At StyleBlueprint, we partnered with only the best businesses in town to create our SB Guide. It’s filled with everything you’d like to know as a local or as a tourist. From the best hair salons to the best antique stores to the best interior designers, boutiques and restaurants, we’ve got you covered. Because there are so many delicious restaurants in Birmingham, we’ve broken it down by neighborhood so that you can experience it all. Here, we’re sharing our favorite spots to have a meal in the heart of downtown. Intrigued? You’ve got to download our SB App so that you have the best of the best at your fingertips…
The Best Restaurants in Birmingham: Downtown
212 24th St. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bandit Baking Co. is known for their incredible gourmet pastries and confections. If you’re looking for a decorated cake for a birthday or celebration, this is your place. Highly regarded for their impeccable artistry and craft, Bandit Baking Co. has redefined the standards of baking. Whether you are in the mood to satisfy your sweet tooth or enjoy a light cafe lunch, Bandit Baking Co. won’t disappoint with their curated menu of sensational treats.
2930 3nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A casual-upscale Italian restaurant serving authentic, delicious dishes in a farm-to-table setting. Their charcuterie selection and hand-tossed pizzas are consistent customer favorites with their rich, savory flavors. In addition, you’ll find house-made pastas and gnocchi and notable craft cocktails that shouldn’t be missed! Our advice: go with a group and share it all!
113 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Café Dupont is a beautiful, brick-walled bistro in downtown Birmingham serving fresh and local food to its customers. Chef Dupont is a big believer in the slow food movement, which seeks to encourage the enjoyment of regional produce and traditional foods, which are often grown organically. Here, you’ll enjoy a menu that changes daily and features fresh ingredients with a Southern twist.
2430 Morris Ave., Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Carrigan’s Public House is a well-known watering hole in Birmingham. This craft cocktail bar serves elevated bar food and is always a happening place to be! We love their take on the corn dog, their kale salad and the street tacos.
1830 3rd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
This bar-restaurant on 3rd Ave. boasts a casual, comfortable atmosphere serving some incredible food. Their ramen and small plates menu features some of Japan’s most popular bar foods, providing the perfect refuge after a long day at work. Chef Templin takes pride in serving dishes that are always up to standard which ensures you’ll always leave happy!
1928 1st Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the Yard, you’ll encounter Southern progressive cuisine in an approachable, welcoming haven for those who simply want to enjoy Southern hospitality. Their food is derived from only the best and freshest ingredients, so they take pride in sourcing products daily and serving them in inventive ways to their customers.
1623 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Roots & Revelry describes itself as a “fun, energetic tribute to American cuisine.” We love the ever-changing menu and the playful, inventive dishes as much as we love the inviting and warm atmosphere. Located on the second story of the Thomas Jefferson Tower and filled with historic details from the original building, the reverent nod to the building’s storied past is not lost on its diners!
2212 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Bamboo is an Asian-inspired bar and restaurant in downtown Birmingham. The Pan-Asian influenced spot serves everything from sushi rolls and small plates to noodle bowls and skewers in a sleek, modern atmosphere. Don’t miss the momos!
2810 3rd Ave. South, #200, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
OvenBird is Chris and Idie Hastings live fire, casual restaurant. Their menu focuses on seasonal, southern ingredients served in a small plate format that takes inspiration from the live fire traditions of Spain. Go for a birthday or a celebration with your girlfriends as its the best way to get a taste of everything on the menu!
1821 2nd Ave. North, Suite 176, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Southern ingredients meet coastal Italian fare at Fero. Another spot where you’ll want a taste of it all, we recommend family style so that you can experience all of the goodness of Chef Nawab’s culinary creations.
2211 2nd Ave. North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Set on downtown’s quickly emerging 2nd Avenue, El Barrio brings an exciting, different flavor to the Birmingham restaurant scene. Inspired by multi-regional Mexican cuisine, urban design and locally sourced ingredients, El Barrio bridges the gap between the typical Mexican restaurant and a bustling bar and grill. Their fresh, inventive menu is filled with the Mexican dishes you love elevated with a welcomed twist!
5530 1st Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35212
Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Woodlawn Cycle Cafe is a “bike-friendly” restaurant in downtown that actually encourages its patrons to bring their bikes inside! In addition to a delicious selection of breakfast and brunch bites and plenty of coffee and espresso, this unique coffee shop sells cycling supplies, too. We love the warm, inviting nature of the café and know – cyclist or not – you will too!