Smiths Restaurant Ongar
Smiths Restaurant Ongar

Smiths Restaurant Ongar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://smithsbrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 01277365578
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 12.30PM -03:00PM.
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Friday: 06.30PM - 12.30AM; Saturday: 06.00PM - 12:30AM
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Smiths Restaurant Ongar
Dining at Smith's is an experience you'll be keen to repeat. With a long standing reputation for quality, Smith's provide seafood that is famed throughout Essex. With dishes like Monk Fish Meuniere, Coquilles Saint Jacques and Guernsey Skate if you love seafood you'll love Smith's.
However, for those who prefer their food from terra firma they also provide a selection of dishes including Suffolk Chicken Breast, (stuffed with Mozzarella and Sun Blushed Tomato, wrapped in Parma Ham), Aberdeenshire Steaks and Glazed Honey and Cinnamon Barbary Duck Breast so there's no need to feel left out.
Add to this an extensive wine list and some superb desserts and you are truly spoiled for choice.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Smiths Restaurant Ongar reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.1
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (58)romance (37)fit for foodies (29)business meals (21)sunday lunch (13)group bookings (9)outstanding value (8)brunch (5)disabled access (3)good vegetarian options (2)afternoon tea (1)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • Never fails to impress
    remnuth84
    Dined on 27/10/2014
    I cannot emphasise enough how fantastic this restaurant is. We have always received such impeccable service, they have really nailed the balance between outstanding customer service and allowing people to enjoy their meal in peace. Food gorgeous as always. Cannot criticise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    enjoyed our meal and in lovely surroundings on our special night, thank you to the staff who were great.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smiths Ongar
    mazza
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Always enjoy Smiths, food always enjoyable and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Consistently excellent
    Janey
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Smiths is our venue of choice for any celebration with friends and family. The food, service and ambience never fail to deliver.
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    PENBUD
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    I took my daughter here for her birthday. The staff were very talkative and made me feel at home. The food was very good, served in a really nice way by the cooks from the kitchen. The only negative comments I have to make are, that when I take the time and trouble to book up for a popular restaurant such as this, well in advance, I dont expect or want to be given the worse table in the room. Then have to ask to be moved. I know we were only a 3 for the meal, but it was my daughters birthday, and such a shame that this spoilt such a nice expedrience. Saying all this I would still go again, but apparently if I want a particular table I have to ask for it!, you would not know this if you had not been there before.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pity not up to usual standard
    Consideraions
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Pity the service was very slow had we not had company we would have left before main course, staff reasonable, starter was better than main course, the food not up to usual standard rolls as usual good but that is not the meal. Out of the number of times we have been there, this rates amongst the lower end, we have had two worse and a number of very good ones, but it does put one off going regularly. All we can state do not expect good service and food every time there it does not happen.
    Special Features:
    business meals
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  • Birthday Treat
    Philo1260
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I booked Smith's for my partners birthday meal on recommendation and I must say I was not disappointed and nor was my partner. The service was excellent, the food was exceptional and the whole experience unforgettable. Will definitely be booking again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • very atentive staff good food
    austin
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    excellent food , good surroundings, good service, drinks were a bit pricey but the food made up for it , would certainly go again .
