About Bistro Two Eighteen
Bienvenue! Bistro 218 combines the traditions of a French bistro with modern American cuisine. Located at 218 20th Street North, Birmingham native and professionally trained chef owner Tom Saab joins the revival of businesses in downtown Birmingham.
Bistro 218 features the elegant minimalist interior design of traditional of French bistros, while preserving the historical roots of the building, creating a comfortable, romantic atmosphere.
Bistro 218 brings French cuisine to every palette. Enjoy your bistro favorites-from quiche to duck confit! We strive to provide quality affordable food and impeccable service to all of our neighborhood friends. Come join us for a high quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere!
French, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
2nd Ave. N.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm
Private Party Contact:
Tom Saab: 2059837999x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Two Eighteen Ratings and Reviews
This was our first time back since the r ...
This was our first time back since the remodel, and it remains one of my favorite places in Birmingham. The food remains well-prepared and adequately portioned, with excellent waitstaff. The Bistro is always on our list for weekend date night options.
Oh dear. Such a lovely venue. Six of us ...
Oh dear. Such a lovely venue. Six of us in such a festive Holiday mood but what a mess at this "restaurant ". Cocktails were good but skimpy and slooow coming out. Menu items took a lifetime to be served and were not even close to as presented on the menu. We did complain but nada. We then advised we needed our checks in order to get to our venue, but, alas took a full 20 minutes to get those checks. Never so disappointed and never to return...how sad in bustling downtown Birmingham.
The service was very professional and co ...
The service was very professional and competent. 218 was having a soft opening of their new bistro adjoining and was very active. The older restaurant was larger and lightly attended. The atmosphere was very comforting and relaxing. A very pleasant evening. The food was exceptional. The gumbo and West Indies salad has been my fave for awhile and it continues to be exceptional. I had the veal chop which was done to to a turn. Best veal chop I've had in many years. It was a special dinner, and we have been in all of the finest in Birmingham. Special.
Love this place ! Don't be put off by th ...
Love this place ! Don't be put off by the dumpster in front. Indicates progress... they are buying the space next door and putting in a bar. Blackened amberjack was delicious. Very personalable service... the owner, Tom Saab came by our table. Incredible attention to detail.
We found everything delicious from the F ...
We found everything delicious from the Frito Misto appetizer to the seared scallops I had and the chicken palliard my wife had, to the desserts. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Overall a great meal and experience.
My favorite restaurant in Birmingham! T ...
My favorite restaurant in Birmingham! The food is always fresh, creative and delicious!
The atmosphere is very nice but not stuffy at all...a touch of New Orleans fun is in the air! I always relax the minute I walk in. The drinks are great, the service fantastic and the food even better! A true gem in Downtown Birmingham.
Chef Tom Saab has done a great job with ...
Chef Tom Saab has done a great job with Bistro 218. The food is excellent, and in my opinion gives Highlands and Hot and Hot a run for their money. Service was top-notch. It is a hidden gem in downtown Birmingham, but I suggest anyone who has not given Bistro 218 a try should do so.
Advertised as intimate . Definitely not ...
Advertised as intimate . Definitely not that. Tables too close together to have private conversation. Fix priced menu was very nice option, reasonable price. But steak was tough and pommes frites were soggy. Fish was done well , although grits were too runny. Dessert wonderful- best crime brûlée in town . Service slow and waitstaff preoccupied , not friendly. I would not bother coming back . Other places in town are better.
Bistro 218 is now our favorite restauran ...
Bistro 218 is now our favorite restaurant in Birmingham! Have tried them all - but for the total package of food service and ambiance - this is the place. We perfect fried green tomatoes, amberjack grilled perfectly....everything was great. Will be going back soon.
Dined here many times and invited friend ...
Dined here many times and invited friends to join us as they had never eaten here. Their first experience was a less than average three hour plus event in a restaurant that was half full. The waitstaff knew little about the menu, or the wine list, which was a disappointment for a restaurant that prides itself on daily changes. The competition in Birmingham is intense with new options opening all the time. If our experience is consistent and not a rare occurrence, we will see another one that could have been great, lock the doors.
We enjoyed having dinner here the other ...
We enjoyed having dinner here the other night. Service and food were top notch. The steak was amazing! The waiter recommend it medium rare but it was practically rare. I would usually send it back but the filet was so tender and delicious I devoured it anyway. The wine list is wonderful with many great French wines. We will be back for sure. This was one of the best meals I have had in Birmingham to date. Thanks again!
Bistro Two Eighteen is my favorite resta ...
Bistro Two Eighteen is my favorite restaurant in Birmingham. Beginning with the ambience of a quaint urban restaurant and ending with the delicious hornet food, I can assure you that you'll love it. You'll feel as though you're in New York sitting at a white table cloth table with fresh flowers. Kevin at the bar will accommodate any wish. Tom Saab, the chef, comes around to greet guests. The wait staff are professionals who know all the drinks, wines, food choices. They even watch your time if you're headed for a play. Dining here is a way I treat myself to a special evening.
The food and service were excellent as a ...
The food and service were excellent as always. Tom Saab always has something different to offer and the presentation is fantastic. We have been to Bistro 218 5 times and have never been disappointed with the food or service.
Arrived early, but table was ready and w ...
Arrived early, but table was ready and we were seated early. Server was knowledgeable about wine and very helpful regarding being sure we got a wine we would enjoy. He made excellent recommendations. He was friendly and attentive. Service was excellent from start to finish. Menu was very good and offered some excellent choices. Serving size was generous. Appetizers were wonderful. Entrees ware good but we were a little disappointed for the price. The ambiance was terrific.
This was a bit of a treat for my wife an ...
This was a bit of a treat for my wife and I, and we had a wonderful evening out! The food, cocktails, service, and facility were all wonderful. You could tell that anything on their menu will be spectacular, however I would recommend the absenthe minded martini and the beignets for dessert, both of which were exceptional. My only complaint was that the tables are a bit too close together so you end up hearing everyone else's conversations. Thankfully, the waitress told us they are expanding so that soon shouldn't be a problem. There are several wonderful spots to drop this kind of money on dinner in Birmingham. This place ranks up there with the best of them and should be on anyone's short list of restaurants.
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