5 Best Restaurants for a Business Dinner in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Don’t let its reputation for games fool you – Tuscaloosa knows a thing or two about getting down to business. If you’re traveling to town on a business trip, you’ll have plenty of resources to help you work with ease – including some great spots for business dinners. Whether you’re entertaining clients, networking with colleagues, or just looking for a delicious meal after a long day of meetings, the right restaurant can make all the difference. And if you’re staying at WestGate, you’ll have plenty of excellent choices within a short drive so you can dash home after dessert. 

Bistro 17

2217 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 248-7096

This upscale cafe is new in town, but it’s made a fast home in our local cuisine. They specialize in American comfort food with a healthy twist, like vegetable kabobs served with creamy jasmine rice or a grown-up grilled cheese with a tomato soup dipper. They also offer a full menu of gluten-free options and a host of fresh cocktails to keep the talk going. The restaurant is conveniently located near City Hall and just 1.2 miles from your WestGate condo.

Dillard’s Chophouse

2330 4th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 614-8782

Steakhouses are a staple of business cuisine, and Dillard’s Chophouse is no exception. This elegant eatery is known for its premium cuts of meat, expertly prepared and served in a refined, upscale setting. Traditional cuts like filets and porthouses are complemented by upscale embellishments like mushroom demi-glace and upgraded sides like lobster macaroni and cheese or tasty truffle fries. It’s all paired with an award-winning wine list and handcrafted cocktails for a truly intoxicating evening.


1653 McFarland Boulevard Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 752-0830

From its white table cloths and painted black ceiling to its creative take on new American cuisine, Evangeline’s is all about elegance. Dishes are crafted with local ingredients and plated to perfection in stunning detail. Their award-winning crab cakes are always a must, and the filet mignon with bordelaise sauce is sure to impress. Be sure to make reservations and dress in your Sunday best for this indulgent dining experience. 


1650 Jack Warner Pkwy. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 632-3801

A meal with a view can help close the toughest deals, and this riverside bistro is nestled beside the beautiful Black Warrior RIver. Grab a seat on the spacious outdoor terrace to work among waterfront views as you enjoy mouthwatering fare like braised pork shank with collard greens and huckle suckle BBQ sauce. Feeling a little lighter? Try a savory flatbread or share a woodfire sausage board among the group. After dinner, stroll along the iconic riverwalk to celebrate your success before making the short 5-minute drive back to WestGate.

The Avenue Pub

2330 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 759-4900

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, Avenue Pub is a great spot for a casual yet sophisticated dinner. The contemporary pub has a cool industrial vibe, with an open atmosphere that creates a great space for productive conversation. Their no-frills menu has tons of handmade flavor with pub classics like fish and chips, sandwiches and juicy bacon burgers. They also have an extensive wine list as well as a great selection of craft beers and top-shelf cocktails. Go ahead and indulge in a second round–you’re just a short walk away from your home-away-from-home. 

Convenient business dining is just one of the reasons WestGate is a perfect choice for business travelers. From our first-class amenities and luxurious condos to our amazing location in the heart of downtown, we offer a great place to work and play in Tuscaloosa.

Book your business trip today! 

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