The Fish Market in Birmingham

Just a couple of blocks from the Kirklin Clinic in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, is The Fish Market Restaurant.  The Fish Market Restaurant was started by George Sarris and has been serving hungry folks in Birmingham for over 35 years. It’s where fish, Greek food, and Southern hospitality converge.

Fish Market restaurant.

Stepping through the beautiful wooden double doors, diners are invited into the warm interior which is decorated with a nod to both Greece and the fishing industry.  

Double doors leading to the seafood shop at The Fish Market.

There are jars of sea salt from Greece, as well as bottles of olives, olive oil, and vinegar available for purchase.

Red, white, and blue boat inside of a restaurant.

Items on the menu reflect George’s Greek heritage, such as the Chargrilled Octopus which is grilled and drizzled with The Fish Market’s house Greek vinaigrette, the Big Fat Greek salad whose toppings include Kalamata olives and Salonika peppers, and a Greek Cole Slaw with feta cheese.

World flags hanging above a bar.

At the time of this post, The Fish Market Restaurant is ranked #152 out of  737 restaurants in Birmingham according to reviews on TripAdvisor.  That puts it roughly in the top 20% of restaurants.  Its location makes it a plus for those who are downtown, whether it be for business, pleasure, or medical purposes.

Catfish plate.

Cajun Catfish Strips

My husband and I had heard really good things about The Fish Market, so we decided to check it out.  It was barely 11:00 am on a sunny, yet chilly weekday.  Our waiter took us to a section away from the doors so that we wouldn’t be chilled. 

Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable.  (I suspect he might be related to George.  The Fish Market is a family-operated business, so the odds are favorable.)  He promptly took our order and then returned with our drinks.

Being the good Southerner that he is, my husband ordered Cajun Catfish Strips with slaw and french fries ($11.49) along with a soft drink ($2.29).  I am a big fan of Shrimp and Grits, so I ordered that and took a bit of an adventurous route and got it with a side of the Greek Cole Slaw ($12.99).

Shrimp and grits.

Shrimp & Grits – Gulf shrimp sauteed with bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes, finished with a creamy white wine sauce, topped with green onion

My husband was not all that impressed with his dish.  I, on the other hand, really enjoyed the shrimp and grits.  They were a bit different from other versions that I have had, but they were quite delicious.  The Greek Cole Slaw was refreshing, but it had just a little too much feta in my opinion.

Before the tip, our lunch came to a total of $29.45.  Would I dine there again?  Yes, I would.  Would I order the Shrimp and Grits again?  I would be hard-pressed not to, though I might have to pass that dish up so that I can try their Shrimp Po Boy.


The Fish Market Restaurant (Southside) is open:

  • Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday, 11am – 5pm


The Fish Market Restaurant is located at 612 22nd Street South in downtown Birmingham.

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