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Automatic Seafood and Oysters, Birmingham, AL

Automatic Seafood and Oysters

4.6
4.6
729 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood

ASO aims to blend fine dining with a friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome, always. Our menu offers a variety of seafood dishes, featuring fish primarily sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, oysters from waters along the Southern and Eastern coastlines, as well as a selection of land-based produce and proteins.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 580-1600

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adam Evans

Popular dishes

Menu

Eat - Brunch

  • Deviled Farm Eggs$8.00

    Marinated gulf shrimp, dill, pickled mustard seed

    • Strawberry Babka$6.00

      Salads

      • Caesar Salad

        Parmesan cheese, butter toasted sourdough, lemon-anchovy vinaigrette

        • Half$5.00
        • Whole$9.00
      • Shaved Brussels

        Apples, bacon, pepitas, aged Monterey Jack, and banyuls vinaigrette

        • Half$6.00
        • Whole$10.00

      Starters

      • Yeast Rolls$5.00

        Eastaboga cultured honey butter

        • Heirloom Tomatoes$15.00

          Herbs, pecorino, sherry vinegar

          Fin Fish

          • Roasted Yellowedge Grouper$29.00

            Lemon, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt

            • Seared Tuna$29.00

              Marinated cherry, tomato salad, crispy eggplant, eggplant puree

              Meats and Poultry

              • 12 oz. Prime Ribeye$45.00

                Salt and vinegar onion rings, bailey hazen blue and roasted garlic

                • Roasted Half Chicken$24.00

                  Shaved kale salad and salsa verde

                  What 729 people are saying

                  Overall ratings and reviews

                  4.6
                  4.6 based on all time ratings
                  • 4.7Food
                  • 4.6Service
                  • 4.6Ambience
                  • 4.2Value

                  NoiseModerate

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                  1. RR

                    RRR86

                    Seattle

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 22, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience1

                    Take out service only was outstanding. Excellent service with prompt delivery to car. Outstanding food with exceptional quantity of servings. My wife and I will be back, both for take-out and to eat-in at end of pandemic.

                  2. EV

                    ErikaV

                    Atlanta

                    10 reviews

                    5.0

                    10 reviews

                    Dined on March 16, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My new favorite!

                  3. DJ

                    DavidJ

                    Nashville

                    13 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    13 reviews

                    Dined on March 16, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    First time to visit Automatic. Food was superb and service outstanding. Highly recommend

                  4. ST

                    STUARTF

                    Jacksonville

                    93 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    93 reviews

                    Dined on March 15, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great restaurant!

                  5. JW

                    JohnW

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 14, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The best scallops ever & the Korean BBQ collard greens were fantastic as well. Very easy to see why Automatic Seafood is up for the James Beard award for most outstanding restaurant.. they are very deserving.

                  6. WS

                    WayneS

                    Birmingham

                    22 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    22 reviews

                    Dined on March 14, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Great service. Very responsive. Meal was a little slow, but they acknowledged it and when it arrived it was hot.

                  7. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Chicago

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 13, 2020

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    I had the swordfish with XO sauce. Wow. The fish was cooked perfectly but the XO sauce made the whole dish really impress.

                  8. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 13, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We really enjoyed our first experience at Automatic Seafood & Oysters. The staff was very friendly and we were seated and served our entree within 15 minutes!

                  9. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Charlotte

                    2 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 13, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Exception food and service I thoroughly enjoyed it.

                  10. C

                    Carman

                    Birmingham

                    2 reviews

                    3.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 12, 2020

                    overall3food4service3ambience2

                    Service was slow, almost 45 minutes before food server No interaction with server in the time except when he brought wine Food was well prepared and tasty Noise level too loud to have a conversation, would not consider a place to go for a date or special occasion

                  11. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Birmingham

                    4 reviews

                    4.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on March 10, 2020

                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                    The food was delicious; however the service was excellent. Our server went above and beyond to share her favorite meals and why she enjoyed them. She was attentive and made our dinner a more pleasant experience.

