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.
We very much appreciate the effort of the staff. They were very attentive and helpful. The problem is we felt the food, much to our disappointment, was highly over-rated. With the press hype, reputation,etc., we expected much more. Average food taste and quality.
Stylisch Industrial Style ambience, though warm atmosphere and not noisy. Suits all dining occasions from business lunch, eating out with friends or a romantic dinner.
Delicious dishes of genuine seasonal products in well chosen combinations from starters to desserts. The wine selection has something to offer, too. Mostly bottles. I had the white, rosé and the red they offer as "house wine" and all the tasted very good. Well, I came back directly the day after my first dinner and will return as often I can when I'll be in town again. Highly recommended!
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. We will certainly returned the next time we are in London.
One of the true culinary gems of the world. Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you bone marrow, bravo St John team. Bravo
Always a great experience at St. John. Looking forward to returning.
As good as ever. The kidneys were fabulous. Good wine. And service from all great. Remains a special place
Best of British food in the most beautiful venue that was rustic and romantic. Service was excellent and very helpful.
Came here after seeing Anthony Bourdain's 'The Layover'. I feel rather conflicted as the food is undoubtedly prepared and cooked carefully. However, I can't help but feel that the nose to tail concept is more about showing the public how an ox heart and Jerusalem artichoke can taste exactly like beef and potatoes. To me, it was more about the adventure/experience rather than the food itself. It wasn't the best meal I've tasted, nor the most complex but definitely memorable.
Really good food, ox heart was delicious and tender.
I had been over 15 times in St. John and it has always been a great experience, no exceptions.
This time I was with my mom, we enjoyed first three starters at the front bar, all exceptionally cooked/perfectly prepared, along with a couple of Fergoni. The dishes were: whole crab with mayonnaise, game liver toast and snails salad. Stunning.
When we moved to the restaurant we moved on with another 4 starters, cold roasted lamb, squid in a wine sauce with aioli, duck hearts with mashed cannellini and razor clams salad. All very tasty and to the point. We then both had a grouse, which I think is one of St John’s masterpieces, and to close the evening off, a dozen of madelains with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a glass of Pedro ximenez. Every time I taste the madelains I come to the same conclusions: they are the best on planet Earth, God bless them.
Usually we either have a Claret or Bourgogne rouge, but this time we tried the Macon, which wasn’t as good as the two other wines, but it did the job, even though I’m probably not gonna have it again.
It’s always a great pleasure coming back. Favourite address in London.
Start to finish, Amazing. Thanks!
Beautifully prepared food. Everything I ordered was delicious. Efficient but friendly service. Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and particularly like the phones off in the dining room signs. All in all a great dining experience.
Just the perfect evening! The food and service were both amazing! The skate salad was a great light first course. And you have to try the Welsh rarebit - so darn good. I can’t stop thinking about the gingerbread, either - it was super tasty! Loved it!
Really wonderful food and wine and I very much enjoyed my visit. The quality of the food was admirably high and the ingredients very fresh. The service was a bit lackluster and I felt a bit ignored but that may be because I was dining alone. The first waitstaff person didn’t even say hello but just took out a paper and looked at me expectantly. I had questions, which made me feel uncomfortable at this point. I also received a bit of a off handed response to how one of the dishes was intended to be eaten. When it came time to pay, most card readers in the U.K. ask whether you wish to add a tip, which I did. The waitstaff ran the card and didn’t ask if I wanted to add the tip. Luckily I had some cash. I asked the waitstaff if they could break the bill I had to leave a tip—they couldn’t open the till. The whole situation felt embarrassing which is not great for a fine dining establishment. So, really wonderful food, service could definitely be improved/retrained.
I have been coming here for a while, I have 3 observations;
1. The retention of staff in this place speaks volumes.
2. The amount of people dining alone says to me, that this is a venue where the food can trump conversation.
3. You can always get a booking, but the place is always full.
Just consistently superb, but we all know this.
Great food and service. I get the roasted bone marrow every time for the first course. On this occasion, fortunate to dine during grouse season. Roasted wild grouse!!! As always great place to cap off a trip to London.
Very rich food, as expected... small table on a corner, which wasn't necessary as not busy and was a little disappointing for a special birthday treat. Reasonable value albeit a little expensive on most wines.
