St. John

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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 to, 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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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful meal, definitely the best we’ve had in London!

D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively space, loved the service and food as usual. It hasn't changed since I first went, and that's a good thing for me. The bone marrow was delicious, and we scored a lovely bottle off their expansive wine list. Recommended.

A
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Top notch everything!

MW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Please fix the bathrooms. Brill night though. Thank you.

BB
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was as ever absolutely delicious - made more so by seeing the patron obviously enjoying himself hugely on the next door table. Venison and radish salad tender and yummy, sea bass beautifully cooked and buttermilk pudding sublime

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was at St John the same day as at Lyle’s. Unanimous for St John by all means, completely different league. Bravo

MY
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ! The service and the staff are faultless. The food was delightful. We had a relaxing lunch and had a great time.

CB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favourite restaurants, never fails to please

MC
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really unique and creative menu. Whitewashed decor made everything feel very clean if a tad sterile. Our server was friendly and helpful and made some terrific recommendations. The adventurous diner will not be disappointed

RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely wonderful. Our waiter was very friendly and also very good at explaining what everything was. He presented my boyfriend with a candle in his dessert which was a nice touch. The food was nothing we had ever eaten before, and we had been slightly apprehensive about it beforehand, but everything was absolutely delicious. The ambiance was really nice. It felt relaxed but everything was perfectly orchestrated. Thank you for making it a really special evening!

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Food is interesting and perfectly made. The service was responsive and low key. The building was also fun— kind of a warehouse feel with whitewashed walls. And the value was very good....prices were reasonable, especially given St Johns reputation. We thoroughly enjoyed our food...and will return when we are in London. This was one of our trip highlights.

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not a fancy resturant , the focus is on what food is delivered to your table ..I love this ..I am not interested in the decor I want to know the best product cooked perfectly is what I am getting ..this is exactly what this resturant is all about in spades... ..well done !

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Imaginative menu, delicious and with excellent and genuine service.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We revisited St. John for our honeymoon dinner our first evening in London. Every part of the meal was outstanding.

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food (they change menu for every meal!), friendly service, good atmosphere

KB
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This hurts to write. We have been coming there since 2006. We have made it a special occasion dining destination ever since, spending our 5th, 10th and 15th anniversaries there - crossing an ocean to do it each time. We raved about this place to friends as it always delivered a great experience. This last visit was simply not up to standard. No effort to acknowledge our special occasion, even though we took the time to make guest notes about it. While the starters we good, the mains (hare and lamb) seemed overly basic and the proteins on the dry side. Presentation itself was something we could have found anywhere. In short, this visit lacked the overall 'special-ness' it used to have, in every phase of the game (service, food quality and food presentation). The bill was a tough pill to swallow at the end, given that the whole experience felt somewhat 'phoned in'. We agonized over writing this, but in the end, thought you had to know. I hope what we experienced was simply a one-off bad night.

RG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The bone marrow starter and brill main were lovely! The madelines were also to die for! Slightly too much mayonaise however in the creamy dishes - was a bit sickly. Overall a very good experience - me and my partner enjoyed ourselves!

T
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The dishes are very well prepared. Humble ingredients, masterfully elevated. Adequate seasoning. Nice unpretentious atmosphere. Pricing good. Wines excellent, but on the higher side of the price spectrum.
Only minor personal preference: the aioli (accompanying brill with leeks poached in red wine) was too pungent and overwhelming to our taste. The waiter kindly commented that this is Fergus's preferred way of eating it.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I didn’t feel it was on form- perhaps we had the last sitting and been a long day/week but for the first time ever (in 20 years of going) I was underwhelmed. You guys are great but please PLEASE don’t let standards fall.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

3 out of 4 loved their meal but 1 took a chance on the Grouse and did not enjoy nearly as much as last time.

MT
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The madeleines, OMG!! We definitely will recommend St John to our friends that be coming to London

DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! From drinks to courses, one of the best restaurant experiences I have encountered. If your in London, it’s a must!

SC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such simplicity of ambiance, place settings to the cutlery and it brings out the non pretentiousness of the food. You get to take your time and enjoy the company at your table without any strain or distractions.
We had the cod and terrine for starters. The kid and pork chop for mains paired with a fantastic bottle of Chablis and ended it with a berry sponge.
The food cooked again in such simple 3 point flavour combinations that elevate and compliment alongside impeccable service and quality ingredients.

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the first time I’ve eaten Sunday lunch at St John and what a treat it was. The food was delicious as always. The ambience was lovely and relaxed whilst the service was still professional. Also noted the new installation of sound dulling boards on the ceiling which has made a marked improvement to the acoustics which would have been my only complaint about this place previously.

G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It’s worth going once as the preparation of nose to tail ingredients are unique and tasteful.

BB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. A bucket list Resteraunt for sure. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone. Can’t wait to go again.

JH
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned after nearly 5 years when our son’s wedding reception was held here. Everything was just as we remembered and food just as delicious. My son and his wife return every year on their anniversary and I think the rest of us need no excuse to make it more often!

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, already booked another lunch there for later this week.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic! I’ve been waiting years to finally eat here and it exceeded all expectations. The food is amazing, the service is excellent, and the ambiance is very welcoming and exciting.

TO
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be what Anthony Bourdain said it was, 'the greatest restaurant on earth'.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

the food is so wild,worth a try

DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Loved the concept, and the service, but was left disappointed by the food. While the bone marrow starter and Middle White was nice, the shrivelled trotter, whole boiled carrot and tasteless, thin gravy was bland and disappointing, particularly for c.£25. The battered tripe was greasy and plain, and again, poor value for money. Overall, I remembered St. John being better, more inspired and bolder.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and authentic service. Highly recommend. The restaurant is very simple but the focus is on the food and it’s truly exceptional. Very well priced as well!

DE
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Bone marrow salad to start was particularly special. Very good value for money too

KF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Offaly good! Very friendly and personable staff who know the menu inside out. Great selection of wines too. I took someone there who was too keen on the nose to tail concept but enjoyed the overall experience and food which is all cooked brilliantly and just thrown on a plate with no frills. If your first visit, I highly recommend the Bone Marrow starter which is accompanied with nice and sharp parsely salad and toast, providing a wonderful contrast of flavours and textures. I had the Ox Heart chips and ketchup for main which was wonderful in simplicity - flawlessly fried thick cut chip, which diced heart that had a nice bit of chew to it as well as nice home made ketchup. I also tried the lamb which camb as a large shank and was as good a shank as I've ever eaten (I've eaten a lot of lamb shanks!). The desert again was excellent.

Only slight criticisms; a little pricey but I would certainly still go back at thoose prices. Portion sizes were a little too big (not something I often complain about!!) - don't order any sides if you want to eat three courses.

All in all, one of the best dining experiences you can have in London.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!! Great experience, incredible food, and amazing service!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect meal.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Exactly as expected, but very good: a finely sliced grilled
oxheart, lamb sweetbreads, and a portion of really fine marrow.
Food for the starving.
Worth its star a pleasure to recommend.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, mood, people, Thank you for all. I’ll see you soon.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Shockingly British in a good way. The food was excellent as you would expect, service was good and a really good overall value!
I would highly recommend!

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