St. John

4.7
2365 reviews
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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 too, 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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London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with food combinations that were flavoursome and unexpected. A very humble place that appreciates the rawness and honesty of fresh and local produce.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was absolutely moreish! We especially loved the crayfish and bone marrow salad.

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D
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service, everything. Love going here.

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DH
Manchester
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the simple and basic style. Staff were excellent, very engaging and personal. Knowledge of menu was excellent. The wine list was suburb and the food was amazing. Have been looking forward to visiting for weeks and it did not disappoint!!

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PR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good; and the service too.
We Will come back for sure! Thank you

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Meet Wes Anderson occasionally

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E
Oxford
69 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each time we return to St John it seems to be better than ever. We don't often get fish dishes, but the two we sampled this time were wonderful (whole plaice, haddock steak). The lamb heart starter was the best of the heart preparations I have had at St John. And we love the madeleines. The food comes with timing that doesn't rush the meal, and service was excellent. The wine list is excellent and reasonable. The only downside is that it is quite noisy, and sometimes hard to hear even your dinner partner.

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m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and food as always - one of the best places in london

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and a great space to dine in. There was a good drink selection and our server was great and enthusiastically explained dishes and guided us with daily specials. Highlights were the goat liver and the lamb sweetbreads, but everything we tried was savored and enjoyed. Stunning job on the food!

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m
London
22 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really interesting location and dining room. Fantastic food as you would expect from a Michelin Star. The Ginger loaf was superb!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Knowledgeable wait staff. Cool vibe and bar scene as we waited for our table. Food is very good but not Michelin. Wine list is what you make of it with well curated approachable glasses (which we went with) through Grand Crus. Would definitely recommend.

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A
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever St John delivers. My favourite restaurant, had the pleasure of dining here many times. Hope to come back many more times.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great Atmosphere and service.

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JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have been here. The food was very delicious. Despite being one of the best restaurants in London, the staff are very down to earth and friendly. We will definitely be visiting again.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant in London. Sublime. Brown bread and marmalade ice cream out of this world.

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy going to St John but the food this time was particularly good, of course the meat was beautifully cooked, the fish was wonderful and the selection of starters just a delight.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, not more to say - my absolute favorite! We went there twice, the day after we had dinner at St. John’s Bread & Wine - it was even better! Great restaurants!

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BD
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I’ve been looking forward to going to St. John’s for a long time. Unfortunately, the whole experience was underwhelming..... average service, average food, don’t understand what all the hype is about. We’ll not be going back.

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PH
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A rather idiosyncratic restaurant.The menu is full of unusual items like lamb offal (liver, kidney, sweetbread, heart) and if you are a conservative eater you will need to choose carefully, but if you are adventurous, the quality is high and the dishes are a very interesting variant of the usual fare.

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PG
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Always delights. No better restaurant anywhere. Everything about the food, the service, the space, the atmosphere is HONEST and first rate.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time in London and we promised ourselves that we would have our first dinner at St.John’s restaurant, they were very accommodating and moved our reservation up to the time that we arrived 6 pm. We enjoyed the bone marrow on toast with salt salt and ox tongue and lamb sweetbreads. Everything was to perfection and we are looking forward to our best visit, yum!

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Finely prepared classic British food cooked at the highest level. You have read the reviews, seen the shows, this place is the real deal. Decent pricing for how important the place is. Certainly a meal to remember.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you want to try something else...that's spot for you. You really do not eat sweetbreads every day...

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MS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at St. John's continues to be honest and delicious, providing an amazing dining experience for those not afraid of getting a little marrow on their fingers.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our fourth visit and somehow St Johns always manages to exceed expectations. The food was exceptional and a great choice of wines. The menu always has something fresh that will often be a first try and this was no exception. The service is friendly, courteous, prompt but not intrusive. The venue has a unique relaxed feel and this is a great place to spend a relaxed lunch with friends. Thanks to the chef and all the team for a memorable lunch.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Absolutely worth the flight across the pond to eat here!! The food was magnificent! The Eccles cake was perfect along with the lamb heart to make my meal extra special.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We sat near the front exit, it was cold with all doors open to exterior and the service was dreadful we were pretty much forgotten about! It was my husbands birthday so I was hoping it would be great! Food was excellent, waitress was not impressed when i said i would not tip. But why tip on a £250 bill when service was dreadful

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LN
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What's the saying....bread is the staff of life? Well O could eat their bread + butter all day long. One type better than the next. The bone marrow was orgasmic + the fried pork skin with dandelion + roasted shallot didn't suck. Main courses were equally as good. And perfect wine options to marry with each course.

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been meaning to eat at St John for over 15yrs and I was not disappointed! Great restaurant! I’ll be back for sure!

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JK
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect foods and wines, professional service, nice atmosphere. Must go place in London.

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St John is famous for its offal dishes. I started with bone marrow (delicious and simple) and my main was pig tongue ("middle white tongue"). I enjoyed both dishes, but realized that the marrowbone would have been very easy to make at home, so I should have had something else.

Service was very friendly, helpful, and efficient.
The room is fairly loud.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth a visit. Nothing I didn't like about it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to St John for lunch with colleagues and it immediately became one of our best experiences. The service was excellent, food is beyond incredible. I always wanted to try good modern British cuisine and it was fantastic. Will definitely come back, especially for the bread pudding.

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M
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

a little disappointing, waiter a little over confident without knowledge of the restaurants offerings, starter and dessert delicious, main not so much....

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, lovely staff, love the simplicity of the decor... however there was a stink of white spirit as they had just painted the staff room. Surely they could use an eco friendly paint that doesn’t smell!

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A
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we ordered was fantastic (we had the roast bone marrow, ox heart, pigeon and sweetbreads; and for dessert the Easton mess and chocolate and pistachio terrine and Madeleines). The wine suggestions were on point. I love places that have a good choice of wine per glass, as it does not oblige people to take a whole bottle or drink if they do not want to. I hope I can return soon.

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EF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I really loved the food and the service, but in terms of the environment, I'd appreciate having more lighting (artificial though).

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JK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and certainly a worthwhile dining experience.
I was surprised they didn't ask about allergens prior to ordering. We bought two bottles of wine, one of which was excellent. The 2015 Cahors Malbec was somewhat disappointing lacking any character.
Overall I was very happy with my evening but nothing blew me away

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p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s not straightforward to read the menu, what’s what is quite difficult to determine, however, it turns out even randomly picking dishes is just fine. Everything we ordered was amazing!!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a really unique british restaurant that is always perfect

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