Best restaurants in Birmingham

DATE: 28 Feb 2014 | BY
Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse The view from the champagne bar at Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse

Calling all foodies: from Michelin-starred cuisine to the best contemporary cafes, check out our run-down of the best restaurants in Birmingham.

Whether you're looking for hidden gems, Gordon Ramsay's favourite local restaurant or just some good old-fashioned inspiration, there's something for you in our round-up of the top restaurants in Birmingham. Featuring perfectly cooked souffles, fantastic flavours and the lowdown on where to get the best lamb curry in the city, your next evening out starts here. 

Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse

What’s the one thing better than a perfectly-cooked steak? A perfectly-cooked steak eaten on the 25th floor of Birmingham’s iconic Cube building. And with its 360 degree views of the city, Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse provides just that. The restaurant is all about “affordable luxury”, which means it’s good for two things: gorgeous food and prices that won't make you wince. Make sure you leave room for dessert: the box tree eton mess is delicious.

Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse The Cube, 200 Wharfside street, Birmingham B1 1PR, England (Ladywood)


Simpsons is just a stone’s throw from the centre of Birmingham but once you step inside you'll feel a million miles away from the hustle, bustle and stress of the city. The Michelin-starred eatery is sumptuously decorated (think high ceilings, chandeliers, and wooden floorboards) and the service is second to none, but what really makes it special is the divine food. Worth every penny.

Simpsons 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DU, England (Edgbaston)

Red Oven

Red Oven’s chefs have more than 20 years’ experience in cooking up traditional Punjab cuisine in top restaurants. But what makes this Indian restaurant truly exceptional is the service. Waiters are attentive, happy to explain the menu and make adjustments if diners want dishes to be spicier or milder. They also make the best lamb rogan josh in Birmingham. Unmissible

Red Oven 607A Bearwood Road, Bearwood, Birmingham B66 4BJ, England (Ladywood)


Annexe The roaring 1920s: a theme night at Annexe

Imagine a 1920s Parisian brasserie crossed with a modern day Ronnie Scotts and you’re halfway to Annexe. This cosy yet contemporary restaurant prides itself on its unpretentious Mediterranean menu and unrivalled atmosphere. Not only do they make the best souffle in Birmingham, they also put on themed nights featuring live entertainment and custom menus. A truly special dining experience.

Annexe 220 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6QB, England

San Carlo

San Carlo is all about one thing: flavour. The menu, featuring more than 140 carefully curated dishes, is designed to give diners a true taste of Italy. As well as delicious food, you can expect highly attentive service, no matter how many busy it gets (and with a restaurant as good as San Carlo, it will get busy). 

San Carlo 4 Temple Street, Birmingham B2 5BN , England (Ladywood)


Chef James Purnell is born and bred in Birmingham and won the city’s first Michelin star before going on to open up his own place in January 2009. Since then Purnell’s has gained its own Michelin star and a reputation for serving exquisite gourmet food. The decor is chic, the service warm and friendly, and the food out of this world. We recommend trying the tasting menu, featuring everything from curry cured salmon to an apple and pear mini milk. Unforgettable!

Purnell's 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DH, England (Ladywood)

Bar Estilo

Taste is the watchword for this award-winning Spanish restaurant and bar. Located near the riverside, it serves top-notch tapas at eminently reasonable prices. There’s plenty of choice in the menu but whatever you do, make sure to try a chocolate churro. Delicioso!

Bar Estilo Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1RF, England (Ladywood)


Lasan Lasan won Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word

Lasan became famous after it stormed to victory in Gordon Ramsay’s search to find Britain's Best Local restaurant for his Channel 4 series The F Word two years ago. Since winning over Ramsay, this charming Indian eatery has gone from strength to strength with its delicate flavours and attention to every detail. The staff are also super-attentive, which might help explain why Lasan is always booked up so far in advance.

Lasan 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Paul's Square, Birmingham B3 1SD, England

Chaophraya Thai

You only need one word to describe Chaophraya Thai: cool. With its curved leather couches, intricate light fixtures and bright colours, the only thing more impressive than the decor is the food. Diners can watch their authentic Thai dishes being prepared in their open kitchen. Our favourite item on the menu is the papaya salad, featuring carrots, cherry tomatoes, lime, garlic, fish sauce, peanuts, chilli, palm sugar and fine beans. Delicious!

Chaophraya Thai 6 Spiceal Street, Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BH, England


If you’re looking for glitz, glamour and a menu which is as tasty as it is innovative, then Pushkar is the place for you. This award-winning Indian restaurant doesn’t just serve fantastic food: it also has a gorgeous array of cocktails on offer (we particularly recommend the vesper martini, which is made with gin and vodka). In case you need any more convincing, the spinach poppadoms are to die for.

Pushkar 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ, England (Ladywood)

Tags: French, Italian, British, Indian, Mediterranean, Thai, Steakhouse, Spanish, Punjabi

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