Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.6
451 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of Operation


Lunch:


Tuesday - Sunday: 12.30PM -03:00PM.


Dinner:


Sunday - Friday: 06.30PM - 12.00AM;
Saturday: 06.00PM - 12:30AM

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Phone number
01277 365578
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Area
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 451 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fantastic, brilliant venue warm welcoming polite staff and food was Magnificent.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

The service, food and generally feel of the place were all absolutely excellent. Plenty of selection with food choices all cooked to perfection!

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

It was our anniversary and the food was excellent ,the atmosphere the whole evening was lovely.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2018

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 .

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3.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Food presentation and culinary composition of special dishes was poor...

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2.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on 28 July 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Amazing food and brilliant service. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 12 July 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

I love everything about this place, food is great and service is spot on. Best place to celebrate our anniversary

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

I loved it as every time

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Outstanding from the time we went in until we had finished our and left
Quality from start to finish

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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Another lovely evening at Smith’s. Good service, good food and local

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Very nice restaurant, staff friendly and help. Unfortunately steak on special menu was rump and was somewhat hard and chewy.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Lovely restaurant for a special meal or just that little bit more.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

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 .

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

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

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Why don’t the staff smile? Not as I remember bit of a let down for my birthday meal.

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

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 ....

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2.0Dined on 22 May 2018

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

Dean

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Arrived early but seated immediately. Excellent meal with attentive service.

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

It was my husbands birthday and it was a great place to take him. the food was great and the staff were brilliant

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5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Fantastic as always!

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

The food was amazing especially my starter, Tiger Prawns.
Definitely will be going back soonest.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Very nice lunch with family. Food and service excellent as ever, definately visit again

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

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

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