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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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Valentine’s Day dinner, spent 65£ for two appetizer, 1 main and 2 glasses of wine. The value was amazing!
It’s the best food I have had in England, must go!

OK
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the space were amazing. Can't wait to come here again

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.
Nose to tail dining with a mixture of classic and innovative dishes.
I had the Crispy Pig Skin salad to start, delicious crispy flavourful crackling pieces mixed with a fresh salad with punchy radishes.
My veal main course was beautifully tender and rich in flavour.

PS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A genuinely enjoyable lunch in all respects. The décor is no-frills industrial - whitewashed walls, no pictures or decoration - and the excellent, friendly, informative waiters are dressed in kitchen whites. Most of the customers seemed to be there for a business lunch and we were the only people not dressed in black and white. It was a little cold by the single-glazed window, and I'd recommend a jacket or jumper (we were in shirts). The food is a real treat, from starters to desserts, starting with the sheer excitement of reading the day's menu. The meat is justly celebrated (the bone marrow and parsley salad couldn't be better), and was perfectly cooked - and the seafood likewise (grilled squid and turbot, in our case). On our visit the fish options outnumbered the meat. My only minor regret would be that the yearling lamb I went for was so rare that I missed out on the outer fat that often makes a roast. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed every mouthful and glassful, and will return. If you want to cut costs, the same starters are available down in the bar area ('bakery'), and judging by ours, these are substantial enough for a light lunch.

JJ
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Do not miss this....a classic that deserves the description.

MK
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are a small dining group who meet every 3 months or so.
St John's is by far our favourite restaurant for its ambiance and service.
However its the food that keeps us coming back particularly the lamb broth, devilled kidneys, bone marrow and of course, Welsh rarebit and eccles cake. The Breton cider is also a favourite!

H
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal (pheasant pie and kidneys); great wine. A very friendly and efficient service as always.

IP
London
22 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great location, great bar with great ale. The only downside is the service which can be a little cold and cocky.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wine and company

ST
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly. Our chips were too salty and we were geven a new portion and a salad free of charge. Food was delicious.
The only minor point: our waitresses apron was very dirty, looked like ink stains. But loved the experience!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointing and basic. This place seems to be trading on it’s previous reputation. Much better places to go to.

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious one of the best meals I have had anywhere

SE
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service, friendly and attentive staff with excellent food suggestions... Perfect birthday location, really special with great food, we had a brilliant time!

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff, service and menu, a favourite.

GC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. I will definitely be going back!

DB
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Reception: could have been a bit more personal.. was far more personal on a previous visit.

Table service was very good , attentive but leave you alone if that makes sense?

Food?... Simply outstanding!

Starter of pigs toungues with roasted shallots and remoulade was amazing.

Main course of grilled lambs hearts with aioli and carrots was a masterpiece

Desert of custard tart was simply sublime.

CW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it , food and drink superb in a relaxed atmosphere!

EB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with a great atmosphere. Simply my favorite. Nose to tail is without doubt the way to go, with the best marrow bone starter and lambs heart main and lemon posset available anywhere today.

G
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing. Everything. Fabulous. Go there. Then return and do it again.

GJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have been coming to St John since shortly after it opened. It is one of my favourite restaurants in the world because of the honesty of its dishes - no twists or tricks just good ingredients cooked with skill and combined with taste.

CL
Canberra
8 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great, traditional, head-to-toe fare. Very rich and oily at times, very filling. Hearty. Great breads!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty meat.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

For people who think St John is a place that only serves crazy food, that just isn’t the case. Most of the food at St John is just good every day old school food with a twist. Give something new a try you won’t be disappointed, and the price is right.

GS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, and the service was top notch. One in our party has a long list of dietary restrictions and everyone at the restaurant took the time to listen and ensure everything he ordered adhered to his needs.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute fantastic food drinks service and atmosphere

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RB
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CL
Canberra
8 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
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 on 15 January 2020
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 on 14 January 2020
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 on 14 January 2020
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