Best restaurants in Birmingham

Birmingham is a vibrant and exciting major city in the UK with a well-established restaurant scene. We’ve scoured the city to bring you the best restaurants in Birmingham. While it might have a reputation as a bit of a gritty city, Birmingham is world’s away from its industrial past. We’re way past a pie and a pint down the local, with the capital of the West Midlands coming up trumps when it comes to eat out options. The proud holder of six Michelin strs, Birmingham’s best restaurants are a clutch of fine diners which range from classic British spots through to progressive Indian eateries. At the other end of the scale – because you don’t want a tasting menu every time you go out to eat – there are plenty of incredible street-food-style options. Whether you’re after Thai, Indian, Pizza or burgers, Birmingham has something to satiate your craving.

Updated on 15 July 2021

Affectionately known as the second city, Birmingham is home to a thriving food scene. The city has moved on from its days as an industrial powerhouse, with the network of canals that once had cargo ships floating down them now being replaced by a trendy line-up of cafes and bars.

Birmingham is also a great place to shop and the City’s Mailbox shopping centre and the famous Bullring both have plenty of casual restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for a more high-end experience, a handful of Brum restaurants have been the proud recipients of Michelin stars, while the city’s vibrant and diverse population means it’s easy to find restaurants that serve all types of cuisines.

If you’re on the hunt for great restaurants around town, our pick of the best restaurants in Birmingham is sure to have what you’re looking for. The carefully curated list features thriving independent haunts alongside well-established names, taking in fine dining establishments, relaxed brasseries and great al fresco spots. So, if you’re on a mission to try all of the best restaurants in Birmingham, this list is the perfect place to start.

Cielo Birmingham

Cielo Birmingham

6 Oozells Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2JB

Popular Cielo benefits from a prime location on Oozells Square (a few moments from buzzing Broad Street), and serves a menu of classic Italian dishes in sleek surrounds. Tuck into the likes of stuffed Portobello mushrooms or crab linguine, before finishing up with tiramisu. Cielo’s street side terrace with cosy both seating is also a great spot for al fresco dining, complete with weather-proof awning and heaters. It’s a favourite with the city’s footballers too.   

£30 - £49
Modern European
Italian
Purnell

Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2DH

One of Birmingham’s original foodie stars, acclaimed chef Glyn Purnell’s flagship restaurant is still going strong after 12 years in the game. The secret to his success is undoubtedly the restaurant’s intriguing, yet effective menu. Dishes with names like ‘textures of beetroot’ and ‘burnt English egg surprise’ hint at Purnell’s sense of playfulness, but this is serious cooking – as seen in dishes such as Brixham cod masala brimming with Indian red lentils, coconut and coriander.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Adam

Adam's Restaurant

New Oxford House, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5UG

Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes is the man behind this sophisticated joint, which has been kitted out with faux marble, mirrors, and a cathedral-like trompe l’oeil centrepiece. The vibe here is contemporary British fine dining, and that’s evidenced by the choice of menus too, which comprises a tasting menu and three-course set. Tuck into the hi-spec likes of Atlantic cod with mussel, caviar and kohlrabi, or perhaps confit leg of Goosnargh duck with a plum sauce.

£50 - £79
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Chakana

Chakana

140 Alcester Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 8HT

Led by Michelin chef Robert Ortiz, Chakana is one of Birmingham’s top spots. Modern Peruvian food is served via tasting menus and an a la carte, in the relaxed setting of a converted bank.

£50 - £79
Peruvian
South American
Siamais

Siamais

Six Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HS

Experimental cocktails and a colourful menu of Thai dishes make Siamais a popular spot for those looking for late night dining in Birmingham. With separate bar and restaurant areas, Siamais opens until 1am at weekends.  

Under £30
Thai
Bars
Original Patty Men Birmingham

Original Patty Men Birmingham

9 Shaw's Passage, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 5JG

Irresistibly loaded patties alongside dirty fries makes this spot one of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants, because who doesn’t love a burger? Casual surrounds, food served on trays and great beer all add to the ambiance.

