Birmingham’s buzzing Selly Oak district is home to the intimate, relaxed modern British restaurant Bohemia. Right where the famous oak once stood at the intersection of Bristol Road and Oak Tree Lane, this restaurant possesses beguiling charm. It’s chilled out atmosphere – perfect for intimate dinners or a group feast – belies the fact that this eatery serves fine English, French, and world cuisines, crafted by chef Ross Parnall using ingredients from select suppliers.
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday Closed
- Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
- Thursday 12:00 - 16:00, 17:00 - 23:00
- Friday 12:00 - 16:00, 17:00 - 23:00
- Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
- Sunday 12:00 - 19:00
Bohemia’s menus are changed on a monthly basis, meaning repeat customers get a chance to try something new from chef Ross Parnall’s innovative kitchen on the outskirts of Birmingham. Sourcing the highest quality produce from artisanal suppliers like Mediteria, coastal seafood broker Kingfisher Brixham, craft brewers Purity, and fine wine and spirits merchant Connolly’s, Parnall’s 2- or 3-course evening menus are understatedly delectable. Grilled goats cheese with walnut, apple, and a golden sultana salad with sweet chilli jam to start, followed by pan-fried marinated swordfish with coriander and caper butter are just two of the options you might sample. You’ll want to visit Bohemia’s Oak Tree Lane premises in Selly Oak again, if only with the understanding that Bohemia’s dishes are transient affairs – miss them and you can only trust that something equally innovative will find it’s way to your table.
For the true Birmingham bohemians looking to inject a little class into their down-at-heel day, you can count on Bohemia’s generous offers knocking down the already highly affordable bill – Wednesday means 2 courses from the current evening menu, plus a glass of wine, for a discount price. The lunch special (popular – booking essential) gets you a glass of prosecco, lunch, coffee and a mini-desert again at bargain prices. As if the chilled-vibe-meets-fine-dining tone of Bohemia weren’t enough, this cosy restaurant down Oak Tree Lane in Selly Oak also hosts free live music on Saturdays. The perfect accompaniment to Bohemia’s unpretentious interpretations of English, French and world cuisines.
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5-Star Fine Dining Experience at Reasonable Cost
what a great place, lovely atmosphere, great service and fantastic food. We had the 2 courses for £17.00 and it was excellent value, very good quality ingredients presented in an attractive manner. Some interesting desserts too. This is a eatery working hard to serve quality food in a nice setting, good luck to them. We would highly recommend.
Bohemia is one of my favourite restaurants. Great venue with a good atmosphere and ambiance. Varied and good menu choices. Very good service. Excellent food. Reasonable prices.
This is a small restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere. We received a very friendly greetng. Food was very tasty. We will certainly go again and recommend to friends.
We booked for lunch midweek and were pleasantly surprised at the standard of food and service. Portions were large and very well presented. All our party were extremely pleased with the visit, food was excellent, service very attentive. Highly recommend!
We went to Bohemia on 14/9/16 and had a really enjoyable meal - Lovely soup and Cornish sardines, seabass, tender lamb with potatoes dauphinoise and a selection of veg. Had a quick look at the deserts menu - all very tempting but couldn't quite manage to fit them in ! As usual the service was great - friendly and relaxed and very attentive - Cost was about £25 per head including drinks - there are special offers on a Wednesday - We love this place (which you could easily walk past without knowing it was there) and will definitely be going back !
I visited Bohemia with a friend for her birthday. As always we enjoyed our food very much, always well cooked imaginative food in nice surroundings. Andrew always makes time to come and talk to us and to make sure that we are satisfied with our food. Bohemia is a lovely place to eat and will certainly be returning
First visit to Bohemia but will definitely be back for more! The food was excellent, service good and so handy to get to! Only slight niggle - the food took slightly longer to arrive than could be expected, but it was certainly worth the wait! The restaurant was almost full though, so maybe they were just a bit overwhelmed with walk-ins. Will see on our next visit.
Although the location doesn't look very promising, Bohemia was welcoming, comfortable and the food was excellent. Not many options for a vegetarian at lunchtime, but the starter (celery soup and warm bread) was lovely, the main courses tasty, varied in ingredients and very generous in size, with even the latte rich and creamy tasting. We were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Superb food, atmosphere and service! Would highly recommend this little gem of a restaurant to others to book for a meal out. Did not realise such a great place existed locally, if you want a special night out with mouth watering menu in an intimate yet very relaxed experience then you can't get better than Bohemia!
