St. John Bread and Wine

4.5
1333 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Local Ingredients
ST. JOHN Bread & Wine reflects the rhythms of its locale whilst observing the same respect for seasonal, indigenous ingredients and "the whole beast" as the bigger sister restaurant. Opening for breakfast, lunch and supper seven days a week, this branch very much beats its own drum with a menu structured towards a slightly less formal manner of dining, with guests actively encouraged to share dishes as they're ready from the kitchen.



As well as selling goods to take home from our bakery, wines by the bottle or the case can be bought from our lists to take home with some delivery available.



Bread & Wine has been voted Best British Restaurant by the Evening Standard and named as best value restaurant by The Observer Food Monthly.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

St John Bread and Wine serves food from the legendary St. John in Farringdon, but in an informal canteen-style dining room near Spitalfields Market.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 1333 People Are Saying
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SD
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Slow service, overpriced and no atmosphere.
Disappointing.

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AL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great, yet the service was generally inattentive.

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m
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Amazing food! Very efficient and knowledgeable staff and excellent service.

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OT
London
22 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very surprised not that much of people taken advantage of their open bottle Wednesday offer (free glass of wine for everyone) food was excellent as always.

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service unbelievably great very knowledgeable and what I liked gave personal preferences. Food was so delicious and presented well. Came out as it was ready which suited us

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

seemingly unfussy and stripped back, but you can tell when close attention to detail is being payed both in the kitchen and in the presentation.

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S
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent choice of food and wine. We would have preferred a greater choice of fish courses.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Don’t believe the hype. Truly, amateur service, the kitchen ran out of 5 plus items, wine list is basic. This is what happens when food writers get special treatment and free meals, over exposure and under deliver.
This is on the level of my foodie friends dinner party at home, but I got a £120 bill at the end.

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H
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I've never not enjoyed a St John lunch or dinner. It's always a great place to catch up with someone over good food and drinks. I always feel welcomed and there really isn't any other place like it in London...other than their other places Smithfield and Neal's Yard. :-) Service is always top notch - kind and genuine.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Very relaxing environment.

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PF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pretty close to their usual high standards

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really lovely birthday meal at St John’s. It was nice to share everything. Some of the big plates could have been slightly bigger but overall really well cooked food.
The madeleines were delicious - they were fresh and warm out of the oven! :)

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

incredible food and an amazing wine selection. 12/10

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F
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Usually this restaurant is great but for the first time ever it’s ticked the average/disappointing box. Went here on Good Friday for breakfast and the food just wasn’t as good as it normally is.

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MS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

St John Bread and Wine is consistently superb - delicious understated food cooked with with simplicity and and care.

It’s so easy to get food like this wrong - no sauces or multiple ingredients to hide behind.

Service is faultless.

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A really lovely restaurant on a lazy Sunday morning when we had escaped from our children and it was the morning after a wedding ceremony !
Just what we needed and we were so pleased we had booked and got a chance to experience St John Bread and Wine
Thank you

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JF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic - great quality and flavours. And the staff were lovely. We had a really pleasant evening.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They rock!

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I went to St John 3 times while traveling in London and each time it was a great experience and very great British food. My English friends agreed that they did the classics very well.

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Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Something like a perfect friend- so much itself and generous in all it has to offer. Not fussy, but so well rehearsed. Hard to imagine a better execution.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great food and location. Slightly weak service this time 😬

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EP
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere. All round wonderful dining!

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SD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

If you love offal or have are curious about various meats and pieces than this is the place for you. The menu changes daily so I would suggest maybe trying to sneak a peek at the menu before making reservations as not everything may be suitable to your taste. We were hoping to have some bone marrow but wasn't served today. Very much nose to tail restaurant. Great wine list!

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice that there is no music.

Good food and service.

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Not our first time to this British institution but a little disappointed. Small portions, we ordered Beef with kidney and mash and there were about 4 pieces of beef with huge chunks of kidney that overpowered the dish. At £22 a pop for that dish I would also expect some veggies to be offered and not have to pay £5-6 extra. Paid £9 for a slither of celeriac and cheese layered pie, which was very tasty but more of it please!

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AB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A marvelous English lunch!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Bit too expensive

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PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent as always though I think the servers were a bit puzzled by my friends Northern sense of humor!

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LZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ventured here while visiting from New York on a recommendation from a good friend in Chicago. Stellar food. Fresh and clean flavors. It is amazing how such simply prepared food can taste so stunningly fantastic!

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

St. John Bread and Wine offers a wonderful dining experience: exquisitely prepared and adventurous food served in unfussy surrounds by immensely helpful and personable staff. A terrific meal.

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O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual a wonderful atmosphere, relaxed yet still feels like a treat - good food, interesting variety, well informed staff who know their wine. And if you’re lucky you’ll see Neil Tennant!

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I have been eating at St Johns restaurants since the late 90s ( and drinking ) . I have alway loved everything about St Johns and the food is always great .
My recent visit was no exception although i didnt recognise any of the staff ...which is a first for me.
The only criticismt i have is the closing Rope Walk ...which was so so special ..why did you do that ?
Anyway dont ever change what you do and as a Spanish friend of mine said recently " St Johns is a very necessary restaurant " ...and i agree !
Love john ebden

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AM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great modern vibe. Excellent food using essential ingredients to bring out maximum flavor, on par with St John Restaurant. Lunch time, pleasantly quiet and a good value. Service and staff disengaged and couldn't care less.

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OD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Level dishes unequal to the price. Medium Wines. Very expensive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Generally really impressive. Everything tasted great.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. A place to visit for a special occasion.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Nous étions déjà venus 2 fois dans votre restaurant avec de belles découvertes culinaires

Si les entrées étaient correctes mais sans surprise...il en va autrement des plats
le porc n'était pas cuit et et le plat était froid...Nous avons du le renvoyer !
et la plie et sa sauce tartare ...très cher pour une simple plie et une délicieuse sauce tartare
Nous avions recommandé votre restaurant à de nombreux amis mais cette fois nous sommes très déçu

Equipe en salle souriante et efficace

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JR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great wine and good food as usual, but the menu was unusually bland this weekend. No game!

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j
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience at St. John Bread and Wine. Some exceptional dishes include the sourdough that came in the beginning, the smoked mackerel, and the ox tail. Other dishes were delicious but a tad too salty, but overall we really enjoyed our meal. The service was also excellent.

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CG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Waitress was rude. Food was okay but the main dish was cold.

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