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Smiths of Smithfield Smiths Restaurant

3.9
3.9
656 Reviews
£26 to £40
British

Part of a 4-storey restaurant and Grade II-listed building beside London’s famous Smithfield Market, our classic British Grill offers prime cuts of meat and locally sourced seasonal produce including day boat fish. A menu that showcases our butchery heritage through the vast selection of cuts on offer. A library of wines awaits you at SMITHS including both easy-drinking bottles, specialist wines and some of the most sought-after vintages available.

The bustling Smiths Restaurant at ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield is a 4-minute walk from Farringdon Tube Station.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Modern European, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7251 7950

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Farringdon

  • Cross Street

    St John Street

  • Parking Details

    <br>There is an NCP car park on the opposite side of the market which runs under the meat market.

  • Public Transit

    <br>Farringdon underground and mainline, Barbican underground, Chancery lane underground, St Paul's underground

  • Additional

    Beer, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starter

  • Beetroot Salad, Feta, Pear, Chicory, Smoked Almonds

    • Maple Smoked Salmon Tartare, Avocado, Capers, Creme Fraiche, Cucumber & Dill, Rye Bread

      • Thai Spiced Beef Salad, Chili, Green Mango, Nam Jim Dressing

        Main

        • Slow Roast Pork Belly Mash, Green Sauce

          • Cod, Parsley Crust. Mashed Potato, Butter Bean, Tomato & Sorel Stew

            • 8oz Aubrey Allen Rump Chips + Pounds

              • Jerusalem Artichoke, Ricotta & Chestnut Pithivier, Wild Mushroom Sauce

                Last updated: 10 November 2019

                What 656 people are saying

                Overall ratings and reviews

                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                3.9
                3.9 based on all time ratings
                • 3.9Food
                • 3.9Service
                • 3.8Ambience
                • 3.4Value

                NoiseModerate

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                1. SV

                  SalV

                  London

                  26 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  26 reviews

                  Dined on 22 January 2020

                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                  It was a nice meal but grilled chicken was a bit over cooked. The pork belly starter was great.

                2. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  London

                  13 reviews

                  vip
                  3.0

                  13 reviews

                  Dined on 28 November 2019

                  overall3food4service3ambience1

                  Too noisy to hear my dinner guest

                3. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  Kent

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 15 November 2019

                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                  I have been here before for lunch which is why we booked, but this time we booked for Friday evening. Unfortunately it just wasn’t as good this time, the service was generally good but we had to wait for the mains and some items we had ordered weren’t brought to the table. Croquettes for starters were great, the steak was ok but not really as good compared to previous trips.

                4. S

                  Stacers

                  Toronto

                  8 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on 11 October 2019

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Decent meal with attentive service.

                5. K

                  Kate

                  London

                  3 reviews

                  1.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 17 September 2019

                  overall1food2service1ambience2

                  It took over an hour for our food at lunch time. I notified the manager we needed to leave soon to get back to work and she said she'd check on it. A surly waitress then came over and informed me she had tried to take our order faster but we hadn't been ready. It was confrontational and rude. When the food finally arrived the chicken dishes were stone cold but we didn't bother to complain - there was no time. The pork turned up a lot later than everyone else's food and then when my colleague cut into it, the meat was raw. We complained again. The pork was taken off the bill, and they did take off the service charge and add a discount. But my colleague had no lunch and the whole meal was ruined.

                6. MC

                  MatthewC

                  London

                  4 reviews

                  4.0

                  4 reviews

                  Dined on 7 September 2019

                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                  Steaks and wine selection excellent.

                7. L

                  christineL

                  1 review

                  1.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 3 August 2019

                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                  Over rated and over priced. Absolutely no ambience poor service food quality awful. Supposed to be a birthday treat was a birthday nightmare

                8. p

                  poshgirl

                  London

                  16 reviews

                  4.0

                  16 reviews

                  Dined on 24 July 2019

                  overall4food3service2ambience2

                  Great steak, although quite expensive for a restaurant in the heart of the meat market but they did offer a lunch special which also had a steak option for £22.50 for 2 courses. Managers could have dressed up a bit nicer, it looked like they just rolled out of bed, however, the waitress was dressed very appropriately.

