About Bistro Two Eighteen
Birmingham, AL 35203
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 - 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
There are not enough words to say how mu ...
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!!!!!
Wonderful ambience without being stuffy. ...
Wonderful ambience without being stuffy. The food That we received was not exactly as described on the menu, so be sure to ask for details about the entree if you are a 'precise' eater. Wine list excellent for this area.
We were seated right away, but after tha ...
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, ...
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 experien ...
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.
I was a little disappointed that they di ...
I was a little disappointed that they didn't offer more vegan options. I had a vegggie plate and the portions were very small for 28 dollars. I got like 4 tiny new potatoes each about size of quarter. 4 asparagus some spinach very small portion. I wouldn't go back cause I left hungry. The 2 friends I was with orders New York strip. Their portions seemed very large.
This was our first time back since the r ...
This was our first time back since the remodel, and it remains one of my favorite places in Birmingham. The food remains well-prepared and adequately portioned, with excellent waitstaff. The Bistro is always on our list for weekend date night options.
Oh dear. Such a lovely venue. Six of us ...
Oh dear. Such a lovely venue. Six of us in such a festive Holiday mood but what a mess at this "restaurant ". Cocktails were good but skimpy and slooow coming out. Menu items took a lifetime to be served and were not even close to as presented on the menu. We did complain but nada. We then advised we needed our checks in order to get to our venue, but, alas took a full 20 minutes to get those checks. Never so disappointed and never to return...how sad in bustling downtown Birmingham.
The service was very professional and co ...
The service was very professional and competent. 218 was having a soft opening of their new bistro adjoining and was very active. The older restaurant was larger and lightly attended. The atmosphere was very comforting and relaxing. A very pleasant evening. The food was exceptional. The gumbo and West Indies salad has been my fave for awhile and it continues to be exceptional. I had the veal chop which was done to to a turn. Best veal chop I've had in many years. It was a special dinner, and we have been in all of the finest in Birmingham. Special.
Love this place ! Don't be put off by th ...
Love this place ! Don't be put off by the dumpster in front. Indicates progress... they are buying the space next door and putting in a bar. Blackened amberjack was delicious. Very personalable service... the owner, Tom Saab came by our table. Incredible attention to detail.
We found everything delicious from the F ...
We found everything delicious from the Frito Misto appetizer to the seared scallops I had and the chicken palliard my wife had, to the desserts. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Overall a great meal and experience.
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.
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