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The Fennec, Birmingham, AL

The Fennec

3.9
3.9
244 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Fennec features a Southern Farm-to-Table cuisine with worldly influences. Our goal is to have numerous items for all guest, dietary preferences and restrictions. We look to provide an upscale dining experience with our food, beverage but most our service.

With nightly live music, an intimate stage setting, a creative southern menu, chic cocktail lounge, and even an elegant event space on the second floor, there really is nothing else in Birmingham like the Fennec.

For booking large parties with 10 or more guests, please call our store directly and speak with a Manager.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (205) 382-8011
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    John Williams
  • Private party facilities
    We have several rooms available to hold a variety of private events ranging from cocktail hours to weddings, including an entirely separate banquet kitchen dedicated to events. Please contact our event booking team to better assist you with your Private Party needs! (659)208-2480
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Cross street
    Corner of 2nd Ave. S and 17th St. S
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 244 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Hot spot

  • Alabama

    Lively

  • Birmingham

    Great for brunch

  • Birmingham

    Good for groups

  • Birmingham

    Hot spot

  • Birmingham

    Lively

244 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I took my mother-in-law and father-in-law out for Mother's Day brunch at the Fennec. First of all, the jazz was excellent--it consisted of a violinist and a keyboardist, so it was not too loud to hold a conversation at normal volume. The music was absolutely beautiful; my mother-in-law even started tearing up at one point! The waitstaff always made sure our waters were topped off (a tall order, considering I am seven months pregnant and constantly thirsty), and were quick to take our orders, answer our questions, offer us coffee refills, and fulfill our other requests. The food was outstanding as well. I had the chicken and waffles, and the chicken was juicy, plump, and perfectly breaded. My husband had the hash and ate every bite. My usually picky in-laws loved their French toast and breakfast plate entrees. The beignets held their own as the best I've had outside of New Orleans. Overall, highly recommended and will definitely be back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks were great. We had the sweat pea dip and it had no flavor. One of us had the duroc pork chop with Brussels which WAS HUGE and looked amazing, but again, no flavor. The other had scallops which were very good and root vegetables which weren’t seasoned. Overall everything we ate was lacking in seasoning except for the scallops. After we received our food we didn’t see our server for 15 minutes so we couldn’t ask for salt and pepper until we were mostly finished, but it did make a difference! Ladies restroom had no soap or paper towels and men’s had no soap dispenser. The server blamed it on the fact that they’re a nightclub. Maybe stick to the drinks/nightclub and don’t serve “higher end” food.
    The FennecResponded on May 12, 2024
    We are very sorry your food selections were not up to your expectations. These items you tried are brand new menu items that we put on our menu this week that we obviously need to reassess. Our apologies also for the service delays and issues with the hand towels and soap. Additionally, thank you for bringing these issues to our attention so that we are able to learn from them and address. We do hope that you will come back and give us an opportunity to provide you with a better experience. Respectfully, The Management

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  3. DeeP

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and fresh food prepared perfectly.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thomas was our server, both times in the same day…and he was wonderful! We had such a great dinner, we came back for drinks a couple hours later. What an awesome venue!! Definitely coming back!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food at a reasonable price. Fun place for brunch with live music but not so loud that you can’t still enjoy the one’s you are with. Super good service and mimosas

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  6. NicoleS

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris back in tge Foxhole bar area was the greatest! He made our experience worth going back for.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Central Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time at Fennec. Paul took extremely good care of us as our waiter. He was knowledgeable and helped answered our questions revolving food allergies within our group. Definitely will recommend and visit again!

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  8. OttertrackLake

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great experience again. The food and service were both excellent, and Joe Breckenridge (from the band Telluride) was playing acoustic guitar as a solo. We all loved it!

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  9. EmptytheTanks

    Alabama

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing brunch! Music was perfect, bartender was simply wonderful and the environment was open, lovely and bright. Great drinks, and good food, I would definitely come back again !

