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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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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible8%
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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 297 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Even the restaurant was almost empty nobody has paid attention on us.i was curious how much time it will take them to see us.after 10 min at least I wanted to go out but my friend was hungry and he called a waiter. They brought...More

Thank Evitosha
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place used to be so good when it was the criterion restaurant. What a shame now it has been taken over and seems to have lost all credibility. Staff are just walking around in a daze, food is expensive and definitely overpriced for the...More

1  Thank Kermit39
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, we are very sorry that you did not have an enjoyable experience and that your expectations were not met. We will pass on your feedback to the team and certainly take on board your comments. Please can you email marketing@saviniatcriterion.co.uk?...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Good to pop into before the theatre...... not cheap but good fun...... hectic.... very handy if you are attending the Criterion theatre..... has great charm,,,,,,

Thank par14
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Savini at Criterion. Please visit us again soon, perhaps for afternoon tea or breakfast.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pre theatre dinner that was not great, the service is condescending and invasive with the food over priced and not very exciting. As we sat down the oversized menus were forced into our hands and one was dispatched onto my friends heads because they were...More

2  Thank Andrew J
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, we are very sorry that you did not have an enjoyable experience and that your expectations were not met. We will pass on your feedback to the team and certainly take on board your comments. Please can you email marketing@saviniatcriterion.co.uk?...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were searching around for a nice spot to have lunch for our anniversary and stumbled across Savini. We were really well looked after by Mario! Food was delicious and we loved the setting which made us feel special!

Thank EmilyJ18
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Savini at Criterion. We'll be sure to pass on your comments to Mario, please visit us again soon, perhaps for afternoon tea or breakfast!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were served by a man called Mario and he was an excellent waiter. The food was also tasty and overall the restaurant is clean and comfortable

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

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Savini at Criterion! We'll be sure to pass on your comments to Mario, please visit us again soon, perhaps for afternoon tea or breakfast.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We always enjoyed going to the Criterion so we were keen to try out the new restaurant Savinis. We had booked the special meal package for £29 which included a drink, 3 courses and coffee, not bad value but it's £35 by the time you...More

Thank 2008Valerie
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Savini at Criterion. We will surely pass on your feedback to management as we wish to ensure our standard of service is of high quality....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited this place already two years ago and I'm happy to see that new interior combines now the great feeling, Italien food (which is very good for U.K.) and style of the location. Food and drinks have a good quality and prices are...More

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

Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Savini at Criterion! Please visit us again soon, perhaps for afternoon tea or breakfast.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in by chance for coffee. Wonderful, welcoming staff. We have generally been unimpressed with the quality of British coffee, but the coffee here was definitely the best we have had in the UK! Very nice croissants as well. Highly recommend!More

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

Thank you for your kind review, we are very pleased to read your review, we'll be sure to pass on your comments to the team. Our croissants are handmade fresh daily and make a delicious pairing with our Italian coffee. Please come and visit us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As a big fan of the old Criterion I was putting off a visit to this new incarnation. Finally gave it a crack on Friday. The room is still the star, but the support acts aren't as good. The service seemed a bit snooty, which...More

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

Thank you for your review, we are deeply sorry that you did not have an enjoyable experience and that your expectations were not met. We will pass on your feedback to the team and certainly take on board your comments. Please can you email marketing@saviniatcriterion.co.uk?...More

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250rose
3 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
1 May 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
US$18 - US$43
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, 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, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
08:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 00:00
Thursday
08:00 - 00:00
Friday
08:00 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
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
  • 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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