The Essential

$$ • American

2018 Morris Ave, Birmingham
(205) 703-3012


Take-Out/Delivery Options


Reviews for The Essential

It took me a bit to find because I walked over a bridge, and it was under it. Cute and quaint restaurant on cobblestone street. I was tired and weary from traveling and Yelped "The Essential". When I walked in, there was one bar seat open as if it was waiting for me. The ambience calmed me as if I had just taken a deep breath. I ordered the Mushroom Madame which was as stately as its name. The staff were warm and comforting as a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate with feet full review
Wonderful hospitality, service, food and drink. Met up here with my mom and aunt and a friend from my high school days - each of us had traveled over 100 miles for a nice lunch after years apart. Three of us arrived an hour early and had some of the freshest, tastiest Margaritas ever followed by a delicious burrata antipasto and some wine. I had some challenges with the Resy system, and even though my reservation wasn't on the books, everyone made us feel welcome and got us full review

Always a great place to go! Can get crowded since it's so good so you have to time it right. I love the rotating menu and ambiance. Today we went for lunch and got the paccheri all'amatriciana and the muscle and shrimp toast with some Sauvignon Blanc and the Rob Santana. It's hard trying to balance trying new places but also wanting to keep coming back here to try more of the menu. The guy behind us got a burger that I would like to inhale in the near future

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Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11AM - 10PM
Thursday 11AM - 10PM
Friday 11AM - 10PM
Saturday 9AM - 10PM
Sunday 9AM - 2PM

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