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The Ark Birmingham, Birmingham, Birmingham

The Ark Birmingham

4.3
4.3
37 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian

Located a short stroll away from the Birmingham New Street station, The Ark Birmingham serves up authentic Indian cuisine. Guests can savour a variety of traditional dishes like tandoori lamb chops, kebab chicken tikka masala and Bombay aloo, that can be complemented with a glass of wine or soft drink. The restaurant also offers a private dining experience for special occasions.

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 16:00–21:45

  • Phone number

    0121 448 7077

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 37 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Fit for Foodies

  • Birmingham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Birmingham

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. HR

    HRM07

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A fabulous night out at The Ark.. contemporary Indian dining celebrating hubbies b’day, greeted by great staff , excellent service, exquisite food.. compliments to the chef. A great team. Our new favourite!! It’s worth trying

  2. GP

    GaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and the food was wonderful. We will come again.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great food, really nice ambience but quite slow service but that could Hve just been us...

  4. e

    esjs

    London

    86 reviews

    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe in the restaurant, polite and friendly service, lovely imaginative food and scrummy cocktails! Recommended.

  5. UH

    UfukH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great service and great food. We were taken care of and food was top quality.

  6. TC

    TomC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service and quality of food. A little gem!

  7. LS

    LouiseS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1

    it was too cold and i didn’t rnjoy the food. the lamb was fatty

  8. RC

    RosieC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We were seriously impressed with the food at the Ark. Several notches up on the average curry. Service from Arun and the FoH guy excellent. We were in a hurry as had a theatre booking, and asked for a variation on a standard dish and all was still delivered quickly and cheerfully. Great place!

  9. VW

    VivW

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Luxurious feel to the setting, jazz playing in the background. Spaced out and comfortable seating. Service was fast, staff were very polite and attentive, our waiter Arul was friendly and happy to make sure we were ok. The food was attractively presented and all courses delicious, dessert was light in just the right amount. There weren't many people in when we were there (Good Friday evening), so it was quiet, but I loved the atmosphere and feel of the place. We had a lovely, relaxed time and will definitely go again.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Curry and Cocktails? ARK is a contender for Birmingham’s BEST Contemporary Indian Restaurant. You could easily dismiss The ARK Birmingham if you are looking for a place to eat. It looks like a night club. Walk inside, it still feels like a night club. Walk up a flight of stairs. A sign indicates the restaurant is located to the left. The night club is on the top floor. A smily, welcoming member of staff is there to meet and greet. What a cool looking place. The ARK shares many of its interior cues with modern Birmingham restaurants/cocktail lounges. There is loads of seating, including a VIP area if you want something a bit more exclusive. It does feel classy. I visited to try the Indian food. Why? Take a look at the beautiful photographs of dishes on its social media sites. The menu is heavily influenced by British Indian cuisine. I ordered a veg platter, Nan bread and vegetarian curry. My goodness, the presentation, flavour and texture surpassed all expectations. What beautiful dishes. Arguably some of Birmingham’s, therefore the world’s, best. The staff member was kind enough to offer me a mocktail, on the house. Again, blown away by presentation and taste. You will pay a premium for the experience, but… for British Indian food of this quality It is well worth it. To really appreciate The ARK’s fine cuisine, visit the restaurant first then party upstairs afterwards. To do the reverse would do ARK a disservice.

  11. G

    Gurinder

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A nice place to eat,drink and relax! We were treated really well by all the staff who were serving us.

  12. A

    Anonymous

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Maybe understaffed but service was not smooth. Went for a birthday meal and I think the restaurant could benefit from having a tradition eg. Free desert for the person as other restaurant do.

  13. R

    Riaaaa

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Food was amazing and so was the service. It was a bit quite which is nice when having an intimate dinner. Will definitely be returning!

  14. J

    Jake

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Bit of a hidden gem! It doesn't look much from the outside but the interior is lovely. Food was good quality, very flavoursome (being an Indian fusion restaurant). Reasonable price too, good service & would recommend if you're looking for somewhere a little different.

  15. p

    peterj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class food. Arun looked after us and was fantastic. Would highly recommend The Ark.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and Service was great… Our server Arun was amazing.

