St. John

4.8
2939 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.

Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian to, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.

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
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Expat
London
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

in the first time back since the pandemic, St John is just as good as always, in fact even better. The quality of ingredients and preparation is always outstanding. Our favorite of all restaurants.

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RichardW
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely family lunch and gastronomic experience, highly recommended.

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VinnyV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most difficult part of this review it's finding the proper adjectives to fit in every minute spent inside St. John.

I think "heavenly" would be a bit camp, but it's the best word after tasting their minced beef on dripping toast aside of a good glass of Fergroni. Same to be said about the Terrine, Hanky Panky, Eccles Cake and the interactive moment of dismantling a whole crab, between laughs and flying bits all over the table.

After 6 years in London and all of them working inside restaurants (including a small time inside of a casual fine dining in Brixton, with their loud arrogance and fake pompous way of being), now I know what real and comforting food means.

And if you don't believe, ask my husband, he saw my eyes full of tears, just because the minced beef had exactly THE SAME TASTE of my Grandma's minced beef.

With her being a head of our family in Brazil and leading most of the cooking, it's surprising that she never came to UK or never read any Fergus recipes, but I do believe that great chefs and grandmas create a lively connection between emotions and the stomach, that's why, we chose St. John to celebrate my birthday.

P.S: I don't want to be wrong, but did I had the pleasure of having my table served by Margot Henderson? There was something on the eyes and on the way our waitress took care of us, that evidenced a great deal of simplicity and friendly honesty in every step of her service. If it wasn't, a big shout for the lady with short hair and black glasses who was floating around us.

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Simon
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A truly exciting and indulgent menu in a great setting with very helpful and attentive staff. An experience to be repeated…

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Daisy
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was phenomenal as always - one of the best restaurants out there

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and food

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Priya
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible experience with great food and the nicest staff

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IanB
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Introduced 3 colleagues to St.John, they thought it was just fabulous and will definitely be back: as will I. And a special thank you to the excellent waitress who was very helpful and flexed some of the dishes to help one of the group.
Many thanks.

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Nearlyalwaysalacarte
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An institution, unchanged for the best. You always know you're getting quality food cooked with great philosophy. Cracking Bloody Mary too!

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Chris
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having wanted to go to St John for years it succeeded in surpassing my already lofty expectations. I'm planning my next trip back already.

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Jmnbijfdrtfddthjjj
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not the nicest atmosphere, coldish with little chairs and wanky tables. Bread brought to the table should have been warm since the bakery is 3 meters away, but not today, cold bread and hard butter:( The food was uninspiring, the plating unattractive with large messy portions. Artichoke salad was heavy, with a lot of dressing. The Brill was good, but the tartare sauce was ugly and bland, and the leeks looked like they had been murdered. Dessert was underwhelming, the bread pudding was spongey, and the burnt cream was just meh. Maybe I ordered the wrong, but no need to go back.

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AliceD
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional, I had heard good things, but was unsure how such seemingly simple flavours could be elevated, but it was great!

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LeafA
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely service at this bright and dog friendly place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenally warm and helpful service. The food is next level.

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BDen
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in London.

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LouiseF
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First rate, really tasty food. Slightly slow service but excellent, knowledgeable waiter, nothing too much trouble. Ambience simple, almost stark. Noise ricochets around a little bit but we will definitely go back again as food so good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m finding a lot of love in my heart for this Smithfield stalwart I’ve been twice in the past few weeks and the food (and drinks) is excellent. Great ingredients that are expertly crafted by the kitchen. Staff old school excellent.

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BarryS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Signature roast bone marrow rather tasteless. Grilled venison with celeriac and house Cremant excellent

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vippetes
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish this was the single greatest dining experience of my life. I have been waiting years to eat at St. John. Every single expectation was met and exceeded. The staff were polite, atmosphere was impeccable, and the food was beautiful. I can’t wait to go back.

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StijnG
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was recommended some of the signature dishes by the helpful staf: the roast bone marrow and the brown shrimp. The quality of the food and the amount of food on the plates was excellent.

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NabeelK
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Felt sick and had to leave straight after first dish. No care shown by staff.

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MikeyT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and unique, a hidden gem for adventurous foodies.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful 3hour Sunday lunch

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome, obviously.

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Marley
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had! Get the Welsh Rarebit.

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Avril
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. I recommend the St John white Burgundy, very good.

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RosemaryN
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always exceptional - fantastic choice and delicious food. Friendly and efficient service - I would thoroughly recommend St John

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and Service.

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Sohtunsmith
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The first time I ate at St John I was disappointed because it was my treat for the family and it didn't work out well for most of them. It is what is says 'Nose to Tail'.
This time one of the specials was oysters. I really love oysters and know exactly what I am looking for in them. This wasnt it at all. The oyster shell was almost empty so scraggy were the contents. Very very disappointing. The kidneys and swede I had though was outstanding. How can they get it so right and so very wrong.
My friend enjoyed the meal he ordered.
As I said when I wrote to them before, back to St John Bread and Wine!

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adama
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always a great night - amazing ingredients prepared with skill and balance. Super friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff who put you at ease and help guide you through the evening.

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SarahP
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The OG nose to tail restaurant. The quality is always top notch and the bone marrow and parsley salad is revelatory.

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RossC
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant - as it always is. The food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional. It’s a real treat to go there.

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vipkenya
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience!!! The food was exquisite, the service amazing and the ambience made me feel like I was back in time!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!

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LizP
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really interesting food and a good wine list. You feel that they really care about the food, service and character of the restaurant.

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BartM
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in London. Food, wine, service and spirits all delivered with the utmost care and attention. For my money it is the best place for lunch in the world. You need at least 3 hours and good company, this is not somewhere for business but for friends!

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JuanFandango
Gloucestershire
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - fabulous food, brilliant service and considering the quality decent value. Main dining area was great but would be less certain about eating in the courtyard or entrance area

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SamS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

St John has a clear philosophy. Their chefs work hard and their servers work hard. Clearly a lot of thought has been dedicated to the topic of what food to serve and how to serve it. The ingredients are high quality. They are prepared with tradition and honor the history of using the entirety of an animal, something that more restaurants, and societies as a whole, would do well to incorporate into their philosophies. But in the same way that a fish does not know it is swimming in water, the quality, or by my diagnosis, lack thereof, is not the fault of whatever chef was working that night, nor even of their founder, Fergus Henderson. I place responsibility for my meal at the feet of English cuisine as an aggregate. The water through which the chefs at St John swim is entirely English. This is English food at its very, very best. But the issue might just be that English food is beyond redemption. To have spent hundreds of years ransacking continents trading for spice and have incorporated exactly none of them into the food is an inflexibility beyond forgiving. By maintaining this, the most English devotion to uninteresting overcooked food, St John continues a tradition as old as the English dynasty, a complete absence of imagination.

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St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 2939 OpenTable diners.

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