Good British food, great service
We were on a diner at St John's beginning of this week ja it was great. Starter grab spread bread and the little fish were very good. Main course was too taisteless, but i think it was probably supposed to be so, duck was very tender. Dessert of madelleins and berry mousse and sour cream was great, we loved it. Service was great, friendly. So it was a good experince over all. Maybe british food just isn't all in all in our taiste.
Tried St John while I was
Tried St John while I was there for a few days. The staff were polite, helpful, and cooperative. The food was fantastic. I feel like the menu items could use a bit more description so that one has a better idea of what they'd be eating. I inquired about the Deviled Kidneys, asking if they were like Deviled Eggs (scooped out, etc), but they were actually rolled in a mustard seasoning and fried. The description made no mention of that. I ordered Ox Tongue, Pig's Head, Deviled Kidneys, and Pigeon. Each was unique, prepared well, and had great taste. Favorites were the Tongue and Kidney. They also do have a good wine list available. Note that the menu is changed for each service, check before you go.
Honest food, Expertly prepared
The simple sitting room at St. John's gives you a hint of what to expect from your meal. This is a restaurant, and chef, which is secure in their ingredients and honest preparation where the ordinary is exalted into something great. Don't think that this stops just at the savory part of the meal as the desserts are not to be missed.
Lives up to the hype
Heard about St John on American television. Our dinner there in August was even better than expected. Bone marrow starter - worthy of a "last meal". Lamb chop - simple and absolutely perfect. My grandmother cooked lamb all the time, I never knew it could be that delicious! Madeleines with coffee - a perfect (and incredibly fresh) ending to the meal. The staff is very personable and service was a joy. I hope to visit again soon!
one of the best places in town
service engaged and very friendly, the food outstndig, excellent and very delicious and an unusual but authentic premises;
a wonderful place to be, we realy enjoied every minute.
We enjoyed a very nice meal with excellent service. Everything was cooked beautifully with interesting combinations of flavours. The sea salt toffee chocolate tart was delicious!
First time there for lunch. We were 15 minutes early but the staff was very friendly and welcoming that she sat us down at the dining room still.
Food was absolutely delicious and quite generous portion despite not much of a presentation.
One of my favourite restaurants and the most delicious British cooking I have ever had.
We've been to this restaurant many times now and it never fails to please! Always a very exciting menu with a good range of choices that are guaranteed to be cooked to perfection. It is a little expensive but is worth paying if you're wanting something a bit different and special.
Great meal ...
Excellent food and service, not the typical ... It is a pity we didn't hace the change to try the roast Middlewhite as it was not available that day. Anyway there were more than one delicious options in starters, main dishes and desserts ....great place!! Of course I will repeat the next time I visit London.
I have been wanting to visit St. John for a long time and the expectation I had put onto it, did not fail to deliver. We arrived half hour early and the staff sat us in prime location, in front of the kitchen pass. I started with the bone marrow and parsley salad and my girlfriend went with the crispy pigs cheek with dandelions. Both great ways to start a meal. I followed up with the sweetbreads which were the best I've ever had accompanied by the Welsh rarebit. My girlfriend had the roast beef and beetroot, which came up perfect and pink. I've never had beef and beetroot and it's a combo I'll be using in th future. We shared a lemon posset which was smooth and sharp, a perfect finish. The waiter all throughout dinner was extremely helpful.
my first st john meal
The food was amazing the menu very simply put without using a lot of french terminology.
The staff was attentive without being over fussy
fresh products in simple recipes
Fresh ingredients in simple recipes, great puddings, friendly and attentive service; great selection of wine
Bloody good food
St John is just great.
Been there several times over the years and it has never failed.
The good food, relaxed, yet very efficient, wait staff and a fine selection of wines and beers make it one of my favourites.
Loved St. John!
My husband and I were visiting London and dined at St. John based on a recommendation from our son and daughter-in-law who had dined there a year ago while on vacation. We were so impressed by the food and service - our waiter was patient and kind in explaining the dishes to us, recommending wines to go with our meals, etc. The food was phenomenal - very well prepared and exceptionally good. A very memorable meal - thank you!
It's just the best
We've gone to this restaurant a number of times and we love it more after each occasion. Excellent food that we'd not think of eating normally but is always delicious. Simple unpretentious decor and great staff.
Great place to eat
Said to be Anthony Bourdains favorite restaurant in London, We were not disappointed. Great service, not pretentious, and awesome food.
Tasty noses, bushy tails
Food and drink was all lovely – we are marking harshly when we give four stars, only because we've recently been to Grain Store and Medlar, both of which we thought were just a notch ahead in terms of imagination. Sweetbreads were particularly lovely, and they don't half mix a good cocktail. We also picked up a loaf of sourdough for our breakfast the next morning, which is a lovely thing to be able to do.
