Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.8
1924 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 1924 People Are Saying
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Dani
Essex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience- and the stall

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SueD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super Sunday lunch.. roast beef dinner was amazing... super friendly staff... our waitress couldn't have done more for us 😊. Great afternoon 😊

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AndyG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat up stairs which was very quiet and relaxed. Wonderful tasting food. We all enjoyed our separate dishes. Great service. Perhaps the staff could have worn masks

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GaryS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue , great staff , food was outstanding.. highly recommended

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trudge
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect. I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for ages. I thought it was actually better than Scott’s in London as the tables weren’t as close together. Our waitress was really lovely and attentive, the decor is really good but not over the top.
The only negative was no bar area and a little bit rushed at the end

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GeorgeH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit to Smiths for our anniversary. Service and food was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant. We will definitely return

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HayleyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Good service with friendly staff. We had a lovely evening!

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RobH
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't fault Smith's. For a special occasion it's unbeatable.

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BoyRed
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent both food and service. How they keep it so consistent is a real bonus - you know what to expect and you're never disappointed.

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JasonL
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely……. as always

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EricW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Smiths for lunch as part of our silver wedding anniversary celebrations. We met at this restaurant 26 years ago.

Food and service were excellent, as always. We have never been disappointed at this restaurant and will definitely continue to visit them in the future.

PB
PeterB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After a mix up with our booking, the staff sorted it quickly and where professional.

The food is amazing and the restaurant is very well run, clean and fresh.

Well done Smiths

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garyc
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening,service was attentive & the food was great.Would highly recommend & will definitely return.

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Walts
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Smiths, had a wonderful experience, staff very friendly and attentive and food first class,highly recommended.

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fayeh
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited smith’s several times before and this visit was just as good. Food and service exceptional, lovely atmosphere too. Would definitely recommend!

PB
PaulaB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary last night; so lovely to go somewhere on a Tuesday where there’s a really good atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious and service was excellent.

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spoilt slightly by a very noisy patron who was heard talking loudly to some people she recognised on the other side of the restaurant which was heard by everyone - even the people she was talking to were rolling their eyes

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Maxine
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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Telboy1949
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Smiths regularly and the quality of food, service and ambiance is always excellent.

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JoyS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service, was surprised to see it busy at lunch.

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AdrianoA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the level of attention and service from the staff was first class

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food, great service and perfect place for a Birthday lunch

JJ
JoJo
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable experience. Would definitely visit again and would recommend to friends.

JC
JanC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, value for money. Will definitely be back!

LB
LesleyB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening at this special restaurant …food superb .. wonderful choices ..Great cocktails

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DavidH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, the service second to none.

Welcomed by the staff from arriving at the front door through to leaving.

I highly recommend this venue and wil surely visit again in the future

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PatrickO
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing night for myself and the family , Thank-you for making it so special for our anniversary.

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MarcH
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish at Smith's is excellent, the service was very good. I have been there a few times and it is always very good.

JC
JamesC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent , and great food quality , staff , attention to detail

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EmmaG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was amazing, beware though directed to cabs waiting outside restaurant by staff who tried to rip us off telling us to pay balance on his own bank card from wallet £40 for 5 miles qt 9.45 on a friday night guys name was murat....prebook a cab

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SallyH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the evening. We were given a lovely table instead of the one At the door which Was given originally. We really liked the music too. Very attentive staff

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PaulK
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, as always! We sat upstairs for the first time and pleasantly found it to be a little less ‘busy’ than downstairs.

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JOHNS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our return visit was even better than the first! Nothing to fault from the moment we were greeted to the moment of our departure. We will return as soon as we are able.

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TonyH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent food complimented by a good Wine Cellar

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JohnD
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and impressive food.
A few more unusual fish on menu would’ve been appreciated but equally fish was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch

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TrevorB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional fresh food served at a pleasant pace with a smile in a lovely setting…….you get what you pay for!!

PB
PaulaB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening celebrating our daughters birthday. Food was lovely and service was excellent. Great ambiance and we had a great evening.

CM
ColinM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way. Can't recommend the experience better.

DW
DamianW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening, with good food in a nice location thank you

FAQs

Smiths Restaurant Ongar is rated 4.8 stars by 1924 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.