Criterion Tavern

4.2
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21 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary French / American

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The Criterion Tavern is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some drinks with friends. In the heart of Brisbane CBD, the Criterion Tavern is ideal to enjoy a bite on your lunchtime or catering for families of all shapes and sizes. In addition, the Criterion Tavern is able to provide fitted service for a variety of occasions from corporate functions through to birthday parties. It covers all events across the board and is the essential destination to have a bet or watch the sport, taking advantage of the quality atmosphere Criterion Tavern has to offer.
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
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Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

That was the toughest Steak I have ever had. Usually the steak is edible but this was so tough my knife could hardly cut it. I am now sorry I recommended it to my friend - did not make a good first time impression.

OT
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All round an excellent experience with great food & a good range of tap beers. only down side to the experience was that the air cond in the dining was blasting with most people in there visibly cold from it. Might be an idea to back off the AC fan speed during the main dining times.

OT
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Will go back!

OT
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you the service was outstanding. Our order was a bit late but the service and food made up for this

Thank you

Peter

OT
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Central location for a catch up lunch with old work buddies. Quality meals at an acceptable price with only moderate background noise so we could talk

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Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I booked a table for Fri 9/3/for 4. I formerly worked in city and had used the Cri to entertain high end clients. Despite booking, service time was slow and somewhat unfriendly. The meals did not all come out at the same time, which was awkward. Once received, the meals were simply palatable. The noise of the venue was not conducive to a meeting/catch up, so we will be looking elsewhere. I understand it is a hotel environment, but many clients look to experience Australian hotel culture.

OT
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I coordinate lunch for a small group of retired workmates about 4 times a year. The Criterion suits our needs in that it is central, not too noisy, and provides good reasonably priced food and drink.

OT
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are a group of retired professional. The Criterion meets all our lunchtime needs. We tend to get together 4 or 5 time a year

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food and choices available are very good and the servings very generous. Service was a little slow but it was very busy being lunchtime.

OT
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meals are fantastic and cooked to perfection!!!

OT
Dined on 28 November 2016
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Criterion again served well prepared and very well priced lunches. Service is efficient and friendly and the location is hard to beat for CBD folk.
Bar specials mean you can (if you choose) sample a different bevvy without breaking the bank.

Thanks guys.

OT
Dined on 23 October 2015
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Made a reservation online only to be told there was no reservation when arriving. Luckily there was one table left to cater for us. Food took a while to arrive and one of our drinks didn't turn up. Very noisy and hard to have conversation with others at table.

OT
Dined on 9 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good, the atmosphere was ideal. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only negative was the length of time to order and receive food. Our party booked 1 hour for lunch. It took 1 hr 20 min to finish. There was only 1 person taking orders and though the queue wasn't massive the process was quite time consuming. It would be good if there could be two people or some method to streamline the ordering process. I didn't look into pre-ordering but will next time. Overall- BRILLIANT!

OT
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great lunching as always

OT
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would have to say the staff were awesome and friendly and the food was brilliant and value for money!!!

OT
Dined on 28 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My husband and I were in Brisbane for the weekend to go to the horse races. We decided to have dinner at the Criterion on Friday evening as it was close to our hotel. The atmosphere was great with a DJ and excellent music and the staff were efficient and very friendly. We really enjoyed the meals and will return next time we are in Brisbane overnight.

OT
Dined on 21 July 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great for a $12 lunch early in the week to avoid the crowds later in the week!

OT
Dined on 5 June 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always good food and service at the Cri

OT
Dined on 13 May 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always enjoy the cri

OT
Dined on 1 May 2015
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The lunch special which was 200g steak was excellent, a nice surprise from most pub steaks on special. Probably the best steak under $15 I've ever had.

OT
Dined on 16 December 2014
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff that always make you feel welcomed. Service is always of quality standard and this is still provided in very busy times.