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Amantia

City Centre Spanish ££ +100
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About Amantia

Years of commitment by husband and wife team Andrea and Marta have brought Amantia to vibrant life in Birmingham city centre. The restaurant has taken over the ground floor and basement of the iconic Sun House up Bennetts Hill, just off New Street and very close to Grand Central station, becoming a fixture in Birmingham’s Spanish dining scene. The traditional and innovative Spanish dishes begin life in Amantia’s kitchen, cooked using ingredients imported directly from Spain. Recently expanding to house a traditional tablao flamenco, Amantia hosts regular flamenco shows and offers a hire space fit for corporate events and team building nights, private parties, salsa classes and live music performances. Bookings are essential!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Amantia, 9-10 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS Birmingham

Further Information

The name Amantia means a lot to the owners of this Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in Birmingham’s city centre. First of all, it’s the name of an ancient site near Andrea’s birthplace. Second, it contains the initials of the couple and their two children. On Bennetts Hill, Amantia is the youngest of Andrea and Marta’s offspring, but certainly the most bold and mature. Amantia has already made a name for itself through quality, consistency and great reviews, but these days when it seems like every foodie is in search of a default location for the Spanish small plates, it certainly looks like a good number have decided to call Amantia their home.

Here, the selection includes that British favourite chorizo, and we recommend tickling your tastebuds with the restaurant’s classic paella – vegetable, chicken and rabbit, seafood, squid and black rice. Fine old world wines, Spanish beers available by the bottle or on tap, plus a resident mixologist preparing classic and contemporary cocktails, rounds off a superlative Spanish offering in central Birmingham.

CHEF'S CHOICE

200 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 200 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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Ben H.
1 review so far 6
12.01.2017 20:36

Brilliant food, all cooked to perfection and with really quick service. We went on a Saturday night and the atmosphere was great too. Finally, the sangria is a must.

Viv T.
1 review so far 6
12.01.2017 03:02

Great place, lovely food and good service. Lovely mid week lunch with our friends and the tasty food was the icing on the cake. Easy journey in on the train and Amantia is just a couple of minutes walk from the station. Perfect

Andrew F.
1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 19:59

Excellent, traditional Spanish food. All made from fresh. Great range of tapas dishes including some you wouldn't easily find outside of Spain, and which did not disappoint. Very good service. A great evening.

Paul D.
1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 05:40

Efficient booking system warm welcome, waitress street wise to the menu with nice sense of humour.Fine wine great tapas what more could you wish for.

charles w.
1 review so far 6
09.09.2015 22:45

The best tapas I've had in the UK. I was in a party of four and we had 12 tapas as recommended on the menu and which is fairly standard. The food was first class and came to us in three 'waves' with a break in between rather than filling up the table with too many plates. The wine list catered for all tastes and had a lot of Spanish wine which one might expect. The white Rioja was excellent. We finished off with cheese for 3 and a couple of glasses of Pedro Ximénez sherry (which is like port) which was lovely. The pricing was very reasonable. The restaurant styling was modern but not soulless and service was friendly and efficient. The staff were also very knowledgeable. Historically Bennetts Hill has been a little of the beaten track for restaurants but with the opening of the Cosy Club (a posh pub) opposite I suspect that Amantia will go from strength to strength. Overall, I would go there again, would recommend/take friends and family and am looking forward to my next visit.

Lynne L.
2 reviews so far 6
03.08.2015 01:24

We booked at Amantia for my special birthday treat and we couldn't have chosen a better place, although it was lunchtime and a bit quiet it did not detract from the wonderful experience, the food was exceptional, we tried the tapas to start and then went on to the main course and sweet all of which were excellent, we washed it all down with a nice bottle of carva. The staff were very attentive but not Intrusve, we look forward to eating their again and have had no hesitation in recommending Amantia to our friends.

Kevin S.
1 review so far 5
09.03.2016 19:52

Four of us ate at Amantia on a Tuesday evening and we had a great time, unfortunately it was very quiet and therefore lacked a bit of atmosphere. Food was excellent, service was friendly and efficient. Tapas dishes were explained clearly and we were advised of how much food to order (not advised to over order like another Tapas restaurant not a million miles away). Good selection of drinks including cocktails. We will certainly return, perhaps on a busier night.

