Smiths Restaurant Ongar

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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.

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JonD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with excellent friendly service. Would go back.

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SandraM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our sixth visit to Smiths Ongar. Excellent as previously. Cannot the food, the service or the atmosphere. My 86 year old mother loved i

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BevFra
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, really super service.
Perfect for anytime.

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CVB721
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fantastic service and food but can be rather pricey. Ideal for a special occasion!

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KeithM
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Go here if food quality is your most important and only consideration.
Don't go here if you want a relaxed meal and/or conversation with your dining partner.

Food excellent - Both my wife's seafood platter and my steak were fantastic. Beautifully served, fresh and tasty.

Rushed - You are made well aware that you have the table for 2 hours only. We felt they run to a very tight schedule and were felt rushed to order, eat and go. For instance, we asked for 5 mins to peruse the dessert menu and were allowed 2 mins before being asked again as I guess we were going to the end of our allotted time (we ran 1 minute over)

Very noisy - busy night, tables close together and open plan canteen style made it very noisy and definitely not relaxing.

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JanL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food outstanding service would really recommend smiths onger went with my sister in the afternoon

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lynr
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch. We dined from the set menu which has a great variety. Would definitely go back

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Cozza
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent - fantastic night at smiths for any occasion.

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Sox04
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely recommend!

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SueT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything is good except the bun like bread. All the meals were delicious.

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BeverleyS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant, beautiful food always a joy to eat here

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AndCh
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

No bread on table, was brought the wrong main and then when the right food arrived it wasn't very nice dry and obviously rushed. However staff were helpful

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AnthonyW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extremely pleasant experience. The food was delicious and the service and staff very attentive. A favourite place.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love Smiths!!! Everything is amazing, food, service and atmosphere 🙂

JB
JaymeB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience bit pricey but worth it

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Chris
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Previous visits have been excellent And we have left the restaurant feeling happy. We were very disappointed on this occasion and felt it really wasn’t worth the money.

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LOLLO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The restaurant is very noisy but also very busy and could benefit from smaller chairs so there would be more room to move at the table

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and excellent service. The food was incredible - definitely one of the best meals I’ve had. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be returning.

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MarkS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a varied menu , with lovely staff , amiable and well informed. Only gripe was paying £9 for a glass of very ordinary House white wine - at least £3 too much for a very ordinary wine ( Sauvignon Blanc)

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KevinO
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall ok.
Rushed a little. And food not piping hot or perfect .
But ok.... sides portions tiny . No real fireworks for the price which is way above average so you would expect above average visit

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Gill
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

from entering this restaurant to leaving, the team make you feel welcome, the knowledge and attentiveness are second to none, the food it outstanding, we was not rushed at all, very highly recommended

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janK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Xbznzj
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best fish restaurant I've ever been food and service amazing we always go here special occasions lovely food and surroundings amazing and at a really affordable price

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HillyV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very efficient, food was really tasty and most enjoyable. Perhaps staff could be a little more friendly and still maintain their professional service. A really enjoyable evening, so thank you.

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PaulS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come to Smiths several times a year, this time for Lunch. Excellent as always, will keep coming back, as I have done for over 20 years. Superb fish restaurant in comfortable setting and great staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with outstanding service and a really vibrant atmosphere. I would definitely recommend Smith's.

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ColinS
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from start to finish. Staff friendly and attentive. Food quality excellent. Very well presented and lovely and hot.

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LaurenB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always - my favourite restaurant. 5 star without being over the top.

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Lizzie
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful well established restaurant, with top quality food and service

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MargaretK
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Many of my friends like Smith's of Ongar. I have introduced them to the restaurant and they request future visits for their birthdays, before Christmas, Summer - in fact, any old excuse to eat at Smith's


😸

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GeorgeB
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant highly recommend to anyone looking for class.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was delicious. Experience was disappointing. Issues with another table meant staff were occupied with dealing with that, I think the police were called? Also, the bar upstairs wasn’t open.

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NickG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Our evening was spoiled by a table of 4 who who loud and eventually ejected from the restaurant.
About 15 minutes after we were seated a party of 4 were seated on the adjacent table. The two ladies were load, obnoxious, sang Tyson Fury songs and shouted at anyone who dare to look at them (which was fairly hard not too).
After about 1 hour of having to endure there behavior they were ask to leave by the staff and a further altercation with the staff lead to the Police being called.
The food was very good and the staff was pleasant but I'm afraid this just spoiled the evening.

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Poppy
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We go virtually every week. Bad table this week right by swinging kitchen doors so light shone in my eyes every time door opened.

Last two times food has been good but not as exceptional as we normally find.

Service however is always faultless

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DanB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and friendly staff. Thank you.

JM
JuliaMagulia
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table of 4 for a birthday lunch. Food was, as always, lovely and the service was impeccable.
Fixed price lunch is great value...but might Smith’s reconsider and bring back my favourite : “Assiette of Billingsgate Market Fish”?
All in all, a great experience - keep up the good work.

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TracyA
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good and so was service, but tables were very close together and we almost felt as if we were sitting with the people either side of us, making it very difficult to have a private conversation.

Was also a little surprised to be offered "free" hors d'oeuvres and then find that we were charged for them!

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GillianN
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal with friends. Food was excellent we much prefer Ongar to Wapping.

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AlfredW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent but thought it was a bit pricey service very good