Smith's Bar & Grill

3.8
137 reviews
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  • Waterfront
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
Smith’s Bar & Grill is nestled in the corner of Sheldon Square, it is the first place you see when you walk under the bypass behind Paddington Station. Known for its high ceilings and almost full length windows, the natural light in Smith’s is just as nourishing and wholesome as the comfortable furnishings and exquisite selection of food and drink that we serve. The venue is split into five areas: • The Lounge Area • Main Restaurant • Main Bar • Outdoor Terrace Canal-side • Private Function Room Smith’s is an ideal venue for weddings, on-location filming, major launch events, and multi-stage music and entertainment events. The whole venue can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 400 standing. Its proximity to Paddington Station (50 yards from the Hammersmith & City Underground entrance) makes it quick to get to for those coming from out of town.

Private Dining

Smith's Bar & Grill is a British & modern European inspired eatery & events venue burrowed in the heart of Paddington Basin & Little Venice. Our spacious, daylight-filled venue with a gorgeous year-round terrace overlooks the beautiful Grand Union Canal.

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Special Offers

Bottomless Brunch: 2 Courses £30

2 courses brunch with unlimited prosecco for £30. Bottomless brunch will run 12pm – 5pm & table are time-limited to 2 hours per booking with the last sitting at 3pm. Bottomless Brunch is £30 per person which includes two-courses from the special Brunch Menu provided & bottomless Prosecco and Mimosas. Your drink will be replaced once it has been finished.. Prosecco cannot be substituted with any other drink. Whole table must dine on the same offer.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 13 April 2019

Ends: 27 July 2019

Availability: Sat 12:00-15:00

2 courses £13 & 3 courses for £16

From a set menu. Pre-booking required. Dishes cannot be substituted.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 2 January 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-18:30

What 137 People Are Saying
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NT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Got the truffle tagliatelle, initally the taste was prominent but after a few bites the taste of truffle had deceased. Also at £16 i would expect a little truffle oil. Venue was very nice with seating inside for the restaurant and seating outside for the bar, I would definitely visit again!

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RW
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was pretty quiet on a Monday lunchtime. The food was excellent but the service was slow.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff, who were very happy with us taking quite a while to order whilst everyone in our group arrived. Also kindly let us stay at the table for quite a while to relax after eating too - thank you !

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JR
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Was a great location and space but whole experience was a bit of a let down. We were given a table not really suitable for our party and asked to move which was met with obstruction. We were warned we were on a table ‘out of sight’ and we soon realised this was a service black spot. We asked for bread and olives before our food arrived which arrived with the food. Most of the table ordered salad which said it had egg and new potatoes but there was none. When we questioned this the waiter argued, eventually when everyone had finished we were presented with a plate of potatoes and eggs! We also had to fetch our own water! This was a business lunch and we were all unimpressed. We were not offered any money off the bill, despite the salad issues.

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n
London
36 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Haven't been to Smith's Bar & Grill before, but i was meeting a friend for a business lunch in the area so picked out a suitable venue based on OpenTable reviews. It was a decently pleasant meal. The restaurant is in a great location next to the canal at Paddington basin. Ambience is light and airy, and not too loud, even when busy.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very unhappy that I had been promised a 20 percent discount if I signed up only to be told this had to be claimed before sitting down.

I do not think this is fair the food however was excellent

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Great location but run down inside. All the furniture is very grubby. Over large armchairs meant no one could sit comfortably round the table. Needs some money spending on it. Food ok but nothing special. Disappointing.

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J
London
30 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

This is a super place, in a great location. We had a fab table. We had booked for the special offer of 3 courses for £16. However, we were told we were too late for this as it ends at 6:30 (the time our booking was for). The waiter could see my disappointment and then arranged to take money off the overall bill. So although it was a bit disappointing, the waiter tried really hard to sort it.
Service was slow, especially for drinks, but it was super busy in there.
We all had a fab time anyway and will deffo go back.

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R
Brighton
14 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location close to Canal, other venues and Paddington Station. The venue has ample inside and outside seating without feeling crowded. Good choice of menu and drinks, topped with friendly service.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice venue, good indoor and outdoor settings. High quality decor, furniture, bathrooms etc.
Music 🎵 levels and choice were reasonable for dining.
Staff were polite and attentive.
Prices were reasonable for central London.

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J
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice bar near the canal.
Good food. Wait staff was very good.

Disappointed that I made a reservation and I sit at the bar and was told by the barman that only snacks/bar food was possible. It’s too busy at the bar to serve food.


Ok. Then suggest they remove that option in OpenTable.

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SL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 3 course set menu. The food was lovely and great value. The location is amazing. We will look to go back for a bottomless brunch soon

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at this venue and we will be back. The service was particularly good, and always with a smile.

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RT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I booked bottomless brunch and the food options were great- the only problem was that 2 people in our group of 12 did not want to participate in the bottomless brunch but this was unfortunately not allowed. Smith's bar and grill manager have a rule that everyone on the table has to pay for bottomless brunch otherwise no-one can book it which I felt was unfair.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Visiting Smiths for an early Mother’s Day treat and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our waiter and the Manager both took care of us very well. The food was good. Two of us had pate with brioche, however had to ask for chutney, which I thought was a little odd? But, once sorted, very enjoyable. My daughter had the fresh calamari, which was also good, but she felt one piece was a little undercooked. She mentioned this to the Manager and without any hesitation he changed it and replaced with a new dish. On the whole a good experience. Will go back.

