CAU Birmingham

4.3
610 reviews
£25 and under
Argentinian

About

Many years ago, we fell in love with vibrancy of Buenos Aires, a city where cosmopolitan sophistication collides with an irresistibly chaotic energy. It's a beguiling, emotional and all embracing place to be. When we started Cau, our vision was to capture that spirit in a restaurant that would fit right into the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires.
Our menu embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina's crown, it's beef. Mouthwatering steaks, burgers and steak sandwiches are joined by a tempting selection of more-ish favorites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist. Drop in for some sharing plates and a beer over lunch or savour one of our speciality cuts and a bottle of Malbec over dinner...just don't forget to leave room for a corn flake ice cream sundae.
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeturahG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

IT WAS CLOSED DOWN AND NOBODY CARED TO INFORM ME ONLY FOUND OUT ON ARRIVAL!

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AmyC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time to CAU and loved it yet again! Greeted by name (took me by surprise but in a great way) and welcomed in. Sat in a booth which is a great setting. Had prompt and attentive service all evening and food was excellent! The caugirls and cauboys delivered a high quality service from beginning to end. Looking forward to another visit!

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Chelle
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great steaks

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Loobs
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome on arrival an there had been a miscommunication between the time of booking an us attending for our meal, we were catered to brilliant an were able to have what was booked originally. The food was lovely an look forward to returning.

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AdamR
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Apart from the tough steak and getting charged for a bottle of water we didn’t want it was bang average, drinks are excessively priced and way too hot in there

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AnnieM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious! The tacos starter in particular was outstanding. I would definitely recommend.

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EllenM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service from start to finish, the waiting staff really couldn't do enough to make our first experience here fantastic! Will certainly be back, food was perfect, cocktails were outstanding!!

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LouO
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went here for a Birthday Meal - cocktail, starter, main and dessert were lovely - will definitely return

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MichelleO
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent time for my partners birthday. Food, service and ambience was excellent. Excellent value for money. Will definitely be going back

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening meal. Will go again when next in Birmingham.

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SueW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Overall a great experience however ribeye steak was considered tough and not really enjoyable but sirloins were excellent. All other courses were really tasty and offered a wide choice. Service was very good and atmosphere enabled us to celebrate the end of our daughters examinations.

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RobT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked as my partner is new to gluten free food and the staff were brilliant, food was outstanding and will defiantly be going back for part 2

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Chlo
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Overall the experience was okay, It’s a nice place to eat with a very nice atmosphere. a little overpriced and there was limited options on the menu. You can tell that the restaurant hasn’t been open awhile as the service was a little bit amateur. I would recommend for a quick lunch during the day as the food itself was great, Not so much for drinks as the drinks menu was limited. I also do not agree with automatically putting a 10% tip on the bill,It is solely down to the customer if they choose to do this , and while you can ask for this to be removed the conversation to have is awkward , so it’ll be good if they could remove that.

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Ronnie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good as we wanted a seafood option. We were initially told that there was no bream. But asking chef always helps to find out what reserves are available. Large wine over priced but overall a good meal

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PennyR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, staff, wine list, location and decor all truly excellent. Really great place for family (grown ups) or friends to get together and/or a special occasion. Only slight negative is it got a bit noisy but that was at peak time on a busy weekend night, and not all night! It’s a vibrant place, not quiet and cosy romance. The staff were really friendly and attentive, knowledgable and efficient. Food was cooked to perfection and really good quality.

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TaraW
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing steak!! Service was excellent. Will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
83 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good steak restaurant. Efficient and friendly staff.

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NoirAmbassador
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Second time there and it’s better all the time.
Super friendly staff, top quality meat and great value for money

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MarieB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for our wedding anniversary, really pleased we went, we were thoroughly looked after. Given a great table, complimentary fizz cocktail & excellent service. Food was delicious especially the pork belly in tempura batter! Both steaks cooked to perfection.
Would definitely recommend eating here.

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PaulK
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there, had seen some average reviews but personally thought it was a great restaurant, great ambience and great steak!
Will definitely go back. Enjoyed the whole experience.

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LeighM
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday afternoon with 4 friends for birthday lunch,
Had reserved a table outside for 2.45pm. Which was all ready on our arrival.
Waiter was superb & very attentive, explained all the menu to each guest to advise how to have there food. *
Was also bought complimentary champagne 🥂 when waiter's asked who's birthday it was + also cocktail after meal.
EVERYONE SHOULD TRY CAU ONCE...!!! AT LEAST. GO ON BOOK 😂

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ChrisA
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meal pre concert at Symphony hall. Excellent service and a great ambience

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NoirAmbassador
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing meat very reasonable prices and outstanding service from the cow girls! both waitress were so kind, sweet and beautiful !

