St James Restaurant & Bar
St James Restaurant & Bar

St James Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjamesn8.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02083488348x
  • Hours of Operation:
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    Monday -Friday: 12:00am - 10:30pm


    Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am - 10.30pm
    Bar Hours (drinks only) Thursday - Saturday: closing 1am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British
  • Executive Chef: Simon Trussell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment:

    Childrens Entertainer every Sunday 13:30 - 15:30

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from St James Restaurant & Bar
St James restaurant and Bar now well established in the heart of Crouch End on Topsfield Parade and runner up in the Best Local Restaurant category of the 2009 Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards.
Open from 10:00 am, enjoy a hearty full English breakfast or just pop in for a coffee and a lighter snack.
To the front of St James is our casual dining room, dominated by the large, marble bar ideal for bar snacks and your favorite tipple. St James is the perfect place for lunch, whether it's a tasty treat from our 2 course set menu for £9.95or choose from our A La Carte menu.

The Skylight Room - ideal for parties seats 14 around a sociable square table.

To the rear of the venue is our 34 seat restaurant, with white walls, napery and mirrors reflecting the natural day light that floods into the room through huge doors, which open out to a secluded patio, perfect for warm days.
St James is an excellent venue for all types of celebrations
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St James Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.8
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (13)romance (11)business meals (9)fit for foodies (8)group bookings (8)sunday lunch (8)good vegetarian options (5)outstanding value (4)brunch (3)afternoon tea (2)outdoor eating (2)child friendly (1)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Chayal13
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is the second time my partner and I have been here. As always the menu is brilliant and if they don't have something they go out of their way to recommend an alternative. The staff are funny and attentive and make it such a nice experience. They're patient and don't mind if we get caught talking instead of looking at the menu. It's an all round beautiful restaurant that we will keep coming back to.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    jack
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great atmosphere. We ate in the front area which is less formal than the dinning room and always lively and good fun. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and really looked after us. The food was nice but could have done with a bit more risotto on my plate! Good choice of wines. Great evening out. Many thanks
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PCPV
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    The food was good, but portions were small and it was reasonably pricey for the area.
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  • Quality
    marcallen
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Amazing Sunday lunch. Best Yorkshire pud I've ever had.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Good quality as usual!
    Kwick709VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We were quite surprised we could get a last minute booking for 5 on a Saturday - still do not know why as service and food was great! Love the Roquefort salad!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat is amazing and desserts....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    The food at St James Restaurant & Bar was fantastic. The atmosphere is really nice and friendly and we felt very taken care of. We had the Chateaubriand; we like rare meat and the quality was outstanding! Not to mention desserts, I would recommend the creme brulee trio, superb! We're definitely going back :)
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely food in outdoor setting
    Anaconda
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We were able to take advantage of the set lunch menu which is very reasonable and sit in the small courtyard at the back of the restaurant. My watermelon and Feta cheese salad for a starter was delicious as was the pork belly we both had as mains. Drinks were very reasonable. A very nice reliable local restaurant which has a more formal dining room for special occasions.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Good as usual
    Kwick709VIP
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Saint James is always good for nice food. Sauvignon blanc Malborough not up to usual standard but still down nicely. Very unusual marmite flavoured creme brûlée was yummy.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely food and attentive service
    ashenal
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Went here for a Saturday night meal with my mum. The food was fantastic, best meal I have had in ages. The service was very good and they even served the starter we were sharing onto two separate plates, lovely touch. It was very quiet in there though and that was the only shame. I can't understand it given how good the food was.
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    fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Lovely lunch for a cross generation family birthday - great food, lovely service good value. We were very well looked after - Recommended.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Nice Find in Crouch End
    PKM1VIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    Very cool and relaxed atmosphere, would definately come back.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outstanding value
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  • PeanutVIP
