Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

Main Course £20
Food Spend £38
Hours of Operation:
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 evening - staff are lovely

Andrew 25 October 2014
From Near London

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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 restaurant is blessed with grand and enchanting Neo-Byzantine design, and sits at the heart of Piccadilly Circus.

Originally opened in 1874, Criterion exudes luxury and romance. With an utterly compelling interior, The Criterion features gilded ceilings, scarlet velvet and mirrored walls that beautifully reflect the seductive lighting, creating an intimate dining ambience. In a grand, vibrant atmosphere, the famous long bar presents creative cocktails and fine wines.

Sourcing only the finest and freshest ingredients from the British Isles, the culinary highlights include Middle White pork loin, ‘Salt Marsh’ rack of lamb, and roast Aylesbury duck breast. 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 night from 7pm add to the glamorous ambience, and the famous Long Bar with its red velvet seating serves up chic cocktails and wines, as well as indulgences like a half-dozen oysters. The Criterion restaurant in London is under a 1-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

Customer Reviews for Criterion Restaurant


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  • romantic (385)
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  • lunch (370)
  • value (235)
  • business (199)
  • large parties (184)
  • afternoon tea (169)
  • private dining (137)
  • entertainment (78)
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  • child friendly (25)
  • breakfast (12)
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30 October 2014 by Janis Pope from London
I was not impressed with the afternoon tea. Lack of selection of quality cakes and or pastries. Plenty of scones plain ones were ok but really did not think Tomato and Basil is the correct alternative to sweet. The service from most of the staff was ok.
30 October 2014 by Charlie Mackenzie from London
Excellent. Lovely afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.
30 October 2014 by Keith Lascelles from Shepperton
Very enjoyable Lunch, we all had a very good time. Service, Food and Ambience all very good.
29 October 2014 by Kate Williamson from London
Beautiful venue - very grand room.
Service was a little slow - took 20 minutes to get a drink. But, to their credit, when we complained, they gave us our first drinks free.
Quite nice food. Would recommend to people. £25 per head for 3 courses and champagne cocktail was very good value for money.
28 October 2014 by J Hicks from London
Had a really lovely lunch here. I was really impressed. The service was fantastic, the food was delicious, staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough to help us have a lovely afternoon.
28 October 2014 by Ann Skidmore from Lichfield
Very pleasant meal in an inspiring environment
28 October 2014 by Dina Ferrao from London
Staff very friendly and helpfull, food is excellent and ambience great, I would recommend restaurant to anyone who apreciates good food abd class
28 October 2014 by Mary Banks from London
There were two of us, and we thoroughtly enjoyed ourselves. The champagne cocktail was lovely and genuine. The starters were small, but adequate and extremely tasty. The main course (we both had the pork cutlet) was VERY nice, and the puddings were to die for. We knew we were confined to a time limit of two hours, but it simply meant that the service was fast and extremely good. Our Hungarian waiter was SUCH a nice man. In fact, we managed a great non-stop conversation and still finished the meal with more than 15 minutes left on our allotted time, although we declined to have coffee. We were not hassled at all to leave, and the food was excellent. The bottle of wine, one that I already knew, at £22 was one of the cheaper ones on the menu, but was just as good as I remembered it from another restaurant some years ago. It's probably not too difficult to find an equally excellent three-course meal at this price with all the online "deals", but the location and the fabulous décor would be really hard to be beat. It was an elegant and satisfying experience, and I'll hope to be able to do it again soon!
28 October 2014 by T Gedge from Woodford Green
Love the dining room, which is why we returned. Good value for money, very good service. Food usually good, but on this occasion my salmon was particularly bland; disappointing.
28 October 2014 by Nelly Chalil from Leighton Buzzard
Beautiful surroundings, gorgeous food and excellent service!

Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP

General: +44 2079300488
Reservations: +44 2034631573

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