St. John

St. John

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 15:30
Mon
12:00 - 22:15
Tue
12:00 - 22:15
Wed
12:00 - 22:15
Thu
12:00 - 22:15
Fri
12:00 - 22:15
Sat
12:00 - 22:15
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There’s no standing on ceremony here at St. JOHN; indeed, very little ceremony at all, and that makes eating here such a joyful experience. As one of t...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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About
Fergus Henderson's Michelin-starred home of Nose-to-Tail Dining has developed a near cult following since its inception 21 years ago for its unusual cuts of meat and pioneering simplicity.
PRICE RANGE
£35.00 – £35.00
CUISINES
European, British
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles1,201 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
320
Average
154
Poor
96
Terrible
61
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Roger K
Finchingfield210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 couples
We’ve probably been going to St John for knocking on for 20 years now. In that time it still feels the same, has stuck to its ethos and is all the better for having done so! The nose to tail eating still holds and the particular highlight was a special of sheeps brains, or at least it was until our party ate them all! A side dish of Welsh Rarebit still has to be done and was a great accompaniment to my calves liver main. Great place and long may it remain unchanged!
Written 13 June 2018
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davidmbeauvais
Nice78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 family
Birthday dinner for four. St. John is an old smoke house & does indeed look like the interior of a closely related 19th century abattoir. The dining areas on two higgledy-piggledy levels is full of bright young things with a smattering of trendy crusties. Waiting was a bit shambolic & the pigeon was off the menu which was a shame given the menu is not extensive. Still what we did have was good & the service picked up. Although their wasn't a vegan option (there should have been) the chef did manage to rustle up a vegan dish which our vegan described as excellent. This is a busy friendly place with a reputation that pulls in the punters. The atmosphere was great and improved as the evening wore on. Definitely an experience worth having, but not cheap. Only criticism - the wine list didn't have a light red. Oh well.
Written 11 June 2018
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Ghibli89
Bangkok24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 friends
Came here for my birthday and was glad to see that it was everything i read st john to be. Service was attentive and pleasant and the food was very rustic as i heard it to be. However i was much more impressed by the starters than the mains as i found the offal to be abit on the overcooked side (heart and liver) although the skate was perfectly cooked. That being said perhaps its an issue of personal taste but i definitely feel that a pioneer restaurant in the nose to tail concept like st john should have better execution in the cooking of its offal. That being said i still had a great time here and would definitely go back in the future.
Written 7 June 2018
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alecw222
Edinburgh86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 friends
A lunch with friends lived up to expectations. Fortunately this place hasn't gone off the boil after being a really trendy many years ago. The selection of starters was so interesting that we all had 2 of them rather than starter and main. My favourite was a cold beef salad with a delicious horseradish dressing and second was a strong ox liver with walnut sauce. I look forward to going back.
Written 2 June 2018
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Gary S
Bethesda44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 business
I booked a luncheon table at 12:45 PM, June 1, to meet with a business acquaintance during a recent trip to London. My cellphone had run out of power; so I did not have my friend's number to call and alert him that I was running considerably late. A very kind English couple at a London Underground Station allowed me to borrow one of their phones to call the restaurant and ask that they warn my friend that I would be late. By the way, the phone system at Restaurant Smithfield requires you to go through at least three layers of automated directions before you actually reach a real human being at "Reservations." I explained my dilemma and was assured by the person who took my call that he "would go downstairs" immediately and ensure that the folks at the host/hostess desk would let my friend know when he arrived. When I finally arrived a full twenty minutes late, I asked my friend if the restaurant staff had told him I was going to be late for our lunch. To my great embarrassment, he said no, and that he had been frantically trying to reach me on my mobile. For a restaurant that so proudly claims that it has earned a Michelin star, this, to me, was inexcusable negligence. That negligence carried over to the meal itself. The service throughout was quite slow and perfuntorily. The food was good, but not nearly deserving of a Michelin star. A disappointing and embarrassing experience in so many respects!
Written 1 June 2018
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roberto c
London36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 friends
This is not just a Restaurant, this is an amazing experience! The food here will make you happy, but happy like a child in Hamley’s because every dish has got only few ingredients, pure and simple; grouse, pork’s cheeks, offal in general and Madeleine at the end are remarkable. Good wine list, Cabernet Franc on top of everything.
Written 31 May 2018
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AandMRay
New York City114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 none
Every time we go to London, we always stop by St. John, even if it's only for a few days. It's just that good!
Written 27 May 2018
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Linda and John H
London426 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 friends
We have eaten here several times before and it never fails to disappoint. The food is always delicious and interesting - I had the guinea fowl which was moist and very tasty. Amongst the highlights for pudding was the chocolate tart, very rich and divine! All the food was very good and the service was excellent. We were really well looked after, professional but friendly. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was the toilets need a bit of attention.
