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About Bistro Two Eighteen
Welcome to Bistro 218
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District, Bistro 218 features side by side dining concepts.
Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail in our upscale casual bar room and indulge in a full bar menu under or proceed through the French doors into the main dining room and take pleasure in French classics paired with seasonally procured wines and local craft beers. Reservations are available in either room.
Ever changing menus are seasonal, with Gulf Coast influences and feature local foragers and farms supplying the best Alabama has to offer.
Bistro 218 honors the traditions of French bistros with minimalist decor in a historical setting. Dark Brazilian mahogany, high ceilings and exposed brick adorned with local art emanate a comforting yet elegant atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner, a pre-theater meal or a relaxing night out.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Contemporary 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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Curbside Valet Parking Starting at 5pm
Private Party Contact:
Tom Saab: (205) 983-7999
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Two Eighteen Ratings and Reviews
The ambience was casual and cozy. The waitress was excellent, and also happened to be the sommelier with great suggestions. We were there pre theatre, and the fixed price 3 course dinner was very reasonable, with selections off the main menu. The food was excellent. I would highly recommend.
Another OUTSTANDING meal with excellent service and a personal ambiance. As a cajun whom grew up in South Louisiana and New Orleans, I love foods with origins in from there and Todd Saab provides the best of those at Bistro 218. His Gumbo is by far the best we have had in Alabama, and his blackened redfish makes that which was served at Paul Prudhomme's restaurant pale by comparison. Bistro now has a new pastry chef whose creations we had to opportunity to try at this visit, and we were very impressed. Thanks Mr. Saab for another sublime meal.
Server was almost odd at times, and inept about basic things such as busing dirty dishes off the table. Owner/chef Mr. Saab was spot on, calling us by name, attentive to every detail of our table (that the server, notably, had missed).
Dessert was good, but not exceptional.
We were celebrating an anniversary. It was not our first visit to bistro 218. The food has never disappointed. Tonight, it was spectacular. The duck confit was the best experienced. The other entree, red fish, was excuisitely done and highly recommended. Appetizers, gumbo and West Indies salad , were up to their high standards. Service was knowledgeable and outstanding. All in all, an exceptional evening and exceptional food.
Beyond perfection.... always! We would rank this restaurant in the top 5 for restaurants in Birmingham. Their food is amazing! Everything is always cooked and seasoned to perfection. The chef is very creative and the presentation is superb! Bistro 218 exceeds all expectations every single time we dine there. Their food rivals that of the long time Birmingham staple for fine dining, Highlands Bar and Grill. Absolutely delicious!
We enjoyed our first experience @ Bistro 218. A friend recommended your restaurant. Our meals were very good. Service good. Restaurant a little dark. Great artwork, but too much, not enough lighting to show the work. Less is more in this instance. I suggest reducing number of works, focus on 1 or 2 artists and remove the pricing. It's not a gallery, but a fine restaurant. Great to see good things in city center. We will return.
This was our first visit to Bistro 218, and we regret that it has taken us so long to try this restaurant! We visited during Birmingham Restaurant Week and both of us had the seafood gumbo, blackened redfish, and creme brûlée. Every part of the meal was delicious and the service was excellent. The waiter made a great wine recommendation to accompany our dinner. We plan to return soon!
We visited the Bistro for the Birmingham Restaurant Week menu. We loved all the choices but settled on the gumbo app and redfish for the entree. Another diner had the steak au poivre. Everything was absolutely delicious...we dined in the bar which was quiet on this particular night. Weekends might be more loud. We also love that you can get smaller versions of the entrees on the bar side. We will do that next time we go there. Service was prompt and courteous. Wine service was also excellent. This restaurant is very near the new Elyton Hotel, so anyone staying there should definitely go to the Bistro Two Eighteen.
Enjoyed wonderful evening celebrating wife's birthday. Pork belly, watermelon salad and crab cakes appetizers were fantastic. Scallops as entree were great and redfish and lamb were very good. Had creme brûlée and peach gallete for dessert were perfect end to a great meal and portions were adequate for 4 to share! Will be back.
Went for a birthday celebration. The food was good. I had the scallops and my date had the grouper. I thought the scallops were amazing and the grouper was average. The service was outstanding and the ambiance lent it self to the occasion. We were seated in the "loft" part of the restaurant which was more private and romantic. Dessert was very good as we shared both the chocolate tart and the peach galette.
We started with the chanterelle mushrooms, which were firm and buttery. Wife wasn't in the mood for fish or seafood and was surprised they did not have any chicken dish. The duck and pork did not appeal to her. She ended up with tenderloin medallions, which were very good. I had the blacked redfish, which was very good as well. A tad pricey for the entrees, but overall Food was great. Our server was great, but sweated profusely, which had us constantly wonder why so. We ended upstairs in a small 5 table dining area. Great for private dining, but we would have preferred to be downstairs. We could only guess the long stairs our waiter had to walk up and down all evening caused his sweating.
We were very pleased with our first visit. Quiet, with low lighting and an intimate atmosphere. Excellent personalized service. The food was very good with generous portions, and the desserts were excellent. Location is very convenient for an evening at the Alabama or Lyric theaters nearby. We'll be back for sure.
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