Leila M.
1 review so far 5
27.09.2015 18:20

Went on a busy Saturday night. Even with booking slight delay getting to table but hosts were very apologetic about this. Food was very good - tapas plates are a good size for sharing. My vegetarian friend was slightly disappointed with the aubergine fried with honey as this could have been a bit crisper. She was also disappointed that the only vegetarian main was a Greek salad (although she did point out it was one of the best Greek salads she'd had in a long time). Our mains of sea bass with salsa verde and lemon sole were breathtakingly good. Further evidence that good ingredients cooked simply are sometimes the best. Sadly we were too full for pudding but the churros are supposed to be spectacular. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable as well.

Sian S.
1 review so far 6
28.10.2015 18:45

Lovely restaurant, we turned up a couple of hours early just for some drinks as everywhere else in the surrounding areas were extremely busy, Amantia were happy to oblige. We had a few tapas dishes between 4 people and they were lovely, especially the king prawns and calamari. Would definately visit again when in Birmingham.

jayne d.
1 review so far 6
11.10.2015 19:23

At Amantia the welcome is warm and inviting ,the staff are knowledgeable about the food and wine and able to make suggestions with regards to /tapas and wine selections. The Food is flavorsome , good quality with an interesting variety that suits different pallets. The service remains at a consistent high throughout our meal.

stephen c.
1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 20:34

Enjoyed our visit to Amantia for a Saturday evening tapas, food was high quality, fresh and full of flavour, staff were very welcoming and helpful and the restaurant is maintained to high standard, hoping to visit again soon for more of the same - thanks to all the team - Steve and Karen

Doug C.
1 review so far 1
21.02.2016 22:31

Ate here for valentines day and was told only on arrival that they were not doing rice dishes. Only tapas then. Chose 6 tapas tat came out as starters and mains for some reason complete with different cutlery. Squid, not cooked properly and the accompanying aioli had no garlic. Prawns were in a sauce and not sauteed as per the menu and again, lacked flavour considering it was meant to be chili, garlic, olive oil and white wine. Was more of a white sauce than any other flavours. Patatas Bravas were ok but some of the potatoes were burnt. Our "mains" then arrived. Bean stew with chorizo, bacon and black pudding. THe website has a picture of this and it was nothing like what we were served. Had to send them back as it was watery, no meat in it (Waitress tried to explain that its a slow cook so they had dissolved away - honestly?). Spinach and "Blue Cheese" croquettes - had no blue cheese unless it was as bland as mozzerella. Black pudding parcels - undercooked, shame really as they sounded nice. Had free wine and they took 50% off the bill but still a shame as if we had known about the rice we would've gone elsewhere. I've been to Spain many times and not just to the costas. Perhaps a revision of what Spanish food is these days and how its evolved from the typical squid rings etc would be a good idea. WOuldnt call Amantia authentic to say the least, the decor is too modern. I've been a chef for over 16 years and i can only assume there was a shortage on the garlic. A real shame as we were looking forward to this.

Sophie H.
2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2015 17:42

I went the other night with a friend visiting from Dubai and I always want to show the best of Birmingham. I'm glad I chose Amantia on this occasion. Lovely environment and food was delicious. Service was very good. I would go again and highly recommend to friends.

Cheryl H.
2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2016 18:12

Lovely time at Amantia last night. Place was very quiet when we arrived (5pm) but began filling up by the time we left. Service quick and friendly and the food was very tasty. Perfect way to forget the horrible weather that was going on outside!

Michael C.
1 review so far 6
02.06.2016 17:58

Very very good and authentic food. What is good about tapas is you can have as little or as much as you want, from just a snack to a table filled extravaganza,which is what we did.. it was our wedding anniversary.. The service was just as you want, appearing as needed without having to spend ages trying to catch someones eye. We went mad with the menu and the bill was £85, but could be as little as £30 for two, great value and we will go again

Karen M.
1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 03:13

Staff at Amantia were great, friendly and accommodating (especially as I'd booked the wrong day and they still managed to seat all of us without any fuss!) Food was delicious, we had a mix of paella and tapas. Great atmosphere.

Allan N.
1 review so far 6
13.02.2016 20:26

Excellent staff, very friendly and helpful. Food was really nice and the drinks are very well priced for a restaurant. It was busy and seems a popular place to eat. I would recommend Amantia and I will be going again.

Tash S.
2 reviews so far 5
01.06.2016 02:34

The restaurant was fairly busy and there were only 2 front of house staff, but they were lovely and the food was delicious. I was a little concerned that we would be waiting for a long time as I noticed there were only two members of staff, but we were served quickly. I am gluten intolerant and when I made the booking online I left a note to tell them this, someone rang me and told me that they have a gluten free menu which was great. Lovely meal and lovely hard working staff.

