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Savini at Criterion (The Criterion)

224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
+44 20 7930 1459
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good24%
  • Average17%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible12%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Passed by this place so many times without noticing it. What a lovely atmosphere, deco and food. Like a little gem in the crazy picadilly!

Thank Aura B
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to dine with us. Have a lovely day!

Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I ate at this venue yesterday the 17th of February 2018. We had made a reservation for breakfast at 10am. The restaurant is old and very pleasant to eat in with lots of history attached to it, the decoration is second to...More

Thank robbly
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to dine with us. Please kindly get in...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Italian delicious cuisine in the heart of London!!! Amazing desserts italian hospitality and a beautifull restaurant!!! A MUST in London!!!More

Thank Mauro M
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to dine with us. We have many upcoming...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We watched a play about a bank robbery that went wrong and throughly enjoyed the show but we also liked the theatre. I have walking issues and the staff were very helpful at all times. The theatre is right in the middle of picadilly circus...More

Thank jacqui h
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review Jacqui, our neighbour is the Criterion Theatre and we are Savini at Criterion, located right next door. We're pleased to read you enjoyed your theatre experience. Please do drop in next time so you are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overpriced very mediocre food albeit impressive room, clearly aimed at tourists, there are so many better places to eatMore

Thank Jo S
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we are very sorry to read about your experience and will address the issues you mentioned with management and staff. We hope to be able to welcome you back soon for an entirely different...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not eat here. The waiters were charming and service good but food was inedible and very expensive. Never had such terrible food and when we said this to staff who asked whether we had enjoyed the meal.... they just smiled and said nothing. £82...More

3  Thank Pat D
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we are very sorry to read about your experience with the service and will address the issues you mentioned with management and staff. To apologise, we would love to invite you back for a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great location as a meeting point. We met for drinks here last night and it was perfect. I didn't think the prices were too crazy. I didn't try the food. Service was good. Would definitely considering coming back here for drinks.More

Thank SJBMB
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to dine with us. We have many upcoming...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in for Pre Theatre drinks, and expected to pay top end because of the reputation of the cocktail bar and restaurant. However, the service did not rally match the £18.50 per cocktail, plus 12.5% service charge. Surely the ladies room can offer than...More

Thank malcsaville
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we are very sorry to read about your experience with the service and will address the issues you mentioned with management and staff. To apologise, we would love to invite you back for complimentary...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were at Picadilly Circus at about 9:30 in the evening and were looking for a place to stop and have a cappucino. After three places that couldn't make it for one reason or another, I spotted Savini next to the Criterion...More

Thank mblair441
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to dine with us. e have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff were excellent from start to finish, with the Maitre D leading the field. We were a large group in the secluded, elevated section at the back but far from forgotten. Some of the other diners did comment that I'd been luckier with my...More

Thank Wadsa
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your feedback to the team. We hope to welcome you again soon; we have many upcoming events including our January set lunch...More

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250rose
September 7, 2017|
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Response from savinicriterion | Property representative |
Yes we do fries, please ask a member of staff for the menu. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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250rose
August 2, 2017|
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Response from savinicriterion | Property representative |
Hello there, you can certainly ask the waiter/waitress who will be serving you on the evening and they'll be happy to accommodate your request. We look forward to welcoming you in September.
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Andrea S
April 30, 2015|
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Hi Andrea, The dress code for the Criterion Restaurant is smart casual. Look forward to seeing you soon. Best, Ana
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $46
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
  • Public Transportation: Piccadilly Circus underground
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > St. James's
  • Neighborhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7930 1459
  • E-mail
Description
Savini at Criterion is not just a restaurant but a representation of 150 years of Italian and English history, with Milan’s most celebrated hospitality name now showcasing the finest all-day dining in one of the world’s most spectacular and historic restaurants. Dating back to 1867, Savini is Milan's most famous restaurant, where Verdi, Puccini, Callas and Sinatra all came to dine. Some 150 years later this iconic brand decided to introduce its unique combination of history, food, hospitality and ambience overseas. And where more fitting a location than the romantic and elegant Grade II-listed The Criterion, in the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus? Against a backdrop of timeless opulence designed by Royal Albert Hall architect Thomas Verity in 1873, this neo-Byzantine dining room and bar, with its fabulous gold ceiling and marble columns, now presents guests with a menu of authentic Italian dishes prepared with the finest seasonal ingredients. By day Savini at Criterion is a Grand Café that offers a sumptuous setting for ritzy breakfasts, with the scent of freshly brewed coffee and home-baked croissants filling the air, along with languid lunches and indulgent afternoon teas featuring infusions from around the world and mouth-watering cakes and pastries. But as the sun sets, so Savini at Criterion transforms itself into the capital’s most glamorous night-time destination. The iconic long bar - where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle staged the first meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson - is the perfect spot for an aperitif or cocktail. With the magnificent chandeliers illuminating the silverware, the restaurant then offers an evening of fine dining with a nod to Savini’s heritage, signature fare includes veal ossobucco with saffron risotto; pappardelle with wild boar ragout & juniper sauce and, of course, Savini’s legendary tiramisu. Reflecting Savini’s relationship with Italy’s finest suppliers, Savini at Criterion is also home to a vibrant in-house boutique offering a mouth-watering selection of regional delicacies, from traditional balsamic vinegars, pasta, sauces and mustards through to jams, honey, truffles and coffees. Savini at Criterion offers elegant dining for all occasions both for business or pleasure, our central West End location offers the ideal meeting place for Breakfast, Lunch, our sumptuous fusion of Italian and English Afternoon Tea served with a Martini and Dinner. Our Grand Café also is the perfect resting place to enjoy just a cup of coffee or a relaxing glass of prosecco. Enjoy Italian dining in one of London’s most historic restaurants from 8 am to Midnight.
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