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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 today via mobile

Popped in for coffee. What a treat. Opulent surrounding. Chandeliers and ceilings were stunning. Coffee was gorgeous (as were the lovely biscuits!). Staff friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend.

Thank Paula M
Reviewed today via mobile

Great service. Gluten free options. Love the elegance. Friend really enjoyed the cod and chips. Gluten free pasta cooked beautifully. I had the fish mussels etc. not a lot of fish etc. really enjoyed gluten free beer.

Thank jalimest0neplains
Reviewed 5 days ago

After a show we were walking around and decided to stop for a quick bite to eat. As we were at Piccadilly Circus, Savini was right there. From the outside it looked great. However, things went badly from the start. In an almost empty restaurant...More

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

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

Reviewed 6 days ago

Walking into Savini, I was taken aback by the beautifully decorated restaurant with high ceilings, glistening chandeliers and exquisite furnishings. At the entrance, you can also pick up wine and dry foods which Savini produce, which is a nice tourist touch. I started with drinks...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review Tonique, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to enjoy our Wednesday evening 'A Taste of Milan'. Have a lovely day!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The venue is stunning and I thought we were in for a treat. The lasagne main course was truly awful with one lump of tasteless pasta and I suppose the baby food in between was once mince perhaps. The drinks were very very expensive. I...More

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

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

What an absolutely stunning restaurant. It has to be one of the most elegant and palatial restaurants in London. It’s high vaulted ceilings, mosaics and decoration wouldn’t be out of place in a cathedral or palace. Being in this magnificent place is an experience in...More

Thank Lewis S
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I have been going here for over forty years, this is still a firm favourite place for lunch or dinner. Lots of changes over the years though, as far as the clientel goes, nobody ever used to photograph their food in the old days....More

Thank ken68thecaterhamkid
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 hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to enjoy our Wednesday evening 'A Taste of Milan'. We do encourage our guests to photograph their...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place has an ambition to offer fine dining. Well that's what the prices suggest. There is basically nothing wrong with the food or service. The waiters do what they are supposed to do, including som overdoing when they served the wine for instance. The...More

Thank Keivan A
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we have noted your comments and will pass on your feedback to the team and the kitchen. We hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to enjoy our Wednesday evening 'A Taste...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have love the Criterion, and were looking forward to trying the new owners. Nice to see decor and furnishing have remained the same. Service is slow and disappointing. It wasnt busy so there was no need for the service to be slow. Drinks selection...More

Thank snish39p
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and have noted your comments about service which we will pass on to management. We do hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for an opportunity to enjoy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This venue has a wow factor and is in a convenient location but I was disappointed in food and service. They were very slow and distracted we were not offered drinks in a timely manner or top ups. We were asked which afternoon tea we...More

Thank miss-b20
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 food and service and will address the issues you mentioned with management and staff. To apologise, we would love to invite you back...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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Response from VoxLondon | Property representative |
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, Romantic, Large groups, 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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