Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.6
616 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After attending Smiths for a 21st birthday, I was very disappointed that the majority of the food was cooked in peanut oil and as my daughter has a peanut allergy this prevented us from ordering the food we really wanted, if I had known, maybe we would have booked somewhere else.

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PM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and lovely surroundings, have never been let down, consistently enjoyable dining experience :)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch!

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LJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We hadn’t been to Smith’s for a while so thought it would be a nice change a a belated Valentines Day lunch. It really hasn’t changed and looks dated. The specials menu wasn’t very special either. Service was good.

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VC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining st smiths for many years
Service and food is skyways consistently good

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AL
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thick damask tablecloths, non-invasive crockery and cutlery, butter knife and finger bowls. Wine buckets off table and exceptional bread. Service excellent, friendly and professional without being pompous. Thats before i even mention the cuisine. Long time since i enjoyed a dining experience so much

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M
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent
We have been before and did not disappoint!

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a
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here on numerous occasions - and the food is always excellent. Side dishes seem to be getting smaller though - our chips (£4) had exactly 8 chips in the bowl, which I thought was a bit stingy. The restaurant was packed, and the noise level was high so not easy to have a conversation. Quite expensive, but if you love good quality food, beautifully prepared, then this is the place for you!

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r
Hertfordshire
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food very attentive staff, not too much. Just right.
Did have an issue with the bill, but it was put right straight away.

One of the best restaurants we have been to, very good service.
Not overpriced. Never had a bad meal, what I reall like is, that that the plates are alway hot.
The chips are to die for.💗🌟

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MB
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable lunch to celebrate a birthday. We will definitely be returning and would highly recommend Smiths to friends and family.

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HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and overall dining experience- well done!

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LS
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smiths Ongar is consistently great. Could not rate it any higher.

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RT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit for some time,and so pleased to report the high standards have well and truly remained.
The warm welcome,the superb service we recieved and of course the fantastic food made for a lovely
lunch.
There aren't many places that we would warrant driving an hour to just for lunch,Smith's however is definitely one of them.
Look forward to our next visit!

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HB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Smiths for lunch and it was just as good as the first time. Food quality is excellent, and the service is good (and not intrusive as it can be at some restaurants). It has a nice relaxed atmosphere and is now one of my favourite lunch venues.

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M
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service all staff were very polite and professional and very attentive. Food was fantastic and very nice decor. Would definitely recommend

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LK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food. Quality restaurant.

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JK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly promt service from the staff with lovely food and great value for money

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SW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunchtime visit, set menu very good value, Good food, good service.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and service and a special ice cream with candle for the birthday girl. Thank you x

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GF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Restuarant booking process is easy. The staff are courteous, the table is spotless, the service is excellent, the food is freshly cooked and delicious.

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H
Essex
33 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Second visit here
The starter of pickled herring as delicious.
Main as a very nice sea bass with prawns and a mild chilli kick.
Dessert was a wonderful ginger sponge.
Toilet seat was broken and toilet paper dispenser was open and hard to use.

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first date almost 19 years ago in Smiths when my now husband lived locally we have still visit to dine there when we visit family and the food and service have Remained consistently excellent throughout all those years

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PJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On arrival was greeted promptly by friendly staff, asked if would like drink before going to table.
My daughter is Gluten allergy and staff were ready to give menu with answers at ready.
Our courses and drinks came at perfect intervals, with staff again asking if everything was ok.
We had all ordered different dishes for the four of us, with no complaints. Food was exciting what was
nice to see on busy Sunday they had regulars who came back, giving you confidence in what you were about to indulge in. We are looking forward to going back shortly

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequently visit the wapping branch and after going to Ongar it’s highly recommend too.
In all it’s a five star service,the drive and surrounding area there is picturesque ,the food is diverse, equally tasteful,Qyality wines and the service is second to none .
I have no second thought when I say it’s well worth the visit and price.

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AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, brilliant service - lived up to its expectations.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food & service. Cannot wait to return! The mussels were the best I’ve tasted in UK!

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with fantastic food and great service BUT.... I ordered a nice bottle of wine and after we were well into it, the waiter told us that he was serving us the wrong wine and would give us another bottle free, which was fine but a bad error. Also, I ordered the calves liver and bacon and had to order the mash (or chips) as an addition. Every time in the past that I have had calves liver it is always presented on a bed of mash and always looks attractive. This piece of liver looked a bit lonely on the plate with a pathetic wisp of pancetta and I had to slap the mash on the side. A bit picky you may say but it was enough for me not to give it the full 5 stars. We has two birthdays on the table and we both received an ice cream with a candle on a special birthday plate, which was a nice touch. Apart from the complaints, the staff were very friendly and attentive and the food and atmosphere was great.

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JT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed a Sunday lunch here. Ambience was excellent. Restaurant nicely presented. Attentive staff and excellent cuisine.
Would definitely go to Smith's again.

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KO
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not had a bad meal yet! A lovely relaxed atmosphere with fantastic service. The mussels starter was delicious and the 2 course lunch menu is great value for money with lots of options. Would definitely recommend!

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TD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Food was fabulous. Service excellent nothing was too much trouble. Great place for a special
Occasion. Can’t wait to go back

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IM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and great service.
Tables a little close together so you won't have a private conversation!

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R
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We use your restaurant for special occasions and have found the food always very good along with the standards of service. Being OAP's we found it to be a friendly atmosphere talking to others of our own age

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RB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff, nice ambience, good menu choice, excellent fish, well cooked.

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JP
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed when I go to Smiths. Food and service is excellent.

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RS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately, this restaurant is a far cry from Smith's in Wapping , even though both restaurants are part of the same brand. I actually heard one of the waitressing team singing to herself as she was walking around the restaurant - this point may seem unimportant, but it would never happen in Wapping - The service there is amazing! The young lady assigned to our table was a great waitress.
Due to the lack of high standard observed by the waiting staff, Smith's Ongar falls short compared to Smith's Wapping.

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Smiths for Sunday Lunch and it was really impressive,Great food,atmosphere and service

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LA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. It was fabulous. Food was superb and we enjoyed ourselves very much.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We could not fault the food. All our dishes were superb.
We didn't sample the wines as we were on Dry January but we did sample the Virgin Cocktails which were also delicious.
All in all, an excellent experience and we shall certainly go there again.

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DP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to celebrate partner's 70th birthday, intending an intimate meal. We were seated in the correct place for this and I was pleased with that.

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