Two slightly-less-than-perfect points:
1) the ambience is strange. Because the dining room is open onto the pub, you sort of feel as if you're at Friday night drinks rather than a special restaurant. This impression is deepened by the paper napkins on the table...
2) the service was good, but occasionally a little awkward.
great flavours and fresh dishes
As ever an interesting menu (dishes you just wont find anywhere else) and the food was excellent with some great flavours and very friendly service.
The set up will not suit everyone, particularly for a business lunch with the Spartan and utilitarian décor ,and not a good place for vegetarians to go (so ensure you know your guests), but this is part of the appeal and for me this remains one of the great London restaurants providing something different from the bland norm
I can't recommend this place highly enough. Absolutely one of my favourites. The quality of the food is just outstanding.
I like the place, starting from the entrance and the lively bar Then the bakery smells so good and the main hall is a "down to food" place which is actually perfect, since one goes there to have a substantial meal and he's not disappointed.
We'll be back
Perfect. Food was excellent,
Perfect. Food was excellent, as was the service. The waitors were attentive to my six year old son and had a sense of humor, unlike the waitors in France where we currently live.
The Wine selection was very good and they were very helpful in allowing various tastings. The bakery was too tempting and almost made it difficult to get to the lunch table. I liked how the dessert selection dwarfed the selection of the mains and appetisers! The freshly baked madeleines were delicious. The green side salad was extremely generous. We had the braised lamb and sole which were excellent.
St.John's saves another John
Gluten and lactose have recently been excised from my diet. Neither the waitress nor the chef were remotely phased and I was provided with a tailor made guide through the menu.
My guest was amused and we both dined very well.
It is not often that such dietary constraints provide for such excellent creativity.
Fabulous dinner! Unbelievable
Fabulous dinner! Unbelievable food, draws us all the way from the USA to London!
The food was heavenly, I had the roast bone marrow as a starter and pig's cheeks as a main accompanied by a nice bottle of red wine. The food is very rich but at the same time the ingredients balance all of the flavours. I finished this outstanding dinner with a double backed chocolate cake with a glass of madeira, both of which were to die for. It's a place that I'll keep going back to time and time again.
Best of British
Not for the faint hearted but stellar if you just give something you wouldn't normally eat a try. Don't be a prude and live a little. Suck on a bone..... Marrow.
The ingredients are unusual
The ingredients are unusual (nose to tail) but the cooking is so perfect, you only think about how delicious everything is. The service is impeccable.
One of London's best places
Great food, very knowledgeable and friendly wait staff, good value--just a great night out. Thanks guys.
meet expectation. we love
meet expectation. we love most of what we ordered except the desserts. house wine was good. was very good overall.
Loved it! It has to be one
Loved it! It has to be one of the must visit restaurant in London. Be aware, if you have a small appetite, dont order any sides with your main. We ordered two sides and found it's so big and we were struggling with finishing them.
Worth every Penny
Thoroughly enjoyable and delicious Sunday lunch - loved everything about this unstuffy restaurant and would definitely return. Even the new potatoes, which are so often a boring accompaniment to a main course were tasty. It was nice to leave a restaurant and feel that the money spent was worth it.
Had been wanting to go for some time, had business in Barbican so 3 of us went along. Friendly welcome from front of house & waitress. The bone marrow starter is as good as everyone says, others had sprats & pickled mackerel, both good apparently. Roast lamb hearts followed, excellent & hard to find these days. Side of Welsh rarebit was probably unnecessary, very rich. Calves liver & rabbit both great too, tried both. 3 shared dozen madelleines after, with a red dessert wine, lush. 4 each a bit over the top though. No disappointments, great place. Will head back at first opportunity.
Heavy but worth it
Make sure you're not on a diet when you go there and don't skip dessert
Despite being Scottish, (and seeing lots on the hills whilst hillwalking) I had never eaten Grouse before. So with it being a main course option for £25 it seemed too good to miss. I thought it might be overrated but I was quite wrong. It was the best game bird I had ever eaten.
Very unusual menu!
This was a quirky Restaurent with extremely unusual food, not for everyone but as I eat anything I loved it. My 22 year old niece thought it was really cool!
St John - a classic
We stopped going to St John for a while as the wine got so expensive. However, with their own wine on offer we returned and the food is even better.
Awesome food and staff
Had a fantastic meal (as usual) but my partner was incredibly disappointed when his jam sponge pudding (which was going to be served with pouring cream rather than a custard that evening-go figure) was served cold! The waitress was lovely and attentive and asked him if he would like an alternative, which he did (and enjoyed) but he would have preferred hot jam sponge and custard! The bar was rammed but it was a Friday evening. I highly recommend eating here. We will be back when next in London.
