About St. John
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 too, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Sunday: 12.30PM - 3:45PM
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
£41 and over
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020 7251 0848
Private Party Facilities:
Private Room for up to 18 guests. Entire site can be hired for between 110 (Sit down meal) or 250 (Informal Dinning)
Private Party Contact:
Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
St. John Ratings and Reviews
Great food and service. Highly recommend...
Great food and service. Highly recommended.
St John has been one of our favorite London restaurants. We appreciate the inventive takes on food especially cuts of meat that are mostly overlooked. On this visit the menu seemed very tame. The food was exceptionally well prepared and very tasty. We missed the offal that occupied the menu in the past. Service was exceptional and the room is an urban delight.
Unusual British menu that inspires
The restaurant is best described as austere with its white walls and tables. Nothing to detract from the food which is excellent as is the ambiance. Knowledgeable and helpful staff. My favourite London restaurant. A great way to spend an evening.
Great as always
St John´s never disappoint and the classics are always superb. Very wholehearted food that works so well on a windy and cold November night. Nothing has changed during the 5 years I have been going there and you know what you get. I am a big fan of the service but it differs from most other Michelin Restaurants with being very laid back and sometimes a bit confused/confusing.
Never fails to please
St John is my venue of choice for dinner with family and friends every time I go to London. Perhaps that's boring of me, but the fact is we've tried other places and always return to St John, are always delighted with our experience there. We like the concept of nose-to-tail eating and can forego the lack of foams and fancy stuff for a varied menu and tasty food. Remarkably, given the main idea, the vegetables are always a highlight of the meal at St John, be they 'greens', chard or what ever. And a cracking wine list
Great Food + Service as ever
I have been to St John regularly over the last few years. The standard of food is always fantastic as is the service. On this occasion we had a couple of drinks in the bar before moving to the restaurant. Once seated our waitress greeted us and was just brilliant throughout the evening. The food, starters of rabbit offal and main of kid heart with chips and aioli, was excellent. My wife had the deviled kidneys -a small portion, as the waitress recommended, was big enough and lovely. Madeleines with ice cream to finish and all washed down with St John Claret. Just brilliant.
A fantastic dining experience that complete
I was recommended this restaurant. I was not disappointed, from the very beginning a wonderful setting. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. The staff had excellent knowledge of the menu. The food was great and presented beautifully. The whole experience made it one of favourite dining experiences I have had for a while. I would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for great meal out and something outside the normal routine restaurant experience!
I had a good dinner with my wife. The food was delicious and the ambient is so good.
Great Sunday lunch
Great food and and wine at the St. John. Recommended
Good Food, perfectly made, nice wines. And also Great service. Was the seconde time and definitly going For a third time.
Service was very good, food was ok, small portions for the money though. A bit disappointed to be honest
i really enjoyed the bone marrow and the people in my group said the pie was delicious. Not really fine dining but good hearty food
Manage Your Expectations
I had really high expectations for this place, having read that this restaurant was the equal to a couple of restaurants I ate at in NYC, Le Bernardin & Per Se; this was not nearly the case. The evening started poorly. I arrived w/ my party at 17:50, 10 minutes before my reservation. I give the hostess my name and reservation info and she says that the restaurant is not open, but that we can wait in the bar and she will call us when ready. No problem there, we go sit down and have a beer. After our beer, we go back up to inquire about our reservation, we see that the restaurant is still rather empty, but a couple of groups have been seated - and a different hostess is there. I give him my name and reservation info and he tells us that we are late and he can seat us, but because we were late, we must leave the restaurant by no later than 21:00. I explained we were told to wait in the bar by the other hostess, so he goes and verifies my story w/ her (I guess he thought I was lying to him). Story verified, he comes back and seats us, no apology for the confusion or clarification on whether we still had to be out by 21:00 was offered. All of that would have been forgotten, if only the meal had lived up to the hype. For starters we had the Braised Octopus & Seabeet, the Foie Gras and the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad. I must admit, all were excellent. Not on the level of Le Bernardin/Per Se, but a very good 4-star quality. And then the main course came and just ruined it. I had the... it was so disappointing I must have blocked/repressed it... Oh yes, I remember, as suggested by the waitress, it was a thinly cut & grilled ox heart w/ a side of chips, which was described to me as proudly and unapologetically English. So, let me be the one to apologize, I'm sorry; I'm sorry I was disappointed about being served a meal that looked and tasted like it came off the kids menu of an Applebees. And I've reached my word limit right before my rant, probably for the best...
