St. John

4.6
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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.
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Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just really awesome food that isn’t pretentious and a great ambience.

RB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the world. They always have new delicious things to try on the menu.

CL
Canberra
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the head-to-toe philosophy. The "real food" and the traditional options at St John. I love that the menu is always changing so I can always try something fresh, new and in season. I bring all my London visitors here and they all love it!

N
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful relaxed atmosphere. Exceptional menu. Lambs brain starter and calves liver main were both delicious. Combined with the house claret, attentive service and good company, this is one of my favourite meals, and restaurants.

DE
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service not great on this occasion (took them more than 30mins to take our order - even for drinks) but food was great as usual

JM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I expected from St John, wonderful Bone Marrow to start and an amazing Grilled Lamb Heart to follow. The Eccles Cake and Lancashire Cheese was sublime

s
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A real gem of a restaurant. What looks as simple dishes turns out to be amazing in taste.

KK
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was very interested to dine at St. John based on its reputation. I was not put off by emphasis on offal as it was what I expected, but menu choices might be very limited for some diners. We took a cold brill and cabbage salad and a kohlrabi salad that looked almost identical. Nice vinaigrette, but nothing special. Pork main for my girlfriend and mallard for me. Both dishes arrived cold ands were served on cold plates. Server did take them back to be reheated, but the enthusiasm was gone. Mallard dish with squash was good; pork very boring except for crackling. Pastry of Eccles cake was very stodgy and not flaky. Three best dishes were a side of mashed swede, a side of Welsh rarebit and the outstanding pavlova pudding. Restaurant was kind to compensate with gratis madeleines and a glass each of dessert wine.

TB
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service is outstanding. The menu is so interesting that several visits would be needed to get a comprehensive sample.

I'm looking forward to another opportunity to visit!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very different dining experience in a non fussy and non pretentious setting. Great food, good service and reasonable price for the quality.

MO
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant menu with a wide range of food, fish and meat. Imaginative and traditional. Cooking if highly skilled, presentation simple. I had devilled kidneys with swede mash - I have not tasted better, a simple and restorative plate of food. Eccles cake and lancashire cheese for pudding - worth coming here just for that. Then an espresso which was better than I have had outside Rome. A great restaurant, peopled by charming staff who know what they are doping and love their restaurant.

TL
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were recommended StJohn by our son who is a chef, currently working in Denmark. The food was excellent, and the service level was very very good. Highly recommended you book a table at St John.

SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whole crab starter was outstanding, followed by super size main courses which we just couldn't get through so was kindly wrapped to take home by the staff when we couldn't finish them. Bonus for beer drinkers unlike many London restaurants draught pints on tap so pints available. House wine super value , rum and raisin ice cream excellent. Checking menu every day to see when the whole crab is back on , will be back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. A culinary masterpiece. Simple yet so sophisticated.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience from start to finish! We definitely come back

DA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food. Nice spacious dining room.

HF
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute choice for hubby’s 40th. Every bit as good as you’d hope for. So far as to say that it might top out as my favourite places to eat. It’s relaxed, attentive, excellent attention to detail without being stiff. Everyone was super friendly. The food was really very excellent. Top marks from us!

SS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent straightforward traditional English good with warm service and great wine list.

AW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding, as always. Magical combination of perfect exciting tastes, but homely as well. Service excellent - well informed, funny and charming

JC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I had hoped it would be. Waiting staff were superb, attentive but not in your face. Love what they are doing with food here.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and faultless service

OT
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend!!

HF
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Simple yet authentic ! Nice food ingredients, simple cooking method. Bread is highlight!

AD
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We are extremely disappointed with our experience at St. John's, especially due to our high expectations considering the reputation and the price range. The starters (salt coley with tartare, cold roast beef with beetroot and missing pickled walnuts and bone marrow on toast with parsley salad) were pleasant, but boring. Our main (longhorn in red wine and mash) was by far the biggest disappointment. The mashed potato was cold, tasteless and felt like eating cardboard. The meat was the almost inedible. We couldn't bring ourselves to finish our plates. We were served by 3 different waiters, only one of which was welcoming and helpful. We weren't asked if our food was okay, even though we left the plate almost untouched. Nearby diners ordered the same dish and were clearly equally dissatisfied. The house red wine was enjoyable. A waste of one of our very few nights in London.

CI
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having wanted to go to St. John for 20ish years, I was sorry to be disappointed. The style remains influential but the execution felt diffident. Service was cold and slow.

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

For being one of the 50 best restaurants in world; sadly did not live up to expectation.
Food was excellent but service was very poor. Forgot wine and sparkling water we had ordered. Manager never came to check on table.

t
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, everything about this restaurant is first class. I would eat here every week if I could.
The service is always relaxed and honest and nothing is too much trouble.
The food is some of the best available in comfortable surroundings.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was without fault. The wine was slightly sour (which was the second bottle as we sent back the first bottle).

MF
London
14 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

for meat lovers

MG
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The sushi roll was salty. Really? The fried chicken was delicious. The pork belly was really good. Dessert was excellent. Overall very good!

MJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our server had a terrible cough. She hacked on everything. Management should have never allowed her to work. TIt was disgusting and a definite health code violation.

p
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was lovely, food delicious and hearty, playing very basic service very good

DG
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Food was absolutely great, proper old school hearty British cuisine however, I booked 2 weeks in advance and was told the only table left was one at 18:15, as I was entertaining guests I accepted. We arrived to a completely empty restaurant where they sat us right at the back next to the kitchen porter. So while having dinner we had wait staff throwing plates and the kp crashing glasses next to us, not to mention the dozen or so fruit flies buzzing around our table, not an ideal scenario while entertaining guests. We left at 21:00 to a half full restaurant with plenty other empty tables that we could have been sat at. A pity as the wait staff, food and ambiance was great.

CS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service - would definitely recommend!

GK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible.
Actually superb and faultless.
Wonderful.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My 40th. My favourite restaurant! Any occasion and it’s an excuse to go for nearly 20 years now ...
Huge Fergus fan!!

PX
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dishes, well cooked, nice presentation! Impressive list of wines! We would go there again!

p
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

this was my 4th visit to St. John and the first for a few years. Also the first time I have been there for lunch. It was noisier than I remember but the food and service just as good if not better. All of us different starters and couldn't fault any, especially the Jerusalem artichoke, the signature bone marrow and the smoked cods roe. Main courses, similarly excellent but was totally blown away with the kid offal dish with turnips as was my friend with the devilled kidneys. Desserts again amazing british classics but done to perfection. Apple sorbet and polish vodka, not classic but a really good choice!
What made this meal so good, as well as the quality of food was the service . Staff who know the food as both waiters and chefs.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch or dinner at St John is always a treat. We had a lovely lunch.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in all ways 😊 would definitely recommended