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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

(((() European
Main course: £20
Food spend: £38
Opening hours
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00

A wonderful evening
delicious and beautifully presented dinner from start to finish. Wonderful service and an amazing g venue.

Ms Lawrence 20 July 2015
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.

Home to the famous Long Bar with its blue velvet seating serves up chic cocktails and wines, 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 1197 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • romantic (531)
  • luxury (526)
  • lunch (525)
  • value (346)
  • afternoon tea (288)
  • business (272)
  • large parties (265)
  • private dining (211)
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  • child friendly (33)
  • breakfast (32)
  • al fresco (12)
  • ((((( by from Woking

    Very good quality of food. Excellent service from staff. We will definitely be using this restaurant again.

  • ((*** by from London

    Great ambience; average food. The starters were decent- nothing spectscular; the main course was quite disappointing- the lamb chop had absolutely no flavour; the salmon was ok but the beetroot sauce was bitter; the pasta was nice.

  • ((((* by from Surrey

    Very much enjoyed The Criterion, the venue was Opulent with a great vibe & a buzzy atmosphere.
    We had three courses & a summer cocktail excellent was interesting our meal were really good size portions.
    Service was good apart from when we asked for the bill we had to wait a while which in turn meant we had to rush for our theatre booking, staff very busy but friendly.
    I will definatley return.

  • ((((( by from Nottingham

    I booked the criterion for my husbands.birthday .we. Had a champagne cocktail followed by a fantastic 3 course dinner the salmon was excellent. They also made my husband a desert wishing him happy birthday which was a lovely touch . Overall the meal was fantastic.

  • ((((* by from London

    Didn't disappoint! Atmospheric setting, sandwiches and cakes great, friendly staff topped teapots up several times. Would definitely recommend it.

  • ((((( by from Rochester

    Birthday dinner, party of 8 !

  • ((((* by from London

    Food was amazing and with the deal it came at a great price. Staff were extremely attentive. Only complaint was the restaurant was slightly too warm but this did not ruin our experience.

  • ((((( by from Surrey

    Excellent, couldn't fault it!

  • ((((( by from London

    Superb food and service.

  • ((((( by from London

    Amazing restaurant, excellent food and great service

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