The Lab Bar and Kitchen

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$30 and under
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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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CS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

N
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

KH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for big parties

LH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Slow service and average food.

CA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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.

KA
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

k
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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

DK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

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..

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

CP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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

CJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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).

JD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

K
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place clever theme

D
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

D
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

AP
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun atmosphere!

CM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

t
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Service - Had three separate appetizers and all were unique and very good.

BS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our family enjoyed our dinner and drinks. Our group shared several appetizers the b-deviled eggs,skillet cornbread, and the chef's board. Our entrees included street tacos, catfish sandwich, crispy chicken, and the Lab burger. We all left very satisfied and had a great overall experience.

MN
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Our food was delayed for over 30 minutes, and once it finally arrived, it was cold. The soup looked like it was out of a can, and the salad dressing was over-salted to the point of being inedible.

C
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

There was a lot of variety with the food, which was nice. The bacon wrapped shrimp were delicious, but there were only 5. The fried green tomatoes and the guacamame was good, but not super flavorful. The service was nothing to write home about, as the place was nearly empty but we waited awhile to get our food order taken.

HA
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Loved the decor and the prices were reasonable.

SS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience at The Lab Bar and Kitchen! Great food, friendly staff, and creatively chic atmosphere. I highly recommend trying the Buratta Melon or the Duck Leg Confit.

AL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn’t have asked for a better meal. I had a burger cooked to perfection, while my friend enjoyed the duck confit. Our server Victoria was really friendly and attentive. The iced tea was good and strong (no colored water here!). I’m looking forward to coming back. Great atmosphere, surprising for a hotel restaurant.

J
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was different. I liked it ok. Very small portions. Drinks were very cool. Very cool atmosphere. The service however was terrible. We had to ask someone to hunt down our waitress multiple times. Hope that’s something they can improve on.

UB
Birmingham
90 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have visited this new restaurant twice in the last week and I'm VERY impressed with the establishment. Good food (some great, i.e. the pimento cheese appetizer!! and the fried catfish), VERY nice staff, and very convenient.
Negatives:
(1) Music TOO LOUD for conversations. This should not be at Bar Levels for a noon business lunch. I had to ask twice to turn down the music. Was done once, then a manager came in 20 min and pushed the volume back up.
(2) No parking or valet. The minimum charge is $3.00 to park in the deck. I believe that the restaurant WILL NOT MAKE IT on just people staying in the hotel as guests & local business walk-ins. Having a policy of 1hr free parking for those that want to have a nice meal will markedly increase business, especially in the evenings.

LG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We had high hopes for dinner at the Lab, but were very disappointed by the lackluster service (the salad we orderednever arrived - but we were billed for it; we waited 25 minutes for a cobbler for dessert) and by the lackluster food (steak was small, fries were tasteless, and arugula that accompanied the dish tasted old and wilted; my husband’s tacos were not very tasty). Literally the only thing I really enjoyed about this dinner was the wine.

G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I went there because the photos looked really good, but was disappointed. the Hamburgers looked good but my salad frisee was really small and not good. Also I did not like the oysters.......they had ice on them.

RE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was "ok" for most of the night but at the end of dinner she became kind of rude and made annoyed faces to us. The manager came by our table a few times to make sure the night was going well, so that was much appreciated. I ordered the tacos and they were great! And only $12 bucks. The drinks were a bit overpriced IMO but it was overall a fine experience.

A
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Came for the first time tonight. The food was superb! I was a little put off by the lady the greeted us at the door. We had a 7:30 reservation and I arrived ten minutes early. When i said my name the lady looked at her watch and back at me and said “well you’re early.” I found this to be quite rude. She said it was going to be “awhile” until a table was ready. Luckily there were seats at the bar, and my friend and i just sat there. I really didn’t care to interact with that lady again. From that point the Night was perfect. The deviled eggs are incredible and the tuna poke was perfection. Loved the cocktails too. The entire staff behind the bar was friendly, attentive, and welcoming. Someone should speak to the lady who greeted everyone. She seemed exacerbated by people coming to dine. She’s the only reason I’m giving four stars. Otherwise it was perfect, and i will be back.

SR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Over priced for the quality of the food. Drinks were pretty good.

d
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we experienced was great. Granted it was a Valentines Day Special with a set menu the food and service was tremendous. We enjoyed every moment especially the creative drinks.

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