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St. John
St. John

St. John Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com
  • Phone: 020 7251 0848
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Sunday: 1.00PM - 3:00PM

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Chris Gillard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room for up to 18 guests. Entire site can be hired for between 110 (Sit down meal) or 250 (Informal Dinning)
  • Private Party Contact: Renata Galli 020 7553 9844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charterhouse Street
  • Public Transit: Farringdon
  • Parking: No
A word from St. John
Fergus Henderson’s original home of “Nose to Tail Eating” opened in a former smokehouse around the corner from Smithfield Market in 1994.

Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.

Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.

Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian too, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful to encounter a beautiful aesthetic free from distracting frills. English cooking at its very best. I would recommend it to serious eaters."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "For a restaurant that sells itself on "nose to tail" cuisine the menu was less than adventurous but outrageously expensive for what was after all offal. Soggy craclkling is inexcusable at these prices. The lack of imagination spread to the accompaniments to the mains. One vegetable, lacking in taste and with a bland sauce. Those who thought "marrow" might mean marrowbone were sadly disappointed by the appearance of the vegetable of the same name. The side order veg was reminiscent of Mrs Beaton. The sommeliers tried her best but her colleagues let her down - inattentive waiters more intent on strutting their stuff than attending to their customers. The canteen design means that conversation soon becomes impossible as the volume increases."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. I always judge service when a second glass of wine comes in time to enjoy with the main meal. Our waitress anticipated my request and delivered the wine to be enjoyed with the excellent food."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "A Foodie place with mediocre service in a casual environment. Does not make you feel like you have or will have a great experience. Food presentation is basic - very basic almost not caring and dishes are not complete."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "El restaurante más sobrevalorado que he estado en mi vida.Comida simple y mal ejecutada.Caro."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "Brilliant food by a master chef. Extremely professional staff. I've long wanted to visit St. John and it surpassed all my expectations."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "It was the best meal i've ever had in a restaurant. I really came for the bone marrow and kidney's but left pleased to also discover that St. John's mixed green salad is outstanding."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "A meal at St. John never disappoints, consistent good quality food and knowledgeable service!"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Calves liver cooked to perfection. Salad dressing too powerful for the excellent bone marrow. Restaurant was very noisy so difficult to have a quiet conversation"
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "I love St John, and try to eat there whenever I'm in London. The food is always marvelous, the staff are knowledgable and professional, the room is simple but comfortable."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "I had high expectations for this restaurant, after reading reviews and a strong recommendation by a friend. Although I found the menu quite interesting, the execution was not impressive. The rabbit was so dry, it was virtually inedible. The pork was very flavorful, but also dry. The best dish we had was the ox heart, which was sliced thinly and grilled, and served with a horseradish sauce. The salad we ordered never arrived."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Everything was top notch as always food was delicious service was prompt and informed and the atmosphere was perfect."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "From arriving to departing, we had a lovely, interesting, educational and delicious experience. The knowledge and respect for ingredients and how to treat them, as well as treating guests. We brought our two kids, and it went very well. Both they and the staff at St John´s showed much respect, understanding and appreciation for each other. I have in the past and will continue to recommend St John´s to my swedish foodie friends. I hope they make the journey - the bone marrow alone is totally worth it."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "I came to St John on the recommendation of a friend. I'm from the States and, when traveling, I try to order things with which I'm unfamiliar, have never tasted, or don't even know. In that spirit, I ordered the Lamb Sweetbreads (pancreas) with broad beans and bacon, and LOVED it. Fantastic dish, well prepared, with a hint of mint that really surprised. Very excellent service, unique and wonderful food. It was a little loud in the dining room with a very large party, but I still enjoyed the ambiance. I HIGHLY recommend St John. My only regret: I did not order the Bone Marrow and Parsley salad. The diners next to me did, and boy, did it look GOOD. Thanks for a beautiful and unusual meal!"