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St. JOHN Smithfield, London,
Award-winning

St. JOHN Smithfield

4.8
4.8
3851 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

10:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • 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

What 3,851 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City of London

    Best Overall

  • City of London

    Best Food

  • City of London

    Best Service

  • City of London

    Best Ambiance

  • City of London

    Best Value

  • City of London

    Innovative

  • City of London

    Great for fine wines

  • City of London

    British

  • City of London

    Most Booked

3,874 Reviews
  1. stella

    Denver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was early for my reservation so I sat at the bar and enjoyed a martini! Very good although I wish the bar stools were higher:). I then was seated in the dining room at a lovely table. Michael my server was awesome! And handsome:). I had the marrow bones, lamb which reminded me of a hash brown the way it was cooked but delicious and I had sole flip!! Outstanding!! Wonderful wine and a pear liquor that went well with the Madeline’s!!! Fabulous evening!

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  2. SFChic11

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant so much. The drink selection is fantastic, delicious seasonal dishes that are unlike anything I’ve ever had. Always order extra Madelines at the end of your meal to enjoy some with coffee/tea in the morning.

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  3. JonathanJ

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The refurbishment is very good - mainly because you can’t really tell I t’s been done. The food remains the point though. Eclectic, eccentric, delicious. And the best Guinness this side of Dublin

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  4. BryanH

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exemplary as always, never fails in succeeding expectations

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  5. Southernyankee

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant! Every bite was prepared with care! Go!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant from start to finish, divine for all senses. Also had superb service from the knowledgable and charismatic Eloise.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great! Amazing service. Order anything on the menu that you don’t know what it is. Plus when they have it get the Angus pie!

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  8. PhilipW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    British food at its best was a pleasure !!!!!!!! :)

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  9. CarolineN

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting and delicious food on a comfortable setting. Great birthday lunch for my husband.

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  10. IsbMD

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our dinner at St John-a unique menu, delicious food, and excellent service. Highly recommend!!

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  11. anitak

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been looking forward this dinner for months, and it exceeded my expectations. Everything was perfect - ambience, service, wine, and, most importantly, food. Roasted bone marrow and parsley salad is one of the best things I've ever eaten. Everything else was beyond splendid. Can't wait to come back again.

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  12. Vladimir

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    St. John is an endearing place. We loved tasting their bone marrow again. To continue, this time we opted for fish: the haddock and turbot were very tasty. And, as always, the madeleines were delicious. However, the service was a little slow, and we would have appreciated more information about the wines.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    St John is incredible, one of best dining experiences we have ever had. Highly recommended.

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  14. SimonH

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve now run out of superlatives to use for St John. I’ve been dining here for circa 20 years. Never had a bad meal, always perfect. Never change!

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  15. TimM

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food remarkable, no frills room and service to my taste though not for everyone. Celebrates less “refined” cuts/ingredients by getting the important part (taste) right

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  16. Nuala

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our time visiting, having wanted to for a few years. We a lovely long leisurely lunch, and had a fantastic time. Staff were so nice - friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. It was like the English equivalent of one of those time-stopping meals in Italy.

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  17. Curly

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Love the atmosphere Wine list wonderful

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  18. HGP333

    Key West

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ein Detlev ungewöhnliches Restaurant mit sehr guter Küche. Freundliche, lockere und offene Atmosphäre

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  19. Eddyd

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having read and sampled recipes from The Book of St John I was looking forward to combining visiting galleries in London with lunch at the Smithfield restaurant. Felt relaxed as a solo diner, and the bone arrow and parsley salad followed by calf’s liver lived up to expectations, the Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese a brilliant match. Not as expensive as I anticipated, a meal to remember.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was terrific, food, drinks, and service were excellent!

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  21. JonathanE

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most excellent as always great tasty food good portion size and relaxing atmosphere.

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  22. ToniH

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is hands down the best restaurant in London. For food lovers, made by food lovers and frequented by happy consumers. Great service, laid back knowledgeable staff. The most perfect spot to perch oneself either alone or with friends.

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  23. AndrewD

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a bustling environment. Excellent wine list. Efficient staff.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glorious culinary experience-one of the best of my life. The food was superb. I never thought I’d eat tripe, but glad I did! The venison & trotter pie was a pie-lovers dream. If you’re not sure about Eccles cakes then prepare to be convinced; however if you are a St John Bakery fan/veteran then branch out….prune loaf is like the best sticky toffee pudding ever & the trifle tasted like Christmas. The whole experience was enhanced by brilliant service. A particular shout out to James who held our “St John first-timer” hands & gave great recommendations!

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  25. JosephB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and so was our waiter, James - thanks a lot!

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  26. Gladstone

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding as always. Main courses of Lamb with white beans and green sauce, and duck with turnip and anchovy were stunningly full of flavour and textures. Service is perfect: staff are unobtrusive but responsive and so friendly. (And the buttermilk pudding is, quite simply, the best thing I've ever eaten...)

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  27. SaraG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good ambiance and food. Good service. A perfect place for a date dinner or simply to enjoy great food around friends . Definitely recommend it

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  28. otiwright

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional and hugely enjoyable as always. The food and ambience are so special.

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  29. JMacT

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely excellent comme toujours! What can I say! Go!

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  30. HollyF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are not people who go fancy restaurants usually and feared feeling out of place at St.John, however, Ed (front of house) and the rest of the team made us feel so comfortable and answered any questions we had (no matter how silly). The food was delicious as expected and the atmosphere was lovely too. 10/10 would come again

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was very relaxed and service was great. X

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  32. Cvndish

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Excellent service by Oz (tall, ginger guy) and the food was incredible. Thanks to all

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  33. GildedFerret

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a late booking which meant a couple of dishes weren't available. Staff cordial and helpful, service was fast. Still one of my favourite restaurants. A bit out of the ordinary.

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  34. gdub76

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food; please never take the lemon meringue roulade off the menu as that’s the reason we are coming back! Two tiny points: the soup spoon was slightly too wide and the dining room was slightly too cold.

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  35. mofau

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best bone marrow that I have ever had. I wish I could have tried more things.

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  36. StuP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Decent food but overpriced. Was expecting a more adventurous menu with the head to tail ethos.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I'm a regular at this restaurant in London and it's usually one of my favorites. However, last night's experience was disappointing. Here's why: - The portions of bone marrow were disappointingly lacking in actual marrow. - The teal dish was neither tasty nor visually appealing. It didn’t smell nice or was aesthetically appealing. - A table of six people nearby was disruptive, shouting and behaving in a childish manner. While this isn't the restaurant's fault, it might be beneficial for them to address such behavior. The ambience wasn’t great because of this.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner here. Service was excellent, food was beautiful and delicious, wine was also delicious. Highly recommend!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bonemarrow and Parsley Salad was the most sublime dish I've ever eaten.

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  40. Berkok

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oz was the best, great recommendations and service

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FAQs

St. JOHN Smithfield is rated 4.8 stars by 3851 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 63 times today
Google Map for St. JOHN Smithfield

26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • 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
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
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