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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Alabama

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Alabama? 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 Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Birmingham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (379)
$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
VictorZvip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service and good, first time at the restaurant, will be coming back!
A photo of B.B. Kings - Montgomery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (898)
$30 and under
American
Montgomery
About the restaurant
BB King's Blues Club is Located within the Wind Creek Hotel and Casino in Montgomery, Alabama. Authentic Memphis style Barbeque dishes as well as Cajun and Creole menu items are served inside an amazing replica of the original BB King's Blues Club in Memphis, along with the entire Beale Street experience. Enjoy our world famous BB King's Ribs while listening and dancing to the best in local and regional blues and R&B musicians and bands.
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KimberlyO
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
Had an Amazing time and management was very nice and went the extra mile to make sure we had the Best time:)
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Birmingham restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1554)
$31 to $50
Steak
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Your Birmingham Fleming's is located on Highway 280, just west of I-459 in the Summit Shopping Center. Fleming's in Birmingham is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out – we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room. With premium Prime steak options on our Dinner Menu as well as best-in-class seafood and innovative plant-based options, we have something to offer everyone you are dining with.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Outstanding food and service! The staff was amazing! It was our 25th wedding anniversary dinner and the treatment was awesome!
A photo of CharBar No.7 - Mountain Brook restaurant
4.6
4.6 (97)
$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.
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TravelDiner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
This was my first visit to Char Bar No. 7. My friend and I were seated at a high top table in the bar area. Service was prompt and friendly. I ordered a ribeye, medium rare, with the field greens salad and tater tots. My friend ordered a filet, medium, with a caesar salad and broccoli. Both steaks were very good and cooked as ordered. The sides were freshly prepared and hot, and the salads were fresh and crisp. There's a short list of wines by the glass, mostly California selections. My friend asked a question about the white wines but the server informed us that she was underage so she could serve the wine but hadn't tried any of it. However, she brought my friend a sample of the one she asked about so she could decide. The restaurant was out of my first choice but the second was available and a good substitute. I will definitely visit this restaurant again. The menu prices are very reasonable, the dining room was pleasant and comfortable, and the service was good. This would be a good choice for a casual date night or friends' night out.
A photo of TASTE restaurant
4.4
4.4 (363)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Montgomery
About the restaurant
A BITE ABOUT US
TASTE isn’t a conventional bar, lounge or nightclub, but a sophisticated haven for grown-ups with excellent beverage choices and stimulating conversation with interesting people.
We offer an extensive wine selection that is also available for retail purchase. The menu features flights of wine, craft beer & a variety of tapas including cheese plates, flatbreads & desserts. We use locally sourced items to create a palatable experience.
WHAT WE CREATE
We make superbly delicious food for all of your eating needs. Come visit us & enjoy a variety of wine flights, craft beer as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Add dinner any night of the week!
*Please note persons under 19 not permitted.

Top review
DesireeD
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
First time here. Great food and service. Will definitely visit again.
A photo of Forte Cuts and Cocktails restaurant
4.4
4.4 (14)
$31 to $50
American
Tuscaloosa
About the restaurant
Situated in the bustling downtown area of Tuscaloosa, Forte effortlessly combines the allure of traditional old-world European cuisine with the refinement of a contemporary ambiance. Enter a realm where enduring tastes converge with modern sophistication, crafting an exceptional and memorable dining journey.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
The food was wonderful! We will go back in the near future!
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Birmingham restaurant
4.4
4.4 (328)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Bryan and his staff went above and beyond to give us the best dining experience possible! The food was amazing…..we had pretzels, pigs in a blanket, steak frites and fried chicken. Wait staff was very attentive! We were so impressed with how many people were working in the kitchen to make sure everything ran smoothly!
A photo of The Fennec restaurant
4.2
4.2 (252)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
The Fennec features a Southern Farm-to-Table cuisine with worldly influences. Our goal is to have numerous items for all guest, dietary preferences and restrictions. We look to provide an upscale dining experience with our food, beverage but most our service.

With nightly live music, an intimate stage setting, a creative southern menu, chic cocktail lounge, and even an elegant event space on the second floor, there really is nothing else in Birmingham like the Fennec.

For booking large parties with 10 or more guests, please call our store directly and speak with a Manager.

Top review
foodieoodievip
Dined 3 days ago
A really tasty brunch menu that my family enjoyed. Having live music for a Sunday brunch was nice. Only downside was the service was slow. The service was friendly, but slow.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Birmingham restaurant
4.2
4.2 (99)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The time ir took the food to come out was extremely long. The salmon was over cook.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Birmingham restaurant
3.9
3.9 (138)
$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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