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.

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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JamesT
London
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't fancy tripe? You will when it is devilled and deep-fried! Put off by the thought of pigs' tongues? Try them braised with chickpeas! Pure pleasure from the simplicity of the mandolined kohlrabi to the perfectly cooked tranche of brill. Charming service too. We love this place!

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vipSIMON
London
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was really friendly and helpful
Love the white walled space of the restaurant as well

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VanessaC
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Just perfect in every way🙌🏼
Such delicious and unusual food and the service was impeccable

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TQMA
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The pigs tongue starter is quite possible the best plate of food I’ve had in a restaurant ever. Lovely service, big portions, just amazing

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AnnS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the simple decor; the focus was the food! We enjoyed every dish we ordered, clean plates all round. Service was excellent! A winner!

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ClaireE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, the food was delicious, the drinks were lovely and the service was attentive but not overbearing. All in all another great visit

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CarolM
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied menu with lots of appealing dishes. Nice informal approach to eating and felt you could order anything from the menu in an unconventional way without disapproval! Food was superb and we look forward to returning to try additional menu items.

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ZahiraQ
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service very lovely location - greatly recommended.

CM
CosmoM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St John does three things to perfection: the ingredients, the menu and service.

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AlexandruM
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was magnificent. Service was great. Food was impeccable

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Charmaine
Herefordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been planing a visit to St John for many years and it definitely didn't disappoint. Food was delicious and the staff attentive, cannot wait for the next visit.

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NickiC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant meal - had been on my list for ages and most definitely lived up to the hype! Couldn't recommend enough, and with an ever-changing menu I'll undoubtedly be back to try more

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Smin
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciate the idea of using unusual cuts, simple cooking which allows the ingredients to speak for itself. Quality ingredients! Very delicious! I hope more people would be inspired by St John restaurant’s approach.

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NinaS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was exceptional and great wine selection. Would highly recommend.

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Olly
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere - very looked after.

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AllyN
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps the fourth or fifth time I've dined here, and St John never fails to impress. Exceptional food, an extensive wine list, unhurried environment and excellent service. If you're in London and want a unique experience with a truly British flavour, this is the place to book.

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justins7
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a lovely evening at St Johns
Delicious honest well presented food to make you happy
Our group of four tried as many options as possible. All were great and there were no disappointments. I will return again and again

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CatherineT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been coming to St. John restaurant for the past 20 years. The quality of the food and the service has not changed, it is always outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food!!

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GeorginaC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, hearty and unusual food. Down-to earth setting, warm service staff, fantastic chilled vibe.

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BarBuddies
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as ever. Pollock followed by Ox heart was delicious with a fine range of wines to accompany.

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vipPaulD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super all round as ever

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Nick
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One the best meals I’ve had in my life to be honest!

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Fran
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, cordial and always available. Great atmosphere and wine list! Worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dishes were strong throughout and a very pleasant ambience

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jakeM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always

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Durham
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. Exceptional and varied food. Professional service and a charming venue.

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LuciaG
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and incredible food. I would repeat soon

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Adam
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was well cooked, but so heavily seasoned with salt that we couldn’t finish our dishes. With the correct seasoning, it would have been good, but not great. Good selection of wine. There’s plenty of good restaurants in London, so I doubt I’d go back. A shame as I was expecting much better.

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JesF
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CLASSY DELICIOUS UNDERSTATED AUTHENTIC SOURDOUGH TO DIE FOR

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fussy
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is English with a twist and the waiters explain passionately how the specials and other dishes are cooked. The room is plain and simple.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were really looking forward to eating here, having heard wonderful things.
The starters we had were very nice, the marrow was a little on the salty side but the squash was delicious.

The mains however were incredibly rich and not particularly balanced, making them quite difficult to eat. We chose the Ox cheek and Pig’s tongue with a side of greens. Perhaps we needed a little more guidance from the waiter in regards to what combination of dishes to order as we couldn’t finish our dishes but we’re still left feeling uncomfortable and full.

The desserts on the other hand - rice pudding and the ginger loaf - were excellent.

While it wasn’t the experience we were hoping for, as the menu changes regularly, we may go back and try again.

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1966Fran
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Straightforward yet delicious food, attentive but discreet service and a great vibe.

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Charlotte
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top knotch! Great food, service, atmosphere. Look forward to returning.

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backchat
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s St. John, what more do you need to know? Go already!

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LouG
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic and relaxed dinner. Food and drinks outstanding and service without fault. Will be recommending to others and planning another visit soon.

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HelenB
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our evening at St John. Pheasant and trotter pie incredible!

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OliverM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

For years I wanted to go to St John and finally found the opportunity to go. The building and atmosphere is exactly what I was expecting and loved the buzz of the restaurant.

I really wanted to give St Johns 5 stars as the food was fantastic, but unfortunately the service wasn't great.

The impression and feeling we got was that St John's were prioritising larger groups over my wife and I, so essentially forgot we were there.

It took 15 mins before someone came to ask if we would like a drink, the same amount of time to get the drinks and then same again to have our order taken

What really annoyed us is at no point from the point of sitting down to the point of having our order taken did we get told that there were limited items on the menu, so would you like to order them before they sell out.

Also, when we did place our order ALL the specials had gone. We booked a 2pm table, which we didnt feel was too late. If they sell out of dishes by this point, they should put a disclaimer on the website to say book early!

The food was fantastic, so will go back an hope the service is better.

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NeilR
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. Simple-yet-incredibly flavoured food and perhaps the best dessert I have ever tasted.

Try the Spotted Dick and you’ll be thinking about it for days after!

Thanks for a superb meal.

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Jw59
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time, won’t be out last. Everything was amazing & our server was great. I forgot to ask him his name but his recommendations were perfect. Thank you

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.