Saint Jacques

4.8
159 reviews
£41 and over
French
Richard Weiss, iconic restaurateur and sommelier, returns to London’s West End with Saint Jacques restaurant. A relaxed and discrete chic bistro setting, Saint Jacques makes the perfect venue for breakfast, a convivial lunch, early evening cocktail or intimate dinner to savour.

Bringing new life to St James’s with classic French dishes and modern creations, the Saint Jacques seasonal menu blends tradition and innovation to suit all tastes – from Richard’s legendary tableside prepared Steak Tartare to a decadent fondant au chocolat.

Saint Jacques’ interior amalgamates the characteristics of a warm traditional brasseries with a vibrant and fresh aesthetic. Key features include the light and airy main dining area, where the clean and organic design coupled with the floral artwork complements the local and seasonal ingredients used. Our French windows then open onto our courtyard, a tranquil oasis of a kind rarely found in Central London.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 159 People Are Saying
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GAUTAMK
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant (which I want to keep to myself in case they get a horde of visitors and am unable to get a table!). Amazing food and service. Hit the soufflé followed by the tartare .

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here a few times now. Consistently good on all counts.

ST
vipSimonT
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Classic cuisine beautifully done & with a very convivial atmosphere……bravo!

RW
RichardW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like fine French cuisine then this is the place for you. Fine food and wine. Friendly service who do not try to rush you and a lovely ambiance.

LW
LilianaW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The VERY BEST of The South of France !!! The chicken cooked in champagne 🍾 was so savory every bite was an orgasmic experience and the Plum Soufflé was so light and full of airy deliciousness. What an incredible experience…can’t wait to go back!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always - great table outside in the square - fab food and wine - long lunch - no rush and great staff - highly recommend

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Francophile
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, superb wine and fabulous service, all after being warmly greeted by a sexy man with yellow braces.

10/10

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch ticked all the boxes, would definitely go again xx

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Pina
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I didn't leave the restaurant satisfied. It was for our anniversary dinner and I wished that I had chosen somewhere else.

The evening started killing the bugs on my table, napkin and knife. I know that there are some plants around and it happens but still didn't feel very nice. And speaking of plants and the inner court, it is nice and discrete but they could have cared a little more for the vases & plants surrounding the tables, they were in a miserable state.

My starter and wine was good but the rest was mediocre, especially for the price. I didn't feel that the neither the ambient nor the service was anything special. Especially the service, I've seen that other reviewers were impressed by the staff but for me it was only non sensible jokes and loud laughs. I felt not comfortable to a level that I didn't even want to ask some advice on food when I needed. I finished with a soufflé as a dessert and it was extremely sweet.

Turned back home very unsatisfied wishing to have had cooked something at home for our special day.

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vipAngusian
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

As always a good menu exquisitely prepared and served. Great choice of wines at reasonable prices!
Surprisingly quiet for a Friday but fun to eat indoors again!

m
millstone
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and efficient, helpful, service. We ate in the garden and there was a lovely atmosphere. We felt as if we were eating in France.

RC
RogerC
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food …. We were moved from inside to a table in the courtyard which really made the experience… the main man was attentive & has a passion for what he does ….

Would definitely return

M
Mrnoodlehead
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very enjoyable and relaxed dinner. Service is friendly and welcoming. I would definitely book again.

MO
vipMarkO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service. As ever, Richard was on hand to suggest a lovely wine

LS
vipLarsS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always all-round amazingly good but must highlight the in season apricot tart as above and beyond fantastic - and with a glass of Coteaux de Layon, simply heavenly in the courtyard!

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Marion02
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, good food, nice atmosphere. My partner said he had the best steak tartare ever! I enjoyed what I chose ( cold pea soup and the duck)but would have preferred more choice. I’m picky and don’t eat fish, foie gras, steak tartare or snails. Overall though a very enjoyable meal and we will definitely go again.