As always the food was yummy and well presented. The live entertainment during our meal was skilled and enjoyed by us all. My only comment would be that compared to my other visits to Bohemia the service was not as sharp and efficient. Maybe on an event evening extra staff are required in the kitchen to maintain your normally impeccable standards.
Food was excellent as always. My Chicken stuffed with haggis and whisky sauce was absolutely divine. Starter (salmon and crayfish terrine) was very good, although would have liked a little more crayfish in it. Service was a little slow as there was only one person front of house who was also doing the washing up at the same time! However this was somewhat understandable as it is a small restaurant and it was a Thursday evening. Overall, the quality of the food makes it a 5* rating. I will be going back this weekend with my girlfriend for Valentine's and with a little more help front of house I expect that to be a 6* review!
Bohemia is our favourite local restaurant. The staff are friendly, the food is good. We always enjoy our visits. I particularly liked the sea trout - even if it didn't quite come up to my memories of fresh-caught wild sea trout on the West Coast of Scotland
From the outside Bohemia doesn't look very promising but the food is glorious and the staff are attentive without being fussy. Really pleased to know you can book the whole restaurant as I am always looking for venues for special occasions. I'll definitely be back!
Another amazing superb meal at Bohemia. Delicious flavours expertly brought together. The usual high standard I have come to expect from this fab little restaurant. Well Done Bohemia.
Lovely meal, as always, at my favourite local restaurant Bohemia. Service, food and wine are always excellent. This was my fourth visit... and I have never been disappointed. Each meal has been one to remember. ...for all the right reasons 😊😊😊
Lovely food and wine with great service, in nice surroundings - what more could you want?! The art on the walls is a great talking point, and trying to choose between the delicious sounding (and looking) dishes on the menu took forever! The only reason this isn't a 6 is because it was a little quiet in the restaurant when we were there, which is surprising, and it just detracted from the atmosphere a little. We will DEFINITELY be going back regularly - I can't believe we didn't know it was there!
new owners so I guess they are finding there feet, starters where limited, I struggled and went for the bruschetta on toasted bread partner had goats cheese, for what was £6.50 I got 2 small pieces of toasted bread topped with bruschetta no side salad very disappointing,partners said her goats cheese was nice, 3 goat cheese balls in bread crumbs with a little rocket, main we had sea bass with capers sauce, mash and vegetables, sauce was very scarce,but they did bring more when asked, some on the root vegetables were under cooked, over all the main wasn't to bad. deserts not much to say very disappointed with them. service was good the young lady who worked there before was there and was helpful and also took our views on board. over all not a patch on what it used to be like, im afraid we wont be going again .
The usual enjoyable meal at Bohemia. This is our restaurant of choice - and within walking distance along the canal. Good food at reasonable prices - the same menu on two consecutive visits was not a problem
Another enjoyable visit to Bohemia - good atmosphere, wonderful food. It is definitely our favourite restaurant - a good incentive for the two and a half mile walk along the canal to get there from home
My friends and I had a very enjoyable evening. This is the fourth time that we have eaten at Bohemia and once again the food and service was excellent. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Tip top food and service. Bohemia is the epitome of what I consider to be an honest neighbourhood restaurant. Honest food, two great guys who own and run the place, wonderfully devoid of pretension.
We always enjoy our trips here. The main menu always has something we like and is freshly cooked and tasty. Starters and desserts are excellent too. Some might say it's a bit pricey, but mains here are only a few ££s on a meal in a local curry house and you get an experience you'll savour and be recommending to friends afterwards. Very friendly owner and staff too.
Starter and main course we're completely delicious. The wine was lovely and smooth. Server was attentive. For our first time at Bohemia I found it good value for money and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Will be back at some point.
Recent visit by 4 people. Good friendly service. Advice by phone before evening with advice about GF options. Reasonable wine list. Friends very happy with their choices of mains though we waited a while for chips and steamed mixed veg side dishes to follow (the restaurant was quite busy). I ordered a rare porterhouse steak, a bit disappointed when it arrived as it was was cooked more I would have liked. Puddings were good (one was shared). Will visit again.
A delightful SMALL restaurant, easy to get to. No. 11 bus stops outside plus buses going along Bristol Road. Great atmosphere, service and original well cooked and presented food. Staff very helpful and, when time allowed, chatty. Found it a romantic eatery to go if you want to chat and some peace. We were both impressed with the Pullus Sauvigon Blanc. Will definitely go again.
Another fantastic meal at Bohemia last Wednesday. The beef tasted amazing and the vegetables for sweet and crunchy. It was nice to see the restaurant full and the atmosphere was great.
