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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP 0203 463 1573

(((() European
Main course: £20
Food spend: £38
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 14:30 - 16:00 & 17:30 - 23:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 15:30 & 15:30 - 16:00 & 17:30 - 22:30

Fabulous restaurant and excellent staff

Monique Webb 15 November 2014
from Piccadilly

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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 0203 463 1573

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Customer reviews for Criterion Restaurant

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93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • large parties (199)
  • afternoon tea (184)
  • private dining (150)
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  • breakfast (12)
  • al fresco (8)
  • ((((( by from London

    Stunning dining room, stunning food

  • ((((( by from Lightwater

    We've been to the Criterion several times and we're delighted to find on this visit that the service and food have improved enormously since our last visit. Both were great this time. We were celebrating three family birthdays and had a great evening! Thanks and well done!

  • ((((( by from Welling

    Superb! ! Could not fault it, great service, good food thoroughly enjoyed

  • ((((( by from Bexleyheath

    A beautiful restuarant with very attentive service and well presented food. We enjoyed the fixed price menu and had a very enjoyable three course meal with cocktail for £25. The interior decoration of the restaurant is stunning and the welcome was similar. Our waiter kindly found us space in the bar area for us to have after dinner coffee and the bar staff were more than happy to share the secret of the ingredients to their champahne cocktail. A very enjoyable experience and one that I would recommend to anyone waning a touch of elegance in the mayhem that is Picadilly.

  • ((((* by from Purley

    I've dined here on numerous occasions and the food and service are always lovely. Unfortunately, the tables are getting closer and closer together and starters are brought out before you finish your cocktail. Information normally given about the home made bread and butter was missing and the service is hampered by the closeness of the tables.

  • ((((( by from london

    Fantastic location, atmosphere and food. V impressed with the service and decor. The live music was a nice addition to the evening.

  • ((((( by from Ruislip

    This is the second time I have been to The Criterion for lunch using the special deals and enjoyed the experience as much as the first time. I love the décor (perhaps not to everybody's taste especially if you like minimalistic and very modern) great ambience, it was busy but not noisy and the staff were all very professional, polite and attentive. I will definitely be going back again and hope to take different friends with me.

  • ((((* by from West Wickham

    Fabulously elegant!

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent food, wine and ambiance.

  • ((((* by from London

    Beautiful surroundings, excellent service and delicious food! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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