                  12. JF

                    JFEllis

                    San Francisco

                    5 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on March 10, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience2

                    Fabulous food!

                  13. RA

                    RobertA

                    Birmingham

                    4 reviews

                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on March 10, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Fresh, flavorful meal in a cool and energetic atmosphere with impeccable service. Automatic is as good as it gets.

                  14. MR

                    MsRoz

                    Birmingham

                    54 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    54 reviews

                    Dined on March 9, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Visited the second time and felt so confident I invited a guest for a business meeting. They didn't disappoint at all. They refresh their menu and although I didn't see what I ordered just 3 weeks prior, I was delighted with the offering as they were enhanced. Except, I didn't try the grilled oysters because the set-up changed and it was featured with a chili rub or something and it sound way too spicy or pica for me. I can't judge it because I didn't order them but sometimes we just have to leave what is working just work! I will definitely be back, LOVED our server he was so personable, knowledgeable, and attentive. Great personality and he is a retired Marine!!!!! I will ask for his section every time, every time...catch that? I will certainly be back and look forward to the patio service they plan to begin closer to the Spring. Don't miss this new gem, reminds me of being back home in LA or just down I-20 in the "places to be" ATL eatery scene. Great job!!!!!

                  15. C

                    Channing

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 9, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Food was lovely as always. All employees were as polite as possible and we had a lovely time. My only complaint is that the restaurant is very loud just from other patrons talking with almost no sound absorption within the main dining area. Black acoustic foam is not expensive, would hide in the rafters very well, and would deaden a lot of that noise.

                  16. e

                    edrak

                    Birmingham

                    5 reviews

                    5.0

                    5 reviews

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Oysters were excellent. Open doors to the lawn was very nice setting.

                  17. AT

                    AngelaT

                    Birmingham

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Automatic is a lovely space and a perfect place for Sunday Brunch!

                  18. S

                    Sandy

                    Little Rock

                    3 reviews

                    5.0

                    3 reviews

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The food, service, and attention to every detail were superb. This was our 1st time to eat there and had heard wonderful things, but we were so impressed with the quality of the food! Will definitely go again!

                  19. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Oklahoma City

                    1 review

                    4.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                    Somewhat limited brunch menu but quality offerings. I felt the crab component of the ham quiche was undersold - it was the star and really made this dish stand out. My companions were very pleased with their dishes: bbq shrimp & grits and steak biscuit. I thought the coffee was superior.

                  20. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Chicago

                    4 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    4 reviews

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great food and service. Very unique.

                  21. a

                    angieh

                    Nashville

                    48 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    48 reviews

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                    Went with a friend for a girls night out. Really wanted to fall in love with this place, however, it was somewhat disappointing. We started with a cocktail and a nice bottle of wine (both were great). We ordered a dozen oysters,, fish cheeks and the beet salad. All were great. For the main entree, we had the swordfish and the snapper on the half shell. Both dishes were salty, but the swordfish was not edible and completely dry. The service and ambiance were fantastic. Will give it another try, but was disappointed.

                  22. CG

                    CourtneyG

                    Birmingham

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 8, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great place. Favorite date night experience so far! Food was wonderful!

                  23. KW

                    KimWhit

                    Nashville

                    11 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    11 reviews

                    Dined on March 7, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Although I wasn't able to join them for dinner, my Saturday afternoon lunch was excellent. The Shrimp and Grits, to die for! Cannot wait to get back to Bham and get in for dinner. Easy parking, great vibe, awesome food and service. Way to go Automatic! Your name lived up to its reviews.

                  24. JM

                    JamesM

                    Birmingham

                    7 reviews

                    5.0

                    7 reviews

                    Dined on March 7, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We have been to Automatic at least 3 times and the food and service has been absolutely awesome. Chef Adam and his wife Suzanne are wonderful people and their addition to the Birmingham restaurant scene is truly welcomed.

                  25. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 7, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Awesome brunch

                  26. JT

                    JTF7

                    Birmingham

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 6, 2020

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    Best meal we’ve had in a long time!