Under £30
Burgers
Land Restaurant

Land Restaurant

26 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, B2 5HU

It’s not often you come across a plant-based fine-diner. Land does vegan food with class, offering tasting menus at a reasonable price point. Expect plates of seasonal produce more than the sum of their parts.

£30 - £49
Vegetarian
Folium Birmingham

Folium Birmingham

8 Caroline Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1TW

If you’re looking to impress someone special, Folium is just the spot. Beautifully presented, dainty portions of modern seasonal British food translate into mains like turbot cooked in beef fat with Arbroath Smokies.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Simpsons

Simpsons

20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3DU

Occupying a stunning Georgian townhouse and boasting a Michelin star, Simpsons is an attractive spot for special occasion dining, and that’s before you know about the restaurant’s boutique bedrooms and on-site cookery school. The kitchen is overseen by chef director Luke Tipping, who turns out dishes with real flair: witness Barbary duck with apricot, burnt onion, pak choi and pickled mustard seeds, or a hybrid dessert of lemon meringue pie soufflé served with hazelnut ice-cream.

£50 - £79
Modern European
The Meat Shack Birmingham

The Meat Shack Birmingham

17 Thorp Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4AT

The Meat Shack started life as a street food burger stand and is now a restaurant proper. The loaded fries are a must order, topped with things like hoisin sauce, coriander, chilli and sesame seeds.

Under £30
Burgers
Barbecue
Dishoom Birmingham

Dishoom Birmingham

One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3AX

Well-loved Dishoom is based on the Irani cafes found in Bombay and already has sister sites in London and Manchester. This venue has all the trappings of its siblings – stylish interiors and cracking curries.

Under £30
Indian
The Ivy Temple Row

The Ivy Temple Row

67-71 Temple Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5LS

There may have been a few eye rolls when Caprice Holdings announced they were turning Covent Garden’s The Ivy into a national chain, but more than 30 sites later, the tactic appears to have worked. At the Birmingham outpost, you can expect the usual mix of jewel box interiors and a menu of internationally-inspired crowd pleasers. Head here to try the likes of asparagus with truffle hollandaise or lobster linguine, while sipping on fun cocktails.

£30 - £49
Brasserie
International
Peel’s Restaurant at Hampton Manor

Peel’s Restaurant at Hampton Manor

Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, West Midlands, B92 0EN

The sleepy village of Hampton-in-Arden is the setting for this Michelin-awarded gaff, which is well worth the short trip from Birmingham (there are bedrooms should you be coming from further afield). The kitchen team turn out regularly changing set menus – choose between four or seven courses – that might feature dishes such as mussels in a Champagne and parsley sauce, or caramelised chicken topped with truffle sauce. Don’t miss afternoon tea during the week either.

Over £80
Modern European
Afternoon tea
One Michelin star
Tattu Birmingham

Tattu Birmingham

Tattu 17 Barwick Street, Birmingham, B3 2NT

Home to one of the prettiest dining rooms in the city, Tattu is a modern Chinese that oozes sex appeal. Perfect for date night, the menu here is a roll call of everyone’s favourite Chinese fare; start with crispy duck rolls and beef gyoza, before moving on to Wagyu ribeye and black cod coated in miso. Like the interiors, cocktails are built for Instagram – witness the Skull Candy, which is served in a smoking skull.

Over £80
Chinese
Dim Sum
Mythos Taverna

Mythos Taverna

Arcadian Centre, 70 Hurst Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4TD

Transporting you to a Greek island via Birmingham, Mythos Taverna deals in bold, fresh flavours. Plates of calamari, charcoal cooked chicken souvlaki and sticky baklavas ensure everyone gets what they came for – classic Mediterranean cooking.

£30 - £49
Greek
670 Grams Birmingham

670 Grams Birmingham

4 Gibb Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AA

Having won Michelin Young Chef of the Year in 2021, Kray Treadwell’s food is boldly confident. His style – he says – is modern abstract fine dining. Expect beautifully presented, ingredient-led tasting menus with optional drinks pairings.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Gaijin Sushi

Gaijin Sushi

78 Bristol Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 7AH

Those looking for their sushi fix in Birmingham need look no further, Gaijin prides itself on the freshest rolls in the city and has found critical acclaim since opening in 2018. Set menus offer great value.

