Smith's Bar & Grill

3.7
305 reviews
£25 and under
British
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 150 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 305 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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olneya
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Rude waiter brought us the bill without us asking for it. It means he want us to go away, we were just about to order some extra food and drinks. Really, poor service unfortunately. Avoid

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SallyA
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We found that the service was very poor and staff not that friendly
The food was ok and didn’t come out very hot !

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Norm
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Staff were really helpful and the food was good. Tables too packed in so felt like we were sitting with other people and noise levels made it very difficult to hear and hold a conversation

GD
GiuliaD
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were given the worse table on the terrace, my chair was literally next to the reception booth.
All the other tables were covered and had outdoor heaters on top of them, ours was uncovered and no heater.
Food was average, the starter arrived at the same time as the mains. One of the items ordered by my friend was missed so we had to wait for that.
Food was average and expensive for the portions’ size.

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NaomiJ
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice food. Definitely will be back. The cocktails were great too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, vibes! Thanks

EG
vipEnriqueG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location and ambiance. Burger was great. Service was a bit slow though.

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good prompt service on a busy night with only outdoor eating

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was excellent. Very welcoming and attentive. Food was just ok and expensive for the quality.

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HannahH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Positive: We were early to our booking and they were able to sit us down and accommodate. The service was quick.

Negative: All the tables were too close together. It was really difficult to move around and you were almost shoulder to shoulder with the table next to you.

Our order was wrong and some plates never came out. The table next to us had the same issue as well. I informed them of this, then asked for the bill so I’m unaware if our plates were even ordered from the start.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

WORST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER! I had booked this place as a pre-drinks place for my 21st birthday celebration. My friend and I ordered two glasses of champagne and an order of the chili edamame before we were supposed to head off to a nearby restaurant for dinner. We got the rudest waiter ever. His name was SALVATORE. We ordered our drinks and appetizer and he gave us extremely judgmental looks as if to say “are you cheap? Why wouldn’t you order more?” Also, throughout the entire time my friend and I were there, he would go into the corner and stare at my friend and I and talk to his friend about us. He also rolled his eyes at us about four times when we called him over to ask/order more things. We repeatedly asked for water and napkins, two times, and he was annoyed at us for not ordering more. Because of that, he purposely forgot to bring napkins and water because they were free items and wouldn’t add more to the final bill. Then, for a final touch, he acted very annoyed when we asked for the bill and my friend gave him 3 £10 notes to cover it. He became very angry that we weren’t going to order more and was super petty. He gave my friend her change, which was £10, in 20 pence coins so it would make it inconvenient for her to put it in her wallet and carry it around. Steer clear of this place and never go here!! This place also doesn’t follow COVID precautions and places tables 4 inches apart. Will be taking further action against this place tomorrow!

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Tomas
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Outdoors experience for dinner and drinks was very good. Only concern was the service for dinner, but we understand that you may be under staffed.

NM
NelliM
London
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food - quality matches the price as well!

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Anonymous
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was quite slow despite a lot of waiting staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Amazing food and service. However, their seating arrangement is a joke. All tables are cramped next to each other, there’s zero social distancing or what so ever in place. Not great given that we are still in mid of a pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Poor service from the waiters and food was tasteless with almost no flavours. bad weather and sitting outside is understandable and it's acceptable that it's a hard time for everyone. But the waiters looked and acted like they didn't want to be there at all which made the whole experience very unpleasant. The food was just blunt and nothing to note on a positive side

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SandyD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice place to visit, drinks were lovely, although cocktail options are limited. We ordered the chicken, but expected it with some vegetables or something - the plate felt quite bare, albeit the food was nice, quite small portions. Would go back on a sunnier day, and the staff were excellent.

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EmmaC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely meal

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AngeA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice spot !!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor service, slow. In an hour and a half we were served a drink and a main. So much opportunity to upsell wasted. Had the service been better we would have had desserts and at least another round of drinks. There were 4 of us. Really need to make more effort to make people spend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the food and cocktails were delicious although everything was small portioned for the price.

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EleniG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food was good, but the outdoor sitting experience was very poor. When asked if the heaters could be switched on, the personel said that these do not work. When asked if we could sit somewhere less windy we were denied even though many tables were free. The food was cold and even though we were given blankets, the whole experience was bad. It's unacceptable to have non functional heaters!

