Best restaurants in Birmingham

Birmingham is a vibrant and exciting major city in the UK with a well-established restaurant scene. Far from its gritty, industrial past, Birmingham’s new wave of restaurants and places to eat are leading the charge nationwide, regularly featuring in roundups of the best restaurants in the country.

Updated on 13 March 2024

Affectionately known as the second city, Birmingham has had a serious food glow-up in recent years. 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. To make sense of it all, we’ve gathered up the best restaurants in Birmingham, for your viewing (and eating) pleasure.

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. Head out of the centre of the city into the suburbs and you’ll find upstart food scenes in the likes of Harborne, King’s Heath and Stirchley, not to mention the Balti Triangle - home to some of the best Indian cooking in the UK, and the famous Birmingham Balti.

A few of the restaurants on the list have even made it into SquareMeal’s prestigious UK Top 100 list. This puts them as some of the best restaurants in the entire country, which is no mean feat. Naturally, these restaurants are a little more high end, but there are also plenty of casual bites like burgers and pizza to choose from. But don’t think a lower price tag means a drop in quality - these cheap eats are top-notch.

If you’re on the hunt for great restaurants around town, our pick of the best restaurants in Birmingham is sure to have something for you. The carefully curated list features thriving independent haunts alongside well-established names, taking in luxury fine dining establishments in Birmingham, relaxed brasseries and great al fresco spots.

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
The Rolling Mill

The Rolling Mill

25 Hall Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 6BS

The Rolling Mill really does have it all, offering not just breakfast, lunch and dinner, but also Sunday roasts, cocktails and more. Head down for hotdog Mondays or roasty Tuesdays, otherwise drop in for crowd-pleasers like burgers, fish and chips, pizza.

Under £30
Pubs
Modern European
Bars
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. 

£30 - £49
Indian
Noel

Noel's Bar and Restaurant

22 Waterfront Walk, Birmingham, West Midlands, 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
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
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
Simpsons

Simpsons

20 Highfield Road, 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 like Barbary duck with apricot, burnt onion, pak choi and pickled mustard seeds.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
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 Keralan chilli garlic prawns. 

£30 - £49
Indian
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
Blow Water

Blow Water

4B Heathfield Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 7DB

We love the lo-fi aesthetic of this foliage-laden Hong Kong cafe in King's Heath, but even more than that, we love the outstanding (and reasonably-priced) homemade dumplings, Shanghainese sticky rice cakes, congee and spring onion pancakes. A beautiful place to watch the world go by, with great merch too.

Under £30
Chinese
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
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
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.

Over £80
Indian
Two Michelin stars
SquareMeal UK Top 100
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 ensure this spot is 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
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
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
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.

£30 - £49
North American
Burgers
Brasserie
Bars
Bank Birmingham

Bank Birmingham

4 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2JB

A modern bar and brasserie with grand interiors, Bank is a vibrant space that blends traditional British dishes with others 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.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Brasserie
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.

£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
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
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 a three-course set. 

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
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. 

£30 - £49
Fish
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
Grace & Savour

Grace & Savour

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

Beautiful Grace & Savour is just a short train ride from Birmingham New Street but you wouldn't know it from the verdant rural vibes of this countryside bolthole. David Taylor oversees a quite brilliant operation here that lifts up organic growers in the local area, delivering hyper-seasonal multi-course tasting menus in a gorgeous setting.

Over £80
Scandinavian
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Original Patty Men Birmingham

Original Patty Men Birmingham

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

Irresistibly loaded patties alongside dirty fries make 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 ambience.

Under £30
Burgers
SOI 1268

SOI 1268

1268 Pershore Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 2XU

The SOI team were pop-up legends in Birmingham for years before finally landing in their own bricks-and-mortar site in Stirchley. Stirchley itself is home to some cracking up and coming restaurants and SOI is right there with the best, serving full throttle Thai street food that doesn't hold back on flavour. 

£30 - £49
Thai
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
Tattu Birmingham

Tattu Birmingham

18 Barwick Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, 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.

£50 - £79
Chinese
Dim Sum
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
Tropea

Tropea

27 Lordswood Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9RP

Mirroring the charm of the idyllic Italian coast, this ever changing menu at Tropea boasts the freshest selection of antipasti, pastas and shellfish. Soft lighting and a relaxed environment gives the feel of a classic neighbourhood eatery. 

£50 - £79
Italian
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Land Restaurant

Land Restaurant

26 Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, West Midlands, 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
International
Mythos Taverna

Mythos Taverna

Arcadian Centre, 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
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 of the city’s only artisanal bakeries mean cracking sandwiches as well as a counter full of pastries.

£30 - £49
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 a separate bar and restaurant areas, Siamais opens until 1am at weekends.  

Under £30
Thai
Bars
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. The seven-course menu will leave you none the wiser about what you’re getting, with dish names like ‘Hot Lips’.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Orelle

Orelle

103 Colmore Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3AG

Situated on the 24th floor of Birmingham’s tallest office building, Orelle offers panoramic views across the city whilst you dine. Expect some of the best French cuisine in the area, including classic dishes like beef tartare with confit egg yolk, mushroom ketchup and chestnut mushroom.

£30 - £49
French

If you’re lucky enough to have made the most of the best restaurants in Birmingham and are looking for something further afield, we can help with that. At SquareMeal we cover restaurants all over the UK, and you can’t beat the best restaurants in Manchester for progressive, creative cookery should you be headed north.

If weekends are your favourite time to dine, take a look at our pick of the best bottomless brunches in Birmingham. Or if budget bites are more your thing, take a look at Birmingham's best cheap eats

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