Smollensky's on the strand

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£25 and under
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American

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A London institution for over 20 years, Smollenskys on the Strand is situated in the heart of the West End - the perfect stop off after a hard days shopping around Covent Garden, visiting the open air cinema at Somerset House, a trip to the London Transport Museum or The Royal Opera House, are all around the corner.
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
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3.7
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3.6
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3.8
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RonC
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The service was friendly if a little slow, drinks ok price wise. Food was typically American style but not very good. I won’t be going back.

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Sarah
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place pre-theatre, but the choice of happy hour cocktails is really limited and we ended up getting a couple of bottles of wine! Don't go there thinking they have loads of choice!
Also, I had mentioned it was my friend's 50th birthday but there was no mention of it during the period of time we were there.

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vipHillie
London
61 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre theatre restaurant especially for groups. Large portions, delicious food.

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Citychic5
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The staff were nice as well as ambience. Visited to celebrate a friend completing the marathon. Found that the food menu was very basic and a bit boring. If we were not tired we would have left.
Apart from the food menu, everything went well.

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vipRedcloak
London
38 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as I remembered it, not as good as in the past. Food was ok but not great. Service was the same.

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carab
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Enjoyable meal, at a reasonable price. The staff were friendly and accommodated us for a drink before our dinner booking.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere , food and the service was very good and attentive

JB
JanB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great value meal before the theatre . We informed the staff we were going to a show and they turned a good meal around in time. It was a limited menu which you would expect but the food was still adequate and wholesome.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Victor our waiter was very good looking in on us on a regular basis. The food was good and plentiful and just what we needed prior to watching our show at Drury Lane which was an easy 10 min stroll away.
All in all very good

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was terrible, no vegan options generally very disappointing in every aspect

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vipShelleybean
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great place for a cocktail and a bite to eat. Super place for a pre-theatre dinner; catching up with pals over a cocktail or a light bite and a beer after work. Not to underestimated.

KM
KevinM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average meal Service ok Music loud so need to pick table away from speakers

JJ
vipJJ86
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We arrived at the restaurant and there was no one at the desk so we walked downstairs to the restaurant floor. Again we wasn't greeted by anyone. We had to go to the bar and wait for someone to serve us before telling him we actually had a reservation. We waited quite a long time to be served despite the restaurant being particularly empty for a Saturday evening, and the waitress really didn't seem like she wanted to be there to be honest. We waited for our starters to come and they looked like that had sat for some time at the hot plate (as you can always tell) 3 of us received our food and had finished by the time the other persons starters finally arrived. We waited around half hour after we'd eaten for the plates to be removed despite our waitress passing by the table several times and the restaurant still not being very busy. When our mains arrived one person in our party ordered a hotdog which was rock solid. We spoke to the manager who told us that the cooking process of boiling the sausage made it very hard to eat (not realising one of our party is a sous chef who knows very well that the meat wouldn't go like that with boiling and was obviously grilled and burned!) the manager was very polite and apologised then offered to get a steak knife to cut it!! We asked if it would be possible to change meals as even if we could cut it, the hotdog was burned and inedible! He was very quick to get us a replacement meal, which was fresh and tasty. When we left, we were stopped by another diner who had had the same problem with her food being over cooked and poor service so it seems we weren't the only ones! All in all a disappointing meal at a place we had wanted to visit for some time and won't be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Had booked this weeks ago as a special trip to London with my daughter. How disappointed were we! We arrived and were put at a table at the back of the restaurant away from other people. The server then forgot about us and after 15 mins, I had to call someone over. Food disappointing too. Would never go back

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stephenb
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience1

We wanted a pre threatre dinner. We arrived at 5.15 having booked via Open Table to be told we had no booking. The place was nearly empty the staff member grudgingly gave us a table. The place is tired and lacks any atmosphere.
We were told the place was great for steak. That was a mistake. Expensive for a meal that looked lost on the plate.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I really enjoyed my birthday dinner here. It wasn’t a very busy evening but we were ok with that because we didn’t feel like we had to be quite.
I was slightly disappointed in the service as I thought it was a bit slow even though it was pretty empty.
But I loved the vibe of the place and the cocktails.

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vipCybbie
London
131 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although the menu is quite limited there was enough to choose from. The service was good and staff friendly. A good place to get a quick bite pre-theatre.

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SallyARey
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was 10 minutes before someone greeted us and took us to a table. Had to catch someone's eye to take our drinks order, we ordered our food then too. Could see that there was a problem with the service, a lot of apologising was going on. We had booked to eat before theatre, only ordered one course because we didn't think there would be time for anything more. The food was ok, but the evening was spoilt by the worry that we wouldn't be out in time. Would not go back again as a pre-theatre meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was really good! Amazing food

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RogerM
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had booked for a post matinee meal , so it worked well in that respect - the restaurant was quiet, as it happened , so no booking required but it's nice to be sure . Atmosphere a little lacking as a result of low numbers , but service very good with all waiters and bar staff very friendly . Unfortunately, my chargrilled chicken was underdone- it was crunchy to the bite , and I had some stomach discomfort the next day , which seemed a bit coincidental . I should have said something in the restaurant I guess , but like many people, complaining can feel embarrassing sometimes whilst in the building . The rest of my meal and that of my wife was fine , but I would probably eat elsewhere another time for a greater choice of menu .

