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Bright Star Restaurant

304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
+1 205-426-1861
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Overview
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“snapper throats” (53 reviews)
“greek snapper” (24 reviews)
“steak” (95 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
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1 - 10 of 743 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is historic and interesting to see inside. Lots of beautiful wood paneling, wood trim, and painted murals. Celebrities have eaten here, especially U of Alabama football greats. Could use a few more local craft beers on the menu. Salads are fantastic. Red snapper...More

Thank seepalebluedot
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Seepalebluedot, Thank you for visiting and your kind words. We're glad to hear that our salads were fantastic and our interior was great for you, but disappointed to hear our red snapper wasn't the best. Our staff is always ready to take the best...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I filled up on bread instead of my seafood platter($28.95 not $21.95). Butter individually wrapped in a bowl. Baked potato in aluminum. Their prices are $7 higher on their menu then what it says online. And I have no idea how they get away with...More

Thank Tecobb11
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Tecobb, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback.We apologize that we had an old menu on the site that you had visited. We certainly take responsibility for that error, and wanted to let you know that our website always has the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although it is a bit of a trip for us, we try to make it to the Bright Star several times a year. Some things remain the same, great friendly greetings from the Koikos family, a great wait staff, etc. But something has changed in...More

Thank mjnmb
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Mjnmb, We're happy to hear that you would make the trip in and enjoyed our specialties. It's great that our friend service is always terrific for you, but it's disappointing to hear that our dishes don't have the same flair for you. We are...More

Reviewed May 9, 2018

My date and I went to the Bright Star for Saturday evening dinner. The restaurant was crowded but we were seated immediately. I ordered the Atlantic Salmon that was cooked to perfection. The meal included a wonderful salad and one side which I selected as...More

1  Thank Steverin065
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2018

Hi Steve, We're elated to hear how delicious your meals were. Thank you for sharing your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed May 8, 2018

We've dined at Bright Star for more than 40 years - often in conjunction with Alabama football games or after Sunday church services. We are always greeted cordially and made to feel welcome. The food is traditional, always good, and we've never been disappointed. Each...More

Thank Yesdog2016
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Hi Yes Dog, We're thrilled that you have dined with us for so long and made us a tradition with your family! Thank you for all of your kind words about our food and atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 5, 2018

This place was packed on a Saturday night! We didn't have a reservation and were seated immediately. The service is excellent! The food was SO YUMMY! I would give it ten stars if trip advisor had that option. You will not want to miss the...More

Thank Vicki C
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Hi Viski, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that our Greek salad, prime rib and sides was perfect for you both. It's fantastic to hear how delicious your meal was and that everything was top-notch.

Reviewed May 5, 2018

This restaurant has been in business since 1904 and is owned by two brothers of Greek Descendants. This was our first time to eat here, and one of the owners gave us complimentary seafood gumbo, which was the best I have ever had. We shared...More

Thank Janette M
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Hi Janette, It's fantastic to hear that our gumbo was the best you have ever had. Thank you for all of your kind words and recommendations. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

There aren’t many places around like The Bright Star anymore. Owned by the same family for nearly 100 years, the average length of service by the staff to the restaurant is 7 years. Both of the facts together are impressive. This, combined with great food...More

Thank Foodiein757
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2018

Hi Foodiein, Thank you for all of your great comments and recommendations! We're glad that when you are in the area a trip in is a must. we're always glad to accommodate our guests and make sure they have the best time with us possible....More

Reviewed April 22, 2018

My family and I have eaten at the Bright Star in Bessemer many times over the years and it always been the best meals and service we have had anywhere. Who would know such a great eatery exists in the middle of a small Alabama...More

Thank alhearn
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2018

Hi Al, We appreciate all of your great comments about our staff and dishes. Our owners are very involved with the everyday here at Bright Star. We're glad to hear that our seafood is the best for you and our service really stands out. We...More

Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

The Bright Star never disappoints. We've been too many times to count, and it's consistently great. The Greek sirloin may be the best thing you've ever had. The whole menu is great. Highly reccomend you check it out if you get the opportunity.

Thank Vince B
Anastasia C, Owner at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Hi Vince, We're glad to hear that our dishes never disappoint and your high recommendations. We love that our Greek sirloin is the best tha tyou have ever had. We look forward to your next trip in.

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Questions & Answers
j0y0rr
October 28, 2017|
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Response from Anastasia C | Property representative |
Yes we do accommodate and specialize in After rehearsal dinners. Would love to discuss options. Please call 205-531-0910 and speak to our head server Brenda Salser. Many thanks for your interest.
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jcjames2016
April 6, 2017|
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Response from Bernadette M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but we have never been.
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GPlott
November 7, 2016|
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Response from Anastasia C | Property representative |
10:30 -5pm. Thanks. Reservations accepted for 5-12 people. Have a great day.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$25 - $25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: +1 205-426-1861
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