The Best Restaurants In Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

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Shyla Watson

Birmingham is one of Alabama’s biggest cities, and each neighborhood within it has something to offer. Downtown Birmingham is no different, and contains some of the best restaurants in the city. Read our list to discover the best places to eat food in Downtown Birmingham.
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Todd English P.U.B.

Hamburgers and fries

Todd English’s Public Urban Bar is a modern take on classic English pub food, which also features a raw bar for fresh seafood and a smokehouse for delicious carved meats. During happy hour, get sliders, wings, and oysters all for under $5. Complement your meal with ice-cold beer, Todd English’s offers over 50 international brews.

John’s City Diner

Diner food is typically fast, cheap, and greasy, but John’s City Diner gives you delicious food at a great price that’s more gourmet than greasy. Made only with organic or local produce and hormone free meat, the food at John’s is yummy and fresh. Try traditional diner grub like chicken and waffles and tater tots, or class it up with a glass of wine and a big salad.

Five Bar

Five is the magic number at this restaurant and bar, with only five locations (one being in Birmingham), this lounge caters to those looking to simplify their dining experience. The menu features five options for each category, including snacks, entrees, cocktails, wine, beer, and dessert. Five Bar offers great value and great prices for the indecisive eater.
Address and Telephone:744 29th Street S. Birmingham, AL, USA


Pepperoni pizza

Many don’t think about pizza as fine dining, but Slice takes it to a whole new level. The pizza is made with fresh, locally grown ingredients in a stone oven. Beer traditionally compliments pizza, and Slice has nearly fifty different brews on the menu. Also try fresh salads, other traditional Mediterranean and Italian dishes, and wine from their extensive list of labels.

Another Broken Egg

Eggs are the feature food at this breakfast café, who knew that one egg could be so versatile? Enjoy omelettes, scrambles, and even burgers and salads that feature eggs as a main ingredient. But breakfast and brunch isn’t only about eggs, no matter how good they may be! Try pancakes, grits, potatoes, a surplus of meats, and more. Unique and creative, Another Broken Egg goes out of it’s way to innovate something new and special just for you.

Trattoria Centrale

Beginning with sports bar favorite Paramount, and then local Mexican joint El Barrio, the owners of these established Birmingham restaurants opened yet another great venture at Trattoria. Pizza, pasta, soups, and salads are what this place does best. They even do Sunday brunch and other weekly specials. Dine for your dollar at this inexpensive gem.


This restaurant is overwhelming in a good way, patrons are treated to seven different menus to choose from, including gluten-free, brunch, and a separate menu for Latin and American foods. The decor is festive and bright, the food tasty and spicy, and famous singer Bob Dylan has even spoken out about how the restaurant is one of his personal favorites. If he likes it, you will too!

El Barrio

This downtown bar and restaurant serves all the senses, the decor features ‘distressed wood and custom iron work’ complimented by authentic Mexican street art. The food is mouthwatering and the smell wafts right out to the front patio, where patrons can enjoy a margarita or cold beer. Be sure to swing by for brunch on a warm Southern Saturday morning.

Urban Cookhouse

One of the many things that’s great about Urban Cookhouse is that they support local farmers and buy only the freshest produce, meats, and homemade products. Enjoy traditional sandwiches and salads, or try something unique like their grilled peanut butter fluff or orange rolls. There’s even a special take-home menu that features large quantities of restaurant favorites that are perfect to take home to the whole family.

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