The Lab Bar and Kitchen

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74 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
The Lab Bar & Kitchen is bringing Southern comfort to a whole new level, offering Southern-inspired classics with a local twist, handcrafted cocktails, locally made spirits, domestic and artisan crafted beers and internationally recognized wines. From local Gulf oysters dressed up with cucumber granita to our homemade pimento cheese spread, every dish on our menu offers a taste of the South mixed with a little creative flavor. We're your go-to spot for the game day and every day. For lunch, dinner and anything in between. Visit us in the new Hilton Birmingham Downtown @UAB. Located on campus, we're one of the best restaurants in historic Five Points South and an easy place to grab a bite before or after work, or even between classes. Offering lunch, and dinner, our Birmingham, AL restaurant offers up a convenient meeting place for anyone traveling to or from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus. Day or night, we look forward to welcoming you.

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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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3.9
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4.0
ambience
3.7
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with very unique menu items, great service, very reasonable prices.
I'm from out of town but I try to eat here every time I come to Birmingham!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We had a reservation
We were not seared or greeted for 10-15 minutes
There was a large party and only one waiter
We were finally led to a table
Did not get service for 10 -15 min
We were discussing leaving but there was not another late night restaurant nearby
Service was very slow
Finally a manager came out to take our orders
Food was overpriced bar food
I will not go back and will not recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I mad a rsvp and we show to be told the kitchen is backed up and won't be able to eat for a while

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pretty cool place! Ask for Timothy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Torri was a great server and took very good care of us. The food was fresh and delicious. I plan to come again.

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BrittanyT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. The portions are enough to get you full. The customer service was amazing. The waiter made sure that everything was okay and checked on us. He made sure that we were enjoying our food.

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vipDFWTom
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was good. The service was good. The bar top was sticky and dirty. There was no music or sound from the tv. Very dull atmosphere

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TiaraD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The food was just okay. Not great, I was sad because I have heard great things about the restaurant. The service was great.

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BetsyK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We arrived to lack luster service, wait staff that appeared they rather be elsewhere. If you’re going to be a late night dinner venue than don’t make it feel like you already put the chairs up and the arriving guests are an imposition. Also as a scientist I found the decor extremely unappetizing I don’t want close ups of Petri dishes with microbes neural networks recon the wall.

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CaitlinP
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

I ordered chicken and it was very dry as well as cold when I received it.

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TeresaA
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a nice experience and enjoyed great food. I wish it had been clear that this restaurant was in the Hilton Hotel. That wasn’t the vibe I was wanting. Birmingham has some wonderful areas for dining and gathering. We live in Ohio and were visiting family. I should have made a reservation in the Avondale, Lakeview or Railroad Park area.

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NancyW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving supper. The restaurant was quiet . The food was delicious and portions were generous. The service was exceptional. Though it's connected to a hotel, it is not a typical hotel restaurant.

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Danih
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the atmosphere is very nice!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dining experience after the weezer concert!

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall experience was ok. Bar seemed under staffed and over worked so it took a while to get our drinks. Food was good. The space can be a little loud but overall had a fun modern feel.

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CarolS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I LOVE this place. My girlfriends and I celebrated my birthday and we were really impressed with the inside and particularly the outside patio. Our server for the evening was OUTSTANDING! Steve, is his name and he took care of us. Impeccable service, great food and drinks. I will be going back this weekend!

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Nicki
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food and drinks just weren't that great. Service is fine. More side options would be good. The Blazer drink was way to sweet.

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KarenH
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good charcuterie board and fresh, warm pork rinds with the pimento cheese was off the hook

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for big parties

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La La is the best! She is so pleasant and went above and beyond what we expected! I would return because of her service alone.

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Honeyjos
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow service and average food.

CA
CARLZ
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

My boyfriend and only ordered two cocktails and one dessert. We waited 45 minutes and never received any of this. After we could not find our server we apologized to the hostess that we had to leave for other plans.

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KyleA
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We were there for lunch on a Sunday. Very quiet time. The service was excellent but the food was very average at best. We would probably go back to try once more.

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vipkassam
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Atmosphere and decor is great. Service was good. Menu choices limited and food was fair to eat. Real Sweet Tea bar drink not good.

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DonK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had lunch at the lab after a doctors appointment at Kirkland Center.
Restaurant was very quite due to only four tables were occupied.
My wife’s hamburger was fair and she said it was dry. My brisket tacos were tremendous and order them again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Glad we stopped.
Easy parking - hotel validates ticket in hotel parking.
Good food.
Good service.
Good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Well it’s just ok.. the food was decent , the service was lackluster at best, I think they are trying to hard to have a gimmick or niche, instead of just simply good food and good service..

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is now one of mine and my husbands designated date night spots! The food was amazing and they have a great selection of local brews. Our waitress was great as well!
Highly recommend!

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CindyP
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food and drink was fabulous. The wait time for ordering and then getting food was not good.

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ClintonJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went here for a business meal. Our waitress was very attentive, as were the rest of the staff. The space is nice and I found the setup attractive.

The food was perfectly fine, about on par for this sort of restaurant. Two qualms. First, a minor one: it seemed to take a bit longer to receive our food given that there were only one or two other dining parties in the restaurant. This was minor, though. I didn’t mind because the seating was comfortable and staff attentive. The slightly bigger qualm was price relative to quality. As I said, the food was fine, even good. At least my meal. But, the prices were a tad higher than I’d expect to pay given the quality and what we received.

I’d come back because the food was fine, employees nice and attentive, and the ambiance nice. If you want good value for your meal, you want to go elsewhere. If you want an overall decent dining experience, than I’d recommend here, at least for lunch (I’ve yet to go for dinner).

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vipJustinD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I got anything Blazer on the menu and it was great. My family didn’t and they were disappointed. Our server was in the weeds and a manager had to help out. I may be back, but my family won’t. Plus, everything seemed a little too expensive.

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Jenn
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We ordered the skillet cornbread which was burnt so we ended up not eating most of it. The crab cakes were dry and fishy and had the tiniest sauce which actually tasted good but there wasn’t enough of it. The chicken I had had a lot of cartilage on it. The fries were good and the drink however there was no alcohol in it. I wouldn’t go back.

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Keel
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place clever theme

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Dequence
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, awesome service, and even live music

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hannahD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated Mother’s Day and the food was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

La La was Fantastic! I traveled from Nashville for Mother’s Day to take my mom to brunch, The food was not what we expected but the waitress definitely made the experience worth the travel. Keep hiring the best talent in Birmingham.

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AmyP
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and fun atmosphere!

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CollegeMom
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Made reservations for Easter dinner. When we arrived the place was quiet and almost empty. Our food was okay but the amount of food we received was not great. One got the chicken sandwich and the bun was soggy. I got chicken soup and it tasted like Campbell’s. Another got the flatbread and was disappointed in the size. 4 of us ate light meals and drank water, and our bill was over $80. Not bad food but bad for that price. The waitress was delightful and very helpful. Not her fault.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christian was a great server. He recommended bacon wrapped shrimp, skillet cornbread and the blackberry cobbler. It was all delicious. Thanks, Christian.

FAQs

The Lab Bar and Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (205) 933-9009.

The Lab Bar and Kitchen is rated 4.1 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

The Lab Bar and Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.labbarandkitchen.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.