Nine of the best restaurants to try in Birmingham
Whether you’re visiting Birmingham for the weekend, or you’re local to the area and looking to try something new, these are the best restaurants to try in the UK’s second city.
Led by chef-owner Brad Carter, Carters of Moseley is a Michelin-star gem on the outskirts of the city centre in the leafy, sought-after suburb of Moseley. Offering a multi-course tasting menu, alongside a variety of wines, this award-winning venue is one of Birmingham’s most loved fine dining restaurants. With an ever-evolving menu, the team pride themselves on using sustainable practices throughout their processes – from sourcing local produce to working with growers who use traditional styles of farming.
If you’re dining here, you can expect a delectable selection of modern, British food with a uniquely innovative twist.
If it’s more casual dining you’re after, look no further than Tierra, the Mexican-inspired restaurant tucked away in the city’s eclectic Jewellery Quarter. Specialising in an array of tacos, Margaritas and traditional small plates, this intimate eatery boasts a variety of fresh flavours and vibrant dishes – with a tasty selection of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from too.
Following in the footsteps of his Michelin-star restaurant, Opheem, top chef Aktar Islam has recently branched out to bring a taste of Argentina to Birmingham’s Brindleyplace. With all food prepared using only the freshest and finest ingredients, Pulperia offers an authentic menu with delicious cuts of meat and seafood, expertly grilled to perfection.
Alongside a selection of à-la-carte options including free-range Argentinian beef, confit lamb and roasted cod, Pulperia also offers a renowned Sunday roast with all the trimmings – the ideal option for those seeking a hearty meal.
Embark on a new dining experience at Gaijin Sushi, where you can sit and watch whilst your food is carefully prepared. Blurring the boundaries between chef and diner, this tiny restaurant seats just ten people, making it the ultimate intimate venue for something a little different to the usual buzz of city centre dining.
Boasting a menu of ‘playful, contemporary cuisine’, Harborne Kitchen offers an exciting culinary experience in comfortable surroundings. With a menu that focuses on enticing the senses, every dish at this Michelin-recognised restaurant has been carefully curated using seasonal produce, with diners in mind.
For some of the best burgers in Birmingham, look no further than Original Patty Men. Having originally established their street food reputation at Birmingham’s highly regarded Digbeth Dining Club, Original Patty Men opened its own permanent doors in Digbeth back in 2015 and can now also be found just outside of the city centre at The British Oak in Stirchley.
Tucked away in an industrial-style unit under the railway arches, this casual dining hotspot is a favourite amongst the locals, serving up a handful of juicy burgers in soft brioche buns, and one-off specials.
If it’s fresh seafood you’re looking for, a visit to Oyster Club should certainly be on the cards. With an extensive menu offering the finest oysters from across the UK alongside caviar and shellfish, The Oyster Club is chef Adam Stokes’ second restaurant – the first being his Michelin-star fine dining restaurant, Adam’s. Complete with plush, contemporary interiors, this stylish restaurant is a must-visit if you’re passing through the city.
Situated in the heart of the city centre, Tattu is a real showstopper. The perfect place to visit if you’re celebrating a special occasion, this modern Chinese restaurant is the ultimate sensory experience from the minute you walk through the doors. With its iconic cherry blossom tree offering diners an awe-inspiring backdrop, this picturesque space is unique from the offset, with a delicious menu to match, including traditional dim sum and sharing plates.
Described as a ‘relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria’, Rudy’s pizza boasts some of the best pizza in town. Following the craft of traditional Naples techniques, this restaurant doesn’t compromise on flavour – despite its incredibly affordable price tag. With prices starting from around £6, Rudy’s is a laidback venue with everything you need in one place – great ambience, food and drinks – and perfect for all ages.
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