  17. SM

    SteveM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was very nicely cooked and unusual compared to a standard Indian and presentation was great. Good choice of wine but a bit expensive. Ambience and service was really good. Waiters really attentive, friendly and helpful.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, great service in a beautiful restaurant. Will definitely be returning.

  19. j

    jacka

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great venue. Was very quiet when we visited on a Friday early evening. Staff very friendly and polite. Will definitely visit again

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We came here for Valentine’s Day and we did love the food plus the staff were so accommodating The only fault I’d give was we did wait over 40mins for our food order to be taken but all in all we loved the food and the staff plus it set a beautiful tone for Valentine’s Day!

  21. BT

    BovaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great place for a date night, we went there for Valentine’s Day. The staff were very helpful and friendly, the atmosphere is very insta worthy so there’s plenty places to take beautiful pictures. The good was better than expected, the chops starter did it for me! My wife took the salmon and couldn’t help myself eating from her plate. It felt very romantic as they decorated our table with artificial roses. I would 100% recommend!

  22. HB

    HazelB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came here as non-locals for a meal this weekend. The food was lovely, very tasty and was very much an Asian Fusion type of restaurant. I would definitely recommend it! Staff were very helpful as well.

  23. ZB

    ZoeB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food, we were in early pre theatre so quiet, service was great, a little chilly in the restaurant but Covid times no doubt

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazingly good.. The atmosphere was very calming. The venue looked incredible and very Instagram friendly. Staff were very nice and friendly.

  25. RB

    RonnieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Was actually very surprised at the quality of the food, it has to be best I’ve had!

  26. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food here was amazing!! You get a lot for what you pay for. The service to start with was quite slow as they were busy and we'd been there for about an hour before anyone took our food orders and 45 minutes before we got our drinks. With that being said all the staff who did serve us were absolutely fantastic!! And you could really tell they were doing the best they possibly could with the issues they were delt with. The restaurant itself is very pretty, it feels nice and open but also like you have your own privacy at the same time. The music was great, but did find the music from the club and then the music in the actual restaurant did clash quite a bit. Overall we loved our food and the drinks were great and will defer vista again!!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience1

    Cannot fault the food. It was amazing. Prices were very reasonable too. However, the service is shockingly poor. The staff are really slow and food and drinks took forever to come (in fact the drinks didn’t even come) They have so many staff members and barely any guests so I am unsure why the service was so slow. Staff have little knowledge about the menu also, so I didn’t get much help trying to understand what the different dishes were. This usually helps in Asian restaurants

  28. GK

    GeorgiaK

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    Service was extremely slow. Sat at the table at 8, our order was taken at 8:30 and the food arrived at 9:30.

  29. 1

    123mealout

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience2

    Lovely food if you don’t mind waiting and waiting and waiting some more. We waited half an hour to receive a menu and then a further half hour to order drinks. We waited 1 hour 20 mins to get our starter which was popadoms, we were so hungry we ate them before the chutneys arrived as they were also late. Staff didn’t seem to communicate very well and it was just a bit bizarre. The bill was incorrect so we had to wait to sort that out too. It was a good job the food was tasty or our whole night would have been awful.

  30. MO

    MikeO

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall1food5service1ambience1

    Service was non existent we felt engorged despite complaining that we sat for thirty minutes before asking for drinks

  31. PM

    PeterM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Beautiful food. Friendly service. Really enjoyed it.

  32. M

    Marissa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been here twice and the staff are always lovely and accommodating the food is also lovely! 10 stars!

  33. CN

    ChristineN

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food very good nice decor would definitely eat here again

  34. GT

    GordonT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Booked table for 6:30 and order not taken for some time - even though we were the only customers! Had no wine list but could order wine by the glass. Restaurant was freezing cold. Food was of a good quality and very well seasoned. We would go back again but only if wine list and heating can be sorted.

  35. RR

    RuhelR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food good atmosphere attentive staff members

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food , really gets the taste buds going. Lovely setting, welcoming friendly staff . Highly recommend

  37. SW

    StephW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Visited before going to a show at the Alexandria theatre, great food and service, would visit again.

FAQs

The Ark Birmingham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0121 448 7077.

The Ark Birmingham is rated 4.3 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Ark Birmingham

John Bright Street Birmingham, Birmingham B1 1 BN

Additional information

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sun 16:00–21:45

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wine

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