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Savini at Criterion

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224 Piccadilly | Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HP, England
+44 20 7930 1459
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Doha, Qatar
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126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place, excellent service, the earl gray tea and hot chocolate are fantastic. One of the best places 4 afternoon Tea. A must visit.

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Thank QatariNational
savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your Afternoon Tea visit. We have recently launched our new Afternoon Tea menu which is a fusion and English and Italian traditions and we have been receiving a lot of wonderful comments. Our Hot Chocolate is a favorite of so many of our guests, we hope you will take... More 

atlanta, georgia
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an after theatre dinner from the special menu. The food seemed a bit "industrial" in the way that food prepared in large quantities seems. There were many staff members present with very few diners. The feel was that staff were busy getting ready to close and not very interested in waiting on the patrons. We had to ask... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, We can assure you our menu is not produced in an "industrial" way, everything is cooked fresh to order by our team of chefs from the very best ingredients. The Savini culture of food is about fine dining and offering the best service to our customers. Our managers are always on... More 

Gradignan, France
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very conveniently located at Piccadilly. They serve everything from lunch, high tea to snacks and dinner. We chose for the dinner and were not disappointed. The restaurant itself, with an almost byzantine style of ceilings and walls with mirrors, makes you feel relaxes. The italian kitchen is fabulous. The wine list second to none. Service outstanding. We complained once, overcooked... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

We are delighted to read your review and pleased you enjoyed your visit and meal, we do pride ourselves in our exceptional service and fine cuisine and we hope you will visit us again and perhaps try Breakfast or Afternoon tea. More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 of us visited on Valentine's Day. We decided to have a la carte as the Set Menu for that day didn't appeal. The food we had was very expensive and quite small and took quite a while to come. The staff did their best, the interior is magnificent and perhaps that's why the food seemed mediocre. The wine was... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review, we are sorry you were disappointed with your meal and your visit. Savini is a fine dining restaurant and sister to the famous Savini in Milan. Our menu and wine list with prices is available for all guests to view before they enter the restaurant so it was of course... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good - obviously authentic Italian. I had ravioli which was delicious. However, service was slow (and they were not busy) and food was very pricey.

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. we don't rush our guests as we want them to take the time to enjoy the historical ambience and Italian fine dining at its best. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our evening was perfect. Arriving half an hour early to meet family I was quickly welcomed at the bar with comfortable high seats, fabulous wine and cheese with olives. The glorious surroundings could encourage pomp and stuffiness however I detected none. The staff were kind, attentive and happy. The tables spaced comfortably apart with happy clientele all enjoying their evening.... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are all delighted you, your family and friends had a very enjoyable evening with us, our aim is to ensure that all our guests have a fantastic experience when they dine with us. Savini and history both in the UK and in Milan is part is is very important and The Criterion has... More 

Stellenbosch, South Africa
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A recent visit to london in October was made more delightful by our meals at Savini. Francesco, our knowledgeable Italian server, made sure our dishes from the chef were superb. I am now obsessed with white truffles in risotto or anything. Well done,but note white truffle shavings are costly. I didn't care. Veal Milanese arrived as large as the moon,... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, we are all delighted to read that your enjoyed your visit and food experience at Savini at Criterion. Our risotto's are one of our signature dishes created by our executive chef Giovani Bon in Millan. We hope you have a great visit to Milan and enjoy your visit to our flag ship restaurant dating... More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to meet friends for a pre-theatre glass of wine. Ours came with a huge helping of green olives and fresh parmesan. The setting is unbelievably spectacular and the prices are reasonable

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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

A pot of tea and an afternoon 'livener', as any self-respecting bimbler should build into a city stroll, came to 30 pounds. There I've said it. On the plus side, this remains one of London's stunning interior spaces with an eye-catching ceiling (although the waiter's eye was hard to catch when we wanted things) and an impressively long bar area.... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I've been here last week with my mom and some friends. The place is really elegant but it doesn't requires a special dress code. Casual is more than fine. But inside everything looks really beautiful. The personal is very friendly and polite, proper Italians. I personally tried the pumpkin soup and the salmon fillet. Please give me more. I tried... More 

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savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely and kind comments about your meal experience with us, I have shared your feedback with the chef who was delighted to read your review. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 106
Cuisine
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, 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
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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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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