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St John Bar & Restaurant Smithfield

26 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AY, England
+44 20 7251 0848
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“offal” (125 reviews)
“bone marrow” (142 reviews)
“eccles cake” (64 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
26 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AY, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sensational Sunday lunch with friends. The restaurant decor is very neutral - wooden tables and chairs, white walls and tablecloths.... but it’s the food that’s the star of the show here, and wonderful. Service was just perfect with enough friendly banter and plenty of efficiency....More

Thank SeaDream2
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't stay for food. We travelled all the way into London to celebrate my wife's birthday only to be insulted by unpleasant staff. We arrived seven minutes early and were abruptly ordered back downstairs to the bar. When we returned we were shown a...More

Thank MikeOnHisTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of taste and interest here as other reviews attest. Beef stew for 2 was delicious. Bone marrow was a big hit. Plaice surprisingly delicious and perfectly cooked as well. Greens were fresh and perfect. Wine list is plentiful and reasonable. The room is stark...More

Thank CalgaryTraveller58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been going to Mr. Henderson establishment for many years and never had one dish of meal that I should say is not good. And the changes on the menu are frequent... Signature dish is Roasted bone marrow and is always on the menu. Which is...More

Thank BradaBrada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s one of those restaurants that always seems busy regardless of the day or time you visit The service is always excellent - professional and competent but very personable. The basic and stark environment which can be noisy at times, might seem basic but with...More

Thank Linda and John H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read a lot about this restaurant and of course Bourdain ate here. Its a nice simple place quite far from the happening places. Place is nice and has a nice layout. Staff are courteous and kind. The dinner of course was great. Although they didnt...More

Thank Niko D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been there with colleagues and being a vegetarian is probably a sin when you go to St Johns; but then again for all the hype and astronomical prices it's extremely poor choice of food. The starter was just slices of kohlrabi and the mains is...More

Thank Kaushal M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe this was my fourth visit and had decided to take AA gills lead and just dine in the bar 3 of us took the whole menu and was stuffed to the brim, faggots, picketed tripe, cold cut middle white pork, truly a perfect dining...More

1  Thank Martymicmartmart
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at St. John countless times. It has always been magnificent. It is so much more than a great space that serves great food and wine. It is a part of my life. It is a part of who I now am and...More

1  Thank YaulRaula
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

St John Bar and Restaurant is a great local bar and eatery located in London's Shoreditch borough. The entrance way has casual tables for bar-goers in a sort-of indoor-outdoor sitting area leading into the restaurant/bar. The bar area offers a large selection of local beers...More

Thank Scott S
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site
of an ancient meat market which remains in operation
today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally
renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and
some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a
focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough
time wondering through the area's maze of streets and
you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky
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June 20, 2018|
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Response from Gerard L | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I just walked in around midday and got a table. No Reservations required.
July 2, 2017|
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Response from Kitty C | Property representative |
Hello! It is veal shin bones.
J.R. L
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Havskatt | Reviewed this property |
No dress code imposed. Just dress in a way that wouldn't disappoint your mama...Like for any other place...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$46 - $46
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 St. John Street, London EC1M 4AY, England
    (Charterhouse Street)
  • Public Transportation: Farringdon
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Clerkenwell
  • Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7251 0848
  • E-mail
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.
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