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PRICE RANGE
$48 - $48
CUISINES
European, British

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Islington
0.3 miles from Museum of London
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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. There’s litt...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 4 days ago

St John has been on our restaurant bucket list for a while but we finally managed to go a couple of weeks back for lunch. The interior design will no doubt divide opinions, but for me it's just perfect, the experience is about the food,...the first thing that hits you when you walk in are the amazing smells emanating from the open kitchen. Simple paper table cloths and unfussy tables, quality service from all staff and a constantly changing but completely unique menu of British food from the mind (minds) of a genius. If this is any reference we've now been every week since and are looking forward to lunch again tomorrow!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 31, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant was on our London planning list- we reserved a few weeks before our London visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience of head to tail dining. We enjoyed our cocktails and a helping of cob nuts; appetizers, entree and deserts. Each of us had...a different plate and there were happy diners all around. The wait staff were knowledgeable and helpful- an extensive wine list which our waiter helped us in selections. Overall a fine dinner.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 30, 2021

Food was great, on the pricier side but what we were expecting. Service was good during the meal but when we, as students, didn’t leave a tip after an already very expensive meal, the waiter was visibly annoyed and walked off in a huff. Then...when we got up and left we were completely blanked by both wait staff. Nevertheless, it is a very nice restaurant with well crafted dishes and a good dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2021 via mobile

Interesting interior - large, spacious. Sat on the upper ground floor with the open plan kitchen. Set up like a Spanish restaurant with whit paper sheets. A more relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately the noise level of chat was very high and had great difficulty hearing each...other from across the table. Food menu interesting- had the kohlrabi: good, the turbot starter: also good. Mains of eel was excellent and the fish main: good. Shared the desert gooseberry pie: good. Wholesome interesting home cooking. Service was good. Ambience: main issue with background noise on a busy night: need more sound insulation for the large room. Wine selection : average.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 30, 2021

We were a party of 3 and enjoyed a unhurried mid-week lunch. Starters were Smoked Cods row on toast, Smoked eel and Roasted bone/marrow - very large portions and surprisingly filling but superb. Followed by Roast lamb, tongue and Gurnard, again excellent and perfect to...line up for a desert. We shared the ginger loaf with butterscotch sauce and the chocolate terrine both of which where amazing deserts, the ginger loaf being very "old school" but WOW! The staff were unobtrusive yet attentive, the feel and atmosphere is relaxed and overall a very enjoyable experience. The cost for the 3 of us was £175, which included drinks and coffee's, so, all in all great value and do go.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 16, 2021

We have been coming here on and off for years and have never had a poor or even mediocre meal. There's something utterly authentic and honest about this place which is near unique: it's both modern and traditional; it's quintessential London, whilst having tangible connection...to the countryside and the sea. This time, our great negronis were followed by many good things including bone marrow with parsley salad, snails and chick peas, lamb's brains, boiled ham, kidneys, apple sorbet and madeleines. Our waitress seemed to love her job and exuded the joy of the place. The wine list is unpretentious and interesting, with many sensibly priced bottles to choose from.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 17, 2021 via mobile

Been wanting to come here for years. Lived up to its reputation. From the bread on table when you arrive through to amazing puddings it was all delicious. I actually had fish rather than meat. Fab. The lamb and beef look sensational. Wine list a...bit disappointing. Helpings huge! Still feelingfull twelve hours later. It’s certainly has a uniqueness to it. Lovely nightMore

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 5, 2021 via mobile

The food is simple and honest, theres no bells and whistles to hide behind, so the flavours have to deliver - and they do. If you're put off by just having three things on a plate and it looking a bit simple, this isn't for...you. The front of house team create a perfectly calm but completely ordered atmosphere, which is hard to find and was one of the best parts of the overall experience to be honest. The bloody mary was one of the best I've ever had and all the other cocktails were delicious, again served simply and unprentenciously. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 23, 2021 via mobile

Wow what a great restaurant. We’ve been to St John’s twice ... it was our last meal before lockdown over a year ago, and our first since lockdown!! The food is no frills, perfectly cooked, high quality and oh so tasty. Staff are so helpful...and attentive. Highly recommend St John 🤩More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed December 10, 2020 via mobile

When the ingredients, cookery, drinks, and service are given such attention, nothing else matters. So good. Thank you St John, once again.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Yes. I just walked in around midday and got a table. No Reservations required.
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No dress code imposed. Just dress in a way that wouldn't disappoint your mama...Like for any other place...
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St. John is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4