Zanna C.
1 review so far 5
09.04.2016 19:16

we had a lovely meal at Amantia! We were a large group of international guests- the staff were so kind and helpful, especially the lead waitress who kindly saw to all our needs so well. The food was delicious and fun for sharing! Recommended!

Lindsey C.
1 review so far 5
26.08.2016 17:49

Great service, yummy tapas. Amantia made my friends birthday special and went the extra mile. I would recommend to friends, although next time I would be more varied in the tapas I choose as I ended up selecting many deep fried tapas by mistake!

Faith H.
1 review so far 6
21.08.2015 05:18

This was our first visit to Amantia and I gave to say it won't be the last. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

Elizabeth R.
4 reviews so far 6
05.09.2016 02:39

We really enjoyed our visit to Amantia. Not cheap but great food and it's perfect for a Friday or Saturday night, great atmosphere. One of the must haves is the gin and tonics on offer!

Annette V.
1 review so far 5
01.12.2016 22:05

Polite and friendly service, one of our group noted down our group order of tapas which our waitress was delighted with. Food was delivered professionally to table and it was as we expected: hot and tasty then being mostly women our desserts were very much savoured too. The Spanish white wine was very good. Relaxing background ambience actually allowed us to speak to each other so we will be making a return visit - Thank you :)

vicki t.
1 review so far 4
04.10.2015 09:52

Lovely food, great value as we had a living social deal but would happily pay full price. The restaurant was very busy & quite noisy but this is to be expected in a Saturday night. Some staff were more attentive than others but this may be down to experience. The cocktails are definitely not worth the money, I couldn't taste any alcohol - go next door to the Lost & Found for a better drink. It would be nice to listen to some Spsnish music such as Gypsy Kings etc but overall an enjoyable experience.

Edward M.
1 review so far 5
11.07.2016 18:15

Lovely set up. Love the live music but they finished quite early it would have been nice had they played until midnight. Nice pleasant staff. Courses came out in a weird order so we had 4 dishes then 2 came much later after having to ask for them and that meant we had the odd combo of a dish of mussels and meat balls. Apart from that it was excellent food and good value.

James M.
1 review so far 6
17.01.2016 19:41

Fantastic restaurant with really lovely attentive staff, who knew about the menu and wines and left us to enjoy a fun afternoon. The restaurant was quiet due to the mid afternoon booking, but it still felt vibrant as everyone dining sat in the front area. Food was beautiful, and plenty of it, having a mixture of mains and tapas. Highly recommended!

Margaret D.
1 review so far 6
10.10.2016 21:20

Fantastic tapas and wonderful classical and flamenco guitar concert held in the basement of the restaurant at Amantia. A memorable afternoon and a very warm welcome received. Thank you Marta

Vin S.
1 review so far 6
26.10.2015 00:28

Wonderful restaurant staffed by wonderful people. It was our second time dining at Amantia and we will be back in the future. A big thumbs up from me.

Helen E.
1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 21:56

Fantastic restaurant. It was great to sample different tapas and the jarra de sangria was perfect. The service was excellent and we were made to feel very welcome. We went to the Tablao, which was incredible. The two flamenco dancers were amazing. Going back at the end of this month for lunch. Hasta luego y gracias.

Anthony P.
1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 18:30

the food tasted authentically Spanish and the tapas was sensational. The service was second to none. Despite being busy my table was attended to quickly and efficiently with a friendly smile. The cocktails were served in large glasses and good value for money. I would recommend to anyone of my friends or family to visit.

Jacobo s.
1 review so far 6
14.10.2015 17:41

I will definitely go back, the food is delicious. It is like being in Spain and the staff is very friendly and helpful . Totally recommend Amantia!!

Amanda T.
1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 05:34

Excellent food, excellent service. I would highly recommend Amantia and will be visiting again. Really loved the wine too, which was an excellent price for the quality

Emily B.
1 review so far 5
17.07.2016 18:14

Very central location and the food was good. Service was initally great, but as it got busier, they struggled a littel more - i think they were a little short staffed but it did not spoil our enjoyment. The only comment I would make is about the toilets, where the decor was lovely but they had obviously not been checked through the night.

