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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
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.
This place continues to not let us down. Their cocktails are consistent and very well balanced. Their portions are such that you can enjoy an app, dinner and dessert and not leave filling 'too full'. The service staff is professional without sacrificing personality.
Tim the bartender from Albany was great and the staff were all wonderful. Living in New York and visiting family and friends - it was great to know Birmingham now offers such nice cuisine in a trendy Portland style environment with good price for the service, style and food. I will definitely be back every trip to Birmingham and all of my family and friends in Here will frequent this establishment!!! Can't wait for my next meal!
What a great place to make an already special occasion (our anniversary) that much better! The proof is in the details which were plentiful. From the first moment upon entering the restaurant, we were treated like royalty with personal well wishes and greetings from the entire staff, including the chef! A special table had been selected for us in just the right spot, and, never did we open a door. Did I mention the food was incredible? The menu is small, but not too small, and each of our dishes were plated with creative zeal. We traveled from Montgomery, and we will be back!
Small but interesting menu. Each plate had an explosion of flavors. My favorite was the Spanish octopus (with squid ink aioli).
Valet parking was a plus as it was raining heavily & there was no where to park nearby.
The chef walked around each table to ask how everything was, I thought that was s nice touch.
They obliged when we asked if they could turn off the large indoor overhead fans as it was kind of cold inside. I imagine these would be great in the summer!
Outstanding, great experience. Wonderful, personalized service by Jennifer and even Chef Tom! Great drinks, wonderful bottle of wine and a perfectly prepared meal. It was a great birthday. This is a hidden gem in downtown Birmingham. Even the Valet Park is well done. We will be back.
Dinner was outstanding. We started with the Pomme Frites! Huge portion - enough for four. We had the salad which was small, but delicious. For our entree, we had the blackened redfish with grits and fried okra! Come on- do I have to tell you how good that was? Server was Rolando who was excellent. Definitely coming back again SOON!!
Impressed we were seated exactly on time, but getting to the bathroom from the upper loft was a bit of a problem; it was noisier than I expected, made it difficult to have a private conversation with the next table only a foot away. Perhaps banquette type seating would be nice. And try having green peppercorns in stock..they're great on meats.
For our delayed Valentine's dinner, my wife and I decided to try Bistro 218, as somewhere new. A thoroughly wonderful choice.
Since, due to hearing aids, I am susceptible to background noise, I was immediately comfortable with the level of noise, a definite plus.
Seating was almost immediate, thanks to the Open Table reservation, in the upstairs dining area. A nice intimate area, with few tables.
Our server, Rolando, appeared immediately with water, and took our drink order, while we made our meal decision. Remaining attentive throughout our visit.
We chose the Fritto misto appetizer, more than enough for two. My wife chose the scallops, while I went with the bouillabaisse. Both were delicious choices that did not disappoint.
We ended the meal with creme brule, since it was light.
Altogether, an enjoyable evening, at a restaurant that we will visit again.
Worth a second visit. It's a new restaurant and they're still getting their bearings. Service was abysmally slow, which was doubly disappointing for an anniversary meal. Food was very good -- an excellent filet mignon and top notch Old Fashioned. Notable was the number of repeat clientele whom the chef/owner and other staff seemed to know well. That says a lot.
Valentine's Dinner for three couples. We had a preset menu with choice of appetizer, salad or soup, entree and dessert for a set price. All choices were excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. My only complaint would be the slow bar service. They should have anticipated more clientele for Valentine's and had more bar staff working that evening. Also needed an additional parking valet for the evening. There was only one and he was quite frazzled which was evident in his attitude.
Me and my wife went here for Valentine's Day and the fixed menu was $90 per person. With a price tag such as that you would expect to be overwhelmed with and amazing feast. We had four courses and the food was good however for the price it was very underwhelming. Too many other places to go for cheaper and better.
We went for Valentines dinner. Initially, the service was very slow and I had to ask for a waiter but apparently there was an issue in the kitchen that caused some delays so we were told. Our waitress was charming and very attentive. The food was some of the best I have had at any Birmingham restaurant and I would highly recommend this establishment to anyone.
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