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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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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank Heidi T
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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Thank Pen377
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 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank pontius28
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 

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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Thank Sara C
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 

Coral Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place!! Excellent food, service was incredible!! A visit to experience the old but never outdated restaurant service , the wine selection perfect! Don't miss the opportunity to savor the elegance and the good taste.

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

Thank you for your lovely comments which I have passed to the team, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you back again very soon. More 

Doncaster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely setting and attentive staff. Food excellent but just watch for some very high priced touches you might think are part of meal - like glass of champagne at £15 a pop.

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Thank GNB99
savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our complimentary touches with your meal. We hope that you will visit us again. More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a party of four arriving pre-theatre. The venue is stunning, but the service was slow. Prices are higher end as expected, and the print is extremely small on the menu/wine list so do check carefully what you're ordering.

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Thank Getset9
savinicriterion, Guest Relations Manager at Savini at Criterion, responded to this review

Thank your your visit and your feedback which is very important and I will share with the management team. We do hope to be able to welcome you back to dine with us in the near future. More 

St Clement, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ceiling and chandelier give a massively voluptuous feel to the restaurant, and the welcome from the first step inside is as richly comfortable. Book ahead and get a side booth for privacy and special comfort. A few words in Italian make the waiters even more attentive and cheerful. The Hare ragout pasta was perfect and the Galleria salad varied... More 

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

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and we do hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well this was an inpromtu cup of tea and danish and what a delight. We were very early to see the show in the Criterion Theatre next door in early afternoon and it was freezing so we slipped in here for a cup of tea. We all chose a different one and loved the opulence of the place. The ceiling... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and we hope to welcome you back for our delicious Afternoon Tea in the near future. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning visually and very nice menu choices. Excellent fish choices--both the salmon and black cod can be highly recommended. Very nice service

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

Thank you for your kind review and we hope that you will visit us again in the near future. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 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, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
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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