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St. John, London,

St. John

4.8
4.8
3185 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    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 3,185 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. E

    Eric

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is in an interesting ex-industrial space. All the dishes we tried were terrific: brill, pork skin, bone marrow, skate. The wine list runs toward Loire wines. Would gladly come here weekly, but I live in California!
  2. c

    christineh

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was delicious and the staff very friendly and helpful
  3. JB

    JoshuaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visiting and it lived up to all I thought it would be. The food was sublime, service excellent and ambience perfect. Can't wait to go again!
  4. EM

    EmilyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here For my husbands 40th birthday and had an excellent night. Food was outstanding, service impeccable - just the right balance of attentive and allowing you to get on with your meal. Couldn’t fault it. We’ll be back for sure!
  5. KT

    KathyT

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Not impressed unfortunately! Arrived at 9pm … which was the recommended time. At least 4/8 starters were not available and 2/8 main ! Wine (white ) unchilled ! Staff were friendly and helpful
  6. SL

    SeamusL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Had wanted to go here for years, unfortunately the food was average to start with and then salted to borderline inedible for the main, not that the wait staff asked why we left half a turbot on the plate. Tried to charge us for a different (more expensive) bottle of Chablis than we’d drank. Coffee and atmosphere were the highlights. Had really hoped for more and not sure it’s in the league of other Michelin star restaurants available in London but perhaps more to do with its history. This does sound very bitter, the lemon sole was delicious to be fair but the recent tripadvisor reviews also look paid for…
  7. N

    Nick

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful meal at St John with family and friends. The staff were attentive, professional and friendly. Dish after dish was excellent, well worthy of its Michelin *. I will be back again in a few weeks!
  8. FS

    FreddieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Delicious bone marrow salad and ox heart. Good service and great atmosphere.
  9. MS

    MaxS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening at St John. Had been to bread and wine multiple times but never to the restaurant and it did not disappoint! Exceptional food, great service and a lovely ambience for a memorable evening. Our waiter, Michael i believe, was particularly nice and made the evening feel very relaxed and enjoyable. Will definitely be back
  10. AA

    AATT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    I’m a big fan of st john’s and always celebrate my birthday there. We had a lovely time with lovely food but our waiter was quite discourteous and we didn’t feel very accomodated.
  11. C

    Chris

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. The food was delicious, and the service was superb. Highly recommended.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute fabulous lunch. The service was friendly and very helpful. The food is absolutely delicious. They have focused on doing simple things really well which is clearly not a simple thing to do. We had the bone marrow, terrine and a pie which was followed by a malt loaf and madeleines. All the food was fantastic. Flavourful and focussed an absolute delight.
  13. D

    Dannywong

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Not a great fan for their food
  14. SW

    ShermanW

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is outstanding, only surpassed by the food 10 out 10
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been coming here for nearly fifteen years and it has never disappointed. Although the prices have gone up considerably in that time. The first time I came here was with my then wife to be and it cost about the same for the two of us as it does for just myself these days. I haven’t always enjoyed the food, the rolled pig spleen comes to mind but if you do not try new things how are you going to know if you like it or not. Over the years the service and ambiance has not changed. Yes it’s the food that keeps me coming back but also the relaxed atmosphere.
  16. JR

    JRHW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Outstanding food and service. Made us glad to not be vegetarians.
  17. C

    Chuck

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such a great place. Amazing decor, Amazing food and mostly great service with great friendly and helpful team. Only minor issue was that we did find ourselves with empty glasses and waiting a bit and struggling get attention of a waiter at one point. Minor thing though. Overall woold highly recommend and will be going back. Good value too I thought for the quality of food.
  18. VD

    VadimD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A fantastic restaurant, making point of utter simplicity and brilliant execution. All our dishes were exceptional, from appeti,easy of bone marrow and saddle of hare, to mains of teal and guinea fowl, to the stunning buttermilk pudding.
  19. MJ

    MJea

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Food was fantastic, service was exceptional
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond perfect- drinks, food, service- all amazing and very unpretentious. Staff was super knowledgeable and very friendly- everything from first bit to last sip was impeccable.
  21. v

    vvss

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    best lunch in london.
  22. JD

    JudithD

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Friendly attentive service. Lovely bread and butter on the table. Good choice of meat fish an veggie dishes. Generous helpings including side dishes. No frills, paper cloths. Honest to goodness food
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, creative, sustainable and delicious menu, and an unpretentious atmosphere. This restaurant was recommended by a friend in the industry and It lived up to every expectation.
  24. C

    Cindy

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and unique! We would highly recommend! The environment is intentionally simple and sparse. The menu will continually be surprising. (In a good way). The flavors are delicate and complex. The staff are conscientious and are all clearly invested and excited about their offerings. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish!
  25. BT

    BrandonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    St. John is like the quintessential British fare to me. Unassuming and home made. It makes you feel you’re in someone’s home in the countryside who knows how to bring out the best in local produce without any fanfare or pretense.
  26. KR

    KavitaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance! Staff were very friendly. I will be visiting again :)
  27. DB

    DaphneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Lovely food, nice staff, everything perfect.
  28. OG

    OngG

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the service, ambience was causal but chic, food was great but I think presentation could have been better
  29. h

    happy

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it, can't wait to be back next time we're down.
  30. RM

    RachelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal. Points for improvement: we needed to ask for plates for bread, there wasn’t enough butter (one small pat of butter between 6) and it would have benefited from being brought out the fridge earlier as it was very hard. Highlights were the crispy pork skin and the bread and butter pudding. Delicious
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food,great ambiance, pleasant place to have lunch
  32. ZH

    ZHDC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and even better food. Def my new favourite spot in the city now.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the more interesting gastronomical experiences I’ve had in a while. Appreciated the gracious servers running through the menu with me as I had not had much knowledge of offal prior. Very hip ambiance.
  34. CA

    CharlotteA

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not fault anything! One of the best meals myself & husband have ever had. The wine list was also great and we were very happy our selections. The service was amazing. Our main server was Emily and she was exceptional. The atmosphere in the dining room and bar had a real good buzz about it, but because they've obviously put a lot of effort into the acoustics it never felt too loud. Couldn't recommend this place enough!
  35. AJ

    AnttoniJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. First time here but we will definitely be visiting again. We even had a brief chat with Fergus Henderson himself which was wonderful.
  36. JW

    JennyW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for 25 years and the food is ALWAYS outstanding. Other restaurants have peaks and troughs but St Johns NEVER disappoints. Our favourite restaurant by far. Delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Our server took the time to explained the menu and recommended some really good items. The smoked eel was definitely the highlight of evening.
  38. KP

    KateP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was so good- efficient and good humoured The food was superb - devilled kidneys and mash bang on and bone marrow salad smashing We had house white and red both excellent We so love love that there is no music and white tablecloths that absorb all noise Perfect night- thank you
  39. C

    Chloe

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Not very friendly service, waitress made me feel so embarrassed at how to tackle a whole globe artichoke. Never done before but love it. Roast lamb a bit fatty for my taste. Dessert - Ginger slice + butterscotch - super duper amazing! Would recommend this restaurant for desserts, not nose-to-tail meat cookery. Sorry.
  40. TH

    TomH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wonderful service with thoughtful recommendations from the staff. They make great use of the space, could easily fit more tables but they prioritise a great ambience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 3185 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today
Google Map for St. John

26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Farringdon

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • 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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