St. John

4.8
2990 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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2990 people are saying
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JenniferH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bones on toast half the side it used to be. We’ve been eating with you for over the last 12 years and getting smaller each time but this was a huge difference. Fully understand cos of ingredients at present, happy to pay more or just be informed before we order.

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vipRB13
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Half of the menu was out of stock despite it being lunchtime and not some weird time of day. When i ordered a dish that was described as a mix of cheese, potato and spring onion i was brought a plate that literally just had a block of microwaved cheese, 3 whole boiled potatoes to its side, and a bunch of green onions. If i wanted this kind of "dish" i would have just went to a supermarket.

My mother's "salad" had more bread than actual salad, and my dad's "potted pork" looked more like a blob of yesterday's tuna from the fridge.

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HarrietV
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, amazing staff. Took our 6 month old noisy baby who had the time of her life thanks to the kind staff.
Drinks were brilliant too.

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Foodlover
London
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husband's birthday as it's hands-down our favourite restaurant in London.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, British quinine at its best. Delicious and high quality in a lovely simple setting

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toptabled
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointing for an old favourite. While prices have gone steeply up, quality has gone in the opposite direction. Limited choice and variety, precious little in the way of offal, for which the restaurant is/was famous. If you charge £160 for a two course lunch with a bottle of house wine and coffee for 2 people, you cannot say NO when asked for chips instead of boiled potatoes as a side order - can you, really?

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Sant
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about St John’s is perfect. The food was mind blowing and the service is exquisite

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time after wanting to go for many years and did no disappoint. Very friendly stuff and great food. Lovely atmosphere, will definitely be back.

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delectable10
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always interesting and an adventure from a culinary point of view. The ginger loaf and butterscotch sauce was the stand out; the ping tongue with chick peas and green sause, a worthwhile dish as was the teal. Planning next visit

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JamesT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days 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 5 days 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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TQMA
1 review
Dined 5 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 6 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
London
1 review
Dined 7 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 on January 15, 2022
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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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

St John really hasn’t changed in 20 years. The food was just as good as I remembered but more than anything I would say service was exceptional, always there when needed and attentive without being pushy. A great reminder of how superb this place is. For sure the best liver and bacon anywhere and seafood starters very nice too.

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ZahiraQ
London
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service very lovely location - greatly recommended.

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CosmoM
London
1 review
Dined on January 13, 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 January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was magnificent. Service was great. Food was impeccable

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Charmaine
Herefordshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 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 January 13, 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 January 13, 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 January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Olly
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere - very looked after.

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AllyN
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 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 January 7, 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 January 7, 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
London
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food!!

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GeorginaC
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 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 January 6, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super all round as ever

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Nick
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 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 December 15, 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 December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dishes were strong throughout and a very pleasant ambience

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jakeM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always

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Durham
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
LuciaG
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and incredible food. I would repeat soon

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Adam
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 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 December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CLASSY DELICIOUS UNDERSTATED AUTHENTIC SOURDOUGH TO DIE FOR

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 2990 OpenTable diners.

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