7 Birmingham restaurants which are fancy and reasonably priced

The Wilderness

My ultimate favourite and I will never stop banging on about this place has to be The Wilderness. It has recently moved location so I haven’t ate in the new restaurant which is now in Jewellery Quarter. The Wilderness is amazing it still doesn’t have a Michelin star as yet but definitely deserves one. I love it!  It’s a British fine dining restaurant and the evening meal is a little pricey but that’s why you can grab yourself a bargain and go for lunch! It’s well worth it you spend literally about 2 hours dining, and if you fancy you can choose to have the drinks pairing (extra costing) you get 5 dishes and they look beautiful, they look too good to eat.  I have been twice now and this will always be top of my list. It’s a smallish restaurant which incorporates the use of nature within the restaurant so from the moment you enter you will love your experience.  They cater for vegetarians too so that’s always good! You have to book online of course as it’s so popular and you will see why and a £15 deposit per person is needed. The lunch menu will cost you £45 per person.


Another really nice place to go for an evening meal is Gusto which is on colmore row in Central Birmingham. It’s an Italian in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. The venue is really nice, its modern with lots of lights and elegant tableware. The staff are all very nice and this restaurant does get busy so make sure you book in advance. The atmosphere is buzzing and make sure your wearing something nice, streetwear isn’t acceptable. They offer a set  lunch menu from mon – fri 12noon – 5pm £13.95 for a two course or £15.95 for three course and a set evening meal two course £16.95 and three course £19.95. Or you can just order off the menu. But in my opinion the set menus are a better value for money.

A nice place to go on the evening is Fumo which is located again in Central Birmingham near colmore row.  This is an Italian tapas/cocktail bar restaurant owned by the famous San Carlo chain. There is another Fumo in Birmingham located inside Bullring shopping centre in Selfridges on the ground floor (food floor). Its tapas you have to order a few dishes each in order to be full up but if you visit before a night out having less is sometimes better as you won’t be as bloated.  The restaurant is well known for its busy, trendy, pre drink atmosphere. People start here for a few drinks before heading further into town. The restaurant however is small and the tables are extremely close together which is annoying but if there is the right crowd you will find yourself having a conversation with the couple next to you. If you’re looking for somewhere high end and glam this is the place.  They have a cloakroom which is always good and energetic background music to get you in the mood. The food is all tasty and as its tapas it doesn’t come out altogether it will be brought over as and when its cooked/ready. You can get anything from pizza, to prawns, to truffle mash to lamb cutlets. They have it all. The menu has a wide variety but on average a dish costs £7 and you will need a few plates each a cocktail will set you back £10.

Miller and Carter

A classic steakhouse is Miller and Carter which you can find all over Birmingham. It’s a franchise and specialises in steak but is affordable for all the family. The Miller and Carter in Birmingham city centre, Mailbox is the best restaurant as you also get to dress up and visit the mailbox. The location is perfect you get to overlook the canal and be amongst all the other bars, restaurants and shops.  When you order a steak or should I say if you order a steak you can of course have it cooked however you like but then its accompanied with a sauce, lettuce wedge with sauce, onion loaf (so delicious omg) and fries. It’s good value for money and leaves you full up for longer. The menu has other options for people who don’t eat steak and vegetarians. You can get the cheaper lunch menu and if you subscribe to their newsletter on the internet you get a free drink.  On average a meal from the main menu will cost you £13.

If you like Indian food Varanasi would be a great restaurant for you. Its again Central Birmingham, on Broad Street which is full of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It’s not your usual Indian restaurant its very high end (fine dining) and it’s the biggest restaurant ever. You pay for the atmosphere and venue here so you can’t compare the price to your local takeaway.  The restaurant is 3 floors and as soon as you enter you will be overwhelmed with the height of the ceiling. You enter through a gorgeous tunnel which transports you to the fanciest largest restaurant. Truthfully the atmosphere isn’t the best as the restaurant is so large it’s hardly ever busy. But the benefit of that is your receive even better service and the food is great. They also have a large cocktail menu and the porn star martinis are delicious. The main meals are around £20 but you could buy the set menu which will set you back £30pp or £40pp depending on which you prefer. We chose from the al a carte menu but to be warned the side dishes are slightly more expensive but I suppose they have to make the profit somewhere.
Marco Pierre White

This restaurant is slap bang on top of the Cube in the Mailbox the 25th floor with an outside terrace. Marco Pierre Whites has the best location as the restaurant has floor to ceiling glass windows so you can see the whole of Birmingham. Personally its best at night so you can see the city lights and watch the hustle and bustle. If you want to have a seat by the window you have to pay an extra £5pp which I think is ridiculous. Marco Pierre is a famous French chef but you should visit here for the atmosphere, cocktails and views. The food is nice nothing more although the camembert starter is amazing. The restaurant is very high end and the décor is very modern with gorgeous glassware.  If you want to visit you can just go for a drink and venture out onto the balcony which overlooks the city its lovely.  A meal from the main menu will set you back about £25pp not including drinks, the extra £5 if you want to sit by the window and the additional service charge which is added to your bill (optional).

Bank Restaurant

This is a great place for drinks or dinner. Bank is located in Brindley Place which is on the canal and its where you want to be your close to everything and it’s a very social area. You can have a drink at the front near the bar or if you want to eat you will be shown to the restaurant which is at the back overlooking the canal. If it’s a warm day they open up the back so your basically sitting outside. It’s a high end bar/restaurant and again the venue is lovely and on the weekends there is a live DJ and its very popular as a pre drink place. You can get all sorts of cocktails and find a wide variety of spirits. They have a lunch menu, and an evening menu and the average price is £20 a meal. You can also get a Sunday lunch here on Sunday. Cocktail prices vary from £8 - £10.

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