Itihaas

4.1
201 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Indian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • 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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Indian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
Sunday: 6pm - 10:30pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
0121 212 3383
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Smart Casual
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public Transit

New Street Train Station
Snow Hill Train Station
What 201 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
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

Report
Helpful
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

Report
Helpful
AS
Birmingham
17 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

Report
Helpful
1
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

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

Authentic flavours, gorgeous ingredients, superb environment.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
SC
London
1 review
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
t
Birmingham
4 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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
m
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
AS
Birmingham
17 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian restaurants around. Excellent food and service, can’t fault it

Report
Helpful
l
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
ID
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

Report
Helpful
m
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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

Report
Helpful
AP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
J
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
r
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
m
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good Indian restaurant with very attentive service

Report
Helpful
NS
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 ,

Report
Helpful
I
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 .

Report
Helpful
h
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Punjabi cuisine in superb restuarant

Report
Helpful
OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Report
Helpful
H
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

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.

Report
Helpful
s
Hertfordshire
40 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
GR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2016
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
6