The Criterion

Criterion 2007 - Criterion - Main Restaurant 2
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With its jaw-dropping gilded ceiling, arched windows & mirrored walls, The Criterion is one of London’s most glamorous-looking restaurants, hence its allure for tourists & business lunchers. But, handsome is as handsome does, & the place doesn’t always deliver. Classic brasserie-style dishes such as tournedos Rossini & French onion soup are listed alongside Italian-accented offerings of beef carpaccio & gnocchi with tomatoes, basil & mozzarella – all of which are prepared competently. The wine list is as conservative as the menu, but is easy to navigate & offers something for everyone. Service, however, draws criticism: staff seem to be rather too relaxed, & waiting times can be protracted (even when the place is half-empty). In short, despite appearances, The Criterion ultimately lacks glitter.

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Essential Details for The Criterion

  • Address: 224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP
  • Telephone: 020 7930 0488
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) 5.30-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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