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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!
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
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.
Once again Bistro 218 was phenomenal. From the staff to the amazing chef Tom, the food was fresh and superb. We will be back soon! Thanks so much for a great evening. The snapper with fettuccine was prepared perfectly. The filet was cooked just right and it was so tender. The West Indies salad is a must.
Bistro 218 never disappoints! Now that they have added additional space, it is easier to get a reservation and allows you to sit in the bar area for a more casual feeling. Nice to have a place to go for drinks also - or sit and have a drink while waiting on dinner guests. Food and service delicious as always.
Good drinks, welcoming and smiling servers, nice ambiance. Disappointed by the very long wait time (35 minutes) to just place the order and not being served bread as the restaurant ran out of bread on a Saturday evening by 8pm!
However, good food and excellent creme brulee and appreciate the free dessert for our special occasion.
Went to Bistro 218 twice this week, once with friends from out of town and once with locals. In both cases neither of the other couples had been there before and in both cases they were so impressed. Food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Will be back soon
This is the second time I have taken three other people who have never been to Bistro Two Eighteen before and they all left raving about the food, the ambience and the service. It has become a new favorite! The West Indies salad is just incredible, my filet was perfect, the veal chop huge and reportedly delicious, scallops were incredible...I could go on, but you get the picture. New wines to try, and handcrafted cocktails add to this experience. Also, got to LOVE the fact that they have valet parking. It is downtown and parking can be a challenge. This is a restaurant where the food is awesome and you leave happy to have been there.
There are not enough words to say how much we enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner!!! This restaurant is always amazing, but they really outdid themselves for this gourmet delight!!!!! This was the first time my husband had been there and he is already talking about going back. Thank you for such a wonderful end to our New Year's Eve experience!!!!!
We were seated right away, but after that the service got a little slow. Our waitress was very sweet, but had too many tables spread way apart. I had a lovely salad that was very fresh and a bowl of gumbo. The gumbo was good, but was not hot enough. My husband had a West Indies salad which was great! He also had a veal chop that was huge. It came with potatoes and asparagus. Overall, it was a very good dinner, though pricey. They do have a bar menu with smaller plates and better prices.
An excellent new restaurant in downtown, Bistro 218 captures what has been missing since the demise of Restaurant G, The Veranda and Bombay. Creative, well-prepared food without the pretension of Hot & Hot , Ovenbird or Highlands. The gumbo rivals most I've had in NOLA and the red snapper on grits was awesome. The West Indies salad was a meal in itself and tasted incredible. A bit on the upper scale as far as pricing goes, but worth it with the impeccable service and fabulous food you get for the price of admission. Highly recommended!
We were pleased with the entire experience, from the soundtrack playing overhead to the dessert. Menu selections were ample as well as the wine list. Our meat dishes arrived the moment we expected them, plated attractively and cooked perfectly. Portions were sized appropriately, not huge. Chef visited everyone. Service was attentive and friendly. Will definitely return.
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