The Best Downtown Huntsville Restaurants Within Walking Distance

Downtown Huntsville Restaurants

If you are visiting Huntsville, you are in for a treat. While the city is best known as the home of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, there is also a lively food scene for you to taste and enjoy. From upscale fine dining to casual local restaurants, Huntsville has plenty to offer. You’ll even find a selection of indoor and outdoor seating.

Stop by the Bridge Street Town Centre when you just need a quick bite to eat and a chance to shop. They have more than 50 retail stores and over 25 restaurants to enjoy.

When you are ready to explore the restaurants in downtown Huntsville and sample the best fine dining, start with our list of the top four. As an added bonus, with this list, you can park your car once and venture out on foot.

Mazzara’s Vinoteca

Mazzara’s Vinoteca serves freshly made-from-scratch Italian food in a converted historic home dripping with southern charm. Originally built in 1848, the house was moved about a half mile to its current location to escape demolition. This Huntsville institution is one of the finest upscale restaurants in the downtown area. Most tables are indoors, with some outdoor seating provided on the beautiful porch.

The atmosphere is described as “casual fine dining.” The tables are dressed in white linen and elegant stemware. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking you’ll need to put on your Sunday best. Mazzara’s is all about the food and not concerned with stuffy dress codes.

Try Mazzara’s signature meatball appetizer or their excellent charcuterie platter. Any item from the primo or entree section of the menu is sure to please. You’ll also find an excellent selection of wines, both international and domestic.

Mazzara’s Vinoteca is conveniently located in downtown Huntsville, half a mile from the Von Braun Center.

La Esquina Cocina

La Esquina Cocina is not your average food truck serving south-of-the-border food. La Esquina in downtown Huntsville delivers gourmet Mexican cuisine for the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The venue is sleek, modern, and welcoming with a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly.

For an appetizer, try the fresh house-made totopos chips and queso. Main course options include 12 unique taco varieties, and the Cochinita Pibil tacos are a standout favorite. Margaritas, craft cocktails, beer, and wine, are available from the impressive drinks menu.

Food fanatics can stop by La Esquina to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Brunch menu favorites include Chilaquiles Verde or Rojos, Eggs Benedict, and the Huevos Ahogados. In addition to the usual brunch drinks, there is a creative and delicious Mango Guava Mimosa.

La Esquina is located in downtown Huntsville a 15-minute walk from the Von Braun Center.

Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

When all you want is a great old-school burger and a cold craft beer, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint produces. Don’t ask for standard lettuce and tomato on your burger, though, because Jack Brown’s doesn’t offer that. However, they do provide delicious burgers with unique toppings. The burgers are served on tasty bread and given enticing names like Cobra Kai, Elvis, and Shocker.

The food quality here is amazing, including farm-to-fork American Wagyu Beef from a family-owned farm in Boise, Idaho. One of the more popular menu items is the Chiplet, a burger topped with American Cheese, a fried egg, and applewood smoked bacon.

The knowledgeable servers can help you sift through an extensive menu of craft beers. You’ll find a variety of craft beer styles, with local favorites, international options, and rare beers from around the world.

Jack Brown’s is located in downtown Huntsville a quick 10-minute walk from the Twickenham historic district.

Baker & Able

At the top of the Hilton at 106 Jefferson is the only authentic rooftop bar in downtown Huntsville. Baker & Able is a smartly appointed place with amazing views that serves remarkable cocktails in Huntsville. From the moment you exit the elevator at the top floor, you’ll know you are here for a good time. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.

The bar’s name comes from the first monkeys who went to space, and the theme carries throughout the place. Monkies are featured on the wallpaper in the hall and artwork in the lounge. Seating inside is on comfortable chairs and great big couches. Outside on the terrace is spacious and open, with heat lamps and cozy seating.

There is a small tapas menu, but the main event here is craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Try the Perfect Manhatten or the Moscow Mule. The wine list includes international and domestic varieties. Beers range from the classics to imported labels like Modelo, Guinness, and the ever-popular Stella Artois.

Baker & Able is in downtown Huntsville a 15-minute walk from the Twickenham historical district and 10 minutes to the Von Braun Center.

Downtown Huntsville Food Tour

Why not try some of the best restaurants in downtown Huntsville on a tour that is fun and informative? The best way to explore a city is through its food, and this tour will show you some of the best downtown Huntsville restaurants.

As you venture between the best restaurants, your friendly local guide will share stories about Huntsville’s art, history, and culture. Bring your family and friends or make a new friend in the small group. There is no waiting in line as each restaurant seats us promptly.

Join us for a fun time and take home some great memories. Call or go online today to book this fantastic food tour!



3 hours
Group Size
1 to 20

Pre-Civil War Homes Walking Tour: Twickenham

On this 3 Hour Tour, you will discover 20 of Alabama's largest collection of Pre-Civil War homes and structures. You will see the buildings and homes that are among the earliest in the state. Hear the stories of the people and structures that carved Alabama history. Within the Twickenham Historic District, there are homes of various architectural styles. Our focus is on those built prior to 1860.

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2 hours
Group Size
1 to 20

Historic Homes Walking Tour: Old Town

Huntsville's Old Town Historic District is Huntsville's only neighborhood primarily composed of Victorian-era homes.

Now you can hear the stories behind some of Huntsville's earliest city-dwellers and discover how this neighborhood has played an integral role from the 1800s to the present day.

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2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
2 to 20

Historic Worship Spaces Tour

Discover the current and former location of worship spaces in Downtown Huntsville. Explore spaces that trace their history to Huntsville's earliest years. Learn about the people and events that make these worship spaces significant. When available, selected worship spaces will open for you to see interior.
This walking tour will survey worship places along these streets
Eustis Street
Gates Avenue
Lincoln Street
Greene Street
Church Street

4 hours
Group Size
At least 2

Civil Rights Landmarks Driving Tour: Group Rate

The struggle for justice and the battle against hatred happened in Huntsville, Alabama. Now you can experience the landmarks in Huntsville that tell the story of our local Civil Rights Movement. Stand in the shadows of the earliest Public School in Alabama to Integrate; The first Private School in Alabama to Integrate; and Segregated Libraries.

Discover the original locations of Strategy and Organizing Meetings; Sit-ins and Street Marches; Healthcare Segregation; and Redline Neighborhoods designed to prevent integration.

Pay homage to sacred cemeteries for enslaved people; Discover the valiant military impact of Buffalo Soldiers; Celebrate the vision and the footprint of William Hooper Councill.

Expand your comprehension while visiting local sites that tell the story of American History within the Deep South.

Request your preferred date and we will partner with Rocket City Shuttles to schedule your tour.

Your photo memories are free and included in the cost of the experience.

Narratives about civil rights events
Narratives about local black history
Visits to locations where history occurred
Discussion on diversity topics
Overview of Huntsville’s role in Civil Rights Movement
Opportunity to walk along historic sites
Boxed lunch
Private Driver
Comfortable Transportation
Sharable photo album
Comfort stops along 4 hour journey
Guided Driving Tour

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1 hour
Group Size
Up to 20

Walking Tour + Art Museum Ticket

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes that are uniquely southern. Get up close and go behind the scenes and discover the narratives, the lifestyle and the culture in and around Huntsville. Explore Huntsville like a local. Discover significant spaces in Downtown Huntsville. Extend our Downtown Tour with a Art Museum Experience

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