Birmingham Travel Guide

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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 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 810 reviewsTripAdvisor (810)
    $$ | American
    2011 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2801
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  • #2
    Chez FON FON
    #2 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 519 reviewsTripAdvisor (519)
    $ - $$ | French
    2007 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2801
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  • #3
    El Barrio
    #3 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 474 reviewsTripAdvisor (474)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Central American
    2211 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3880
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  • #4
    Amore Ristorante Italiano
    #4 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 311 reviewsTripAdvisor (311)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Italian
    5510 Highway 280 Ste 116, Birmingham, AL 35242-6586
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  • #5
    Bottega Restaurant
    #5 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 541 reviewsTripAdvisor (541)
    $$ | Italian, American, International
    2240 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2922
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  • #6
    Bistro 218
    #6 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 181 reviewsTripAdvisor (181)
    $$ | French
    218 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3602
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  • #7
    Saw’s Soul Kitchen
    #7 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 826 reviewsTripAdvisor (826)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    215 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222-1932
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  • #8
    Melt
    #8 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripAdvisor (281)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    4105 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222-1944
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  • #9
    Gianmarco's
    #9 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 350 reviewsTripAdvisor (350)
    $$ | Italian, Wine Bar
    721 Broadway St, Birmingham, AL 35209-6209
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  • #10
    Hot & Hot Fish Club
    #10 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 382 reviewsTripAdvisor (382)
    $$ | American
    2180 11th Ct S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2810
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  • #11
    Perry's Steakhouse and Grille
    #11 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 209 reviewsTripAdvisor (209)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    4 Perimeter Park S, Birmingham, AL 35243-2326
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  • #12
    Texas de Brazil
    #12 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 325 reviewsTripAdvisor (325)
    $$ | South American, Steakhouse, Brazilian
    2301 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203-1104
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  • #13
    Eli's Jerusalem Grill
    #13 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 261 reviewsTripAdvisor (261)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
    4673 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242-5033
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  • #14
    Saw's Juke Joint
    #14 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripAdvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
    1115 Dunston Ave, Birmingham, AL 35213-2132
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  • #15
    Cafe Dupont
    #15 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 175 reviewsTripAdvisor (175)
    $$ | American
    113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3603
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  • #16
    Original Pancake House
    #16 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 246 reviewsTripAdvisor (246)
    $ - $$ | American
    1931 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2603
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  • #17
    Babalu Tapas & Tacos
    #17 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 320 reviewsTripAdvisor (320)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern
    2808 7th Ave S Suite #117, Birmingham, AL 35233-2813
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  • #18
    Paramount
    #18 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    200 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3616
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  • #19
    Surin West
    #19 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 343 reviewsTripAdvisor (343)
    $ - $$ | Sushi, Asian, Thai
    1918 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205-2604
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  • #20
    Slice Stone Pizza & Brew
    #20 of 1,069 Places to Eat in Birmingham
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Bar, Pizza
    725 29th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233-2809
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