About Us

Smith’s Restaurants is a name that has become synonymous with fine dining and quality service with a reputation that has been building for more than 50 years. Priding ourselves on our motto ‘Famous for fish’ Smiths has provided diners, since 1958, with some truly fabulous sea food. (All our fish comes from sustainable sources).

Our restaurants are located in Ongar Essex (just off the A414) and Wapping in central London (near Tower Bridge) and both maintain a sense of style, flair and comfort.

With well balanced menus, an extensive wine list and informed front of house staff, we can help you with your choice and provide recommendations for complimentary dishes and wines we feel will suit your palette. For those with a less nautical sense of taste we also provide some fabulous steaks, Barbary duck and Roast English Lamb. The only problem you may have at Smith’s is being spoiled for choice.

Stephen Bard our Executive Head Chef has a wealth of experience and expertise, he previously trained at Scotts Restaurant in Mayfair and was then appointed Head Chef at Sheekeys in Covent Garden. He has now been with Smith’s for eight years and oversees both our menus and the preparation of dishes served to our customers.

 Always diligent and with a superb grasp of the subtleties of seafood Stephen has been instrumental over the last few years with the continuation of our reputation.

If you haven’t visited one of our restaurants already then call us to book and join us for the Smith’s experience.

Both of our restaurants are passionate about the environment and promote methods of sustainability across their menus. We work closely with small fishing communities with much of our seafood sourced from day boat catches and delivered daily.

Our Master fishmongers then expertly prepare the fish onsite. For these reasons we are confident that the fish you receive is of the highest quality available.

Due to market prices and availability of fresh fish, some prices may periodically fluctuate.

We look forward to seeing you…

Smith’s Ongar

Dining at Smith’s is an experience you’ll be keen to repeat. With a long standing reputation for quality, Smith’s provide seafood that is famed throughout Essex. With dishes like Monkfish Meuniere, Lobster Thermidor and Guernsey Skate if you love seafood you’ll love Smith’s.

However, for those who prefer their food from terra firma they also provide a selection of dishes including Roast English Lamb Rump, Aberdeenshire Steaks and Glazed Honey Barbary Duck Breast so there’s no need to feel left out.

Add to this an extensive wine list and some superb desserts and you are truly spoiled for choice.

If you have any specific dietary requirements please feel free to give us a call on 01277 365 578 and we’ll do our best to help you.

Opening Times

Tuesday – Sunday: 12.30pm (noon) -3.00pm (last orders) 4.30pm (close)

Monday 6.30pm – 9.45 (last orders)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 6.30pm – 10.30pm (last orders) 12.30am (close)

6.30pm – 10.30pm (last orders) 12.30am (close)

6.00pm – 10.30pm (last orders) 12.30am (close)


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Features / Awards

We are featured in the Michelin & Harden's Food Guide and have a 5 star Food Standards rating. We recently received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.


Smith’s Wapping

With the same sense of flair, quality and superb food and service, Smith’s by the River have launched the Smith’s brand into London by opening a new venue in Wapping. Situated on Wapping High Street (a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge) with easy access from both Wapping Underground Station and Tower Hill Underground Station, Smith’s in Wapping boasts spectacular views of the Thames River and Tower Bridge, and is proving the ideal establishment for that ‘business lunch’ or romantic evening.

With a well balanced menu, offering an extensive line of seafood from Scottish King Scallops Meuniere to Norwegian Halibut Steak as well as dishes like Aberdeenshire Sirloin and Fillet Steaks and Glazed Honey and Ginger Barbary Duck Breast (for the less nautically inclined customers) the only problem you might have with dining at Smith’s is what dishes to choose. With polite, enthusiastic and well informed staff, Smith’s in Wapping wish to ensure your visit is a memorable one and one that you’ll want to repeat. Dining at Smiths is a pleasure.

Opening Times

Monday – Saturday: 12.00 (noon) – 2.30pm (last orders) 4.00pm (close)
Sunday: 12:00 (noon) – 3:30pm (last orders) 5:30pm (close)

Monday – Friday 6.00pm – 10.00pm (last orders)
Saturday: 6.00pm – 10.30pm (last orders)
Sunday Evening – Closed


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Smith’s Wapping

Smith’s Wapping

Smith’s Ongar

Smith’s Ongar



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What our customers say

We always wish to improve the service we offer as a restaurant.

To dine at Smiths is an experience. The cuisine is always excellent, the staff welcoming, helpful, and always friendly.


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Smith’s wish to ensure your visit is a memorable one that you will wish to repeat. Dining at Smiths is a pleasure. 


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Contact Us

Please note that we do not take reservations via email.
Please book by phone or use our online reservation forms.


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