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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

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

Very glamorous, fantastic central location, friendly and professional service, yummy food, champagne cocktails, pleasant temperature, very reasonable prices - what's not to like? Perfect for a pre theatre meal especially with the set menu

theatre goerAlyson King 04 July 2015
from lon

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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 blue 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 1163 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • large parties (254)
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  • ((((( by from London Borough of Redbridge

    Beautiful dining room, spacious and elegant. The food was delicious and service attentive.
    There is a good deal on at the moment - so take advantage.

  • (((** by from London

    The venue is unbelievable. The food was tasty but everything (including the bread) had too much salt on it. Service was poor in truth and the 15% service change was a bit ridiculous - and as it is discretionary we paid 10 instead. Decent restaurant, but I won't be dining there again given the alternative options for the star deals.

  • ((((( by from lon

    Very glamorous, fantastic central location, friendly and professional service, yummy food, champagne cocktails, pleasant temperature, very reasonable prices - what's not to like? Perfect for a pre theatre meal especially with the set menu

  • ((*** by from bour

    Poor ambience lighting very minimal we booked a deal not the same as online slow to take order and no summer cocktail just champagne one disappointed will not go back not as advertised online was not what we experienced

  • ((((* by from London

    Good food, excellent service. I heard someone else offer our waiter a job he was that good.
    Wine not chilled enough initially but it was hottest day for years.

  • ((((( by from Bray

    As usual Criterion comes up trumps. It is a beautiful and unique setting, a sense of luxury. Service is friendly and impeccable. The food is excellent, especially the set menu of 3 courses a good price. Each dish has something special flavour-wise,very carefully thought out. I have celebrated my birthday there several times and also taken American guests who loved it.

  • ((((( by from Halifax

    The Food, service & ambience were fantastic.....it was a wonderful experience

  • ((((* by from Poole

    Great food deal. Lovely champagne cocktail. However really object to the whopping 15% service charge. If I have good service I want to reward the server myself.

  • ((((* by from Bristol

    The lunch was a delight.gorgeous surroundings and attentive staff. The food was well cooked and well presented.very good value for money. The one downsides is that I feel the 15% service charge beggars belief! This will downgrade value for money,sadly.

  • ((((( by from Kent

    Excellent food, service, venue and location. Enjoyed the champagne cocktail and the freshly cooked bread was delicious.

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