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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
a fantasic restaurant with a terrific selection of fine seafood. their dessert menu is absolutely inspired. definitely recommend the spanish octopus, so tender and flavorful. presentation was lovely. I would have appreciated a bit more of a breakdown when the dish was delivered though. I was given a brief summary of the octopus starter, which aided in my thoughtful enjoyment of the dish. However main course was placed infront of me with not much of a word. Fantastic service overall though. I still felt thoroughly take care of inspite of that. I'll definitely be coming back.
Our most recent visit was my fourth to Bistro 218. Each visit has been a perfect experience. Your initial impression of the ambiance of the restaurant just stepping in the door is a telling precursor to the incredible food that is headed your way. A wait at the bar, seldom necessary since the hostess runs a tight reservation schedule is not a bother, since the bartender is pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable and crafts a delicious cocktail.
At dinner, appetizers like crab cakes, gumbo and West Indies salad make for a difficult decision. I've had them all and struggle to decide which to order each time. Our visit this time offered entrees like Louisiana redfish over McEwen grits, Duroc osso bucco, pan seared scallops, duck confit, tournedos of beef filet among others. We went with redfish, scallops and duck. Not a person was disappointed in any part of the meal. Note...the lamb...when he has it on the menu, my friend David always orders the lamb and raves over it.
Chef Saab and his staff are magicians with a sauce, and as we all know..."the secret's in the sauce" I love this restaurant and have introduced it to several of my friends, who now also love it.
Pretentious and ungenerous. I left hungry after 3 courses, and am not usually a voracious eater. Tournedos, priced at over $30, consisted of 2 pieces of tenderloin which resembled in size a hockey puck sliced horizontally resting on potato gratin which was about half the size of the meat. We will not return. We can, however, take comfort in having acquired an extensive knowledge of our server's preferences and particular favorites.
Good food in a casual athmosohere that is definitely not a good value. We booked and dined at the bar, which is what we wanted - good food in a casual athmosohere. But, we were hit with the white linen prices next door, when they clearly have a bar menu with mostly similar fare at bar prices... that was disappointing.
Very pleasant dining experience. Complimentary valet parking was very convenient. The four of us each had a different entre and each of us were pleased with our choices. My sister-in-law said she wanted a "five course meal" by ordering one of each of the desserts on the menu - it was hard to decide which one to order. The BLT salad tasted just like it's namesake sandwich without the bread. My brother-in-law had wanted the lamb, but since it was not on the menu that night, he was very satisfied with the duck. He also commented that the octopus was the best he had ever eaten. The only complaint we had for the overall evening was that because the floors were original for the building they were uneven and our chairs rocked a little bit!
One of Birmingham's true dining jewels. I travel all over the world and would be proud to host anyone at Bistro 218. The hospitality and service are wonderful, the food is the equal of any offered anywhere in town. Please come to Bistro 218 and support and enjoy this special place.
A friend was in town for business and suggested Bistro 218 based on a colleague's recommendation. Great choice. The food was very good, service excellent. We sat at the bar. The drinks were good, and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the menu. We had a wonderful time. I plan to go back.
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.
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