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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
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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Two Eighteen Ratings and Reviews
This was the best restaurant I've eaten at for a long time. The entire experience from appetizers to dessert was fabulous. The pork belly app was the best thing in Birmingham. The scallop dish was perfect. The waiter, Rolando I think, was perfect, as well. This is my new favorite place.
Can I give more stars than 5??! My second time at this lovely place and my second time I was blown away by the service, the food and the chef!
They made our special occasion even more special with their thoughtfulness.
The food was so creative and incredibly delicious.
I just wish I lived closer to come here more often!
Another OUTSTANDING evening at Bistro 218: After a 5 month absence due to an orthopedic procedure, we were glad to ask two couples to accompany us for a meal at Tom Saab's iconic restaurant. As in the past, we were not disappointed. The meal, from the appetizer (wild sauté hanterelles), to the salads (watermelon salad and the Bistro salad, my wife's favorite), to the entrees (duck confit, steak tornados au poive, and the best fresh blackened redfish this native of Louisiana has ever had), was sublime. Our server, Tracy, was outstanding as usual. Our thanks to Mr. Saab and his outstanding staff for another memorable evening.
May be the best kept secret in Birmingham. The staff is always attentive. Tom, the chef, is available to meet the diners and talk with them. The Duck Confit is the best that I have every had, anywhere. Look for Bistro 218 to soon be ranked as one of the best in Birmingham.
My husband and I traveled to Birmingham, AL for our anniversary. I selected Bistro 218 for our anniversary dinner. Anna Claire greeted us and wished us a Happy Anniversary, took us to the best table in the house upstairs, and chatted wth us for a few minutes about the Birmingham area. There was a nice anniversary message waiting for us on the table. Our server, Tracey, brought us flutes of complimentary sparkling wine for a toast. A little later, Chef Tom stopped by to introduce himself and chat. Delivery of food was perfectly timed and the service could not have been better. My husband loved his watermelon salad and I enjoyed the bistro chopped salad. Our entrees of Louisiana Red Snapper and shrimp and vegetable risotto were outstanding. We declined dessert because we were heading to Railroad Park for the complimentary Alabama Symphony outdoor concert that evening so we did not want to overdue it. We both agreed that this was one of the best dining experiences we have had in our MANY years of dining!
We had a great meal with friends. It was the first time they ate at Bistro 218 and raved about it. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and helped with wine pairings. The atmosphere is great for conversation and spending time with friends. The wine list is great and the food was amazing!
Bistro 218 has been one of our favorites since it opened. Tuesday, we ate there with friends ahead of the Brian Wilson concert. All six of us raved about our meal. My wife had sea scallops and a couple of people had their black grouper. My order was wrong as that's what I had asked for as well, but instead was served blackened snapper (I think) on bed of succotash with pearl onions. They may actually call it something different, but you get the gist. Anyway, it looked delicious so I didn't bother alerting the waiter. And delicious it was. This was certainly one of the best meals I have ever had. Secondly, I have to call attention to the West Indies salad I had before the meal. This was the second time I've had it there. It is *not* Mr. Bailey's recipe, it is their own version and I cannot tell you how they do it, but I can tell you that it is a must try version. I think I just salivated a little thinking about.
And, as an FYI, to anyone that missed Brian Wilson, you missed a real treat there as well.
We met friends for dinner on Thursday at Bistro 218, they had never been and we had been once with another group of friends. Glad our friends enjoyed their meal as much as we did. The wine selection was wonderful, the food was good, wait staff excellent. My only critisism was on the redfish, it would have been nice if the grey part of the fish had been removed back in the kitchen rather than us peeling it off with our forks. The fish was fresh and well prepared, great flavors paired with the fried whole okra. I'd come back!
Very nice, relatively new restaurant, with excellent dinner choices that are made to very high standards (which is somewhat unusual in this city). The food is more or less French, and done excellently. For instance the octopus appetizer was the best one ever. Main courses were excellent, too. The only minor negative note is that the servers needs a little bit more training, but very knowledgeable and nice.
Absolutely fabulous evening! Great service as we sat at a sidewalk table on a wonderful night, chatting with friends who happened by on a great evening for a walk downtown. A splendid meal of fresh caught seafood was our choice for all, and it was perfect. One of those places that you hope will continually do well (they recently expanded their space), but doesn't ever get so crowded that its regulars can't get in.
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