Written 26 May 2018
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IanJ_Mold_Wales
Mold1571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 family
I was in London for the FA Cup Semi Final and this was our daughter’s choice of venue for my post match treat for staying with her overnight. I am not an offal person but I was reassured by the web site menu and in the event, I enjoyed the pre dinner drinks by the bar, commiserating with a Spurs fan who may or may not have been St John Management. We took advantage of the opportunity to bring a bottle of Margaux (looked after by my daughter during the match) and pay the very reasonable £15 corkage but we also shared a very nice Picpoul de Pinet bought from the House. We shared starters of excellent langoustines and cuttlefish. I enjoyed my real faggots main course and even dared to try some of my daughter’s pig’s heart. Actually very tender but I think that for me a taste was enough. We shared an excellent cheese board and finished with coffees. £137 plus discretionary service. Well done for not just whacking 12.5% on to the bill. I played fair as well because I enjoyed my meal very much.
Written 26 May 2018
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Timothy C
Portland187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 couples
After many visits to London, finally made it to this palace of offal. Arrive in the restaurant’s vicinity near the Smithfield meat market and grab a drink at one the many, colorful watering holes in the area. The restaurant is a fun and bustling experience. We had the bone marrow for a starter; followed by steak and kidney pie. Delicious! The St. John Bourgogne Rouge was excellent and a good value.
Written 21 May 2018
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BritBoyInGA
Roswell815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 solo
Managed to snag a table for a leisurely Sunday lunch, by myself. I really like the clean white casual interior, a sort of 1960's classic classroom feel. Service throughout was very good with just the right amount of interaction. I had to have the obligatory bone marrow and I have to say while it was 'good', it was not exceptional. Added to the grilled toast with the coarse sea salt, parsley and onion, it was very nice. But when tasting the marrow on its own, I found it to be much more delicate in taste than when I've eaten it at other restaurants. My main course of sweetbreads with pea & bacon was the star of my lunch. Absolute perfection on a plate. I finished everything off with a beautifully light and tasty honey & brandy parfait, and washed everything down with a glass of rose. I feel the price is justified with the quality of food, service and overall experience. Although I'd skip the marrow next time.
Written 20 May 2018
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CandP-Travelling
Singapore142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 solo
I had seen St John on a Tony Bourdain show and featured in our 1001 best restaurants in the world guide. Being my first trip to London for over a decade I was keen to try some great "authentic old style" British food (and not of the pie or baked beans type!) As a solo female diner they made me immediately welcome on a busy Saturday night and gave me a choice of table. The restaurant was buzzing but oozed organisation, and the industrial feeling interior was bright, airy and uncluttered. Very much to my taste but perhaps not everyones. The serving staff knew the menu intimately (not that it was large) and provided excellent guidance for a single diner, even though ideally the plates are made for sharing. My choices of the signature roasted bone marrow with toast, and brocollini with a fairly tart dressing were perfect in quantity (I deliberately brought an appetite!) and complementarity. The food was simply prepared and presented, it's all about authenticity rather than trickery or subtlety, and was delicious. The wine list was a good length with plenty of options by the glass. I absolutely loved my meal and at under £30 including tip was exceptional value. I also appreciated the maitre'd suggesting another restaurant great for a solo female foodie traveller as I left - a very personal touch which showed staff had actually listened when they made conversation with me. I am bringing my husband here ad a priority dinner experience if we ever come back to London.
Written 13 May 2018
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Melissa M
London65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 couples
I went to St John for a birthday dinner in May. I had looked at the menu previously so was familiar with the "snout to tail" menu - I am not normally one for eating unusual cuts, but did some research to find out what was good! I had the bone marrow salad which was absolutely incredible. It was very well balanced and unlike anything I've ever eaten. Mains were good but highlights were starters and dessert - especially the Eccles cake. Wine was also amazing! Definitely would recommend, and would be a fun place to go with a group of friends.
Written 5 May 2018
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iantovecta
Glasgow137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 couples
Food - adequate for the price. Service - we interacted with the maître d' as well as three or four waiting staff. Everyone was pleasant, but there was zero in terms of feeling welcome or looked after - this is a management issue and not down to individual staff members. Disappointing. Long, long wait between starter and main course. So long that I was ready to pay for the starter then escape. Not something I am used to, especially at these prices. This was my third visit to St John Smithfield. It's also likely to be the last. Bogs - clean.
Written 3 May 2018
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Arne T
Oslo68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 business
Nice place, all white and plain. Service impeccable with good selection of wine. Food is interesting and apparently based on the philosophy that we eat it all. Tasty and nice presented, but not really a gourmet meal.
Written 27 April 2018
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