St. John

4.8
2851 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.

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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2851 People Are Saying
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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently outstanding food. Always great, friendly service in bustling atmosphere. Reliably brilliant.

My favourite restaurant in London.

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StarsR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I always enjoy St John! The menu has some staples that you must try over the course of a few visits, and their menu is always different/seasonal/a variation of things which keeps it interesting for repeat visits. It's a very relaxed place to be, not uptight in the slightest. Impeccable and extensive wine list, a simple cocktail menu. Overall the experience is just fantastic. Love the vibe of the building, it's a great place you must go and go home with a dozen madeleines for tomorrow.

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RoryO
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They can do no wrong in my eyes. LOVE everything about St John

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way, as always. Easily my favourite restaurant in London

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SimonK
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal up to the usual St John standard. Informative and pleasant staff. Thank you and see you again

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FleurN
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning lunch, as usual.
Love St John and was so glad we got to get in before the new T3 rules.

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TomR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect lunch. So pleased we made it before Christmas and Tier 3.

A very special occasion and lovely afternoon spent eating and drinking.

I’m still thinking about the braised lamb.

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DinahR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy St John always excellent. Food as it should be.

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vipJoannaB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a gorgeous lunch - the food was delicious, the service warm and friendly (and efficient!) - I’m now looking for another excuse to dine there!

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RobB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most best meals I've eaten in London. The bone marrow salad Is a show stopper. The staff are incredibly knowledgable and attentive - our waiter Ryan especially so.

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SarahW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St John was all we expected and more. Relaxed and informal setting but with high calibre service - we never felt rushed and the waiting staff were incredibly knowledgable. The food was wonderful and I can highly recommend the bone marrow, grilled mackerel and the fabulous pies. We look forward to returning!!

MJ
ModernJazzQuartet
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Extremely well cooked. Great and knowledgeable service.

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KatieA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Some of the best food in London. Simple yet delicious. Big portion sizes and a great selection.

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Maud
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful as always. They do everything with style

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vipGregA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and so nice to come here for a change from home cooked food. Interesting menu full of items you wouldn’t cook at home. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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GeoffreyH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

For a quiet classy lunch/supper, would totally recommend St J. Staffed by proper real people.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always!

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AlexG
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delivered on a fine lunch as always. Great british food well cooked

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SimonV
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch was a complete delight; a varied and inspiring menu where each of us (party of four) had something different and were all completely content with our choices. One could have lunched here every day for a week and would never be bored by what is on offer.

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vipPalf
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favourite place around. As good as ever!!

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ClareE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, perfect service, perfect drinks, perfect evening. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love St John. The food is always outstanding and the ambient is comfortable, not pretentious at all.

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SkyBlue
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be out of house arrest (AKA lockdown) and back at St John where we love the place, the food and the atmosphere - thank you! But of course the experience is seriously marred by all these ridiculous measurements - masks, tables miles apart etc etc - which reinforce how the government have taken us for mugs and decimated our civil liberties. It's just another virus! Not much worse than a bad flu! Bring back common sense, acceptable risk and personal responsibility and stop treating us like infants! I just hope you can continue to make a viable business in the current climate as we would hate to lose you. But we are mystified why restaurants and pubs have not made MUCH more of a fuss and together (together you'd have a LOUD voice surely) spoken up more vehemently against all the fear-mongering, which is NOT backed up by 'science' or the figures. Could do better, but good luck and keep up the good work...

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George
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic to finally sit in the restaurant area. Staff were super attentive and the menu was exceptional as always. A real treat. Thank you.

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George
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5* all round. Superb food, wine and stellar service in a relaxing and non pretentious environment. Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Waiter was so rude. I asked if he could talk us through the menu and he spoke in such a condescending way that I wanted to leave the restaurant as fast as I could. We ended up taking away our dessert.

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AndrewC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The legend continues. Super service, fabulous food.

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Eveg
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Traditional but not tired fare. A deep respect for the animal is evident.

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StarsR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outrageously delicious and reasonably priced for such incredible food. Understated environment and very comfortable for that reason. Clientele reflect this relaxed mood. I can’t wait to come back!

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Char
South Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As remembered and expected very tasty nose to tail fare. My only issue was the overly fatty mutton stew. It was too rich for me but was gobbled up by my younger dinner companion.

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PaulT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Briiliant - as always - look forward to visiting you again on the other side of lockdown.

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vipAlainaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Fantastic wine, fresh ingredients that they make exceptionally tasty. Great value for the amount of food as well. Don’t miss out on the madelines - they are devine!

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AndreeaO
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience - from the service to the food and wine!
It’s easy to see why St John is such an institution on the London food scene and beyond!

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FionnualaO
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very helpful waiters who helped us choose wines to match our meal.

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ade123
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pre-lockdown lunch. As ever, all conceived and executed perfectly.

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Jcjc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

conviviality and edible joy of the highest order, as always.

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ElliotD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The latest in many visits to St John and it never lets us down. Food, drinks, service and atmosphere always perfect.

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LauraLa
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and wine, amazing service, wonderful atmosphere. One of my favourite places in London

RL
RobertL
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! I’ve been a regular for 25 yrs.

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GabrielaE
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple (yet not simplistic) quality British food. Great atmosphere and place, very relaxing. Would recommend both for romantic date & group dinners.

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St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 2851 OpenTable diners.

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