Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Birmingham/West Midlands (county)
  4. Smethwick
  5. Smethwick

B1 Restaurant

4.0
4
79 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

Smart business travellers and chic Brummies love this stylish restaurant, tucked away inside the Crowne Plaza hotel in Birmingham's Central Square. The jazzy interior at B1 – complete with shimmery pearl-coloured velvet seats, red lanterns and chocolate brown curved wooden booths – is a hushed, luxury spot for business dining and dates. Located on the ground floor, B1 has superb city views, and the hotel – which is perfect for corporate events and private parties - also has a great bar with 20+ gins, perfect for pre-dinner drinks. The daily menu is filled with great tasting & great looking dishes, 3 courses for £25 or 2 courses for £19 make this exceptional value.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

  • Neighborhood

    Smethwick

  • Parking details

    The nearest car park is the Mailbox. The postcode for this car park is "B1 1RD" & costs £21 per 24 hours, with a 15% discount available if you get your token stamped at the hotel reception upon departure.Street parking is also available on a meter

  • Public transit

    New Street Station - 5 minute walkMoor Street Station - 15 minute walkSnow Hill Station - 10 minute walk

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseQuiet

Sort by

Filters

  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall2food4service4ambience3

    I couldn’t fault the restaurant itself however I arranged a valentines date at the crowne plaza B 1 restaurant. Both my date and myself arrived at the front of house and asked where the B1 Restaurant was located . My date was told it was the other side of town so got a taxi to said destination. Which meant she was not there when I arrived . When I asked, I was met with sorry I don’t know . Lucky I use my eyesight and noticed the restaurant sign . I then called my partner and told her where I was she return to the very place she Initially arrived at the upshot of this was we had only hour and a half with each other and only one of us eating. I am astonished the staff in the hotel do not know the name and location of their own restaurant. I travelled quite far for the evening only for it to be cut short .

  2. PH

    PeterH

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This has to be the worst experience I have had through OpenTable. Firstly, at no point in the booking was the actual location of this restaurant revealed. It is the dining room of the Crowne Plaza hotel! The address on the app does not say this, and had it been made clear, we would not have booked it. I am sure this is deliberate. If you wish to eat a one star dinner at four star dinner prices whilst surrounded by tables made up for breakfast then this is the place for you. The ambience was non existent, the service slack and badly trained. The food was not good. Steaks were tough and over cooked. Desserts were poor. The overall experience was really bad. However, the prices were premium and there is absolutely no justification for this. To make matters worse, a service charge was automatically added to the bill for four. It is just not acceptable that this kind of entitled behaviour continues. The overall experience was that we felt tricked into the booking and had we been earlier, we would have left before ordering.

  3. JC

    JohnC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Sadly resturant not available. Bar seating and menu only

  4. JS

    JamieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Rather basic hotel food. Some cleanliness issues, had to send back some items of crockery due to them being dirty. Portions mediocre size for price. Many better options close by to the hotel.

  5. MR

    MarR

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall2food3service4ambience1

    I didn't understand that it was the restaurant of an hotel - it was okay food but nothing to write home about

  6. AJ

    AlisonJ

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    We went to B1 restaurant to celebrate a graduation. It was a massive disappointment. The restaurant was largely empty during our entire meal (7pm on a Saturday night) which in hindsight was an ominous sign. The menu contained numerous misspellings, another ominous sign but it was too late to change location. The food was awful. The starters of fishcakes and goats cheese were ok. The main courses we ordered were the crispy belly pork (the crackling was more hard than crispy, and it was dry and tasteless), the confit duck (so overcooked that it was largely inedible. We couldn’t even get the meat off the bone. The spinach that came with it was bitter and the rosti soggy) and the chorizo risotto (one dimensional with an overwhelming taste of Sainsbury’s basics chorizo). The desserts were forgettable as well. I would not recommend this restaurant.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I requested a nice table as it was part of my sisters 50th Birthday present, we were given a booth which was nice and private as there were some Xmas party groups in. This only added to the evening and we sat in the bar until midnight listening to the music, chatting and having fun. Lovely and relaxed just what we wanted.

  8. G

    Grublover

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    After a terrifying plane journey we arrived at the Crowne Plaza. We had booked and also pre ordered our meal. We were shown to this delightful room off the restaurant. Our group dined together. The decor was beautiful and throughout the meal we were given first class attention. The food was excellent and all of my party thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was super.

  9. V

    Viggo

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2013

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Dinner Friday night with friends. Nothing special as restaurant was nearly empty and food very average. One dish was returned as unaceptable, and credit due, it was not charged for. Overall not good value and no special ambience.. Would not eat there again.

