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St. JOHN Smithfield, London,
Award-winning

St. JOHN Smithfield

4.8
4.8
3789 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 60 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    020 7251 0848
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Steve Darou
  • Private party facilities
    The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 16 guests (terms and conditions apply). St. JOHN bar and restaurant is available for private hire. Please contact amelie@stjohnrestaurant.com for details.
  • Private party contact
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Farringdon
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Farringdon Station, Barbican Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,789 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • City of London

    Best Overall

  • City of London

    Best Food

  • City of London

    Best Service

  • City of London

    Best Ambience

  • City of London

    Best Value

  • City of London

    Innovative

  • City of London

    Great for fine wines

  • City of London

    Good for special occasions

  • City of London

    British

3,789 Reviews
  1. GildedFerret

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a late booking which meant a couple of dishes weren't available. Staff cordial and helpful, service was fast. Still one of my favourite restaurants. A bit out of the ordinary.

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  2. gdub76

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food; please never take the lemon meringue roulade off the menu as that’s the reason we are coming back! Two tiny points: the soup spoon was slightly too wide and the dining room was slightly too cold.

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  3. StuP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food but overpriced. Was expecting a more adventurous menu with the head to tail ethos.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I'm a regular at this restaurant in London and it's usually one of my favorites. However, last night's experience was disappointing. Here's why: - The portions of bone marrow were disappointingly lacking in actual marrow. - The teal dish was neither tasty nor visually appealing. It didn’t smell nice or was aesthetically appealing. - A table of six people nearby was disruptive, shouting and behaving in a childish manner. While this isn't the restaurant's fault, it might be beneficial for them to address such behavior. The ambience wasn’t great because of this.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner here. Service was excellent, food was beautiful and delicious, wine was also delicious. Highly recommend!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bonemarrow and Parsley Salad was the most sublime dish I've ever eaten.

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  7. Berkok

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oz was the best, great recommendations and service

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  8. Diego

    London

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent beef tongue and lamb heart. Some doubts on the flavours of the snail salad.

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  9. DavidKat

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A real treat, excellent food, every dish was perfect. Great atmosphere and staff were excellent. Looking forward to coming back.

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  10. pcdsld

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love St John!!! Thank you so much to all the staff for incredible food and service!! Already planning our next trip back! Cheers

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  11. Kassi

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly one of the most delightful meals we've had in a long time. Phillip and James were fantastic, the ambiance was really lively (even late on a Monday night!), and the food was spectacular. Bone Marrow was a given, but we loved the pie, the greens, the rarebit, and all the delicious desserts. Wine recommendations were on point. Looking forward to returning the next time we're in London!

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  12. KateH

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing and I really recommend it, portions bigger than expected too

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  13. Jackb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food! Thank you!

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  14. LiviaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place with a simple but lovely decor and with handsome and kind waiters . Outstanding English dishes, never tasted before. I will certainly return!

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  15. ShaharL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just amazing,the mains are stunning. also, get the dateloaf!

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  16. helloemily

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 restaurant - I just love it here. Have been going for 10 years and hope to be going for many more. I've never had a bad dish but of course you can't go wrong with the famous bone marrow starter.

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  17. MarkL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was fine simple and to the point. Out of the box thinking for food, at least for the American diner. Was very excited to dine here and was not at all disappointed.

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  18. SKW25

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pot roast and mussels. Madelaines a must try.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    One poor experience after good experiences. Not in a rush to return due to this - unlike in the past. Food exceptional as always

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  20. ElenaD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    to much noise The best restaurant with especially English food I have tried in London

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  21. Foodlover

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a joyful experience at St. JOHN. Impeccable food, service and ambience.

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  22. EBowsh

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply the best! Faultless & delicious. Will be back

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  23. MichaelSampson

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I wasn't a fan of the terrine but everything else was great. Our waiter James really made the evening. Extremely knowledgeable, took the time to explain all the dishes and answer any questions. Really was Michelin star service from him.

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  24. Foodie

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite all around. Worthy of its reputation. Finest meal of my life.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The peak of British fine dining. Not sure why you would go to a Michelin star instead of here if you’re non-vegetarian.

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  26. ThemisS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our food. The ingredients were top quality and the dishes imaginative. Very good wine list. One thing we would have liked to see more of is game dishes, such as pheasant, partridge, deer etc. but were we happy with the selection.

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  27. GiuliaP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in London, extremely tasty and fresh produce. Fun ambiance. Love it!

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  28. tilliem

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding quality and presentation, beautiful restaurant setting. Can't wait to go back!

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  29. Felix

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing - would have loved to try some more dishes we saw on the website - everything we had was great!

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  30. MichaelM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of those long-awaited dining experiences for which I had high expectations and then they were blown right out of the water. Perfect restaurant. Perfect experience. Can’t recommend highly enough. Unless you like cheesily decorated walls and/or boring food that is.

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  31. PeteB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and drinks. Friendly, attentive waiters and hosts. A relaxed atmosphere. This place has it all.

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  32. DanW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic lunch as always - look forward to visiting the pop-up at F&M

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  33. MikeC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A restaurant with a really lovely atmosphere, niche but wonderful menu and engaging staff. We arrived a bit late due to the underground not running, but were given a very warm welcome by the table staff nonetheless.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience. The service was perfection and the food a delight.

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  35. ShelinaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much for having us. Lovely food and great service. Love to come back soon.

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  36. Dinuzia

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A good meal at St John which is always a pleasure to visit

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  37. AlasdairM

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This isn’t my first visit and it won’t be my last. Food outstanding and not stupid prices. The house is excellent value and the service is exactly what you need. There when you need them, but other unobtrusive. Can’t wait to go back.

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  38. Curly

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant meal The belly of pork was little bland but still nice Wines excellent Bread and butter pudding was delicious

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  39. ElBombero

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A family favourite we always visit whenever our daughter visits us from the US. The food is always excellent, the service nearly always friendly and professional. On this visit, however, I think our waiter was coming off a long shift. Needed a rest. The bill showed an extra bottle of water and a £16 'cidre' that was not ordered. Pointed this out to the waitress who brought the bill and she said 'I'll remove them'. Not a word of sorry which kind of was expected. Even a perfunctory apology.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Yummy meat dishes; no frills good food. Cocktails and wine good too.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

St. JOHN Smithfield is rated 4.8 stars by 3789 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 60 times today
Google Map for St. JOHN Smithfield

26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • Area
    Farringdon
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Farringdon Station, Barbican Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Steve Darou
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7251 0848
  • Private party facilities
    The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 16 guests (terms and conditions apply). St. JOHN bar and restaurant is available for private hire. Please contact amelie@stjohnrestaurant.com for details.
  • Private party contact
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
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