We have repeated a number of times. It is very child friendly with always 3-4 babies in the restaurant. The food is interesting with lesser known cuts and animals so a good experience. The madeleines are to die for!!
Having eaten good and great food all around the world, this restaurant rates. Top marks for the beautiful food, wholesome and welcoming ambience, delivered by intelligent, natural and efficient staff - the concept is lived from top to tail - congratulations St John's!
St John continues to be a
St John continues to be a top choice for dinner. The food remains true to its roots - make sure you check the menu because it won't be to everybody's taste. The buzz hasn't dimmed since it first opened and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
At long last...booked!
Asked for a corner table when booking and happy that this special request was honoured as some of the other tables were rather too close together. Good atmosphere, excellent, friendly and knowledgeable waiting staff. Simple but exceptionally well presented ingredients, great beers and extensive wine list. Prices were not crazy despite this restaurant's fame and popularity.
Also try the Long Room bar next door for a pint before taking your table.
Unpretentious, cosy and impressive
For a Michelin-Starred restaurant, St John's in one of the least pretentious places I have eaten.
The service was attentive, knowledgeable and unhurried; while the food was like a cosy hug from a stout, portly aunt.
I opted for the marrow & parsley salad starter, with Middlewhite as a main. My partner chose potted beef and prunes to start, with braised oxtail as a main. We shared a chocolate tart with clotted cream to finish. All the dishes were unfussily presented, with just the right amount of time between each course.
Would like to revisit to try the feasting menu, however will need to corral 8 others to join us. Failing that, will settle for lunch and a couple of beers in the adjoining bar.
Every time I went to London
Every time I went to London so far I had visited St. John's, but only their Bread & Butter at Spitalsfield. This time I wanted to go to their resto and I wasn't disappointed. The starters as well as the maincourses I had chosen where not only good but odd, lets say a taste which is extraordinary and which you will not find that easily. What they whip up is a combination of meat, vegetables, different tastes which always leads to an "oh, I would have never thought that this tastes would match that good". Outstanding kitchen. Plus they take away the fear of what the French call "cuisine cochonaille", so that even my little daughter willingly tries food like oxen heart or lamb tongue...
World Famous Restaurant that lived up to it's billing. I couldn't have been happier and can't wait to go back. The Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad was every bit as incredible as it has been described on TV and in Books.
Our second visit
This was the second time we've been to St John's and we again had a really good time. Last time we had dinner but this time we went for lunch and were surprised at how quiet it was, at one point we were the only ones in the restaurant which made for a lack of buzz or atmosphere. One positive of the lunch time visit was the wonderful smells from the bakery though. The food was for the most excellent though I was unimpressed by the duck hearts starter which looked messy and was slightly bland. That was the only low point however, the parsnip soup was a good portion and tasted great, the veal was delicious, as was my wife's teal. The meal was wrapped up with a lovely cheese selection. We will definitely be returning
St John Remains On Top
Fergus Henderson's flagship still offers excellent food with exceptional service. All three of us eating that night thought that our meals were excellent from start to finish. There is not one fault that I could offer up. The friendly and knowledgeable staff were more than happy to talk to the head chef when one of the diners mentioned that they preferred their grouse a medium rather than the traditional rare and they were happy to offer excellent alcohol accompaniments.
On the night in question, there was a large business party in the bar area and this did not affect the timeliness of either our food or beverage orders, nor did it affect the ambiance in any way.
I'll be coming back for my third visit very soon!
Saturday night at St John
The service is excellent, as was the food, and we three all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is quite a noisy space, but (young) London diners don't seem to mind that...
can't wait to go back!
A friend of ours came here years ago and hasn't stopped talking about it! Now we understand why. Our meal was delicious and the service was outstanding. We had the froie gras, bone marrow and crab for appetizers. The bone marrow was the best. Then we had the pork loin, grouse and blood cake. The blood cake was fabulous. We are looking forward to our next trip to London which will certainly include a visit to St. John's.
Great foods! Only two of us
Great foods! Only two of us having lunch there. We asked a waitress about the potion we ordered (2 starters and 2 main courses). She said we should be fine. Ended up we finished half of what we ordered. We could have ordered at least one less main course. Anyway, good foods, great place!
Oustanding nose to tail dining
Our group of 3 had a wonderful meal at St. John. Lively but relaxed atmosphere. The dining room was packed on a Friday night and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Great food, including a number of items we tasted for the first time. Our waiter knew the wine list inside and out, and made excellent suggestions for food-wine pairings. We would definitely return, especially with a group of friends. Good food and fun--what more can you ask for?