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The Bright Star
304 19th Street North
Bessemer, AL 35020

Phone: 205.426.1861

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Hours of Operation

Lunch:
Daily from 10:45 until 3:30

Dinner:
Sunday - Wednesday, 4:30 until 9:00 Thursday - Friday & Saturday, 4:30 until 10:00

Bar: Bar opens at 3:30 for food and beverage



Cuisine Type
Greek Style with Southern Flair

Reservations
Accepted for six or more

Payment Methods
AMEX, Mastercard, Visa

Service Type
Casually Upscale
Take Out
Child Friendly
Catering
Sit Down

Atmosphere
Casually Upscale
Private Dining

Amenities
Separate Bar, Bar Seating, Private Dining

Attire
Business Casual
Casual

Parking
Street, Complimentary Valet available for dinner

Menus
Lunch, Dinner, Bar Fare, Children's

Description

James Beard Foundation Awards 2010 named The Bright Star the American Classic 2010. The restaurant was honored in May 2010 at the foundation's annual program at New York's Lincoln Center.

Since 1907, The Bright Star restaurant has been serving customers its specialty Greek- style snapper and steak, signature seafood gumbo, the lobster and crabmeat au gratin, luncheon specials, and famous pies. Located in Bessemer, Alabama, the restaurant is the oldest continuously family owned restaurant in the state and just recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary.

Tom Bonduris, a Greek immigrant and a cousin of today’s owners, founded the restaurant in 1907 not far from its current location. The family tradition continued over the years and The Bright Star is now run by brothers Jimmy and Nicky Koikos.

Inside The Bright Star, you will see the murals that have decked the walls in the main dining room since 1915 when a traveling artist offered to pay his lodging and food with art. Additionally the Bear Bryant booth, the 1907 Room and spacious banquet rooms make for ample seating to accommodate groups of any size.

At lunch the restaurant is part southern meat-and-three, part seafood restaurant and part Greek fare. During the dinner hour The Bright Star becomes a more upscale seafood restaurant.

Everything is made fresh daily. Nothing comes frozen or pre-packaged. Fresh seafood is delivered from the Gulf twice a week. The beef tenderloin is cut and marinated first thing in the morning and then sautéed for lunch service.

The Bright Star is a member of Dine Originals and has been rated a top neighborhood restaurant by Bon Appetit Restaurant.

Come taste what has made The Bright Star a fixture of the Alabama culinary scene for over 100 years. While you’re here, pick up a copy of the recently published book, A Centennial Celebration of The Bright Star Restaurant, to read the whole history and story of the Bright Star restaurant and family.
 
 
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