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Bright Star Restaurant

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304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
205-426-1861
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 247
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  • 42
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
This is the best restaurant for the price and food in Alabama

In years of traveling throughout the U.S.A. This is consistently the best.weve never had a bad meal here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Trainman1228
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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317 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

In years of traveling throughout the U.S.A. This is consistently the best.weve never had a bad meal here.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We go at least 3 times a month or more and have for more than 5 years. I highly recommend The Bright Star Restaurant to everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

For every family event, we go to Bright Star. The service is usually always great, I've never had a bad dish here & they always make you feel welcome. The Peanut Butter Pie is to die for!

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Wonderful food, special atmosphere and great service! Have never had anything not delicious at The Bright Star. Love having one of the little private cubicles.

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Bessemer, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I go for the snapper throats on the lunch menu with fresh vegetables and homemade rolls. Great coffee and peanut butter pie. Best value at lunch. Good place for family parties my Grandmothers both held birthday parties leaving many fond memories shared there with my family.

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Trussville, Alabama, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Bright Star has been in Bessemer since 1907, and in the present location in about 1915. The fare is during the day is meat and three, seafood and Greek dishes. At night seafood is the main attraction. The food is all fresh and well prepared. If you are near Bessemer, plan a stop. There are tables, booths, and rooms.... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Would give 3.5 stars if possible. First time I've ever had "Snapper Throats." Didn't know what to expect. The meat inside was very good, however, there was bones inside which I had no indication this would be the case. Caught me by surprise. I still was able to eat around the bones. Also, the black eye peas and greek potatoes... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The Bright Star is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The steak is out of this world good. Service is excellent as well. Sides are pretty good, desserts are amazing.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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216 reviews 216 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My husband and I have heard so much about this restaurant and having won a James Beard American Classic restaurant award a few years ago, we had to check it out for ourselves. The restaurant is much bigger than it seems as there are rooms beyond rooms and a nice bar. We went for lunch and I had the Broiled... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We were having a special Birthday party for our daughter. Our food was exceptional and our waiter, Mathew was great. We wanted to invite him to sit with us and join our family. We are planning on returning for my Mother's Birthday this weekend. Thank you "Bright Star" for making our visits memorable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: 205-426-1861

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?