Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.5
486 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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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.

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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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 486 People Are Saying
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SM
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food and a great atmosphere, great for a special occasion or just because you fancy a treat!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as usual

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried a second visit after a very bad first visit and must say that this time we were extremely impressed. Food was excellent as was the service. Only criticism is about how noisy it can be, especially with a table of very screechy young ladies nearby! There appears to be no sound absorbing measures in place. Other than that it would be the perfect high class restaurant!

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as always! Food was great, service was spot on and very friendly.

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NS
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely evening meal for paren't anniversary on a Saturday night, early sitting, but already had a good atmosphere and was already busy! Food was amazing, and service was excellent. Got a bit too noisy towards the end of the evening but nothing too bad. Slight downside were the tables were quite closer together where we were sitting and could hear the next tables conversation!

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I visited smiths in wapping in August and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would try Ingar which is a completely different experience, unfortunately I thought I would be getting the same experience which was not the case-and such a shame. The staff were too young and too inexperienced, it has marred my view. However I will be returning to Smiths at Wapping.

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PG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant restaurant with good food and good service.
Recommended.

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JF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every aspect. Couldn’t have asked for a better meal/evening. Couldn’t moan at the price either as it was worth every penny

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S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This never fails time after time the food the service amazing been coming to Smiths for years

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it. Very nice. Very attentive. Good food. Great settings.

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BW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for an anniversary dinner! Loved it!

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DD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Smith's for my husband's birthday. Food was lovely. They made an extra as it was my husband's birthday. Admit only get to go if it's a celebration. Lovely

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DF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I found the food and environment pleasant.

That being said for what you’re paying at this restaurant I think you’re paying more for the reputation it has for wealthy people going there to dine rather than the actual fantastic food ... the food vs value wasn’t great in my opinion

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PT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellant and the service superb. Ongar is so lucky to have such a good fish restaurant within the village.

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KW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great friendly service as always.
Would definitely recommend, good atmosphere

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KH
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a great night and would recommend to anyone who like dish

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JS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had been looking forward to visiting Smiths for a long time and heard excellent reviews from several people that had eaten there. The food was overpriced, overcooked and we found the service to be poor too. Would never visit the restaurant again. Loch Fyne is a far better fish restaurant. Save money and eat there instead

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SS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wecomed into a very stylish ambience. Staff were attentive from the onset and we were allocated a lovely corner table. Good selection of wines and very well cooked food. We never needed to ask for anything. As this was a birthday treat for my wife it was an excellent choice and a very pleasurable evenimg

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GC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food, fantastic staff and we had such a lovely time. Highly recommend

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good wines, good quality seafood.

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b
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal for my partners burthday. Delicious food and very friendly, helpful staff.

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KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smiths was highly recommended and we enjoyed every minute, this was a present from our daughters and we will definitely be back, food was fantastic and the service was exceptional, thank you

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is extensive and varied. The descriptions are clear and concise. The food is exceptionally tasty and well presented. Staff are polite and make you feel at ease. If unsure about what you want to eat they are very good at offering suggestions.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service , great food . As always ;) . Good quality is very good and well priced

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I had higher expections of the service and food considering the price. The venue itself was pleasant enough which is probably the only good thing I have to say. I found the service to be inattentive- it took us 10 minutes to be able to catch someone’s eye to get the bill. The food was so-so. The starters were nice but the mains were poor. £28 for a small piece of over cooked turbot which they couldn’t even bother descaling is abominable.

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S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing as ever never fails to come up trumps great food great service

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SA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal with superb service - Smiths never fails to deliver on any occasion

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JE
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding ! Avacado Crab Prawn Starter,Surf and Turf (with Lobster) Main,Strawberry Pavlova Dessert and the BEST Pornstar Martini’s ! Will most definently be returning and looking forward to trying the Set Menu which if I remember rightly is £31.50 for 3 courses !

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HM
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely experience very romantic for my boyfriends birthday. Quite pricey but the food quality is 10/10.

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R
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great cocktails, great service... great restaurant

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PB
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. I was however very disappointed on one point. They were told that this was my wife and my anniversary and thought that they would make it special for us but they forgot to do this. They did apologise but didn't do anything. Other groups who were celebrating things there had things done for them which made their time special on the same evening, so felt rather left out and disappointed.

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KJ
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favourite restaurant outside of London and have been coming here for over 20 years. The food is always amazing and the staff are now equal , which was not always the case. If you have not tried this restaurant you really should even if you have to travel a fair distance. Fish is their specialty but quality of the meat is equally good. You have a choice most evenings or lunchtimes of a set menu or a- la- carte. Either way it’s great value for money.

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C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch time meal, yet again. 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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fish great

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PH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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B
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PD
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PO
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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