On previous visits , the place has been a bit busier and buzzer , but that was at different times , and previous Christmas visits have been very good .

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Erwi
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting friends after ages

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MarkB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I originally came with my family of four but after going to the theatre in the afternoon but after meeting an old friend and her children we invited her to our booking at smollenskys. Firstly they accommodated our larger group with ease and no hassle at all. Our waiter was extremely helpful and polite throughout our visit even answering the repeated questions from our Group of children. The food was really good and the children's meals were plentiful. I've been past this place many times but this was the first time inside and it looks amazing. Large dining and Bar areas and a piano for entertainment. Will definitely visit again without the kids

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vipTuttles
London
47 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not fault this restaurant: friendly service was excellent (and with a smile), food was good and ambience. Overall, we had a lovely pre-theatre meal. Would definitely recommend.

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davidwh
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good honest food, relaxed atmosphere and convenient location for Somerset House

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic time, food was of an excellent standard and the steak was cooked perfectly as we requested. The service was second to none and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Will definitely visit again if I'm in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The salmon was amazing and the advocado salsa. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable and great section.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our early dinner, pre Theatre choice was perfect. The service was very attentive. The very friendly staff made sure we had everything we needed and even fixed our wobbly table before we had a chance to ask. Great burger too.

RF
vipRonF
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food came out horrible as the Calamari was too chewy
Burger looked like a frozen patty and my friends steak
A ribeye was 1/2 inch thick.

Better food in pub this afternoon

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vipCoco
London
79 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was very fast and Alex our waiter was most friendly and attentive. When he found out we were going to the theatre he dealt with us swiftly so we didnt miss our play.

I enjoyed my meal especially my warm chocolate brownie!!

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sweetbonsaitree
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had the three course pre-theatre set menu which was really great value for money as it also came with a glass of prosecco. The portions were on the slightly smaller side but the food was good. Nothing especially exciting on the menu but reliable nonetheless. Service was attentive and friendly which was great and everything came very quickly which was good given our time constraints for the theatre.

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tracyb
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was excellent with staff very accommodating. Cocktails were 'spot on.' I was a bit disappointed, however, with the change of the pre/post theatre (set menu) so opted for a main course instead. This might put me off in the future as I loved the old menu. Food was good though.

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Sharona
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience2

I've eaten here many times over the years, and in the past had extremely positive experiences. This sadly was only an ok experience overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had Dinner prior to a show. Food was very good. Staff very friendly.

DD
DiningDuo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The overall experience was good but we did suffer with slow and inaccurate service in a restaurant that was less than half full. Incredible value for money, especially the drinks. The staff were really friendly and helpful just unfortunately quite slow.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Nice welcome, not to busy early Friday evening, pre theatre meal . Service was good and we would book again.

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Raine
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great venue, the staff are friendly and efficient, but the menu and food were poor. I ordered the fish and chips - the fish was bland with more batter than fish and the chips were hard. The women at the next table sent her chicken back because it was cold in the middle. I used to go to this restaurant regularly in the past when the menu and food were much better. I'll go back to the bar, but not for food.

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vipJongemini
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed. I booked SMOLLENSKY'S based on the web site write up and it's location for a meet up with friends visiting from overseas. We arrived a little late and the moment I walked down the stairs to the basement restaurant and heard loud music blaring and drunken laughter I knew I'd made a mistake! It was decidedly down-market. The food was average (and cold), it was difficult to catch our server's eye to order and the ambience was non existent.

JA
vipJulieA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We've been going to Smollensky's on the Strand for over 25 years. I even had my hen night here 23 yrs ago! It had been a while since our previous visit & going on the service on Saturday night it may well be our last! The service was extremely slow, 2 of the beers we'd ordered weren't available which is inexcusable at 6 pm on a Saturday evening! The fish cake starter was very small, my husbands mushroom starter wasn't particularly warm & the chicken which I ordered with my salad was really dry. The whole experience was extremely disappointing. We just felt it had lost that sparkle which we'd always enjoyed about the restaurant in the past.

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ChiH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Went with 8 other friends for a get together. Setting is quite nice, what we were expecting at an American diner restaurant. Service was a little slow, granted it was a Saturday evening.
From what everyone was saying the beef burgers were good and also the roast chicken was very nice. I myself and my partner on the other hand got a grilled chicken burger and a grilled chicken Caesar salad, and the chicken was horribly over cooked on both. Even the BBQ butter milk grilled chicken strips were over cooked. Couldn't distinguish if it was chicken or pork because it was so tough.
Won't definitely not recommend getting anything on the menu which is grilled chicken breast as evidently they cannot get it right. Everything was okay though

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Dee2552
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was great apart from one of our steaks had a lot of gristle. But they were really great and took the cost off.

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Smollensky's on the strand is rated 3.8 stars by 2674 OpenTable diners.