St. John

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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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KJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing hats all to say, food is outstanding I would recommend it anytime!!

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KH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meal experiences of my life. The bone marrow exceeded expectations.

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

The waiter was very personable and attentive, the menu sounds quite scary (eg lambs heart, ox heart, pork cheeks etc) but every dish we have was delicious. Stars were the bone marrow and lentils with nettles and goats curd. Will definitely return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints....

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting and good food!

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service!!

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really good crab bisque and everything else was just average or below average like the poached skate - it was smothered in so much aioli/garlic we didn’t know whether we were biting on to a fish, lettuce or potato. Kolhrabi was so under seasoned we wondered if anybody tasted it before it left the kitchen. Service was ok, no warmth and slightly off at times. Prices were good but I guess if what you are delivered doesn’t hit the spot maybe not.

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A
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting menu, including the off menu items, the food was cooked perfectly, the service was sincere, I only wish that I had more space in my stomach to fit more food and experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The author/chef Dr Henderson was dining in and I was able to get a signed copy of the nose to tail cookbook!!! Best dining experience ever.

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SM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Such a vast variety of things to try. We loved each dish. Highly recommend if you’re thinking of coming here.

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KS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there in 2005 and had the parsley and bone marrow salad and have been craving it ever since. My sad attempts to recreate it have never quite succeeded. We enjoyed every choice we made. We could only get a reservation after 9 p.m. and it was hoppin' with a full house even then. Don't miss this London experience.

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A
Essex
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever St John hits the mark. Earlier this month I had my 50th birthday dinner here and this week a quiet dinner with a friend. St John is perfect for both. I will keep coming back.

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MO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time had by all! Really good food and drink.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The desserts were fabulous esp the brown bread ice cream !
The lack of music was wonderful
The venue great
The food delicious
Thank you

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EL
Berlin
10 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent. British food at its best. carefully sourced and cooked ingredients, excellent service. The apple crumble is divine.

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KC
London
33 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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BF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably one of the best places to eat. You come for the bone marrow and you return for the unpretentious ambiance and professional service. The duck leg was perfect. The vegetarian options were great and the house wine was excellent for the price. Will be back!

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NB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I don't care about Michelin stars but, when a restaurant has one, I expect at least one of three things to be extremely good: food, service and/or dining room. St. John has none of the three.

I find it very hard to believe that this place a) has managed to keep hold of its star and b) still gets away charging its prices - I guess I'm missing something...

Food: very average and way overpriced. Most things tasty and well cooked but generally very boring, unimaginative and the kind of food that, if I could be bothered, I could do at home just as well (bone marrow excluded).

Dishonorable mentions go to the date loaf (slightly burnt with very watery butterscotch sauce) and pigs head salad (some pig-bits pleasant, others very unpleasant).

We ate everything because we were hungry and a lot of it was tasty but I got to the end of the meal feeling like I'd eaten a meal worth half the price. I can think of twenty restaurants in London where I've eaten better for less.

Good beer. Good cocktails.

Service: We had one lovely waiter (french guy) who was knowledgeable and attentive but our food was brought to us by someone from the kitchen who literally plonked it down on the table without saying ANYTHING at all or smiling. Very, very odd.

Dining room: I get what it's going for - nonchalant/cool/refectory/Farringdon etc. and, you know, whatever but it just felt a bit cold. It was like being in a National Trust cafe.

Overall, if you go, you'll probably enjoy it. But don't expect anything approaching great.

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Not really what it used to be - perhaps I caught the kitchen on a bad day, but my main dish was floating in fat/ oil. Not something you want for the prices they charge.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Thankyou for looking after us so well. The food was brilliant! Simple, honest British food full of flavour. Our waitress was very sweet and looked after our every wish we felt very at home here.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place. Unfussy and really, really well executed.

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K
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Completely delicious British food, including pork terrine, langoustines and mayonnaise and the most beautiful lemon sole perfectly cooked.

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JP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and personalised service. Fantastic menu and wine list - a real treat

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It used to be so delicious but I think standards have deteriorated (or others have caught up) so feels expensive for what you get now. Shame. Service is outstanding however.

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MR
London
29 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time. The hare and trotter suet crust pie was divine.

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant experience of my life. The food was delicious, it was such a relaxing atmosphere and even though the restaurant has a big reputation it didn’t feel at all ‘stuffy’ or intimidating.
I loved it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not bad. But not very particular.

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YU
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as always!
Never let down.
Will def. go back again!

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Not my first time at this restaurant and always a good experience, from the British food cooked to perfection (try the bone marrow!) to the atmosphere and spirit of this place!

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M
London
70 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unusual menu , good food , very friendly and attentive staff a very enjoyable occasion.

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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and uncomplicated ambiance

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding contemporary and borderline experimental cuisine.... and exemplary madelines!

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

...always so veryvery good...great service from the lovely young restaurant manageress & her colleagues...3 plates of deliciousness...an added pleasure to bump into Fergus as after lunch I walked up the street...

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

St John has a reputation for great cooking, so I was keen to meet a friend there for lunch. The welcome was quite cool as I was ten minutes early for my reservation at noon, and wasn't allowed into the dining room. Once inside tho', our waitress's recommendations were good and we had a delicious lunch - we were brave and both tried varieties of offal. I cannot fault the meat which was perfectly cooked, juicy and flavoursome, however I felt the vegetable side - I had celeriac - was a little lacklustre. We had wine and dessert, and certainly didn't leave hungry. Overall I'd say the service was uneven. The ambiance and general look of the space could do with some sprucing - everything painted white makes it look easy to hose down. Yes, it's proximity to Smithfield market is the whole reason they do what they do, etc. etc. but a few creature comforts - perhaps a few more items of soft furnishing - would imbue the space with some warmth. Overall a lovely meal, so the kitchen staff were on form.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu, never has disappointed. The service was friendly, informative and efficient.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant !

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EP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place where the food really stands out. The service was also outstanding, provided with a happy and welcoming smile. Although there was a inconveniently loud table, there was nothing that the staff could do. The waitress provided a great wine recommendation and the ingredients were clearly fresh and made by an experienced chef.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wow, just wow. I had very high expectations (as a HUGE Bourdain fan), but they were exceeded. Wanted a true meat based meal so we started with the Bone Marrow (of course), Crab on Toast and the Terrine. All fantastic. For the main we split the Tamworth and the welsh rarebit, just perfect. Side greens were a bit overseasoned, but thats not what we were here for. Waiter was awesome and super helpful, everything else was to die for! Must try!!

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DA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good indigenous food. Staff very kind and always available. A proper English good cusine! You mast go!

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a London institution, my husband and I have gone over the years, more as we have increased our income ( it’s not cheap )
It’s special and I always get delighted when new friends ask what it is like as I can’t wait to take them
Long live St John

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