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St. John, London,

St. John

4.8
4.8
3067 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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Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

    Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844

  • 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

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What 3,067 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Fit for Foodies

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  • City of London

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  1. LS

    LunchingSwede

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unpretentious perfection, with the very best raw materials allowed to shine. As ever. Pure joy, wonderful service and the best madeleines known to man

  2. TK

    TurgutK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambient and service, Delicious food as always.

  3. MO

    MichaelO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievable lunch. Service, food, ambiance all great.

  4. KV

    KV88

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance. Enjoyed every dish ordered and had a great server - Jake - who steered us in the right direction. So good we forgot to take photos of the mains! The most exciting part!! Would highly recommend to all.

  5. S

    Snackattack3000

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Generally, the food and service was outstanding. It was my birthday, however, and I feel like they really let me down on feeling special. I let them know ahead of time it was my birthday -- and while I wasn't expecting any extra special plate or anything -- it would have been a nice touch if the host had wished me happy birthday. Instead, he was fairly cold and stand-off-ish and questioned whether I even had a booking. Contrast this with Bocca Di Lupo where I went for dinner. I got a big smile happy birthday from the host, bday wishes from the waiter, and then a complimentary gelato at the end. The little touches matter. I'll definitely come back to St. Johns as the food was out of this world, but probably not for a special occasion, which is a bit of a shame I think.

  6. DA

    DARRENC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exactly as we hoped it would be The Fergroni is a work of genius

  7. S

    Sandyk5

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food and service. We made this a top priority dinner on a short trip to London from Canada and it exceeded our expectations.

  8. J

    Janed

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful produce cooked to perfection to show the quality

  9. CM

    CMMM

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently fabulous!

  10. MA

    MARIAL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, unpretentious and great value for money. Thank you!

  11. m

    michael

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best restaurant in London (though the dining room is loud).

  12. JS

    JakeS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best and most memorable meals of my life. This was a pilgrimage of sorts for me, as I have followed Fergus Henderson closely for many years and was finally able to dine at his establishment. The chef and his team did not disappoint.

  13. W

    Whitters

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food and excellent service. The dining room was lively and quite noisy but it all added to the fun atmosphere. We had a wonderful meal and will certainly be back - we were sorry we didn't have room to try everything on the menu!

  14. J

    John992

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food served by friendly efficient staff.

  15. S

    Snailsinmyporridge

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Slow, though pleasant, service . Uninspired food, best part thing was the Eccles cake. Not worth the money.

  16. K

    Kate

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beyond incredible food and we thought it probably surpassed many of the well-known well-established ‘greats’ we’ve eaten in.

  17. RC

    RonnieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food is the reason to come here. Absolutely superb!

  18. D

    David

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Favorite restaurant on earth, one of the main reasons for my semi yearly trips to London.

  19. SP

    StephenP

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I've been eating at St. John almost every time I'm in London for well over a decade and it never disappoints. This latest visit might have been the best yet though. Incredible service, the food is wonderful, and the overall atmosphere felt fantastic. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

  20. DE

    DavidE

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Everything was a bit one-note. Artichoke dish was terrible. Unattractive plating. Service competent/knowledgeable, but not engaging - no inquiry into how things tasted. No thanks from staff when we left. Good wine list.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant and delicious food. Don’t miss the famous marrow bone and toast! Great ambiance and service.

  22. IB

    IanB

    Oxford

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This is an absolute gem and never fails to provide wonderful fresh food and excellent, unobtrusive service. I've been several times with different guests and they've all loved it too. A winning formula that doesn't need lots of tinkering with.

  23. SL

    SamL

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    St. John is my favourite restaurant in the world. Food is both comfortingly familiar and exciting. I eat things there I wish I could cook as well myself. The dining room and style is also inspiring.

  24. D

    Deborah303

    Houston

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    One of our favorite dining experiences in the world. The food is outstanding. Have the roasted bone marrow and parsley salad!

  25. A

    Anoushka

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliant as ever. Delicious, inventive, fresh, cultured, simple, classy and QUALITY!

  26. RK

    RichardK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great, simple food done well. Pretty loud in the room but had a nice atmosphere. Nice (French) wine list with lots of options.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was amazing, it lived up too it’s famous reputation.

  28. S

    Seraphe44

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We loved our experience St John and can see what everyone raves about. My husband is a big meat eater but I was really pleased when I discovered there was an offer of fish on the menu. That suited my taste perfectly. We would recommend St John to anyone.

  29. AE

    AlexE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food - everything I had hoped for on my first visit to a London institution!

  30. C

    Charlie

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As ever just sublime in every way. every meal there is a pleasure

  31. JM

    JoshM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was easily one of the best meals I have ever had. The smoked eel and the marrow were so incredibly delicious. The raspberry trifle was also a stand out. Such a relaxing place to enjoy a meal. World class food without any pretension.

  32. EE

    EaterinExile

    Atlanta

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit, and it exceeded expectations in every way. Attentive but not obtrusive service and delicious food. Delightfully unpretentious.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a welcoming comfortable experience for over the top delicious food, wine, & drinks. Wish I lived here for this restaurant.

  34. A

    Anon

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I highly recommend it. I don't have a large appetite, but thoroughly, enjoyed my beef tongue salad. My husband loved his calf liver main. Unfortunately, my kids do not have quote as refined tastes!

  35. B

    Becca

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    We found the service to be poor and the food to be underwhelming given the hype. Don’t get me wrong, the food is cooked well and nice enough, but there was nothing particularly spectacular with the flavours. While the bone marrow was very nice (although a bit messy as it was DIY), maybe we ordered incorrectly for the other dishes. They were good, but not great. We may have set our expectations too high, as this restaurant had been recommended by so many people. Also, our server seemed completely disinterested in us and did not help us with the menu much. We had not been to St. John before, and we asked for help with the menu, and she showed no excitement or enthusiasm for any of the dishes, which did not give us hope that the main would redeem the starters. She didn’t greet us, barely spoke to us, and seemed in a rush. Maybe we caught her in an off mood. However, it just was not the last meal for my father’s trip to London that we expected given all the rave reviews.

  36. JB

    JoanneB

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful atmosphere created by the high ceilings and simple white interior. The bar area greets you and you feel invited into a place which remains loyal to its meat market roots but also, has a modern under current. The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The food was superb. This is place to try Ox cheek. All of this restaurant’s accolades are well deserved.

  37. JM

    JorgeM

    San Antonio

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything I expected and more!! Friehfly service, outstanding food and very reasonable prices!! It’s a must in London!!

  38. DS

    DebbieS

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal, great food and service and would highly recommend.

  39. S

    Sonnyevan

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant deserves all of the amazing reviews. Exemplary cooking skills in the kitchen, friendly and knowledgeable staff, with a clear focus on the best ingredients cooked so well. We love this place.

  40. BA

    BekiA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A long-anticipated meal, this dinner did not disappoint! Lovely, friendly service; delicious food and drinks from start to finish,; perfect relaxed ambience; exciting dishes that were somehow familiar and novel at the same time. We had a wonderful evening and are planning to go again as soon as we can.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 3067 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 32 times today
Google Map for St. John

26 St John Street London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Area

    Farringdon

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30

  • 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

    Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844

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