St. John

4.7
2825 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 2825 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Waiter was so rude. I asked if he could talk us through the menu and he spoke in such a condescending way that I wanted to leave the restaurant as fast as I could. We ended up taking away our dessert.

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AndrewC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The legend continues. Super service, fabulous food.

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Eveg
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Traditional but not tired fare. A deep respect for the animal is evident.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outrageously delicious and reasonably priced for such incredible food. Understated environment and very comfortable for that reason. Clientele reflect this relaxed mood. I can’t wait to come back!

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Char
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As remembered and expected very tasty nose to tail fare. My only issue was the overly fatty mutton stew. It was too rich for me but was gobbled up by my younger dinner companion.

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PaulT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Briiliant - as always - look forward to visiting you again on the other side of lockdown.

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vipAlainaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Fantastic wine, fresh ingredients that they make exceptionally tasty. Great value for the amount of food as well. Don’t miss out on the madelines - they are devine!

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AndreeaO
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience - from the service to the food and wine!
It’s easy to see why St John is such an institution on the London food scene and beyond!

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FionnualaO
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very helpful waiters who helped us choose wines to match our meal.

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ade123
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pre-lockdown lunch. As ever, all conceived and executed perfectly.

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Jcjc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

conviviality and edible joy of the highest order, as always.

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ElliotD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The latest in many visits to St John and it never lets us down. Food, drinks, service and atmosphere always perfect.

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LauraLa
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and wine, amazing service, wonderful atmosphere. One of my favourite places in London

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! I’ve been a regular for 25 yrs.

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GabrielaE
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple (yet not simplistic) quality British food. Great atmosphere and place, very relaxing. Would recommend both for romantic date & group dinners.

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Steveo
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good innovative menu as you would expect, showcasing best of seasonal British ingredients. Starters were quite excellent - I had mallard with Beetroot, my partner went for the famous bone marrow. Mains were good - nicely cooked seabass with deep fried potato (well done but nothing spectacular), Guinea fowl with anchovy broccoli (same). Desert was a little disappointing - bang average chocolate cake & bread pudding which had too much going on and was just a little too burnt to justify as a feature.
Side of welsh rarebit was very good but be warned it's extremely filling.

Good waiting staff (attentive not over the top making you feel watched), Impressive wine list, and an atmosphere that I enjoyed - reasonably informal and relaxed.

A little expensive for what it was but certainly nothing unreasonable for a Michelin star establishment.

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Joan
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unwelcoming service, waiter possibly had a bad day? food nothing special. Disappointing. Was looking forward as wanted to go for awhile. Expected better.

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KateB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal at St John - the service was impeccable and it had a great atmosphere. Would obviously highly recommend the bone marrow, plus we loved the crispy pig skin and crab toast as well as the ox tongue (favourite) and the mutton. Will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just easy I’ll Since 15 years the best restaurant of London

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talltaff
London
15 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very well organised with plenty of the latest procedures and protocols to ensure safe dining.

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AlistairF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience as always at St John. Everything just right.

AP
vipAgataP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always

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Black38
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always, even with Covid safety measures in place.

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Susan
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & wine served by knowledgable well trained staff.

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DavidS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food here is delicious and inventive. Now London is in a higher tier for Covid you have to check in with email and details. But I didn't really find it a hassle. The atmosphere was good and lively despite not all the tables allowed to be occupied. A three-man business lunch was getting into its third bottle of wine but their noise level was not a problem. The dessert alone - prune trifle - was out of this world and worth the visit.

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GeorgeF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Couldnt recommend it more!!!!!

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IainS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see people out and about during these times, food was excellent along with the whole experience

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FranksCanteen
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as ever. Great service, great wine, great food.

CM
CalM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in London... Super tasty thought out menu with great service in a beautiful building

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SebastianH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top class food, excellent wine and a good wine recommendation.

Thank you x

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vipGeorgia
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, phenomenal service, lovely atmosphere .

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stephanied
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family here for my son's 20th. The food was immaculate - everything we had was delicious - the produce seems all to be of a very high level and there is a good selection on quite a short menu. The staff were lovely and very helpful and we were reassured that the restaurant had very good Covid protection in place. I tried 2 different wines and both were very good. Generally a very enjoyable evening and I would highly recommend.

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LAJS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, thoughtful, seasonal - a genuine dining experience

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Nariac
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable.
Covid précautions adequate
Food very different experience from norm
Professional friendly service meant we were neither rushed nor left waiting.

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GailS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A classic. Unique, consistently reliable and always great food. The best restaurant anywhere.

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WillCH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple, classic, clinical brilliance. Even the covid-related restrictions and protocol somehow seemed to knit perfectly into the overall experience. Only at St. John.

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MagS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food at St John's is totally delicious, perfectly crafted, but be prepared for a heavy meal, everything is deliciously covered in lard and or butter.

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AliceW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always fabulous. The rarebit is one of my favourite things in the world!

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vipSamanthaL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Managed the curfew well. A pleasure as always.

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Juliette
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Really fantastic flavours and quality wine menu. Loved it

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.7 stars by 2825 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.