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Bistro 218

218 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3602
+1 205-983-7999
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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French, Gluten Free Options
218 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3602
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So 218 out of 100 is impossible, but it indicates this bistro was more than twice as good as I'd have most anticipated. The evening started well with a personal visit to our table by owner/exec chef Tom Raab, who was not only generous with...More

Thank desrlmt
Reviewed May 17, 2017

Dined prior to a show at Red Mountain Theater Company. Loved the decor and French feel of the dining room. Had the octopus appetizer ( a bit of an acquired taste) followed by superb lamb and pan seared snapper entrees. Topped it off with beignets...More

Thank Kllriley
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Our first time to Bistro 218. We enjoyed the atmosphere of both the bar and restaurant areas very much; lively without being loud, and the interior design showing original brick, etc. from the building. For entrees my wife chose the West Indies Salad and loved...More

Thank Hoosierdaddy0402
Reviewed April 29, 2017

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I had asked for a table on the 2nd floor, as it is a little quieter and more romantic there. We were placed at a 2nd floor table overlooking the entire restaurant -- great seats. Our server, Tracy, was...More

Thank Joe V
Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

Hubs and a college chum dined here last evening. Wonderful atmosphere; delightful food. After cocktails, we enjoyed starters: pork belly; seafood gumbo; and West Indies salad (picture). The entrees that followed were shrimp risotto; blackened redfish; filet and scallops. Service was impeccable.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I ate dinner at another restaurant. I wanted dessert. I took to google and search for creme brûlée. We walked into the restaurant. 5:30 pm on a Saturday we were the only people there. We took seats at the bar. I ordered...More

Thank BamaDiver05
Reviewed March 27, 2017

the restaurant is very attractive when you enter. we were greeted and seated right away. then the magic began. great steak frites with a very good dressing on the salad. the other dish was a very good broiled fish over grits. nice wine list and...More

Thank madforkay
Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had to delay our Valentine's Day dinner, so we decided to give Bistro 218 a try. It turned out to be totally worth it. We were seated almost immediately, and were seated in the more intimate upstairs dining area. Our server,...More

Thank CCJC0819
Reviewed February 27, 2017

We love gong here prior to attending some of the amazing shows at Red Mountain Theatre. Tom Saab is an awesome chef and we've tried almost every dish and found them to be really good !!!

Reviewed February 16, 2017

I work around the corner and have been a number of times before, always enjoyed it. Last night was fantastic though. I had the scallops + filet and my wife had the snapper and both were excellent. The drinks were on point as well. We...More

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What is appropriate dress for your restaurant?
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Response from Sonny844 | Reviewed this property |
Dressy casual is most comfortable for me
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I don't think so.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $42
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3602
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +1 205-983-7999
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Welcome to Bistro 218
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Birmingham’s Financial and Theater District, Bistro 218 features side by side dining concepts.

Guests can enjoy a glass of wine or craft cocktail in our upscale casual bar room and indulge in a full bar menu under or proceed through the French doors into the main dining room and take pleasure in French classics paired with seasonally procured wines and local craft beers. Reservations are available in either room.

Ever changing menus are seasonal, with Gulf Coast influences and feature local foragers and farms supplying the best Alabama has to offer.
Bistro 218 honors the traditions of French bistros with minimalist decor in a historical setting. Dark Brazilian mahogany, high ceilings and exposed brick adorned with local art emanate a comforting yet elegant atmosphere that is perfect for a romantic dinner, a pre-theater meal or a relaxing night out.
Bistro 218 brings French cuisine to every palette. Enjoy your bistro favorites-from quiche to duck confit.
We invite all of our neighborhood friends to join us for a high quality dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere where our standards in service and food are testaments to the history of Birmingham dining.
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