St. John

4.7
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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 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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L
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth visit and somehow St Johns always manages to exceed expectations. The food was exceptional and a great choice of wines. The menu always has something fresh that will often be a first try and this was no exception. The service is friendly, courteous, prompt but not intrusive. The venue has a unique relaxed feel and this is a great place to spend a relaxed lunch with friends. Thanks to the chef and all the team for a memorable lunch.

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MS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Absolutely worth the flight across the pond to eat here!! The food was magnificent! The Eccles cake was perfect along with the lamb heart to make my meal extra special.

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LA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We sat near the front exit, it was cold with all doors open to exterior and the service was dreadful we were pretty much forgotten about! It was my husbands birthday so I was hoping it would be great! Food was excellent, waitress was not impressed when i said i would not tip. But why tip on a £250 bill when service was dreadful

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LN
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What's the saying....bread is the staff of life? Well O could eat their bread + butter all day long. One type better than the next. The bone marrow was orgasmic + the fried pork skin with dandelion + roasted shallot didn't suck. Main courses were equally as good. And perfect wine options to marry with each course.

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been meaning to eat at St John for over 15yrs and I was not disappointed! Great restaurant! I’ll be back for sure!

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St John is famous for its offal dishes. I started with bone marrow (delicious and simple) and my main was pig tongue ("middle white tongue"). I enjoyed both dishes, but realized that the marrowbone would have been very easy to make at home, so I should have had something else.

Service was very friendly, helpful, and efficient.
The room is fairly loud.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth a visit. Nothing I didn't like about it.

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

Went to St John for lunch with colleagues and it immediately became one of our best experiences. The service was excellent, food is beyond incredible. I always wanted to try good modern British cuisine and it was fantastic. Will definitely come back, especially for the bread pudding.

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M
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

a little disappointing, waiter a little over confident without knowledge of the restaurants offerings, starter and dessert delicious, main not so much....

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, lovely staff, love the simplicity of the decor... however there was a stink of white spirit as they had just painted the staff room. Surely they could use an eco friendly paint that doesn’t smell!

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A
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was fantastic (we had the roast bone marrow, ox heart, pigeon and sweetbreads; and for dessert the Easton mess and chocolate and pistachio terrine and Madeleines). The wine suggestions were on point. I love places that have a good choice of wine per glass, as it does not oblige people to take a whole bottle or drink if they do not want to. I hope I can return soon.

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EF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I really loved the food and the service, but in terms of the environment, I'd appreciate having more lighting (artificial though).

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JK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and certainly a worthwhile dining experience.
I was surprised they didn't ask about allergens prior to ordering. We bought two bottles of wine, one of which was excellent. The 2015 Cahors Malbec was somewhat disappointing lacking any character.
Overall I was very happy with my evening but nothing blew me away

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p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not straightforward to read the menu, what’s what is quite difficult to determine, however, it turns out even randomly picking dishes is just fine. Everything we ordered was amazing!!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a really unique british restaurant that is always perfect

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ZF
London
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

St John is an absolute British institution and it’s easy to see why. I’ve always been advised that at St. John it doesn’t matter how outrageous something sounds, try it, and you’ll be amazed.
This certainly stood true with our meal. The service was impeccable (there’s some irony here in the fact that one of the few restaurants in London with no service charge has the best service by far)!
The only comment I could possibly make is that the braised beef from the specials, though cooked to perfection, was a little dry at times. Not due to poor cooking, but more due to a slight lack of accompaniments.

Overall though, I’m counting down until I can return!

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HW
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is great and the recommendations were very good

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TD
London
26 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A restaurant with a difference! Our overseas guests enjoyed the particular British menu in a friendly and enjoyable venue.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sparse ambiance but they leave no room to hide behind the puffery of ambiance it’s all on the plate. The reason to go is because the food is delicious and well thought out and executed in a precise manner. Also the service is amazing! Go twice if you have time.

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is always amazing. The food is outstanding and the service is very friendly and always ready to help or give good recommendations. I've been a few times now and can't fault it.

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z
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. Food was fantastic, service friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Exceeded expectations.

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NB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the no fuss atmosphere. Will be back.

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AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative food, served graciously but without intrusive fuss.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit london annually from korea, just because of St. John... this is the love letter I sent to soft savage guts ❤️

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H
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning meal... I have wanted to visit st.johns for many years and finally got the opportunity to do so this week, and wasn’t disappointed. The pigs spleen was Offaly good, the St. John’s picpoul was fresh, crisp-summer in a glass. Highly recommended and certainly deserves its plaudits. Fergus and his team have really created something special and a truly unique dining experience, complimented by a very sharp clean dining area.

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E
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Starters were ok
Pigeon was tough and overcooked.
Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese was excellent.
Service was good

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MC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, the most delicious food: Kohlrabi salad with shrimp, Roast Middle White, Carrots and Trotter, Eccles Cake and Lancashire Cheese. Great friendly attentive service. No pretence. No nonsense with smears and foams. Just excellence.

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K
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Menu did not sound exciting but the food was delicious The service was gruff and unattended by most waiters but the maître d saved the day service wise by being excellent

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S
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this place! Offering unusual dishes but always with excellent flavours

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PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. It goes without saying that the food is fantastic

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LD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Always good food.
But no Madeleine's this time :(

Bar staff a bit miserable. But overall very good.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St John is possibly the most consistent restaurant in London. Irrespective of the time of day or service or day of the week it’s consistency of produce and simplistic presentation belie the depth of skill in their cookery. If you want to eat well drink well and be amused but left to get on with a conversation it hasn’t changed in 25 years in staying fresh in each

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GG
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Have been to St. John before and had excellent experiences. Not so this time. Service and food quality were WAY off. Might not return...

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your staff from start to finish front to back was top notch, made my girlfriend and I feel super welcome and would love to come again. Also felt inspired as a chef , your beauty in simple perfection. Actually would love to work with you all
Thanks for a unforgettable evening xx

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ML
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I really like the feel and vibe of St. John and the food was pretty good, but not as good as I was expecting. The service was maybe the worst I have had at a restaurant of this caliber. It was really unfortunate. I would assume other waitstaff are much better, but I guess it was not our lucky night in that regard.

The bone marrow was the best of the dishes we tried.

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TH
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic friendly and awesome food. Each visit to St.John impresses. Fab bone marrow, awesome lid liver. Great skate, perfect madeleines and amazingly happy people.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have ever had

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ND
London
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming for years. It is always great. My favourite

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant overall. Solid menu with friendly service. Would definitely recommend.

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G
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The meat pie was on the money, however the bone marrow and roe toast were underwhelming. Toast was salllllty

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