Second visit and had sworn not to return after a disappointing first experience. What a change. Right from the off the welcome was friendly and not sullen and this continued till we left. Food was amazing to put it mildly. The overall experience far surpassed any expectations and did justice to what is the most beautiful dining space in London.
by Simon Collins (2 reviews
), 21 Jun 2009
I visited Criterion with two of my clients without realising that it has changed ownership. I anticipated slow service and mediocre food, but since one of my clients wanted to see it I had to go. It was my best dining experience for years. The food was amazing (especially the desserts), the service friendly (everyone smiles), the atmosphere and the pianist great. We left happy, and I will be back with more clients.
by JBrown, 15 Jun 2009
This establishment is under new management with a new chef. I had a two-course lunch from the Theatre Menu (£18 plus £2 cover charge, plus 12.5% service charge). The food was excellent, the service impeccable and the ambience sublime. Thoroughly recommended.
by bigglesalbert, 24 May 2009
What a waste of a sensational space. Piccadilly Circus
really isn't 'fine dining' territory and this place could do with a restaurateur who is more in tune with the needs of theatregoers. Here MPW doles out cheap ingredients indifferently prepared. Pre-theatre shouldn't mean pre-prepared and dismissive.
I've been for supper later in the evening, too, and on those occasions it was somewhat better, but, naturally, pricier.
by JohnnyFox (3 reviews
), 15 Dec 2008
The good things first... This is without doubt the most spectacular dining room in London. A truly beautiful space. It also has a great, buzzy brasserie atmosphere. Thank God MPW quickly ditched the silly idea of turning it into a pizza parlour!
I've eaten here quite a lot and the food experience falls into two categories:
A la carte - good.
Plat du jour/pre theatre menu - bad.
The a la carte menu is packed full of traditional brasserie and grill dishes, which in my experience are usually pretty well executed. Good steaks, good shellfish.
On the other hand, I recently had the nastiest, driest fish pie, plat du jour, I've ever tasted.
I recommend you try here, if only to see the room, but if you are on a budget just have a main from the a la carte rather than be tempted by the three courses from the cheaper menu.
by StuH (39 reviews
), 03 Nov 2008
I had a fab meal prior to going to the theatre. Wine list very good. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Decor is fab - couldn't take my eyes off the ceiling.
by Patsymarg, 28 Nov 2007
I went to Marco Pierre White's restaurant, the Criterion, last Thursday and I have to say it's the best restaurant I've ever been to. I only had a glass of wine but next time I go there I'll definitely be eating, as the menu looks wonderful. Decor and service fantastic.
by catnip, 12 Oct 2007
It's not always easy to book a good restaurant for a party of nine, but this restaurant was happy to accommodate. There are lots of cosy side tables for couples too. The service was attentive but not invasive. Excellent food, generous portions. The only gripe: you do get a bit of neck ache staring at the spectacular ceiling! The magician entertaining the tables was an added bonus but it still would have been a magical evening without him.
by trufflehound, 10 Jul 2007
You can book with confidence now that it isn't 'Frankie's'. Removed from the chain and back as part of Marco Pierre White's. French, with excellent food, good wine list. We'll be back in May and looking forward to it.
by Sersoned Diner Hazel, 22 Mar 2007
It has tall ceilings and the interior is wonderful. I had no problem with the staff or service. However, there were many tourists who were annoying, especially with the flashes on their cameras as they snapped pictures while eating.
by Beach Lover, 11 May 2006
Beautiful interior, relaxing atmosphere, and one of the best places to eat Italian food in London. Great to go with friends or on a date.
by jojoto (2 reviews
), 14 Apr 2006
The interior of the building absolutely beautiful. Food very good but felt staff could be slightly more attentive.
by Anonymous, 19 Oct 2005
Excellent food and service. Rate it as highly as the Wolseley.
by Anonymous, 22 Aug 2005
Worst restaurant food I have ever tasted.
by Beverly W, 15 Aug 2005
Food good but dreadful service left a bad taste in the mouth.
by Anonymous, 18 Jul 2005
I LUUURVE this place!
by Anonymous, 09 Apr 2005
by Anonymous, 24 Mar 2005
Beautiful building but poor quality almost tasteless food produced without panache.
by Suzanne McKie (2 reviews
), 10 Jan 2005
Probably the most impressive and grandiose decor in London. It has an amazingly high ceiling of sparkly tiles over the huge dining area, and the style of dining is quite formal. French food is good but maybe a bit unimaginative and the service is rather slow. But a good place to impress business colleagues or maybe in-laws! Good post theatre dining option.
by capital girl (54 reviews
), 08 Mar 2004
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