8 romantic restaurants in Birmingham city centre
With the most Michelin stars of any UK city outside of London, Birmingham offers more than its fair share of dinner date options. Whether you’re looking to splash out for a special occasion or break the ice on that all-important first date, Birmingham city centre has a host of romantic restaurants to explore.
Adam’s is the place to go when you really want to impress. The prices make it more of a special occasion choice, but the food quality, service and ambience justify the cost. Chef/owner Adam Stokes is a culinary genius and his contemporary British menu is impeccable – so much so that the restaurant holds a coveted Michelin star. A romantic meal at Adam’s is sure to make for an unforgettable evening.
New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham B2 5UG, 0121 643 3745, adamsrestaurant.co.uk
With vegetarianism and veganism on the rise, the restaurant industry is changing in response. 1847 is one of Birmingham’s best-loved venues, offering delicious dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients in a stylish and friendly setting. If your date has dietary requirements, this is the perfect date spot. The food is so good that even voracious carnivores won’t miss the meat.
26 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, Birmingham B2 5HU, 0121 236 2313, by1847.com
An Italian restaurant is always a good date choice: the nation’s cuisine offers something for every taste. Fumo is one of Birmingham’s best. The menu comprises simple yet perfectly executed (and highly authentic) Italian dishes. There’s a mix of old favourites – think spaghetti cabonara and margherita pizza – and less familiar options such as gorgonzola gnocchi in a baked Parmesan basket. A beautifully-designed venue offering amazing service, Fumo is an effortlessly romantic restaurant.
Fumo, 1 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5PG, 0121 643 8979, sancarlofumo.co.uk
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill
Offering panoramic views across Birmingham city centre, the location of Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse can’t fail to impress. The smart dress code reflects the calibre of the restaurant: this is a chic space with a high-end feel serving truly excellent food. Steaks are a highlight of the classic British menu; they’re served with triple-cooked chips, but we also recommend opting for a side of indulgent mac and cheese and a perfectly-mixed cocktail too.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, The Cube, 200 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1PR, 0121 634 3433, mpwrestaurants.co.uk
Original Patty Men
Feeling relaxed and comfortable in someone’s company is a side of romance that’s often under-appreciated. With that in mind, you should never discount a dirty burger joint for date night. What could be more romantic than getting messy together? Original Patty Men offers some of the best burgers in Birmingham, with chicken, beef and vegetarian options available. It’s very affordable so you can treat yourself to a selection of sides too. And don’t forget to experiment with the house sauces!
Original Patty Men, 9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5JG, 0121 643 2546, originalpattymen.com
A meal at Indian restaurant Asha’s could not be further from the curry house stereotype. Birmingham is the home of Indian cookery in the UK, and Asha’s offers truly excellent cuisine in a fine dining setting. You may not find your favourite takeaway dish here, but you’ll find delicious dishes for every taste, all in a stylish and romantic setting. This is a great date for anyone who likes to try something new: the menu is bursting with authentic and delicious options and sharing is encouraged. Cocktails are a house speciality and won’t disappoint.
Asha’s, 12-22 Newhall St, Birmingham B3 3LX, 0121 200 2767, ashasbirmingham.co.uk
Polish may not be the first cuisine that comes to mind when planning a romantic evening, but The Karczma might just change your mind about that. Decorated in the style of an old Polish country cottage, the restaurant will make you feel like you’re stepping into a different world. Be sure to try classic Polish dishes such as Pierogi (stuffed dumplings) and pickled herring, as well as fantastic meat and fish plates fresh from the grill. This is a local foodie favourite with great prices and the perfect place to go to impress you date with your insider knowledge.
The Karczma, Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham B5 5PH, 0121 448 0017, thekarczma.co.uk
Harvey Nichols Bar & Brasserie
There’s not just incredible shopping on offer in Birmingham’s Harvey Nichols. The store is also home to a decidedly chic restaurant that feels intimate and high end without being stuffy. The menu errs on the right side of fancy: great sounding dishes with excellent ingredients. Opt for the three-course fixed menu, which comes with a glass of Prosecco! The adjoining bar is a great place to continue your romantic evening; equally stylish, it serves amazing cocktails.
Harvey Nichols, 65 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RE, 0121 616 6000, harveynichols.com
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