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What to Eat in Birmingham

Voted the top up-and-coming food city in 2016 by Zagat's followers, Birmingham is about much more than barbecue and fried pies – those sinful crescents filled with fruit and pan-fried for a crispy crust – these days. Although you can still enjoy some down-home cooking, you'll want to check out some of the city's top restaurants, including those of James Beard Award-winning chefs, Frank Stitt and Chris Hastings.

Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill is the go-to for special occasions, offering French-inspired cuisine with a Southern twist, from Alabama oysters and fried quail to stone ground grits with prosciutto and mushrooms. If you're craving some mussels, steak frites or a croquet-monsieur, stop by his French bistro Chez Fonfon. Seeking Italian comfort food? Head to Stitt's Bottega. Chef Chris Hastings also operates two of the most popular eateries in the city, the Hot & Hot Fish Club and OvenBird. Hot & Hot Fish Club serves upscale Southern farm-to-table favorites, while Ovenbird dishes up Latin American cuisine cooked in wood-burning ovens. 

Sunday morning jazz brunch at Galley and Garden is de rigueur: enjoy more French fine dining in the grand setting of the historic Merritt House. Want to grab a casual snack? Check out Melt, a food truck-turned-restaurant that specializes in an array of grilled cheese sandwiches, or grab some ribs or pulled pork at Saw's BBQ.

Find the Best Restaurants in Birmingham

  • #1
    Highlands Bar & Grill
    #1 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 879 reviewsTripadvisor (879)
    $$ | American
    2011 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2801
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  • #2
    Chez FON FON
    #2 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 567 reviewsTripadvisor (567)
    $ - $$ | French
    2007 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2801
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  • #3
    El Barrio
    #3 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 526 reviewsTripadvisor (526)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
    2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3880
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  • #4
    Amore Ristorante Italiano
    #4 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 352 reviewsTripadvisor (352)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Italian
    5510 Highway 280 Ste 116, Birmingham, AL 35242-6586
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  • #5
    Bistro 218
    #5 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 207 reviewsTripadvisor (207)
    $$ | French
    218 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3602
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  • #6
    Bottega Restaurant
    #6 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 588 reviewsTripadvisor (588)
    $$ | Italian, American, International
    2240 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2922
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  • #7
    SAW’s Soul Kitchen
    #7 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 873 reviewsTripadvisor (873)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    215 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222-1932
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  • #8
    Melt
    #8 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 316 reviewsTripadvisor (316)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    4105 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222-1944
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  • #9
    Perry's Steakhouse & Grille- Birmingham
    #9 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripadvisor (265)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    4 Perimeter Park S, Birmingham, AL 35243-2326
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  • #10
    Gianmarco's
    #10 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 381 reviewsTripadvisor (381)
    $$ | Italian, Wine Bar
    721 Broadway St, Birmingham, AL 35209-6209
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  • #11
    Hot and Hot Fish Club
    #11 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripadvisor (407)
    $$ | American
    2901 2nd Ave S Suite 110, Birmingham, AL 35233-2900
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  • #12
    Saw's Juke Joint
    #12 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripadvisor (268)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
    1115 Dunston Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213-2132
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  • #13
    Slice Stone Pizza & Brew
    #13 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 269 reviewsTripadvisor (269)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Bar, Pizza
    725 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233-2809
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  • #14
    Texas de Brazil
    #14 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 345 reviewsTripadvisor (345)
    $$ | South American, American, Steakhouse, Brazilian
    2301 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1104
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  • #15
    Original Pancake House
    #15 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 272 reviewsTripadvisor (272)
    $ - $$ | American
    1931 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2603
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  • #16
    Cafe Dupont
    #16 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 192 reviewsTripadvisor (192)
    $$ | American
    113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3603
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  • #17
    Paramount
    #17 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 160 reviewsTripadvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    200 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3616
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  • #18
    Yo' Mama's
    #18 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 110 reviewsTripadvisor (110)
    $ - $$ | American
    2328 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3808
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  • #19
    Surin West
    #19 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 349 reviewsTripadvisor (349)
    $ - $$ | Sushi, Asian, Thai
    1918 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
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  • #20
    Half Shell Oyster House of Birmingham
    #20 of 911 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 58 reviewsTripadvisor (58)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood
    616 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233-2808
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