St. John

4.8
2917 reviews
£41 and over
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2917 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.7
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Caspar
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant in London. Incredible food, and a very good wine list too.

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AlistairF
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always. Classics on the menu always deliver.

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AlisM
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was lovely. Delicious and not over complicated. I loved the very southern French influenced wine list. But the best bit was the friendly welcome and the great service. We never felt hurried - perfect for a long overdue friends catch up.

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EszterH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a treat! The whole crab and bone marrow are a must, and the lamb liver was magical!

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HarryM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A culinary adventure. Their own wines were very good too.

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vipAlice
Devon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place - food is delicious and our waiters were the best. Totally recommend !

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MatE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family lunch for 6, our wedding anniversary. We all had a lovely time. St Johns is well known for a reason, the menu is challenging if your a vegetarian or omnivore. Do your research, this restaurant is a real "foodies" place. For us as a family it will never be forgotten. One menu has never had such scrutiny prior to ordering! A must for serious food fans.

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zozo010
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and didn't disappoint. Wonderful food, friendly, helpful staff and a real treat.

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FISHEATER
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Only problem was a very strong smell of meat being cooked, noticeable the moment you entered the restaurant.

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AliceM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always peerless - service attentive and kind, food just out of this world. Feels like the kind of place you want to keep secret!

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vipMakwak
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Punchy flavours, great food, pleasant well-informed staff in a lovely airy room.

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Matt
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. Lovely and laid back, food done simply with love care and attention to detail

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Andy
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great food, wine and ambience. Haven't had a bad experience at St John!

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect balance on the plates and perfect balance of professionalism with friendly humility in terms of service and the restaurant itself. Welcome back, St. John! So glad to be able to experience this treat after lockdown, despite the hospitality industry having taken such a beating over the last year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular

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Ben2
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The special came tepid, seemingly precooked. The quality of the produce also didn’t seem to match price, both food and drink. That said the horseradish was fresh and excellent, and the beetroot salad decent. Overall a bit of a let down.

Not terrible by any means, just an ordinary meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite. Service great and will return soon.

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vipHungrySoph
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at St John. Always outstanding food and excellent, friendly service.

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dej101
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Just an absolute banker of a great meal every time. Service lacked the sharpness of the pre-pandemic but holding no grudges here!

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Londoner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, beautiful, delectable, aways consistent

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charlesR
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Would highly recommend trying

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JoyE
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch! Welcoming and friendly staff, delicious food and drink, great atmosphere.

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MirandaC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding experience for a lasting memory.

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LR25
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Lucy was wonderful, in fact all staff we met. We had a lovely evening, thank you.

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vipDDay
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still some of best food to be had anywhere on the planet. Didn’t love being sat next to the dish return. Also, 2 hour dining limit not great if you want to try lots of dishes and take your time, but quality of food, flavours and fantastic staff knowledge remain outstanding as ever.

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NW53
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING, so happy they are back!
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MichaelL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple interior but really friendly staff, dishes cooked really nicely. Very clean as well

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful

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CarpeDeum
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, great atmosphere, friendly and good service and - most important - great food.

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Leavemealone
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Terrific to be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of us dining quickly agreed that St John quickly slipped into our favourite dining experiences. The premise is simple, great ingredients, cooked well and no need for much else. The service is spot on- the right level of relaxed, a great wine menu to accompany and the desserts really hit the spot to finish. Looking forward to when we return!

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MissDraper
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food as usual - quality is consistent over the years. Service was alright but not spectacular. Could be more attentive and approachable.

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RobinF
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It's no accident that St John has been around for as long as it has and barely changed in that time - it's consistently exceptional and a restaurant that anyone who has in any interest in food must visit.

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TimothyH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St John is a great place for the freshest fish, meat and vegetables. The simple decor belies great skill in the kitchen, backed by friendly professional service.

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SusanP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. The cooking is sublime, the room is beautiful, the waiting staff so attentive and discreet.

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BBSP
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tremendous food with generous portions that completely justify the price. The wine selection is also excellent across all price points. Food came out fast but the service was a little slow, could probably have got an extra glass or two of wine out of us if they were more attentive! I found it surprising that the waiter didn't know what came with one of the dessert options but I guess the menu changes daily so I can't fault him too much for that.

Highly recommend eating here.

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RebeccaS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, fantastic service, delicious food

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LoganP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food very salty, not visually appealing and nothing special. We ordered the longhorn and braised pork, both very underwhelming, only upside to the meal was the bone marrow appetizer. Very overpriced for what we were served, not what I was expecting from a michelin star restaurant. A meal we were both looking forward to in celebrating our anniversary turned into a bit of a joke for the night.

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TinkF
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visits, beautiful settling really cool waiter. The desert was to die for as was the steak and wine.

The thing that isn’t cool is the tips. It is good ethical practice to allow the waiters to keep their tips not keeping them yourself and saying the tips are part of their wages, this is the kind of thing that could give the restaurant a very bad name. We wouldn’t return unless this is addressed.

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Avril
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we choose to dine here. Fabulous.

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 2917 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.