£30 - £49
Sushi
Otto Pizza

Otto Pizza

14 Caroline Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1TR

A cosy spot for pizza, Otto goes beyond the typical toppings. Think Baron Bigod with crispy coppa or nduja with hilltop honey. There is a run of sharing plates too, like olives and garlicy flatbread.

Under £30
Pizza
Bank Birmingham

Bank Birmingham

4 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2JB

A modern bar and brasserie with grand interiors, Bank is a vibrant space which blends traditional British dishes with those that take their inspiration from around the globe. If you want to show some patriotism, stick to the likes of stacked burgers made with Aberdeen Angus beef, while those looking for international flavour can instead opt for a Malaysian red curry or a crispy duck salad. Finish up with a cherry Bakewell with clotted cream.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Brasserie
Asha

Asha's Restaurant & Bar

12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3LX

Legendary Bollywood star Asha Bole lends her name to this contemporary Indian joint, which is decked out with warm tones and cosy seating. The menu ranges from street food style snacks to classic curries and biryanis, via signature dishes such as Dakshin seabass tikka and Kerala chilli garlic prawns. Asha’s, which also has locations in Dubai and Kuwait, is also loved by famous faces, having played host to celebs like Amir Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

£30 - £49
Indian
Baked in Brick

Baked in Brick

The Custard Factory, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AA

Award-winning street food and wood fired pizzas make this a great place to gather with pals or take the whole family to for a low-key meal. Toppings are carefully sourced for first rate Italian flavours.

Under £30
Pizza
Medicine Bakery - Birmingham

Medicine Bakery - Birmingham

69A New Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4DU

While Medicine Bakery isn’t somewhere for a languid dinner, it makes a great spot for lunch. Its credentials as one the city’s only artisanal bakeries mean cracking sandwiches as well as a counter-full of pastries.

£30 - £49
Noel

Noel's Bar and Restaurant

Unit 1 Holiday Wharf, Birmingham, B1 1SN

Irresistibly Instagrammable interiors are a major focus at Noel’s, but the menu is no less good looking. Pretty plates of Italian plates are the order of the day – from antipasto platters through to rich risottos.

£50 - £79
Mediterranean
Steak
Italian
Carters of Moseley

Carters of Moseley

2c Wake Green Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B13 9EZ

Sparklingly fresh ingredients are the key to the success of the menu at Carters. The restaurant’s commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients is seen in dishes such as Orkney scallop salad with Exmoor caviar and barbecued Tamworth neck with cabbage and shisito peppers. A vegetarian menu is available upon request, while the food is supported by a truly stellar selection of international wines and beers – given the setting, prices aren’t too outrageous either.  

£30 - £49
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
La Galleria

La Galleria

5a Ethel St, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4BG

Al fresco dining and a traditional Italian menu keeps La Galleria at the top of many 'best in Birmingham' lists. Charming service, an extensive wine list and a buzzy atmosphere add to the homely allure.

Under £30
Pizza
Italian
Lasan

Lasan

Dakota Buildings, James Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1SD

Birmingham may already be known for its Indian cuisine, but Lasan takes things to the next level with its sleek interiors and compelling menu of innovative dishes which are inspired by India. To see what we mean, order the likes of a guinea fowl korma or the seafood biryani. The puddings list is full of smash hits too, featuring sweet treats such as a sticky date pudding, and Bombay Mess, a twist on the English classic.

£30 - £49
Indian
Opheem

Opheem

48 Summer Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 1JJ

Michelin starred Opheem is headed up by Birmingham-born chef Aktar Islam whose creative Indian cookery has been much lauded. Islam even grinds his own spices, resulting in dishes like tandoori trout with mooli and mint.

£50 - £79
Indian
One Michelin star
Purnell

Purnell's Bistro

11 Newhall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3NY

Just round the corner from his Michelin-starred flagship, this bistro is chef Glyn Purnell’s more casual and accessible restaurant offering, and also features a glam 1920s themed cocktail bar called Ginger’s. Tempting dishes from the mostly British-leaning à la carte include classic beer battered fish & chips with mushy peas, and a ‘posh Scotch egg’. There are also hearty roasts every Sunday, which can be rounded off with indulgent desserts such as warm chocolate fondant.   