                9. N

                  Neil

                  Newcastle

                  12 reviews

                  5.0

                  12 reviews

                  Dined on 11 July 2019

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Fab food and great service. Never disappointed

                10. C

                  Chris

                  London

                  64 reviews

                  vip
                  3.0

                  64 reviews

                  Dined on 1 July 2019

                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                  Enjoyed this place, and had wanted to visit for a while. We booked on a sunny Monday, so it wasn’t very busy.

                11. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  1 review

                  2.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 28 June 2019

                  overall2food2service2ambience3

                  I went here the week before and have a great meal. Service was great, food was amazing so decided to go back with a couple of friends the week after. It was like a different place. Service was really slow and the food was poor.

                12. TC

                  TomC

                  London

                  17 reviews

                  3.0

                  17 reviews

                  Dined on 27 June 2019

                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                  For a restaurant that specialises in steak, I was surprised when my sirloin turned up medium to well, when I asked for medium rare and was quite tough. The steak knives also felt blunt. Amazing space but basics let SOS down.

                13. FF

                  FinalFridayCurryBoys

                  London

                  4 reviews

                  vip
                  2.0

                  4 reviews

                  Dined on 5 June 2019

                  overall2food3service2ambience4

                  A lack of diners in the room meant that the waiting staff were overly attentive. It was irritating for me and my guest as we kept getting interrupted. In the end we had to ask to be left alone...even that wasn’t enough! The food was not memorable. Portion sizes were adequate not generous. Overall ambience was ok as the sounds from a private party downstairs drifted around the grill room.

                14. P

                  Purpleonion

                  London

                  14 reviews

                  4.0

                  14 reviews

                  Dined on 30 May 2019

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  They are not quite Hawksmoore but they do offer a straightforward no non-sense menu, including a good choice of sides/starters/puddings. I went with my friend and tried their larger 28-day aged cuts (Scottish beef) and we really enjoyed the steak.

                15. JH

                  JonH

                  London

                  5 reviews

                  3.0

                  5 reviews

                  Dined on 14 May 2019

                  overall3food4service2ambience4

                  Initial service was good but unfortunately it was the lady’s first day so knew very little of the menu and struggled to comprehend us & take our order. A little confusion with whose steak was whose as the senior server didn’t seem to know which was which. In the end I and my client played pass the fillet steak until we were happy. Probably gone downhill under the Young’s ownership. £189 for 4 business steaks, no wine inc service. Perhaps time to start looking elsewhere for value and better quality. Average.

                16. j

                  jasonc

                  London

                  7 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  7 reviews

                  Dined on 3 May 2019

                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                  been a staple in my Clerkenwell dining venues for c. 20 years. Had a bit of a dodgy patch c. 6 or 7 years ago but now back at it's best. Never tire of it. Everyone always finds something they like.

                17. S

                  Skippy

                  London

                  3 reviews

                  1.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 11 April 2019

                  overall1food2service1ambience1

                  Extremely poor service.

                18. L

                  Letuseat

                  London

                  10 reviews

                  vip
                  2.0

                  10 reviews

                  Dined on 20 March 2019

                  overall2food3service1ambience3

                  Disappointing. Food was ok but service was terrible. I tried to get a wiater's attention and he just stared right through me.

                19. RR

                  RyanR

                  Los Angeles

                  31 reviews

                  5.0

                  31 reviews

                  Dined on 9 March 2019

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Cecilia was amazing!

                20. CO

                  CassieO

                  Kent

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 2 March 2019

                  overall3food5service1ambience3

                  The food was absolutely amazing, the best steaks we’ve ever had. The service however was very poor. The waiter tried to clear our drinks half full, this happened twice! Just a rude and not very friendly service whatsoever! Will definitely come back for the food but front of house needs a definite attitude change!

