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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. definitely recommend

Mairead MacS 25 April 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 1081 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • romantic (490)
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  • lunch (481)
  • value (312)
  • business (252)
  • afternoon tea (243)
  • large parties (238)
  • private dining (193)
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  • child friendly (31)
  • breakfast (26)
  • al fresco (9)
  • ((((* by from London

    I would highly recommend the Criterion, the decor is outstanding, very glamorous. The service was seconded to none, I have food allergies and the staff when out of there way to accommodate my needs. Thumbs up. Great food and experience!

  • ((((( by from London

    excellent. definitely recommend

  • ((((( by from Oxted

    Always good , fabulous setting and ambience. Excellent service and gorgeous food!!

  • ((((* by from London

    The room at the Criterion is in itself worth the visit. My only observation and you can argue it is inevitable if you take up an offer as opposed to the a la carte, was that the food itself was ok without being that remarkable. You pay your money and you take your choice. So I regard that outcome as my fault not the restaurant's.

  • ((((* by from London Borough havering

    Really enjoyed our meal at the Criterion lovely decor very special and traditional. Food good as was the service. Cocktail included in our deal was lovely. Well worth the fixed priced menu.

  • ((((( by from Bristol

    Beautiful setting, plenty of delicious food and a charming, very attentive waiter.

  • ((((* by from London

    The service was very good and the food was excellent wine was a bit pricey , the building was beautiful in side ambiance was very nice to

  • ((((( by from Essex

    A fabulous experience, lovely lunch in beautiful surroundings. Staff really pleasant but not intrusive.

  • ((((( by from Reading

    Lunch set menu a real treat for a family excursion to the National Gallery. Very good choice of menu selections. Service couldn't have been better and very attentive to the gluten free requirements of one of our party. Three outstanding courses and a champagne cocktail for £25 - great value and would thoroughly recommend.

  • ((((( by from Coventry

    Excellent meal and good value for the quality. Beautiful building. Very professional staff.

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