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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

(((() European
Main course: £20
Food spend: £38
Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 07:30 - 11:00 12:00 - 14:30 14:30 - 16:00 & 17:00 - 23:00
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

Excellent service especially when it was a really busy night. Food was amazing, every course had no fault. good options for my husband who is a coeliac and needs a gluten free diet.

Mea Stanfield 23 May 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 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 1112 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • lunch (494)
  • luxury (491)
  • value (320)
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  • afternoon tea (252)
  • large parties (241)
  • private dining (200)
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  • child friendly (32)
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  • al fresco (10)
  • ((*** by from Wey

    Beautiful surroundings, lovely service, poor service

  • ((((( by from London

    As always it was a delicious lunch and great services took friends from abroad and they love it. In fact we left at 17.00 having got there 13.00 and they were very good never made us feel we needed to leave!

  • ((((( by from London

    Thoughtful service (arranged a dessert for birthday guest of honour), lovely set menu choices, and great atmosphere. A nice place for a group meal or celebration.

  • (((** by from London

    Lovely surroundings for fairly formal dining. Food was OK

  • ((((( by from Tunbridge wells

    Excellent food and atmosphere

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent food, great service, friendly staff. Good value for money! Will return, for sure!

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent food, beautiful surroundings and fantastic value.

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent !

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent service especially when it was a really busy night. Food was amazing, every course had no fault. good options for my husband who is a coeliac and needs a gluten free diet.

  • (((** by from London

    Despite booking and the restaurant sending reminders about having to give up my table after two hours, mine was not free when booked. I had to sit in the bar area for 30 mins waiting for our table. The food was good and the ambiance ok but for the price I have had better. When I received my bill it had other peoples cocktails on although this was remove swiftly when pointed out. A little disappointing all in all.

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