                21. RM

                  RachelM

                  London

                  16 reviews

                  vip
                  3.0

                  16 reviews

                  Dined on 15 February 2019

                  overall3food3service4ambience1

                  Probably do not go to Smiths on a Friday or Saturday night if you want to talk to your people. We booked a table in the restaurant on the 2nd floor - but the music from the two bars beneath was insane!! Food was good - not amazing - but solidly good. I ordered a sirloin steak medium rare - it came well done but they did another one for me pretty quickly. The others in the party felt the food was also solid. The service was alright - but a little disorganized. It seemed like a few people were attending to us - sometimes we got too much attention and sometimes we waited a bit. I'd go back - but mid-week or for brunch.

                22. A

                  Alex

                  London

                  3 reviews

                  4.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 15 December 2018

                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                  Waited too long for service but I guess that’s as a result of understaffed, the staff there were excellent and the food was Devine

                23. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  Buckinghamshire

                  7 reviews

                  4.0

                  7 reviews

                  Dined on 30 November 2018

                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                  Food, atmosphere and our server were all great but let down by a really long wait for the food to arrive.

                24. K

                  Karl

                  London

                  23 reviews

                  vip
                  3.0

                  23 reviews

                  Dined on 15 November 2018

                  overall3food3service1ambience2

                  There was nothing wrong with the food, nor was it a stand out at that price hence the 3 star rating. The service, whilst friendly, was incredibly slow and for that reason I think you can find other restaurants in the area for a similar price that have either better food and/or better service.

                25. AT

                  AlexT

                  London

                  45 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  45 reviews

                  Dined on 12 November 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                  The sheer longevity of smiths is all the period you need that this is a class act . Also fine dining on top level, kind of bistro in mid level where we ate this time then burgers and beers in ground mean there is something for every taste and pocket. Great part of town too.

                26. m

                  mary

                  London

                  12 reviews

                  5.0

                  12 reviews

                  Dined on 3 November 2018

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Had a fantastic evening food was superb and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

                27. JC

                  JCo81

                  London

                  65 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  65 reviews

                  Dined on 2 November 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Fabulous dinner, great service. We had a baby with us and staff were great. Will be back for sure.

                28. j

                  joshalex

                  London

                  8 reviews

                  vip
                  3.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on 1 November 2018

                  overall3food2service2ambience2

                  What is it with restaurants whose online menu is completely different to what was offered to us on the day, have contacted Smiths direct but they haven't bothered to reply, very disappointing & very misleading!

                29. RO

                  RoryO

                  Exclusive

                  2 reviews

                  4.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 17 September 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                  Smiths is just a good solid restaurant and I prefer the Grill over the other floors. it was very quite that lunchtime which was great for the business meeting we had.

                30. C

                  Cosmositters

                  London

                  7 reviews

                  5.0

                  7 reviews

                  Dined on 2 August 2018

                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                  Had a reservation in the restaurant upstairs away from the main bar. We had a couple of cocktails during happy hour in the main bar before dinner. Great cocktails! The food was delicious and the portion sizes generous and service very good, without being intrusive. Hope to visit again soon.

                31. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  London

                  3 reviews

                  3.0

                  3 reviews

                  Dined on 7 June 2018

                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                  Food was good but thought that the service was a bit inattentive. Given that this this was a Thursday night and the dining room was not busy I would have expected better.

                32. GR

                  GemmaR

                  London

                  2 reviews

                  1.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 29 May 2018

                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                  We were a group of 6 on a Tuesday evening. All started okay, despite not having our booking (via open table) and having to wait for table. Downhill from there. The wine we wanted and several meals ‘out of stock’ at 7pm, because there is a ‘large booking tomorrow and it is reserved’. Starters arrived, plonked down abruptly in front of all the wrong people, no effort to ask who had ordered what. Basic, tasteless food. 50 minute wait for a main course of 3 medium rare steaks, two fish and a duck. All steaks over cooked, chips freezing cold, cauliflower side raw and cold. We politely asked for replacements, waiter was kind and apologetic. However the kitchen staff we could hear berating us, and watched them glare and gesture at us for sending the food back. When I raised this to our waiter, the ‘manager’ Daniele argued with me, refused to apologise and was rude. When I asked to deal only with our polite waiter, he said ‘he just works here’. Replacement steaks were so over salted it they were inedible - obviously their retribution. They didn’t charge for the cold steaks but otherwise offered no apology, discount or or politeness. We paid over £350 for a ruined meal that lasted three miserable hours thanks to appalling management and intimidating chefs. I will never visit again and urge management to consider etiquette training and replace their kitchen staff.

