Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.8
1445 reviews
£41 and over
Seafood
Priding ourselves on our motto ‘Famous for fish’ Smiths Restaurants is a name that has become synonymous with fine dining and quality, attentive service. Our restaurants are located in Ongar Essex (just off the A414) and Wapping in central London (near Tower Bridge). Both restaurants boast an extensive menu of fresh fish that we offer to cook in a variety of ways to suit every palette. We also offer locally sourced meat dishes to accommodate those who prefer their food terra firma. To compliment the quality of our food we have worked closely with well renowned independent wine merchants to ensure we have a selection of wines that are the perfect accompaniment to every meal. The only problem you may have a Smith’s is being spoilt for choice.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1445 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerryB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant!!

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yum1
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful food in a covid safe environment. would highly recommend

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MichaelM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍👍👍 Had a superb night with my wife The food was excellent 👌

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jeanm
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been customers of smiths for decades! the service and food are tops
you cannot find anywhere that comes close! when they open we will be back in there for our lovely meals.
Good luck to you all and a happy christmas🎄🎄🎄

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AlysM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am any good and really knowledgable and helpful staff. Can’t wait to go back

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JoyW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Xmas meal

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LorettaB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to visit this lovely restaurant. Food always great and ambiance too. Can't wait to return again

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AnjaS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular visitors to Smiths and it never lets us down. Great food, great service and a lovely buzz. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very good service from all the staff.

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Marriedinvegas
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as usual

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CAROLINEV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal!... lobster Thermidor was gorgeous! Just booked up for February

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MichaelF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For us Smiths is a very expensive once a year treat that we very much look forward to. The restaurant never disappoints. The staff are courteous, friendly and professional. The service is everything it should be - thank you! And the food is simply wonderful. Ok - it’s not good value for money but it’s a wonderful lunch experience and we wouldn’t change it. We are already looking forward to next year!

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JodieL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was amazing! The food was delicious the waitress couldn’t do enough for us. Definitely going back!

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EddieM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In light of the current restrictions due to Covid I think the restaurant did an excellent job

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HarryK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed when visiting Smith’s. Consistently wonderful food and service. A little expensive but in this case it’s definitely you get what you pay for.

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JillH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as always. Would definitely recommend

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ChrisF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dining experience. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly and professional staff and the food - well I can only say it was and has been every time wonderful.

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SamanthaB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really beautiful restaurant with perfect service, they weren’t on us so much it was uncomfortable but noticed when ever we needed something. Food was delicious. It’s pricey but a lovely treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me & my wife had lunch here a couple of days ago & it was my first time. She had built my hopes up & to be fair, I now know why she eats there so much. Easy booking online, friendly staff & delicious food from start to finish. Totally recommend Smiths.

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golfingbuff
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Overall, a nice restaurant but, unfortunately, it's becoming very expensive.
However, it was very busy, so maybe it is only my opinion

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LorraineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Great fresh fish

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vipKarenB
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab love it there

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DenniseF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Birthday lunch

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SheilaM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service food everything was really special for my friends birthday x

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk in you just know you will enjoy the food experience. Exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it every time

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ScottE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place - Been indoors for a while like most due to restrictions, so was nervous about venturing out. Shouldn't have been as staff brilliant, food amazing in fact it was the first time in some time I really enjoyed myself. Will be back soon.

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RossD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordered the signature surf and turf, filet steak and lobster.
Was very dry, disappointing.
Was the only people in the restaurant, so no need for excuses

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vipLondonLuncher
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely top quality.

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SheilaS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service as usual. Tables spaced out so felt safe. Beautifully decorated too. Will be back - when we can

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RuthA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another delightful meal at Smith’s. My husband loves fish and it is such a joy to eat there. No rushing of meal, beautifully served and hot.

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ColletteF
Czech Republic
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and outstanding service from the waiters, recommend the mussels to start or the king prawns

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KerryF
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating in this restaurant for 20 years and never had a bad meal always excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply cannot praise Smiths Ongar enough, from their warm welcome to the fabulous food and professional service from all the waiting staff. They couldn’t do enough to make our first trip back since lockdown feel any more normal, yet special and safe.
Massive well done to all the team for adapting to the new measures.
And with the added bonus of the Seafood Stand we were delighted to come home with some lovely fresh seafood goodies.
See you all again in the New Year

JS
JeanS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive staff, not rushed to leave table after certain time.Prices some what high but this to be expected in these times.

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SteveG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, cannot fault anything. Definitely one of my favourite resteraunts in Essex.

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vipIPG1966
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still and simply the best restaurant in essex
From arrival to not wanting to leave, it was just the most fantastic evening.
The oysters were the best ever, the fish and seafood were so well cooked and then espresso martini’s for desert
Thank you Smiths and cannot wait to come back.

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LorraineS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Staff were friendly and accommodating. The food was great. We are already looking forward to returning again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner out for my birthday. I’ve wanted to go to Smiths for ages and it didn’t disappoint. Delicious food that we all enjoyed.

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Friends
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Felt very safe, despite COVID. Highly recommend surf and turf.

FAQs

Smiths Restaurant Ongar is rated 4.8 stars by 1445 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.