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Roots & Revelry, Birmingham, AL

Roots & Revelry

4.3
4.3
446 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
A fun, energetic tribute to American Southern cuisine. Our dining room is bustling with high-energy just like our great Magic City. Our menus focus on local distilleries and local farms throughout Alabama; the menu is ever changing with only the freshest products on hand. Our dishes are whimsical yet elegant with a feeling of comfort to them.
Roots & Revelry departs from the norm by modernizing fine dining. It’s haute with casual undertones, southern with international influences.

Our Patio is not covered. Patio is weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will do our best to accommodate you inside but can not guarantee a table.

Reservations preferred, walk-ins accepted based on availability.

We are allotting 1 1/2 hours for parties of two, 2 hours for parties of four, 2 1/2 hours for parties six or more. Please call us at 205-730-1907 or email home@roots-revelry.com for any parties over six guests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (205) 730-1907
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Robert Lynn
  • Catering
    Call or email with any catering requests and we will reach out shortly. Please include as many pertinent details as possible.
  • Private party facilities
    Need a gorgeous location for your wedding, photography shoot, or special event? Our stunning ballroom is available to rent. Our large windows, glittering crystal chandelier, and polished hardwood floors will add elegance to any affair.We also offer private dining options any day of the week!Please email home@roots-revelry.comCall 205.518.0794
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross street
    17th Street North
  • Parking details
    Street and free valet parking are also available on 17th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue N)
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 446 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Great for brunch

  • Alabama

    Innovative

  • Alabama

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Alabama

    Romantic

  • Alabama

    American

  • Birmingham

    Great for brunch

  • Birmingham

    Innovative

  • Birmingham

    Healthy

  • Birmingham

    Romantic

  • Birmingham

    Good for special occasions

446 Reviews
  1. KirkH

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and amazing food. Staff went above and beyond to make our special occasion unforgettable! We will be back soon.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful brunch experience! Personalized attention.

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  3. CSmith

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, nice atmosphere. Was disappointed as they had no beer, as their taps were broken.

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  4. SonjaC

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the first time for a birthday dinner. The food was absolutely amazing. I had the filet and it was possibly the best steak I've ever had. Others at the table had the pork loin, the duck and the flank steak. Everything was cooked to perfection. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. The Garden Party cocktail was dangerously amazing. The blackberry Cream Brule with scratch made chocolate truffles... beyond delicious. The chef even came around and spoke with all the customers. I definitely recommend Roots and Revalry for a celebration or a romantic dinner. 5 stars all around.

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  5. BamaRadDoc

    Tallahassee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ours was a first rate experience in every way! Service was flawless. We had the chance to meet the chef and owner, Robert Lynn who is extremely well versed not only in his culinary art, but also in the history of the fabulous building, Thomas Jefferson Tower. Food was prepared to absolute perfection, taste was beyond expectations! We’ll definitely be back!!

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  6. ed35244

    Alabama

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been here for brunch which was delicious, so we were looking forward to dinner. Shame it was mediocre at best. The entire meal lacked flavor and had zero presentation.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails & scallops were off the charts delicious! Everything else was really good but overall not as delicious as I remember from like 5 years ago. Gorgeous as always!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and excellent food. Definitely a hidden gem in downtown Birmingham.

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  9. Shay

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful scenery on the roof top. Prices were decent. The waiter was very nice and polite. He smiled constantly, which was a very great thing. The environment was pleasant.

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  10. Megan

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fiancé and booked a dinner for a late valentines reservation and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit! I had the duck and he ordered the venison. My duck was flavorful, decadent and buttery and his venison was a good portion size that was juicy and well cooked. Our sides of veggies and creamed spinach were delightful as well. The staff was very polite as well as knowledgeable about the menu and pairings. We ordered the Crème brûlée that truly delightful! The ambiance of the restaurant provided a relaxing and romantic feel.

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  11. MilesH

    Alabama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The Soup, Appetizer, and Entree came out virtually at the same time. The food was also lukewarm to cold. We weren’t asked to order dessert and once we tried to order dessert (after already paying) we waited over 20 minutes and just ended up leaving. The food tasted fine but it was clear it was reheated which is disappointing for the value. I was very disappointed and won’t be returning.

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  12. Chris

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Valentines/Anniversary. The atmosphere was perfect for this outing. The dinner was better than expected. Beautiful place.

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  13. RayB

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose Roots & Revelry for an early Valentine's Day brunch, and it was an excellent choice. The ambiance of the beautiful old historic building in downtown Birmingham has been enhanced with beautiful artwork from local artists. Our hostess and server, Traci, guided us through the selections on the brunch menu with tidbits of information about the special preparation involved in the dishes. She was quite knowledgeable and informative. When our orders arrived, they were beautifully and artfully presented on the dishes. But then, at first bite, we knew that we had made the right choice. The food simply shouted excellence with each bite taken. Our dining experience at Roots & Revelry not only met but exceeded our expectations.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kathleen was the best server! She handled our large group very well!

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  15. CliftonG

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desmond was great as our waiter. He was very personable and dependable. Stacy the manager/hostess was as well.

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  16. Nash123

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was all excellent, but the service was abysmally slow and awkward. We arrived promptly for a 5:45 dinner reservation and were still almost late for an 8pm show just a few blocks away. It took over an hour to receive our main course from the time we ordered and another 30 minutes to receive dessert after that. Finally, it took 20 minutes from the time we asked for the check until the time we actually received the check and were able to pay. Every interaction with the waitstaff gave the impression that we were inconveniencing them. Despite being a rather small restaurant, the waitstaff and kitchen seemed unequipped to handle the crowd, and the restaurant wasn’t even half-full when we ordered. In addition, there was a wedding reception happening in the adjacent event space which shared facilities like bathrooms and entryways with the restaurant. It felt like we were encroaching on the wedding, and the constant baseline of the live music and camera flashes from the outdoor balcony did not create a pleasant ambiance.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner with my wife at the bar. Service was great!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The temperature was way too cold for us to completely enjoy our dining experience.

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  19. jonathanH

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating here and it was great. Food is delicious.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing!! Our waitress was so sweet and accommodating!! However, the hostess was very rude to some of my family members when checking in and made us feel that our big party was a hindrance to her and other parties were more important. She continued to come over and disrupt our brunch with comments and had a very negative attitude. She told one of my family members “you need to be patient. I’m going to lose this other party if you don’t give me a minute” as if we were not paying customers as well. Other than that fabulous experience and loved the vibe of the restaurant!

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  21. AbbyO

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was amazing and our server was prompt and attentive to our needs! Brunch at Roots & Tevelry did not disappoint!!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location in the historic Thomas Jefferson hotel, complete with the zeppelin tower on the roof. Inside the restaurant was just as magnificent with antique cafe furniture. The highlight was your food and team that made our time at table perfect. Exquisitely delicious, the roasted heirloom vegetables and perfectly prepared tenderloin. We look forward to our next visit for cocktails and desserts on the terrace overlooking the Alabama Theater district!

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  23. Jeaneen

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely old building. Beautiful restaurant. Food was excellent, service was great.

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  24. PatsyT

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My friends chicken dish was not good…the chicken breast was not fully cooked. We sent it back and it came back chewy. The manager only offered us a glass of champagne as an apology…she should have compted that part of our dinner. We won’t be going back.

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  25. Morgan

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Roots and Revelry for brunch this past Sunday. The service was excellent and the food was suburb. We were never rushed and well taken care of.

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  26. Okra

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The gumbo was good but everything was overpriced and the service was lacking. Seemed understaffed.

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  27. Hopkins

    Alabama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was awful. Cold. Service was pretty good. Location and ambiance was odd. Not a safe building.

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  28. CaileyP

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 stars for an overall great experience! The food, waitresses, hostess, and restaurant was over all amazing! Every one was so nice and helpful from the start of booking the reservation and throughout the experience in the restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend!

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  29. Patricia

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went on a Thursday evening. Need to work on signage to get to the restaurant on the second floor. Food was just average for the price. Ambiance was enjoyable and interesting.

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  30. 5thtimediner

    Alabama

    52 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Brunch service had a couple of large parties that overwhelmed servers. Caused my two person party to feel forgotten. First time I received avocado toast that wasn’t actually on toasted or grilled bread. Again I think the kitchen was trying to get food out too fast without checking dishes.

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  31. LauraH

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Roots and Reverly was amazing! The customer service was impeccable as was the food. My aunt and I had tickets for the Natalie Grant concert at the Lyric Theater and the location was perfect. The chef brought out homemade creme brûlée; it was so yummy. Can't wait to go back!

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  32. KelseyC

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don’t like leaving “bad” reviews but this rating is true to our experience. The staff was very friendly. The restaurant is beautiful. However, the food was mediocre at best. My fries were not fully cooked. Our appetizers came out late. The food took a really long time and we were the only people in the restaurant (not exaggerating- there was no one else between 4-6 PM.) Some food was cold and some was warm. I was very excited to dine here as we were celebrating for a friend. Overall a 2 is generous.

