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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Birmingham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Galley and Garden restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1628)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Celebrated as the "Most Romantic Restaurant in Alabama", Galley and Garden features the finest locally sourced ingredients crafted into a creative and fresh menu. This beloved neighborhood gem is also recognized as Wine Enthusiast magazine's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America and has garnered Wine Spectator's Best Award of Excellence. Artfully presented dishes, impeccable service, and the perfect address are signature to Galley and Garden, making it the perfect venue to celebrate any momentous occasion.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The food, service, and atmosphere were excellent! Our server was professional, pleasant and most attentive. Beautiful place with a comfortable yet high-end appeal. We'll be dining at Galley and Garden again!
A photo of Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar - 5 Points restaurant
4.9
4.9 (185)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
We really enjoyed our meal. The waiter was very attentive keeping our drinks full and clearing plates quickly. He made recommendations for an appetizer and our entrees and all were very flavorful and delicious.
A photo of Daniel George Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1424)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
We hope you will join us at Daniel George restaurant. Located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village, we offer a casual yet elegant dining experience. Our menu includes fresh seafood and local produce. "Farm to Fork" is a philosophy we believe in and strive to pursue on a daily basis.
Top review
Lovegoodfoodvip
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was very good and Derrick is a fabulous server!!
A photo of Bistro V restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1929)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
New American in Alabama. We are currently operating at 50% capacity. Thank you for your patience and patronage.
Top review
Argovip
Dined 3 days ago
Bistro V is one of our favorites. Always good for lunch or dinner.
A photo of Bellini's Ristorante & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2841)
$30 and under
Italian
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Great ideas often occur in the most comfortable of settings and Bellinis is no exception. With that in mind, in 2008 after discussing ideas over a bottle (or 2) of wine, the concept of Bellinis was formed. Come see why "Life is Sweet" at our place. Relax and enjoy your own glass of wine among friends and see where your discussions take you. At Bellinis OUR Passion is YOUR Food and YOUR Service.

Bellini's features 100% Prime Organic Beef, housemade pastas, veal, seafood and classic Tuscan Italian dishes. Bellini's maintains an extensive wine selection and weekly desert specials. Our bar opens weekdays at 4pm for drinks and dinner service begins at 5pm Monday to Saturday.

We have two private dining areas available for large parties. Our private dining room accommodates 20 to 25 patrons and features a 48" TV with audio visual capabilities. Our Intimate Dining room accommodates 10 to 15 patrons. Reservations are suggested.
Top review
MarquettaBvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always a great experience with excellent food and service !
A photo of Mikey's Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (618)
$30 and under
Seafood
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Mikey's Grill is owned and operated by Michael (affectionately known as "Mikey") and his sister, Melissa Lee. They have over thirty years of combined restaurant experience. Mikey has only the freshest seafood delivered multiple times a week, he cuts all steaks in house and even makes all of the his own sauces and bread. Mikey's is truly a family affair; with Mikey whipping up amazing creations with a Cajun flare in the kitchen, Melissa, selecting the wine and running the front and even their Mom, Donna, pitches in baking her delectable homemade desserts!
If you are looking for an amazing dining experience, try us out! It is truly one of Hoover, Alabama's hidden gems!!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Was more crowded than usual, but service and food were outstanding. Glad I had a reservation. Have been going for years and never disappointed.
A photo of Grand Ticino restaurant
4.5
4.5 (64)
$30 and under
Italian
Mt Laurel
About the restaurant
Just south of Birmingham, nestled at the foothills of Double Oak Mountain, you’ll discover a hidden gem that reflects old world comfort with modern twists on Mediterranean cuisine. After you wander through our New York style market that offers takeaway meals, wines, local beers, imported oils and specialty gifts, you’ll find our casual dining area and bar. We offer a variety of food ranging from fish 'n' chips and mouth watering burgers, to our homemade pastas, sauces, and authentic Neapolitan pizzas. At Grand Ticino, we pride ourselves in making you feel like you are part of our famiglia.
Top review
LLLC
Dined 4 days ago
Consistently good food,good service, great value, every time.
A photo of Little Betty Steak Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (289)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Mountain Brook
About the restaurant
Revival Restaurant Group is delighted to introduce our newest concept - Little Betty Steak Bar. Located in Mountain Brook, Little Betty is an elegant, first-rate steakhouse and bar with a lively environment beautifully built to make you feel at home. With the thoughtfully curated work of Chef Kyle exploring influences from Italian and Japanese cuisine flavors, Little Betty is a Lane Parke neighborhood favorite.

Please, see our dining guidelines here: https://bit.ly/3NEfCrA
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great food, Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back soon.
A photo of Lulu’s Place restaurant
4.3
4.3 (37)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Anniston
About the restaurant
Nestled within a rustic brick building adorned with dark wood floors, Lulu's Place marries the flavors of coastal cuisine with a Southern twist. The decor is a nod to the region's rich history, with subtle notes of coastal heritage that inspired the menu. For those who prefer outdoor dining, the restaurant boasts a beautiful patio space that offers a picturesque view of historic Noble Street. The menu is seafood-forward, featuring an exquisite selection of fresh fish and expertly prepared cuts of beef. From classic favorites with a twist to innovative creations inspired by local ingredients, the bar will be stocked with options to satisfy any palate. No meal at Lulu's is complete without a sweet finish. We will feature seasonal cast iron cobblers. With its coastal-inspired menu, beautiful ambiance, and prime location on historic Noble Street, it's the perfect place to gather with friends and family, celebrate special occasions, or simply enjoy a memorable meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
Flat iron steak was perfect. Chef T is a master. The asparagus was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the deviled eggs appetizer. Not your run of the mill deviled eggs.
A photo of Ironwood Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.2
4.2 (647)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
For decades, craftspeople from around the world were drawn to Homewood by a common theme - the lure of fire and iron. The ability to wield a spark became their calling card and for these hard-working artisans, food played a key role in their legendary story. Ironwood Kitchen & Cocktails is a tribute to this legacy where iron and fire come together to create elevated comfort food for a new generation in Birmingham.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The food was delicious. The pimiento cheese fritters were amazing, so much flavor with the balsamic and the tomato marmalade. Definitely recommend trying the spicy bbq brussles, we loved those. All of are dishes were delicious. The service was great as well, we will definitely be back!
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