Itihaas

4.2
231 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
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  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Itihaas restaurant in Birmingham is one stunning eaterie. This beautiful restaurant —the name means ‘history’ -- is the £2 million brainchild of businessman Raj Rana and it’s been raking in awards since it opened its doors. The décor is contemporary meets traditional with two dining rooms honouring colonial and maharaja eras – there are slate finished walls, original paintings, carved stone elephants, Jali marble window frames like those found in Mogul palaces and elegant black sari-clad hostesses. Chef Amardeep Saka offers intriguing dishes influenced by North India, Mumbai, Chinese fusion and Kenya. The cuisine and service are royal, yet the ambience is relaxed and informal – a history-making combination in anyone’s book.
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RK
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great food service and ambience. Would visit again. Portion size is bit less.

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SS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Accommodated us despite delayed arrival. Excellent food.

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ND
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good (not amazing but better than most) and the service/decor was lovely, however portion sizes are small and prices are high! Quality of food doesn’t justify the price - there are better places which offer better value. Also didn’t appreciate getting a snotty email the next day, about not honouring our booking when we did! Doesn’t make me feel very valued after spending over £130 on a modestly sized meal for 4!

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k
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good but this was let down by the slow service at the beginning. I twice had to remind them for a bottle of wine. I had asked someone if they had a cloak room for my jacket but the lady never returned. As I stated the food was good but overpriced.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The meal was not as good as I expected the choice of main dishes was very limited and the service wasn’t great. Once the food was served no one even came over to ask how the meal is ok or if we needed anything else..

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RS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tastefully decorated establishment with a unique menu.

The food was delicious and well worth a second visit

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KE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was lovely but the service was very poor considering we had booked for a Tuesday evening.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fabulous food, some of the best I’ve tried. Ambiance great, clean and busy. Service average at best and quite clinical though efficient. Punchy pricing - over double the average - but food quality just about justified it. Recommended

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VP
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was so good And delicious. But in executive thali the amount of flavored rice is not sufficient..it would be great if they increase the quantity of rice in it

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DJ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was so nice, really enjoyed it. The service is very poor, had to ask for the menu and the waiters were not very attentive.

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G
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dined here previously and very impressed, however whilst the starters were excellent a limited menu for the Mains, and quite frankly they easily forgettable.

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CW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the surroundings were excellent and the service was out of this world. To have a resturant and staff as friendly as you do is an amazing credit to yourselves. Again many thanks for your amazing hospitality, everyone in the party said it was the best food they had ever had.

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AF
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Restaurant and food excellent, service disappointing - had to chase everything, the drinks order, the starters, the bill - everything!

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MF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal for 15 of us! Really can not recommend high enough, such lovely staff and the food is out of this world!

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CJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and the staff are excellent. The food was soooooo tasty, looking forward to a return visit next time we visit Brum.

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BD
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spent New Years Eve 2018 here and the punjabi food was of excellent taste and fine dining.

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m
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always, never been disappointed . Tried the veg starter combo for two this time and wasn’t disappointed.

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RH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went as a group of 3 due to a recommendation. We were not disappointed - staff were friendly/attentive, service was fast, food was delicious. Highly recommend

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

6 male diners business meal treated like they couldn’t wait to get us out food was just ok as been before and had same dish so no it wasn’t the same, the mixed platter £28 x 2 to start was disgusting meat was hard and prawns were not good or tasted fresh, complained and got the padantic waiter being very awkward and unhelpful, meal came to £230 for 6 of us with drinks, think if your face doesn’t fit service and food wil not be up to standard this as other guests, wouldn’t recommend this restaurant as ashas Indian restaurant up the rd is far superior in service food and attention to detail,

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FT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

I’d heard great things about Itihaas, however was left very disappointed by the service and ambiance created by the staff.

Our waiter was clearly exceptionally inexperienced, and left to his own devices throughout the evening.
He didn’t understand the menu, and when a member of my party requested a salad from the menu he simply replied “no” quite abruptly. He wasn’t clear when announcing meals and us such this made for a number of difficult conversation such as wrong dishes being delivered to the party. He made three attempts to ‘sell’ one party member breads, rices or nans despite her specifically rejecting the offer on the first occasion, which made for a series of embarrassing and pushy follow ups from the waiter. The waiter also dropped a vast amount of glassware in the restaurant which resulted in a great deal of noise and commotion; disputing the meal.

