The Best Cheap Eats in Birmingham

The OpenTable Team

The countless options for cheap eats in Birmingham come as no surprise considering that the city's culinary history extends all the way back to Native Americans in the 11th century. A blending of African American, Spanish, French and indigenous cultures throughout the years has created a fusion food scene you won't find anywhere else. But which eateries do the smartest and savviest diners enjoy frequenting the most? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve compiled data from thousands of restaurants across the nation to find the hotspots that OpenTable’s most seasoned members can’t get enough of. Guests will find the heart and soul of the South in Birmingham's eateries. They’ll also discover popular local offerings such as Lane cake, Grapico cola, Special Dogs and Greek-influenced ketchup-based barbecue sauce. With the Culinary and Hospitality Institute churning out new professional foodies every semester, Birmingham will always remain a mecca for epicureans. Everyone can show off their financial savvy by booking at one of these cheap eats today!

Restaurants:Grille 29 Birmingham, John's City Diner, Fancy's on 5th
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Comfort Food
Neighborhoods:Birmingham

Grille 29 Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
992 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The dome atop Grille 29 is nearly impossible to miss when driving down Shades Creek Parkway, and the inside of the restaurant is just as visually appealing. Also viewable on the inRead more
92% recommended
Brunch in Alabama
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John's City Diner

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Birmingham
581 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Some of the menu items at John’s City Diner wouldn’t typically fall under the umbrella of cheap eats in Birmingham. Those who show up at lunch, though, enjoy affordable dishes likeRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Alabama
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Fancy's on 5th

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
64 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Situated right across from Avondale Park, Fancy’s on 5th prides itself on being an oyster dive and burger bar. Oysters from across the region are served up in a variety of preparatRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Alabama
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The Fish Market - Birmingham

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
44 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Comfort Food
  • Lunch
The bright-blue lettering stenciled above the entrance to The Fish Market beckons patrons to an entrance surrounded by beautiful foliage. After walking through the luxurious doubleRead more
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Habitat Feed & Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
441 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Botanically inspired and progressive regional cuisine are the name of the game at Habitat Feed & Social. Located on the third floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, this eatery welcomeRead more
87% recommended
Brunch in Alabama

Seasons 52 - Birmingham

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
2,145 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
It's hard to believe anyone could find oak-fire grilled and brick oven-roasted offerings at a cheap eat in Birmingham, but Seasons 52 manages to pull it off. Guests absolutely loveRead more
91% recommended
Healthy in Alabama

Bistro Two Eighteen

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Birmingham
1,099 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Following in the tradition of French bistros, Bistro Two Eighteen is housed in a historical setting but offers minimalist décor. Simple white tablecloths, soft lighting and a few pRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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Bistro V

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
798 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
The black-painted overhead air ducts, modern lighting fixtures and surreal paintings give Bistro V a contemporary appeal. This makes the fishing boat hanging overhead even more uniRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama

Five Bar Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
55 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fun
If there’s a single cheap eat in Birmingham that lives up to its name, it’s undoubtedly Five Bar. That’s because the restaurant only serves five red wines, five white wines and fivRead more
90% recommended
Hot Spot in Alabama
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BrickTop's - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
957 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The marquee out front gives off a lackadaisical appearance at BrickTop’s. Once inside, though, everything turns upscale quickly. Luxury lighting, linen tablecloths, mirrored columnRead more
95% recommended
Lunch in Alabama
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Cocina Superior

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Birmingham
404 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Lunch
Even with its 'superior' moniker, Cocina Superior remains one of the best values for cheap eats in Birmingham. This isn’t to say that the eatery is more inexpensive than other optiRead more
94% recommended
Brunch in Alabama

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Birmingham

$$$$·American·
Birmingham
995 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Seasonally inspired and scratched prepared dishes are one of the many things that guests remember about Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. One look at the prices of their high-end meals, Read more
90% recommended
American in Alabama

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
1,134 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Calling the lobby of Embassy Suites hotel home, Ruth’s Chris Steak House provides a serene place to enjoy juicy steaks and more. Guests are surrounded by a variety of trees and othRead more
89% recommended
Romance in Alabama
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Galley and Garden

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Birmingham
1,046 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Merritt House is a historic landmark, but it began a new life when Galley and Garden moved in. The opulent columns, hanging lanterns and second-floor balcony all call back to aRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Alabama
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The Yard - Birmingham

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Birmingham
346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Of all the cheap eats in Birmingham, The Yard may well have the most calming décor. Framed vintage photographs line distressed brick walls. There’s a variety of lighting throughoutRead more
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Texas de Brazil - Birmingham

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Birmingham
2,661 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Foodies who want the most options in their salads will fall in love with Texas de Brazil. The eatery's Salad Area has an array of ingredients that include goat cheese terrine, steaRead more
93% recommended
Group Bookings in Alabama

Bettola

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
646 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Rarely does a restaurant promise 'straight-up Italian fare' along with wood-fired Neapolitan pies, but Bettola scrawled it right across their homepage. The eatery calls itself bothRead more
90% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Alabama
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Automatic Seafood and Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
Birmingham
721 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
The bright-blue neon sign outside of Automatic Seafood and Oysters gives this eatery a vintage feel. Once inside, things change up quickly. There’s industrial décor, minimalist artRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Alabama
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BRIO Tuscan Grille - Birmingham - Brookwood Village - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Birmingham
1,105 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
Anyone looking for a perfect combination of Italian food and cheap eats in Birmingham cannot pass up a chance to enjoy BRIO Tuscan Grille. The Peru-brown building is easily identifRead more
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