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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
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Private Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 306
    Excellent
  • 87
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
It let me down this time

I have visited Smits of Ongar several times over the years and it is one of my favourite restaurants. I have always had a great experience, both with the food and service. After suggesting going there recently for dinner for a special occassion, I was disappointed to have an average-poor meal... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
KHJ28
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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455 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I have visited Smits of Ongar several times over the years and it is one of my favourite restaurants. I have always had a great experience, both with the food and service. After suggesting going there recently for dinner for a special occassion, I was disappointed to have an average-poor meal. Our food wasn't up to the usual standard -... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

excellent seafood..in fact it was spectacular. great service. very very busy book well in advance to save being disappointed

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Halstead, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to have been treated to lunch and they lived up to their reputation for good food. It was amazingly busy for a weekday lunchtime, the place was packed, however, we were greeted immediately we walked in and shown to our table. There was no delay in being offered drinks, given menus and orders taken; equally, despite... More 

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London
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been here on a number of occasions for lunch. The atmosphere is always good with an abundance of extremely attentive staff. Known for its fish, it's all we have ever chosen. All starts chosen were very good and extremely large (smoked salmon, squid and prawns). The main courses are just as generous, special recommendation is a side of... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Have been there several times and it has always been good. This time the food was average (especially for the price) and some of the staff non attentive. Maybe a touch of complacency has crept in.

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Essex UK
Top Contributor
175 reviews 175 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We celebrated our daughter's engagement with a perfect meal at Smiths. It is reliably good food, and the in-laws-to-be were suitably impressed. The portions are generous and happily they are gracious about doggy bags for those who can't stay the course. The service is friendly and attentive. Maybe just a little too attentive. I think we may have been asked... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

In my opinion smiths have raised their game Service efficient whilst remaining friendly, very professional meet and greet, with the whole operation seeming to run like a well oiled machine Food was of a very high standard, fish was superb, portions were large and seasoned correctly. The wines are also of a high quality and I would say reasonably priced,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

been to this restaurant a few times in the last few weeks for lunch. some ate from al a cart some the afternoon menu an everyone was impressed. we took elderly parents for birthdays an just to take family somewhere nice it didnt disappoint. we asked for the same table the last time we booked an we got it which... More 

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Chipping Ongar, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food here for a more expensive meal out, no complaints, great atmosphere in the restaurant. The staff were a little stiff but I guess that goes with the style of the place. Would most definitely eat there again, probably for a special occasion. The menu range was excellent, the food was cooked to perfection and the service was very... More 

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Hertford, England
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is by far one of the best eateries outside London. If you want a place where you can get dressed up and make a night of it then this is the place. Great attentive service, a wide range of fresh menu choices and a brilliant ambience make this a dining experience you won't forget.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 77
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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