St. John

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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 too, 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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T
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant overall. Solid menu with friendly service. Would definitely recommend.

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PI
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious wine and food with friendly and professional service. Loved every perfect detail.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent as usual but the globe artichoke and mint side was immense.

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RG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Simple but well executed. Substantial wine list. Professional service. Great food in an understated and unpretentious environment.

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n
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely lunch. Food was delicious

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Austin
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With such a unique and special menu, I would have loved more instruction from the waitstaff. We were recommended a great bottle of wine but were given very little help with the menu. The food we got was very good.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service so so - Bone marrow excellent, rabbit average, heart not great, did I say service was so so? Yep

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All was very good on our visit though slightly surprised at the number of fish dishes on that night (not a criticism).
The 2 slight criticisms were - not enough staff on that evening (Friday) so as tables filled up we were waiting to try and catch someone's attention.
The second criticism is that the menu is not available until 5pm the same day - a weekly menu with daily specials would for us be preferable so we could plan repeat visits - just a thought for the team.
The food is extremely good and a fair price for London - be careful of the wine list though - 1 wine under £30 and then the prices rise quickly.

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London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming place with great food and service. Will repeat when Im back in London!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a great experience.

Went for lunch and I followed my waiter’s recommendations, had skate cheek and ox heart, both were beyond expectations. Don’t hesitate if you want to try St. John wine, you won’t regret it.

The ambience was serene and enjoyable.

The only note I have is about the bartender, I did not like her approach of -what can I get you?- with no greeting or friendliness with an empty bar. Anyway, I would come back it’s worthy

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. We loved the dinner!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience of a lifetime. We enjoyed every part of it. Flew to London specifically for this dinner.

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f
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best amazing osteria in London ...

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Interesting menu as always. Very good food and good service. However the interior is spartan to say the least. Our table right by the kitchens was noisy and the toilets weren't particularly clean. Not really acceptable at this price point.

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M
London
43 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No frills, just straightforward delicious and satisfying food. I was pleasantly surprised to have had a fantastic fish dish. That was a bonus. I thought St. John was just about meat and offals. What they do with that is wonderful enough. It’s quite impressive how they can make a pig’s tail look almost elegant and taste so clean (and healthy) with just the sauce and no other added garnish. Here, Chef Fergus, take my heart ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch time and nice house wine.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Even the simplest dish, asparagus with butter, was simply phenomenal. We went for lunch, and it was a quiet, casual feel. Service was excellent. Would be interested to see how dinner service is. Would definitely recommend to others!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing hats all to say, food is outstanding I would recommend it anytime!!

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KH
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meal experiences of my life. The bone marrow exceeded expectations.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was very personable and attentive, the menu sounds quite scary (eg lambs heart, ox heart, pork cheeks etc) but every dish we have was delicious. Stars were the bone marrow and lentils with nettles and goats curd. Will definitely return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints....

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting and good food!

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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service!!

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really good crab bisque and everything else was just average or below average like the poached skate - it was smothered in so much aioli/garlic we didn’t know whether we were biting on to a fish, lettuce or potato. Kolhrabi was so under seasoned we wondered if anybody tasted it before it left the kitchen. Service was ok, no warmth and slightly off at times. Prices were good but I guess if what you are delivered doesn’t hit the spot maybe not.

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A
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting menu, including the off menu items, the food was cooked perfectly, the service was sincere, I only wish that I had more space in my stomach to fit more food and experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The author/chef Dr Henderson was dining in and I was able to get a signed copy of the nose to tail cookbook!!! Best dining experience ever.

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SM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Such a vast variety of things to try. We loved each dish. Highly recommend if you’re thinking of coming here.

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KS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there in 2005 and had the parsley and bone marrow salad and have been craving it ever since. My sad attempts to recreate it have never quite succeeded. We enjoyed every choice we made. We could only get a reservation after 9 p.m. and it was hoppin' with a full house even then. Don't miss this London experience.

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A
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever St John hits the mark. Earlier this month I had my 50th birthday dinner here and this week a quiet dinner with a friend. St John is perfect for both. I will keep coming back.

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MO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time had by all! Really good food and drink.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The desserts were fabulous esp the brown bread ice cream !
The lack of music was wonderful
The venue great
The food delicious
Thank you

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EL
Berlin
11 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent. British food at its best. carefully sourced and cooked ingredients, excellent service. The apple crumble is divine.

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KC
London
33 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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BF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably one of the best places to eat. You come for the bone marrow and you return for the unpretentious ambiance and professional service. The duck leg was perfect. The vegetarian options were great and the house wine was excellent for the price. Will be back!

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NB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I don't care about Michelin stars but, when a restaurant has one, I expect at least one of three things to be extremely good: food, service and/or dining room. St. John has none of the three.

I find it very hard to believe that this place a) has managed to keep hold of its star and b) still gets away charging its prices - I guess I'm missing something...

Food: very average and way overpriced. Most things tasty and well cooked but generally very boring, unimaginative and the kind of food that, if I could be bothered, I could do at home just as well (bone marrow excluded).

Dishonorable mentions go to the date loaf (slightly burnt with very watery butterscotch sauce) and pigs head salad (some pig-bits pleasant, others very unpleasant).

We ate everything because we were hungry and a lot of it was tasty but I got to the end of the meal feeling like I'd eaten a meal worth half the price. I can think of twenty restaurants in London where I've eaten better for less.

Good beer. Good cocktails.

Service: We had one lovely waiter (french guy) who was knowledgeable and attentive but our food was brought to us by someone from the kitchen who literally plonked it down on the table without saying ANYTHING at all or smiling. Very, very odd.

Dining room: I get what it's going for - nonchalant/cool/refectory/Farringdon etc. and, you know, whatever but it just felt a bit cold. It was like being in a National Trust cafe.

Overall, if you go, you'll probably enjoy it. But don't expect anything approaching great.

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not really what it used to be - perhaps I caught the kitchen on a bad day, but my main dish was floating in fat/ oil. Not something you want for the prices they charge.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Thankyou for looking after us so well. The food was brilliant! Simple, honest British food full of flavour. Our waitress was very sweet and looked after our every wish we felt very at home here.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place. Unfussy and really, really well executed.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely delicious British food, including pork terrine, langoustines and mayonnaise and the most beautiful lemon sole perfectly cooked.

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JP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and personalised service. Fantastic menu and wine list - a real treat

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