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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

A wonderful experience in terms of food, service and ambience.

Anna Mcnay 28 February 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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Customer reviews for Criterion Restaurant

4.4 (((() (based on 1031 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (756)
  • romantic (475)
  • luxury (466)
  • lunch (457)
  • value (295)
  • business (240)
  • large parties (229)
  • afternoon tea (225)
  • private dining (183)
  • entertainment (93)
  • trendy (49)
  • views (33)
  • child friendly (29)
  • breakfast (21)
  • al fresco (8)
  • ((((* by from Sevenoaks

    Had a lovely lunch for mums 70 th birthday

  • ((((( by from Gerrards Cross

    I dined with 3 friends for Lunch at the Criterion restaurant. The choice for the 3 courses were varied. The service was second to none. Excellent. The food was 1st class. We all thought that it was super value for money.

  • ((((( by from Milton Keynes

    We had an early dinner at the criterion on 28th February for my husbands birthday. my son and daughter-in-law came too. The service was excellent, and helpful as I am gluten free. The standard of food was excellent and we did not feel rushed.

  • ((((* by from Milton Keynes

    Had a lovely meal here. Setting is beauotful. I had a meal from the set menu and it was beautiful.

  • ((((* by from London

    Stunning surroundings and tasty food, well presented. The set menu is good value. The atmosphere is even better on the nights they have live music

  • ((((* by from London

    Very pleasant early evening meal in a super setting.
    A couple of glitches in the service - language maybe in in taking the order?

  • ((((( by from London

    Highly recommend great food and great service. Will definitely return

  • ((((( by from Warwick

    Amazing atmosphere, staff were extremely friendly and service was great. The food was beautifully presented and of a high standard , delicious!

  • ((((( by from London

    Fabulous food and atmosphere and great value for money

  • ((((( by from London

    A wonderful experience in terms of food, service and ambience.

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