The food was quite good. My only complaint is they ask you to dress smart casual but the restaurant doesn't match. Everything was really old, now I know it's an old building but I've been to plenty of restaurants in old buildings that didn't feel, I don't know, sticky. You eat at tables with paper tablecloths and though you are at separate tables there is the feeling of eating family style. If you are going to ask your customers to dress then the setting should match. But don't forget, the food was really good.
We had a very good evening after 22 years away. The only criticism was the booking time. Our time slot given to us was strictly 6.45 having requested 7.30 - 8pm. At 8pm there were st least 4 tables still empty. Hard to understand the logic - but everything else was excellent.
Marvellous. As ever. An institution.
We as a delicious meal. Skate salad was a lovely refreshing starter. Dressed in a light vinaigrette. The the middle white pork dish with cabbage. This was so tender and delicate in flavor.
This restaurant was not crowded when we arrived but soon filled up to capacity very quickly. We had two glasses of a very nice merlot.
Would definitely recommend this restaurant for unique dishes.
Delicious food, served in a clean and very automatic setting, no personal feel to interaction with staff. No good menu recommendations, nor explanations of what we were ordering, although we did mentioned that it was our first time there. What made it more upsetting was the fact that we had to get to the place, from Central London, which I guess set out expectations higher as it was a special destination restaurant, it was not close to us at all.
The food itself was good, but I wish that I was told that pork chop that is served here is not your normal chop that you’d see elsewhere, with a bone and lots of meat, instead it was a small medallion of meat that was covered in fat, and fried skin to a crisp. If I would have known that, I would never have ordered it, however, if I’m ever near that neighborhood again, I would visit this place for dinner again, definitely will order something else (never that pork chop again) but one thing for sure, never again would I take an Uber, taxi, bus or tube to get to it, if I’m near I’m going in, otherwise, it’s a pass for me
I had the mackerel followed by the skate. Both were excellent. And neither were meat!!!!
The sides menu is strange. Green salad is a green salad. Greens is also a green salad. I felt the waiter could have warned us we were ordering two things the same. I expected greens to be green vegetables.
Overall very good and I recommend
This place was on the top 30 World's Best Restaurants list according to Travel and Leisure/Food and Wine. Naturally, we wanted to give it a try on our recent trip to London. I guess our expectations were too high. We ordered duck (good), kidney (very good), bone marrow (didn't like) and a pork dish, which was just bad. How can a restaurant that specializes in meat dishes ruin a simple pork entree? Yes, I would still recommend. While not worth the hype, it's an interesting place. You just have to order the right things.
A Very long hair in the pie
The service was overall poor (somewhat abrupt and slap dash wine pouring skills) which let down our otherwise good overall experience.
This was a wonderful meal, definitely the best we’ve had in London!
Lively space, loved the service and food as usual. It hasn't changed since I first went, and that's a good thing for me. The bone marrow was delicious, and we scored a lovely bottle off their expansive wine list. Recommended.
This was an awesome meal
Amazing food and service. Top notch everything!
Please fix the bathrooms. Brill night though. Thank you.
Our lunch was as ever absolutely delicious - made more so by seeing the patron obviously enjoying himself hugely on the next door table. Venison and radish salad tender and yummy, sea bass beautifully cooked and buttermilk pudding sublime
Was at St John the same day as at Lyle’s. Unanimous for St John by all means, completely different league. Bravo
Fantastic ! The service and the staff are faultless. The food was delightful. We had a relaxing lunch and had a great time.
One of my all time favourite restaurants, never fails to please
Really unique and creative menu. Whitewashed decor made everything feel very clean if a tad sterile. Our server was friendly and helpful and made some terrific recommendations. The adventurous diner will not be disappointed
The service was absolutely wonderful. Our waiter was very friendly and also very good at explaining what everything was. He presented my boyfriend with a candle in his dessert which was a nice touch. The food was nothing we had ever eaten before, and we had been slightly apprehensive about it beforehand, but everything was absolutely delicious. The ambiance was really nice. It felt relaxed but everything was perfectly orchestrated. Thank you for making it a really special evening!
Amazing restaurant! Food is interesting and perfectly made. The service was responsive and low key. The building was also fun— kind of a warehouse feel with whitewashed walls. And the value was very good....prices were reasonable, especially given St Johns reputation. We thoroughly enjoyed our food...and will return when we are in London. This was one of our trip highlights.
It's not a fancy resturant , the focus is on what food is delivered to your table ..I love this ..I am not interested in the decor I want to know the best product cooked perfectly is what I am getting ..this is exactly what this resturant is all about in spades... ..well done !