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St. John

4.6
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2693 reviews
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£41 and over
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 2693 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SKKldn
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as ever. The staff went above and beyond to make a night at St John as great as it usually is, while ensuring diners and staff were kept safe. The food was exquisite- everything we’d been dreaming of since lockdown began!

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viperstwhilewaiter
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, perfect service, wonderful atmosphere.

KK
KasimiiraK
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and excellent staff who were extremely helpful throughout.

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LilyL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Just a shame the prices have gone up despite the VAT cuts

JB
JessicaB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was A+, our server was wonderfully knowledgable and friendly.

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RuthR
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food at our favourite place - didn’t disappoint!

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Jcjc
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true joy as always. The calves liver, peas, broad beans and bacon was a particular delight.

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Fatima
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, wine and service. You won’t be disappointed!

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ChrisN
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place on earth. End of.

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Stormyweather
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had! Completely delicious from start to end. The snail salad and apple sorbet with Polish vodka are must-haves!

LF
LondonFoodie
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal to break the lockdown - wonderful!

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Arbuthnot
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a pleasure to have the restaurant back up and running

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Nich
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really enjoyable lunch. Best liver I've eaten. Perfectly soft, almost literally melted in the mouth. Good, attentive service, too.

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SueBen
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so lovely to come back to St John after months of not eating out at all. The tables had been thoughtfully arranged to conform to COVID restrictions and we enjoyed the light airy ambience. The waiters should perhaps be aware that they are less easily heard through their face visors so perhaps they could speak quite slowly when listing the daily specials.
Excellent food and very professional service as usual. V glad to see you were busy- there was an energised buzz in the air. Diners were at ease and enjoying themselves- like us. We never felt rushed. Thank you.

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JamesT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first choice for a first post-lockdown outing. Safety and distancing measures have been intelligently applied so the unique ambience of the place is pretty much intact. The warm welcome and unobtrusively efficient service remain the same, as does the high standard of ingredients and cooking. I guess you have fully to buy into the ethos of the place to get the most out of St John, but for us, the confidence of the kitchen in the quality of the ingredients and the precision of their cooking is a joy. It simply means that you get what you order in the best possible form without unnecessary dicking about (to use a technical culinary term). Without doubt, our whole family's favourite eating place.

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seanl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favourite all time restaurant I’ve never had a bad meal here and I’ve been coming for over twenty years.

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TimJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of London’s best and most loved restaurants. It’s not a light dinner but anyone who loves food should visit.

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EaterOfFoods
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More spaced out than before, but still just as good with the same lovely service.

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LouiseR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another stunning supper at St John. Warm service and truly delicious food as always. The restaurant has reassuringly dealt with the COVID restrictions and it’s lovely to be back again at our neighbourhood favourite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way

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Jack
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A banger as always. One of the top two restaurants in London.

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vipMatthewn5
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to St John ever since it opened in early 1995, and it's one of those reliable places that you hope goes on and on. So it was sad to see it closed with the Covid-19 restrictions, for 3 1/2 months... so I was delighted to get an email saying they were reopening on Wednesday 29th July and immediately booked again.
Dinner was as ever, absolutely delicious, with some new dishes and old favourites. I had the tomato, little gem and anchovy salad that Fergus Henderson credits with saving his life, followed by smoked eel and bacon. Finished with a blackberry mousse that was perfect. Welcome back, old friend!

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RobertG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really enjoyed the evening at St John. Glad the restaurant had juist reopened after the lockdown. Goos food, great atmosphere and great service. We look forward to the next time.

JB
JohnB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was St John's opening night after the Covid 19 lockdown. Social distancing measures were in place but a great atmosphere was maintained. Food and service were impeccable, as usual. It was nice to see Fergus was enjoying opening night.

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Afox
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Fun to try less common ingredients eg bone marrow and eel but overall found the food slightly disappointing, very simple. Decor was beautiful, brilliant service.

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Stanley
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, as always, with an extremely varied & exciting menu.

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vippopon
London
26 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always and the service was excellent. We will definitely come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Food was outstanding and Karolina was wonderful. Had such a lovely experience

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Magpie64
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It gives the impression of effortless heartwarming cuisine, but this level of deliciousness comes from a kitchen who seriously know what good food is about. I cannot recommend St John more highly!

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DouglasB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Pretty slow service. Table for two was too small for us to easily have our plates on the table without something hanging off the edge. Super obnoxious and loud table of drunk Britons next to us and staff unwilling to ask them to be respectful. Food was good but in light of the other issues overall a very disappointing experience at a restaurant we'd long been excited to try. Do better!

JR
JamesR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience in every way. Cannot wait to return.

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Clomick
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very typical! We loved the quiet atmosphere and the delicious food! Staff are really nice. An great experience.

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Russ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true classic wonderful dining experience, would truly recommend to anyone

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, the food, the place was no frills, in your face type of flavors and utterly delicious. The only complain I would have is the acoustics of the place especially when it's full, it is really hard to communicate with your guests because the whole place is a bit loud because of the different sounds coming from the other tables

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LauR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Main meal Pork was wonderful
I would like to suggest if starters are include pork it would be perfect as the book spirit nose to tail

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CharlieP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cracking supper for "Date Night" great food, fantastic service - unfortunately the was a chap who had druck way to much but they soon moved him to the bar! Thank you

MR
MatthewR
London
34 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superv food and service as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, as always very good, slight delay waiting for dessert but nothing to grumble over.

LW
vipLoooooooongWait
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We remember coming to this restaurant 10 years ago on a trip to London and sought it out. Dialing it in doesn’t begin to describe the indifference to diners experience. My husband ordered the breeze dark style. It was completely black and cooked to neoprene. Even picking up the phone annoying on it was impossible: it was a single inedible object. Everything was tired including the scuffed kitchen door. Sad

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vipRoger
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was poor. My bone marrows were overbaked so that the ends were charred. There was little marrow in them as it had dried to nothing. Very poor value and not as good as I have eaten before. The beetroot salad was indifferent.

The menu was totally different to one on their website for that day. One main dish was not available (sold out?) and braised hare was substituted for saddle. The hare was served in a very gloopy over thickened sauce. Again it was indifferent.

Overall, a very unenjoyable experience. Never again!!

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St. John is rated 4.6 stars by 2693 OpenTable diners.

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