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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

(((() European
Main course: £20
Food spend: £38
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 14:30 - 16:00 & 17:30 - 23:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:30 & 15:30 - 16:00 & 17:30 - 22:30

Elegant dining in elegant surrounding - absolutely delightful - just don't be in a hurry. Enjoy the experience!

Maria Moustaka 13 December 2014
from London

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Sitting in the heart of Piccadilly Circus and regarded as one of the most spectacular fine dining restaurants in London, Criterion Restaurant exudes a timeless opulence. Originally opened in 1874, this romantic Grade II-listed building comprises the main dining room, the semi-private terrace area, and the world-famous Criterion Long Bar.

With compelling neo-Byzantine architecture, The Criterion offers an intimate dining ambience. Steeped in history, the building has played host to significant negotiations between Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George, seen important gatherings of the Suffragettes, and was where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first imagined the meeting of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

The modern European menu has been crafted by head chef Artan Hasa, and focuses on sourcing fine British ingredients to produce simple but luxurious dishes. Culinary highlights include Middle White pork loin, ‘Salt Marsh’ lamb, and citrus-marinated ‘Peterhead’ cod. From baking their own bread, to churning their own butter and smoking their own fish, the emphasis is on homemade produce. A majestic setting for traditional afternoon tea, enjoy finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, scones and tarts, served alongside a choice of tea or a glass of Criterion's house Champagne.

Live music performances every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening add to the glamorous ambience, and the famous Long Bar with its red velvet seating serves up chic cocktails and wines. The Criterion restaurant in London is under a 1-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP

Contact +44 2079300488
Reservations +44 2034631573

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Customer reviews for Criterion Restaurant

4.4 (((() (based on 921 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (676)
  • romantic (432)
  • luxury (427)
  • lunch (407)
  • value (257)
  • business (220)
  • large parties (207)
  • afternoon tea (196)
  • private dining (158)
  • entertainment (84)
  • trendy (46)
  • views (33)
  • child friendly (27)
  • breakfast (16)
  • al fresco (8)
  • ((((( by from Oxford

    Took and hour and a half for a pre-ballet dinner. Was very nice and the service prompt.

  • ((((( by from London

    Great location and fantastic decor. Food is traditional with a twist and really well presented.

  • ((((( by from London

    Elegant dining in elegant surrounding - absolutely delightful - just don't be in a hurry. Enjoy the experience!

  • ((((( by from Skipton

    A beautiful room in which to sit and eat, we were here for the Afternoon tea deal, good value, but would love to come and have dinner here, a quality experience !

  • ((((* by from London

    We had a lovely meal in a beautiful setting at The Criterion, Piccadilly Circus. Excellent service, very buzzy, pianist, cellist and singer too!

  • ((((( by from London

    Service was excellent once we were seated in the correct area. Food was good and despite a two hour table turn policy we were not hassled at all. Service was added to bill at end which was not mentioned prominently when booking was made but on the plus side there was an additional seasonal drink thrown in.

  • ((((( by from London

    Fantastic food, service and company.

  • ((((( by from London

    Brilliant meal, they had a large booking and had to move us, back to the bar and it was done with such grace we stayed longer and listened to the pianist.

  • ((((( by from Woking

    I booked the Criterion for my father inl laws' birthday lunch. The whole experience was wonderful. Fantastic historic venue, (the amazing gold mosaic ceiling is breathtaking), the staff were very welcoming and attentive and the food was beautifully presented and very tasty, even my father in law, who is a salt fiend said his chips were perfectly seasoned!
    I would definately return again.

  • ((((( by from Willesborough

    Wonderful decor. Excellent Service. Delicious champagne cocktail. Best bread ever and lots of it, in many different varieties. Fabulous food. Impecible service.

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