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and ambiance. Some dishes like the pork chop and burger were good, but unfortunately the Fingerling potatoes were burnt, ribeye was very fatty, and fries & vegetables were underwhelming. We’re going to try brunch and hope that all of the food is just as great as the ambiance and our server.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Frustrating that it’s next door to Red Mountain Theater but you can never get out in time for theater. Service not great

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the cocktail lounge had an awesome, but quiet atmosphere

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was ok. Nothing spectacular. The service was good. Food was ok. I probably won’t come back.

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  14. SusanC

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful cocktails, food and service following an event

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic venue!! Had such a great time! Food, drinks, and music were great- service was top notch!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed the live music! However, the food was very subpar for the cost.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great band the night I was there called Go With the Flow. Loved their music and it was not so loud you could enjoy it and have conversations!

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  18. SherriR

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    There was entertainment so it was very loud. 3 of the 4 burgers were over cooked. The sprouts were very oily. Our waiter Paul was very accommodating

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  19. SusanD

    Alabama

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time for Brunch at Fennec and it was awesome!! That atmosphere was so festive with the live music (New Orleans vibe). The food was amazing. We ordered the Beignets as an appetizer and the bananas foster sauce was beyond delicious! I ordered the chicken and waffles and the seasonings were so wonderful! My husband ordered the "Whole Nine Yards" and we both cleaned our plates! The servers were so attentive and worked together to make sure everyone had all that they needed. WE LOVED IT!!!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was flavorless and the portions were inconsistent, but the atmosphere was fun for date night.

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  21. ChiaraJ

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservations were required, but items on the set Valentine menu wasn’t available. Also, food wasn’t warm and not seasoned. Overall, I will return because the restaurant’s regular menu seems better and the ambience was great.

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  22. AWKC

    Alabama

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Despite having a reservation we still ended up having to wait about 45mins to be seated. We weren’t given any explanation as to why we had to wait but we were told by other customers(who were also waiting) that the kitchen staff was having trouble and that orders were “backed up”. They were also out of one the main dishes in for 4 course Valentine Day menu. Aside from the that, the ambience was really nice for a date night & the live music was the cherry on top.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It was Valentine’s Day so we expected a little wait even with a reservation, which was for 7:30. We were seated about 9:00. Bar service was bad but table server was good. Special Valentines menu was overpriced. It looks like a pretty cool place to hang out and I think the food and experience is probably good on a regular day. They just weren’t ready for crowd on special day.

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  24. BenAround

    Alabama

    125 reviews

    1.0

    125 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We love the Fennec for Sunday brunch, but Valentine's Day dinner was a disaster. Took 30 minutes to be seated with a reservation and 15 more minutes to have a server visit the table and take drink orders. After another 15 minutes we left having been served nothing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated way off to the corner in a very high traffic area. They seated us next to a couple who had arrived ½ hour before us and the young lady had ordered the same thing as my wife. This would normally not be an issue however we received our food about 15 minutes before them. Also we had to wait an hour and a half to get our meal. The starter arrived with our meal and we were never offered a second drink. Between the floor staff to the kitchen something was terribly wrong. We seen people get up and leave without ever receiving their food. The front of house had approximately 20 to 30 people waiting for a table, some giving up and exiting prior to their nightmare... I wish we would have stayed home. We spent 130.00 dollars to essentially be held hostage waiting for food. From check-in to exiting we were in this establishment for over 3 hours. Shameful to say the least and on Valentines day. What a joke! We make better meals than what we were served on accident. We received some great attention from a busboy. I actually went out of my way to find him and thank him for his help, thanks again kind sir!

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  26. TobemanFL

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    An absolute disaster - they ran a fixed menu for V-Day which should have helped them manage the kitchen and the quality of the food and service - but it turned out to be quite the opposite! The wait staff seemed constantly confused about who ordered what - what course people were on - and despite lengthy delays food was coming out cold. People were walking out all night. The entertainment was only scheduled until 8pm and to the intelligence of the manager my partner convinced him to pay the singer to stay another hour. Overpriced - poor food - poor service - unfortunately an all-around negative experience. $200 for two people and it took over 2.5 hours and they missed a course.

