Best Restaurants



Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Birmingham dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Birmingham Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


Shula's Steak House


Photos from the Miami Dolphins' storybook "perfect season" line the walls at this steakhouse, and don't be surprised when your server passes you a pigskin – it's the menu, after all! The Shula's Cut steaks (a designation given only to...  Read More


Hot and Hot Fish Club


Described as serving global cuisine with local ingredients, Hot and Hot is a longtime Birmingham favorite. But don't let the curious name confuse you – the owner's great-great grandfather belonged to a gentleman's club of the same name in...  Read More


Bottega


Some of the finest Italian food you'll ever find. Expertly prepared homemade ravioli, veal and seafood satisfy the most discriminating palate. One of the top spots for Birmingham locals. For a more casual experience, dine in the sister café next door.


daniel george restaurant & bar


This is one of the premier restaurants in Birmingham. Once you enter daniel george (an amalgamation of the owners' first names), you're immediately charmed by the space's sophisticated yet charming atmosphere. The wine list is extensive, as you...  Read More




When the subject of Alabama legends comes up, Dreamland should no doubt be mentioned in the same breath as George Wallace, Bear Bryant, and Bo Jackson. Known far and wide for their sinfully delicious BBQ ribs, "Big Daddy" Bishop and crew took a...  Read More


Café Dupont


Chef-owner Chris Dupont opened his first restaurant in Springville back in the mid-90s, and it was so well received he opened another location in downtown Birmingham in 2003. He had the space renovated, but certain elements – the weathered...  Read More


Chez Fonfon


People love gathering at this comfortable, upscale European-inspired space, with its old fashioned gas lights, café tables covered in white linens, and patio seating. The extensive wine list ups the place's popularity, as does Chef Frank...  Read More


Jackson's Bar & Bistro


Located in Homewood's SoHo development, this attractive eatery mixes traditional European with more global creations like crab rangoons. Casual and unpretentious, Jackson's has the eclectic quality found in the best big city neighborhood...  Read More


Highlands Bar and Grill
Photo courtesy of ralph and jenny


It doesn't get any better than the Highlands Bar and Grill. A veritable institution in Birmingham, celebrated Chef Frank Stitt's menu combines New South cuisine with rustic French influences. The restaurant is housed in a 1920s Spanish revival...  Read More


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