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The Fennec, Birmingham, AL

The Fennec

4.5
4.5
91 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The fennec fox is a small desert-dwelling fox with a big personality, and the inspiration behind our name. A creature of the evening, the fennec enjoys a lively social life after the sun goes down. Its large ears, evolved for listening for sounds in the sand, have a new purpose—taking in the unparalleled sound quality only heard at The Fennec. This breed of fox is rare to encounter in the wild, just as The Fennec itself is an uncommon experience, a one-of-its-kind oasis in Birmingham. With nightly live music, an intimate stage setting, an upscale southern menu, a chic cocktail lounge, and even an elegant event space, there really is nothing else like The Fennec.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (659) 208-2480

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Harrington

  • 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 agent, Allison Ingram, via fennecevents@thefennecbham.com, regarding any inquires.

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Cross street

    Corner of 2nd Ave. S and 17th St. S

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Good for Groups

  • Alabama

    Hot Spot

  • Alabama

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Birmingham

    Good for Groups

  • Birmingham

    Hot Spot

  • Birmingham

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my sister’s 55th B’Day.. Staff was FANTASTIC and they wished my sister a Happy B’Day while we were walking in.(Brittanae) Also, we had Anna Kate for our server and she was Awesome.. Very polite, gave us suggestions and was over asking if we needed anything numerous times.. Even brought out a special surprise dessert for my sister at the end of the meal.. We will DEFINITELY be returning.. #GREATJOBFENNEC
  2. DJ

    DJHW

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Who doesn’t enjoy a champagne brunch with live music!!!
  3. CP

    ChristianP

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience and great food - manager Mary and server Marketa made our experience that much more enjoyable - beautiful place and wonderful service
  4. PB

    PeteB

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our team of 14 to The Fennec for lunch at noon. We were the only ones in this beautiful restaurant. There was only one server, which made sense, but by the time we left, there were three more tables and she was really working hard. She did a great job! I can only speak for me, but the burger was great! Also, the fries were good as well. Overall a great lunch place, and I hope they stay open for lunch, as it was really good.
  5. 5

    5forwine

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food. The Conecuh corn dogs as an app and the grilled redfish were top notch. Fun spot for good music. Not a place to go if you want to talk to the people you are with.
  6. RC

    RyanC

    Northern Territory

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were closed ! After booking and traveling from my hotel they weren’t open on sundays huge disappointment.
  7. C

    Cleith

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food at the The Fennec was amazing! Everything our group ordered was delicious! Yes, we shared plates with each other.
  8. CY

    ChuckY

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. There was a performance on the small stage. Libby and Glenn. They were good. There was a high school reunion going on also. Cool group!
  9. JL

    JimL

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience4
    Love the Martini Shakers. They were playing from 6-830pm.
  10. DR

    DavidR

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding night of dinner with friends. Food was outstanding. Creatively inspired dishes, outstanding service and ambiance. After dinner we gravitated into the the main room to enjoy great live entertainment!
  11. JL

    JimnLindaDine

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great concept..white tablecloth plus Rock or Country music and good food, not bar food. Drunk college kids, with no place for drinks, assures spills. But I get the additional space and we will go back. "Get Sideways" rocked. Get them back.
  12. M

    Maja

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visited The Fennec for my 62nd birthday with family and friends. When we entered The Fennec the hostess “saw us” and offered a seating that she thought we might enjoy more. We were seated in the Fox Hole for dinner where it would be quieter so we could talk, but still hear the music. The service in the Fox Hole was great and very personable. They had a robust drink menu with original, delicious selections. The food was delicious, prepared and presented well. The music was not our preference, but we were not there for the music but the ambiance, which was perfect.
  13. D

    Downtown

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I read varying reports for The Fennec, so I wanted to write a review. The ambience was cool but weird. It was basically totally empty for lunch, which was the weird part. But it was clean and cool in regards to appearance. We had a large group but it would have been great for there to be some other people in the restaurant. However, service was amazing. Attentive and kind. Just the right amount of automatically coming by with drink refills, etc. We tried almost every appetizer. All were outstanding - we thought "oh basic" when we read the appetizer menu - fried veggies, corndogs, big pretzel. But everything was a gourmet version of what it was. The fried veggies were incredible and not to be underestimated. Across the table, we basically had a wide variety - grits, salads, burgers, fish sandwiches, etc. Everyone said their food was awesome. The fries are GOOD fries - beer battered. It was a tad pricey for lunch. But it was absolutely delicious and we will be back. It was awesome they could accommodate a large party with a reservation for a work lunch.
  14. C

