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
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.
Our first trip to Birmingham in over 10 ...
Our first trip to Birmingham in over 10 years. Downtown restoration is outstanding. Stayed at the newly renovated Redmont Hotel & service was great.
Walked to Bistro Two Eighteen & hostess acknowledged us graciously. Food and presentation was outstanding. My wife's fruit tart for desert was over the top. The chef|owner acknowledged our Open Table request for quiet seating and offered us arguably the best seat in the house.
We agreed that we would return to Birmingham soon with the expectation of dining again at Bistro Two Eighteen.
Magnificent cuisine in a loft setting
Tom Saab is a masterful chef. His gumbo is unlike anything I have had anywhere else in the South, including top restaurants in NOLA. It tastes like it came from some backwoods Louisiana kitchen. The portion is quite generous but it leaves one wanting more. He created a new entree, pork loin scallopine - how does one slice pork loin like that? It was tender and tasty and served with grilled brussel sprouts. Dessert was a seasonal fresh berry tart filled with a creme anglaise rather than a custard. The cocktails are creative and delectable, the wine selection is notable, and the coffee is the perfect ending. The service is friendly, professional and attentive.
It has been several months since I've had dinner at Bistro 218 and it was still wonderful as before. I had the gumbo for an appetizer and the Shrimp with Risotto which was delicious. Two of my dining companions had the Bistro chopped salad and the crab cakes for their entree. Again, all of the food was outstanding as was our waiter.
Reason Enough To Go Back Downtown
Have been wanting to try this restaurant for some time and wasn't disappointed in the least. I was taken in by the name, as some of my best dining memories are when traveling in France and this just sounded like such a restaurant that one would find there. I came away thinking that its name was the strongest French connection I got, but I was blown away with how much I enjoyed the food, which is pretty much the point. There were three of us, one a vegetarian, and all agreed we would go back in a flash. I would pick a time other than Thursday night, as they have street parties going and parking is harder and it is quite noisy, but we will without doubt go back. Food and service were first rate.
Anniversary Dinner, first time to dine here.
I had heard about Bistro Two Eighteen for over a year and kept it on my list of restaurants to try. Our second wedding anniversary was coming up and I wasn't able to get a reservation at the hour I wanted at another restaurant. B218 was available. I'm so glad we could dine here! They do have friendly valet parking, but it was a Tuesday and we parked right at the corner of this downtown location. We walked in and immediately enjoyed the contemporary look inside the old building with original brick walls and mixed tile floor. The natural light coming from outside through the tall windows is attractive. Nice atmosphere in a fairly small setting. Our waitress says they will be expanding into the next door area soon. We were seated in the corner at a table with a large card that said Happy Anniversary, along with an unexpected Irish blessing. My wife is from an Irish family history and she enjoyed that.
The service was very attentive and informative from the start. It was a light crowd (Tuesday night). The air smelled of smoke (not from cigarettes, but from the kitchen) and slightly irritated my eyes, but dissipated soon enough. That was my only knock on the whole experience. The wait staff was very professional and answered everything we asked. Very friendly. Now to the food. Superb! I had the blackened amberjack over a bed of cheese grits. My wife had the jumbo gulf shrimp. We tasted each other's meals and we liked both entrees. We also had crab cakes for appetizer. And our favorite Moscato wine. And shared Crème Brûlée for dessert. The servings of food were perfect. Price was reasonable. I'm sure we would have spent more at some other restaurants.
We enjoyed it and will be back. I recommend Bistro Two Eighteen!
A classic fine restaurant in downtown Bi ...
A classic fine restaurant in downtown Birmingham. It never disappoints. The staff works together like a well oiled machine to make the experience enjoyable, memorable and relaxing. Tonight was my fifth or sixth time this year to dine. Now it's my go to restaurant in the area.
Everything on the menu we've tried has been delicious.
Valet parking, a warm greeting, great drinks and menu, outstanding service and food combine for what I look for when I get to choose a restaurant.
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