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    Went back with a group of friends. Have been coming here over the years. Sad to see good value set menu is daytime rather than evening. Menu choice revamped and much fewer dishes but some dishes too experimental and put off desserts completely. Atmosphere nice but have been there when big group in bar area and additional noise tends to spoil ambience so don't go very often.
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    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant
    chayal13
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    My partner and I went here for a quiet romantic dinner and we couldn't have loved it more. The staff were extremely accommodating of our needs and walked us through the menu choices. The food was divine and was cooked to perfection. The staff were so friendly and made it an amazing date for us. We had a quiet private area and were well looked after by everyone. The food was quick and we enjoyed a slow dance in the garden. It couldn't have been more perfect!
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Closed
    wandago
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We booked on-line and got an acknowledgement that we could have a table on bank holiday money but when we turned up the restaurant was closed.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Wolfie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This is the third time we've visited and it never disappoints. The service is excellent - friendly and quick. The two/three course set menu is exceptional value and delicious. A huge amount of choice and decent portion sizes. A wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value
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  • Can't go wrong
    Prosecco
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    I have eaten here often, on week days, weekends, evenings and lunchtimes. The food, service and value for money are consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done St James
    ClarisH
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    The food was excellent quality and the service very good. We all really enjoyed or evening.
    Special Features:
    business meals, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fantastic service
    n10newbie
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    Would have given it a 5, but there's not enough choice on the starter menu - only one hot starter other than soup.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super dinner
    Palmer
    Dined on 28/2/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely dinner for 4. Service was impeccable and the food was delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why we could get a reservation
    Oliver
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    We needed a restaurant with European food, not a chain, and within 5 miles of home. St James was the only one that was available - we'd overlooked the fact that it was Valentine's weekend. It was clear why St James was not! We were seated in a sort of intermediate area, all on our own, with empty tables around. The food was adequate but not as exciting as the pretentious menu promises. Wine is overpriced (5 x supermarket price for identical bottle). No bread. No tablecloths. It's a bit like a gastropub without the pub. Service was pretty quick and unobtrusive, but the waiter spent half an hour of our meal polishing cutlery right behind us (within 1 metre of where we were sitting) which was really irritating.
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  • The service was polite ,friendly
    2eatis2live
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The service was polite ,friendly and helpful. A good but not huge menu, but flexibility shown and a positive attitude ,e.g. to wheat-free dietary request.
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Exceeded expectations
    Flash
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Had an excellent Saturday night meal for two at St James. Hadn't realised how much space they have out the back - decor is very up to date, chairs very comfy. Menu was all very appealing, lots of fish on offer as well as various steak and grill options. For once I wasn't drinking so didn't look at the wine list and can't comment on that. Cheesecake desert was huge as was the cheese plate. Service very good - we had an early table so were through3 courses in about 80 mins. Got a lot busier around 9pm. Will def be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since 26 October 2013
    • Average Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambience3.5
    • Service4.1
    • Value3.5
  • The following 319 reviews are from the St James Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • A local favourite
    Kwick709VIP
    Dined on 13/10/2013
    A friend and I come here when we want to be comforted by good wine and food. This time portion size was a bit hit and miss but still had a satisying meal. Will be back.
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local dining
    MenuHappy
    Dined on 30/9/2013
    We dined on a Monday and the restaurant was busy but the service was attentive. We had previously visited St James and had tried the a la carte menu. However, dining on this occasion we had the opportunity to sample the set-menu - I have to say the cooking is on par with the a la carte so I think it definitely represents great value dining. Handy local dining.
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    group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • saturday dinner
    ecodessert
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Its our local restaurant - we probably go 3-4 times a year. It did not disappoint. Lovely food, good wine list, excellent service and a lively crowd of 40 somethings in the bar if you want to stay on!
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    special occasions, child friendly, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was really impressed with
