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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 our first visit to Bistro 218, and we regret that it has taken us so long to try this restaurant! We visited during Birmingham Restaurant Week and both of us had the seafood gumbo, blackened redfish, and creme brûlée. Every part of the meal was delicious and the service was excellent. The waiter made a great wine recommendation to accompany our dinner. We plan to return soon!
We visited the Bistro for the Birmingham Restaurant Week menu. We loved all the choices but settled on the gumbo app and redfish for the entree. Another diner had the steak au poivre. Everything was absolutely delicious...we dined in the bar which was quiet on this particular night. Weekends might be more loud. We also love that you can get smaller versions of the entrees on the bar side. We will do that next time we go there. Service was prompt and courteous. Wine service was also excellent. This restaurant is very near the new Elyton Hotel, so anyone staying there should definitely go to the Bistro Two Eighteen.
Enjoyed wonderful evening celebrating wife's birthday. Pork belly, watermelon salad and crab cakes appetizers were fantastic. Scallops as entree were great and redfish and lamb were very good. Had creme brûlée and peach gallete for dessert were perfect end to a great meal and portions were adequate for 4 to share! Will be back.
Went for a birthday celebration. The food was good. I had the scallops and my date had the grouper. I thought the scallops were amazing and the grouper was average. The service was outstanding and the ambiance lent it self to the occasion. We were seated in the "loft" part of the restaurant which was more private and romantic. Dessert was very good as we shared both the chocolate tart and the peach galette.
We started with the chanterelle mushrooms, which were firm and buttery. Wife wasn't in the mood for fish or seafood and was surprised they did not have any chicken dish. The duck and pork did not appeal to her. She ended up with tenderloin medallions, which were very good. I had the blacked redfish, which was very good as well. A tad pricey for the entrees, but overall Food was great. Our server was great, but sweated profusely, which had us constantly wonder why so. We ended upstairs in a small 5 table dining area. Great for private dining, but we would have preferred to be downstairs. We could only guess the long stairs our waiter had to walk up and down all evening caused his sweating.
We were very pleased with our first visit. Quiet, with low lighting and an intimate atmosphere. Excellent personalized service. The food was very good with generous portions, and the desserts were excellent. Location is very convenient for an evening at the Alabama or Lyric theaters nearby. We'll be back for sure.
Great place for a date night, drinks and apps with friends or business dinners. The grill octopus was perfection, I had the grilled snapper and my husband had the blackened grouper which were both delicious and cooked perfectly. I would highly suggest the Creme Brûlée for dessert.
Fantastic experience again. Our favorite restaurant in Birmingham. You can actually have a conversation while having a fine dining experience! Impossible at highlands, hot and hot, etc where you are literally sitting in someone's lap. The food here is fantastic- the chef came around and greeted several tables, all around great experience. Will be back many times!
Always a pleasure to eat here. They had chanterelle mushrooms as an appetizer - very good start. One of our entrees was the blackened red fish on grits with fried okra. This wa the winner.
The snapper and lamb we also very good with excellent with a good setup accompanying them.
Our server was a knowledgeable sommelier who added to our evening.
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!
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.
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.
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 such a great time! We were celebrating our anniversary and my best friend's birthday. We asked for a window table, and when we got there, not only were we given a window table, but there were individual placards. One wishing my wife and I Happy Anniversary, and another wishing my best friend a Happy Birthday. Very nice! The service was outstanding, and the food was SO GOOD!! Everyone was so nice and accommodating. We will DEFINITELY be back soon!
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