The Criterion
224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP
Latest critic review: January 24, 2010
Critics' score: 4.5 out of 10

People have been eating and drinking on this very part of Piccadilly since Elizabethan times and the current listed interior dates back to 1873. It used to be part of Marco Pierre White's empire but has been taken over and looks to be regaining something of its former glory. Head chef is Artan Hasa.

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Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on January 24, 2010
"Oh that Sherlock were still at one of the tables. He could set off in pursuit of whosoever is guilty of the crimes against food now being committed at the Criterion." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 2
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on September 05, 2009
"en precis: criterion is totally bridge and tunnel but decent cooking, clumpy service, room v gay in a great way." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on September 03, 2009
"While Criterion Restaurant has a way to go on the food and the menu, it’s a fun place and it’s back on the culinary map." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 6
Timothy Barber City AM
Reviewed by August 11, 2009
"It’s all trying a little hard to impress – it’s too fussy for a place that would benefit from simple statements." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 6
"Richard & Peter" Harden's
Reviewed on July 15, 2009
"...the menu is fine. It’s a bit miscellaneous, but realised to a pretty sound standard." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on July 15, 2009
"Unlike before, it's now somewhere I would comfortably recommend to anyone looking for a showstopping room and a reasonable dinner." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on July 09, 2009
"The menu will not help... it seems to have been composed by a committee anxious to be all things to all men." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4

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Address224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP
Telephone number 020 7930 0488
trainPiccadilly Circus
Opening timesMonday – Saturday lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm, afternoon tea: 2.30pm - 4pm, dinner: 5.00pm – 11.00pm;
Sunday lunch: 12.00pm – 3.30pm, dinner: 5.00pm – 10.00pm;
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7.30am - 11am
  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area
  • Theatre menu

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