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The Most Fun Restaurants in Birmingham

Birmingham brings together a mix of Southern charm and hospitality with noteworthy history, culture, and cuisine. The most fun restaurants in Birmingham play a key part in that culinary scene, delivering creative takes on classic Southern foods. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Birmingham headed out to when they're looking for the most fun restaurants in the city? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together this list of the 20 best new restaurants in Birmingham. Whether it's a classic Southern diner, a barbecue joint or one of the city's trendy fusion spots, the most fun restaurants in Birmingham has something for everyone. Grab a table in Birmingham and treat yourself to one of the city's most fun restaurants tonight!

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9 Restaurants
Updated January 14, 2020
Restaurants:Texas de Brazil - Birmingham, Bistro Two Eighteen, Amore
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Brazilian, Contemporary French, Italian
Neighborhoods:Birmingham
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Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$
Brazilian
Birmingham
4.1
3508 reviews
The Birmingham installment of this acclaimed national Brazilian steakhouse chain provides plenty of fun (and plenty of meat) to visitors. This lively and engaging restaurant features a full menu of upscale Brazilian steakhouse favorites. It's perfect for dinner out with a group of friends or just a date night with someone special. Meats come cooked "gaucho" style, over an open flame with natural wood charcoal. The selection includes favorites like chicken breast wrapped in bacon and Brazilian sausage. The expansive "salad area" features a colorful array of chef-crafted salads. They feature roasted vegetables, imported cheeses, and more.

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Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$
Contemporary French
Birmingham
4.8
1890 reviews
Trek to the Birmingham Financial and Theater district for an excellent meal at the stylish Bistro Two Eighteen. This modern and engaging spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Head to the bar for a cocktail or glass of wine and some of the restaurant's excellent starts. New Orleans-style file gumbo features crawfish and andouille sausage. House-cured pork belly boasts McEwen's yellow corn grits and a farm egg. For dinner, try the house-specialty butter-basted sea scallops with oven roast tomato and wilted baby spinach. There's also yam and butternut squash rosti with farm egg, arugula, and avocado.

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Amore

$$$$
Italian
Birmingham
4.9
1390 reviews
Right off of US 180, Amore is an excellent spot for dinner after a movie at the nearby AMC Theaters. This stylish and dark-accented Italian spot features a full selection of Italian classics and excellent wines. Standout appetizers include meatballs with house marinara sauce and locally-made Italian sausage. Be sure to try something from Amore's signature ravioli menu. Baked bolognese ravioli, Italian sausage ravioli, and baked crab ravioli are menu highlights.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Bellini's Ristorante & Bar

$$$$
Italian
Birmingham
4.8
2369 reviews
This upscale Italian steakhouse features a creative menu of Italian classics and new favorites. Stop into this lively Birmingham neighborhood gem for a special dinner menu. It features steaks, seafood, and traditional Italian dishes. Hand-made ravioli with house marinara and melted mozzarella is a highlight. The "pastel Formaggio" starter includes a fried Boursin cheesecake with shrimp and sun fire marinara. For the main course, try the surf and turf. This dish includes an 8-ounce filet mignon with diver scallops and blackened shrimp. Seafood lovers will enjoy the pistachio-crusted salmon over a Mediterranean orzo pasta salad.

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Bistro V

$$$$
American
Birmingham
4.8
1480 reviews
This modern and stylish Vestavia Hills hot spot is a welcoming American bistro. Stop into this relaxing and engaging local favorite for a selection of classic Southern comfort foods. Start off with the "Birmingham's Best Fried Oysters" served alongside calamari and gulf shrimp. Try the crispy grit cake, made with country ham, mushrooms, spinach, and white wine cream sauce. The entree shrimp and grits comes with Gulf shrimp and grape tomatoes alongside McEwen and Sons grits with chopped bacon.

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John's City Diner

$$$$
Comfort Food
Birmingham
4.8
691 reviews
One of the most acclaimed restaurants in Birmingham, John's City Diner is an Alabama institution. The world-spanning menu includes everything from Southern classics to modern Asian-style fusion. For a mix of both, start with the "Seoul" wings. These appetizer treats come crispy Korean style with ginger, garlic, and green onions. "Fancy bacon" features slow-braised Beeler's pure pork belly with roasted corn grits. Head for the "Modern Comfort Food" menu to try Hong style chicken and waffles with Alabaman honey-soy sauce syrup and Asian herbs.

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham

$$$$
American
Birmingham
4.6
2414 reviews
This lodge-styled classic American steakhouse and seafood spot is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Head out to the Patton Creek Shopping Center to enjoy some of the specialties at Firebirds. Shareable favorites include lobster spinach queso with pepper jack cheese and ranch rings. Be sure to try the bacon-wrapped bleu cheese filet or the chile-rubbed Delmonico steak for a classic Southwestern taste. An American Kobe beef meatloaf features portabella mushroom sauced and spiced pecan green beans.

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Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$
Contemporary American
Birmingham
4.1
632 reviews
The upscale Grand Bohemian Hotel at Mountain Brook is the location for Habitat Feed & Social. Stop into the restaurant for a fine meal and some excellent people-watching. Habitat features full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The "handheld" selections are a highlight. Go for the Baja fish tacos with guajillo and marinated black beans, or a hickory-smoked turkey BLT with local sourdough bread. Another menu favorite? The wagyu meatloaf served with aged cheddar grits and wilted kale. Pair dinner or lunch with a local beer, like the Ghost Train light lager or Good People IPA.

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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Birmingham

$$$$
Steakhouse
Birmingham
4.7
6123 reviews
This upscale steakhouse in the heart of downtown is one of the most fun restaurants in Birmingham. Featuring all the classic steakhouse trimmings and exquisite modern decor, Perry's is the place to go for a lively and hearty steak dinner. Stop into the lounge to enjoy a cocktail and some of the live jazz or just grab a table in the welcoming dining room. Begin with the must-have signature fried asparagus topped with jumbo lump crabmeat. There are also the restaurant's famous pork chop "bites." Other signature dishes include the ultimate chicken parmesan with Orecchiette pasta. Another favorite is the carved-tableside chateaubriand with truffle merlot demiglace.

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