                33. L

                  Luncher

                  London

                  1 review

                  4.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 29 May 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Good service.Food good .Till broke down at the end.

                34. c

                  clerkenwellgirl

                  London

                  14 reviews

                  4.0

                  14 reviews

                  Dined on 28 April 2018

                  overall4food5service4ambience3

                  Took my aunt & uncle to Smiths for the first time on Saturday and as always the food was outstanding, and as always, accompanied by helpful, friendly and professional service. The only downside was the lack of reasonably priced wines on offer. This was apparently due to the recent refurb as a large percentage of the wine menu was out of stock, which I sincerely hope to be true and not a ploy to push customers into buying the higher ticket items. Smiths is, and has always been, a great establishment with great food and service, so I hope this was just a small blip that will be rectified soon.

                35. DH

                  DavinaH

                  London

                  2 reviews

                  2.0

                  2 reviews

                  Dined on 23 February 2018

                  overall2food2service2ambience2

                  Very disappointing ... looked forward to eating here for a long time and decided on the venue for our anniversary. 2nd floor restaurant half empty. Service was good at first ... we both ordered the spiced chicken ... very bland ... followed this up with cheese ... other than the blue it was tasteless. Service ceased to exist at this point ... never asked if we wanted a coffee or anything else until we indicated that we wanted the bill. Will not be going back !

                36. SL

                  SirLunchalot

                  London

                  153 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  153 reviews

                  Dined on 23 January 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Very enjoyable catch-up business lunch at Smiths' 2nd Floor Dining Room. Food was very good - my colleague who had the short rib didn't expect to finish it - but she did; the trout scotch egg and the pork wellington also attracted great feedback. Service was excellent - although as in so many restaurants the staff did seem to be avoiding us when we were trying to get the bill.

                37. OT

                  OpenTable Diner

                  London

                  1 review

                  3.0

                  1 review

                  Dined on 19 January 2018

                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                  Service was slow for lunch.

                38. DK

                  DiningKing

                  London

                  158 reviews

                  vip
                  4.0

                  158 reviews

                  Dined on 17 January 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                  Can be a bit pricey but the food is extremely good. Atmosphere is great here too, which just adds so much more to the overall night. Definitely come here if you want some good food. The wine list is good too!

                39. SR

                  StewartR

                  London

                  6 reviews

                  4.0

                  6 reviews

                  Dined on 9 January 2018

                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                  Great place for a good steak, nicely cooked and an efficient service but the venue itself is underwhelming!

                40. G

                  Gingapig

                  Berkshire

                  8 reviews

                  4.0

                  8 reviews

                  Dined on 22 December 2017

                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                  Lovely food, beautifully cooked. Good service - steady, on hand, non-intrusive. Brilliant wine list - but be prepared to pay well for it. Large selection of craft beers. Lots of fab meat options, but also well thought fish and veg options. Sharing options in all courses available. So, something for everyone.

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                Smiths of Smithfield Smiths Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 656 OpenTable diners

                Not bookable

                This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

                • Cross Street

                  St John Street

                • Area

                  Farringdon

                • Hours of Operation

                  Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00

                • Cuisines

                  British, Modern European, Steak

                • Dining style

                  Casual Dining

                • Dress Code

                  Casual Dress

                • Parking Details

                  <br>There is an NCP car park on the opposite side of the market which runs under the meat market.

                • Public Transit

                  <br>Farringdon underground and mainline, Barbican underground, Chancery lane underground, St Paul's underground

                • Payment Options

                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                • Additional

                  Beer, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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