    crouchend
    Dined on 15/7/2013
    I was really impressed with my first visit to St James's. The 2 course set menu was excellent value for money at £9.95. THe decor was really well done and the staff were very attentive. I will definitely recomend to others and will be returning myself. Only room for improvement would be more vegetarian options and a cheaper house wine.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Father's Day Lunch
    Mikey
    Dined on 16/6/2013
    Unflappable service, great food, nice vibes on a Sunday - shame about some of the other customers! Would recommend.
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    child friendly, group bookings, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High hopes disappointed
    Vooders
    Dined on 22/5/2013
    My first visit - menu online looked amazing, was excited. Possibly foolishly we went for the £9.99 set menu. Starter of pork balls with chilli jam was nice, but avoid the prawn Caesar salad. On the menu it said tiger prawns (I think, certainly implied large prawns), but actually got a dish overflowing with tiny prawns (shrimp-like), drowned in a salty, Cajun dressing. It was not good. Willing to give it another go but this time I would try a la carte. It seems a lovely place though.
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    special occasions, outstanding value
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  • Excellent!
    jb01
    Dined on 18/5/2013
    Another excellent visit to St. James. We love this restaurant.
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    special occasions, group bookings
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  • Fine Dining
    Godmother26
    Dined on 15/5/2013
    Fabulous ambience, for all age groups. Restaurant greatly situated in the heart of Crouch End. Wide variety of tasty well presented flavoured food!!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had lunch here with a friend.
    Londonlady
    Dined on 26/4/2013
    Had lunch here with a friend. Great service and reasonably priced 2-course menu for £9.95. We both had the goats cheese salad starter which was 5-star. Really nice, good flavours. My friend had the burger which was very good. I had the chicken milanese which I'm afraid was not a good choice. Brown to look at, bland flavour - don't bother. And only one choice of dessert on this menu although we didn't want one.
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  • all good as always, tad noisy
    B52REF
    Dined on 23/3/2013
    all good as always, tad noisy in the back (big table of girls on a night out ), v.friendly service, good food reasonably priced.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Pst1
    Dined on 17/3/2013
    Great food and great service! Highly recommend it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great grills
    Quasi
    Dined on 15/3/2013
    When we first arrived we were a little uncertain. The restaurant is large, but it is in two parts: the front which is was lively and buzzing, and the back, which was deathly quiet. However, we got our table and sat down to order. We noticed that the really nice salads could be topped off with anyone of a selection of grilled foods: halloumi, king prawns, chicken etc. Great stuff. We all went for them and they were really delicious. Great idea; great grills.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day lunch
    wandago
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Three of us & a 6 week old baby had lunch here on Mother's Day, the set menu had a wide range of dishes on it including good vegetarian options. The restaurant had set aside a table for toddlers & young children to be entertained at which I thought was a nice touch
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A welcome at St James
    cfaulkner
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    The staff at St James could not have been more friendly or helpful and the Sunday Brunch was an absolute treat. I shall certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Lunch
    vollen
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    We came here with the children on Saturday for a celebration unch. We could have had the good value 2 course menu - there was a good choice - but we actually had the a la carte. I had pheasant, the girls had steak sandwiches, he had steak - all very good and the puddings were delicious too. I've been several times before - there are two very distinct parts to the restaurant - the front half is more "brasserie" like in atmoshphere - up the stairs at the back has a more formal / smart feel - white leather sofas etc - very nice but better for evenings (in my view). Service was charming but could have been a bit more on the ball. A good local restaurant for all sorts of occaisions -they do a very good brunch too.
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    special occasions, child friendly, brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch with friend/colleague
    DW20
    Dined on 21/2/2013
    My first visit to St James. We chose the £9.95 lunch which was excellent value.
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  • Local Restaurant - great value
    AilsVIP
    Dined on 20/2/2013
    Set menu is great value - lovely food, great service - highly recommended
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Peter
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    The service was quite good. The room was bland. The food was disappointing. We waited so long for our main course that my friend asked the waiter if the chef had gone home! My rump of lamb was cold and overcooked. It was replaced by another that was hot but made up of what appeared tone stringy off-cuts. The wine list was expensive with a very nasty and cheap tasting Italian house red at £18. None of the four of us enjoyed our meal and we shall not return.
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