St. John

4.6
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2533 reviews
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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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PA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Takes a little while to tune into the (deliberately) unusual menu but so worth doing so. Every dish was immaculate. A delight, genuinely.

JH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

While I loved the food, my girlfriend became quite sick after eating the hare (which appeared to have not been butchered so well). Had it not been for that, this would be a five star review.

H
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s easy, at St John you’ll never be disappointed. Wonderful food, great service and calm but still a slight buzz of an environment. I’ve never not had the bone marrow and I’ve never not been happy for it. Sure they have a great wine list but the St John wine is just as good to accompany their food. It works as both a romantic spot and a fun filled group dining space. I love it and hope to always feel that way about it.

r
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hope the force stays with them in LA. Hope burns eternal.

JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I come here for important events in our lives. We have been coming here for years, though infrequently.
The staff, service and food were great. I think that I would have liked a little more info 'around' the food.

EJ
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Hi. Great food experience and also Nice location. Good ambience. Thought the service was brief and really not with å good Vibe. The water seemed "bothered" and really did not pay as good attention that you would preffer.

G
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was creative and excellent. We shared the pheasant pie. Just outstanding filling and crust. I had the pickled mackerel appetizer which was quite good and my wife really liked the deep fried salt cod. Solid wine list.

L
Philadelphia
128 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Innovative, creative and delicious !

CB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasty food from simple and delicious ingredients. We had such a good time. The madeleines was devine and serve directly from the oven.

RA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always brilliant - been several times and never fails to impress. Pie in particular was amazing!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s fantastic, worth a special journey. I’ve been about a half dozen times now and it never disappoints. The food, service, wine, booze, atmosphere...etc is always sincere and wonderful.

DW
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was everything we had hoped it would be. Can't wait to go again.

DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointing for a Michelin star. Food not very refined, dry venison. Wouldn't go again.

HW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really great red wine. Delicious sparkling french cider as advised by the friendly bar tender. The food was all excellent, really fresh with clean flavours. Service from our waiter was friendly but not intrusive. Excellent and we will be back! :)

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from beginning to end! Amazing staff and very attentive service.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One of the best English cuisine restaurant in London. Simple but quite meaty dishes..expect an explosion of taste in your mouth. Totally recommended!!

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visit once or twice a year and love it. Smoked eel and beetroot followed by hare and swede quite the best lunch for a long time.

CM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and all round experience. Service and ambiance also on point.

AM
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was stunning as always - I sometimes think the portions are a little small given quite keen pricing and what are often (commendably) cheap ingredients. The no mobile phone rule should be more vigorously enforced to prevent people looking at them as well as speaking on them.

SG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, as one would expect. Delicious bone marrow. Great pig's snout for apps. But the service was the real star of the show. One of our party had their heart set on something that was not on the evening's menu - our server and the chef went well above and beyond our expectations to whip one up. It was delicious. And then the desserts - best Eccles cake we have had. But our server James was the one who really made this a very special visit.

AS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, as always, with excellent service and good value. One of my favourite places to eat.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food excellent, staff friendly, good wine selection. All in all an excellent experience.

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, an excellent meal with helpful, patient and knowledgable staff.

JK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really thoughtful and charming service. Great lamb dish, a wonderful IPA too. Will return again soon.

WS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Sounds like a great concept, we loved the idea of a converted butchery selling top to tail meat. The building was cold and smelly, especially the toilet area. Staff were pleasant, efficient and welcoming. Lunch menu was not as I expected, only 2 starters and 2 mains using unusual cuts. The single, whole, large boiled carrot and splodge of overpowering mustard spoiled the lamb which my husband was not allowed to order well done. The side of cabbage was overpriced and the plates were cold. We didn’t risk the desert menu although the in store bakery in the bar area looked great. The entire ingredients for our 2 meals probably cost £15. We paid £80. I don’t mind paying for good food. In short, pretentious and overpriced.

VB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was like going to a great rock concert for me, you know what to expect from a classic, but when you see the performance live, you just can’t help but have your mind blowed! Thank you St John ❤️

W
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great services. Just a authentic experience og genuien love for guests and craftsmanship. Thank you!

RC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing bold but yet simple food; great wine list. It is my go-to place for a good diner with friends and I have yet to be disappointed by this place!

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The St John is my favourite restaurant in the UK. The food, prices, service and ambiance are all excellent. I wish I could eat there every week!

VI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic. Hereford and kidney pie was heavenly. Friendly Service.

P
Switzerland
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great food, and a wide choice (particularly the desserts). A must for nose to tail eaters

A
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner with a special friend.

J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing. Meat heavy. Vegetarians beware. Ambiance is lively, hip no nonsense. Service was lovely. 10/10 would eat again

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The food was served with a delay of over 30 minutes without any attempt of the staff to provide any explanation.
The food was mediocre.

JP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

St John's lived up to our high expectations. The downstairs bar area with the in-house bakery looked tempting and we'll be tempted another time., but we'd booked in the restaurant. The setting is very simple, white walls with no superfluous paintings or posters. The paper tablecloths and coat pegs on the wall reminded us of PARIS establishments like Chartier.
The food reminded us of France, too, but food with an English flavour, accompanied by French wines or draught beers. We started with the iconic marrow bones and and a smoked haddock “broth” which was more like a chowder in consistency. For mains we had pigeon and swede, with the well cooked pigeon somehow being pink on the inside, and lamb and turnip. Both of these dishes were full of flavour.
To finish (us off), we had the obligatory Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese and 6 Madeleines. We drank a very good bottle of St John's own label Minervois.
Apart from the excellent quality of everything we ate, we were also impressed by the service, discreet but knowledgeable when asked for information.
A first class way to celebrate a birthday!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At John defines what eating out should be. We have come here for 23 years and it always makes us very very happy

C
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Been a few times over the last couple of months for grouse. Grouse have been exceptional, and service very good, efficient but relaxed. However the last occasion the service was very poor. We felt that when asking questions about food it was inconvenience to the individual concerned. The bill was slammed down at the end of meal, do we decided that the service did no warrant a tip...the bill was over £350. Food good but the poor service was very disappointing.

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son wants go there for a long. Finally we went with my friends and him from Spain. Was a great expirience! We will be back soon!

CC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, but I really expected a lot better from a restaurant with such a great reputation.... the red cabbage starter was underseasoned and tasted more like a side dish than a starter... the pig's ear terrine was ok... the braised beef main (which came with celeriac) was really good but nothing better or different from what you could get in a gastropub... On a brighter note the smoked eel dish was really tasty, and the desserts were delicious... So, overall rather disappointing, perhaps because we went in with high expectations...