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Smiths Restaurant Ongar
Smiths Restaurant Ongar

Smiths Restaurant Ongar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://smithsbrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 0127 736 5578
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 12.30PM -03:00PM.
    Sunday - Friday: 06.30PM - 12.30AM; Saturday: 06.00PM - 12:30AM
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    dined on 27/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 21/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "Smiths is my favourite restaurant, never have I ever had a bad meal there. Food is just incredible!"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 29/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "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! "
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "Love Smiths! Go there every time for special occasions. Treated very well - service impeccable. Thank you Smith's!"
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "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 !"
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "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) ;-)"
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "On both occasion i have visited Smiths at Ongar the service, food and staff have all been absolutely 1st Class."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 04/03/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant ,lovely food ,staff very attentive would recommend as a good value set lunch menu ."
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 23/01/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 16/01/2014
  • "Had an absolutely fantastic meal. The food was of the highest quality and the service was faultless."
    dined on 02/01/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 17/12/2013
  • "Helpful staff, good food and gave good advice re gluten free choices"
    dined on 25/11/2013
  • "We've been to Smiths a few times now, and the food is always delicious, with great choice of specials & a la carte menu. The service was very attentive & friendly, and the atmosphere is just right!"
    dined on 20/11/2013
  • "Wonderful evening celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Food was excellent, atmosphere just right, service great. Menu for the set meal was outstanding value and we look forward to our next visit. Smiths is way up there as one of our favorites and never fails to impress. Pure coincidence our cloakroom ticket number that evening was number 25 how about that ! ! ! no mention of our 25th was ever made to Smiths or toptable"
    dined on 19/11/2013
  • "Smiths is the perfect place to celebrate. Wonderful food the cod we had was superb and first class service. Smiths doesn't cater for young children so the ambience is refined and calm. A three course meal for under £30 is also very good value."
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "Excellent fish and seafood. Very good service and wine list. Always superb"
    dined on 09/09/2013
  • "The portion sizes were more than sufficient and the food wonderful. The service was fantastic and I can't wait to go and try another fish dish. The fact that you can choose how your fish is cooked is genius. Grilled, baked or with batter. It appeals to a wide range of tastes."
    dined on 04/09/2013
  • "The food was amazing and staff attentive you and made you feel that to dine there was special Thanks to the staff"
    dined on 20/08/2013
  • "First time mid week in past Saturday which is extremely busy. Lovely evening first class service I.e. there taking care but not in your face. Had the Mild Thai Curry Beef Skewers to start - delicious my other half White Bait lots of it. Both had fish again delicious. They had a set menu of £29.50 for three courses with such a variety to choose from. Will definitely go mid week again. Have been going to their Wapping restaurant as it is nearer to us."
    dined on 14/08/2013
  • "We went for our Pearl wedding anniversary mid week and the restaurant was quite busy but saw this as a good sign. The staff were very attentive and the food as always excellent. I had indicated when booking that it was our anniversary and my wife's desert dish had been decorated wishing a happy anniversary. Nice touch."
    dined on 06/08/2013