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Savini at Criterion

224 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, St James, W1J 9HP

((((* Italian
Average
Main course: £25
Food spend: £50
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 08:00 - 00:00.

Excellent meal. Very elegant surroundings. Service first class. Nice touches with complimentary biscuits with the coffee. Wines list a little on the expensive side bit some fair priced wines there. Overall would thoroughly recommend

Mark 03 November 2017
from Chelmsford

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From the world-famous Savini restaurant in Milan, Savini at Criterion serves fine Italian cuisine in one of London’s most spectacular and historic settings. Built in 1873, the Grade II-listed The Criterion features a neo-Byzantine dining room and a long bar complete with gold ceiling, marble columns and impressive chandeliers.

The Savini restaurant menu offers authentic Italian dishes prepared with the finest seasonal ingredients. With a nod to Savini’s heritage, expect signature dishes like veal ossobucco with saffron risotto, and pappardelle with wild boar ragout and juniper sauce.

A legendary tiramisu leads the dessert offering at Savini Piccadilly Circus. Other irrestible options include a classic cheese board, tarte tatin and panna cotta.

A luxurious spot for all-day Italian dining, Savini restaurant London sits a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

Savini at Criterion

224 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, St James, W1J 9HP

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Customer reviews for Savini at Criterion

4.2 ((((* (based on 155 reviews)
84% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (99)
  • lunch (72)
  • romantic (67)
  • luxury (66)
  • afternoon tea (50)
  • value (38)
  • private dining (32)
  • business (25)
  • large parties (18)
  • trendy (13)
  • breakfast (9)
  • entertainment (6)
  • child friendly (4)
  • views (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • (((** 9 November 2017 by Ronan from Glasgow

    Great value and service...The food could have been hotter but it was tasty. Although the restaurant was not busy at all, the service was quite long in between courses and when ordered 2 teas, it took 30 mins to get half of jug with warm water and we still need to brew the tea. The tea was over priced to cost between £8 and £9 each. We did not complain as they had an issue with their software and the bill itself took a while to come through.

  • (**** 8 November 2017 by Tony Mills from Brighton

    The Criterion is a truly magical venue. Regrettfully the Savini food and service were hugely dispaointing - and bordered on being embarrasing for me with clients from Miami that I decided to take there. The set menu choices were only three items, with only one fish course that non meat eaters could have. The food itself looked as though it had been cooked by a 15 year old cookery student attempting tpo prepare their first ever meal. The chicken main course was one flavourless chicken breast accompanied by a few strange vegetables that I still have no idea what they were. It was apallingly bad. The service was also so painfully slow that we nearly missed our train home, and every attempt to get things quicker fell on deaf ears. The venue is a 200 year old thing of beauty. The food and service are an embarrsament in this sort of wonderful setting. It saddens me that people should avoid eating there. £50 a head too!

  • ((((( 3 November 2017 by Mark from Chelmsford

    Excellent meal. Very elegant surroundings. Service first class. Nice touches with complimentary biscuits with the coffee. Wines list a little on the expensive side bit some fair priced wines there. Overall would thoroughly recommend

  • ((*** 30 October 2017 by Sue Wallace from London

    Despite It being stated on the star deal advert no non alcoholic alternative was available which meant one of our party was left without a drink. We were charged for a pot tea despite one of our party no having coffee which was included in the deal. This meant our bill was larger than I feel it should have been as I feel a non alcoholic drink and tea instead of coffee should have been offered as part of the deal.

  • ((((( 30 October 2017 by David Smith from London

    Fantastic Lasagna and Classic Fish n Chips

  • ((((* 28 October 2017 by Kate from London

    Went with my son. The ambiance was lovely and so was the decor. Staff friendly. First course excellent, as was main. Felt the fruit salad dessert was a little unripe... the melon for example was hard. Presentation was very good with all courses.
    Were asked if we wanted parmesan cheese on our lasagne, said we did and waited for it to come. Didn't arrive, despite trying to catch waiter's eye, but lasagne was lovely and we wanted to eat it before it got cold!

  • ((((* 28 October 2017 by Lisa from London

    First time back to the Criterion in years as it had been very disappointing last time. I was tempted when I passed by and thought it looked very smart and alive again so decided to give it a try. Its a beautiful venue and I was delighted to see how it has been refurbished/decorated. Very soft and elegant. space between tables and a lovely peaceful but not dull atmosphere ideal for being able to hold conversation without shouting. The food was delicious and even though we were on a meal deal we received a great service and all the trimmings of nice bread, plenty of fresh butter and homemade petite fours with coffee. Staff, whilst a little young/green were engaged and charming. all in all a very good experience and I have made two more reservations as a result !

  • ((((( 26 October 2017 by Paul Levy from London

    Set Menu was good value with 3 choices. Food lovely, fresh and tasty. Service good, no major gaps between courses, as we had theatre at 19:30.
    Drink prices are very steep. £4.90 for a small bottle of coke and £8.50 for less than a pint of beer is extortionate. Should have had the jug of water like a lot of guests were having. Looked at the wine list .... but just looked!!! .. unfortunately!

  • (((** 25 October 2017 by Paul Dibbs from London

    Restaurant is in a lovely building. The interior has a grand ceiling and is well laid out. On the day we visited there was a problem in the kitchen which had no gas. As a result we could not order what we would have ideally chosen and had a longer wait than usual so had to rush coffee. The starter of swordfish tartare was delicious. The Lamb main was very good but needed some green veg. The fruit tart for dessert was Ok but no better than you could get in any patisserie.
    The service was polite and effecient though it would have been nice to have some recognition of the inconvenience caused to us, such as the offer of a complimentary drink.
    Overall left feeling rather disappointed.

  • (((** 22 October 2017 by Emilie Mostert from London

    Really liked the concept. Fabulous devote and atmosphere. However was underwhelm by the dishes/food and the service was poor.

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