We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Style over substance”
Review of Zizzi - Harborne

Zizzi - Harborne
Ranked #330 of 2,408 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$27
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: At Zizzi we like to do things a little differently. We don’t do over-complicated recipes or scrimpy portion sizes. We’re all about the well-chosen ingredients, simply put together to make exceptional Italian food.Right in Harborne’s busy High Street you’ll find our restaurant and it’s ready for any occasion. Built in a converted Victorian Bank our Harborne Zizzi pulls inspiration from the gorgeous architecture already in the building. There’s parking right outside and it’s only 50 yards away from the nearest public transportation so it’s easy-peasy to get to. And if you’re celebrating something special, see if our private dining area is right for you.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Our first visit to this chain - and we won't be rushing back. Not a disaster but not that great for the price. Despite arriving at a time when the place was almost empty, our service was terribly slow - over an hour to get to the main course. A pizza was good - lots of interesting topping - but the lasagne was disappointing - lacked herbs to lift it and it came without the slightest hint of a garnish. (The lack of a green or simple mixed salad on the menu is disappointing). The wine - not cheap - was so-so and the tap water that came with it was vastly over-iced for drinking with wine - symptomatic of an over-egging of the pudding that does not arise from a sympathy with the food and wine. Puddings were good but again over-priced. Other reviews mention the exciting climb to the loos, but that can be forgiven as part of the price of preserving and renewing a pleasant building. All in all I'd rather spend my money at a genuine family run Italian that does the basics well - some bread on the table, a decent side salad, traditional ingredients, good house wine, reasonable prices and a little sweet or choc with the bill.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank AandEUk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (204)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

151 - 155 of 204 reviews

Reviewed 12 October 2013

Went to this restaurant some time ago on a hen night and thought it was very good so persuaded my husband to go for lunch.
The serving staff were friendly and helpful.
The Spaghetti Bolognese was very average lots of spaghetti but not much of anything else.
My main complaint is that they did not warm the plates so by the time you get to the end of your meal it is cold. Surely this should be a basic procedure.
This restaurant is not for me.
Anne W

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Annette W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Our 1st visit, found it by chance, very glad we did. Servers so friendly and helpful, good menu and food well prepared, really enjoyed it and that says alot 'cause we're very fussy eaters - if it's not top notch, we complain and don't go again - but Zizzi... we'll be back! It may be a franchise, but you'd never guessed it, based on the food and service, just the very affordable price is what gives it away ;-) so a total win-win!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Amelia R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Had a very enjoyable evening and the food was very good. The service was also good and prompt. Our waiter was particularly charming and very helpful. Having recently eaten in more expensive Italian chains I consider Zizzi particularly good value.

Thank LMK63
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Having had terrible service at a Zizzi in Shrewsbury I was pleasantly surprised by both the service and food at this restaurant. It was a great atmosphere with the open kitchen and the waitress was very attentive. The food was delicious and i liked the fact I could order a skinny pizza (smaller size with wholemeal base). A great meal and would like to see if they could offer the same standard on a weekend.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Corinne G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Zizzi - Harborne also viewed

 
Birmingham, West Midlands
 
Solihull, West Midlands
Kenilworth, Warwickshire
 

Been to Zizzi - Harborne? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing