Birmingham’s 12 best restaurants for romance

When it’s time to turn up the heat for a romantic date night, Birmingham has a restaurant to suit every occasion. You can toast an anniversary with Champagne and oysters, settle first date nerves with a pisco sour, or have your own Lady and the Tramp moment at a neighbourhood trattoria. Whatever you’re in the mood for, here are 12 romantic restaurants to try in Birmingham. 

Noel’s Bar & Restaurant
With its canalside location and dining room decked out in pink and gold, Noel’s sets the scene for every romantic occasion. Their menu is inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, so expect homemade pasta, fresh fish, and top quality steaks cooked on their charcoal grill. Whether you’re dining al fresco beside the canal or getting cosy in a powder pink booth, this buzzy bar-restaurant never fails to seduce.

Zen Metro
With its tranquil ambience and chic decor, this popular Thai restaurant ticks all the boxes for a romantic meal. You’ll find all your favourite dishes on the menu, from fragrant curries to spicy stir-fries, plus show-stopping seafood dishes like their steamed sea bass with soy, ginger and Thai herbs. If you can handle the heat, there’s a seriously fiery ‘Zen Inferno’ curry to try, but maybe wait until the second or third date.


Pasta di Piazza
Bringing the flavours of Italy to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, this atmospheric Italian is perfect for first dates, anniversaries, and everything in between. Housed in a former factory, the exposed brick and colourful stained glass windows add to its relaxed, romantic ambience. If it’s comfort food you’re craving, it’s hard to beat their homemade lasagne followed by tiramisu – two spoons, of course.

Itihaas
If your partner can never resist a curry, this opulent Indian restaurant is the perfect place to indulge their love of spice. With a menu influenced by the flavours of North India, Mumbai, and Kenya, it’s clear this is not your average curry house. Turn up the heat on your next date night with lamb sheek kebabs, chilli paneer, and tandoori king prawns with spicy mango salsa.


OKO
Situated on the ground floor of Nuvo Bar, this Insta-worthy pan-Asian restaurant is perfect for couples who want to drink, dine, and dance till dawn. The menu has something for everyone, from shrimp tempura and chicken katsu curry to stunning platters of sushi and sashimi prepared by their dedicated sushi chef. It’s a haven for cocktail lovers, too – try the Melon and Matcha Martini or the elegant Haruri Fizz made with elderflower gin, lychee liqueur, and Prosecco.

Gaucho
Take date night to the next level at this stylish steakhouse close to Cathedral Square. Specialising in fine wine and Argentinean beef, Gaucho is the ideal place to wine and dine a fellow carnivore. After starters like ceviche and empanadas, you can share a selection of their prime cuts, from flavoursome rump to delicately marbled rib eye. If you’re too full for dessert, the hazelnut and gingerbread Martini will finish things off on a sweet note.


Chakana
If your date night dining choices are becoming predictable, shake things up with a visit to Birmingham’s first Peruvian restaurant. It’s owned by chef Robert Ortiz, a Peruvian chef who is passionate about the vibrant colours and flavours of his homeland. After a couple of punchy pisco sours, treat your taste buds to zingy sea bream ceviche or suckling pig with yucca root majadito. The bold flavours and relaxed atmosphere will soon have you planning a return visit.

Jacques
Out of town but worth the trip, Jacques offers an upmarket dining experience in the leafy village of Knowle. The opulent interiors make every occasion feel special, whether you’re toasting an anniversary or enjoying a long overdue date night. The menu is classically British and features carefully sourced ingredients such as Suffolk Wagyu beef and hand-dived Scottish scallops.

Fumo
After a few hours of shopping, refuel in style at this chic Italian restaurant on the fourth floor of Selfridges. It serves traditional pasta, meat and fish dishes, plus cocktails and ciccheti at the marble-topped bar. Seafood lovers can dig their forks into Fumo’s Spaghetti Frutti di Mare – al dente pasta tossed with garlic, tomatoes, and fresh shellfish.

The Oyster Club
Situated on Temple Street, The Oyster Club is a relaxed seafood restaurant run by award-winning chef Adam Stokes. It’s an elegant space with a marble-topped bar, globe lighting, and chairs in muted shades of pink and blue. Pop in after work for oysters and a glass of wine or linger over dishes like lobster risotto or roast turbot with beurre noisette.

The Ivy Temple Row
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this British brasserie overlooking St. Philip’s Cathedral. The glamorous décor and attentive staff make everyday dining feel special, whether you’re popping in for breakfast or a date night dinner. If your lover has a sweet tooth, save room for the chocolate bombe – it melts under hot caramel sauce to reveal a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre.

Folium
Break out of your culinary comfort zone and sample innovative British dishes at this award-winning restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter. Their ethos is simple: clean flavours and seasonal ingredients showcased in multi-course tasting menus.

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Photo Credit: Richard Kiely for Chakana.