Amanda D.
1 review so far 6
09.01.2016 19:03

Such a lovely restaurant. They were really helpful when a delayed train made us late for our booking, and accepted our voucher even though we were not eating at the time covered by it. The food was great and service too - attentive, but not obtrusive. Great addition to Birmingham's restaurants.

Jayne B.
1 review so far 6
21.04.2016 02:19

This stylish restaurant serves authentic tapas in a relaxed modern setting. The staff are Spanish too attentive and charming. This was my second visit this time for lunch. The special offer is excellent value for money and u can't wait to persuade more friends to accompany me for another visit.

Laura P.
1 review so far 6
26.07.2016 03:31

Delicious tapas in a beautifully decorated, modern restaurant. This place feels really authentic, the staff are friendly and helpful and the food is delicious, if you go at lunch the lunchtime menu of 2 tapas and a drink for £9.99 is a great deal. We will be going back soon!

Katie A.
1 review so far 5
19.01.2016 03:27

Amazing cocktails (£8)! 2 Tapas (£5-8 each) and a paella (£14pp) between two of us left us completely stuffed. A little pricier than some chain restaurants but for an independent place with lovely atmosphere and great food, would definitely recommend. They do living social vouchers and a good lunch deal as well if cost is a consideration.

Francis H.
8 reviews so far 6
19.01.2016 06:42

From the greeting to the goodbye this is a really lovely restaurant. The food is always top notch, with a great choice of tapas, mains and choice of drinks. The service is attentive and flexible without being over the top. Really highly recommended. We will return again.

Margarita Z.
1 review so far 5
20.08.2015 21:06

Awerall very pleasant experience. Was using Living Social voucher and very impressed with amount of food you get for the price. Everything was very tasty, not a fan of aubergines with honey but that's a question of preferences. Service was also great. Only thing missing is the atmosphere - would expect more warm and cosy interior.

Christine H.
1 review so far 5
25.05.2016 00:23

We really enjoyed our lunchtime meal at Amantia. Great selection of tapas and the Crème Catalana was lovely. Very good value for the amount of food we had.

julie l.
1 review so far 5
21.02.2016 20:13

Staff were very friendly and gave the impression they were happy to see you. Menu choices of food and wine were good and very reasonably priced. The quality of food was excellent and the total bill was a pleasant surprise! This was our first visit but I think we will be back soon!

Simon P.
1 review so far 6
27.06.2015 17:41

Amazing food which had a great selection of vegetarian options. Excellent attentive service. Will definitely be recommending Amantia to friends and family

Nicola Y.
1 review so far 5
07.03.2016 02:22

We went to Amantia for a mother's day treat and really enjoyed the lovely food and friendly helpful waiters. Would definitely return some day, hopefully soon.

Christopher R.
1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 17:24

A great atmosphere and the best tapas I have eaten in the UK. The flavours and taste of the food was devine, with the churizo and the meatballs being particularly memorable. The tortilla was just how it should be. We absolutely loved it!

Angelie C.
1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 00:30

This restaurant was amazing!! from the service to the flamenco dancing to the food. All was brilliant. Considering we were a little late they still delivered exceptional customer service from beginning to end. Would recommend to anybody and would also go again.

Emma C.
1 review so far 5
31.05.2016 06:45

Really enjoyed our evening at Amantia. We shared a carafe of sangria and some really great tapas. Staff were helpful. We would definitely go back.

Sophie B.
1 review so far 5
07.10.2016 17:30

We had a lovely tapas meal at Amantia. Food was very authentic and delicious. I will definitely be going again for their Gin cocktails !

Liz B.
1 review so far 4
27.01.2016 18:20

Food was exceptional but the service not so good! One of the meals turned up much later than the others, a drink was forgotten! When we arrived a table was pointed at with the words 'you're over there', coats not taken, no goodbye as we left at the end! Little things that could have made us feel a bit more special!

Jade O.
1 review so far 6
01.04.2016 18:57

Very pleasant waiters, good and very fast service. The food did not disappoint, lots of choice (hard to pick!) and everything we decided on was delicious. Most definitely recommend! Also thought the meal was very affordable for what we received.

Hiromi S.
2 reviews so far 4
08.09.2015 07:36

Went on a Monday night, dead quiet - unfortunately no atmosphere. Didn't like the music playing too much either, sorta spanish western music. Food was ok; maybe we ordered the wrong things but everything was deep fried. Shared 6 tapas between the 2 of us, good amount of food. Ok but definitely not as good as eating in Spain!