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.
Just really awesome food that isn’t pretentious and a great ambience.
My favorite restaurant in the world. They always have new delicious things to try on the menu.
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!
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.
Service not great on this occasion (took them more than 30mins to take our order - even for drinks) but food was great as usual
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
A real gem of a restaurant. What looks as simple dishes turns out to be amazing in taste.
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.
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!
Very different dining experience in a non fussy and non pretentious setting. Great food, good service and reasonable price for the quality.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely incredible. A culinary masterpiece. Simple yet so sophisticated.
Wonderful experience from start to finish! We definitely come back
Great service. Good food. Nice spacious dining room.
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!
Excellent straightforward traditional English good with warm service and great wine list.
Absolutely outstanding, as always. Magical combination of perfect exciting tastes, but homely as well. Service excellent - well informed, funny and charming
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.
Wonderful food and faultless service
Excellent food and service. Highly recommend!!
Simple yet authentic ! Nice food ingredients, simple cooking method. Bread is highlight!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food and service was without fault. The wine was slightly sour (which was the second bottle as we sent back the first bottle).
for meat lovers
The sushi roll was salty. Really? The fried chicken was delicious. The pork belly was really good. Dessert was excellent. Overall very good!
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.
Was lovely, food delicious and hearty, playing very basic service very good
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.
Fantastic food and service - would definitely recommend!
Actually superb and faultless.
My 40th. My favourite restaurant! Any occasion and it’s an excuse to go for nearly 20 years now ...
Huge Fergus fan!!
Amazing dishes, well cooked, nice presentation! Impressive list of wines! We would go there again!
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.
Lunch or dinner at St John is always a treat. We had a lovely lunch.
Perfect in all ways 😊 would definitely recommended