The 10 Best Restaurants In Downtown Birmingham, Alabama

Photo of Shyla Watson
8 May 2017

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 10 best places to eat food in Downtown Birmingham.

Todd English P.U.B. | ©dnkbdotcom/Flickr

Todd English P.U.B.

Bar, Restaurant, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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John’s City Diner Menu
John’s City Diner Menu | ©bhamsandwich/Flickr
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, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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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

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Slice of Pizza
Slice of Pizza | ©Robert S. Donovan/Flickr
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.


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.
Address and Telephone: 725 29th St. S. Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 715 9300

Another Broken Egg

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Trattoria Centrale’s Sign
Trattoria Centrale’s Sign | ©bhamsandwich/Flickr
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

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, 0
Trattoria Centrale
Trattoria Centrale | Courtesy of Rojo
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.


Restaurant, American, $$$
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Urban Standard Birmingham
Urban Standard Birmingham | ©elaine faith/Flickr
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!
Address and Telephone: 2921 Highland Ave. Birmingham, AL, USA

Urban Standard

Little coffee shops that offer a few fine, fresh dishes are quickly becoming a trend in America. In Birmingham, Urban Standard is one of the best little shops you can find. Stop by in the morning on your way to work for a latte or a shot of espresso. If you have time to sit and eat, grab your friends and enjoy a sandwich, soup, salad, and other seasonal fare.
Address and Telephone: 2320 2nd Ave. N. Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 250 8200

El Barrio

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Urban Cookhouse Salad with Barbecue
Urban Cookhouse Salad with Barbecue | ©bhamsandwich/Flickr
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

Market, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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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.