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Smiths Restaurant Ongar, Ongar, Essex

Smiths Restaurant Ongar

4.8
4.8
4251 Reviews
£41 and over
Seafood
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 65 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–16:30 Sun 12:00–19:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 18:00–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:45–00:30
  • Phone number
    01277 365578
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Richard
  • Private party facilities
    The Smith’s unique private dining experience is the perfect choice for your special occasion. Our stunning private bar is suitable for both seated dinners for up to 20 guests round one table where you will be looked after by your own personal waiter or up to 28 people on seperate tables.
  • Private party contact
    admin@smithsofongar.co.uk: 01277 365875

What 4,251 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Essex

    Best Overall

  • Essex

    Best Food

  • Essex

    Best Service

  • Essex

    Best Ambience

  • Essex

    Best Value

  • Essex

    Good for business meals

  • Essex

    Good for business meals

  • Essex

    Hot spot

  • Essex

    Great for fine wines

  • Essex

    Good for special occasions

  • Essex

    Most Booked

4,251 Reviews
  1. JaneG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been coming here for a number of years and have always enjoyed it. However yesterday was another level, the food was exceptional and the service spot on. I would recommend without hesitation

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  2. iwigster

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, fantastic food with a good choice even for a meat eater like myself. The staff are superb and the level of service is perfect. The roast dinners are a good size as are the starters. Highly recommend but booking is essential as it was full when we arrived.

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  3. johnp

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect from start to finish!! Highly recommend!!

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  4. PhillipP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit and we all really enjoyed it. Best roast potatoes we had in a restaurant. Will definately come back

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  5. ck99

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always very good. Service was excellent. We went Sunday late lunchtime and the restaurant was full with a very relaxed atmosphere.

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  6. Elle91

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding food and service at smiths. Roast dinner was the best I have had!

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  7. Phillips

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good and the staff very attentive but not intrusive. It just all felt a bit rushed as there is a set time to have the table - we would not have been able to fit 3 courses in the time of 1 hour 45 mins. We were offered coffee but hesitated as there was only 5 min left of the timeslot - the waitress kindly got permission for us to extend by 30 mins.

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  8. SarahM

    Essex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! The service was outstanding, friendly and professional and extremely attentive. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 of us dined at 8.45pm on Saturday. We went a few years ago and it was a wonderful return with great staff, welcoming ambience and lovely food. We will return hopefully sooner.

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  10. MrsEssex

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and fabulous service as always. Great atmosphere on a Saturday night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can never go wrong at smiths! Food is always unbelievable, service is unreal. Beautiful experience always

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  12. Simon

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As normal perfect meal experience and of course great food

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  13. WayneD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and excellent service. My fave place to eat for a special occasion and you couldn't ask for a better experience.

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  14. AndyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Smith’s really have it sorted. Consistently excellent food choices, the chefs really know how to treat fish and all presented beautifully. Staff attentiveness is spot-on - never too much and never too little. While it is more at the ‘special occasion’ end on price, we keep returning and will continue to do so.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was immaculate, the waitresses/waitors were very formal and kind, they were always on hand and quick with everything, can’t thank them enough.

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  16. Akko

    Kent

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal and a great experience. Would highly recommend

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  17. Natasha

    Essex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch for my fathers birthday and as always everything was exceptional. The food was delicious, the service fantastic and the atmosphere perfect. Couldn’t have wished for a better celebration

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  18. AlanT

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Whilst the food was very tasty and well presented the service was below what we would expect. The staff were very polite but as the meal progressed they became more and more pushy about clearing our plates and glasses. By the time dessert was served we began to feel that we were under pressure to finish as quickly as possible and to vacate the premises. One of our party needed to visit the toilet midway through dessert and his wife had to literally hold on to his plate to stop it being taken away, as it was all the other plates were cleared before he returned making him feel very uncomfortable. A cloakroom ticket that had been left on the table by myself was picked up unrequested by me and I was then asked if we wanted our coats! We have used your restaurant several times in the past travelling from Colchester to meet up with friends who live in Hornchurch but this last visit will probably be our last because this is not the first time we have experienced this problem. If you have a policy of only allocating two hours per booking then why not advise clients before the event as would have been more understandable, and had we known we would not have booked in the first place.

