The 10 Best Restaurants In Five Points South, Birmingham, Alabama

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Five Points, located in Birmingham’s south side, is a center of bohemian culture, providing lively entertainment and nightlife for residents. Aside from the bars there are a great deal of restaurants in Five Points that serve delicious food, and even showcase art or have live performances. Check out our list to discover a few of the best local places to dine out.

Highlands Awning | ©Ralph Daily/Flickr

Highlands Bar and Grill

Bar, Restaurant, French, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Featured in over thirty publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Bon Appétit, it’s no secret that Highlands is the best. Everything on the menu promises to be a gastronomic delight and, with over 300 labels of wine, it’s the perfect spot for any wine connoisseur. Visiting Highlands is quite the experience, and definitely one you don’t want to miss.

Hot and Hot Fish Club

This modern restaurant brilliantly melds classic French cuisine with Southern favorites and California-style twists. The culinary work of Hot and Hot’s Chef Hastings has won numerous awards and been featured in publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and more. Enjoy some of the city’s best dishes in an intimate atmosphere. The fresh fish is a specialty, but the entrée menu features non-seafood dishes like chicken, duck, pasta, and more.
Address & telephone number: 2180 11th Court South Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 933 5474

Bottega Dining Room

Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Try everything from gazpacho to oysters at this gourmet restaurant. Bottega elegantly serves Italian food with a Southern American flair within a refined interior that is comprised of white marble and a grand staircase, which are complimented by leather seating. For a more casual experience, try the adjacent Bottega Café. Enjoy the fresh air out on the patio while eating a slice of pizza and sipping on a glass of wine.

Cosmo’s Pizza

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Burrito | ©stu_spivack/Flickr
Cosmo’s Pizza is surely out of this world; this hip restaurant serves some of the best pizzas and sandwiches in Birmingham. Choose from a huge selection of pizza toppings, or try the pasta or calzones. Come to the restaurant on the weekends and be treated to a live performance by a local musician. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, they deliver!

Fuego Cantina

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Seared Salmon
Seared Salmon | ©tseyin/Flickr
Colorful Mexican cantina

This festive restaurant serves deliciously spicy, classic Mexican dishes and some traditional American bar fare. Enjoy tasty burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and more. Open late into the night, it’s a perfect place for happy hour after work. Try their famous mojitos and martinis, or relax with a chilled cerveza at the bar.
Opening hours: 11:00am-11:00pm Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-Midnight Friday & Saturday, 11:00am-10:00pm

Watch out for: house buffalo wings

The Fish Market Restaurant

Market, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Thai Basil Leaves Seafood Stirfry
Thai Basil Leaves Seafood Stirfry | ©Prae Songprasit/Flickr
The Fish Market in Five Points has an extensive menu of seafood dishes; select from over fifteen types of fish and shellfish and choose how you want in prepared. In a sandwich? In a pasta? In a salad? This restaurant offers all of that and more. Open everyday of the week, enjoy your dish with a classic southern side dish, including black eyed peas, collards, and fried pickles. No matter your preference, if you’re craving seafood, the Fish Market is the place to go for the freshest and finest fish in town.

Surin West

Bar, Restaurant, Thai, Sushi, Asian, $$$
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Duck Neck Sausage
Duck Neck Sausage | ©avlxyz/Flickr
Enjoy authentic tastes of Thailand at Surin West. This establishment not only offers traditional Thai cuisine, but also a full sushi bar and a surplus of specials, to guarantee that you get the right dining experience for your dollar. For the adventurous types, many of the dishes are hot, hot, hot! If you’ve got a taste for spicy, this restaurant might just become your favorite.

Galley and Garden

Bar, Restaurant, American, French, Contemporary, $$$
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Mushroom Cheeseburger
Mushroom Cheeseburger | ©Hideya HAMANO/Flickr
Once the historic Merritt House, the restaurant is warm and inviting, like stepping into a friend’s home. The food is fresh and innovative, and the menu changes along with the seasons, which is perfect since they support local farmers and vendors. With a separate menu for each meal of the day, including bar snacks and desserts, dining here is like stepping into a modern French countryside.

Black Market Bar & Grill

Bar, Market, Pub, American, $$$
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Pies & Pints
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This themed gastro pub kills the competition with their perfectly crafted menu. Sample burgers, nachos, wings, and more classic bar foods. Enjoy craft beer and other libations during happy hour or with dinner. Depending on which night you dine at Black Market, you may stumble upon trivia, bingo, or other fun themed nights. Swing by on Sunday for a special brunch menu.

Little Italy’s Pies & Pints

This family owned business has quickly become a Five Points favorite. Order handcrafted pizza by the slice or get the whole pie to share, and enjoy local craft beer in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Check out the other Italian eats on the menu, such as pasta, calzones, sandwiches, and chicken specialty plates. Dine in with friends, or take a custom pie home to the family.
Address & telephone number: 1924 11th Ave. South, Birmingham, AL, USA, +1 205 224 5775

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