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The Best Restaurants in Birmingham

Birmingham is known as the cultural capital of Alabama due to its historical sites and museums. However, the diverse ethnicities in the city have evolved Birmingham’s restaurant scene, attracting diners all over the world. The restaurants serve cuisines far beyond Birmingham’s western heritage, such as Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian. Also taking root is craft brewing as many breweries in the city get creative with their beer and bars turning cocktail mixing into an art form. Birmingham’s best restaurants range from award-winning fine dining restaurants to relaxed brasseries for all types of tastes. Whether in town for Perry’s pork chops, broccoli chicken baker, garlic home fries, or corn dogs, diners can always anticipate an unforgettable culinary experience.

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9 Restaurants
Updated January 18, 2022
Restaurants:Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar - 5 Points, Amore, Bocca Ristorante
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Indian, Italian
Neighborhoods:Birmingham
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Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar - 5 Points

$$$$
Contemporary Indian
Birmingham
4.6
130 reviews
Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine and Bar - 5 Points is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham, located at 1024 20th St. South. The restaurant was opened in 2014 by the Spice Library Group of entrepreneurs. The restaurant’s menu stands out from most Indian restaurants in the country. They have specialized in all kinds of cuisines, traditional ones like biriyanis, and have added a modern tinge to some dishes like tangy kabas. The restaurant’s head chef is Pritam Zarapkar, famously known as Chef Z. He has been an executive chef for over 15 years in restaurants across the United States and Europe. The restaurant’s décor and copper dishes give diners a festive atmosphere and interior lighting for ambiance. These completed with the Bollywood music videos that frequently play at the restaurant instantly make diners feel like they are in India.

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Amore

$$$$
Italian
Birmingham
4.9
1390 reviews
Amore is a fine-dining Italian restaurant located at 5510 Highway 280 in Birmingham. This family-owned restaurant has been operating since 2005. The executive chef, also Amore’s owner, is Dino Drakos. His love for Italian dishes inspired his restaurant’s name, Amore, the Italian translation of ‘love’. Amore’s menu includes full-course Italian cuisines and seafood. Some signature meals that Amore is famous for include the award-winning handmade meatballs and ravioli. Wine is a specialty served with all meals, as the restaurant has an expansive wine list at the wine bar. The restaurant’s interior has dim lighting and intimate seating, which create ambiance, coziness, and privacy. A band is always playing softly in the background for an overall calm atmosphere.

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Bocca Ristorante

$$$$
Italian
Birmingham
4.7
1041 reviews
Bocca Ristorante is a relatively new yet well-appraised restaurant in downtown Birmingham along 2312 2nd Avenue North. The restaurant was opened in early 2020 by the owner and executive chef, Tom Saab, following the success of his first Birmingham restaurant Bistro Two Eighteen. Saab is passionate about culture, food, and small, independently chef-owned restaurants. The restaurant specializes in modern Italian cuisines, like scallop risotto and spicy veal meatballs, as well as steak and seafood. Bocca Ristorante has an outdoor dining area, upscale wine bar, and a full bar for a night of dining and cocktails. The atmosphere at the restaurant is chic and lively and provides an intimate environment and ideal ambiance for a special occasion or romantic date night.

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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$
Contemporary French
Birmingham
4.8
1890 reviews
Bistro Two Eighteen is a French restaurant also owned by Tom Saab. It was opened in 2011 and is located in downtown Birmingham at 218 20th Street North. The owner is also the head chef who developed a passion for food and culture during his time as a chef and grew to appreciate chef-owned restaurants. Bistro Two Eighteen serves French cuisines, including one of the finest French cuisine, the duck confit, and contemporary western cuisines like burgers. Special vegan and gluten-free meals are also available. The restaurant has high ceilings and dark-colored Brazilian mahogany. The main dining room has an elegant atmosphere for a romantic and relaxing date night. It also has an upscale bar room serving hand-crafted beers and seasonal wines.

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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$
Steakhouse
Birmingham
4.7
6123 reviews
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille - Birmingham branch opened in 2016, is one of the fine dining restaurants in Birmingham with the oldest heritage. It was initially opened in 1979 as Perry’s Butcher Shop and Deli, Perry’s family-run restaurant. Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille - Birmingham is located along 4 Perimeter Park S in Birmingham. The restaurant occupies a 10,000-square-foot space with an island bar, an outdoor patio, and private dining rooms. The private dining rooms provide an intimate setting and include a menu tailored to diners’ preferences for the ultimate personalized experience. The mixture of white, blue, and brown on the main restaurant’s décor creates a relaxing yet upbeat atmosphere for a relaxing meal. Will Betts, the executive chef, has mastered culinary skills in steakhouse meals like the famous Perry’s pork chops, dishes like mac and cheese, and seafood cuisines like pan-seared sea bass.

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Galley and Garden

$$$$
American
Birmingham
4.7
1436 reviews
Galley and Garden opened in 2014 on Highland Avenue. The restaurant has received positive reviews from the press year after year. Vicky Rutledge is Galley and Garden’s head chef who joined the team in 2020 with years of experience working in restaurants. French-inspired and contemporary American dishes comprise the menu with chappapeela farm pork belly and pico de gallo as some of the dishes. Moreover, Galley and Garden is an ideal spot for an evening out drinking due to its extensive wine and beer list. Galley and Garden’s interior has an inviting atmosphere with neutral colors, banquettes, lightened carpets, and hardwood floors.

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Dread River Distilling Company

$$$$
Distillery
Birmingham
4.7
122 reviews
Dread River Distilling Company is a distillery in Birmingham that opened in 2019 on 2400 7th Avenue South. Despite being just a few years old, the company has already bagged an award as one of the 10 best distilleries in the USA from USA Today. The company is more than a distillery; it has event spaces, a tasting room, and a lounge area where people come together to mingle over a drink. The founder, Jeff Dugas, is an orthopedic surgeon and chemical engineer, while the co-founder, John Cubelic, has years of experience in film production history. Each bottle of gin, vodka, bourbon, whiskey, and rum at the distillery has been crafted with precision and has a story to tell. The lively tours and tasting rooms give a lot of information about the crafted spirits and together with the open-air event space, paving the way to an elevated event and nightlife experience.

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BrickTop's - Birmingham

$$$$
American
Alabama
4.7
2016 reviews
BrickTop’s is part of a chain of restaurants initially based in Nashville, Tennessee. The restaurant opened its Birmingham branch in 2018 at 2800 US Highway 280. Graham and Company, founded in 1978, owns the restaurant and is also a real estate company with office buildings and industrial properties across the Southeast. Southern cuisines are its specialty, with barbecue baby back pork ribs on the dinner menu, lobster rolls on the lunch menu, and huevos rancheros on the Sunday brunch menu. BrickTop’s - Birmingham has a sophisticated dining scene with a blend of white and cream walls and furniture, intimate seating, and expansive windows. The bar also has high chairs with nice booths and dim lighting.

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Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$
Brazilian
Birmingham
4.1
3508 reviews
Texas de Brazil – Birmingham is a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant located at 2301 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd North. It is an international restaurant with over 20 locations across the United States and regions like South Korea, South America, and the United Arab Emirates. The Texas de Brazil – Birmingham opened in 2014 and is privately owned by Salim Asrawi. Asrawi initially started the restaurant in Brazil with the help of his mother before going international. The menu mainly focuses on steaks with a selection of more than 16 meats, with top meats, including top sirloin, rack of lamb, and filet mignon cooked over an open flame. It has an open-view grill, bar, lounge area, and a wine cellar with over 1,000 wine varietals.

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