brunch for my son's birthday. The food was good compared to a usual great! I will, however, continue to visit the museum for brunch. This experience does not change my overall experience of satisfaction.
Outstanding food and service. We attended a special Sunday brunch with Red Mountain Theatre Conservatory singing Christmas songs as entertainment. Wonderful event...and the venue was as perfect as the 50 kids singing. The buffet was amazing...hard say what my favorite dish was...probably the Salmon! But the desserts where also super delicious and I had tastes of about 5! The servers and buffet staff where super fast and kept everything full, fresh and tidy. The restaurant was completely full, but we never knew it. Our coffee cups never reached bottom, no used plate or utensil sat on the table more than a few seconds before someone whisked it away. I really havent seen this level of service anywhere in Bham. Best of all probably was the service I got because I called to get my reservation. "Crystal" told me they where full, but if I could confirm the number of folks I had that day, she would try to work something out. Boy, did she. I confirmed with her later that day that we had a party of 12. When we arrived Sunday, not only where we the first to be seated, she put us right up front where we could see the kids close up! Everyone in my group loved it and kept thanking me for working out the arrangements. Of course, I didnt do anything...it was simply Crystal and the great staff at Oscars!
Food was good. Server Philip...ummm not so great. I've had better. This was my first time visiting and I really didn't know what to expect. My party and I had to ask for everything!!! I didn't realize that there was only one mimosa per person limit. We were never asked if this was our first time. I invited everyone, therefore it was their first time as well. I didn't feel like my being there was very important or welcomed.
The omelet guys were very nice and the chef describe the dishes to me when I asked. He was nice too. I would have preferred a name of each dish located near by. The lady that check us in was super sweet and very accommodating. The music was fantastic and set a very nice atmosphere!!! I will probably visit again, but not too soon.
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