We weren’t asked at any point if we were happy with our meal and at the end of the evening a new waitress arrived to take payment despite the bill not being presented to us yet. I’m afraid regardless of great food, I couldn’t recommend and wouldn’t return.

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AW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic business meal here for a team Christmas celebration. The staff were great and the food was absolutely fantastic. All 10 of us walked away really impressed with the food.

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S
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty vegetarian starters and excellent service will be looking forward to go again.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Fourth visit, unfortunately not upto previous exacting standards. From the first point of contact it was delay after delay, drinks were slow, waiting staff were slow and visibly inexperienced. The food is excellent. This experience won’t put me off visiting again, hopefully a one off.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, manager very welcoming, just wonderful experience from start to finish thank you itihass

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it so much, came back with family. The lamb starters are amazing!

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience of the place. The food was just amazing. Wi definitely cone again with friends and family

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

Brilliant restaurant, food was lovely, service was exceptional, would definitely recommend.

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AS
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent again, polite, friendly service, excellent food, menu is perhaps a little limited (we have exhausted the choices now), but no worse for that.
Only minor let down was that the wine was poured with no offer to taste prior. I know that’s only a very minor fault, and it’s somewhat irrelevant, but the offer to taste the wine is - nice touch to the service.

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DO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have been here many times over last few years. The food is still good but feel that the entire experience has gone down a little., this used to be my favourite Indian because of the authentic cuisine.. the portions have shrunk, prices have gone up and the food is not as good. The service too has suffered and one feels less welcome..

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

Amazing as per usual - never fails to impress.

The menu is always full of variety for meat and non meat eaters and the deserts are amazing !

Not my first time there and definitely not my last

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PP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Disgusted that waiter brought the bill to us while we were still drinking. This i found very rude. When we politely informed him we hadnt finished he stated the restaurant was busy!!!! Would not apologise at all!!!!
Would never go again

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AS
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic from the minute we walked in to the minute we left. Given the “same”Asian dishes can vary greatly, I would think because the Indian sub continent is so vast, this restaurant is definitely amongst the best we have eaten at

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

30 mins waiting for our reserved table which was annoying but ok because we weren't starving. The food was just ok and not much better than you would get at much more casual Indian restaurants around town. The tandoori mix plate starter which we ordered as a main course was tasty but obviously not cooked fresh as it was all rather dry. At £28 I'd expect a lot more. The chicken curry was good but again nothing special. Service was attentive and friendly

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MJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic flavours, gorgeous ingredients, superb environment.

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PS
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and good customer service. The drinks menu has changed. Much better selection.

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KH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and outstanding service. The cocktails are some of the best I have ever tasted!

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SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice meal at Itihaas. Indian food with a modern take. Not cheap but worth it.

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N
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately my review is poor for all areas due to the fact that I had a booking for 8pm which I amended to 8:30pm to which I was told would be fine. Upon arrival we were told to sit down and wait in reception. 4 large groups of people were seated before us and we were the last ones waiting. At 8:55pm we were still waiting and at this point decided to walk out. Instead we went to Asha’s who sat us down within 15 mins even though they were extremely busy and we did not have a booking. It’s a real shame and a really bad impression for a first visit to this restaurant. It was our anniversary and it was almost ruined. Don’t think I’ll be trying to eat here again!

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t
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We were sat downstairs where there were no people directly under the air con, food good service poor

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c
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional in every way. Just happened to be up in Birmingham to go to a gig and just happened to chat to a friend who was at a restaurant in Winchester at the time who told me that if I was in Birmingham I couldn't leave without eating there, how right he was.
The food was amazing, everything was exceptional but if I was allowed only 1 thing again off the menu it had to be the soft shelled crab, never had it so well done, I have eaten it in many places including Benares and Tamarind where it is so close to perfection it is incredible, but I think even they just met their match with this item!
The staff were lovely and attentive without being in your face, just loved every minute of it, rushed as we were because of getting away for the gig, wish we could of stayed longer, but we will definitely be going back.

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