Smith's Bar & Grill

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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 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

London Restaurant Festival: Menu £45

A reduced a la carte menu which highlights guest favourite dishes. Guests will not only be able to enjoy delicious meal & beautiful view, but also have an unique experience by our team members giving the spectacular entertainment of starter preparation of either beef tartare or ceviche & deboning/slicing whole sea bream or tender côte de boeuf in front of diners.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-22:00
Mon-Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00

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: 30 November 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: 30 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-18:30

What 151 People Are Saying
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DS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

GI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

GV
London
27 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

DL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable meal good service cheerful staff
.reasonable wine choice

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was tasty and a nice varied menu. Friendly staff, however they need to be more aware of their customers as we spent numerous times trying to capture their eye for service. Great location and being sat outside next to the canal on a nice sunny day added to the overall pleasant experience. Would go back if I was in the area.

e
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place to go for a beer and some pub grub

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good location as it's very close to Paddington station. The choice of food is good but limited for vegetarians / vegans.

Ambience is good.

SG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Had the potentail to be much better but had to chase multiple times for items ordered. Ingredients were somewhat sparse.

SP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and choice of food. Attentive waiting staff

PH
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A blessed air conditioned refugee on a very hot evening. Noisy and busy. The staff were working hard but they could do with a couple more on duty.

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

High prices for small portions

TR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The wine waiter was very friendly and accommodating. The rest of the staff seemed a bit stressed and overworked.

AG
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting so close to Paddington station. Stunning food. Perfect service. Very clean and modern setting. Botemless prosecco brunch was great value. I'm already recommending!

NT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
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!

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.

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 !

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.

n
London
37 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.

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

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.

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.

R
Brighton
15 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.

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.

J
Houston
9 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 specifically to sit at the bar for dinner and was told by the barman (a bit snotty) that only snacks/bar food was possible. It’s too busy at the bar to serve food - he said.


Ok. Then suggest they remove that option in OpenTable.

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

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.

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.

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

Mother’s Day

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.

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

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!😋

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

SW
Kent
5 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.

m
London
26 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.

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.

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

Service a bit slow

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