Smith's Bar & Grill

3.7
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187 reviews
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£25 and under
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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 four areas:
• The Lounge Area
• Main Restaurant
• Main Bar
• Outdoor Terrace Canal-side


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.
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3.7based on recent ratings
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3.6
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3.6
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3.6
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Emily
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great location but the food was average for the price and the service was very slow.

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RondaF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I have thought long and hard about this review before posting as I know how hard times are for restaurants. However, there is a lot of competition and this is not somewhere I would return to. Service was friendly and food was not bad, but diners were sat with drinkers so if you wanted a relaxed evening it was impossible as the noise level was ridiculous, and we were sitting outside. This is a management issue, and they could easily separate diners from drinkers and make the whole experience more enjoyable. For what we had it was also very expensive.

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DominicG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Admittedly we didn't eat here in the end. Mainly due to the fact when I reserved, I requested an outside table. I then followed up with a phone call and was told this couldn't be done as it's on a first-serve basis. So, if there is availability, we can seat outside. I was surprised on arrival to see an outside table for six people with a reserved sign. I queried this and was told reservations are still not possible, and the table for six people was based on them guaranteeing a spend of £100 per head. It would seem even in these strange times, money talks and your average punter will always be put to the back of the queue. As someone who dines out regularly and lives in the area, I will not be returning to this establishment nor recommend.

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DeidreS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed when arrived and shown to table. There was a variety of dishes to choose from. Very well priced. Delicious. Staff did not hover and we had a very enjoyable experience. Will definitely return.

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LeylaJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Staff was very polite and efficient, food was delicious and Happy HOur cocktails offer is a must try.

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AjitJ
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The cervixhe starter and the seared tuna steak were delicious.
Service was a bit slower than expected however understandable due to Covid restrictions.
Overall a great choice and would def go again.

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I booked bottomless brunch for myself and some friends who were coming to London to visit. I booked 10 days in advance and ONE hour before my reservation, I received a call advising that they are not providing bottomless brunch anymore and that I could still come for lunch.
There was no apology or offer and an alternative arrangement for the inconvenience. The woman that called was incredibly rude.
My partner called back an insisted that we have some kind of compensation offer. An offer was made (poor offer in comparison but we would be left with no where to fo is we didn't accept).
When we go there, I wanted to confirm the offer which was completely retracted and changed to even less!
The service was dreadful and we were made to feel as though this mess was our fault. Staff constantly staring at us. The woman who we spoke to on the phone and appeared to be front of house ruined the experience for us.
The food was average - below average.

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Mum2eg
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2 couples wanting to get together after lockdown.. great interesting menus . Happy friendly staff. Good prices / value for money. Very enjoyable.

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SarahB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food and decent prices. Was so glad to be out eating again

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Food was great but took 1hr 15 mins for fish and chips to come out.

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Delaunay
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Does what it says on the tin. Efficient service, good quality pleasant staff. For me as an oldy, it’s a bit noisy.

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DianeA
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Was surprised that the restaurant was not busier on a Saturday evening. But we had a nice meal, wait staff was very friendly. Would definitely come back but maybe in the warmer weather to sit outside under umbrellas with heaters. That looked very nice!

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GregB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great. One of the best steaks I’ve had in the UK for a while. Just a tad on the noisy side as the bar was heaving with the post-work crowd.

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DickyB
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were the first people in at 12 so it was quite quiet initially but soon began to pick up. Staff obviously very attentive as we were the only ones there for a little while! Menu was fairly basic with straightforward dishes but the food was very well done and very tasty. Nice roomy surroundings and quiet enough to chat although can imagine it gets quite noisy when busy. Food not overly expensive but obviously drinks at London prices. My wife had a glass of Prosecco and tap water, I had a couple of beers. Food was classic burger and chips and an English breakfast with a side order of Halloumi, around £45 all in, including the service charge. Highly recommended all round.

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huwd
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I have had a number of nice lunch meals at Smiths (Paddington) however the Service was poor, mainly due to the Service. The starters that we ordered never arrived. The main course arrived, but one of our dinners ordered fish which was immediately taken away to be de-boned by the waiter (why did he not bring it de-boned?), so we all waited for the fish to come back (3 to 4 minutes) before we all started to eat with our food going cold. The good was good but the Service never got any better, shame.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very quick pleasant service

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vipThierry
London
63 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The place is quiet for breakfast so it’s good to have a work discussion but the food is of low standards

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AlexandraH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cheap set meal, decent sizes but not amazing. You walked into the restaurant and it smelt like fish. The starter was nice but nothing special. The fish and chips - Fish was old not fresh. Chips were good but they put some weird seasoning on it. It was a Sunday so it was quiet and I think if the main menu would of been nicer but if you're looking for a cheap meal.

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Hannah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Had a nice meal, and staff were very friendly. However, the bar is very popular for after work drinks and therefore it was very noisy and busy when arriving.

