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Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

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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

The staff were lovely from the reception staff to our waiter. Helpful & polite. The afternoon tea was delicious, the scones were still warm & everything was very fresh & just the right amount. We loved it ??

Amanda Grant 20 March 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 1064 reviews)
93% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • (((** by from London

    The food was really good!

  • ((((( by from London

    Lovely meal, relaxed atmosphere and good service. Great value for money. The pianist had a beautiful voice. Great evening had by all.

  • ((((( by from London

    We very much enjoyed our dinner at the Criterion Restaurant at Piccadilly. The food was delicious, the staff were professional and not constantly "in your face". We also enjoyed the live musical entertainment. We will come back for more. Thank you!

  • ((((( by from Twickenham

    We returned to the Criterion Restaurant last Tuesday after several previous visits, again enjoying the tremendous ambience and first class cooking and service. The basic three course lunch menu cost £25, a bargain, enhanced with a complimentary champagne cocktail. With added wine, coffee and service our outlay was still less than £100 for the two of us. Considerung also the very central position of the Criterion, right on Piccadilly Circus, this has got to be one of the best meal experiences in Central London.

  • (((** by from Romford

    very pleasent surroundings and service was good however we have eaten in some very nice places and i would say the food was average and the table was to small and to close to the nxt also we could not understand the bill and what we had been charged for.

  • ((((* by from Leatherhead

    Service was swift and attentive. Ambience and décor was good although tables were very close to each other.

  • ((((* by from London

    Wonderful place with live music and fantastic surroundings plus friendly staff. We had good time despite a setback due to distruption of gas.

  • ((((( by from Lincoln

    booked for a friend's 50th birthday. excellent service and food, couldnt fault anything.

  • ((((( by from London

    The dining experience was very pleasant throughout. The staff were friendly and helpful and we were well looked after from the moment we walked in. The menu was not extensive but perfectly sound and varied enough for us. The portions of some items, such as the gravadlax, was not huge but the soup was plenty as was the main meat meals. The champagne cocktail was very nice though we got charged for this on top of the deal (need to sort that out!). The staff were also alert and good enough to take note of my pre-booking information which mentioned this was my husband's birthday and so they produced his dessert with Happy Birthday written on it and a candle which was a lovely gesture and very much appreciated! Was a great choice and we'll return.

  • ((((( by from Deal

    absolutely wonderful food and service I cannot fault it

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