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  19. Cheryl

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Always guaranteed to have a good meal to celebrate a special occasion

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  20. LyndaJ

    Essex

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed this time long weight between starter and main. Was compensated by free drinks but when the skate came not as good as usual so disappointed as taken friend for her 70th birthday.

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  21. PeterG

    Hertfordshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Arriving a little late we were warmly welcomed and shown to a nice table. Outdoor coats were efficiently taken care of. Service was friendly without being overbearing and all the team who served us had a customer first attitude. Food was, as always, excellently cooked and presented. No dessert was taken but excellent Latte coffees were enjoyed. The reasonable bill was presented quickly and settled. A very happy experience which we hope to repeat later in the year.

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  22. garyd

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    lovely atmosphere ,great food and the staff were great

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  23. jaguar

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent luncheon-fantastic menu-will visit again

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  24. Rich

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality ingredients, cooked straightforwardly to give you the true taste of their dishes. This is particularly the case for simple cooking of freshly caught fish.

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  25. ConnorS

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal food lovely atmosphere will be back for more !

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  26. AlanY

    Essex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service as usual. Very busy, which is a good sign but was quite noisy. We are regular visitors and have yet to find a better restaurant in the area.

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  27. laurak

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service as always, especially Michelle. Food was fantastic too.

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  28. Cloudman

    Frankfurt

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed the food is always excellent and good service - favourite restaurant for Sunday Lunch.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been going to Smiths for years and I have never had a bad meal. Always happy and service is always good.

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  30. ErnieS

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shame we could not have table 12 as usual or another corner table so that I did not have my back to the restaurant. Other than that, everything was perfect.

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  31. TomB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top quality food. We came here with a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their food very much. The staff were excellent and very helpful with any recommendations. Would definitely recommend coming if you like good fish

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  32. Aaronsmith

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of the best restaurants I have eaten in, food was amazing. Staff are really organised and friendly. They also have a great bar with a good selection of cocktails

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  33. JamesD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, third visit which didn’t disappoint.

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  34. beenherebefore

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    a little disappointed, if honest. birthday celebration which seem to have been missed on the day… too many staff rushing about keen to remove anything half used or asking whether we needed more drinks without actually engaging us.. fish dishes all over cooked, seafood the same, yet the main plates that the food was brought to the table on were cold.. and that’s the point, a very impersonal experience and little attention to us or the details.. felt like the restaurant had lost its soul and purpose, only interested in going through the motions… shame

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  35. CarlM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the minute we walked through the door it was service with a smile . Attentive staff , great food and a great ambiance. We will definitely be dining there again.

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  36. PaulE

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great, great food! For a special occasion, a wonderful restaurant. Can get a little noisy sometimes. Weekday evenings are normally quieter than Friday & Saturday ones.

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  37. JasonT

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was so good! Food was absolutely spot on, never had better really! Service was good from the waiter, waitress service seemed bit off! Would recommend to anyone, and will be back!

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  38. TheresaM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful evening from start to finish. The service was outstanding. Food was amazing. Highly recommended going here

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  39. Denise1

    Essex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always fabulous meal, first time been at lunch time just as good as evening! Will definately be back.

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  40. PreetG

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at a good price, good portion sizes, ample parking

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Smiths Restaurant Ongar is rated 4.8 stars by 4251 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Smiths Restaurant Ongar

Fyfield Road, Ongar, Essex CM5 0AL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Ongar
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–16:30 Sun 12:00–19:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 18:00–23:30 Fri, Sat 17:45–00:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Richard
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01277 365578
  • Private party facilities
    The Smith’s unique private dining experience is the perfect choice for your special occasion. Our stunning private bar is suitable for both seated dinners for up to 20 guests round one table where you will be looked after by your own personal waiter or up to 28 people on seperate tables.
  • Private party contact
    admin@smithsofongar.co.uk: 01277 365875
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