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Bright Star Restaurant

304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
205-426-1861
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Ranked #1 of 80 restaurants in Bessemer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: Greek, Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It's at least that long since I was in this restaurant and it was better than I remembered it being. Just good at everything... Pick any item and you won't be disappointed. It's good to be back!

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When a place has been as good as this one, for as long as it has been excellent, expectations are always high. Today's lunch meal of 2 greek snapppers and tea cost $47 with tax and tip. No dessert. No extras. It just wasn't worth it for the first time in the 45 years we have been eating there. The... More

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Anastasia C, Manager at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for submitting a review and sharing your experience. I will review with our staff as we can always get better. Next time feel free to return any portion of your meal which you don't enjoy. We strive to provide value for the price of our fresh snapper. We look forward to serving you again. More

Sylacauga, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We can always expect a great meal at the Bright Star! So, we invited a long-time friend to join us for lunch last Wednesday. As always, the food was great! Our server was very congenial and, since we were having a late lunch, she had a bit more time to share great conversation. We each had the snapper throats with... More

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Helena, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We celebrated an 80th birthday last evening at the Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer AL. I had requested accomodations that would consider several of our guests wore hearing aids and would need to be able to communicate. Not only were the seating arrangements perfect, but the service was exceptional. We were so well taken care of and the atmosphere was... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had spent 11 hours in the car driving from VA to AL. We were exhausted and hungry. We checked into our hotel and asked for a recommendation for dinner. She recommended The Bright Star. We were pleasantly surprised to find an excellent restaurant with great food. My only negative is that it was a bit rundown... More

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Excellent Seafood dishes, Greek salad truly unique with or without anchovies, house specials are excellent, atmosphere inviting, on site, involved ownership, reservations a breeze. Desserts are special.

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Alabama
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had lunch here for 1st time in while. All I can say is wow, these friends just keep on doing the right things right! Loved spinach/rice casserole, salmon, Greek salad, and never had a better slice of chocolate pie - so delicious but not too rich or heavy. Drinks refilled promptly. Got a to go plate fir someone else -... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We've dined at Bright Star twice recently and will continue to make trips across town to enjoy their gumbo. May be the best gumbo we've ever had, including amazing gumbo in New Orleans! Full of seafood, and delicious. The service has been great on both of our trips. The only downside we've encountered was with the crab cakes, which had... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We recently went to the Bright Star Restaurant for the first time in about 12 years. I don't know why we stayed away so long, but we won't make that mistake again. The Bright Star is in the midst of their 107th year of operation so you must be good to last that long. Our group of six people had... More

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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Went here for dinner during a business trip in May. The restaurant is over 100 years old and has kept as much of it's layout and decor as it could over the years, so if you want to step back in time this is a good place to go. The wait staff is very friendly, courteous and prompt. First-time guests... More

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Anastasia C, Manager at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the honest feedback.. I am sorry your meal was not up to our usual standards. I hope you will try is again soon. More

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