DT
DavidT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice scallops
Good steak
Bad chips

SN
StevenN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great addition to St James's and ought to do well. I really like the cooking, the staff are friendly and helpful and the ambience is busy and buzzy but not overpowering. My only slight cavil is that having arrived at 2:00 for lunch we didn't get our order taken until 2:30, and that coffee came before dessert. Nit picking I know, but otherwise really good value and I'm definitely not going to let my minor quibbles put me off.

DW
DaveW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, surprisingly spacious, staff are full of character and food was delicious. Would recommend and will certainly revisit

JM
JonathanM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant with an outside terrace at the back of historic Berry Bros. Friendly, attentive staff and excellent food. My veal with mushroom sauce was exceptional.

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alanc
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit, we will definitely come again. First read about the restaurant in a review Sunday Times or the daily telegraph. Certainly lived up to our expectations

BC
BC2020
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no doubt this is one of the best front of house teams in London. They are super friendly and very professional. It's a joy to watch them make the Steak Tartare in front of you; and flambe the Crepes Suzette.

The new chef Matt has settled in well, the cooking here is really good.

A really lovely proprietor run restaurant.

Ooops I should mention the owner Richard whose laughter as he chats to guests is infectious.

AW
AndrewWM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was my first visit to Saint Jaques taking a business stakeholder to lunch for the first time.

We sat in the courtyard and I was impressed with the level of service, the menu and the food plus value for money.

We did have a slightly wonky table and the downside of being outside was other diners smoking nearby.

MG
MarianG
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A charming restaurant with delightful, attentive staff serving real French food. The exterior courtyard (canopied) is a lovely sheltered venue for an excellent, good value for money meal. London needs more restaurants like this!

JE
JohnE
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled on Saint Jacques when walking through St James. The outdoors courtyard looked great and so we booked a visit. Our experience was excellent. The staff are very friendly and the food is brilliant. We had the 3 course fixed price lunch and fount it perfect, delicious and filling. Drinks prices are at the upper end of the range, but I appreciated some great recommendations. The whole meal was very relaxed and the owner is great. Totally recommended and can't wait to visit again.

LF
LorraineF
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here.
Classic, stylish, friendly & fabulous cuisine.

PF
vipPeterF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as usual. Staff very attentive and helpful.
Looking forward to going again soon.

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Sophy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My client loved St Jacques and went back again.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal, with the veal chop being the best thing I've eaten in the last year, and an amazingly convivial host.

SW
StuartW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

French bistrot atmosphere - good food, wine and service ; tres bien!

AE
AlexE
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tasty food. Excellent service with a sense of humour. Really enjoyed the visit here.

CS
CedricS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Would recommend to anyone wanting a great time.

LS
vipLarsS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saint Jacques truly is the home of joie de vivre (truly exuberant enjoyment of life) and once again delivered a sublime meal with superb accompanying wines.

The courtyard is a gem and a stupendous find for August London and makes everything better, easier, chilled and cool!

Struggling for superlatives here, because it's just that good :-).

FR
FREDDIE
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

gorgeous classic location and atmosphere.
Delicious food
Excellent service
Great value for money

MB
MichaelB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday was our second visit and we were not disappointed. Everything worked well and we were able to sit outside which was a big bonus
Our friends who had not been to the restaurant thought it was very good
We will be back
Michael Bustard JP

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful people all round fantastic experience.

NH
NeilH
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit after finding reviews online...we were staying close by. The food was just superb, as was the service. We asked for a wine suggestion and Richard recommended an unbelievable French organic Reisling which was perfect. To finish we had Tart Tatin...if you ever dine here, don't leave without trying this! Richard was very attentive, as were staff in general....cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough in every respect.

NV
vipNVfoodiesparky
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly greeting nice service wonderful wine list food was excellent would go back anytime

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janete
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from the moment we entered the restaurant. The food was delicious and the tart tatin was absolutely amazing! A super evening and we will definitely be booking again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent but would have been outstanding with just making sure table was level and slightly larger

FAQs

Saint Jacques is rated 4.8 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.