Smith's Bar & Grill

3.8
352 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Smith’s Bar & Grill is nestled in the corner of Sheldon Square, it is the first place you see when you walk under the bypass behind Paddington Station. Known for its high ceilings and almost full length windows, the natural light in Smith’s is just as nourishing and wholesome as the comfortable furnishings and exquisite selection of food and drink that we serve. The venue is split into four areas:
• The Lounge Area
• Main Restaurant
• Main Bar
• Outdoor Terrace Canal-side


Smith’s is an ideal venue for weddings, on-location filming, major launch events, and multi-stage music and entertainment events.
The whole venue can comfortably accommodate up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 400 standing. Its proximity to Paddington Station (50 yards from the Hammersmith & City Underground entrance) makes it quick to get to for those coming from out of town.

Experiences

  • Lunch Set Menu 2 Courses £15

    £15.00 per person

    May 17 - Jun 30, 2021

    Available on Mon - Wednesday 12pm to 4pm for up to 6 guests
  • Lunch Set Menu: 3 Courses £18

    £18.00 per person

    May 17 - Jun 30, 2021

    Available on Mon - Wednesday 12pm to 4pm for up to 6 guests

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 352 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
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3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.5
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Noise · Energetic
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Fred
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Covid precautions were very poor.
All the hand sanitiser dispensers I tried were empty. Some staff did not wear their masks correctly ( not over their nose).

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JessicaE
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What amazing customer service from start to finish. We have a great time and love the vibe there

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RemusP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible service. Was forgotten most of the time, drinks order took more than 15 minutes, Espresso was forgotten, yet it made it on the bill.
Desert was average, although description looked amazing.

BC
BaldwinC
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service & food very average. Distinct drop in quality of the sushi since we last visited pre 1st lockdown. Found a big avocado pits in our guacamole.

MC
MartineC
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely location food good my steak was delicious staff very friendly and efficient. Went two nights running

KB
KathrynB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fast service and great quality food. Great for date night!

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Abdn101
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was good. Quality of food quite poor. Crisp pork belly was over cooked and dry and the bit that was supposed to be crispy was soft and stretchy. Needed an accompanying sauce. Overall, fair but overpriced for quality

CT
CatherineT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly attentive staff, quick service and lovely atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner we've ever had. The server was super friendly and accommodating, lamb and steak were cooked to perfection, the cocktails were amazing, and the desserts were out of this world. I recommend mochi ice cream to everyone! Will definitely come back.

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CloverH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had bar snacks which were all delicious; the edamame beans were exceptional.

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Star
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I am not one to usually write a bad review but the service was shocking. From forgetting part of the order, to having to send a drink order back three times as they couldn't make a vodka lemonade. The staff were rude and seemed to ignore most of the customers. It is a lovely location so it is a shame. They weren't particularly busy. The food was ok. I would recommend you don't ask for any alterations in your order as that it will be met with a no. Our GF friend had a shocking time ordering as they didn't seem to know what contained gulten.

MH
MariaH
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Located outside, was really lovely. Staff were attentive, but also not all over you. Was a good mix of customers, both business and personal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good atmosphere, staff couldn’t do enough but not over the top. Great lunch-a thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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ChloeC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Run out off rose and seafood! Took 40 minutes to order my food.

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QWebster
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I don't know if it was the Bank Holiday, the new release from Lockdown or just the fact that they were tragically understaffed but the food was slow to come, cold upon arrival and some dishes well below par.

Was told we could not have a particular table as it was reserved for a bigger party, however that table remained empty for the duration of our lunch. The "meet and greet" was more like "disdain and disinterest"

The staff, to be fair, dealt with our issues as well as they could including taking some off the bill however it was a great disappointment.

MH
MargaretH
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The quality of the food was good the quality of the service appalling - no condiments brought out the sides after we had eaten the meal and dessert arrived 50 mins after ordering. Others walked out as didn’t even get a drink after 30 mins or so didn’t pay for sides or service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great, the host was lovely. Our drinks were always topped up, plates cleared and we were always checked on. The steak and lamb cutlets were very delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great service and really enjoyed the food!

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IsabellaH
London
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was not as descried on menu, spring chicken with roasted potatoes and veg was served as 4 chicken legs on top of some cold fries with no veg. The avocado salad was a sad looking pile of spinach with what looked like canned nectarines on top.

Other than the disappointing food, the atmosphere was completely wrong for the restaurants price point with the football being played at the front causing a very distracting amount of noise. It’s not advertised as a sports bar.

MJ
vipMJewell
London
132 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall enjoyed the place. Beef is great in burger and steak form. Drinks were decent. Service was a bit slow but they were very busy so perhaps were understaffed. Would go back

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vipsarahmorgan
London
63 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were a party of 8 who were seated fast and near the outdoor heater, it was chilly and the guys offered me a blanket.(Thank you). We had steaks and salad which were all lovely. However my salad was rather small and left me hungry and eyeing up the burgers which looked great !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Found a hair in my fish and chips which meant the person I was with ate before I did because I didn’t want their meal to get cold while I was waiting for a new one.