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
About 8

About 8

8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA

About 8 is a dining experience like no other, with fully immersive elements employed while you enjoy the team’s tasting menus. Afterwards don’t miss out on the exclusive cocktail bar – open to just eight people.

Over £80
Modern European
The Wilderness

The Wilderness

27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6JQ

Alex Claridge’s food is distinctly different to the average fine diner; expect playful plates. Seven courses cost £100 and the menu leaves you none the wiser to what you’re getting, with dish names like ‘Hot Lips’.

£50 - £79
Modern European
Isaac’s Birmingham

Isaac’s Birmingham

The Grand Hotel Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2BS

A distinctly New York Vibe gives Isaac’s its charm, with subway tiled walls and green banquette seating. A buzzy atmosphere and a modern menu make this the perfect place to gather with friends or family.

£50 - £79
North American
Sabai Sabai

Sabai Sabai

25 Woodbridge Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B138EH

Carefully balanced flavour profiles result in moreish plates of traditional Thai food here. Colourful, fragrant dishes on the far-reaching menu range from all the classics through to more unusual serves like garlic fried chicken livers.

Under £30
Thai
Wine Bars
Tiger Bites Pig

Tiger Bites Pig

34 Stephenson Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4BH

Small but perfectly formed, Tiger Bites Pig serves street food in casual surrounds. Fresh, flavourful plates include a selection of bao and rice bowls. Popular toppings include braised pork belly and salt and pepper tofu.

Under £30
South East Asian
Indian Brewery Snowhill

Indian Brewery Snowhill

Arch 15 & 16, Livery Street, , Birmingham, B3 1EU

Great, sharing-style Indian food and a good choice of beers keeps this spot packed all week. The convivial atmosphere and fun staff keep the party going long into the night for the perfect weekend spot.

Under £30
Indian
Pulperia

Pulperia

3 Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2JB

High end Argentinian food is on the menu at Pulperia, with the grill taking centre stage. Think free-range steaks cooked over coals. Smaller, sharing plates include beef, chicken or sweetcorn empanadas and sea bass ceviche.

£50 - £79
South American
Argentinian
Gaucho Birmingham

Gaucho Birmingham

55 Colmore Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2AA

All mirrored surfaces, plush booth seating and glittering light fixtures, the Birmingham outpost of Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho is pure glamour. Set lunch menus offer good value, while the free-range Black Angus steaks are the obvious choice from the à la carte. Otherwise, fill up on starters such as seared scallops or yellowtail tiradito with truffle mayonnaise. The drinks list also impresses, covering a wide range of Argentine (and otherwise) wines by the glass and bottle.  

£50 - £79
Steak
South American
Argentinian
The Oyster Club Birmingham

The Oyster Club Birmingham

43 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5DP

Although this seafood restaurant is positioned as a relaxed version of chef Adam Stokes’ fine-dining joint, it’s still a pretty chic affair. Take a seat at the oyster bar to enjoy rocks from Jersey and Cornwall, or settle into the royal blue booths and feast on a Wagyu burger with chips. There’s caviar too should you feel the urge to splurge, while the thoughtfully chosen wine list is also worth parting with your pennies for.

£30 - £49
Fish
Craft

Craft

Unit 10, ICC, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2EA

A series of spaces at Craft allow you to eat on the terrace, in a pod or at the heart of the dining room. Leave room for innovative sweets – think hay and blackberry rice pudding.

£50 - £79
British
Harborne Kitchen

Harborne Kitchen

175-179 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9QE

Playful, contemporary cuisine is chef Jamie Desogus’s calling card at Harborne Kitchen. A chef’s counter and private dining room provide celebration spaces, while the tasting menu meanders through fish, vegetarian, and meat courses.  

£50 - £79
Modern European
Bonehead Birmingham

Bonehead Birmingham

8 Lower Severn Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1PU

Airs and graces are shunned here in favour of fried chicken and freshly poured craft beers. A great place to bring a group of mates, Bonehead also does a solid line in loaded tater tots.

Under £30
Burgers

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