St. John

4.8
2981 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 2981 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Danielle
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, tasty, generous portions, great value. Great wine selection

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AndreaS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love great service, a simple setting and sensational, yet simple food this is the place for you!

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Howiehowser
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. Many visits over the years 1st time back since lockdown began and whilst keeping everyone safe and following guidelines a splendid lunch was had. Glorious food, wide and varied wine list to suit all tastes and budgets, friendly but respectful service. Faultless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend

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GeorgeM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Solid produce, incredible wine and drink selection, in a unique setting

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EmmaG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St John had been on the list for such a long time and it fully lived up to expectations! Amazing food and service!

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch, great restaurant.

We will be coming back !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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LucindaF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience. Both food and service were beyond our expectations and we would certainly visit again.

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francoT
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as ever, excellent flavour in all the dishes we chosen, can’t wait to go back.

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neilm
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

No pig on the menu a lot of fish I know it’s summer but for me it was a weird menu. Had tripe but for me it’s an institution for specific reasons it’s mot a dish restaurant

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We came with high expectations and wanting to splash out on something exceptional. I can honestly say that it was underwhelming, the food was average, lacking in presentation but also flavour. We left feeling quite ripped off and deceived by the name and reputation. If you want to go for a special dining experience then your money is better spent elsewhere.

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KathrynK
Devon
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quality delicious food in a beautiful space. Staff were knowledgeable friendly and efficient.
Kathryn Kempster

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BenG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning. Big expectations and they were completely met if not exceeded

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AllanD
London
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to St. John for over 20 years and the atmosphere, food and service are always amazing.

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BenB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and such a down to earth but memorable experience.

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MattH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great friendly staff and a clear commitment to being unpretentious while still providing a fantastic dining experience.

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HannahG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s never less than sublime when dining at St.John.

It’s just the perfect place to go for a special occasion.
I adore here and have loved coming back to revisit what is now one of my top 5 London restaurants.

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PaulaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

classic , refined excellence.
absolute bliss...
Decent portions served by pleasant engaging staff.... cleanliness superb ...
An offal lovers paradise .....
Fabulous for any occasion...
Can't wait to return ...

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Sapper
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, helpful staff, reasonably priced wine but to be honest not a great ambience.

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StephenK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & service. Food is that golden mix of souls food and fine dining. My favourite place to eat and drink in London.

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EzraL
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always. I love the Welsh rarebit every time. Devilled kidneys on toast were a real highlight!

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Tinyturner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wedding anniversary gift from kids

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been many years since I was last at St John. It was a joy to be back. Delicious food, great service and ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Service was first class.

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MiloJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose St. John for a date. Both of us loved the food and the quirky ex warehouse atmosphere

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VictorL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great wine and amazing service ! We'll be back soon.

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TinaL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had quite high expectation and booked it for my birthday. Bone marrow was good as expected but the daily special tripe and cold middle white were mediocre. Looking back on the great reviews I can only hope everyone had an off day after the Euro finals.

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Reviewer123
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Slow service, very average food which was overpriced for the cost. Incredibly fatty lamb, overcooked vegetables.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was uncomplicated but incredibly well prepared and tasted great.

I'll be back...

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vipPalf
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as ever to be back at St John. Eel and Tongue specials were excellent.

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FilipposT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must say, one of the greatest dining experiences of my life. Food was incredible, staff was helpful and knowledgable, and the ambiance percentile fit the food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! The food was just fantastic and the service 10/10. Probably the best restaurant in London, highly recommended for foodies.

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Zakery
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable meal. Somehow the food is like nothing I’ve ever tasted, and at the same time, it felt like it related to me. It was as if it was the food I ate as a child or something. Like something I had forgotten.

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Margherita
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and entertainment. All the staff was really nice and helpful.

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vipDavidE
London
14 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another great meal at St John! highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away. Outstanding food, delicious wines and superb service. Can't wait to visit again

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JamesK
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drink and service. Couldn't have asked for more.

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CarolineG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant lunch at St John. Each dish was so special. Service was great and the dining rooms are understated and beautiful. Can’t wait to return for a dinner.

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EricHitchmough
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always - a real foodie’s paradise. Never had a bad meal here.

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 2981 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.