St. John

4.7
2251 reviews
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  • Local Ingredients
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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not bad. But not very particular.

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YU
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
5 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
2 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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London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant !

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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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C
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food, enjoyed every single dish. Wine was excellent too!

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post Christmas family dinner.

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IS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Ingredients in the plates were not fully integrated. We ordered seabass and the smell was quite strong not appearing to be fresh. It was a disappointing experience

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! A little underwhelmed by the famous Bone Marrow, but everything else was spectacular. Welsh Rarebit! Pheasant and Trotter Pie! Madeleines!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and brilliant in a cool understated way

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London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best dining experience ever. The service was lovely and the food was great.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this place. Interesting menus and everything was so delicious. The waiter was very good about helping us navigate the menu. Very friendly staff.
Some tables are literally smashed together. This wasn’t a problem for us, but if you want a more private seating you might want to request that while booking.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what a way to start the festive season... A sensational pheasant and trotter pie, phenomenal wine and amazing service as always. New Years Resolution: come back more often

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Österreich
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at St. John, for Sunday lunch. The experience was such, that I'd seriously contemplate a career change towards cooking, if I were twenty years younger and any good with my hands. This isn't a restaurant, it's a temple to food. There's nothing else. No decor, no art, just whitewashed walls. No music, so we could actually talk without shouting.

We didn't quite manage everything on the menu, but we certainly tried. All the dishes were extremely simple, no embellishment. But the ingredients. And the execution. Admittedly, it may have helped that a lot of the ingredients were not very familiar to me, e.g. roasted bone marrow, dandelion, lamb's kidneys, but I don't usually go in for "novelty" ingredients, too often are they smoke & mirrors to mask the fact that the dish doesn't really work. These did work. They were both interesting and delicious at the same time, a rare feat, especially as they kept it up throughout the meal.
As keen home bakers, we also wanted to sample the puddings: A steamed sponge pudding elicited "I wish I hadn't eaten that, now I won't be able to enjoy a mortal effort ever again" from my wife. The famous Madeleines we'd expected to be good, but they were far beyond what we'd thought possible with what is, after all, a simple sponge. The Eccles Cake I still dream about, even though I was dangerously full at that point.

To top it off, the bill was surprisingly *low* and apparently they don't go in for that "discretionary service charge" nonsense, either. Well, that was a tip given freely & gladly.

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I’ve been going to St Johns for years, but feel its lost its edge. The rowdy crowds in the bar really applies the ruined the ambience in the restaurant. The food as ever was good (but expensive). The restaurant itself feels tired and in need of a deep clean and paint job...

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

Overall, I was disappointed with the food, as well as the surroundings. The dishes were all disappointing and nothing special with little flavours, I would classify them as low quality and overrated pub food. The interior was generally rather dirty esp the bar area. It felt like the floorings of wet markets in Asia cities. The wines were also rather terrible considering the price. The hype is rather overdone IMHO.

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S
Cambridge
16 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always excellent and creative food served by very knowledgable and charming people

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Best Arbroath smokie outaide Arbroath.

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A
London
16 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent as always. Nice to try the spleen, teal was lovely.

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DR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality cuisine that is very “meaty” using while animal with more offal than is usually on offer in restaurants. Decor is minimalist white and rather industrial no frills but very professional service.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at St John since it opened, around twenty five years ago. In all that time I have never had a meal that was less than very good. Usually it is excellent, and this last visit was no exception. They make the best of superb ingredients with minimum fuss, and the service is direct and unfailingly polite. It is still my favourite restaurant.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A restaurant that was on our wish list. We appreciate the simple approach to to cooking i.e not over complex dishes , good quality fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu looked interesting and had intrigue
However we were quite disappointed . Starters egg mayo, really heavy on the mustard , the sardines potatoe salad ‘ crunchy’ and overpowering horse radish .
Main courses , no real punchy flavours , quite bland. Underwhelmed really.
Wines not served as requested with main courses ‘ forgotten
Deserts treacle tart and ginger sponge very good.
All in all underwhelming.

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not so impressed by the food. Not flavorful enough in general and had to add salt everywhere...

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

British food, very very well done. Would highly recommend to everyone. Had the bone marrow - well executed plain simple bone marrow on toast with salt and parsley lemon salad. Venison liver and mash - best dish with liver succulent and well seared. For dessert I had bread pudding with butterscotch sauce - the sauce was not too sweet and just the right amount of burntness. 8.5/10

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No words, except:
Eccles cake and cheese <3x

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YO
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Simple and frendly.
Bone marrow is always worth while to come
from Japan.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went to St John expecting to be dazzled and wowed by the quality of there food, maybe it wasn’t too my taste or i’m not sophisticated enough for the establishment! Bone marrow is overhyped and lacks flavour, followed by the Arbroath smokie with the first few bites was lovely I must say except the saltiness became too much and overpowered me. Blood cake and fried eggs, mmm tasted more cinnamon/nutmeg/not sure exactly what spice is on it that needed to be added but it overpowered and too rich. Had some salad greens which were lovely and two glasses St. John rosé which were beautiful. Service was rushed, felt unwelcome and paid £70.80.
St John was supposed to be the highlight of my Trip to London and unfortunately left me with a sick feeling in my stomach.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here after seeing it on Anthony Bourdain. The bone marrow was amazing! I could have ate way more of than one order. Hands down favorite meal in London.

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T
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious!

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TB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

You read the menu, see something that sounds good and you picture in your mind's eye what it might be like. So you order it and they bring a dish that is exactly what you had hoped for, only better. Every time.

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LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a birthday lunch. they were super friendly and accommodating with our baby. Food was delicious, not overly complicated but unique., desserts were delicious. A bit pricey but worth the splurge.

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AF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great local food, one of my favourite restaurants in London. The bone marrow is one of my favourite dishes.

The reason for the four stars on the food is because the mains I chose this time was a bit overpowered by the spices and tomatoe ... The chickpea, chorizo, snail dish. The other dishes were all super tasty though and I’ve never had any complaints.

So We will definitely be back though as the food is excellent .

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