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St. JOHN Smithfield, London,
Award-winning

St. JOHN Smithfield

4.8
4.8
3918 Reviews
£41 and over
British
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for fine wines
  • Charming
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

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • 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

What 3,918 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City of London

    Best Overall

  • City of London

    Innovative

  • City of London

    Good for special occasions

  • City of London

    British

  • City of London

    Most Booked

3,941 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Brilliantly British in all of the best ways possible.

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    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Except for the Bone Marrow dish, food disappointing after reading all the accolades. Not bad, but not as good as you are led to expect

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  3. ThomasK

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My favourite restaurant in London. Have been coming very occasionally for the last 30 years. Just the most delicious food you can get, in an unfussy atmosphere. Not expensive for the quality.

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  4. PhilW

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant informed about a fish and shellfish allergy at booking - on arrival has to ask to move table as the one offered was next to the open kitchen Taken through menu for allergens - main course (devilled kidneys) ordered by my partner with the allergy. After having the starter staff returned to table to inform us that this dish had Worcestershire sauce in - we were asked to choose another dish without being offered the menu - vegetarian dish chosen as needed confidence over allergen status- disappointing as we had booked for the ‘nose to tail’ experience. Asked for a glass of pinot noir - white wine brought to the table initially. Second glass of Loire red ordered - told it would be served chilled (it wasn’t) Bill incorrect as still showing the kidney dish Good food and atmosphere but poor service and allergen support.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Roof was leaking water onto me for the entirety of the dinner…. Server was extremely inattentive. Took about 30 minutes after my meal was done for the check, and I had to ask. Food was decent but nothing to write home about, definitely not Michelin star.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comida increíble, personal muy atento. Un lugar para probar sus productos

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  7. SpencerC

    Jackson Hole

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal! Great service and delicious food! Thank you

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Great cuisine! Totally recommend to eat here, as Bourdain said “the restaurant of my dreams’

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seasonal ingredients done very, very, well. Best Welsh rarebit in Christendom and a top curated drinks list. Best Eccles cake and bread and butter pudding I’ve ever had. Knowledgeable and great service.

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  10. SMINTZ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a truly wonderful dining experience. My waiter Jake helped me navigate the menu and gave such helpful tips and suggestions. I enjoyed everything I ate and the atmosphere was exquisite!

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FAQs

St. JOHN Smithfield is rated 4.8 stars by 3918 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for St. JOHN Smithfield

26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
  • 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
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • 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
    Amelie Andre: 020 7553 9844
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