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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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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good25%
  • Average17%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
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1 - 10 of 335 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We returned to the Criterion having enjoyed it in a previous incarnation, and its beautiful space, not knowing about Savini. Food preparation was less than mediocre: underseasoned seabass crudo, inelegantly prepared fritto misto. Osso bucco was described as served with risotto, but came with mash...More

1  Thank Susanschaier
Reviewed 2 days ago

We came here for a friends birthday and we had made a request to the waiter to bring out a dessert saying happy birthday after our meal. We reminded them just after we finished our mains and the waiter told us it was "ready". We...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are really sorry you had this experience and and will be looking into this with the staff as this should not have happened at all. Please can I ask that you email marketing@saviniatcriterion.co.uk?...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

I dined here back when it was the Criterion with Marco Pierre White at the helm and it was great, so recently took my wife for lunch and what a difference! The decor had been stripped right back and more lighting installed ruining the whole...More

Thank gardencity285
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. In regards to your comments about the decor, we have strived to maintain the visually stunning interior, making minor adjustments as it is such a beautiful building, however we are disappointed to read your...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

There were 2 barkers encouraging customers to enter Savini. The menus that they displayed included meals that were tempting to us. Once we sat down, the menus seemed different - different items and higher prices. They made a show of going through various menus, but,...More

2  Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
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 us a review, we do apologise for the inconvenience caused and have passed on your feedback. We are disappointed however to read your comments, please can you let us know which menu you were referring to? Could...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for a good meal out with a great food standard and sevice...do not go to the Criterion. The service was so bad. Waiters walking around unwilling to make eye contact with the diners. I was waiting for an hour for the...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are disappointed to read your comments and would like to address the issues. In regards to your comments about the staff and food, we sincerely apologise and will be looking into this. We...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

From the very start we were impressed; the staff attentive and friendly, the decor of simply amazing, in fact all very good. We couldn't fault our bookatable menu. It was extremely tasty and as it included a glass of fizz and coffee, very reasonably priced....More

Thank sallyandtoad
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful venue, on the outside. I went here with 3 others, one was a tourist and really wanted to go. Its extremely overpriced for the quality of food you get and even though we had a 29.00 set menu there were many hidden costs....More

1  Thank BazRex
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are disappointed to read your comments and would like to address the issues. In regards to your comments about hidden cost, we do specify that there is a cover charge and discretionary service...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Group of 16, booked in advance, no flexibility on menu so we chose the Sherlock Holmes Menu at 45 GBP for 3 courses including water and coffee for groups. The first course, porcini risotto was good, the main course, pork, was frankly inedible, dry and...More

Thank pre100
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 do apologise for the inconvenience caused throughout the booking process and have passed on your feedback regarding the food. We are disappointed however to read your comments so could I please ask that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant itself is beautiful and located at Piccadilly Circus, so it is easy to get to on the underground and a good spot to dine before a show if you have theater tickets. However, the service was slow, the server could not speak English...More

Thank treeface
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 pleased you enjoyed the location, we do apologise for the slow service and have passed on your feedback to the staff. Our prices reflect the unique experience, location as well as fine...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't want to be too critical of this restaurant - we were a large group of 16 people, who had booked well in advance and who were obliged to opt for a very limited menu. In fact, while reserving the whole evening, the person...More

1  Thank MariePhillipsBrussel
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 do apologise for the inconvenience caused throughout the booking process and have passed on your feedback regarding the food. We are disappointed however to read your comments so could I please ask that...More

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250rose
7 September 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
2 August 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
30 April 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
US$19 - US$44
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene
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
  • Neighbourhood: St. James's
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7930 1459
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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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