Itihaas

4.2
193 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
Sunday: 6pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
0121 212 3383
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
On street car parking available on Newhall Street & Fleet Street (Pay & Display until 6pm, free parking after 6pm) NCP Car Parking available on Newhall Street
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Public Transit

New Street Train Station
Snow Hill Train Station
What 193 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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

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1.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

This is the second time we visited Itihaas and the food great. We would be definitely visiting again.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Quality of food was second to none as usual. I had the lamb for starter and main and found it very tender

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Lovely food and great service. Very enjoyable experience and would definitively recommend to all my friends .

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1.0Dined on 10 March 2018

We were never given the chance to eat! We left after 20 minutes before being seated. We were asked if we would like a drink when we first arrived and were given a drinks menu but nobody came back to ask what we would like. We then observed chaos ensuing as people who had been waiting were shown to tables and then returned to the bar area as their tables were not ready. I cannot comment on the food but would hope it is better than the service. Will not be returning here and fortunately as it was our wedding anniversary we managed to get a table at another Indian restaurant. May Be we just encountered a bad Saturday night with too many people to look after.

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3.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Starters different but not our cup of tea. Main meal ok.

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4.0Dined on 1 March 2018

2nd visit to Itihaas, arrived during a snowstorm. Warm welcome. Good friendly service. Food really good, tasty but not too spicey. Not the cheapest place in Birmingham, but location convenient and reliably good value for money

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4.0Dined on 23 February 2018

The service and ambience were fine. However the food was disappointing and did not live up to expectations. It was very ordinary.

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

The food was delicious and most of the staff were wonderful. Our experience was a little ruined by the fact that one of the managers (I assume as he was dressed in a suit) came to our table four times to ask my (male) partner if everything was OK with the meal (sir). He didn't once look at me or ask me if my meal was OK. The only time he spoke to me was when he told me I would have to vacate the table as they needed it for someone else.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Fantastic food quality with some great and varying dishes, the starters including a tasty salmon dish were mouth watering. Excellent service and good atmosphere, would recommend to others for night out, group of friends or business events

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

We booked this restaurant for my parents anniversary. The service was excellent and the waiters were very attentive.
The food could have been more flavoursome, that is the only negative but overall an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on 15 December 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and service is first class, only downfall it is a bit pricy with limited variety. I as a vegetarian had the best meal ever, whereas my husband didn’t enjoy his quite as much.

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5.0Dined on 7 December 2017

Our visit to Itihaas was amazing. We originally booked for 9 people but were 8 on the day. The reservations team followed up the booking and ensured we sent out our pre order for lunch.
The food was served as ordered and everyone in my team was happy with the taste. Drinks were served on time and accurately. The staff are very friendly and accommodating.

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4.0Dined on 17 November 2017

Quality food in a great setting. Service was top drawer. Definitely be visiting again.

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3.0Dined on 15 November 2017

The food was the only good thing about this restaurant, the service was shocking. Made to wait for 20 min even though we had reservation, after waiting got seated downstairs where it was empty and very cold.

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2.0Dined on 28 October 2017

Booked for two based on previous occasions which have been good. However on this occasion the service and food were below the usual standards. Very disappointed.
Popadoms were so wafer thin, which kept on crumbling when trying to dip them in the accompanying sauces and so couldn't eat them.
We're not large eaters and so ordered mains with "Tokri ki Roti ". This was described as a selection of different Roti's. What arrived were Garlic Nann and plain nann. No roti.
Having said that, my main meal, Makhni Murgh was excellent and my partners dish was also of the same calibre.
The waiter did ask how our meal was and I told him how we felt. Nothing was done about it.
Having paid the bill, as we were walking past the same gentleman at the bar, neither he our the bar girl bid us goodnight or a thankyou. We wer both very disappointed with the service recieved on this occasion.

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5.0Dined on 13 September 2017

Top notch as usual , Food and ambiance excellent .Would recommend it but not cheap.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2017

Good food in a nice setting and service was of a good quality

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4.0Dined on 5 July 2017

Good Indian restaurant with very attentive service

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2017

Tried steak ,very , very good ,all four of us where very happy with our meals , crab starter, great , lovely place , great food , great ice cream and walnut with Jameson Whisky pudding , the most expensive meal in my life (59) but great thank you ,

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1.0Dined on 16 April 2017

Was no mention of it being closed. No signage. Was closed and no message on telephone either

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2.0Dined on 7 April 2017

Expected more for the price you can pay much less and better tasting food at Akbars or tipu sultan!

