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St. John

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2757 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 2757 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Lunch no need to say anymore

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DinaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was very basic, the flavours were not exciting and some of the meat dry. The service was very good and all the food flew out of the kitchen however we booked for the dining room and were seated outside where there was limited atmosphere and it was quite cold

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JohnA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a lovely evening at St John. Bone marrow and parsley salad was a great start, I had braised rabbit as a main, which was delicious. My friend had tripe and chips, it was his first tripe and he enjoyed the experience. For dessert we had a bread and butter pudding which was possibly the best dessert I’ve ever had, and a rice pudding that was not on the menu but supplied generously by the accommodating staff. We had a bottle of St John’s own Macon which was light and delicious, and madeleines and dessert wine to finish which were lovely recommendations by the attentive and knowledgeable staff. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend St John, it was all that I’d hoped for.

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TomB
Bristol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, can’t go wrong with the bone marrow starter, however the wine list isn’t great and staff didn’t seem to know what best to suggest

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EleanorP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seamless service on the first night of the new 10pm curfew. Faultless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, always amazing food, friendly staff.

LJ
LJWQ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been waiting to go here for a while and it did not disappoint! The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful throughout, especially with social distancing measure in place. The food was outstanding and the ambience was perfect!

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NicolaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, one dish that didn’t hit the mark but removed from the bill. Great service. Felt very COVID-safe. A lovely meal. The madeleines were to die for.

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EnaV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing food, incredible value for money. Wish we had room for dessert but it just means coming back again!

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lyndab
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a gem of a restaurant and the food did not disappoint. We liked it so much we also went for Sunday lunch. This restaurant is all about the food and drink. The staff are efficient and attentive but not in an overbearing way and not stuffy like in some Michelin restaurants . It is reasonably priced considering the size of the portions and the richness of the food. Wish it was closer to home.

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Gibfoodie
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never disappoints. Yum!!

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NorfLondonBoy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great that St John is up and running and firing on all 4 cylinders. The restaurant is serene and appealing, the service friendly and efficient and the food is great. The grey mullet was sublime and the madeleines as delightful as ever.

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vipglobaldiner
London
23 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food served in a functional , utilitarian setting - enhanced by white table cloths. Food presented “as it comes” on canteen style plates and cutlery. My pork was very dry - but overall food simple but tasty. Staff would benefit from a bit more training/ finesse.

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Petethemeat
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a really enjoyable meal - particularly the welsh black pie.

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EmmaW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

V v good . 100% recommend. Great service great food

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Foodycat
London
22 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Sunday lunch - I felt very comfortable with the C19 precautions they have taken. The wider spacing of the tables also brought the noise level down to a more comfortable level than I remember from previous visits. Delicious food, impeccably cooked - we had fish for both of our starters and mains and they absolutely sang with freshness and simplicity. Charming service, present without hovering.

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Swires
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Despite my main, there is much to love about this iconic restaurant including freshly baked madelines, excellent wine and the classic vibe that attracted me in the first place.

However, the special, the grouse was not a pleasant experience. I'm a fan of game but this had a lot of shot in it and was virtually raw (I am a fan of very rare meat) making it impossible to tackle and eat. It was such a shame as this was clearly the one in a thousand plates that this restaurant makes that wasn't quite right but for the price (£42) I was quite disappointed. I didn't say anything at the time as I didn't want to spoil the excellent vibe/other wonderful qualities about this restaurant. I left a tip because of the wonderful service, experience and the quite delightful dessert. My partner's meal was exceptionally good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out in London since lockdown with my son and girlfriend. A brilliant evening-sublime food and great service. All the distancing arrangements were well set out and adhered to and we felt very safe. A lovely, lovely experience. Highly recommended!

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FoodManChew
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Smashing London institution that launched a whole generation of young talented chefs.

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SusanD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. House bottle of Picpoul excellent.

CW
CharlieW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Many have tried but nothing beats St John.

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kksf
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband was keen to try out St. John for a while and I booked this as a wedding anniversary celebration. It was not what was expecting. The setting and mood of the place was laid back, no pretentiousness. It was a great relaxed setting. Even though some of the dishes do include offal, which was the main reason why we booked it, there are enough dishes on the menu for those who are not as adventurous (or ready to be), such as fish and vegetarian dishes. The food was outstanding. It was just delicious and was so comforting. We were full, but not bloated, and ending the meal with freshly baked madelienes and some tea was a great way to finish. The staff were lovely, very welcoming and attentive. My husband and I are already planning on bringing family here for a meal because it is just such a relaxed environment, and the food is so good, and we've already recommended it to friends.

On the whole, if you are in the mood for trying something new with reasonable prices, this certainly is the place to go. It didn't disappoint and we'd thoroughly recommend it.

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IainA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual great food and service. It's good to be back.

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AshleyBest
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous evening at St John, food was exceptional and the service attentive but not intrusive. One of my favourite restaurants in London.

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FraserM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent ingredients, well cooked and served. Not surprisingly ambience down on non COVID times so we missed the usual pre dinner relaxation at the bar.

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KH95
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food as always, simple but thought provoking dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Service was attentive but not overbearing, and the staff were friendly and helpful (and gave us a great wine recommendation!). Still my favourite restaurant in London, and likely always will be.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, and wine. Would love to come back!!

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AyaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect! Sue was absolutely amazing and so helpful with wines. It was my boyfriend's birthday, and St.John is one of his favourite restaurants. It was my first time visit, and no way would be my last. Thank you chef!

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DJEabcdefghijklmnopqrstu
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. John is just as good as ever. I preferred the relaxed style of the old bar food system, but the new tables are more comfortable than before and this and the quiet attention of the staff more than made up for it. My meal was more expensive than the bar meals I used to enjoy here, so I guess I’ll just have to go less frequently. The food, atmosphere and service were amazing as always. Still my favourite restaurant anywhere.

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ShammiL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in London - never disappoints - the pig's head special was incredible and very satisfying.

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KatS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice food, great service, would suggest a little more ambience though, like more candles etc., and the bone marrow dish to have a little more flavour. The salad that comes with it is very nice though.

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WillR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding, as ever. The peach melba was - without exaggeration - the best dessert I have ever had.

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Neynox
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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RosalindP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love visiting St. John. Shame to see how Covid restrictions mean you cannot have a pre/post dinner drink at the bar but understandable!

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Spock
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff are wonderful, this is a great place to go for dinner

AM
AliceM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as usual. Felt safe and well looked after.

NC
NiranathC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

I think because we had a late reservation, a lot of the food on the menu wasnt available which was slightly disappointing. But St John in general is still one of the best, my favourite British restaurant in London!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Delightful atmosphere. And all Covid-safe

Bravo!

Couldn’t have wanted for a better 50th dinner with my wife and kids.

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vipSnoopyandboo
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Grouse I’ve had

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BenjaminD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everything was nice. Dessert was unreal. Good wine list. Tough old pork chop though, bit disappointed by that.

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St. John is rated 4.7 stars by 2757 OpenTable diners.

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