The welcome and service from the waitress was great. But unfortunately throughout our 3-course meal we could hear the chef repeatedly swearing from the kitchen, and also saying "Im fed up of this F****ng place" which resulted in an uncomfortable dining experience. My Wife ordered a Medium steak, and although the outer part was Medium the middle was rare. I suggested that she ask for it to be flash fried, but she replied that she did not want to upset the Chef further; which is not how one should feel when eating out!
As ever a superb menu coupled with excellent service made for the usual great evening. It was my friends first visit and like me she'll return. Well done Bohemia.
We visited Bohemia at lunch time and found a relaxed professional operation. The food was lovely as was the waitress, would go again, may try the evening next time.
Friends and I were celebrating my birthday and we did enjoy the evening. The service , decor and menu was varied and tasty. One of our friends was unable to find the restaurant even though almost outside. We suggest a more imposing door as the present one is not eye catching. I enjoyed the mushroom soup and sticky toffee pudding. The sweet potato which had been found on the menu to accompany the lamb dish was replaced by normal mash so we were a little disappointed.
Delicious food, Purity ales, and quick and efficient service. Quite quiet at lunchtime in midweek, but a nice atmosphere because the venue is only small, with soft background music. Good value for money with a fixed-price menu for 2 or 3 courses. There is a programme of events some evenings such as live music or wine-tastings.
Been to Bohemia before and one again a great experience. Great quality food and really friendly staff. Would highly recommend to anybody who is in the area.
I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough; were it located in the centre of Birmingham it would be hard to get a table. It is well wort the trip to Selly Oak to experience a relaxed atmosphere, outstanding friendly service and excellent food. The menu has something for all tastes. Book a table now!
Wonderful all round! Great food and great service. If you've not been to Bohemia you really should think about popping along. Worth booking to save disappointment.
Food was lovely- perhaps one more main course on menu needed for a little more choice. Served piping hot and on hot plates and presentation good. Staff/ owners are delightful. Restaurant was full to capacity but the wait for meals was not too long. Third visit to this restaurant and will continue to remain on my list.
This is a great little venue which could quite easily be overlooked. Went there in the lunch hour with my team and the service was really quick. The food was very great quality and portion sizes were very generous too. I would definitely recommend this place to others. Well worth a visit.
First time we have been without live music so weren't sure how it would be but good experience and would be happy to return for one of their wine tasting nights, which seem to get booked up early. The food was great, service pleasant and prompt and a really nice atmosphere.
Friendly service good imaginative food. Changing menu embraces the seasons and is always well cooked and tasty. Been going since it opened and pleased by the variety of events like wine tasting and music they include to provide a good night out.
Great ambience (full restaurant), lovely food and excellent care and attention from Andrew. We enjoyed our meal and happily recommend Bohemia to others. First class.
bohemia fab as ever. great food, great staff even on a very hot night! We were rung up beforehand to discuss the menu for a friend who has a food intolerance - much easier to sort then than on the night.
Great little restaurant and excellent food, always. They have regular special events such as wine tasting evenings & live music nights ......once you try it you will most certainly go again. They also do a really good affordable lunch menu.
The restaurant was very quiet (as the Euros had just started) but the atmosphere and the food were excellent. This is our 2nd meal there in the last month or so, and both times the food has been absolutely fab.
Absolutely fabulous as usual- this is a great venue with lively staff and absolutely delicious food- yes it's a little more pricey than greased spoon fare but you can properly taste the difference and is well worth it imo
Ate here whilst visiting Birmingham. A fabulous find. Great atmosphere, delicious food and delightful live music. All this AND my favourite wine on the wine list - Gavi! Couldn't ask for more. A perfect evening. Thank you so much.
Great food and lovely atmosphere! Defo eat here again... Very reasonably priced and the friendly service made for a very enjoyable evening with good friends. Look forward to trying some other dishes of the menu in the future
Our favourite restaurant didn't disappoint. This time there was a local old lady, who was helped to her (favourite?) table, and encouraged with choices - she obviously eats there once a week - I could easily do that!
We had a great time. Food was lovely, very reasonable and the owner (Andrew) stopped at the end of the night to chat with us - made us feel very welcome. We would recommend to anyone :)
Consistently excellent, food ambience and service, this is a highly recommended restaurant. The menu changes monthly and is always interesting and inventive. The service is exquisite. Go along and judge for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
Amazing food, as always! Absolutely love it here! Very friendly with a lovely atmosphere! Well worth a visit for either lunch or supper....all good with very fresh food! Nothing is every too much trouble for them!
Always a treat. The menu is imaginative and the food looks and tastes great. Service can sometimes be a little slow because they are so busy but the staff are always very pleasant . One of my favourite restaurants .