    Cooterp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, attentive service, great music,, excellent sound ( not too loud). Very relaxed atmosphere.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, great server. Everything was amazing!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Appetizers(Conecuh Corndogs) and the dessert (cheesecake mousse) were the highlights!! Service was good and the onion rings were tasty as well.. would love to go back when a live band is present seems like a great atmosphere..
  17. JL

    JimL

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience4
    IMHO it was too cold in there. Had a light jacket on and was still cold.
  18. I

    Inverness

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Its more event venue and bar than restaurant but dont let that stop you. Good food and we had great service!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great waitress and wonderful food. Experience was very nice. Only criticism is the menu was a little limited.
  20. RS

    RobertS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were made aware of the Fennec by a friend and made a choice to have dinner that same day. The food was good and our waiter Jake was very efficient and friendly. We will definitely return to the Fennec again.
  21. PS

    PhilS

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    This is a nice venue and the food was good but the service was inconsistent. We waited almost 30 minutes for someone to take our drink orders. Once the server came we got our drink and food quickly but then waited a long time for condiments. I got the impression that they did not have enough staff. My food was excellent but the portions were small and it was expensive. It's unlikely we'd go back for dinner.
  22. DP

    DavidP

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went out on a date night with my wife, we’ve gone to the Fennec multiple time and loved it. The staff, bar tenders, and servers are always friendly and attentive. The band was awesome! Loved their mix of music, so it made for a fun evening. Pork belly BLT is awesome and the chicken wing appetizer was tasty. Overall it was a bit more expensive than the everyday bar/restaurant but if that keeps the entertainment as awesome as it was last night then no I have problem spending it! The Fennec keeps us coming back because of that!
  23. KO

    KathyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jazz Night at the Fennec on Wednesday with the Choko Aiken Group was wonderful. Thought we'd stepped into the soundtrack of a Turner Classic Movie. Food, esp. the fish, excellent. We'll definitely be returning.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine here. Good food and good service!
  25. SS

    SheilaS

    Birmingham

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The pork chop and wedge salad were a great choice.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food + Great Service= Great Night Out!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was great. We will definitely return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Recent trip to Birmingham for a concert left us looking for an interesting restaurant and we found a great one. Couldn’t have made a better choice. Great food, live entertainment and great service. It was our first visit but will make a note to return soon
  29. JL

    JimL

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We love going to see Glen and Libba at the 430 shows. Had Blue Moon 22 ounce drafts too.
  30. KC

    KimC

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I was not pleased with The Fennec. The place looked nice on the outside and cool on the inside. However we had an 8PM reservation for dinner and was charged $10 each for our dinner reservation, we had no intentions of staying for a 'club' scene. There was no indication on OpenTable or their website that they charged to enter for dinner. The food was less than pleasing. My pork chop was half done in the middle. The price was not worth it at all. The cocktails were less than impressive.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love The Fennec for our Supper Club. The service is fantastic, thank you Chyna & Zack!! It’s a great atmosphere and the entertainment has been spot on every time!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for a large birthday gathering. Exceptional food and staff.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, service was good and the music level was great for dinner. We would definitely come back if ever back in Birmingham and recommend.
  34. CG

    CityGirl

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic first visit- we will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great service and staff! Will definitely be back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, probably the best brussell sprouts ever, and really neat vibe. We had a party of 15 at 530 on a Saturday and the food came out quickly and the service, including drinks, was top notch. Loved the jazz duo that played while we were there. Highly recommend!
  37. JA

    JoyceA

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Curry clam appetizer ✅ Hamburger ✅ Ribeye ✅ Food was delicious. Reservation handled well. Beth (our server) was fantastic. We will be back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for a birthday dinner (which judging by the menu looked nice). Had to park in a makeshift dirt lot and pay $8 to go in and be patted down to enter only to be told there was a $10 cover even if you were just dining. Left immediately and just want to make sure folks dining know it’s a concert venue/club and not really a restaurant apparently. Not to mention for $35 entrees I expect more than concrete floors and booth seating.
  39. DW

    DavidW

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the dining area in the quiet room was perfect.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Entrees were pricey, well presented but taste overall was simply OK. Live music was cool, could benefit to switch up genres.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

FAQs

The Fennec is rated 4.5 stars by 91 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 3 times today
Google Map for The Fennec

1630 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35022

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Corner of 2nd Ave. S and 17th St. S

  • Neighborhood

    Birmingham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Johnny Harrington

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (659) 208-2480

  • 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 agent, Allison Ingram, via fennecevents@thefennecbham.com, regarding any inquires.

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