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  33. EyeDoc

    Atlanta Metro

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The resturants setting is very nice. It was a little tricky getting in, the entrance is actually on 16th. We were greeted very warmly upon arrival. The patio is a great place to enjoy your meal. We had the gumbo for starters. It wasn’t warm enough and the rice was somewhat sticky. The main dishes that we ordered were the salmon and grouper. The salmon was well prepared and the grouper was pretty tasty. All in all, we would go back for sure.

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  34. MychalR

    Alabama

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I took my wife out for her birthday on a Tuesday evening. There was only one person available to greet people with reservations, take orders for all tables, make all drinks, and bring out all food. I don’t blame them, but the one person showed very little interest in moving any quicker than normal. It took 10 minutes to be greeted and sat. About 15 minutes passed between being sat and having our drink order taken. The same time passed between that and actually receiving the drinks. We waited about 30 minutes before the server came back to take food orders; by this time we ordered dessert and decided to get food elsewhere afterwards. The crème brûlée came maybe 15-20 minutes later and was not done. It was soupy and the “crust” on top was soft. In total my wife and I enjoyed each other’s company but we were there for about an hour and a half, only had a couple drinks and a poorly constructed dessert to show for it and spent $70 between that and a $20 tip. Then had to get dinner elsewhere. This was clearly an off night for them but for the cost, I expect an off night to be better than what we received.

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  35. TrinB

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience was good. I was running late for my reservation and the staff properly accommodated my party. From what I was told from my friend who arrived before me, the staff made her wait an enjoyable experience. My food was delicious

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  36. ChrisM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I have to put something, so I am marking food as poor as well, although I was never served. I had a reservation, waited over 10 minutes to be seated. The place was packed, and I understand that it's Sunday, but I think there were maybe two people on the floor, so big failure to plan on the part of the restaurant. The chef (I think) was fooling with the TV while many people were waiting in line to be seated, which seemed like a place to improve to me. 15 minutes or so after being seated I left, no one acknowledged that I was there, no water, first server greeting, nothing, and I just figured it wasn't going to happen for brunch. So about 25-30 minutes from the time I entered the door, I had not even a glass of water. The food here is good, but I also noticed on the menu that the prices have gone up. I think they're outrageously overpriced now, based on comparable or better options in downtown Birmingham. Finally, and this plays into the totality, there is such a thing as too busy. That's not a great ambiance for a nice brunch (or dinner, what have you). But success is great right? Yes, but heavy traffic needs to be planned for, and that's what the owner or manager should be doing. It's Sunday brunch, you know it'll be busy, that should not be a surprise. All this said, sometimes things happen. I think the pricing places R&R in a position it doesn't actually occupy. The food is good, but it's not that level, the 'ambiance' is fun, but not fine dining, and the service is not on par. So then does it make sense to have a $20 basic breakfast (a side of two eggs is $9 by the way, which is almost insulting, and it's not inflation) when Automatic Seafood is sublime (and expensive), only blocks away, and calm and quiet on a Sunday? It does not. I'm sorry to revise my earlier praise of R&R, and maybe I'll go back there one day and be pleasantly surprised. But it won't be on my list to do.

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  37. LadieswhoDine

    Alabama

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Please see Facebook group, "Ladies who Dine" for full review.

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  38. BhamFoodie

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great, the ambiance was cool, everything about the setting was awesome. It’s too bad that the food was not a great part of the experience. It’s close to where it needs to be but still misses the mark from what you’d expect. I’d love to see this establishment flourish but it’s going to take a different chef and a more modern take on the menu. The concept is there and so many things are done right but the food falls flat.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal at an awesome spot!! The weather was great so we sat outside and enjoyed great food and drinks

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  40. DennisS

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue, food was excellent, friendly and warm service. Highly recommend.

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FAQs

Roots & Revelry offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 730-1907.

Roots & Revelry is rated 4.3 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Roots & Revelry

1623 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1912

Additional information

  • Cross street
    17th Street North
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street and free valet parking are also available on 17th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue N)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Robert Lynn
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (205) 730-1907
  • Catering
    Call or email with any catering requests and we will reach out shortly. Please include as many pertinent details as possible.
  • Private party facilities
    Need a gorgeous location for your wedding, photography shoot, or special event? Our stunning ballroom is available to rent. Our large windows, glittering crystal chandelier, and polished hardwood floors will add elegance to any affair.We also offer private dining options any day of the week!Please email home@roots-revelry.comCall 205.518.0794
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