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3.0Dined on 25 March 2017

The food itself was delicious however had to wait for an extensive amount of time before the food arrives. Waiters forgot parts of our order. Potential to be a lovely place with the right staff.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2017

The service is really good. I have not tasted this good Indian food in a long long time. The place is tastefully decorated with historic artifacts. Saroj was the person who served us. He made us feel at home with his quirky humour. Looking forward to visit again .

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2017

Excellent Punjabi cuisine in superb restuarant

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2017

We were in Birmingham for a University Interview and had read about your restaurant in a Good Food guide. We were not disappointed! A fabulous and memorable evening with wonderful food and lovely staff, thank you so much.

If Birmingham University make an offer, we will definitely be back again, many times!

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3.0Dined on 9 February 2017

I have recently purchased the Independent Birmingham card which on Sundays to Thursdays entitles the card holder to 20% off the bill. I called ahead prior to the booking to confirm that this was still the case and was told that it was. After travelling across town on our lunch break we were told that the card was not valid on the lunch menu - I was not told this on the phone and no where on the Independent Birmingham website was this clause stipulated so it was false advertising and we would not have gone had we been aware of this.

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5.0Dined on 26 November 2016

The best Indian restaurant in Birmingham, it's always delicious and consistently good.

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3.0Dined on 1 October 2016

The food was as we expected: Extremely high quality Sputh Asian fare, with a modern sense of presentation, and incredibly deft balancing of flavours and spices. The wine list was extensive, and reasonably priced.
But the service? Oh dear. Despite the best efforts of those who welcomed us, service was, for most of the meal, a joke. Drinks ordered took an age, and three reminders, to come. Two bottles of wine (one red, one white) appeared. We had to prompt the waiter to bring glasses. He brought four, to a table of five. We asked for second glasses for those who wished to switch wine. I wonder if they ever arrived. We'd certainly left before they did. Not enough cutlery was brought for the mains. When we pointed this out, one person ended with two forks. One person with their old, dirty cutlery. We hadn't been offered dessert, when we were informed the restaurant was closing.
So, for two courses, and a couple of glasses of wine each, we were billed £250. If you're charging that, you can afford to pay professional staff who know what a restaurant is, and what it does. The flavours were lovely, but not worth the effort, or the price.

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5.0Dined on 21 September 2016

The food was absolutely outstanding - without a doubt the best Indian cuisine I have ever tasted. Incredible flavours in all of the dishes served. Just fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 17 September 2016

Excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on 16 September 2016

Excellent evening which was faultless in all departments and the food was of the highest quality, an experience that will be repeated.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2016

The restaurant has a great ambience and decor. Service was cordial, however it took some time to be taken to our table even though we had booked in advance. Also, we were not initially offered drinks whilst we waited to be taken to the dining area. Overall food was good, price was reasonable, and I would go again.

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2016

I came to Itihaas all the way from Coventry for a pre-birthday dinner. I must say it was the best Indian food I have had since I came to England. Now this Indian restaurant can afford to call itself authentic among hoards of aspiring but under achieving novices.

At the offset, the ambience beckons images of royalty in a quaint historic corner of India. As soon as I entered, I was blown away by the sheer elegance of the decor. This is no ordinary casual dining restaurant.

Starting from the menu - which gave me major India feels - with papad and a signature accompanying mint chutney, smooth and tender Paneer Makhani with real paneer instead of tofu and creamy Dal Makhani to amazingly soft butter naan, everything about Itihaas is as Indian as you can get in England.

Itihaas is mildly on the pricey side, but with what they had to offer, I'm not complaining.

Tip - make a reservation as a lot of people love this place!

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2016

Valentines meal, overall experience was nice, I love the food here.

Seemed a little understaffed on such an evening, service was unusually slow and the quality of the chicken was not as good as usual. Starter was very nice however and the dessert was yummy.

Will be back again but please be a little quicker on the service :)

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4.0Dined on 13 February 2016

The food was faultless. I'm a vegetarian and I loved all my courses. Especially the starters. My partner eats meat and he said the food was okay but not worth the price. He prefers Shere Khan's in BHam.
What let's things down a little is the quality of their cocktails and how the staff don't get briefed about the cocktails. They were unable to answer about the size and mixtures without consulting the bartender. The restaurant was full and we were waiting 15mins for a drink everytime so maybe they need more waiters/bartender. Otherwise, dishes were unique and I would go back because the veg food was gorgeous!

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4.0Dined on 30 January 2016

Went for birthday dinnner. Sat night. Really relaxed atmosphere. Great well spiced food. No trying to turn tables which was great. Service was a bit confused but overall very enjoyable and would thoroughly recommend.

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