  10. d

    driver21

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had booked the the £40 special offer it was good value for the money and their was a good selection of dishes to choose from the service was friendly and helpful. Will go back again

  11. RS

    RobertS

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2013

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible experience which resulted in us ordering room service 1 mis en place was not complete and cutlery items were missing 2 tables were dirty and there were food rests on both tables and benches 3 when the cutlery arrived they were not polished and were covered in marks 4 glasses also were not polished and had a musty smell over them 5 the all over appearance of the area where we were seated was dirty restaurant where in the end we did not eat.

  12. F

    Foodie123

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2012

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    It was disappointing on arrival that the restaurant didn't have our booking - we did however manage to get a table without too much fuss. It was also disappointing as we were expecting to order from the a la carte menu but we were presented with a set menu - when we asked about an a la carte option the waitress went to enquire as she didn't know- she came back and said that it wasn't available but wasn't sure why. At the end of our meal we paid the bill and started to walk towards the bar for an after dinner drink when a lady from the restaurant chased us to get us to pay for a bill which we had already paid! - rather embarassing

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    B1 Birmingham A very enjoyable meal -excellent value too!

  14. c

    comedinewithme

    Birmingham

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    offer not great as only two mains to choose from unless you want to pay a supplement. service good. food mediocre, not really the standard i was expecting

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    We went to B1 in Birmingham for a Valentines meal. When we got there our reservation hadn't been booked, however they were kind enough to find us a table. When we got to the table we were given a different menu to the offer on the website. Again the staff were very helpful and honoured us the deal. The food and the staff were very good but the service itself was very slow considering there were only 20 tables with diners. The restaurant itself was nicely decorated but lacked atmosphere.

  16. UK

    UKBUKB

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice place, descent food and the staff were very very attentive. It was a Friday night so as it was connected to the hotel it was very quiet. I prefer busier places so with more other people this would have been better but that isn't their fault. Overall, good place to eat.

  17. p

    pupster

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    great xmas meal, was a little quiet at 7pm but got busy when we left, Couldn't fault food. Will dine there again

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    b1 birmingham. need to make location clearer. difficult to find. could easily have given up. its actually inside the crown plaza hotel. the actual meal was fine with good customer service. were given twenty per cent off and complimentary wine! need to get some decent rose.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had an enjoyable evening at B1 with a relaxed atmosphere and tasty food

  20. l

    lovefood

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Went to B1 for Pre-Theatre meal great value at £13.95 for 2 courses. Went in a group of 8 we were only ones in restaurant which was fine service was superb. Menu had options to upgrade for £3-4 Had the Steak fillet which was absolutely fantastic. We all agreed we would go again.

  21. MR

    MarkR

    London

    94 reviews

    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    B1 is tucked away in the Crowne Plaza hotel. very modern looking with a relaxed feel to the bar area. We were there for an excellent value pre-theatre meal so it was early and the restaurant was very quiet. Food selection was good and service good also. Meals were very high standard

  22. G

    Gastronome

    Birmingham

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2011

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    despite the restaurant was very busy the service was impeccable. very efficient, attentive and friendly. scallop starter was slightly over cooked but tasted great. mains were cooked to perfection. will definitely return to B1 for more good food and service.

  23. BR

    BernardR

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Started off with drinks at the bar then as we the time the table was booked for approached we were taken to our table which was located in one of the circular 'booths. Ideal for the two of us particularly as at this time of evening we were the only people dining in the restaurant area. Our starters were just right as were our main course. My steak being cooked just right. Our only slightly negative was we felt the price of our drinks was slightly more than we had expected

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2011

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I had pretty high hopes for B1 but was pretty spectacularly let down by the full experience. Over priced and very very little on the plate, that coupled with the fact that my other half didn't get the right starter ordered and I got my steak minus the bernaise sauce. The food was minimal, infact 6 yes SIX chips is all I got with my steak. I had the camembert to start with which was lovely everything else overpriced £4.40 a pint more expensive than when I am at home in London!!!!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    B1 Restaurant, Birmingham. We went for the pre-theatre offer & it was excellent value for money. The service was excellent and the food was of a very good standard. It is near to the Alexandra Theatre where we were going, so we were also pleased with the location. The only aside I would make is that it is in the Crowne Plaza hotel, which wasn't obvious until we got there - so were struggled to find it, but once in everything was thoroughly enjoyable.

