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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%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
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224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely dining room in a great location. Beautiful. Service is great from the bar staff to the waiters etc - great job guys Presentation of the dishes is spot on. Lovely. But I have knocked off 1 star because the main event --- THE FOOD...More

3  Thank Sidji
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food. Good coffee. Waiters are so helpful and funny and the decorations are beautiful. A bit pricey.

Thank Wallo_sa
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 a review, we are very pleased to read you had a wonderful experience. We will pass on your feedback to the Chef and team. Please come and visit us again soon, perhaps for brunch or afternoon tea!

Reviewed 1 week ago

The building and decor is stunning with the table settings looking very glamorous. Unfortunately the food was very disappointing and service was not very attentive.More

1  Thank Linda B
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 a review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed the setting. However, we are sorry to read that you were not satisfied with the food and service. Please be reassured if at any point in dining with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and first class service. Restaurant full of character. Very enjoyable meal in a central location. Would definitely go back again.

Thank Alastair W
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 a review, we are very pleased to read you had a wonderful experience. We will pass on your feedback to the Chef and team. Please come and visit us again soon, perhaps for brunch or afternoon tea!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten here before ( under different management) and we always loved the total grandness of the place, the wonderful pillars and stone and marble surroundings with the high ceilings. In the past under different management we had excellent meals ( see earlier reviews...More

1  Thank Chris L
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 sorry to hear that you did not have a satisfactory experience with the service, we will pass on your feedback to the kitchen team. Our aim is to exceed your expectations and we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Criterion has always held a fascination for me and having eaten there several times in it's previous guise I was interested to see how Savini would fare in such an iconic building. I have to say we were a little surprised at how empty...More

4  Thank Stanleycrew
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 to read you found our food and service satisfactory. Please be reassured if at any point in dining with us, you can notify your waiter to replace your dish and they would...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dinner and divine tiramisu plus a perfect caffeaffagato with amaretto! We dined at The Savini at the recommendation of a friend who lives in London and since we were planning to attend the theatre next door, it was perfect! The service was excellent... our...More

1  Thank 2beans2000
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 very pleased to read you had a wonderful experience. We will pass on your feedback to the Chef and team. Please come and visit us again soon, perhaps for brunch or afternoon tea!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Piccadilly is one of the most famous streets on planet Earth. On Piccadilly Circus, the Savivi occupies The Marble Hall of The Criterion complex. A wonderful old building, completed in 1873, the Marble Hall is extravagantly decorated in marble with fabulous mosaics in gold tiles...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are pleased you found the interior beautiful, it is a wonderfully historic stunning building. Please be reassured if you found fault with the food, the staff would be more than happy to solve the issue...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a circle of friends who eat together around once a month. This time we chose the Savini restaurant which is next to the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly. This restaurant is highly rated but its portions are small. The starters were so small that...More

Thank SMV5
savinicriterion, Public Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion (The Criterion), responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you chose Savini at Criterion as your dining destination. Please feel free to ask the waiting team for bigger portions in the future as they'd be more than happy to accommodate your request. We look forward...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful restaurant and our waiter was friendly and efficient. The waitress forgot the Parmesan cheese and our extra glass of wine. We asked for a bottle of white and a glass of red with the main course. Red turned up but we...More

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

Thank you for your review, we are sorry to read you did not have a satisfactory experience. We will pass on your feedback to the kitchen team and waiting staff. Please do allow us to put this right and email us at marketing@saviniatcriterion.co.uk. Thank you.

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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$33 - US$111
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, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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