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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 - 10:00 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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 301
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    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
Old fashioned goodness

This restaurant has been in existence since 1907! The snapper throats are a must- the most tender pieces of white flaky snapper fried to perfection! Don't let the name put you off, it's delicious! The whole restaurant has a wonderful, congenial vibe as the owner Jimmy Koikos welcomes you to his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Lynne N
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Birmingham, Alabama
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Birmingham, Alabama
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has been in existence since 1907! The snapper throats are a must- the most tender pieces of white flaky snapper fried to perfection! Don't let the name put you off, it's delicious! The whole restaurant has a wonderful, congenial vibe as the owner Jimmy Koikos welcomes you to his family owned restaurant. How can you not love a... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It is great food no matter what you order. Everyone had something they loved on family night which can be difficult. My grandmother loves the snapper, my dad loves the steak, my vegetarean husband loves the vegetable plate. It has a classy 1950's feel which includes a packed restaurant. You may have to wait even with reservations but it is... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

EVERYTHING was perfect. Steak and Salmon were the best I've had anywhere. Service was excellent, and the historic atmosphere is special. PLEASE don't change anything!!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The Bright Star Restaurant is a 35 mile drive from my home but it is indeed one of the places I go to celebrate special occasions. This Saturday in August reservations were made for the 1st dinner seating 4:30 PM to celebrate my two best friends' birthdays. We were greeted promptly and warmly and even though we were right on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

After a very long time and hearing good reviews, my family decided to try Bright Star. I should start by saying my husband and daughter raved about their steaks. I was in the mood for seafood so I tried the broiled platter. The shrimp arrived cold, the scallops were undercooked, and the fish was the definition of bland. All in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I was totally disappointed with our birthday dinner !! I sent back my salad ( could not eat it ) but was charged for it anyway. My entree was something else I could not eat ! I know I am very picky but this was just awful ! But before I sent it back my daughter offered to trade plates... More 

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Birmingham, AL, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It has been awhile since I have eaten at the Bright Star and my son's visit to Birmingham for an overnight stay was a great chance to see what is happening at the "Star". We arrived at 7 PM, no reservation and I'm in a wheelchair. We were seated promptly at one of the tables (most seating is in booths)... More 

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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Been going here since Moby dick was a minnow. It's always good. Start with the homemade onion rings & sautéed crab claws, then get a cup of gumbo with the Greek Style snapper and a piece of peanut butter pie for dessert. If you're a vegetarian, I feel bad for ya. I eat here 30-50 times a year.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It fell short of our expectations. The staff were excellent, but the food experience just wasn't there. In their defense, it wasn't their regular menu as they were combining a menu with a New Orleans restaurant.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Food is always good! Service is excellent and love the decor and ambience. When we go with our friends, we love when we get one of the small private rooms. Highly recommend!!

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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: Steakhouse, Seafood, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?