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Bright Star Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic history ambiance fir a date night or business luncheon. Very old school. The food especially snapper throats is perfectly prepared.

Thank Carla B
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the owners (the shorter brother with dark hair) gave everyone at our table (5 people) a free piece of pie because our guests were hurricane evacuees who came to stay with us in birmingham to escape hurricane matthew -- they live on jacksonville beach. It was such a nice gesture & made our evacuees feel so special. It... More 

Thank sbk123456
Indian Springs, Alabama
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Retired Navy so have to go to Navy Operations Center in Bessemer ever so often for ID updates and never miss opportunity for Bright Star food. Late lunch and several items 86'ed which I like to see when eating late. Wife settled for third choice - hamburger steak and could not believe how good. Gravy on side with squash, carrot... More 

Thank BobT66
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Food quality and service were excellent. We are alwayes greeted upon arrival and leaving by the owner. Always a delightful experience.

Thank Terry B
Tampa, Florida
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94 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bright Star Restaurant opened in 1907 and has been the mainstay in Bessemer ever since. It is Alabama’s Oldest Restaurant. Inside is Classic Old School w/Wooden Bench Booths, Dark Wood Paneling and Marble Floors (they even Have Booths with Privacy Drapes). Wicker Cracker Baskets on the Table & Seat Covers on the Chairs. Love the Mural in the Grand Front... More 

Thank Luvzog
Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is always excellent and lunch specials are delicious. We especially enjoy the stuffed snapper. The staff makes you feel very special.

Thank mstonewa
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. The restaurant has won some awards, been recognized nationally and has some cool memorabilia on display. It seems like everyone important in Alabama has graced the doors of the Bright Star. The food is top notch, the prices are very high for my budget at $25.00-30.00 per person. Don't let... More 

Thank Rangellalo
Hoover, Alabama, Usa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bright star is a good place to eat for Southern home cooking!! The food is seasoned just right and the staff is great!!! They have tons of vegetables to choose from. My favorite is Mac not cheese and fried green tomatoes. Love it

Thank Jessica P
Hueytown, Alabama
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I work close by so I eat here from time to time. They have great food but are not cheap. I love the Red Snapper Throats as well as the Snapper and Shrimp Au Gratin. Many of my co-workers rave about the shredded cabbage with homemade dressing.

Thank cjeneenp
Hoover, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

As patrons of The Bright Star for 40 years, we enjoyed a wonderful evening! The atmosphere is quaint with the beautiful wall paintings that I remember seeing as a child! The Alabama and Auburn football memorabilia is enjoyable to look at as well! Our food was excellent as always! We had the lobster and crabmeat casserole and the baked stuffed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $25
American, Seafood, Greek
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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: 205-426-1861

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