Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.6
538 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 538 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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c
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Good service - professional yet still very friendly. Super busy restaurant with a great atmosphere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - staff are welcoming and on the ball at all times. Food never disappoints.

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

This restaurant never disappoints. The raw ingredients are so fresh and good. I nearly always have skate because it’s the best I’ve had anywhere. Only small criticism is the bread rolls are too sweet for my taste but I can cope with that. Staff are very well trained - efficient, courteous and friendly.

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VD
Essex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful food lovely atmosphere but the only thing that was disappointing was frozen chips

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g
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good as always, the quality shines through at this venue. Wish it was nearer but the 50 mile round trip is worth the effort

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HW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely, tasty food with good friendly service. We had a great meal and will definately be returning.

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

Table wasn’t ready for over 15mins but service and food was absolutely amazing. Could not fault in any way. Food was hot, fresh and well presented

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Fish soup starter heartily recommended

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as always. Lovely food and fantastic service

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DT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allways a great dining experience . Great menu and good service.

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PW
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit to this lovely sea food restaurant..the food is great and also the service .coming back very soon

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BE
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at this restaurant on many different occasions and it never fails to amaze. Great food! Great service! Would highly recommend.

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VC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat
Food, service and decor excellent

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JG
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t speak highly enough about our favourite restaurant

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice meal very good service especially from the older waiter very attentive would have been nice with some mood music perhaps a live musician but for a Monday it was perfect my gf bday and she was very happy thank you

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GA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue with excellent food, service and ambience. Would highly recommend and will definitely be returning.

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L
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Have always been pleased in the past, but this time the food was disappointing and the noise level very high.

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D
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Overall the food and the surrounds were excellent the only reason i scored my experience down was based on just one thing?

We booked a table for 7.15pm a party of 4 we didn't set down until about 7.35 because we had a drink in the bar upstairs, when we got to the table it was made very clear to us by the waitress the next booking was at 9.15pm so we needed to our order food like now?

I get they wanted the table to be ready however i dont want to feel like when i am out enjoying a meal with friends i need to get a move on unfortunately that is how we all felt.

All that said we where done by 9pm and ended up back upstairs for a drink so what was the problem......!!!!!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
Low key and efficient dealing with allergy information.

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IM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with gorgeous food served by lovely, attentive people.

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r
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Smith's Ongar, wonderful lunch, cooked well. Delicious cocktails, great service and lovely atmosphere.

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JS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with outstanding service. Food was beautiful

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual very god ambiance and service and good value food with the Lunchtime Menu. We go to Smiths on special occasions

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday treat
Been here many times before one of my favourite places to eat

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A
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicola our waitress was fantastic ! Friendly, fun and couldn’t do enough for us.

Food was amazing and overall was a perfect experience for my father’s birthday, can’t wait to come again !

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and fantastic service. Looking forward to the next visit. 👍🏻

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GE
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at Smiths and both my wife and I were very impressed with the quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff. I had a prawn cocktail for starters which was delicious and a steak for my main course. The steak was cooked to perfection and the best I've tasted for a long time. I will definitely try the fish next time and I will recommend Smiths to my friends.

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit to Smiths and another great meal.
Great atmosphere and made for a good date night.

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DG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All round very good
Table was booked for 2.30pm they stop taking orders at 3.00pm be warned
Staff were 10 out of 10
Would definitely go back

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s
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent quality food as always. Excellent attentive service. A bit on the pricey side though.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited for my wife’s birthday and have been before.

The food as ever was excellent although no beef skewers (boo). The only slight negative was The restaurant was really busy and this may have been the reason for some of the wrong sides being provided.

The staff as ever were very friendly and attentive.

Recommended

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. They know how to cook fish. Fish lovers paradise

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service beats any restaurant for miles around

Staff are attentive and so friendly
Food is consistently at a high quality

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MD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always in every way & the Dover Sole ❤️❤️

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LG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely Sunday Lunch with a buzzy atmosphere will definitely dine there again ;)

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, decent atmosphere, poor service

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AL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food nice clean reataurant very popular for grouos and busy whenever I've been.

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KD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant in the area. Service always outstanding

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SE
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Pleasant enough but none of my party thought the fish tasted very fresh. Not a patch on Smiths at Wapping.

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food I’ve ever had. The duck breast was absolutely divine. Service was quick and timed well to give us enough time between courses. Would definitely come again !

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