The city of Birmingham is overflowing with foodie options, whether you’re into fine dining, eateries or some scrumptious street food, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re studying in Birmingham.
Known as the “first manufacturing city in the world”, Birmingham achieved its city status thanks to the number of businesses that chose to base themselves in the area.
If you’re looking for a more memorable dining experience, you’re certainly in the right place. From Michelin starred restaurants to stylish independent restaurants, get ready to get stuck in and give your taste buds the ultimate treat.
1. Gaucho Birmingham
Think designer furnishing and delicious Argentinian food and wine, and you’ve got Gaucho! Located on Colmore Row in Birmingham, you won’t be disappointed when visiting this fine establishment.
Gaucho first opened in London in 1994 and has since grown to have twelve restaurants in London, and four regional sites in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Their delicious restaurants continue to serve some of the finest beef in the world complemented by a broad selection of wine.
For main courses, we’d thoroughly recommend the lamb cutlets with a juniper and mustard dry rub, cooked over fire and served with firecracker chimichurri.
2. Côte Brasserie
If you’re into French food, you’ve got to visit this delicious eatery in The Mailbox, inspired by brassieres and bistros of Paris.
With relaxed all-day dining, they serve authentic French dishes made from fresh, great quality ingredients, guaranteed to satisfy your palette.
For starters, you’ve got to try the breadcrumbed squid in garlic, lemon, parsley and tartare sauce, or the steak tartare if you’re feeling decadent.
If you love duck, we’d recommend the roasted duck breast with gratin potato and a griottine cherry sauce.
The steak is also a great choice on the menu and all come from 30 day aged grain fed cattle served with chargrilled chips.
3. Harvey Nichols Brasserie and Bar
Offering a casual let luxurious dining experience, The Harvey Nichols Brasserie has seriously stylish surroundings and tasty food to match.
The seasonal menu is filled with great flavours, offering a wide range of different meals to suit your taste buds.
Situated in The Mailbox in Birmingham, this eatery gives you the option to relax in leather banquette booths or try a more secluded dining experience in the private dining room for a special occasion.
The fish pie for a main, with dill and white wine sauce with mull cheddar mashed potato is highly popular here, and definitely worth a taste!
Other popular choices include the crispy halloumi burger in a brioche bun, with avocado, sweet chilli sauce and a cucumber and carrot salad.
4. Comptoir Libanais
Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared Lebanese food at Comptoir Libanais located in Grand Central Birmingham, perfect for a bite after some shopping.
They have a yummy choice of Hot Mezze on offer, consisting of delicious dishes such as cheese samboussek (pastry parcels filled with halloumi & feta cheese).
Another recommendation has to be the lamb kofta tagine, a dish of spiced minced lamb, tomato, pepper with courgette with mint and yoghurt sauce.
If you fancy something sweet, for dessert why not try the orange blossom mahalabia, a traditional Lebanese milk pudding with date, fig and apricot, with a prune & sultana compot.
5. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Located in The Cube in Birmingham, this luxurious steakhouse features a modern comfort food menu with stunning 360-degrees views from the 25th floor.
As well as the amazing views, The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse ensures succulent steaks and brilliant cocktails in an atmospheric setting.
There’s also a rooftop terrace giving you an amazing opportunity to look over the city with a bottle of bubbly.
If you really feel like treating yourself, the 6oz fillet steak is absolutely delicious, served with roasted vine tomatoes, Béarnaise sauce and triple cooked chips.
The Steakhouse Bar & Grill also has a fabulous selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes too, including creamy polenta with Italian cheese and gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce.
6. The Ivy Birmingham Brasserie
If you want luxury and great food, The Ivy on Temple Row is a great option! Offering an extensive all-day menu, it serves the best of modern British dishes in a relaxed dining atmosphere.
The grill and brasserie is sophisticated, yet approachable with a warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect for a tasty bite to eat with your university friends.
If you like spice, why not try the monkfish and prawn curry with jasmine rice, shaved coconut, coriander and sweet potato crisps for your main!
The Ivy also offer afternoon tea from 3pm-5pm, prices start from £7.95 for a standard cream tea all the way up to £28.50 if you fancy treating yourself to a champagne afternoon tea.
7. The Karczma
This quaint thatched roof restaurant offers a cottage-style setting with a vast array of delicious Polish meals.
Located on Bordesley Street, just a 5-minute walk from the Bull Ring Shopping Centre and Moor Street Rail Station, it’s in the perfect central location!
The menu is designed to reflect a homely and hearty Polish theme, prepared using only the best fresh quality ingredients.
Popular favourites include the chicken shishkebab with fries and salad, and a melt-in-the-mouth beef stew, served in a crispy-edged large fried potato pancake.
The Karczma also has some tasty vegetarian options on the menu, including cauliflower steak with sweet potatoes, parsley and pear puree.
8. The Oyster Club
This scrumptious restaurant by Adam Stokes takes a casual, relaxed approach to dining in Birmingham.
Situated on Oyster Street, they have a fabulous selection of wines on offer to accompany the oysters.
It’s open Tuesday – Sunday from 12 noon for lunch, pre-theatre and dinner with some bookable tables.
You can choose from either six or twelve oysters to tuck into, with a choice of dressing including Japanese dressing, tempura, and caviar.
The menu isn’t just filled with oysters though! If you’d prefer something different, The Oyster Club has a variety of fish plates, small plates and large plates available for you to try.
We’d thoroughly recommend the grilled salmon teriyaki with pak choi and sesame, and the wild harbour mussels with a prosecco and smoked caviar sauce with sourdough.
9. Restaurant Folium
This chic, modern venue offers classic British cuisine with tasteful wine pairings, what more could you want?
Opened in November 2017, this restaurant is co-owned and run by Ben Tesh and his partner Lucy Hanlon.
Although the dishes are fairly simple, they’re full of flavour with high quality ingredients from sustainable and ethical suppliers.
For lunch, you can get two courses for £27.50 or three courses for £32.50. Highlights of the menu include tartare of Cornish mackerel, marinated cucumber and English wasabi.
10. Lasan Indian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Love Indian food? Then you’ll love this contemporary Indian restaurant on James Street in the infamous jewellery quarter.
The vibe in this restaurant is fun and relaxing, with a stunning space created for socialising. Their menus are filled with tasty meals featuring the finest ingredients combined to create timeless Indian classics you’re bound to enjoy.
If you’re feeling super hungry and want to share a feast with your university friends for a starter, we’d recommend the sharing platter!
The platter consists of lamb cutlets, beetroot-infused chicken, tender lamb samosas & tandoori paneer.
For mains, why not try the beef gaal, succulent beef cheek with garlic cabbage and potato kofta.
Calling all dessert lovers! We’d urge you to try the Bombay mess dessert, a light meringue with fresh mango cream, raspberry sorbet and textures of coconut and sweet pineapple.