                  27. l

                    lnr1

                    New Orleans

                    33 reviews

                    vip
                    4.0

                    33 reviews

                    Dined on March 6, 2020

                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                    Waited over an hour for entree which was not hot. Manager made it right and removed it from check. Very good customer service. Second entree was great

                  28. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 6, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    My husband and I love going to Automatic seafood on our date nights. We always order a few apps before we order entrees. Highly recommend letting the servers choose oysters and a perfect bottle of wine to pair with them!

                  29. MN

                    MicheleN

                    Charleston

                    93 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    93 reviews

                    Dined on March 5, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    We loved the beet salad! We ate early at 5:30 but the vibe got even better around 6:30 when the lights went down. Wonderful food and beautiful atmosphere.

                  30. JL

                    JimL

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 5, 2020

                    overall3food4service4ambience2

                    Noise level and somewhat distracting scurrying around of servers plus food being medium warm made for a very disappointing evening

                  31. R

                    Robert

                    Birmingham

                    1 review

                    3.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 5, 2020

                    overall3food3service5ambience3

                    The food was okay, but nothing amazing. The waitstaff was awesome. The table (reserved several weeks in advance) was super tiny for three people. We had logistical trouble with the dishes fitting on the table. My advice would be to say 4 people and maybe you'll get a better table.

                  32. P

                    Perk

                    Boise

                    43 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    43 reviews

                    Dined on March 4, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                    Wonderful experience. The only downside for me was the noise level, which made it difficult to have a conversation. Our meals were creative and tasty. The roast oysters and yeast rolls were the best I’ve ever had. The pavlova dessert is to die for. My dining partner had the cake, which was also very good but not as refreshing as the citrus pavlova. Inventive drinks and a nice selection of wines are a plus. Our waiter was superb as well. I will definitely return when visiting Birmingham.

                  33. MM

                    MarshaM

                    Chicago

                    2 reviews

                    5.0

                    2 reviews

                    Dined on March 4, 2020

                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                    Enjoyed our evening beginning to end. Already recommended and will definitely return

                  34. JL

                    JamesL

                    Birmingham

                    22 reviews

                    5.0

                    22 reviews

                    Dined on March 2, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Superb seafood, deft, professional service.

                  35. M

                    Molly

                    Birmingham

                    15 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    15 reviews

                    Dined on March 2, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great night out with friends! Everyone's enjoyed their meal and service was spot on.

                  36. 5

                    5thtimediner

                    Birmingham

                    37 reviews

                    5.0

                    37 reviews

                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Food great as always. Jonathan was attentive and helpful. Perfect server.

                  37. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Birmingham

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Great experience will make it a monthly trip

                  38. E

                    Emily

                    1 review

                    5.0

                    1 review

                    Dined on March 1, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    The best restaurant in Birmingham!! Love the food, atmosphere, and staff! Always a treat to dine here.

                  39. J

                    Judy

                    Birmingham

                    6 reviews

                    2.0

                    6 reviews

                    Dined on February 29, 2020

                    overall2food2service3ambience3

                    Very overpriced for quality of food. Good was marginal & way way too salty.

                  40. OT

                    OpenTable Diner

                    Birmingham

                    9 reviews

                    vip
                    5.0

                    9 reviews

                    Dined on February 29, 2020

                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                    Amazing food and experience! Love it and will return!

                  FAQs

                  You can order delivery directly from Automatic Seafood and Oysters using the Order Online button. Automatic Seafood and Oysters also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 580-1600.

                  Automatic Seafood and Oysters is rated 4.6 stars by 729 OpenTable diners.

                  Not available on OpenTable

                  Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                  If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                  Additional information

                  • Cross street

                    29th St and 5th Ave S

                  • Neighborhood

                    Birmingham

                  • Hours of operation

                    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm

                  • Cuisines

                    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Global, International

                  • Dining style

                    Casual Dining

                  • Dress code

                    Casual Dress

                  • Parking details

                    Complimentary Valet and Ample Street Parking

                  • Executive chef

                    Adam Evans

                  • Additional

                    Takeout

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