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St. John, London,

St. John

4.8
4.8
3085 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

7:30 PM


Booked 59 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 3,085 people are saying

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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
  • 4.5Value

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  • 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

    Fit for Foodies

  • City of London

    Healthy

  • City of London

    British

  • City of London

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  1. a

    av2001

    Indiana

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I’ve loved St John for years but it’s lost its edge. Like an old rock band it’s a tribute to itself rather than innovative. Still good food but no longer distinctive from dozens of other much cheaper London restaurants. And the once great service has declined.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Spectacular food and wine in an interesting brutalist setting. Very fairly priced, excellent staff.
  3. BJ

    BartJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a very good experience very good food it was worth coming from holland
  4. OO

    OuiOui

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, as always! Brilliant food & service.
  5. GE

    GERTRUDE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent British food, considerable menu and high quality lunch
  6. NM

    NuriaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El sitio es original y merece la pena. Comida buena, buen vino, personal agradable.
  7. MJ

    ModernJazzQuartet

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as usual. Wonderful cooking. Can’t wait to go back again.
  8. MM

    MichaelM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Faultless. A lifelong dream realised from Australia
  9. K

    Kimagee

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Charming service from Michael. Green beans and shallots very good, as was the skate (although the little gem was a bit uninspired) My friend had sea trout which she enjoyed but found the cucumbers very tough. Her calves liver was cooked exactly as she wanted, but she said it was rather sinuous. We were not particularly impressed with our wines — rather ordinary for the price.
  10. BS

    BenS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic unusual dishes (tongue, tripe and kidneys feature predominantly) served with aplomb. Highly recommend.
  11. b

    breakboye

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really interesting food. Simple ideas and concepts and they way they cook it, the natural flavours of the ingredients just sing out. I will no doubt go back to check some of the other dishes I didn't try. These guys do stand out a bit from others in their approach. Very much enjoyed.
  12. MK

    MarcusK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. No trickery, just great ingredients, perfectly cooked. There's nowhere for imperfection to hide - it's both brilliant and brave.
  13. NS

    NinaS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, particularly the macaroons!
  14. SS

    ShirleyS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place to dine. Menus on offer are off the wall but truly delicious. Eat with an open mind and try the unusual. The staff are attentive with knowledgeable advice about the food on offer. Called in the morning after and bought the homemade bread from the on-site bakery. We will be back
  15. G

    Gustavo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent menu. Would definitely recommend
  16. JS

    JoeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Start to finish amazing. The every bite of food was perfect and the level of service goes above and beyond.
  17. JB

    JamieB

    San Francisco

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always wonderful!!!
  18. W

    William

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Bland and overrated. Service was curt, and the waiters kept on interrupting.
  19. LS

    LunchingSwede

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unpretentious perfection, with the very best raw materials allowed to shine. As ever. Pure joy, wonderful service and the best madeleines known to man
  20. TK

    TurgutK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambient and service, Delicious food as always.
  21. MO

    MichaelO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable lunch. Service, food, ambiance all great.
  22. KV

    KV88

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Enjoyed every dish ordered and had a great server - Jake - who steered us in the right direction. So good we forgot to take photos of the mains! The most exciting part!! Would highly recommend to all.
  23. S

    Snackattack3000

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Generally, the food and service was outstanding. It was my birthday, however, and I feel like they really let me down on feeling special. I let them know ahead of time it was my birthday -- and while I wasn't expecting any extra special plate or anything -- it would have been a nice touch if the host had wished me happy birthday. Instead, he was fairly cold and stand-off-ish and questioned whether I even had a booking. Contrast this with Bocca Di Lupo where I went for dinner. I got a big smile happy birthday from the host, bday wishes from the waiter, and then a complimentary gelato at the end. The little touches matter. I'll definitely come back to St. Johns as the food was out of this world, but probably not for a special occasion, which is a bit of a shame I think.
  24. DA

    DARRENC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exactly as we hoped it would be The Fergroni is a work of genius
  25. S

    Sandyk5

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service. We made this a top priority dinner on a short trip to London from Canada and it exceeded our expectations.
  26. J

    Janed

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful produce cooked to perfection to show the quality
  27. CM

    CMMM

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently fabulous!
  28. MA

    MARIAL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, unpretentious and great value for money. Thank you!
  29. m

    michael

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best restaurant in London (though the dining room is loud).
  30. JS

    JakeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best and most memorable meals of my life. This was a pilgrimage of sorts for me, as I have followed Fergus Henderson closely for many years and was finally able to dine at his establishment. The chef and his team did not disappoint.
  31. W

    Whitters

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and excellent service. The dining room was lively and quite noisy but it all added to the fun atmosphere. We had a wonderful meal and will certainly be back - we were sorry we didn't have room to try everything on the menu!
  32. J

    John992

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food served by friendly efficient staff.
  33. S

    Snailsinmyporridge

    London

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Slow, though pleasant, service . Uninspired food, best part thing was the Eccles cake. Not worth the money.
  34. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond incredible food and we thought it probably surpassed many of the well-known well-established ‘greats’ we’ve eaten in.
  35. RC

    RonnieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is the reason to come here. Absolutely superb!
  36. D

    David

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant on earth, one of the main reasons for my semi yearly trips to London.
  37. SP

    StephenP

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been eating at St. John almost every time I'm in London for well over a decade and it never disappoints. This latest visit might have been the best yet though. Incredible service, the food is wonderful, and the overall atmosphere felt fantastic. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
  38. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Everything was a bit one-note. Artichoke dish was terrible. Unattractive plating. Service competent/knowledgeable, but not engaging - no inquiry into how things tasted. No thanks from staff when we left. Good wine list.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant and delicious food. Don’t miss the famous marrow bone and toast! Great ambiance and service.
  40. IB

    IanB

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is an absolute gem and never fails to provide wonderful fresh food and excellent, unobtrusive service. I've been several times with different guests and they've all loved it too. A winning formula that doesn't need lots of tinkering with.

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 3085 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 59 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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