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1 Brunswick Square | Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HW, England
+44 121 643 1003
06:30 - 22:00
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Showing 48: English reviews
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Eaten in here a few times always good quality and service and best cocktail waiter in town. Can get busy when big groups come in

Thank Simon999999999
Brussels, Belgium
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Over a stay at the hotel, good services received, nice personnel. Clean space, nice view of the square, good location, more than average variety of choices.

Thank stefmet
Halesowen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We had a lovely meal here last Friday evening. The meal was well cooked and presented. The portions were generous. The service was excellent. My only criticism is that the restaurant was empty. Such a shame as the food is very good and although more expensive than some places is not unreasonably priced for a hotel. The interior is very... More 

Thank Yvonne W
Newport, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Had work I needed to complete in the evening so opted to use the Hotel restaurant as opposed to going out in an effort to save time. For some reason, I suppose a stylist choice, they have huge cushions against the booth seats. Problem is that you are either sat ram-rod straight if you try to use the cushion or... More 

1 Thank Saarek
world traveller in Netherlands
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232 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The menu consists of the usual uninspirational hotel food: steaks, burgers and ceasar salad. You probably only eat here if you are starving and really do not want to venture outside.

Thank worldtravellerTom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have dined at City Café several times and always been impressed with the food, but had not been for a few years so when I spotted an Amazon Local voucher for a two course meal and a drink for two people I thought I'd go back and see what it was like now. We were not disappointed and had... More 

Thank Milliways42
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

We had a really pleasant afternoon tea here on Saturday. We were served lovely sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam plus a selection of other cakes and macaroons. There was a selection of teas available, I had Darjeeling and my husband had lemon and ginger tea. The staff were first class, very friendly and attentive. If your in... More 

Thank Carole L
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2015

We were treated to lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, City Café for our anniversary, and we were very pleasantly surprised, not having heard of it before. On arrival we were greeted by very friendly, attentive staff who made us feel very welcome. The menu had a good selection of dishes and was very reasonably priced. The service was prompt... More 

Thank Trevor F
Coventry, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Was going to a concert at the Barclaycard arena & a email popped into my inbox from Amazon offering a deal at the City Café so I thought ''oh go on then give it a go'' not expecting too much, boy was I wrong! The service was excellent from a very nice friendly girl (Vanessa) & the food was top... More 

1 Thank John S
Blyth, Northumberland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 June 2015

Everything about my visit here was great - service was fantastic, staff were friendly and efficient and the food was great. Would definitely recommend this as a place to eat.

Thank jrhurley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$39
British, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Brunswick Square | Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Midlands  >  Birmingham
  • Phone Number: +44 121 643 1003
Check out Recess our new space where you can eat, drink and meet in whatever way you wish, day through to night.

As the day goes on the vibe at Recess changes, the stunning décor offers the ultimate in comfort and style so whether its brunch, lunch, dinner or supper, Recess is the perfect place for work rest or play.

Alongside the restyled space we have put together some new foodie adventures for you to enjoy including small plates of classic rarebit and Portobello fries, indulgent sandwiches, large plates of chicken thighs with roast shitake mushrooms and chimichurri sauce, delicious burgers and classic steak and frites.

Drop by and discover fantastic food, coffee, cocktails and everything in-between.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?