Buonissimo Restaurant

4.6
566 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
fresh modern italian cuisine with a strong mediterranean flair using organic and free-range produce wherever possible.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
lunch 12.00 to 2.15 ( last orders ) tuesday to saturday

dinner 6.00 pm to 10.15. pm (last orders ) monday to saturday

closed bank holydays
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Phone number
0121 426 2444
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Additional
Beer, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 566 People Are Saying
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AB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Loved it. Food some of the best I've eaten in a restaurant. Will be going back.

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MM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Gorgeous food, lovely atmosphere and great service.

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DB
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A pleasant lunch. Good value with great service and very good food ...

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LA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. They have a varied menu of great dishes. All fresh and cooked to perfection. The service is really good and the food is reasonably priced. I would recommend this lovely restaurant to anyone who appreciates good quality food.

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MA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Buonissimo's several times over quite a few years and have always enjoyed the experience of dining there. Staff are friendly and always go out of their way to make your experience there the best it could be. Food is always of a high standard. Love Buonissimo's .

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i
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely place with a nice friendly family appeal serving genuine Italian dishes at reasonable prices

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GS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was great - directed straight to our table upstairs, even though it was busy, we didn't feel squashed in. The waitresses were great and knowledgeable, suggested an Italian wine 'Serre' which was fantastic. Great food at great prices. They even sung happy birthday to my Mother in Law.

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AJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant will definitely go back again. Only downfall tables are quite close to each other. Food was delicious. Service impeccable. Definitely worth a visit.

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T
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb family restaurant with great atmosphere, excellent food and a really warm welcome. Small but superb wine list. Great for birthday and anniversary celebrations

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MS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal for our student daughter, booked based on previous reviews. We weren’t disappointed: authentically Italian, great service, lovely food, not fancy, just delicious.

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PR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had the oxtail ragu with gluten free pasta and no cheese. The ragu was rich and tasty, I added more seasoning. The dish however was not hot enough. I do appreciate the staff making sure with me about my dietary requirements.

I also had the grilled vegetable side as a starter which was fine though the leaves were bitter which is not to my taste and I added balsamico for better flavour.

The service was attentive and quick at 6pm on Sat. The chairs are a bit hard and a bit cold sitting near window - not cosy in cold weather but I imagine lovely in warmer weather.

But I think it is a good independent Italian restaurant to visit in Birmingham.

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SJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff were friendly and attentive throughout. Fabulous choice of food.

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FT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The mushroom soup was very salty, the cod couscous was also over-flavoured, the salad which had been requested as being very plain had paprika sprinkled round the plate & on the salad, the risotto was also over-flavoured & lacking in fresh ingredients, the waiters were not too good at understanding English. All in all a very disappointing experience

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BS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buonissimo is always outstanding, no matter what the occasion

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DB
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Buonissimo continues to fulfil it's role as an outstanding neighbourhood restaurant. Service and food are always great. It's sometimes a bit noisy, but that's part of its attraction.

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m
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to a few Italian restaurants but this was really really nice, friendly staff, service was very
good, and i would recommend this to any one, we said we would go back in a few months time as they
said they would have salmon on the menu. They even sang happy birthday.
Lovely evening.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service was Suberb . Had a brilliant evening celebrating my sisters silver wedding anniversary . Would definitely recommend.

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JR
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We ate at Buonissimo a few years ago and were looking forward to returning for our son's birthday. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. Starters were good but the mains poor. Fillet steak had an unpleasant taste and was swimming in a thin gravy. The swordfish steak was thin, overcooked and soggy, and also swimming in an unpleasant thin gravy. The potato wedges were like the basic frozen variety.
We were booked on to the early sitting on a Saturday night and it all felt a bit rushed. The restaurant seems to have crammed in a few more tables in since our last visit and our tiny table could barely fit our meals on.
Won't be returning.

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SO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere and food and wine great ss always!

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G
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and ambience. We had a lovely time. The starters, mains and puddings were all very very good.

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D
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Downstairs looked more lively than where we sat upstairs. Of the six of us most enjoyed their food though i didn't. It wasn't really very 'Italian' but I'm sure it was much better than Zizzy across the road, in every way. For the money I expected better.

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NJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian Meals I've had. Everything was cooked perfectly, both of us really enjoyed every course. Service was good and not overly pushy. If I lived locally I would visit often. The wine (a blush) was good quality.
The Pudding sharer was amazing,so much variety and well made.

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B
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful food and service from Matteo and the team. The Summer menu has been sublime. Can't wait for the autumn menu when we return.

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l
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

read reviews on tripadvisor, did not disappoint. value for money (early bird menu). tasty food, large portion. friendly staff and efficient service.

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MH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Lovely friendly staff. Good value for money.

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NG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed when I visit Buonissimo! It was as excellent as ever but the food was particularly good on this occasion.

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R
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent visit to Buonissimo yet again! Suberb food and wine with very friendly service. It never fails to impress, I can thoroughly recommend.

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S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat great food service was very good

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EA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Had a nice meal with partner, food was nice, have had better there but maybe just a one off on this occasion. Pleasant evening, friendly staff and good attentive service.

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RG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal at Buonissimo and we have been coming for years. There is always a great welcome, the food is delicious and sensible portions. We love it!

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DB
Birmingham
29 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service in an energetic ambience.

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YF
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went there for an anniversary celebration. The staff were excellent. The starter was good but the bruschetta wasn’t very authentic. One of the two main meals was an Italian pasta but the sauce was black and tasted odd. The dessert was the best part and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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KL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best Italian cucina in our neighbourhood. Have visited with special occasion or just for a regular lunch. Warm service and absolutely nice food every time. My humble recommendation.

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GE
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and great company what more do you need - Oh yes good service and the service was ok so the evening was a great success.

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HB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for a special occasion, have eaten at Buonissimo a number of times in the past and always have a lovely experience. A warm welcome from Matteo and his staff started off the evening well. The summer menu had lots of choice, the crab cakes and black linguine were particularly tasty but it was hard to choose from the range on the menu. Great service along with wonderful food at realistic prices - a range of wines and other drinks are available. Great ambience. Can highly recommend a visit.

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DG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wanted to try this restaurant for some time and the reviews were very good. However, We were all disappointed. Ambience was pleasant and the staff very friendly but the food was not great. Crab cakes over cooked and bready, swordfish strange consistency, chicken quite dull and all "lumped" on the plates. No finesse and far too quick! Pannacotta and ice cream good! Arrived at 7.30 and out by 8.30. Felt rushed. Will not return.

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r
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A genuine taste of Italy in the centre of Harborne. Well presented restaurant, delightful upper room, well -presented food.
Only problem for the less mobile are toilets on the first floor - 19 steps.
Friendly attentive staff - all in all a lovely experience.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The fish dish was excellent - cooked perfectly. Unfortunately the Risotto was a disappointment.
However a very pleasant evening al fresco.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous will definitely be going back. Friendly staff great service excellent food

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KA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, excellent service and friendly relaxed ambience

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