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San Carlo

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Photograph: Sal Maxuda

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Some of the best Italian food in the city is served at this restaurant, which now has branches across the UK and beyond

The highly successful San Carlo Group started life in Birmingham back in 1992, and continues to enjoy its reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city. After two decades, the glamorous Italian establishment has become a firm favourite.

Temple Street in Birmingham city centre is the spot where San Carlo Group began its quest for world domination, going on to open restaurants in Bristol, Manchester and London, before turning its attention to Thailand and the Middle East.

Unsurprisingly, there is a definite ‘international jet set’ vibe when you enter the restaurant. The fabulous decor and highly attentive Italian waiters conspire to create an atmosphere of luxury and exclusivity.

The food is straight-up Italian fine dining, with a great attention to detail and a variety of delicious treats on offer. Traditional cured meat antipasti (it uses renowned producer San Daniele, and the produce really is delicious) and familiar pasta plates feature, as do a series of decadent shellfish dishes and one or two original pizza recipes. The ingredients are meticulously sourced and beautifully put together, resulting in quite possibly the best Italian food in Birmingham.

Written by Ahmed Ahmed


4 Temple Street
B2 5BN
Opening hours:
Daily noon-11pm
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