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    special occasions
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  • impressed
    wright2817
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Not eaten at smiths for many years. A special occasion came up and thought be a good time to try. Great service. Food was spot on and lovely. Definitely will return and have recommended to friends. Thank you Lee
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another superb meal
    Dadicool
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    SMITH's never fails to deliver. The entire experience is outstanding, staff are attentive without being overbearing. The choices from the menu are extensive and the set meal menu is particularly very much value for money, with many dishes comparable to those Al A Carte. We visit SMITH's as a treat and we are always sated and enthralled by the quality of the food. Five stars - well deserved!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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  • What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    Was recommended this restaurant a while ago and recently had lunch there. Excellent fresh fish and seafood, very friendly and attentive staff and a great ambiance within the restuarant itself. Will definetly visit again.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very noisy
    Gastrofriends
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Very noisy, our table wasn't ready for us,the staff were polite but lacked experience and direction our food was ok not that any body asked us and our bottle of wine was whisked away to keep cool leaving us with empty glasses for a while,we ordered coffee but we had to ask for sugar after a number of minutes the waitress was apologetic.A number of waiting staff have a habit of congregating around bar area for a chat when there are still plenty of diners,nobody seemed to be managing the staff
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  • Lovely restaurant
    Roberto
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    i took my wife there for her birthday and cannot say how lovely the food and attention to detail restuarant gave us, great waiters/waitresses and drink waiters. would be frequenting again.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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  • Always amazing experience
    Brentwoodchick
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    Smiths is my favourite restaurant, never have I ever had a bad meal there. Food is just incredible!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    PassionFlower2000
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Our third visit to Smiths did not disappoint yet again the service was fab and food beautifully cooked and presented. Considering it was a Wednesday lunch time it was busy. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • My Favourite Restaurant
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    Celebrated my mums 83rd birthday and Sophie the Waitress and staff made it special for us. The food was so delicious our 3rd visit but was expensive. The only thing I don't like about the menu is paying extra for vegetables as these should be included with the main meal. The best part of the meal was the starter of scampi served in a basket absolutely delicious and second time mum and I have chosen it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely meal for 2nd anniversary
    Lucy
    Dined on 21/7/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal here. Great service and excellent value midweek with the set menu. I have been back to Smiths time and time again due to its consistently good food and great ambience. Thanks
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    colinscab
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The second time we have visited Smiths and we weren't disappointed. Online booking system worked, table was ready even though we were early. Excellent service - we couldn't make up our minds and it was no problem, we never felt pressurised to make a quick decision. The food was exceptional, my only gripe would be my daughter's salmon & king prawn dish from the set menu was a little mean in size but that meant she had more room for dessert! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent
    Marcus
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I booked through OpenTable which was simple and very efficient. I was surprised at how full the car park was upon arrival at 7.30. We were greeted warmly and given a choice of tables, I was a little anxious at first about the close proximity to other tables but should not have worried as the acoustics are good and we were very comfortable. Despite the whole restaurant being packed (a Thursday evening) the service was superb. The young staff, who wore very smart uniforms, were charming and professional. The food was delicious. We opted for the three course set menu for just under £30 per head. There was plenty of choice including old favourites (prawn cocktail) and more contemporary and interesting dishes. I would highly recommend Smiths. I
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • YuMM
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Second visit to Smiths. Enjoyed an easy going lunch here with lovely, simple but tasty food. Lunch time atmosphere is ok but nothing really special. I would imagine they pick up a lot for the evening service. Quite pricey but value for money.
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    brunch
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  • Fantastic every time
    GEORGIE
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    The food is exceptional with a large menu. The service is also perfect very attentive but not intrusive. Better than alot of top London restaurants.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very good
    Cricket12
    Dined on 21/5/2014
    Upon arrival the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent cooked to perfction at the right temperature. No complaints really did a lovely happy birthday plate for my partner. Would definatly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Tiff80
    Dined on 20/5/2014
    I added to my booking that it was a birthday lunch for my Mum, and so no other requirements were necessary. Smiths paid a huge amount of attention to us, giving us a fantastic table, and made my Mum's day with the dessert. Couldn't fault it, amazing food, fantastic atmosphere and the service couldn't be beaten!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    djt123
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for a date night to celebrate a new job. Food was amazing, I managed to squeeze in 3 courses. Went for the fillet steak myself and my girlfriend opted for the lobster. Fairly pricy but great for a special occasion. Couldn't recommend it enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    Locksdiner
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    I have been to smiths three times now, and I can honestly say that the food and service has been excellent every time. It is the little touches that make this place so special. Would recommend smiths to everyone.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Enjoyable experience
    AliCat
    Dined on 24/4/2014
    Love Smiths! Go there every time for special occasions. Treated very well - service impeccable. Thank you Smith's!
