Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP +44 2034631573

(4.4)
European
Average
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

The dining experience I could not fault. Professional, friendly, sumptuios and always a lovely night out. The booking service on line no problem but the query I rang about the following day took a very
long time to be told one short sentence.

June Hannant 10 September 2014
From Southward 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, ‘Lakeland Herdwick’ lamb, and 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

4.4

(based on 754 reviews)

94% of diners at this restaurant would recommend it to another person.
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  • dinner (553)
  • romantic (358)
  • luxury (356)
  • lunch (339)
  • value (214)
  • business (187)
  • large parties (177)
  • afternoon tea (155)
  • private dining (124)
  • entertainment (73)
  • trendy (37)
  • views (28)
  • child friendly (24)
  • breakfast (11)
  • al fresco (6)
(2)
19 September 2014 by Sharon Vroom from vancouver British Columbia
Disappointing experience. The service was suboptimal and we felt that we were treated as second class patrons having used the "Book A Table Deal".
The food was plain and ordinary.
(4)
19 September 2014 by Timothy Biles from Sherborne
Quality food, reasonable price, classic setting.
(5)
18 September 2014 by Jill Ryan from Chessington
It is a pleasure to enter the beautiful restaurant. Excellent service and food.
(3)
18 September 2014 by Sherry from London
The waiting staff are very well trained, and the live music is nice, with the right volume. The food is mediocre and the tables are too close to each other so it felt very crowded.
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16 September 2014 by Debbee Dale from London
the restaurant was soulless, the food average and service 50%
(3)
16 September 2014 by Janine Marks from London
The Criterion is a stunning restaurant in a very good central location. The food was very nice, but the service let the whole experience down, which was a shame, especially as we were celebrating a birthday.
(5)
14 September 2014 by Andy Platt from London
Outstanding dining experience. Beautiful charming venue and great food! Amazing value.
(4)
11 September 2014 by Suzy Williams from London
I booked the first meal via the star deal arrangement. When I arrived I was given lovely leather menus and generally made a fuss of. However once it was established we had booked the deal the menus were hastily collected and replaced by photo copied A4 sheets. It was really embarrassing as I was treating a friend. The venue and food were terrific but you did get the impression of being a second class citizen.
That said I returned to the restaurant 7 days later and changed my booking to the the al a carte menu. Everything was perfect.
(5)
10 September 2014 by June Hannant from Southward London
The dining experience I could not fault. Professional, friendly, sumptuios and always a lovely night out. The booking service on line no problem but the query I rang about the following day took a very
long time to be told one short sentence.
(5)
7 September 2014 by Peter Drake from Hertford
Lovely restaurant with an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. I would recommend.

Criterion Restaurant

224 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HP

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Reservations: +44 2034631573
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