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  27. RichardJ

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu was limited for Valentines Day but not posted online prior to the evening, which would have been fine but the service was extremely poor, incorrect portions brought to the table, entire courses were forgotten multiple times throughout the evening, despite several friendly reminders, the cook on the food was incorrect on both my and my wife’s main course. We were close to the kitchen and saw several peoples’ orders slowly dying on the bar as the servers frantically searched for the right tables even though a map and layout was posted just above the food. Our main course was paraded around the room in search of us before coming back to us when they finally had a manager tell them it was our table. It was just a chaotic and unorganized and the food was not prepared well enough or flavorful enough to redeem the experience

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place unfortunately never got my food after waiting 2 hours and talking to the manager we just left. Apparently they were having issues with the valentine’s dinner menu but for $75 a piece you at least expect to get decent service.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Honestly, it was the worst dining experience I’ve had in the past decade. Every one around us was getting up and leaving because of the wait. The food was terrible for $80 a person. Service was absolutely atrocious. Never going back.

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  30. DeanneM

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was great but it took forever to get our meal. The steak I ordered medium rare was cooked so dry with no spot of pink in the middle….cooked well done. Desert that was supposed to be cheese cake with strawberries came with no fruit. Food was not worth the elevated prices we paid on Valentine’s Day.

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  31. KatieJ

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at the Fennec. Went as a group of 8 and found it surprisingly easy to grab a reservation for a Sunday morning brunch at 11. Expectations were low but upon driving up, loved the venue. Upon being seated, loved the atmosphere. Our server Thomas was one of the best we’ve had yet since moving to Birmingham. Brunch menu options were the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Price point was fair and portion sizes were healthy. The live music added to the lively brunch ambiance. 10/10 will go again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing!!!! We are planning a weekly visit. Ask for Sarah.

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  33. Allie

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our dinner date at the Fennec! Great food and service! We were there before the tables are removed for the dance floor. There was an excellent musician playing and singing for the dinner guests. We would return!

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  34. DebbieM

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the Crispy Salmon . Melt in your mouth good .

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  35. BethW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and music were great at the Fennec but it was the service that blew us away. Our waiter was charming and fun and attentive, even though he was also waiting on two large tables celebrating birthdays. But the bar manager took it a notch above. I left my glasses on a table and returned to the restaurant about 30 minutes later to search for them. Someone else was already sitting at the table and the waiter had not seen the glasses. The bar manager looked for about 15 minutes and could not find them anywhere, then she promised she would contact me the next day after they did the morning cleaning. I was convinced I had lost my expensive glasses forever, but lo and behold Beckley called me Sunday and had my glasses! She even brought them to our car so we didn't have to pay to park. Above and beyond!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The music at The Fennec Jazz Brunch on Sunday was top notch!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for dinner with friends & family! I decided to make a 4pm reservation for my boyfriend’s Mom to meet my parents. My parents have lived in Birmingham for 4 years and it was all of our first times at The Fennec. We heard great things about the food, cocktails, and music at The Fennec. Having a reservation at 4pm made for a great quiet start to our experience. We left as a talented singer-songwriter was 30mins through her set. Our service was amazing. Every staff member was so friendly and welcoming. Sarah was our server and went above & beyond (even when the kitchen was a little behind on one of our dishes). The drinks & food were impressive for a place that seemed advertised as a great place for music & drinks. We will definitely be back!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, very attentive and friendly service - we sat in a side room which was quieter, had great ambiance compared to the lively main dinner / music / game viewing room.

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  39. JefW

    Alabama

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice live music stage. Food was good. Will go again.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding and Thomas was a superstar server. The soft live dinner music was perfect for conversation at our table. Fantastic atmosphere and evening out with family and friends. Executive chef spoke with us and made you feel special. Recommend highly as it has Great wine and menu selections.

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FAQs

The Fennec offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 382-8011.

The Fennec is rated 3.9 stars by 244 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 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Fennec

1630 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corner of 2nd Ave. S and 17th St. S
  • Neighborhood
    Birmingham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Southern, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    John Williams
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (205) 382-8011
  • Private party facilities
    We have several rooms available to hold a variety of private events ranging from cocktail hours to weddings, including an entirely separate banquet kitchen dedicated to events. Please contact our event booking team to better assist you with your Private Party needs! (659)208-2480
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