Consistently good a little less eccentric
Well cooked mostly relatively simple food, served by nice staff and reasonable cost. Can't pretend I love the ambience!
St John's Smithfield
Excellent and attentive service apart from having to wait a long time between being seated and having our order taken. The choice of dishes for starter and main are excellent particularly if you like offal and similar dishes. However, the octopus starter would have been better if hot and spicy rather than served as a salad as the dish did not have much flavour. The pudding menu is fun for being traditional and nostalgic but might not appeal to everyone. The three course meal with wine for three people was good value.
I have eaten here many times over the years and it is always a great treat things i like most are the rarebit and all the food that is done with the utmost care the wine the whole team the room have fun if you get the chance to eat here
Great nose to tail cooking
We love the down to earth ambience at St. john. The starters (bone marrow salad and artichoke salad) were amazing. Our main (roasted grouse and hare) were good too. Our waiter was rather disappointing considering the other waitresses/waiters seemed excellent and very attentive. We'll be back though.
I had an enjoyable enough lunch, but ult...
I had an enjoyable enough lunch, but ultimately I don't think the food was very remarkable or displayed a great deal of culinary skill. Vegetables were, frankly, dull and the kid liver was distinctly overcooked. The Eccles cake for dessert was cold and dry. All-in-all, a case of Emperor's New Clothes, I fear. I wasn't desperately upset, but it wasn't good enough to want to go again.
My absolute favourite restaurant
I love the mouth watering smells that meet you on arrival at St John, a fine indication of what is to come. The food is consistently delicious- order something you never thought you would eat and it is guaranteed to taste marvellous! The atmosphere is happy and relaxed. Superb bar and waiting staff. We come here as much as we can.
Great food, delicious wine and fabulous service! It's been a while, but will definitely be back again soon!
Very good food, disappointing aervice
The food was very good as usual, and the restaurant quite busy as usual too. But the service was not good. It took over twenty minutes to get out main course, and longer to get our deserts orders in. The waitress was rushed, forgot to bring one bottle of water, told one of us off for ordering a side of chips, and put an attitude to explain how to add a tip on the card reader. This restaurant used to have more relaxed and polite staff.
Not up to the dining experience we have had here in the past.
Service started well and declined as the restaurant got busier. Excellent starters but mains were a total let down with more fish than meat on offer and not enough offal-based mains. Puddings seemed ok but we shared 6 madeleines which were lovely but seemed at odds with the rest of the menu. Coffee was REVOLTING and undeniable.
Bland food and average service
Having dined a couple of years back at the St John's in Spitalfield I was expecting the same quality of service and festival of flavours at their smithfields operation. But no... We had the following: kohlrabi: nowhere near enough lemon just tasted like a pretty bland oily mass, even the capers had been starved of any salt. I've had this before so I know it can be extremely zinghy and refreshing but it rally fell shoirt Marrowbone: I don't know if the marrow itself can be rendered more tasty in preparation but it was v bland - I should have known as there was a large pile of salt on the plate. The parsely, shallot and caper salad to spread on top was bland and underdressed - the flavours alone weren;t enough to elevate this dish. -the veals head and beans was also under seasoned WE then had the kid's heart and chicory for main. We waited a good 30 minutes for this and had to ask where the hell it was.When it arrived it was tepid and again the meat was bland and underseasoned. The chicory was the best cooked thing on the day. I was amazed that such a simple and small dish had taken so long to get to us - it wasn;t particularly busy and we had arrived early. I used to be a huge ambassador of StJ's but I'll think v hard before going there again. Definite work needed to make sure all flavours are up to scratch.
Great food great wines. Honest Loved it
Had a wonderful experience it's a very honest Restaurant with home made food taste like. I loved it in all senses
St. John still at the top of its game
Wonderful food and drink as always. Highly recommended.
One of the best prepared meals and great value
I have been here twice and both times I have had one of the best prepared meals I have ever had. The kitchen really knows what they are doing and if you are an adventurous eater all the better as the specials and menu items often feature offals and items out of the norm. The wines are very well priced as are the menu items. I can't wait for my next visit to London so I can go back.
