Syriana

3.9
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46 reviews
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£25 and under
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Lebanese
Syriana Restaurant situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre offers customers a rare opportunity to sample authentic Syrian and Lebanese cuisine. Relish the richness of home-cooked Middle Eastern dishes and be enchanted by the Middle Eastern feel that radiates through the subtle Oriental decor and beaded lamps.

Share stories as you dine on mouthfuls of our carefully prepared mezze dishes, which are made using only the freshest produce. Quench your thirst with a selection of drink specialties, including the refreshing Syriana Sparkling lemon and mint shake or a glass of renowned Lebanese wine/traditional mint tea prepared with fresh mint leaves.

Then enjoy an evening of quintessential middle eastern entertainment with a showcase of traditional belly dancing.
What 46 People Are Saying
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PH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Love this place, it's a little on the expensive side but the food is great and the service unmatched

RP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food & service was everything we hoped for. The food was great and loads of it, didn't make it on to desert as had so much.

TC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Could be made so much nicer.
Starters were dry as a board lacking flavour.
Hummous was bland, no flavour
Mixed grill overrated, dry, no sauce, no veg
Lamb dish tasted like macaroni cheese sauce.
Water tasted like roses, offputting
Seats uncomfortable
No atmosphere, no music, dead

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Syriana is a cosy restaurant with a very friendly atmosphere.

The manager (possibly owner?) was super attentive and made us feel more like we were eating at home rather than at a business.

Would happily go again and would definitely recommend to anyone.

J
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starters were bigger than expected and delicious, lots of choice, could easily order tapas only. My main was sea bass and also delicious. Very friendly staff too.

OB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The tast of the food was less than expected the grill was over cooked and no tast at all.
The staff were friendly but the food need to be improved.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Friendly staff and good food and service

RR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great good, really excellent service. Corkage extremely reasonable.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food poor
Restaurant too bright
Toilets disgusting

AF
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were very accommodating and made you feel extremely welcome, They were patient and didn't rush us even though out group inadvertently stayed pass closing time.
The food was excellent, well prepared and flavoursome and it was all at a really affordable price.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food quality with sublime flavours. Excellent Syrian wine. Service quick & friendly too

D
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As a couple we enjoyed a tasty meze meal on a Saturday night

S
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was bland and dry. We got the mixed grill so we could have a taste of different meats and also a couple of starters. The lamb humous wasnt the best and the meat in the pastry was something I would expect from Tesco frozen section the pastry itself looked handmade but the filling was not good quality at all. We were very disappointed. Will never come here again.

CH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took Mum for her birthday, delicious food, really lovely staff, very reasonable at £20 per head for 3 courses. Be hungry!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Arrived and was met by friendly staff who showed us to our table. I asked to be be re-seated as the table given was right next to another couple but there were plenty of free tables so staff were happy to oblige. Food arrived quickly and was to a high standard. There were no prices on the menu but when the bill arrived it was excellent value for money. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will returning in the future.

CM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely time here, very nice evening. And the mood and atmosphere was perfect for a evening meal out.

CJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A tasty and interesting dining experience. I cannot imagine who wouldn’t enjoy the food. I would have liked more spice in the food but as it was my first time in a Labanese restaurant I thought I would err on the side of caution. But the waiter was very friendly and next time I shall not hesitate to ask his advice. I will definitely go again.

l
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service and a nice little craft beer shop across the road

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very tasty selection of mezze on the set menu followed by a generous main course. Lovely service and very child friendly. A great place for a get together with friends and family.

ZB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The staff was amazing, we were 11 people and the food was nice and I think we got some food for free and some discount in general.
This is the second time I've been here and I highly recommend the food

R
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Authentic and very healthy. Great vegetarian selection also.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Good atmosphere. Tasty food. You can't ask for more.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, nice atmosphere. Highly recommended.

S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good experience. Food was tasty. Service was good. Location is slightly odd and external appearance of the restaurant do not do justice to the experience inside.

O
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They don't respect customers. Arrogant staff. Overall, Don't waste your time and money.

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Absolutely fabulous restaurant. Very polite and welcoming treatment from the owner.

Portion sizes excellent. Highly recommended.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We had booked a table for 9pm as we couldn't make it before then. We had been looking forward to a culinary treat with a nice bottle of wine after a busy week at work. It was Friday night but it was quite empty and there was no atmosphere at all. I ordered the seabass and my partner ordered the mixed kebab. The Food wasn't just overcooked, it was cremated. The rice was about the only palatable thing on the plate. As for Lebanese cuisine, that really is a stretch of the imagination. Even salt and pepper, let alone garlic and spices appeared to have been firmly banished from the kitchen. The cheapest house wine was nearly £20 a bottle and as the restaurant did not exactly inspire confidence, we gave that a miss. Service was OK, though once the food had been served, our waiter appeared more interested in chatting up a lone female customer who was sat at a table near ours. Basically, the food was bland, overcooked and poor value for money. I most definitely would not recommend it.

RR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Eveytime I come here, it is peaceful and calm. Always a great way to have lovely food freshly squeezed orange juice or Arabic tea and great conversation. One of my favourite little authentic spots.

PH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great night, good service and tasty food. Huge portions as well.

ET
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing restraint and food where the staff all went above and beyond to make our time there enjoyable.

We got on really well with the staff at Syriana and would definitely go back!

The food presentation and quality of the food was cooked to a very high standard with you getting more than enough food for your money!

Highly recommend to anyone who wants a great meal at a great location!

Great for dates or going with friends.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Decor is a little dated, but don't let that put you off. I am glad we found this place and thoroughly recommend.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit to Syriana the food was delicious and the service excellent I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

MM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waiting a bit long but amazing food.
Delicious hummus, I love to order just starters and the dinner is every time perfect!

U
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Friendly service but average cuisine. I am familiar with middle eastern cuisine and found the food there below par.

B
Birmingham
21 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overal Syriana is good, particularly the service and atmosphere. The starters of mezze were good and very tasty. However, the mains were frankly uninspiring taste wise, don't get me wrong they were well cooked, but nothing special. The wine was good and the service attentive. But we wouldn't be in a rush to return.

h
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

very unhygienic sofa. lights were so dim so that no one can see it dirt and yuck on that sofa.
Food was below average.
i asked to bring chips for kids, waiter said it will take half an hour!!
over all disappointed with food, service n environment!!
rubbish place
will never visit again!

r
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

we booked table of 5 but when we arrived they did not have one available so they had us wait until they created a table of 5 next to the staff smoking area. wait was very long. plates and glasses were dusty. no one came to take our order, we had to go after waiter twice, items were missing off order and we received no apology. food was lukewarm and when we finished eating we noticed the bread basket was extremly filthy and it had never been washed by the looks of it! although visibly annoyed that no one was bothered about us the waiters ignored us and when we complained they were making excuses they were busy?! i was horrified about they're food hygiene score and did not enjoy my meal at all. it was for my husbands birthday and it made me feel horrible thinking of the poor choice i made when selecting the restaurant. overall i would not recommend this place to anyone as i truly am worried about their cleanliness.

OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I went there for my Dad's birthday dinner. The service was fantastic, the owner was also so helpful.

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