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Bright Star Restaurant

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304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
+1 205-426-1861
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Hoover, AL, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant is a staple for locals. Excellent seafood and home-cooking sides with a greek twist. A mix of traditional menu items and some fine-dining entrees. ALL of the staff is friendly ad accommodating. They will take good care of you. Table seating can be a little close, but some booths are private for 6 or more. Don't leave without... More 

Thank H9358IPamyf
Birmingham, Alabama
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35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

No one does red snapper, fried shrimp, fried oysters,& crab claws better. All snapper is bought whole & processed on site. Greek tenderloin is also outstanding.

Thank Brian R
Panama City, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place! For more than 100 years, The Bright Star has been a mainstay of Bessemer. The photos in the lobby are an actual trip through time, and if you're an Alabama fan, you'll love the banners and autographed footballs. I had the grilled grouper and shrimp and it literally melted in my mouth. What a great place.... More 

Thank Ray M
Hueytown, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We usually go to Bright Star to mark a special occasion or monumental achievement. Our last visit was to celebrate our daughter completing her 3rd year at Bama (and it was our 30th Anniversary...two birds, one visit!).

Thank dhcrabbe
Huntsville, Alabama
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very poor management. Don't plan to dine with a large group or on a special occasion. We arrived at 120pm for a 130pm reservation. At 145pm they were still trying to seat 1230pm reservations. The 1230pm reservations were seated after walk-ins.

Thank Elizabeth H
Anastasia C, Manager at Bright Star Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Elizabeth. We apologize from the bottom of our hearts for the poor management of our reservations. No excuses, we were overbooked and reservations were not prioritized by time. Some walk-ins were seated before reservations. I sincerely hope you give us another try. The mistakes we made are corrrectable, and we will take positive action to do so. Again, we... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the best "can't miss" dining bet in Birmingham. Always great service, and wonderful food. The owner meets you at the door, and dining in an historical landmark is always fun. Make sure you catch this one!

Thank eshel1
Atlanta, GA
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132 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Birmingham, we were trying to decide where to eat lunch on a Saturday - which isn't an easy choice as there are a lot of great restaurants in Birmingham and the surrounding area. One of the members of our group mentioned Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer, which was about 20 minutes from our locale. Given that Bright Star... More 

Thank Chapsbaby
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Bright Star is our "go to" place for quality, atmosphere, friendly service, and outstanding food. We have NEVER been disappointed. Mr. Jimmy and his staff do a great job in making us feel very special.

Thank trsfrichter
Bessemer, Alabama
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent dining experience. The food was great and the staff was very responsive. Best of all there was no long wait and the prices are reasonable. I especially liked the Greek Tomato Salad which they fixed to my liking

Thank Bhatten1
Hueytown, Alabama
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dinner was excellent as usual! Service was great and the deserts are wonderful. We had the Texas combo, consisting of Greek snapper,Greek tenderloin an shrimp and lobster augratin. Excellent ! The Greek saladand lemon pie was really good.

Thank pcrane02

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 25
American, Seafood, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 304 19th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020-4925
  • Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Bessemer
  • Phone Number: +1 205-426-1861

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?