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St. JOHN Smithfield, London,
Award-winning

St. JOHN Smithfield

4.8
4.8
3873 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 48 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 3,873 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseEnergetic

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  • 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

    British

  • City of London

    Most Booked

3,896 Reviews
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    Demoland (UK)

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal while in London. Good selection but would have liked to see more nose to tail options.

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  2. TaniyaJ

    London

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very minimalistic but a nice restaurant. The St John’s wine and lager were brilliant. We had a 1.15 booking and were disappointed that quite a few things had already sold out. Starters were great but very heavy on the bread/ toast which filled us up for mains. We really enjoyed the food. Desserts were also fab!

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    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was so good. SOOOO GOOD. Best meal I’ve had in London. My expectations were blown out of the water.

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  4. TimB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service and atmosphere in the restaurant. Main course v slow to arrive and we had to send one dish back…but they took it off the bill and gave us some free madeleines so all good.

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    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I think this restaurant is overhyped. The food is not really anything special and I’ve had better offal dishes elsewhere. The calves liver was slightly worse than my local pub’s. The prices are typically (London) high and the venue is quite spartan. They had a supposedly award winning Negroni cocktail that all our table commented was very reminiscent of coke! The service was good, but I would not go back.

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    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. Atmosphere, food, lovely service. Highly recommend checking them out.

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  7. LittleBacon

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We left our reservation just a bit disappointed. I had helped open a restaurant in NYC that very much said St. John was a huge inspiration for them, so was very excited to come and see the place itself. Very cool multi-functional space, and the food was very good, I was just a bit sad about the service. There was a young man who opened our bottle of ok champagne we brought with us and I tried to tell him that we had carried it around so to be careful when opening, it might still be a bit jostled and he didn't really listen, he just insisted the bottle was cold (which wasn't the point) and then opened it and it overflowed onto my side of the table as he attempted to pour. After that our server came by and took our order. When I asked for an ice bucket again after he didn't bring one for ten minutes he kind of rolled his eyes and someone else brought one over. I think he thought he was being cheeky and charming during the night of serving us, but it just came off as dickish. We were celebrating my partner's birthday, so while we weren't looking for much extra, we were just looking for someone to at touch the table more so we could order more drinks, (I mostly just wanted to try the St John's version of a negroni) but our server after taking our order disappeared until we were ready for desserts in which he cracked another rude joke about takeaway that I think he just kind of thought was funny, but just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It was clearly a very busy Saturday night service, so I totally get it. He was clearly very busy and stressed. But when we got our desserts a different server with glasses came by just to check on us, and it was like a breath of fresh air, he was so gentle and kind. This place is still legendary, I would absolutely recommend people to go, I was just a bit sad at the experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible place. No wonder people think it’s the best spot in London!

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  9. Alisonp

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not been there for a while but it has not lost its special ambience and intriguing menu. Thankfully the renovation looks like only a lick of paint and improved kitchen facilities - all the tables are in the same place. I love all things offal- well most things - so menu choices are agonising. Salt cod for starter, rarely seen on UK menus, and devilled kidneys on toast for main. House wines are delicious and frankly, I could eat there everyday. Thank you for being St John when the restaurant world seems full of small, cramped tables, small plates to share (as if!) and too much noise.

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  10. MirandaM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I are loyal St John visitors. It was lovely to be back in the Smithfield one as it had been closed for a while. We were lucky enough to grab a table when they temporarily relocated to Fortnum's and had a gorgeous late lunch. one cold Sunday. This time round I veered away from my usual brains and marrow choices and went for the kohlrabi starter and the grey mullet main - an off-menu special - with leeks & tartare sauce. Absolutely delicious. We were impressed by the simple deliciousness of the turnips & anchovy sauce. My two Manhattans were spot on. My boyfriend's lamb broth had a homely, cosy depth to it but was still light and fresh. He had the Middle White and we agreed that the broccoli with shallots and dijon-y sauce was superb. Side of jersey royals. Pudding was a dark sugar tart for him (definitely another highlight) and a bread & butter pudding with custard for me - never a disappointment. Coffee, and some madeleines that our waitress popped in a St John bag to take home with us. It was under £90 a head - ridiculously good value, despite the absence of wine. I would have rated our visit 4.5/5 with a slight reduction due to the lamb broth being very very hot, a wish for a bigger dollop of tartare sauce with my mullet, and a bit of a wait on food. But more time for us to observe the atmosphere that makes us go back again and again.

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St. JOHN Smithfield is rated 4.8 stars by 3873 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 48 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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