  26. M

    Missm

    London

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2011

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Good food, but slow service and som of the food came out cold.

  27. P

    Philwdm

    Derbyshire

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dined at B1 Birmingham on the 11th April. We took advantage of the pre-theatre offer £13.95 for 2 courses. I must say it was excellent...beautiful, fall of the bone, lamb shank followed by chocolate torte with a raspberry sorbet. Great food and attentive, but not overpowering service. Would definitely like to go back and try the full menu.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We went to B1 in Birmingham, the food was very nice but restaurant quite quiet but it was a Sunday evening. Great value for money, would recommend!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    B1, Central Square, Birmingham, B1 1HH (Crown Plaza Hotel) Offer bookedPre-theatre: 2 courses £13.95 Excellent meal, staff very friendly, excellnt value booked through toptable.

  30. J

    Jebbie

    Devon

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pre theatre offer, 3 courses for £18. Excellent value. A perfect poached egg . Delicate fish. Crunchy veg. Good menu selection. Bright cheery staff. Well worth it.

  31. JG

    JubileeGirl

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We booked for the pre-theatre menu at B1 in Birmingham which was good value. We did not realise at the time of booking that the restaurant was within the Crowne Plaza hotel so it took a while to find the place! The service was friendly, if a little slow, and the food was delicious and well presented. The red pepper pannacotta was an unusual and taster starter. We ordered the lamb chump for a main course but instead got a lamb shank which was a nice surprise, really delicious.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Staffordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    1st using top table, certain discrepancies using free meal offers. Spoke cust serv initially, restaurants vary in offers, limitations, no updated information. ie 2 years out of date! B1 Crowne Plaza, good choice intially, did not live up to expectations. Booking, service throughout evening good. Set menu offered but not published on web site , no A La Carte menu! Choices wide & varied, looked very promising. Real issue ALL food served luke warm, very quiet, no excuses poss! Drinks V expensive!!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2010

    overall5food5service0ambience5

    An excellent tasty meal at B1 in Crown Plaza in Birmingham. Lovely, friendly staff!

  34. G

    Gastronome

    Birmingham

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2010

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Have dine at B1 several times. Similar to previous occasions, the restaurant was quiet so provided good ambience and service. Went for the 3 course menu, noticed they have changed the starter and desserts however mains have not changed. soup starter very creamy, pork faggot beautifully presented and tasted nice. mains seabass, a tad bit overcooked, steak cooked nicely and lamb shack was nicely cooked. desserts were the high light. coconut panocotte and cheesecake were exquiste,

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Worcestershire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2010

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We went to B1 at the crown plaza for a pre theatre meal. we told the waiter this and he ensured that our food was served quickly. The food all looked and tasted very good, and we would recomend it. On the down side drinks were expensive, but I guess that's everywhere now.

  36. KS

    KS82

    Birmingham

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2010

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    A group of four of us recently ate at B1 in Crowne Plaza, Birmingham. Good attentive staff and the food was very good value with the current offer on. we had Caesar salad, soup, followed by lamb rump, guinea fowl, salmon and steak with apple tart for dessert and cheesecake. The only problem was the ambience - the lights kept being dimmed down and then turned up, there was a birthday party going on which made it rather noisy in the restaurant but overall a nice meal with friendly service.

  37. H

    Highlife

    Glasgow

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2010

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    B1 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham Two for one deal represents good value for money but having to take 3 courses to achieve this was less than ideal. Atmosphere wasn't great and over bright lighting didn't help. Nothing special.

  38. l

    love2lunch

    London

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2010

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    Took advantage of the 2for1 offer at B1 in Birmingham - had a good meal, and the staff were very attentive. On the downside,the venue was quite empty, so bit lacking atmosphere

  39. i

    ianf

    Birmingham

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2010

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    meals 2 4 1 ok. small helpings. no enough people in very dim!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. e

    efc1

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2010

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    Great food and service. The lighting needs to be toned down and the music is too much like a dance club! Some nice private booths, all in all a great deal from Top Table! Thanks guys!

FAQs

B1 Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing
  • Neighborhood

    Smethwick

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 6:30 pm–9:45 pm
    Sun 6:30 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The nearest car park is the Mailbox. The postcode for this car park is "B1 1RD" & costs £21 per 24 hours, with a 15% discount available if you get your token stamped at the hotel reception upon departure.Street parking is also available on a meter

  • Public transit

    New Street Station - 5 minute walkMoor Street Station - 15 minute walkSnow Hill Station - 10 minute walk

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nik Turner

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Copyright © 2021 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo