Smiths Restaurant Ongar
Had not visited Smiths for quite awhile so was not sure if it was as good as we remembered . Need not have worried although restaurant was almost full the service was excellent and staff polite and friendly. The food lived up to our expectations. Set evening menu has a good choice and is good value for money. Will definitely be returning soon.
After attending Smiths for a 21st birthday, I was very disappointed that the majority of the food was cooked in peanut oil and as my daughter has a peanut allergy this prevented us from ordering the food we really wanted, if I had known, maybe we would have booked somewhere else.
As always great food and lovely surroundings, have never been let down, consistently enjoyable dining experience :)
We hadn’t been to Smith’s for a while so thought it would be a nice change a a belated Valentines Day lunch. It really hasn’t changed and looks dated. The specials menu wasn’t very special either. Service was good.
We have been dining st smiths for many years
Service and food is skyways consistently good
Thick damask tablecloths, non-invasive crockery and cutlery, butter knife and finger bowls. Wine buckets off table and exceptional bread. Service excellent, friendly and professional without being pompous. Thats before i even mention the cuisine. Long time since i enjoyed a dining experience so much
Food and service excellent
We have been before and did not disappoint!
We have eaten here on numerous occasions - and the food is always excellent. Side dishes seem to be getting smaller though - our chips (£4) had exactly 8 chips in the bowl, which I thought was a bit stingy. The restaurant was packed, and the noise level was high so not easy to have a conversation. Quite expensive, but if you love good quality food, beautifully prepared, then this is the place for you!
Lovely food very attentive staff, not too much. Just right.
Did have an issue with the bill, but it was put right straight away.
One of the best restaurants we have been to, very good service.
Not overpriced. Never had a bad meal, what I reall like is, that that the plates are alway hot.
The chips are to die for.💗🌟
We had a very enjoyable lunch to celebrate a birthday. We will definitely be returning and would highly recommend Smiths to friends and family.
Fabulous food and overall dining experience- well done!
Smiths Ongar is consistently great. Could not rate it any higher.
It was our first visit for some time,and so pleased to report the high standards have well and truly remained.
The warm welcome,the superb service we recieved and of course the fantastic food made for a lovely
There aren't many places that we would warrant driving an hour to just for lunch,Smith's however is definitely one of them.
Look forward to our next visit!
This was my second visit to Smiths for lunch and it was just as good as the first time. Food quality is excellent, and the service is good (and not intrusive as it can be at some restaurants). It has a nice relaxed atmosphere and is now one of my favourite lunch venues.
Excellent service all staff were very polite and professional and very attentive. Food was fantastic and very nice decor. Would definitely recommend
Excellent service and amazing food. Quality restaurant.
Friendly promt service from the staff with lovely food and great value for money
Lunchtime visit, set menu very good value, Good food, good service.
Lovely food and service and a special ice cream with candle for the birthday girl. Thank you x
The Restuarant booking process is easy. The staff are courteous, the table is spotless, the service is excellent, the food is freshly cooked and delicious.
Second visit here
The starter of pickled herring as delicious.
Main as a very nice sea bass with prawns and a mild chilli kick.
Dessert was a wonderful ginger sponge.
Toilet seat was broken and toilet paper dispenser was open and hard to use.
We had our first date almost 19 years ago in Smiths when my now husband lived locally we have still visit to dine there when we visit family and the food and service have Remained consistently excellent throughout all those years
On arrival was greeted promptly by friendly staff, asked if would like drink before going to table.
My daughter is Gluten allergy and staff were ready to give menu with answers at ready.
Our courses and drinks came at perfect intervals, with staff again asking if everything was ok.
We had all ordered different dishes for the four of us, with no complaints. Food was exciting what was
nice to see on busy Sunday they had regulars who came back, giving you confidence in what you were about to indulge in. We are looking forward to going back shortly
I frequently visit the wapping branch and after going to Ongar it’s highly recommend too.
In all it’s a five star service,the drive and surrounding area there is picturesque ,the food is diverse, equally tasteful,Qyality wines and the service is second to none .
I have no second thought when I say it’s well worth the visit and price.
Outstanding food, brilliant service - lived up to its expectations.
Absolutely amazing food & service. Cannot wait to return! The mussels were the best I’ve tasted in UK!
Wonderful restaurant with fantastic food and great service BUT.... I ordered a nice bottle of wine and after we were well into it, the waiter told us that he was serving us the wrong wine and would give us another bottle free, which was fine but a bad error. Also, I ordered the calves liver and bacon and had to order the mash (or chips) as an addition. Every time in the past that I have had calves liver it is always presented on a bed of mash and always looks attractive. This piece of liver looked a bit lonely on the plate with a pathetic wisp of pancetta and I had to slap the mash on the side. A bit picky you may say but it was enough for me not to give it the full 5 stars. We has two birthdays on the table and we both received an ice cream with a candle on a special birthday plate, which was a nice touch. Apart from the complaints, the staff were very friendly and attentive and the food and atmosphere was great.
Thoroughly enjoyed a Sunday lunch here. Ambience was excellent. Restaurant nicely presented. Attentive staff and excellent cuisine.
Would definitely go to Smith's again.
Have not had a bad meal yet! A lovely relaxed atmosphere with fantastic service. The mussels starter was delicious and the 2 course lunch menu is great value for money with lots of options. Would definitely recommend!
Loved this place. Food was fabulous. Service excellent nothing was too much trouble. Great place for a special
Occasion. Can’t wait to go back
Lovely food and great service.
Tables a little close together so you won't have a private conversation!
We use your restaurant for special occasions and have found the food always very good along with the standards of service. Being OAP's we found it to be a friendly atmosphere talking to others of our own age
Attentive staff, nice ambience, good menu choice, excellent fish, well cooked.
I am never disappointed when I go to Smiths. Food and service is excellent.
Unfortunately, this restaurant is a far cry from Smith's in Wapping , even though both restaurants are part of the same brand. I actually heard one of the waitressing team singing to herself as she was walking around the restaurant - this point may seem unimportant, but it would never happen in Wapping - The service there is amazing! The young lady assigned to our table was a great waitress.
Due to the lack of high standard observed by the waiting staff, Smith's Ongar falls short compared to Smith's Wapping.
We went to Smiths for Sunday Lunch and it was really impressive,Great food,atmosphere and service
First time here. It was fabulous. Food was superb and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
We could not fault the food. All our dishes were superb.
We didn't sample the wines as we were on Dry January but we did sample the Virgin Cocktails which were also delicious.
All in all, an excellent experience and we shall certainly go there again.