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Burt
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Birthday dinner on Saturday. Smiths has inadequate coverage outside, it has not been well designed. We were on the edge, there were insufficient heaters, several not working and in anyway nothing near us. Food was okay, service was good, but too cold to enjoy. Disappointing.

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ASRD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

slow service, waited half an hour to be asked what drinks we wanted. Very disappointing when you get told you have an hour and a half before you have to leave. Tables are all crammed in and social distancing is impossible. Food was okay but nothing special.

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AnnaN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food. Blankets was a nice touch. Good service.

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DijanaC
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The staff are so good and the organisation in what we are allowed to do in this stage of lifting lockdown was absolutely well done. It was busy but this was to be expected and definitely don't get turned off by this. The staff here are excellent and can handle it.
The signature cocktails were really good fun and delicious. I had a Chilli Billi and my friend had a Smiling Larry. The food was good but I thought my Spring Chicken with roast potatoes was a little stingy on the potatoes (they were cubed and if I put them together I think I would have had a potatoes if lucky). My friend and the fish n chips and was delighted. Sitting outside was well organised with blankets and heating. Overall we had a great experience and totally recommend. (good wine too).. x

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jennifer
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience4

It was nice but the table of boys behind us were so loud, one of them fell over tipping the table and drinks with him. Also, the food is ok but too expensive for what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my family had a good time at smith’s
The service was also very good
And food was average.

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Angela
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Visited on a Friday afternoon. The tables are definitely not 2mt (or even 1mt apart). Half the waiting staff has the mask only covering the mouth and not the nose.
My guest and I both had a £30 steak. We asked for medium rare and the steak came completely uncooked in the middle so we had to send it back. The few fries that came with it were the bog standard frozen and the sauces were the heinz sachets . For a £30 dish that I am eating squashed between tables, I would expect salad to come with it and the chips to look a bit more rustic/home made and the sauces to be home made or at least presented in a fancier way. That said the steak was nice and a good size. I have visited in the past and I think the standards have gone down and the prices up.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately the table we were sat on was not covered & it was particularly nippy with the breeze. Fortunately it only started to rain as we were leaving but would have been a real issue if it started when we were still eating.
The staff who waited on us were lovely, Manager not so much when we asked to move tables. A large place like this should really have no excuse for not being fully prepared for the weather changes. Sea bass ceviche & banana parfait- AMAZING!
The carpaccio was delicious but ruined by too much sauce.
Chicken ceaser was average.

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HazemA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered a Ribeye medium rare. It came fairly quickly which is good but was a bit cold as if it was sitting on the pick up counter for 5 to 10 mins. The wooden plate that was served on is lovely but kept twisting around.

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DickF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A couple of errors (confusions?) with the order (received a bottle of wine, rather than two glasses) but nothing serious and the staff were attentive, the food good and the Pornstar Martini fabulous!

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Lizzi
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Tables extremely close together, very small portions, had to ask twice for menus/dietary information/drinks.

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vipLoug1980
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was nice, the only thing that let the evening down was the outside heaters weren’t working so it was very cold sitting outside. The service was good but the staff were very busy so it was slow.

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Candy
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Hair in my fish and chips. Fish was cold in the centre. The staff were moving so fast that they missed out on additional orders that’s I wanted to place.

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saucyspiritsally311062
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience !! Loved the setting. Love to come back in the summer.

JT
JoT1234
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Peruvian Japanese fusion was delicious. I loved the sushi and salmon tacos. Really good there were outdoor heaters as well. Will definitely visit again to try more items on the menu.

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RosieS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

it was wet and windy outside, but we were lucky to be sat in an enclosed area (not all are ) and had a heater near by. Waiters attentive from start, drinks and food quick to order and receive. Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Came here with my manager after not seeing her for months, to discuss work and have some girl chat. I chose here for content for my food blog- wasn’t too pleased. Honestly our food was so delish. No complaints there. The service was very poor though. We were breaking our necks to get people’s attention. Also to say we are in a pandemic, you’re practically sat on top of people. The waiter literally turned the heaters away from us to another table so we were also freezing which was so rude. I also had to get up and walk to the front desk and ask for the bill, they didn’t even ask how our food was or if we wanted another drink. Literally took our food whilst I was still eating the chips.

If it wasn’t for the service I’d come back

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ELIZABETHV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Staff were friendly but not very quick, food was ok (chicken and pork belly) overcooked.
Small portions, not very good value.

FAQs

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 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.