Smiths Restaurant Ongar
Tuesday - Sunday: 12.30PM -03:00PM.
Sunday - Friday: 06.30PM - 12.00AM;
Saturday: 06.00PM - 12:30AM
Fantastic, brilliant venue warm welcoming polite staff and food was Magnificent.
I went to Smiths in Ongar with my boyfriend for our anniversary and we had a great time. The food was high quality and very tasty. We were also both really impressed with the service as the waiters/waitresses were very attentive and when our table was not immediately ready we were given a nice table in the bar upstairs. The Mojitos were amazing too!
Would highly recommend.
The service, food and generally feel of the place were all absolutely excellent. Plenty of selection with food choices all cooked to perfection!
Brilliant food great service amazing place have been twice and would recommend to everyone the fish is amazing tasty fresh lovely place will be going back
It was our anniversary and the food was excellent ,the atmosphere the whole evening was lovely.
This time it was excellent. I would recommend this and the food was lovely. Sometimes the service a little slow. Three courses £31.50 Tuesday to Friday evening and lunch £28
Smiths is our go to restaurant of choice in the local area . The food is excellent and the set lunch and dinner menus very good value.
Service is attentive and professional without being intrusive or overbearing as in some other local establishments . It is justly always busy so best to book not to be disappointed .
Food presentation and culinary composition of special dishes was poor...
Considering the extremely rushed service, blatantly unhappy waiter and impersonal staff, I found Smiths very over priced. The food was lovely but that was overshadowed by the disappointing experience and for this reason, I would not recommend. A shame as i was treating my friend for her birthday and we both left disappointed and me, embarrassed.
Anniversary dinner, scallops were tiny one large out of 6. We both had lobster thermidor which was dry and was tough in some parts the waiter said he may have ordered it too soon so it had sat under the heat waiting. I didn't actually want to complain but he didn't ask while we started only at the end and I said just an observation. But he said he would have a word, apparently as we had ate it, there is nothing the manager would do but gave us compimentry coffee. I said the spinach was gritty which he said had been said alot but again they said no refund but he took it off anyways. Lovely waiter, I don't go out to complain, the restaurant is lovely and as it was our anniversary I didn't make a fuss and enjoyed our night but won't go back. It was definitely better a few years ago.
The food and service were all excellent with some very minor points:
1. The dessert was huge, way too much for one person - it would have been nice to be told that when ordering!
2. The waitress forgot to bring our bread so we had that with our starters.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend though: the turbot was superb and prices are very good for the quality.
This was our first visit to the restaurant but definitely won’t be our last. There is a good choice of dishes on the menu for all courses and they were happy to substitute cream for custard when my husband requested it. Our server was also happy to advise on the side dishes as we were uncertain on whether they were suitable for sharing. The restaurants had a really good vibe about it and even though they were busy we didn’t wait long for food and were attentively served throughout our visit.
This is my favourite restaurant in Essex. It never lets me down. The food is first class the staff are very attentive and the atmosphere suits us fine. Buzzy but not too noisy. We took a couple of friends that we hadn’t seen for a while and they were very impressed. I also would say that although it is not cheap overall I think it gives value for money. A special thank you to our waitress, sue. If not before I shall be returning on my Birthday in September.
Amazing food and brilliant service. Can’t wait to go back.
First class welcome and service, made to feel like we were the only people in the restaurant that were being served. Food was amazing and would definitely come back.
If y ou like seafood, this place delivers. A wide range of fish dishes competently prepared and nicely presented. Portion sizes are very generous. Tables not too closely set, fairly quiet atmosphere (except for the birthday party!), attentive if slightly rustic service. Overall good value, will be returning.
Great restaurant with excellent food and as usual fabulous service. Bit noisy as a slightly boisterous party was next to us, however that’s the luck of the draw! Didn’t spoil our evening though.
I took a friend for her 70th birthday for lunch. We had the set menu and both chose the mackerel and the lobster/ prawn thermidor. Both were really delicious and we could not fault anything. The one slight comment I would make was that the seasonal veg were not too exciting on choices, so we chose a delicious side salad instead.
The mini cheesecake was divine for dessert.
I loved the fact that noise was not an issue. Despite the restaurant being very full and no flooring or window coverings, there wasn't any issue with noise! Brilliant and pretty unusual in restaurants with bare floors and windows. Congratulations on sorting that; it was wonderful not to have to shout at each other.
If I get an opportunity to be that way again, I will certainly return.
I love everything about this place, food is great and service is spot on. Best place to celebrate our anniversary
I loved it as every time
Outstanding from the time we went in until we had finished our and left
Quality from start to finish
Another lovely evening at Smith’s. Good service, good food and local
It was mine and my partners first time of visiting Smiths. It was my 50th birthday so wanted somewhere nice. We absolutely loved the whole evening. The food was amazing and the staff so attentive. Will definitely be visiting again.
Very nice restaurant, staff friendly and help. Unfortunately steak on special menu was rump and was somewhat hard and chewy.
Lovely restaurant for a special meal or just that little bit more.
I must say one of the best nights ever and worth the time and effort to dine at this venue .
We have booked again and no doubt will be going quite regular now .
Not the most cheapest night out but worth every penny .
Excellent food , but pricey but worth it. It’s now my favourite restaurant . The only little thing was that the waiter had a hicky on his neck which fine he’s only a young lad but I don’t think it should be seen in this sort of establishment . But will defiantly come again the food was cooked to perfection x
Why don’t the staff smile? Not as I remember bit of a let down for my birthday meal.
We were pleased to find when we arrived that such background music as there was was almost inaudible. Regrettably it was later turned up. The fish was fine, but we were sad to find that we had not, after all, found a music free dining environment.
Went for lunch birthday with wife.
Informed ahead that it was her birthday they did the customary dressed up dessert
Service was spot on just the right balance of attention and personal space.
We’re allowed to take our time ..had pre starters+ Bellini and cocktails bottle of wine with dinner also.
Went to starters then had choice of al a carte set lunch menu of the choose you own option ... she had set i mixed it up was very very nice ....
we go to smith's often this time was not as good some of my wife's monk fish was not cooked right through also she was drinking prosecco by the glass she had 3 and each was only about half a glass full
i will go back but it will be while before i do
Arrived early but seated immediately. Excellent meal with attentive service.
It was my husbands birthday and it was a great place to take him. the food was great and the staff were brilliant
We had a brilliant time celebrating my birthday. We love seafood and this is one of our favourite places to go for a treat. Highly recommend and service is amazing, very friendly staff
Fantastic as always!
The food was amazing especially my starter, Tiger Prawns.
Definitely will be going back soonest.
Another beautiful meal at Smith's - lots of friendly, well-presented staff. Delicious food and a wonderfully varied menu. A little pricier than many restaurants in the area but it is worth the extra
We dined at Smiths to celebrate our golden wedding. The tables are well spaced out and we had impeccable service. The food was delicious and the set lunch is very varied and good value for the quality of food.
We really enjoyed our lunch
Very nice lunch with family. Food and service excellent as ever, definately visit again
We have been here a few times before but went for my husbands 40th, food was amazing as always and service was 2nd to none !! Will def be returning very soon Thank you Smiths X