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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 - 14:30 14:30 - 16:00 & 17:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:00 & 17:00 - 22:00

Fabulous food, great value on the deal. Service was excellent and although it was busy, we were not rushed and were there past the two hours. Absolutely stunning setting, the golden ceiling is just incredible. Highly recommend the peanut butter dessert - was delicious.

Sonya Veerasamy 24 January 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.

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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  • ((((( by from London

    We had a 3 course set menu which was absolutely delicious! Great settings, cosy place, beautiful food.

  • (((** by from London

    The food was really good, the evening was only let down a bit by the service. The staff there seemed a little overwhelmed for most of the evening, drinks were very late to the table (though they kindly removed these from the bill), serving of food was hurried. Staff were practically jogging around the restaurant looking like there were unable to keep up, most of them looked young and inexperienced and not sure what was going on. It was unfortunate as the food was very enjoyable. A restaurant with the rich decor of Criterion deserves some elegant service to complete this slightly retro glamour dining experience (complete with a live pianist!).

  • ((((( by from London

    Beautiful surroundings, food to die for, very reasonable priced menu available as well as a la carte, however you have to pay for water at £4 per bottle and a service charge is added on too so you never have a basic bill as per shown in the menu, but even so it was well worth the extras.

  • ((((( by from West sussex

    The restaurant was very easy to find , just opposite Eros in Piccadilly . From the moment we walked into the restaurant the staff looked after us. Hanging up our coats and showing us to a lovely table . The food was delicious and considering it was a set menu deal there was more than enough choice. The decor was very opulent and it enhanced the dining experience . We knew we only had the table for two hours , which was longer than we needed and certainly didn't feel rushed by the attentative staff who kept pouring the wine and water without having to ask . I would definitely recommend this to my friends and I look forward to returning again.

  • ((((( by from Hartlepool

    The Criterion was a fabulous all round dining experience. The food, ambience and service was second to non. An amazing time.

  • (**** by from Welwyn Garden City

    Pleasant surroundings. Went for two course £20 each. Bought an overpriced prosecco. Bill was £116! Ridiuculous. Food mediocre. Staff fragmented. Organisation poor. Charged extra £5 each for steak so although on the two course menu it's not the same price. Would not waste my time again. Poor quality prosecco at premium price. Food mediocre.

  • ((((( by from London

    A very enjoyable visit from start to finish the food (with 1 exception) was very good and the service at just the right level. The food item exception was the sauted potatoes suggested as as 'add-on' - the suggestion made sense for the meal we had ordered but in our view the potatoes were overcooked and disappointing therefore. No doubt should have mentioned this immediately instead of when the plates were collected. This did not spoil the overall experience however.which as said above was very relaxed and enjoyable..

  • (((** by from Fareham

    Birthday celebration - good food and interesting interior. Staff were friendly. Tables are turned over two hourly there was some food on the floor which had not been cleared up.
    Nice tuch was candles in desert for birthday.
    Try and request table away from door as a bit chillyvthere

  • ((((* by from london

    thoroughly enjoyed evening and food - attentive staff and would definitely recommend

  • ((((* by from London

    The restaurant has a gorgeous interior, especially the ceiling. We went on a Saturday for pre-theatre, which is very busy - do expect waiters rushing past you and the occasional knock into your chair if you're in the middle as I was. The food was pretty good, although the presentation wasn't particularly stimulating, for example the mozarella and tomato starter was just 3 slices and a blob of cheese - still, it tasted nice. They whizzed us through at breakneck speed, which was good because we were going to the theatre, but otherwise I would have found the whole thing just far too fast. I would try it again at a different time and see whether they can do slow, take-your-time dining. Half of the price is for the building really, and I'd say that was well worth it.

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