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 experience. Beautiful Art Deco room, impeccable service, good food. The champagne cocktails were a highlight. Will definitely go again.

Mark Beasley 18 October 2014
From London

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More about Criterion Restaurant

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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19 October 2014 by Chris Bridger from London
Food was fantastic, decor was delightful and the service was great- would thoroughly recommend this restaurant to anyone, for any occasion.
19 October 2014 by Roger Demers from OTTAWA
This was most likely one of my best dinning experiences ever.
18 October 2014 by Angela Meyler from Essex
Excellent welcome
Delicious food
Wonderful ambience
Interesting cocktail
Why did re have to sit so near to the people at the next table
when there was so much room
18 October 2014 by Mark Beasley from London
Excellent experience. Beautiful Art Deco room, impeccable service, good food. The champagne cocktails were a highlight. Will definitely go again.
16 October 2014 by JR from Hertfordshire
Pre dinner drinks were a shambles with a delay of over 15 minutes. The server was totally incompetent.

However once we were sat down for dinner the service was excellent and the food very good.
16 October 2014 by Carol Sykes from London
The disabled loo is locked again.
15 October 2014 by Lisa Crow from Harwich
Booking really easy, service fantastic and food amazing
15 October 2014 by L B from London
Really lovely evening with friends at The Criterion restaurant. Very good food in a stunning dining room. Looking forward to returning soon!
15 October 2014 by Peter Beagles from London
Excellent restaurant, very grand. A nice relaxing atmosphere after the manic rush of Piccadilly on a Saturday evening. We had the 3 courses, with champagne cocktail for £25 per person offer. Cocktail very good and lovely food. Waiters and waitresses very attentive. Although as you would expect from a restaurant in this location and style additional items not included in deal we're a bit expensive. Cup of filter coffee £4, glass of Pinot Grigio £7.50p, bottles of wine were around 40 quid. Having said that one of our party decided not to have a dessert, so the bill was reduced accordingly. Portions were generous. All in all an exceedingly nice dining experience. Although quite full, one assumes because of its size and grandeur, not to noisy. Well done Criterion.
15 October 2014 by Lise Magnollay from London
The Criterion is one of these restaurants which are made interesting by their settings, but the food is on par with the decor. We used the Star Deal set menu and we both thought the food was excellent and really good value for money. They also have very good wine that you can buy by the glass, but be aware that they are quite pricey. The service at times was a bit slow, but still acceptable.

Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP

General: +44 2079300488
Reservations: +44 2034631573

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