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Smiths of Ongar

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Fyfield Road | Ongar, High Ongar, Ongar CM5 0AL, England (Formerly Smiths Brasserie)
+44 1277 365578
18:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:45
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 15:15
Sun - Fri 18:30 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 12:30 - 14:45
Sat 18:00 - 22:30
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had high hopes for this place as it was highly recommended by friends but I just found it to be lacking something. It had a strange air of pretentiousness which I didn't feel it deserved, the food was nice but forgettable, the servers should have been warm, welcoming and attentive yet I found them to be quite snotty which... More 

Thank Gemma Rose H
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are at Smiths on a Saturday night for a birthday celebration. On arrival we were greeted by a doorman which was a nice touch. Our table was ready early but we opted for cocktails in the lounge upstairs. We all had fish and seafood. There was a gluten free menu which was appreciated. Everyone enjoyed their food and there... More 

1 Thank Martha B
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been twice now and both times the food was great, had the set lunch menu the 1st time and found that to be very reasonably priced. The 2nd time had the halibut and that was fantastic would recommend having this dish if you don't have the set menu. The staff was lovely

Thank FowlPlay87
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely evening. Service was outstanding Atmosphere was great Food faultless Will definitely be returning

Thank carl s
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend treated me to lunch at this fabulous restaurant! The service was brilliant. Staff extremely good. Food absolutely fabulous

Thank Carol S
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit to Smiths and I was very impressed with the high standards. Friends had told me how good the food was and they were right. We chose from the set lunch menu, which had plenty of choice for each course. The fish was cooked to perfection, and the desserts were amazing! The staff were friendly and... More 

Thank Angel2273
Essex, England
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the staff made this a night to remember and the food was very good too. We had a party of 4 all had different meals and all said its the best they had for a long time.|The price for the food was good but aware the drinks are expensive.

Thank kevinmacEssex
Ascot, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited for a private party using upstairs room. The staff were excellent, serving over 20 people on time. The food was good, not being a dish lover I opted for a chicken dish very good indeed. We spent over four hours there and the service was excellent to the end.

1 Thank jax56100
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Smiths and was really looking forward to it as it does a lot of fish dishes, The staff are friendly and our starters were beautiful but our main of Lobster thermador was disappointing and chewy..When they asked how our meal was I did say and they replaced it with another which unfortunately was also chewy and to... More 

2 Thank Kknotty
Braintree, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a really special restaurant for an equally special occasion, then Smith's would be hard to beat. The menu choice is great and each dish always seems to be cooked to perfection. Great wine list to match, along with knowledgeable recommendations from the staff, who are so professional but equally friendly and welcoming as well.

2 Thank KenS92

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$62
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Validated Parking
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:15
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
18:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:45
18:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:45
18:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:45
18:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:45
12:30 - 14:45
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fyfield Road | Ongar, High Ongar, Ongar CM5 0AL, England (Formerly Smiths Brasserie)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Ongar  >  High Ongar
  • Phone Number: +44 1277 365578

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?