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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Alabama

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Alabama? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Dread River Distilling Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (167)
$31 to $50
Distillery
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Dread River spirits are created for those inspired by the journey. We take great pride in crafting each spirit we pour. Currently distilling are small batches of Bourbon, Whiskey, Rye, Vodka, Gin, Rum & Agave Spirit.

Our Tasting Room Bar area features our one of a kind craft cocktails, engineered to enhance every unique feature our spirits have to offer. Our Tasting Room is a combination of Bold and Elegant, & provides the perfect vibe for you to enjoy the fruits of our labor by pairing the perfect cocktail & your favorite food menu item. The menu features a perfect mix of selections to meet any occasion. Come check out our beautiful Veranda space.
It is dog-friendly and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Join us on Saturdays from 12 - 4 pm with our Day Drinker Menu or Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 3-6 pm.

We invite you to come and be inspired by the journey as you take part in our Dread River experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
We enjoyed our experience at Dread River. Beautiful atmosphere, very nice server and the food was good. Drinks were unique and good but small and overpriced. Also, when you book a reservation know that a standard table is basically a coffee table below knee level and it’s very hard to enjoy a full meal eating at this type of table.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Birmingham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (354)
$30 and under
Sushi
Vestavia Hills
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great variety and creativity!!! Will definitely be back again
A photo of Ariccia Cucina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1134)
$30 and under
Italian
Auburn
About the restaurant
Inspired by a hilltop town of palaces, vineyards and poets, Ariccia Cucina is a modern Italian escape. Small plates of arancini and fresh bruschetta to share, herbs tucked into slow-roasted porchetta, vino bianca and rosso on the tables, conversations buzzing and glasses clinking—at long last, a taste of authentic Italy. Our large open kitchen invites you into an exciting culinary world. The cozy fireside lounge or bar are great places to relax after work with a delicious drink and appetizer from the Bar Menu. Or catch up with friends and enjoy beautiful weather with al fresco dining on the open-air patio.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Dewey our waiter was absolutely amazing and full of great well worded recommendations!
A photo of Itta Bena -Montgomery restaurant
4.6
4.6 (729)
$31 to $50
American
Montgomery
About the restaurant
Itta Bena Montgomery is located within the new Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Montgomery. Enter through either the hotel pool bar area or through the BB King's Blues Club and its exclusive Red Velvet Elevator to reach the elegant Blues themed Speakeasy style steakhouse featuring the finest in New Southern Cuisine and the best hand selected Grilled Steaks, Seafood and fine Wines and Spirits. Relax and enjoy the views of the beautiful Pool and Spa while listening to soft live music and the finest blues.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Had a beautiful table where curtains surrounded me! So romantic! Food was good, server was great and the ambience was exceptional. Thank you for an amazing memory!!
A photo of Little Betty Steak Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (254)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Mountain Brook
About the restaurant
Revival Restaurant Group is delighted to introduce our newest concept - Little Betty Steak Bar. Located in Mountain Brook, Little Betty is an elegant, first-rate steakhouse and bar with a lively environment beautifully built to make you feel at home. With the thoughtfully curated work of Chef Kyle exploring influences from Italian and Japanese cuisine flavors, Little Betty is a Lane Parke neighborhood favorite.

Please, see our dining guidelines here: https://bit.ly/3NEfCrA

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our server Jake was excellent and very knowledgeable about the menu. Randa behind the bar was superb as always. The best meatballs, Caesar salads and entrees- just wow. Consistently excellent
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Birmingham restaurant
4.5
4.5 (228)
$30 and under
American
Vestavia Hills
About the restaurant
Culinary Dropout serves classic meals done right. With crowd favorites like our pretzel bites and provolone fondue, 36-hour pork ribs, and our famous fried chicken drizzled with honey you’ll want to taste everything. Thirsty? Wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer or a killer house-made cocktail. And don't forget to stick around for games and free live music with a laid-back vibe. Culinary Dropout is for anyone who loves damn good food and drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
All of our experience was good: food, service, and atmosphere. We will be going back again.
A photo of Wissota Chophouse - Cullman restaurant
4.5
4.5 (13)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Cullman
About the restaurant
With classic American chophouses in mind, Wissota Chophouse features Certified Angus Beef, an excellent variety of the freshest seafood and creative sides. Our steaks start with the best cuts of meat, seasoned simply and cooked to perfection, delivered to your table perfectly seared and bursting with flavor. Compliment your meal with a drink from over 20 wines by the glass, Wisconsin craft beers on tap and a variety of choices of bottled beer and spirits.
Top review
Foodlover
Dined on Mar 13, 2024
We had a very good dinner experience at this restaurant. The food was on point, the service was great and the manager made time to come out to our table and check on us. It was a bit pricey but it is nice to treat ourselves. Overall this is a great addition to Cullman.
A photo of B.B. Kings - Montgomery restaurant
4.3
4.3 (883)
$30 and under
American
Montgomery
About the restaurant
BB King's Blues Club is Located within the Wind Creek Hotel and Casino in Montgomery, Alabama. Authentic Memphis style Barbeque dishes as well as Cajun and Creole menu items are served inside an amazing replica of the original BB King's Blues Club in Memphis, along with the entire Beale Street experience. Enjoy our world famous BB King's Ribs while listening and dancing to the best in local and regional blues and R&B musicians and bands.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
My friend and I enjoyed our night. The atmosphere was lively, the food was delicious, and the service was impeccable.
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Birmingham restaurant
4.3
4.3 (91)
$30 and under
American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster’s has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we’ve got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we’re stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Our waitress was new but she was amazing! 10 out of 10!
A photo of The Fennec restaurant
3.9
3.9 (244)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Birmingham
About the restaurant
The Fennec features a Southern Farm-to-Table cuisine with worldly influences. Our goal is to have numerous items for all guest, dietary preferences and restrictions. We look to provide an upscale dining experience with our food, beverage but most our service.

With nightly live music, an intimate stage setting, a creative southern menu, chic cocktail lounge, and even an elegant event space on the second floor, there really is nothing else in Birmingham like the Fennec.

For booking large parties with 10 or more guests, please call our store directly and speak with a Manager.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
My husband and I took my mother-in-law and father-in-law out for Mother's Day brunch at the Fennec. First of all, the jazz was excellent--it consisted of a violinist and a keyboardist, so it was not too loud to hold a conversation at normal volume. The music was absolutely beautiful; my mother-in-law even started tearing up at one point! The waitstaff always made sure our waters were topped off (a tall order, considering I am seven months pregnant and constantly thirsty), and were quick to take our orders, answer our questions, offer us coffee refills, and fulfill our other requests. The food was outstanding as well. I had the chicken and waffles, and the chicken was juicy, plump, and perfectly breaded. My husband had the hash and ate every bite. My usually picky in-laws loved their French toast and breakfast plate entrees. The beignets held their own as the best I've had outside of New Orleans. Overall, highly recommended and will definitely be back!
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