Highland's Bar & Grill

Row 1

Details
2011 11th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 939-1400
Bar
$ $
Hours
Tue–Fri: 4:00 PM–10:00 PM Sat: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM

This legendary French-inspired restaurant was focusing on local and sustainable ingredients before anyone coined the phrase “locavore.” Highlands Bar & Grill put the Birmingham dining scene on the map when it opened in 1982, and chef and co-owner Frank Stitt (he runs it with his wife Pardis) has already been inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who's Who of Food & Beverage. The restaurant has been nominated for Outstanding Restaurant seven times. What to expect from a meal at Highlands? It’s sometimes best to hear it straight from the source: “We serve a daily changing menu informed by classic French technique, incorporating the foods of our Southern region. We love the ever-changing basket that each harvest allows, from the first springtime shad roe to the blue-green live and kickin' soft shell crabs that arrive a few weeks later. Summer's shell beans, tomatoes, okra, and watermelon bring a smile. The cooler weather game of venison and quail, root vegetables, and greens creates sustenance. Our dishes are prepared with respect and restraint to allow each ingredient's inherent goodness to shine through.”

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Everything is fabulous! I like to sit in the front window.
  • Frank Stitts has been a champion of food traditions from the south for over twenty years. Diners flock to sample the Baked Grits appetizer. Find recipes inspired by Stitts in JUST MARRIED AND COOKING.
  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We recommend the "Orange Thing" vodka martini, without feeling the least bit insecure.
  • R.W. "Johnny" Apple, late writer for the NY Times, listed Highlands as the 5th best restaurant in the world, and he knew what he was talking about. You can see the article in the restaurant I think.
  • I'll make it easier for you: pick whatever fish your server recommends.
  • The grits are a must!
  • More James Beard awards than any place outside of NYC. And in Alabama.
  • Grits are the best item on the menu
  • Don't miss 2010 James Beard finalist for Restaurant of the Year.
  • Awesome dinner! Duck 2-ways, Endive & Watercress salad, good Martini and wine by the glass. Service was great. Menu changes regularly.
  • Frank Stitt's elegant presentation of regional cuisine is as vital as ever. The restaurants hospitality has long been equally distinguished as its food.
  • As someone who worked for Frank Stitt for 4 years, trying to summarize "what's good here" is laughable. All of his restaurants are phenomenal, but Highlands is special. Simply the best.
  • Carpaccio and the grits were amazing
  • Everything!!!!
  • Finest dining experience in Birmingham!
  • Baked grits is truth.
  • Service was great! The Cadillac fish was very good. Good idea to make a reservation but sitting in the bar area is still a great experience. Would definitely go again.
  • Fantastic wine selection, the Zinfandel they have by the glass one of the very best
  • For our money, you cant beat the hickory grilled beef filet, served with wilted greens and new potatoes roasted in duck fat.
  • Local flavors include stone-ground organic grits, baked with sauted mushrooms, country ham, Parmesan cheese, and served in a butter sauce with sherry vinegar and wine.