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Too bad that the kitchen didn't see that the peas was too old served to a female teenager. It will always give problems and for us spoiled the half of the meal time. The bone marrow was god but the rest was quite ordinary. I didn't expect a Michelin restaurant to be at that level. Some times I have in private the enjoy to have food that inspired your eyes ( ex. Use the colour orange at the bone marrow, fresh spice at the butter beans, green, etc.), your sence of smell, and the taste and then you only need a very little physical amount of food to be "full". The bone marrow was as a first dish too "full". Only 2 bones and one piece of bread is enough. But anyway good luck with the restaurant just go on with the best you Can do."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to my meal at St John even before I left Australia. My son and several friends had dined here before. I was certainly not disappointed. From the time I stepped into the restaurant the service was prompt, polite and informative. I was dining alone which meant I could not share the experience or have someone else's plate to try another dish. My starter of roasted bone marrow with parsley salad and sour dough was melt in the mouth sweet. For mains I had the lamb sweetbreads with bacon. Several sweetbreads came in a delicious sauce with pieces of lovely smoked bacon throughout. I was glad I also ordered a side of jersey royals to lap up the sauce. All washed down with a bottle of 2011 Chat Fou. Superb"
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "I took my husband for his birthday. The food was tasty but very basic looking. The venue was interesting but very relaxed. The staff were excellent however. We enjoyed it but were not wowed. It all seemed almost too simple and rustic eg The jersey royal potatoes were massive with nothing on them except a sprinkle of herbs, the pigeon and beetroot was exactly just that. There wasn't any complexity with flavours deserving a mchelin star. It was good to visit but certainly did not have a michelin star feel to it."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "The restaurant is very clinical in style, but the food speaks for its-self - really high quality, with really good service. They can cater for vegans too, which was unexpected."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "We had a late dinner on Friday night. The restaurant was packed the entire time. The food was overall fantastic, and it was probably one of the best value meal I had in London so far"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "After hearing such good things about these proponents of nose-to-tail eating in the media, we were very much looking forward to our meal here. It was so very disappointing. Firstly the variety of anything that could fall under the "nose-to-tail" category was very limited. The starters were nice, but not overwhelmingly so, but the mains were terrible. The crispy pigs cheek was very very salty (and I'm a salt addict, so it wasn't a taste issue) and the portion of protein was tiny (mostly a heavily dressed accompaniment) and the pigeon was so tough as to be almost inedible. The canteen setting/atmosphere would have been a charming quirk had the food held its own - as it was it felt like a reflection of the food being served in it."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "The food is of a really good quality. I had the bone marrow as a starter and lamb sweetbreads for main both were delicious. Service is good and staff is friendly. I wouldn't say it is a romantic place but rather its somewhere where people woth good food taste to explore."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Originalissimo nel servizio, nel menu, nell'estetica del locale. Adatto anche in coppia se non si ricerca un posto intimo e romantico, leggermente rumoroso ma caratteristica che lo rende particolare. Il cavallo di battaglia a mio avviso sono i roast bones che ho ordinato due volte nella stessa serata. Questa e' stata la quinta volta che sono andata e quindi credo valga la pena consigliarlo a tutti quelli che vogliono mangiare qualcosa di insolito. Splendide e gentili le due cameriere che ci hanno servito!"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Probarly the Best & most interesting dinner i have ever had - EXELLENT!!!!!!"
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Hard to find fault with anything about St John. Other restaurants will come and go, it remains ever evolving and ever excellent."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "Excellent food, attentive and helpful staff, beautiful venue - our visit to St John was everything I had hoped for."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "The St John wine is so good, we walked away with a box! And the food gets better and better."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Finally made it to St. John and was very impressed by the food, which I think was superior to other (and newer, popular) modern British cuisine restaurants I tried in the same week, as well as their beer selection, since so many restaurants of this type do not offer draft beer or, if they do, have a weak selection typically with a mass market offering. (Not everyone enjoys wine with lunch!) I had an outstanding brown shrimp and white cabbage salad that had a very balanced dressing (so many of these offerings can have too much salt or too much vinegar), and my main was excellent as well. I would definitely return."