When the bill came there was surprised to see no allowance had been made for a pretty disgusting find and appropriately discounted.

With multiple places available to visit in the area, would not come back again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the place, the food was amazing, the stuff very friendly. I had bife plus fries and in my opinion the portion of the fries was smal. For the other hands the bife was very tender and full of flavour. The music was a bit louder which was hard to understand the conversation with my friend. Overall was good, I would definitely go there again

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Vien
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great evening, food was tasty and allowed us to enjoy the evening

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Unfortunately very disappointed, walking past everyday I was looking to finally going in now we’re able to do so. No socially distanced seating everyday I walk past so had to wait until we’re allowed indoors. I ordered the steak requesting it to be medium well but more towards the well. I got it and it was cold and very pink, the waiter come over and took the steak back. I never have sent food back in my life, first time in 30 years I had to do so as it wasn’t edible for me. It was heated up for longer and i asked for this to be well done. It come back with a small bit where I had cut was well done, the rest still very pink. The waiter came back and saw I wasn’t eating it and kindly offered a new steak. By this time I was put off but he kindly provided me with an alternative and said he will show the chef I couldn’t eat it. Food shouldn’t need to be sent back twice when you’re paying so much especially when it comes to cooking steak. Think i will carry on walking past than going again in the future to avoid a stomach upset.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant after work restaurant and bar.
Please don't request gratuities in addition to service charge.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

With a cheap attitude, as in a cheap fast food from a train station, cheap interior and bad food, they charged me for 2 stakes and some wine around 150 pounds. The wine is the same one from Coop, with 8pounds a bottle, they sold this to me with 38, bad cooked stake, no design on the food, cold envionment, cold temperature, repetead dissurptions from the staff, while we suppose to have a romantic dinner. Oh, and the seats are to close by, while all the place with to much white light, looking as a cheap industrial place instead of a restaurant and to cold. Worst experience possible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

We thought we would take advantage of no children and go for a romantic meal! We were disappointed the food was good but over priced for what you got, we were in and out in 30 minutes and £100 poorer! I think if you are planning on going for just drinks it’s ideal but wouldn’t recommend for food!

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DoWo
London
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was slow. Asked for the bill 3 times with 3 different people. Only 1 person went to the till to print it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff nice to see the staff back food superb very safe atmosphere

RG
RichardG
London
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely place for a bite to eat, great setting, excellent service, really excellent ! .... strange presentation on the food side .... but good value for money..... nice relaxing lunch overall.

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nbfood
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an excellent way to start going back out to restaurants
Good food,good service and ambience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

When placing booking they ask to add comments about you booking, I wrote that it will be my birthday, I’m coming with mom that I haven’t seen in months so this was meant to be a very special day. Upon arrival lady was not as welcoming and offered us a seat very close to rain. She said there at no other tables under heaters and she has lots of bookings - We proceeded to the rainy table and I had to stand and wait to ask for tissues to wipe my chair which I wiped wan myself. 5 mins after another waiter came up to us and offered a seat by heaters - Not sure why the lady couldn’t do that straight away.
Everyone saw I had bouquet of flowers and not even 1 waiter offered a vase. We had to wait for menus for a while and once we placed order for drinks & tap water I had to ask another waiter for water again.
Food was lovely tho! Very delicious! Service very poor, no attention to details or efforts of checking reason for booking or simply offering a vase.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was very busy, but service was slow and they seemed overwhelmed. We had to ask for the wine list 4 times. The food took a while to arrive and we only had just over 30 minutes to finish

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Nelle
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Would definitely recommend.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Drunk and loud people ruining the experience for the whole restaurant. The staff should have done more to avoid this behaviour

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I fully understand the difficulties for COVID restrictions but I booked in advance and ask the waiter twice if we could move tables and they completely ignored the request and walked away. We were then advised to order quickly and order both courses to come at the same time as the kitchen was busy. The food then came very quickly, making us feeling like they were just rushing us through to get other people in after us.
Drinks were great but I wouldn’t recommend for dinner unfortunately.

CH
CaitH
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and the food was amazing. All the staff were friendly and super accommodating.

LC
LorettaC
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smokers outside need to placed away from non smokers we had to change tables which was a little annoying

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PoojaM
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It’s a nice spot on the Paddington canal, the new cheese guys on the canal block the direct view but otherwise great ambience
The food - mains and starters were brilliant with a good mix of Japanese and Italian - also good for vegans on the Japanese menu
The desserts were average and the heaters were not all working so not ideal if the weather is cold

FAQs

Smith's Bar & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7286 9458.

Smith's Bar & Grill is rated 3.8 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.