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The Fennec, Birmingham, AL

The Fennec

4.2
4.2
227 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

11:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Marc Anthony Bynum
  • 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 227 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Alabama

    Best Ambiance

  • Alabama

    Hot spot

  • Alabama

    Lively

  • Birmingham

    Best Service

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    Hot spot

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227 Reviews
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. BenAround

    Alabama

    124 reviews

    1.0

    124 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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  8. TobemanFL

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 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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  24. Chardra

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the brunch at The Fennec. The music and ambiance are so inviting.

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  25. Barizona

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I’d like to give 3.5 stars! The burgers were fine- not bad but nothing special. The live music was a nice surprise. I’d like to try visiting at night for dancing.

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  26. DonitaW

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thomas was a great server and your hostess was the best. I looked forward to meeting her. The food was great!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and live music were great. The food was just average at best.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service was great! I went during brunch and truly enjoyed everything about the restaurant.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service was great ! Music was awesome!

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  30. ChloeS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! The 2 live bands at night were great

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was great. So much better than I expected. Will definitely be back. Kim Chi fried rice with grilled shrimp Amazing!!

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  32. JacobK

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool bar and grill on the southside with live music. The manager sat us in “the foxhole” which was an intimate cocktail lounge. We could hear live music but still have a conversation. Seared tuna was perfect. My wife had pork tenderloin which was also good. Beer was cold and crisp and Jay was an excellent server. We’ll be back.

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  33. jessicad

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and food was superb!! They had live entertainment during brunch and they were great!! Definitely going back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was amazing and the food was great!! Definitely want to go back to experience the band

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was awesome! All waitress Anna was very attentive and a great personality to have wait on us. It was my wife's birthday. She went far beyond and above her job as a waitress to take care of my wife and my family. We will be dining care again and we will be asking for Anna. She greeted us at the door. I don't know who that they had planned but I asked her would she like to be our waitress because she was smiling and energetic when she introduced herself and asked about the cake that I had in my hand.

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  36. Cheryl

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first visit to this restaurant was a very pleasant experience. Service was excellent from the hostess Ms. Deb to the waiter, Thomas. The food was good and hot. It was my husband's birthday, and he was given dessert, and the staff sang happy birthday.

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  37. CharlesF

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was bad, steak undercooked and took an excessive amount of time to cook to temperature I wanted. Server barley stopped to check on us. Not impressed and not going back again. Our bill was mixed up with another table. The music was good so if that's what you like great, if you want good service and food this is not the place! Usually, I would give a place another chance but after the service and the bill situation which made us feel uncomfortable and like we were wrong to ask for proof the bill was right eliminated the second chance. Nothing better than making a customer feel uncomfortable!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cool little spot. The music was great plus football in the big screens! My husband got the vixen burger and I had grits and greens with blackened salmon..so good! The ring of fire margarita was delicious!

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  39. AAMDOTD

    San Antonio

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little neighborhood gem I found on Open table from the excellent reviews. Only open during the lunch/brunch time on weekends otherwise only Open for dinner. Great jazz band playing and terrific brunch options. We were visiting from out of town and glad we found this place. Definitely will go back if we ever go back to Birmingham!

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  40. MiaInBirmingham

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great music venue...and the brunch was pretty good. It's really more about the music and ambience than dining...and that's OK...We are lucky to have a space like this in Birmingham!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

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

The Fennec is rated 4.2 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 10 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
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Marc Anthony Bynum
  • 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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