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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Birmingham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Birmingham? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar - 5 Points restaurant
4.9
4.9 (183)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian
Birmingham
About the restaurant
With an ingredient-driven focus, global accents and nuances, the menu is a commitment to simplicity and purity of flavor, a philosophy our new ownership firmly believes in. The menu is an expression of the finest available meats and vegetables, nearly all of which we procure fresh. Drawing inspiration from each corner of the Indian subcontinent, from northern plains to southern coast, we offer a diverse and dynamic experience for our guests.

In addition to traditional Indian favorites such as tikka masalas and biriyanis, Bay Leaf Modern Cuisine & Bar offers modern tantalizing twist on Indian delicacies. Unique additions to the menu such as a perfectly grilled sumptuous desi burger, succulent tangy kababs, completely re-imagined and modernized appetizer selection, complete with signature dishes such as raspberry paneer tikka and tamarind glazed short ribs will leave you craving for more !
Top review
KenMvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Went for lunch and had driven in from Atlanta for a different reason. Made a reservation for noon but forgot about time change, so was pretty quiet. We both decided to have the buffet. Tandoori chicken and shrimp were both tasty, though prepared a little differently than I had seen. One of the chicken dishes was tasty as well. On the negative side, naan was cold (they brought out fresh when I asked) and one of the dishes was very sour. Overall, pretty good value and food was decent. Bathroom must be shared with other tenants, not a pleasant experience.
A photo of Dread River Distilling Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (167)
$31 to $50
Distillery
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Dread River spirits are created for those inspired by the journey. We take great pride in crafting each spirit we pour. Currently distilling are small batches of Bourbon, Whiskey, Rye, Vodka, Gin, Rum & Agave Spirit.

Our Tasting Room Bar area features our one of a kind craft cocktails, engineered to enhance every unique feature our spirits have to offer. Our Tasting Room is a combination of Bold and Elegant, & provides the perfect vibe for you to enjoy the fruits of our labor by pairing the perfect cocktail & your favorite food menu item. The menu features a perfect mix of selections to meet any occasion. Come check out our beautiful Veranda space.
It is dog-friendly and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Join us on Saturdays from 12 - 4 pm with our Day Drinker Menu or Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 pm.

We invite you to come and be inspired by the journey as you take part in our Dread River experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
We enjoyed our experience at Dread River. Beautiful atmosphere, very nice server and the food was good. Drinks were unique and good but small and overpriced. Also, when you book a reservation know that a standard table is basically a coffee table below knee level and it’s very hard to enjoy a full meal eating at this type of table.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Birmingham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (359)
$30 and under
Sushi
Vestavia Hills
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food and service and prices during happy hour was perfect. Happy hour daily!!
A photo of Seasons 52 - Birmingham restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3244)
$31 to $50
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
Stanleyvip
Dined 3 days ago
Service and food were excellent. Our server, Maureen was exceptional.
A photo of Habitat Feed & Social at Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook restaurant
4.5
4.5 (740)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Inspired by regional culinary traditions, Habitat Feed & Social uses seasonal ingredients and creative combinations for a fresh take on beloved classics.
Top review
TimB
Dined on May 27, 2024
Great ambience and friendly people! Would definitely come back!
A photo of Founders Pub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (86)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Founder's Pub is The Farm’s exclusive restaurant offering chef-inspired selections throughout the day along with a fully stocked bar of spirits and beverages. Sit back and enjoy the view over the bucolic marble valley while enjoying a signature cocktail and savory cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Delicious menu, great service, served in reasonable time.
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Birmingham restaurant
4.5
4.5 (262)
$30 and under
American
Vestavia Hills
About the restaurant
Culinary Dropout serves classic meals done right. With crowd favorites like our pretzel bites and provolone fondue, 36-hour pork ribs, and our famous fried chicken drizzled with honey you’ll want to taste everything. Thirsty? Wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer or a killer house-made cocktail. And don't forget to stick around for games and free live music with a laid-back vibe. Culinary Dropout is for anyone who loves damn good food and drinks.
Top review
AdrianM
Dined 1 day ago
Definitley need to try the Steak Frites and the soft Pretzel bites and the Absolute best pigs-in-the blanket! everything was wonderful and will be back to try more yummy food!
A photo of CharBar No.7 - Mountain Brook restaurant
4.4
4.4 (94)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Life is serious enough, dinner and drinks with friends and family should be a break from the daily grind. This, “come for drink, stay for while” attitude has shaped us into what we are today... a relaxing, no hassle, neighborhood spot. While we do take our food seriously, we strive to offer a welcoming feeling in our restaurant. Whether it is with family, friends, or by yourself, we invite you to come enjoy some good music, eat a big meal, and stay for a drink.
Top review
Suther
Dined 7 days ago
Server was excellent. We were seated as we arrived and served promptly. Nice night on the porch. Food was very good.
A photo of Roots & Revelry restaurant
4.1
4.1 (463)
$31 to $50
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
A fun, energetic tribute to American Southern cuisine. Our dining room is bustling with high-energy just like our great Magic City. Our menus focus on local distilleries and local farms throughout Alabama; the menu is ever changing with only the freshest products on hand. Our dishes are whimsical yet elegant with a feeling of comfort to them.
Roots & Revelry departs from the norm by modernizing fine dining. It’s haute with casual undertones, southern with international influences.

Our Patio is not covered. Patio is weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will do our best to accommodate you inside but can not guarantee a table.

Reservations preferred, walk-ins accepted based on availability.

We are allotting 1 1/2 hours for parties of two, 2 hours for parties of four, 2 1/2 hours for parties six or more. Please call us at 205-730-1907 or email home@roots-revelry.com for any parties over six guests.
Top review
JDiddy
Dined 5 days ago
Always a wonderful experience. Great service and food.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Birmingham restaurant
3.9
3.9 (136)
$31 to $50
Asian
Birmingham
About the restaurant
P.F. Chang�s in Birmingham, Alabama, is a farm-to-wok restaurant that offers guests authentic Asian recipes featuring flavors from Vietnam, Japan, Korea and more. The menu has plenty of options for guests who are vegetarian or who don�t eat gluten, as well as a wide array of delicious meals for meat-eaters. Try the barbecue spare ribs prepared with a tangy sauce, a favorite at P.F. Chang�s and pair it with an order of orange ginger edamame. Jicama street tacos filled with lobster and shrimp or chicken are another great menu item, as well as the Hunan dragon wings. Let P.F. Chang�s satisfy your whole family in the casual, comfortable dining space that is perfect for lunch or dinner.
Top review
bpsaia
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Had a joyful experience . My daughter loves the beef and broccoli
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