5 outdoor dining experiences in Tuscaloosa you need to try

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A drink with a view. (Madison Paladino / The Bama Buzz)

Outdoor dining is a springtime staple across Alabama. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots in Tuscaloosa to sit back, enjoy the sunshine and grab a delicious meal. Read on for more.

1. River

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Dinner on the Black Warrior Riverfront (Madison Paladino / The Bama Buzz)

Located on the banks of the Black Warrior River, the beautiful photo above will be your beautiful view while dining. You’ll be greeted by a friendly and attentive staff, a rustic, yet chic interior and a menu featuring classic Southern dishes like shrimp and grits and Alabama catfish.

2. Avenue Pub

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A mix of industrial and urban (Avenue Pub / Instagram)

Established in 2014, Avenue Pub relocated to a larger space in the heart of Downtown Tuscaloosa on University Boulevard. With an industrial yet modern vibe, Avenue Pub offers patio and balcony seating and a menu full of pub classics, craft beers and fresh cocktails.

3. FIVE Bar

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This may be FIVE but we rate it a TEN! (FIVE / Instagram)

FIVE Bar has been a dining staple in Tuscaloosa since it opened. With locally-sourced ingredients that are always fresh, every meal is made from scratch. The menu offers five wines, five dinners and five signature cocktails—no wonder it’s named FIVE.

  • Address: 2324 6th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 AM–2 PM, 5–10 PM | Friday 11 AM–2 PM, 5–11 PM | Saturday 10 AM–3 PM, 5–11 PM | Sunday 10 AM–3 PM, 5–10 PM
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4. Rama Jama’s

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More than a place to eat; Rama Jamas is covered in Alabama football memorabilia (Madison Paladino / The Bama Buzz)

In the shadow of The University of Alabama’s Football stadium, Rama Jama’s outdoor picnic benches and two-for-one mimosas have been a warm weather must. This all-day breakfast restaurant has something for everyone making it the perfect place to go with friends. On top of the regular hours, Rama Jama’s offers a crawfish boil and $5 Miller Lites every Thursday from 5-9PM.

5. The Lookout Rooftop

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A view of downtown Tuscaloosa and the Black Warrior River (The Lookout / Instagram)

Looking for dinner with a view? Check out The Lookout Bar on top of the Indigo Hotel. With a seasonal, locally-inspired menu and gorgeous views of Downtown Tuscaloosa, there’s no better place to enjoy fresh air and tasty drinks. This place is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. The rooftop takes reservations, so book early to catch the sunset.

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Madison Paladino
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