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Karen869
London
16 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Sadly the waiters were overly keen within 5mins if sitting 3 different people approached asking if we wanted to order drinks. When we placed our order our the chips (x2) were cold and the other was hot then the steak was cold, all in all we were very disappointed. We then asked for a Mock-tail to which the waiter went off to get us a menu which had no non alcoholic beverages (aside from juices or coke) in the we decided to go somewhere else.

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Chris
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lots of noise from the very busy bar and service was patchy, unfortunately

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Booking was incorrect - we reserved 4 and they only held 3. Bavette was cold and therefore tough (event to cut with a steak knife).

Not the best of the day.

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M4Mat
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food pretty poor to be honest, average at best. £71 a head a bit steep, wine over-priced for its quality for sure. The ambience is pretty good, although chairs uncomfortable for dining at.

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vipKmsh
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Honestly the food was pretty good but the service and ambiance were poor. We literally saw the servers just hanging around when it was slow and we kept trying to make eye contact to order more. Would give 3 out of 5 stars.

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vipNatBarnes
London
63 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant closed when we arrived (on time) "as it was quiet.."

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Janetsch
London
31 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love Smith’s it is such a great place to meet with friends. The food is great as is the service. However, it is a bit pricey. Lovely atmos though. Well worth a visit for drinks or cocktails or both.

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Janetsch
London
32 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a fab get together and a lovely meal. Super food.

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marion
London
16 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice evening good food and service we were early but it was getting busy when we left

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paddington
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meeting spot for a client lunch, would use again.

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vipmrfoodie
Tampa
24 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tuna starter was excellent - extremely well cooked. All food was very good. Service was friendly and professional. Great place.

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Jjcirencester
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Time to be served was too slow waited almost an hour to put our order in then the food quality wasn’t up to much great location but not much else to recommend it

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Madaboutfood
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I was looking for a nice place to eat to meet up with my brother. My brother was a little delayed, so I had to wait for a bit. The waitress was very nice but unfortunately not very attentive: I waited for a long time to be asked whether I wanted something to drink. I was left holding the wine menu for about 15 minutes (reading my book) before some chap came to ask me whether I wanted a drink (yes, but apparently wine is not a drink and/or I wasn't allowed to order this?), so he didn't want to take my order, confusion ensued. The wine, once ordered, stood at the bar for 10 minutes before the waitress brought it over. We were only offered nibbles when my brother arrived half an hour late (again I was made to feel like I needed a man there to be offered food and drink!). I specifically asked for my main course without cheese, I even got up to tell the waitress again as she put the order through - but when it finally arrived, there was cheese all over it. Food was mediocre at best and the service very slow and inattentive, which is even less understandable given the place was deserted. Absolutely poor considering the prices as well. not going back!

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DaveH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Breakfast is not a strong point - very average food and very slow service. Stick with lunch / dinner here.

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Phoeb
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sunday roasts all came out cold even after we sent that back the first time! I have the vegetarian roast which didn't even come with roast potatoes and my friend who had the pork found it very dry. Our waitress was very nice and they did offer discount however the food did dampen the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The place is lovely but they don’t make it shine. The table was poor with no candles no flowers not even a simple decorative object, at least to cover holes and scratches. The seats were very dirty. Food was ok but they presented it very poorly.

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FarrahP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice located place, but gets very busy and loud as the evening progresses. Mains were nice, we ordered fish and chips, but had to ask for condiments as was given a small pot of ketchup to share ,that was squeezed from a catering jar and vinegar served in a jug. Desserts were okay, very small portions though.
This place has a bit of a monopoly at the moment, but seems a popular place for drinks after work, but would not recommend for dinner.

Toilets were not very clean, some un-flushed and blocked, soap dispensers were broken, not well looked after.

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Dutchy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The noise level was very high and you would not be able to have a conversation if your table is close to the bar area. Also, the chairs are too low for the tables. We needed t least two extra cushions to sit on for comfortable access to our food. That said, the food itself was excellent.

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DeidreS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

No one to greet us. Stood around waiting then table pointed out. Asked for 4 drinks and tap water. 3 arrived. 4th one and water had to be asked for again. 3 food dishes arrived 4th 15mins later. No condiments offered. No one came near us except to take plates. Potatoes on the plate with butterfly chicken were rock hard and mine had black in several pieces. Were asked about food. We were given money off bill but it was equal to service charge so did not pay service charge and left. We had good time but will not return.

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GingerImp
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, very reasonable prices for London and lovely staff. Nice place to have a working breakfast

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vipGVLreveiwing
London
29 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Thought I was going to get the Open table special offer as booked. Waiter was keen we had the special steak, which was a T-bone. Two courses and one glass of wine each. When bill came it was over £ 140. The T-bones £ 38 each for I guess maybe a 8 ounce uncooked. Quite a shock from the expected £60 or so. On top of this waiter kept asking for a tip even though 12.5% service included. He then presented the card machine and even that asked for a gratuity on top. As this was a fairly quick business lunch pre-heathrow express train was a bit disappointed.

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Smith's Bar & Grill offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7286 9458.

Smith's Bar & Grill is rated 3.7 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

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