Itihaas

4.5
289 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 6:00PM

What 289 People Are Saying
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Ketanp
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

General Ambience and food was tasty and full of flavour. Varied menu and good selection of vegetarian dishes.
However, Waitresses were over zealous and at times not helpful. They also cleared the table when we had not finished eating.

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Andydoc1
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant great food great service reasonably priced and a lovely decor inside

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catherine
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing - one of the best curries ever. We loved the Goan prawn curry and methi chicken as well as Nairobi samosa and samisa chat - all spicy, complex and beautifully cooked. The only negative was having to wait quite a long time before anyone took a drinks order after we arrived.

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PriyankaP
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I think after a long time I enjoyed authentic Indian meal instead of the corrupt version that gets sold as one. Indian food is always treated as comfort food unlike some other cuisines of the world where the presentation & quantity caters to the Micheline level. So it was nice to see this restaurant doing their bit to break that thinking little bits here & there. Lovely service & divine ambience that was just amazing. Keep up and hope to see some brilliant dishes from the kitchen and improved chatpati bhindi.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well looked after even though really busy food was superb. Will be going back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Waitress was rude

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AamriR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the thali which had a selection of curries all of which were tasty and the right size for two sharing.

We also had the manchurian starter which was saucy and hot. The fries and popadoms were nice starters too!

The pina colada mocktail was so tasty it was like icecream and the passion fruit one my hubby enjoyed.

Service was on point as the waiter changed our plates a couple of times and wiped our table down after starters.

Would highly recommend and go again. Thank you Ithihaas

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MinarA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Could be better with more dining space, noise level was loud and it felt over crowded. Service and food was good so that balanced it out.

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GigitheBunny
Dublin
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way. Food was amazing, beautiful restaurant, very busy on a Saturday evening with a glamorous crowd.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was druk en daardoor duurde het wat langer om te mogen bestellen. Daarna nergens op hoeven te wachten. Goede wijnen voor normale prijzen

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KatieL
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There was a bit of a wait for our table to be ready but worth it when we got there. Delicious food & cocktails & in a buzzing atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the staff very friendly

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vipelalmohada
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful last meal before the second COVID shutdown. Food and service were just perfect from Muhammad and the team. Well done Itihaas.

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RaunaqS
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally tasty and authentic Indian cuisine. Generous portion sizes.
Great decor and ambience.
Brilliant customer service. Meticulous and attention to detail. Can’t wait to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Overall good food service was not so good

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Pamla
Manchester
8 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice service and food

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RaunaqS
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
Nice surroundings.
Exceptional service.

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RochelleM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been 2 times now and loved it both times. The staff are really friendly and attentive. The food and atmosphere are really nice

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NickT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had booked this restaurant having decided to look beyond the usual multitude of Indian restaurants available in Birmingham accepting that it may be more costly than the usual choices. Also, I was interested to experience food that had been described in some of the reviews read that it was more like authentic Indian food than other places.

On arriving we were sat immediately at the table booked and therefore didn’t use the area where the bar was which looked like a pleasant place to have drink should you have to wait. The restaurant itself was very tastefully furnished, decorated and suitably spaced.

We ordered some popadums to start along with a Chilli Garlic prawns from the Indo Chinese section. The prawns were very tasty and substantial, however the noodles weren’t crispy as described on the menu. However, overall the flavour of the sauce was very good and with the right level of spice as to not overwhelm the prawns.

The main courses we ordered were lamb rogan josh and makhani chicken. We also had a garlic naan and mushroom pilau to accompany them.
The lamb was very lean and tender. The sauce was medium spiced and not overly hot, with additional coriander which gave it a fresh flavour. The chicken dish was tasty, not spicy and rich in flavour. However, I did think it wasn’t too different from the same dish served elsewhere. The naan was fresh and well cooked just as I like them with a strong garlic flavour. The rice was ok but the truffle oil addition was not really apparent.

The drinks were fairly priced and suitably chilled, we ordered a bottle of dry white and large cobra beer. The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.

Overall, I would recommend a visit to Itihaas if you are looking for an Indian restaurant that is a bit different to the usual choices.

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GeorginaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent night at Itihaas- such great service and absolutely delicious food

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ImranS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service ! Waiters are so lovely and the food was superb! definitely be going back

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RemyM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and ambience.
The only problem we had was getting our drinks re-ordered, due to same staff serving you when we requested of another waiter we were left waiting for second lot of drinks for 20mins.
We would go again as the food was amazing! Thank you we had a lovely evening !

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Service was absolutely terrible. 40 minute waits between meals. They cleared the table after dinner and didn’t even offer a dessert menu or ask for additional drinks until being prompted 30 minutes later.

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DavidM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Felt more like a canteen, very disappointed, had very high hopes after a wonderful experience there before.

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StevenB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. The restaurant was set out really well. Would recommend to anyone

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Anwarkhanq
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have been to the restaurant in the past on numerous occasion and the food was lovely. I was very disappointed on this occasion the chilli paneer tatse like it was made last night and it wasn't tasty at all. The curry wasn't great either I am not one of the them to complaint otherwise I would have asked for a refund. I didn't have a great experience and my gf thought the same

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Ravster
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. However, the service was slow. They forgot our drinks twice, but other than that. It was great

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience2

Over priced restaurant and the staff was too busy. Wait time was long for starters and main.

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KiranJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The decor is out of date. It was very dark and lights kept flashing.The food is mediocre. I wouldn't pay full price for the meal. The service was non-existent, apart from one female waitress. I will never go back.

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Aayesha
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food ! Service was amazing . My favourite place for good Food

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KhushiA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy going to Itihaas . The food is always delicious, staff very courteous and friendly, beautiful ambience. We’ve been to several fine dine places all over the country -itihaas is one of the best all around

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JaankiJ
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Starters were nice, mains were not great. Plus food is very expensive so not really worth the price

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

Great service

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unhappycustomer
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! Horrible service and horrible food, terrible person who entered us.

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MarkW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fantastic and very good value would definitely dine there again .

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was slow! We were made to wait for a table even though we had booked- makes no sense.

Waiter was begging for a tip which made us feel a bit uncomfortable!

Food was good especially the safari platter

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JoanneK
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, table was at 9:30pm and we were told the restaurant closed at 10.30pm so felt a little rushed, even though people came after us. Everything was excellent and the safari platter was delicious, my only criticism would be that we were given ketchup as part of the pickle tray with poppadoms which was odd and a first for both of us.
Service was great too.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely Indian restaurant not typically decorated in the usual style, it felt quite cosy with a calming ambience. Food very tasty. Service excellent. Would definitely visit again and would recommend to others.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always

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vipSimonW
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We visited Itihaas very shortly after restaurants were allowed to re-open following the coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant was quite empty and unfortunately a diner on another table felt it was quite appropriate to take a very loud and long business call on his mobile; but aside from that, everyone was charming and helpful, and the food was delicious, with generous portion sizes.

FAQs

Itihaas does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Itihaas also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0121 212 3383.

Itihaas is rated 4.5 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.