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Bistro Two Eighteen, Birmingham, AL

Bistro Two Eighteen

4.8
4.8
1789 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Welcome to Bistro 218
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District, Bistro 218 features side by side dining concepts.

Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail in our upscale casual bar room and indulge in a full bar menu under or proceed through the French doors into the main dining room and take pleasure in French classics paired with seasonally procured wines and local craft beers. Reservations are available in either room.

Ever changing menus are seasonal, with Gulf Coast influences and feature local foragers and farms supplying the best Alabama has to offer.

Bistro 218 honors the traditions of French bistros with minimalist decor in a historical setting. Dark Brazilian mahogany, high ceilings and exposed brick adorned with local art emanate a comforting yet elegant atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner, a pre-theater meal or a relaxing night out.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (205) 983-7999

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tom Saab

  • Private party contact

    Tom Saab: (205) 983-7999

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave. N.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,789 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Romantic

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    Best Overall

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    Best Service

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Notable Wine List

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  1. LC

    LynneC

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I'd have given 5 stars across the board, but the service was slow. It was very busy, but it always seems a bit slow there. However, the cocktails were delicious (Old Fashioned & Manhattan), the appetizers were generous & delicious (Charred Octopus & Watermelon Salad), the dinner was perfectly done (both had Tournedos au Poivre) and the sommelier was friendly and knowledgeable - helped us pick a perfect Bordeaux to compliment dinner. Desserts were good, just a notch below outstanding, but very good. We've eaten there several times and have not been disappointed.
  2. H

    Harden

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 218 is ALWAYS a great choice fit that special occasion!
  3. LM

    LiMac

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner. Although not a 5 star meal, it was enjoyable and good.
  4. D

    David

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great experience. Food was delicious and service outstanding.
  5. m

    marthah

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious. Service is absolutely fantastic! What a pleasure!
  6. L

    Luv2go

    Birmingham

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great evening. The food was amazing, and the cocktails were perfect!
  7. J

    Jaewoong

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for make my wife's birthday awesome. Great service, friendly rep, nice food.
  8. F

    Foodie

    E. Tennessee

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined at Bistro 218 many times. We have never been disappointed. Food is consistently delicious. Kudos to Chef Tom and his staff.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love celebrating my birthday here! 8 years in a row
  10. AS

    ASPierce

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love everything about Bistro 218. The food is wonderful and the people are friendly. I had the crabcake sliders which were delicious!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the beautiful food!
  12. P

    Pnico

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 218 is one our favorite restaurants. The food is always spectacular and the service is excellent. Love the vibe! We brought my sister who is visiting us from South Georgia there to celebrate getting to see each other for the first time in over two years. As always, Bistro did not disappoint. We had the Blackened Redfish and it was a spectacular dish. She loved it and so did we. It was a very special evening. Thanks to all the staff for great service and friendliness. See you soon!
  13. B

    Betty

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was great our waiter Aaron L was wonderful! We loved all the food except we didn’t think much of the desserts.
  14. M

    Manuel

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What we order was very good and the service was very good to
  15. MC

    MelissaC

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Great food, great service, and amazing cocktails.
  16. CP

    CathyP

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and professional staff. Wonderful dining experience
  17. g

    greatsteak

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was prepared to perfection. Portions were perfect. I had the beef Wellington and my wife had red snapper. They were both wonderful. It was a great experience. We will go back again. The valet service was excellent as well.
  18. GM

    GMER

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining experience. A little warm by the window.
  19. UM

    UMcatcherdad33

    Tallahassee

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted with them acknowledging our special occasion. There was a placard on the table with well wishes. It seems many people use that restaurant for their special occasions. We even received a small glass of champagne to toast the occasion. We were pleased with the attention shown having been very disappointed at a nearby fine restaurant who totally ignored a big anniversary.
  20. k

    kgbama16

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had. The pork belly appetizer was amazing!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They did a great job helping celebrating birthday!
  22. TH

    TeresaH

    Birmingham

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bistro 218 is a great place to go. The food is excellent, cocktails crafted with expertise and our server was very attentive. Highly recommend anyone visiting this restaurant
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, lovely ambiance…
  24. L

    Lovegoodfood

    Birmingham

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was good as usual!!
  25. S

    Susanandrew

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary dinner was a wonderful experience. The staff were so friendly. My wife and I will definitely return. My wife said that the crab cakes were the best she has ever eaten. Latoya was a superb server. Valet parking is a nice bonus. Highly recommended for a special occasion meal.
  26. C

    Chip

    Austin

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Bistro Two Eighteen to celebrate our anniversary. I let them know thru OpenTable when I made the reservation. They took it from there; making it a special meal for my wife and I. We were a little early for our reserved time, but taken right away to a secluded table upstairs with a special "Happy Anniversary" note. Castles, the sommelier, was very charming. He brought us a "toast" to celebrate the evening. We ordered the crab cake appetizer on the recommendation of our server and it did not disappoint. Mostly crab and very little filler. Light crust on the outside with a nice sauce on the plate. Entrees selected were the Blackened Redfish and the Red Snapper. Both were well prepared. My wife and I shared, and I can't tell you which I liked more. They were both so delicious. Bistro Two Eighteen treated us to a complementary dessert for the occasion. Again, we deferred to our server and chose the caramel mousse. It isn't on their normal dessert menu, but had an apricot puree and a pecan and apricot brittle that was incredible. Definitely a winning choice!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Two of the plates had food that was not warm. Told the waiter and he said he would tell the chef. It was disappointing because we live Bistro 218 and always get great food and great service.
  28. JS

    JustinS

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John was spot on and one of the best servers we've had to date. His recommendations were spot on from the pomme frites to the duck to the snapper (best of the best)! The sommelier after asking more details and was great with a nice cab choice to compliment our meal. Highly recommended!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant. This particular visit was just a little off. I’m sure it was a one time thing amd I’ll certainly be back.
  30. KJ

    KatherineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. The food was amazing. We made a reservation for a birthday dinner. They sat us immediately to our table and had a nice birthday note at our table which was a nice touch. The service was quick. Our appetizers came out pretty quickly and there was a nice time in between our appetizers and our drinks. Our dessert was on the house for the birthday. It was all around a great experience.
  31. DJ

    DJHW

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our food and drinks !
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary tonight. The food and service at Bistro 218 was phenomenal! I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or a night out on the town.
  33. M

    Marylovesfood

    Mobile

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The concierge added a bit of fun. It was the best dining experience we have had in a while.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Pricey.
  35. MC

    MsCrab

    Birmingham

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Bistro 218!! They make you feel special and their staff is so friendly. Tom, Matt and the entire staff are awesome.
  36. EP

    ElizabethP

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  37. JG

    JohnG

    Denver

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    excellent food and wine advice at the bar. I enjoyed it.
  38. J

    Jtowles

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fabulous place in the heart of downtown. The service was excellent. Although it can be expensive, it is worth every penny.
  39. MG

    McGruff

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    There were bones in my fish, though they gave me a free glass of wine and dessert. Gumbo was good not great.
  40. CS

    ChadS

    Nashville

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining here. The food was excellent. The drinks were creative and delicious. It has a beautiful interior. And is in the middle of the Central Business District. Our entire party was pleased with their meals. I would return again the next time I’m in Birmingham.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bistro Two Eighteen is rated 4.8 stars by 1789 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Bistro Two Eighteen

218 20th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Ave. N.

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom Saab

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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