Have you ever wondered where to eat in Birmingham? Struggled to find the best cuisine in your price range?
We have selected 10 of our favourite restaurants catering to a diverse range of tastes.
Being one of the central cities in the West Midlands, Birmingham has an eclectic range of local cuisines ripe for the picking. Brimming with history and culture, this bustling city comes packed solid with popular tourist attractions such as the famous Cadbury World, Botanical Gardens and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Choose from a wide-range of Birmingham student accommodation all within striking distance of well-known restaurants, cocktail bars and Michelin star restaurants.
Experience remarkable food, friendly service and beautifully decorated interiors in any one of our top 10 restaurants in Birmingham:
1. Tattu, Birmingham
Considered to be the largest luxury bar in the city, this contemporary Chinese restaurant was founded in 2015 by brothers Adam and Drew Jones.
Converted from the old boiler room of Colmore Row’s Grade II* listed Grand Hotel, Tattu hosts traditional Chinese cuisine with a contemporary flair. This family run business was named from a fusion of “Tattoo” and “Tatau”, an ancient eastern culture word meaning to ‘make a mark’ – and that’s exactly what this restaurant intends to do.
Boasting an award-winning interior design, and carefully crafted food plating, Tattu go the extra mile in creating an unbelievable sensory experience for all its customers. Famous for its attention to detail, this Chinese restaurant is spread across Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh, with all locations offering a unique experience and their own stunning interior décor.
With its ceiling enveloped in flowers and purple mood lighting, this Birmingham restaurant delivers an all-round experience that’s appealing to the eye and the taste buds.
Sample some of its signature dishes and exotic cocktails such as the Lucky Number 8 which expertly blends the rich tastes of chocolate and chilli with the burning sensations of rum and bourbon to create a truly exceptional tasting drink. Tattu offers a truly outstanding experience, all year round.
2. The Ivy, Birmingham
Nestled in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, The Ivy was built from a former Louis Vuitton boutique and has managed to keep the same luxury style with its high-quality furnishings and Art Deco colour scheme.
Oozing a classy but informal atmosphere, with large windows giving the room an abundance of natural light, The Ivy, Birmingham is the place to visit whatever type of evening you’re looking for.
Perch at its delightful Art Deco-style bar and choose from a selection of homemade cocktails for a fun-filled outing with your friends. Or choose to indulge in its definitive red leather booths and sample some traditional English cuisine such as the classic shepherd’s pie.
This Birmingham restaurant also offers a delicious breakfast and lunch menu consisting of afternoon tea, light snacks and even brunch options to satisfy that need for some home cooking.
Benefitting from a range of alcoholic options such as beers, ciders and all variations of wine, if you’re looking for a soft drink option, their homemade yuzu lemonade is sure to satisfy the taste buds.
Looking for some more information on Birmingham’s nightlife? Browse through our guide to Birmingham entertainment for more information.
3. Bonehead, Birmingham
Perhaps one of the best restaurants suited to students, Bonehead’s menu consists mainly of burgers and seasoned fries, with a veggie option available upon request.
Offering a red glass candle centrepiece as mood lighting, this restaurant makes for the perfect weekend treat for students looking to indulge in the succulent wings coated in unique sauces and thick slabs of fried chicken.
If you’re a burger lover, this will likely become your new favourite place to visit with your friends. Made from their own special fried chicken recipe topped with buttermilk or Nashville hot seasoning, something to suit all types of customers.
Choose from a selection of craft beers and tender chicken, Bonehead also offers Uber Eats and Deliveroo options straight to your Birmingham flat.
4. Legna, Birmingham
Multiple award-winning chef Aktar Islam opened new restaurant adventure Legna after the lucrative success of Michelin starred restaurant Opheem, specialising in Indian cuisine.
Within a short space of time Legna is seen as some of the best fine dining in Birmingham serving tradition Italian dishes with an inventive flair. Lit by glowing cherry blossoms from an over-hanging tree, there are very few eateries that could match Legna’s beauty.
With many ingredients sourced daily from Italy, Legna works to provide the best-tasting dishes for its customers, served in a decorative style.
Particularly excellent for date nights, or friends seeking to sample some fresh Italian foods in a relaxing atmosphere, taking you straight to food heaven. Take a seat at the bar once the plates have been cleared and treat yourself to one of their fruit cocktails for a truly exceptional evening.
5. Folium, Birmingham
Focusing on the quality of the dishes served and keeping a minimal but attractive interior décor, this Birmingham eatery is housed in a former printworks of the same name in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
Folium is run by Yorkshire chef Ben Tesh and his partner Lucy Hanlon from Solihull with the intention of creating an innovative dining experience for its locals and visitors alike.
Mentioned in the Michelin Guide 2019, this Birmingham restaurant comes highly recommended due to its attention to detail in taste and presentation of its food. With two and three course options on the lunch menu, and five and seven courses on the evening menu, Folium has options to suit all types of visitors.
Rich in flavour, their homemade sourdough bread, scallops and burnt cream dessert are just some of the most popular choices.
6. Simpsons Restaurant, Birmingham
Have you ever found yourself stuck on where to eat in Birmingham? Look no further than Simpsons Restaurants, located in the city centre. Converted from a former Grade II listed, Georgian townhouse, its interior décor creates a warm and homely base for enjoying an evening meal.
