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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 348
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellence that has spanned a lifetime!

Paul "Bear" Bryant, Sandra Bullock and me have all found the Bright Star an experience where we return time after time. The food is the best you'll find anywhere. The service is second to none. Wonderful atmosphere of the days gone by! Enjoy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lori B
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Paul "Bear" Bryant, Sandra Bullock and me have all found the Bright Star an experience where we return time after time. The food is the best you'll find anywhere. The service is second to none. Wonderful atmosphere of the days gone by! Enjoy!

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Thank Lori B
Pelham
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place to come enjoy Bessemer history and try food that was served in the past also. Great experience and service!!!

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Thank tripleforkshunting
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister loves seafood. She lives in Central Florida, but has a hard time finding good seafood. We went to Bright Star for dinner. My husband and I had blackened snapper and my sister had the grilled seafood platter. All food items were cooked to perfection, and our waitress made sure we lacked nothing. The wine selection was reasonable and... More 

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Thank Judy R
Gardendale, Alabama, United States
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a frequent visitor to the restaurant for the past 40 years, I feel my positive feedback is at times repetitive. From " A " - "Z" every trip has been very satisfying with the food,service, and overall experience each time. For any newcomers, take a visit....you'll be back.

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Thank Benny R
Pleasant Grove, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent dining experience. The food was excellent, the staff was great, and they always make you feel welcome. My grandson had the fried grouper, I had the hamburger steak, and my wife had the fried crab claws. All three dishes were delicious. If you haven't tried The Bright Star, you have missed a real pleasurable dining experience.

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Thank Pete M
Birmingham
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71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another fine visit to an outstanding restaurant. Brother in Law had not been to Bright Star in 20 years so we all agreed to go and were not disappointed by the good food, excellent service and all the ambiance and history that has made this place a landmark in Bessemer, and the State. For a restaurant to be in business... More 

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Thank William M
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had our 40th Class Reunion at the Bright Star - they were so accommodating, we had our own room, they had large TV so our fans could watch the Alabama football game, the staff was the best ever! The owner came in several times to check on us - we had a party of 35, so not a small... More 

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Thank gr4bama
Monroe, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The Bright Star is owned by two Greek brothers doing down-home Southern in a small town in Alabama. It is the oldest running restaurant in the state. Television and movie stars have visited as well as many NASCAR drivers. We were there with several couples and were seated in a private area with our own server. They offer steaks, pork,... More 

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Thank curransusanc
Indian Springs, Alabama
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Changed plans and headed to the Brite Star for lunch followed by a trip to the Autobahn go cart racing with "no speed limit ":) in Bessemer . Had a great lunch . Crab claws for appetizer were to die for ! Followed with a cup of gumbo ! Great flavor , wishing for shrimp as always with gumbo unless... More 

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Thank TheThorntonFamily
Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It was our first time, and it was great for out 23rd wedding anniversary. The service was great, food was excellent!

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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: Seafood, Greek, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?