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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

Excellent food, wine and ambiance.

BJH 22 November 2014
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 0203 463 1573

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Customer reviews for Criterion Restaurant

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  • lunch (400)
  • value (255)
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  • large parties (204)
  • afternoon tea (189)
  • private dining (154)
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  • child friendly (27)
  • breakfast (13)
  • al fresco (8)
  • ((((* by from Watford

    Historic restaurant - amazing decor which is well worth a visit for its own sake. I have been here before and found the prix fixe menu is very good value and the food well prepared and presented. Staff were pleasant and attentive. The restaurant insists on a two hour turn round which at the price is reasonable and didn't feel too rushed.

  • (((** by from London

    The food was delicious, the atmosphere of the restaurant was great and the music (a pianist and cello player) was fantastic. The only disappointment with the 3 courses and a champagne cocktail for £25 offer was that the cocktail was minuscule and didn't taste very nice.

  • ((((( by from London

    The food & service was excellent! We loved the ambience of the restaurant.

  • ((((( by from Broxbourne

    Great food and great service. Our waiter was very good indeed - attentive but not intrusive. The food was innovative and excellent. Excellent wine which was quite good value. I love the dining room!

  • ((((( by from Bexley

    The meal and service were excellent, would highly recommend. Would not have thought of going there but will definitely go again. The ambiance was amazing. A wonderful experience.

  • ((*** by from London

    Polite service and lovely champagne (perhaps a champagne cocktail? One of the nicest drinks I've had). The sweet scones were fresh and delicious but the rest of the food was simply awful. Dry bread, bland sandwich fillings and actually distasteful cakes/dessert/savoury scone recipes. I have a sweet tooth and can rarely resist the temptation of a cake or anything sweet - but we left most of what was on the cake stand. The clotted and mascarpone creams were dry. The waiting staff didn't initially know that free champagne was included in our booking. I had to request it and them go away and check. The restaurant setting is pretty but had limited ambience (although perhaps lovely in the evening for dinner when they dim the lights and have candles, making the gold ceiling appear to sparkle). Although the central location is convenient for travel, Piccadilly Circus is a chaotic and not particularly pleasant location to meet friends. The quality of the food on our visit was simply way too poor for me to recommend their afternoon tea, even at a fraction of the price.

  • ((*** by from London

    Lovely room, lovely friendly staff, but the food was a let down. I started with pumpkin soup, bland followed by salmon on bed of beet root and horseradish..... Just a bed of tasteless sauce, pudding ok.
    We were told it was a two hour turn around, we booked for 2pm we left at 6 (5 ladies with lots to catch up on) and staff very accommodating. Would I go back no......

  • ((((* by from Milton Keynes

    What a great place! Staff were excellent, food was amazing, and the surrounding and ambience delightful! Will definitely go back 9/10

  • (((** by from London

    Despite having a confirmation from bookAtable and The Criterion when I arrived at the restaurant there was no record of my booking.

  • (((** by from London

    Beautiful restaurant. Food was ok, nothing outstanding.

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