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“Terrific meal!”
Review of Bistro 218

Bistro 218
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Ranked #26 of 947 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $42
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
“Terrific meal!”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

I came here for lunch on a business trip with a large group of about 10 people. The staff did a great job of serving us, including refilling our beverages promptly (before we even needed refills!). The food was terrific. I had the crawfish and leek crepes as my main course. We also shared several appetizers, including the crab cakes, the homemade pomme frites (french fries) and the pork belly sliders. All were delish!

  • Visited December 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“New-found Gem Downtown Bham”
Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

We recently dined at Bistro 218 on a Saturday evening and were delighted that we had chosen to celebrate my friend's birthday there. The meal was excellent, wine delicious and very reasonable, and the atmosphere allowed our party of three to chat comfortably without competing with the music tract or peering through the dark at one another. The crab cake sandwiches and West Indies salad appetizers were exceptional. We all raved over our entrees: seafood crepes, pan seared Grouper, and pan seared Snapper. The seafood was incredibly fresh, as was the accompanying vegetables. We shared perfiteroles for dessert -- to die for! We all agreed that we'd be back.

  • Visited November 2013
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Madison, Georgia
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

If you frequent the incredible food scene in Birmingham in the restaurants with award winning chef's, then make sure to include Bistro 218 in your stops. Service and individual care is unmatched in town with food quality equal to anywhere else you can visit. Set in the heart of beautiful downtown, this is a must in your restaurant rotation.

  • Visited September 2013
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Gadsden, Alabama
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Delicious food in an intimate atmosphere”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The greeting is warm and the staff very attentive. But the food...very well prepared and presented. A friend introduced me to this restaurant where we had a relaxing and delicious meal. The mussels, West Indies salad, prosecco, and lovely atmosphere made for a perfect lunch.

  • Visited July 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great atmosphere and it's downtown!”
Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

I love Birmingham! And it's great to see it turning the corner. The new baseball park, railroad park, and people moving to southside and downtown are all breathing new life into the city! Now there are also some great new downtown restaurants to enjoy! And Bistro 218 is one of our favorites! The food is creative and wonderfully prepared. The service is excellent. And the space has charm and character! We enjoy taking friends who haven't been downtown in years. They're all pleasantly surprised! We look forward to going back soon!

  • Visited July 2013
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