Great food and a solid wine list, St John's is a Farringdon institution. With an already established reputation, this restaurant does not fail to please. Straight forward and honest cooking with a twist on offal dishes. Plenty of options for those who are turned off by unfamiliar animal parts!! Save room for desert! Make sure to book, this place is always busy. The only negative, the service was a touch slow later in the evening however, we were never rushed and that's a huge plus in London!! ; )
Average, uninspiring and over-priced...
I like the head to tail philosophy of St Johns, but the lunch offerings on the day we were there lacked spark. Beef mince on dripping toast sounds so simple you expect there to be a twist, but no, it was like a student lunch the day after the night before, minced beef on toast, just without the grated cheddar and the brown sauce. The same with Grilled Ox Hart; where's the inspiration? A plate of bland grilled meat which tastes like nothing so much as an under-seasoned beef doner kebab. The puddings were the same. A terrine of chocolate which was just like a particularly well-set ganache, then the strawberry ice-cream, well what else do you expect but a strawberry ice-cream, but at three scoops it was far too much, and with no garnish or little interest was inedible after about four mouthfuls. Perhaps I wouldn't be so harsh if the pricing didn't reflect something with pretensions to be better than this.
Loved it! Fab "nose-to-tail" meals. Yum!!
Everything in the menu looked delish, and what we ordered was just outstanding. I went with a foodie friend and we gave it a go at the deviled kidneys, blazed heart, roasted bone marrow and potted beed. Everything was superb!!
We booked St. John after seeing Anthony Bourdain rave about it multiple times throughout the years. Aesthetically, the restaurant was pretty basic, all white walls and minimal decoration. With such a blank slate of décor, the food really must shine and it most certainly did! It was not fussy, meat-heavy (with some adventure thrown in; read: venison hearts), and no nonsense. One needs to try it for themselves to appreciate it! Five stars from this eater! Bravo!
I brought my boyfriend here for a birthd...
I brought my boyfriend here for a birthday treat as he had wanted to eat at the restaurant for some time. The food was absolutely delicious - the rabbit main and damson jelly were particular highlights for me. Our waitress was perfect - attentive but not hovering over us, and her recommendations were spot on. Brilliant evening, excellent restaurant - will definitely be back.
Great food and drink at the St. John
Tremendous choice of wines this time and great service.
Great flavours, brilliantly served
It's all about taste ... I've never been disappointed once and love trying new dishes and returning to old favourites. There's also the fabulous service!
fantastic dinner as usual
it is not my first time at st. john. as usual the food was deliciuos and fantastic. we had a superb and very classic British dinner we are particurarly fond of. definitely we will go back.
Simple, unpretentious cooking done well.
Coming to London for the weekend, I wanted to book somewhere well-rated. I also didn't want to end up spending a fortune on a tasting menu, or queue at a no-res place (or have a massive meal). I managed to get a late table at St John fairly last minute - really handy for our planned night at Fabric in Farringdon! The staff were friendly, the dining room nice and informal. We went for a starter each and a main between us: the bone marrow (my husband was really excited about this), the lamb fry with ketchup and then pigeon with turnip. All were simple yet very well executed and delicious. We then each had dessert - I went for the greengage sorbet and vodka, he had coffee ice cream (we were both pretty full). Wine list had plenty of reasonably priced options. All in all, very enjoyable.
service good, food awful , restaurant hot and overcrowded
Excellent "nose to tail" eating
For something a bit different St John's is a great choice. The menu is published daily and changes depending on what animals are available. The food is of a very high standard and you pay the price for it. Portion size is not huge, but there are certainly some interesting options available that you wouldn't normally encounter.
A bit disapointing
Me and my husband have been dying to go to St. Johns for years. However living in Norway the opportunity do not come around often. Finally we made the time with our three other travelling companions and we were incredibly excited. However we were a bit disappointed. Firstly the ambience were a bit off. The sound level in the restaurant were so loud that I had difficulty hearing the people at the other end of the table. The waitress seemed incredibly stressed and had no time to explain the dishes, and considering the sound level we had a bit of problems understanding everything she said and ended up saying yes to sides that wasn`t really needed considering the amount of food we were served. The food was good, but my pig cheeks, though very good in the beginning became almost nauseating half way through the meal. The tastes were overwhelming rather than refined or fine tuned. All in all the experience didn`t live up to our expectations, but to be fair they were rather high.