Simpsons Restaurant boasts laminate flooring, a tree statue in the centre of the room, with a lovely open fire and stone wall feature adding a wealth of character to its contemporary design.
The restaurants food is cooked with the best seasonal produce and an eclectic mix of flavours blended for an exquisite dining experience, catering to vegetarian and vegan diets. Add a glass of champagne or sparkling wine to experience the very best of its Michelin star status.
Simpsons Restaurant also offers private dining for larger groups looking to celebrate a special occasion. Or take advantage of Eureka Kitchen cookery school to give you helpful tips of home cooking and sit down to a three-course lunch with at the Chef’s table with a refreshing glass of champagne or a non-alcoholic option.
Make Simpsons Restaurant your next choice of dining establishments, a decision you won’t regret.
7. Adams Restaurant, Birmingham
Considered to be one of the best Michelin star restaurants in Birmingham, Adam’s Restaurant was opened by husband and wife Adam and Natasha in 2013 as a ‘pop-up’.
Finally securing their permanent home in 2015, this restaurant has developed and now holds a string of accolades including having been voted the best restaurant in the UK, the world’s top ten restaurants on TripAdvisor and a Michelin star status within six months.
This Birmingham restaurant would make the perfect place for a romantic meal or those celebrating an important occasion like graduation. With prior notice, the restaurant can provide special dietary requirements, as well as vegetarian and pescatarian food options.
Adam’s Restaurants serves a 3-course evening meal or a lighter bite for lunch, you can also choose to get involved with the restaurants wine tasting.
Offering a mouth-watering European cuisine, focused on a French style, the husband and wife team’s enterprise has grown considerably over the last few years, even resulting a second restaurant opening, The Oyster Club, specialising in seafood and an oyster bar.
A visit to Adam’s Restaurant is sure to not disappoint, with a selection of stunning British tasting menus in an elegant dining room.
8. Meat Shack, Birmingham
Locally known for specialising in street food burgers, this Birmingham restaurant has rested in the heart of Birmingham city centre for six years. Hosting a quirky décor with mustard coloured wall and contemporary artwork adding a wealth of character.
Their hangover fries could just save you from a head-spinning morning, whilst their choice of beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers are made with the finest ingredients. Vegetarians will delight in tucking into their deep-fried halloumi, mushroom and crispy onion flake burgers.
Meat Shack is an excellent spot for celebrations with their monthly burger specials and if that doesn’t get your taste buds stimulated then maybe their added extras such as ice cream floats will pique your interest.
With friendly staff on hand to ensure you have a wonderful experience every single time, with good-sized portions of fries and benefitting from Churchfields Farmhouse ice cream in a variety of flavours including salted caramel, honeycomb and lemon sorbet.
Get involved with some of their special events for weddings, festivals and even private parties with all burgers cooked to order every single time and the choice of craft beers, soft drinks and bottles of wine.
9. Original Patty
This American inspired burger restaurant boasts a minimal wood and metal interior décor, giving an authentic industrial feel. Whether you want to take away or eat in, Original Patty Men can cater to your needs.
After winning the British Street Food Award for ‘Best Burger 2014’, the owners of this tongue-tingling recipe Tom Maher and Scott O’Bryne made a permanent home for their restaurant on one of Birmingham’s side streets under the railway arches in Digbeth.
Choose from a varied selection of burgers, fries, sides and sauces with the choice of wines, rum, craft beers and soft drinks to cleanse your palate – all at affordable prices for students looking for a Friday night treat.
Described as the “messiest” and “filthiest” burgers around, lovers of this American-style cuisine will delight in the added extras of house slaw, Alabama sauce and spiced fries, all making this a flavoursome experience.
Vegetarians need not worry; you can purchase their delectable slow cooked and shredded Portobello mushroom option. Give this urban-style burger restaurant a chance and you won’t be disappointed!
10. Bodega Cantina, Birmingham
Hosting a vibrant and lively social environment, Bodega makes for an excellent eating spot morning, afternoon or evening to grab a bite to eat with your friends. This quirky restaurant in Birmingham with homemade South American cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Or are you looking to host a party, student social evening or to hold a meeting? Bodega can provide their Sugarloaf basement bar which holds all types of facilities such as WIFI, a sound system and TV Screen, as well as a DJ booth for all your entertainment needs.
You can use this space for hosting a cocktail masterclass or simply indulge in their assortment of menus, catering to all with their vegan, lunch and allergen food options. With mocktails, wines, gins and tequilas on the drink’s menu, an evening at this Birmingham restaurant is sure to be a night you won’t forget.
Serving up homemade dishes from Latin America, covering Brazilian, Mexican, Peruvian and Chilean cuisine, giving you the option to taste all different types of superb food with every visit.
If you’re too busy completing an assignment to visit the restaurant, Bodega can arrange to have your order delivered straight to your door so you don’t have to miss out!
If this doesn’t inspire you to visit this historic city, then maybe our list of luxury student accommodation in Birmingham will persuade you. Or explore some short term lets in Birmingham for more inspiration.