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely place and great location . Food was good and service good

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RB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Good presentation of food 🍝 and it was delicious despite the soup 🥣being tepid. Excellent wine. 🍷. There was a very relaxed atmosphere with attentive staff. We will definitely be visiting again!😋

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AN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went there for a business lunch. Nice food in a quiet setting.

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AB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Attentive and professional. Good job guys. Food was good. Chuck steak was a little stringy.

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s
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my brother; we had shared charcuterie plate to start which was better quality than what you would normally get. For mains we had had lamb chops and steak. Both were cooked exactly to order (medium rare) and tasted great.
Throughout the service was excellent and very attentive.
The bar was busy and buzzy, whilst the restaurant was quieter early on it soon filled up.
Overall great food, great service and good atmosphere and very handy for Paddington station.

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JT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophisticated.
I enjoyed the 2for1 cocktails.
The food was delicious.

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CW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely gem in paddington Basin. Great food and choice of drinks. Lovely atmosphere.. Good value for money. Good service. Definitely recommend.

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SW
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch. Very attentive and also included a happy birthday message on my desert. Cannot fault the venue or staff. Lovely visit. Be back soon.

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m
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was a pleasant place to eat. Nice location and the food was well prepared.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall a good experience.
The waiter was 'enthusiastic' with is wine pouring but noticeably less so when the second bottle had been ordered.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service a bit slow

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening catching up with my friend.
The January offer of 50% off gave us the opportunity to order some wine we would not normally order, but the prices of the regular bottles were consistent with other central London places I go to.
The food was incredible and unique recipies, which made me feel extra special :) The roast veg one was something that every restaurant should have on their menu.
The service was beyond good. The two gentlemen that attended us were absolutely great.
I would come again for sure.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Poor service upon arrival. The host claimed not to find my Opentable reservation even after I showed them the confirmation in the app.

It took 10 mins to get my first drink 5 mins to get a glass of water. This is all in addition to having to wait 15 mins for seating with a reservation and plenty of empty tables. I will NEVER GO BACK and warn all others to stay away. They also do not know how to work the credit card machine appropriately.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

as soon as we entered, there was a strong toilet smell.it lessened as we walked towards the restaurant are in the back. my chair was broken, had to change it myself.
the service was ok, my steak was tender enough but not very hot, even though I stressed that I don't like the cold taste of blood-rear steaks have to be hot in the middle.my friends ribs tasted lime they were cooked in advance and the microwaved.
the bill was quite expensive, £81, for a meal with no starters and 1 pudding and just 2 drinks.
and although the website is advertising 50% of the bill throughout January if you subscribe to their newsletter, it's trickier than that and it doesn't happen. when I asked why, all a got was someone who I presume was in a management position, although he was wearing street clothing, rudely arguing with me, blaming open table and not showing an ounce of understanding my point of view or saying sorry once.
dissapointed

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good, average but thought a bit overprices for what you get portion wise. Staff where attentive up to the point we had our main meals, then where forgotten. Service could be better

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, good value for the set lunch. Soup was too oily. Fish and chips was good. Could serve better bread.

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Cute little place right around the corner from Paddington Station. Went for lunch but looks like a great option for brunch on Sundays

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p
London
61 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We chose Smiths due to the location and it was above average. I would go back in the future, but I won't be shouting from the rooftops about the place. Food was OK, service was decent - although someone did try and persuade me to drink cloudy beer from the bottom of the barrel. It looked like it had come out of the canal!

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, book online for 50% off Sunday roast. Lamb shoulder was divine

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KK
Herefordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

My partner and I booked for Sunday lunch. The barman looked at us twice when we walked in, turned his back and continued with his stock take (even after his colleague signalled to him to serve us). The toilets had surface water, enough to skid to and from the ladies cubicals then slip back up the stairs. The bartender seemed bemused that I would point this out to him. The waitress didn't understand our drinks order (twice!). The food was lukewarm/cold. Such a shame as I had highly recommended this place previously having dined here last Summer. Very disappointing. The only good thing was the red wine.

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II
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The roast dinners here are wonderful, as is the wine, though it took a bit of time to get a waiter’s attention when I wanted to order a glass of wine while I waited for my friend to arrive.

A lovely way to spend a late Sunday afternoon.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The front of the establishment and the restaurant feel quite different, and we felt surprised by the formality of the dining area. However, it was a nice setting. I personally felt the size and quality of the mains were not adequately reflected in the price. However, the charcuterie board was very nice and worth the money.

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J
London
35 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very impressed with Smiths. It's a great location, right by the canal, with a good choice of food and drinks. The service was excellent - fast, efficient and friendly. It is quite noisy though, so if you want to make conversation, request a table at the back, away from the bar.

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H
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked our reservation through OpenTable who unfortunately advertised a weekend brunch, which is in fact only available on Saturdays and not Sundays. Therefore we were quite disappointed when there was no brunch menu on the Sunday, on top of this the food arrived late for one of the people in the party. The restaurant did however offer some dishes from the brunch menu to help accommodate.

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