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Average food but good service
    Tastebud
    Dined on 15/4/2014
    Very busy for Tuesday lunch so car park was almost full. Very good service by the attentive staff. Whitebait starter lacked crispness and the portion was slightly oversize. The salmon in the main course was dry, slightly compensated for by the tangy prawn filling. Meal was accompanied by two soft drinks and ended with two latte coffees. At a total cost for two of £56 inc tip, the meal was not good value for money. Reputation will suffer if improvements are not made.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/4/2014
    We had a lovely relaxed evening at Smith's restaurant for my daughter's birthday. Very good, friendly service and not rushed between courses. Food was amazing. Great evening !
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent meal at Smith's
    Jenny1676
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Having been to Smiths Restaurant at Wapping - and loved it - we thought we would give our "local" one a go for our anniversary meal. The staff were very helpful right from reserving a table - and helpful when my husband rang them to order some flowers! Great choice of food - whether you like fish or not - something for everyone. Piping hot, delicious food. Excellent service. Great attention to detail. Will definitely be going back - and recommending to friends!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC
    LBLovesFood
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    I took my husband as a suprise for his birthday and he was chuffed to bits after his first experience at Smiths. Everything about this place was fabulous! The food and service was just fantastic. (and a slight exciting touch was we had Rod Stewart sat opposite us) ;-)
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not happy
    Wappingexc
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    My wife and I went to Smiths for our first wedding anniversary And while the food, service etc etc was very good the whole evening was ruined By another couple sitting on the next table. This couple have finished their meal when we arrived But stayed on the table for the entire time we had out meal Shouting,being very rude,and swearing all through our meal. No one from the restaurant once chased them to pay or order anything else to move on. So a special night out ruined by a rude couple who have no thought What so ever for anyone else and am upset Smiths did nothing to sort this out.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class
    AnnieW
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    On both occasion i have visited Smiths at Ongar the service, food and staff have all been absolutely 1st Class.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding
    Katie
    Dined on 18/3/2014
    I have visited Smiths many times and in my opinion (and that of my fellow diners) it is the best fish restaurant we have ever eaten in. It always delivers superb food, a wonderful atmosphere and attentive waiting staff. Highly recommend it! Best restaurant for miles around.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Foodie008
    Dined on 17/3/2014
    There is no doubt about the quality of the food, ingredients and menu. The portion sizes are just right and the atmosphere and service is spot on.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality dining
    Milliewebb
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Smiths has an atmosphere second to none and the food is fantastic. They cover every detail to make your experience a memorable one. Whether your a couple or a group they can handle every aspect to make your meal enjoyable. The staff are friendly and helpful and the price is what you'd expect for quality food.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smiths of ongar
    Chris
    Dined on 18/2/2014
    Beautiful restaurant ,lovely food ,staff very attentive would recommend as a good value set lunch menu .
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Lunch
    Lisa60
    Dined on 23/1/2014
    My sister and I took my parents to Smiths for lunch to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We had special requirements which were noted and taken care of without reminders, fuss or my parent's knowledge. The food & service were excellent. Thank you
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Outstanding
    Dadicool
    Dined on 16/1/2014
    As usual, everything, from the moment you enter, the pre dinner drink in the lovely cosy bar, to the food. Not the cheapest, but you certainly get what you pay for. The fillet steak melted on the fork, the lobster was cooked to perfection, everything was superb. Deserves 5 stars all round.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Meal at Smiths
    mark4255
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had an absolutely fantastic meal. The food was of the highest quality and the service was faultless.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smiths
    AliCat
    Dined on 17/12/2013
    Smiths is one of my favourite place to eat. Sadly on this occasion the plaice was over cooked and very dry. We did not complain given that one of our guests had taken a considerable amount of time to finish her starter and so felt uncomfortable to raise the point of the overlooked fish. All other dishes were delightful as usual.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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