After unusual year last year, Birmingham Restaurant week returns with in-person dining

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After unusual year last year, Birmingham Restaurant week returns with in-person dining

Birmingham Restaurant Week returns looking a bit more normal this year.

In-person dining returns for the annual celebration of the city’s culinary scene this year after COVID-19 restrictions limited in-person dining during last year’s event. Restaurant Week technically runs for two weeks, running Jan. 24-28 and Jan. 31 to Feb. 4.

This year, more than 15 restaurants will participate, with many offering special restaurant week menus and some with offerings for different weeks.

“Downtown Birmingham is known regionally as a premier dining destination, offering a variety of restaurants and cuisines. Restaurant Week is a great time to try something new, or visit your local favorites for special menus and pricing,” Sean Kammer, executive director of the Birmingham Shopping District, said in a statement. “The atmosphere remains festive this time of year, with thousands of lights lining the downtown streetscape. Plus, in the last few months, several new retailers have opened, so you may want to plan some extra time to walk around and see the shops while you’re here.”

Restaurants participating in the annual celebration include The French Lady, Streetside Seafood, Phoenicia, Hazel’s, Mare Mediterranean and more. A full list of the participating restaurants can be found at There, customers can also see the special menus for the event posted by the participating restaurants.

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The event featured more carryout options last year, since it began when indoor dining was still prohibited by the state in response to high levels of COVID-19 cases. This year, the event returns with no restrictions on indoor dining.

Another change this year is parking in the downtown structures. Unlike last year when the parking structures were free to park in, the structures reverted back to charging depending on how long visitors were parked inside.

But no worries to those who eat quickly: the first two hours of parking in downtown Birmingham remain free.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.