Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.7
703 reviews
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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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TM
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If only other restaurants could be as consistent as Smith’s - over the last ten years, we’ve never had a meal than isn’t a memorable one - for all the right reasons!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It Was good food for most part some the side dishes left a lot to be desired not living up to its other restaurant in Wapping far better Dinning experience and food was exceptional.

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KW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As per usual lovely meal - with excellent service!

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AP
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very impressed with all aspects of Smiths. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. We brought some friends and they can’t wait to visit again

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent night

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent. Great seafood/fish choices. Service exceptional especially from a waitress who was new to the job. Also allowed us to take a cake which we had with our coffee. Great night as always

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YS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely way to spend a lunch time.
Good food good value excellent service

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d
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb choice for lunch time set menu.. never disappoints.. great Resturant

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DC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food as always - waiting staff so efficient and friendly

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AS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely atmosphere. Drinks are expensive however.

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J
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was outstanding, my two sons had steak ,they both said it melted in their mouth.My fish was soft and flavoursome and dessert was gorgeous. Just perfect for my late Mothers Day treat .

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch - always a pleasure!

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LS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, great atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyable

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TC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good price for set menu.
Loved the fish pie & the chocolate brownie & ice cream was fab
Will definitely be returning

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

After hearing such good things about Smith's I was thoroughly disappointed. My wife and I waited nearly forty minutes between our starters and main arriving, then the order was wrong. The sides were incorrect, I asked for my steak medium rare and it came well done. When I pointed this out, I had for different waiters asking me what was wrong then a manager tried to tell me that my will done steak was in fact medium rare, there wasn't a drop of juice on my plate. I've been a butcher for over thirty years serving some of the most prestigious restaurants in London. I think maybe, just maybe I know what a steak looks like.

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PE
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I had the chicken with Black Pudding, my wife had Lamb.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great - as usual and we had a lovely evening

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Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mum smiths on a Tuesday evening for a belated Mother’s Day meal. As ever the service was impeccable and the food was fabulous. And for £26.50 for 2 courses you can’t go wrong! I marked down slightly as I feel the cocktails are a little expensive- but they are tasty so I can never resist especially an espresso martini to finish the evening!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day celebrations with my sister ... our mum loved it

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch celebrating my husbands birthday, thoroughly enjoyed it, we’ll be returning.

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KH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants,every course was exceptional.The service is excellent without being over attentive and the staff very polite and friendly.There’s a nice atmosphere in the restaurant and it’s not noisy,just a good buzz about the place.We will certainly be going back.Excellent.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent
Great staff great food one of the best restaurants around.

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LO
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal - we had a lovely evening for my husband’s birthday.

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & fantastic service. It was the 1st time for my in laws to Smith's & they loved it.

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PW
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. The staff are very charming and the service is very good .i can't fault the place .lookung foreward our next visit .

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SR
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Have dined in both restaurants before but on this occasion felt as if we had overstayed our welcome, booking was at 13.00 and waiter (Martin) kept clearing our table even drinks that were not finished and bought the bill up at 15.00 before we requested it!!!

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t
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As ever Smiths did not disappoint. The food quality was excellent (as well as the choice). Attention to detail excellent. This is a fish and seafood lovers heaven.

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CB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I visited the restaurant for the first time on recommendation from a friend as it was my partners birthday. We had a fantastic time. The food was amazing and we will definitely be coming back again soon.

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JH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been before but in the evening so we tryed the lunch menu was a great selection of both meat and fish .servic was great we dident have to wait long before starters were served and just anoth time and mains were served we had sweet which was delish. Would recommend to all my friends and family

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were gifted a voucher for this restaurant and were in two minds if it would be worth the travel from North London. On arrival the restaurant was very busy, we were very kindly led upstairs to the bar for a couple of drinks until our table was ready. Again we were very politely led downstairs to our table, we ordered the Oysters and Avocado Prawn Salad for starters and the Hot Shellfish Selection for main.... One Word... OMG!!!!!! Was def worth the travel and will def be visiting again ... the food was absolutely amazing! Staff were attentive and polite, the only downside was a rowdy group behind us who had a few drinks, but hey, you get that everywhere. Well done Smiths it was an amazing night

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined at smiths ongar on Saturday 23/03/19 for my wife's birthday. I am in a wheelchair and the staff could not have been more attentive in making sure I was comfortable. Although the restaurant was busy, the service was impeccable and the quality of each course divine. We only go to the restaurant for special occasions however with the quality of the set menus now available there is a good chance we might sneak the odd lunch date in as well.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We can’t fault anything. We love going to Smith’s. It’s always consistent and great fun.

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HH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the staff the ambience was very good prices are what you would expect for good quality food. We love Smith's at Wapping as the view onto the Thames is one of my favourites but Smith's at Ongar is so close to us and convenient to get there so that's an added bonus.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service and superb value as always

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BM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and as always attentive service- it was a lovely evening

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KM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within minutes of our arrival, I had said that we were celebrating a birthday.

The waitress brought out our desert with a lit candle, which was a very nice touch.

Once again a perfect visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service, food was good albeit a bit overpriced. A bit over rated to be honest.

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MD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely meal from the set menu. Everything was freshly and perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. It was served on hot plates which meant it stayed hot. Service was very good, although a little like buses in that three waiters appeared in very quick succession to ask us what we would like to drink before we had had time to think, but then we had to wait a little while when we were ready for anyone to come! Wine (Zinfandel) was excellent and reasonably priced. The cheesecake, while very pleasant, was not baked, which was disappointing. On the whole we had a very nice evening and would definitely return and recommend, but we did feel the ambiance was a little lacking as there was no music and the tables are very close, and we were unfortunate to have quite loud, although not unpleasant, neighbours!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and wasn’t sure if they did Sunday roast but they did, would highly recommend

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SB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service we received was excellent. We chose a very nice local white wine and that was really good to see this on the menu. The food was good but I wouldn’t say exceptional. The drinks were expensive, we had a couple of cocktails each and they were more expensive than other very nice places where we have been served the same drink. Nice experience.

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