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Ryan92
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was very nice and it was a nice atmosphere. Drinks took a while to arrive but apart from that, it was a nice evening.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to CAU Birmingham on the saturday to meet a friend for lunch. While a little pricey (to be fair, the venue is located withij brindley place) the food was brilliant. Very much enjoyed my starter and main. Would return for another friends catch up.

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Chris
Worcestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Even given the young and rather casual vibe of this restaurant, the service provided was just about acceptable but not commensurate with the overall meal cost. Given the rather casual service and this restaurant’s slightly hipster/warehouse style, the food was actually better than anticipated.
We ate as a very established but happy couple and our ratings out of 10 are:
Service = 6. Initially slow to take our drinks order and then poor continuity of service staff. For example, our waitress disappeared after our main course (not to be seen again), we then didn’t know who to approach as some staff were able to serve us but some staff declared they were only cleaning the surrounding tables. Finally, we ordered a coffee with desert but 20 minutes later, after we had eaten desert, the coffee still hadn’t arrived. Releasing the coffee had been forgotten, we asked for the bill but the coffee was still charged for. This was later rectified and the restaurant’s service charge of 10% was waived.
Food = 9. Nice starters and sides, proper tasty rib eye steaks and a nice bottle of Malbec.
Value = 7. Given the mediocre service and at very nearly £100 for 2 starters, 2 of the small rib eyes, 2 sides, 1 desert and 1 bottle of mid-priced red wine, I’d have marked the value lower but for the good quality of tasty food that we enjoyed.
Overall = 8. I’ve somewhat forgiven the very average service and value and weighted this overall rating towards food quality, therefore this restaurant deserves a solid score of 8 (4 stars in the context of an OpenTable or TripAdvisor review).

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TraceyW
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Good value as the steak was amazing.

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KevinB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value for money and amazing food. Lovely setting in Brindley Place and the décor and ambience was very welcoming and vibrant; good music but not too loud so you couldn't have a great conversation.

Onto the food; amazing. We chose the Empanas for starters, lovely small beef pasties that were wonderful and a lovely size portion - not too filling. Now the mains were something else; my husband and I both had steaks cooked to perfection and marinated in the Chimchura sauce. Gorgeous taste and the hand cut chips were to die for; fluffy and wonderful. The pepper sauce and homemade onion rings complimented the meal fantastically. No room for dessert.

A special mention for the refreshing Royal Wedding Cocktails, scrumptious and wonderful service from a welcoming and pleasant member of staff.

Definitely will book again

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NaomiM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic time at Cau, so much so I went two evenings in a row with different friends. The food is simply delightful, the staff friendly and attentive, the atmosphere lovely without being overbearing and the location ideal for ease of getting to, whether by car, train or tram in central Birmingham.

Would highly recommend.

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ElikaR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

If you are a steak lover you shoud try this the restaurant. The food and service was amazing, we dine here on a Friday night for my friend birthday. The only down side was the booking situation as they told us to be there 9 oclock and if anyone come later than 9 our table will be canceled , we arrived at 9 but had wait for 45 minuts for our table to be ready.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for a steak and really hard to pick a dessert as they all looked so good.

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SueP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I so wanted to give 5 stars as The food was excellent but as my husband is dairy free we struggled to find any starter or dessert he could eat. How hard is it to put a sorbet on the dessert menu and a plain starter minus cheese or mayo.
We ate plain steak and chips cooked to order and belly pork. Both dishes were well presented.

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Merlinx
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, well cooked steaks, great accompaniments. Excellent service. Good value house wine.
A lovely evening out. Could not fault it.

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SusanN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, good service. Look forward to my next visit & very happy to recommend this restaurant.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sunday lunch was delicious, £15 well spent - we all had the beef which did melt in your mouth!

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday lunch menu was fantastic. Great food, melt in the mouth beef, attentive and relaxed, friendly service. Will return.

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MikeL
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty steaks, cooked as requested, friendly staff, stylish decor.

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, funny friendly waiter that got my sense of humour, close to the arena for our gig,. I had fun with my friends there thankyou!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice food and service from waiter was brilliant and with a smile and banter 👍🏽

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AnnaM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak ever, melt in your mouth, worth the money

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CAU Birmingham is rated 4.3 stars by 610 OpenTable diners.