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "I have dined at St John a few times, and took some work colleagues/friends there for their first time the other evening. They were blown away by it - the food was fantastic (even for the non-offal eaters!), great wine selection and friendly service. There really was nothing to fault. Everybody loved it."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "To be honesty it feels more casual than a Michelin 1 star restaurant. The service is ok, environment is a bit noisy, the food is good though, but probably only for those who are curious and brave to try new recipe. I have to say the "nose to tail eating" concept satisfy me well. The ingredients which I never thought could be eaten before turns out to be more delicious than I expect. It is a very different dinning experience."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "This will be a quick review, as I've already posted positive reviews for St John. The menu is always surprising with a wide variety of interesting options, the service is always impeccable and friendly, and the food quality (and price) is always brilliant. This is my favourite restaurant. Need I say any more?"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "I've been to St John several times, but this was my first visit to the dining room (as opposed to the bar). Unfortunately, I found that the service in the dining room was inferior to the service I usually get in the bar. Our server took our orders and brought our food very readily, but he took far too long to ask us about dessert and to bring our check, and he brought us water only once over the whole course of the evening. The food, however, was excellent as usual. We had the bone marrow, terrine, pork skin salad, and ox heart with chips. All were perfectly executed and seasoned. St John is also far less expensive than you might think. Our meal for two was only about £40. Excellent value for the quality of the food."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Was looking forward to going here for a long time....very disappointed - clumsy inattentive waiter, food was ok but nothing special and the presentation for such a renowned restaurant was awful. Just looked like something served up slopped on a plate from home. No atmosphere whatsoever. If I happened to just walk by and needed a pub style meal I would say it was perfectly good, but to rate this as one of the world's 50 best restaurants is absurd. I ate in better pubs this week! Have been to some of Jason Atherton's recently and they are in a completely different league."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "The restaurant is gorgeous; clean, modern design, but the space much too loud. Loved the selection of French wines. The food was very good, but the service was inattentive, bordering on neglectful. The couple behind us had to physically grab the waiter to get his attention. We ordered the peach cobbler dessert. A few minutes later the gentleman behind us ordered the same dessert. He had finished his dessert before ours was ever served. Between the attitude and the noise, we'll never return. Too many other great options out there. Too bad, because the food really was well above average."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Our water was gorgeous. We will definitely go back."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, with the star of the show being the brainsed rabbit. The service was efficient and attentive, with good knowledge and an excellent choice of wine."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Absolutely horrible service for price range, avoid dinner and stay in the pub and your satisfaction to expectation ratio will be much better"
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "St John is eclectic. It does its own thing without compromise and does it extremely well. It is not to everyone's taste. We had an exccellent meal with small crayfish and lemon sole among the favorites. The wines we tasted were house and delicious. My colleague tried the peas as starter and was unconvinced by them."
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "The exceptional: service, bread, MARROW BONES The good: mostly everything else The ehhhh: the Jersey royals! Memorable meal at St. John, our waitress was delightful, truly a pleasure to chat with. The marrow starter was, as expected, delicious, but really who doesn't like fat and bread? Our main courses were tasty, if a little uninspiring to look at, but the atmosphere was so nice it more than made up for that small disappointment. The one thing that really irked me were the Jersey royal potatoes - they were ENORMOUS. Maybe I've been buying mine at the wrong place, but they looked more like small mutant baking potatoes than my beloved JRs. Oh well, not everything can be perfect! The desserts looked very tasty, but sadly I hadn't room!"
    dined on 23/06/2014
  • "Whenever we are in London St. John is always on our go to restaurant list. The meal we had last week was a great disappointment. Although the staff were pleasant enough it was difficult to get anyone to attend to us. So much so that we were only asked how our food was when the plates were cleared away. The food was tasteless and lacked soul."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "their menu of the day surprise me. and I can tell the ingredients they used are really fresh!!! I just love the food and the ambience!! nice restaurant. recommended!!!!"
    dined on 17/06/2014