Smith's Bar & Grill

3.8
453 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Smith’s Bar & Grill is nestled in Paddington, London, 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 the areas:
• Main Restaurant
• Main Bar & Lounge Area
• 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

  • Sunday Roasts at Smith's!

    Multiple dates available

    Come down to Smith's Bar & Grill to enjoy our brand new Sunday Roast menu. Featuring Sunday roast staples such as whole roasted baby chicken, marinated with fresh flavours like lemon, thyme, and garlic, or opt for the British lamb leg, matured for ten days for fuller flavour. We're also proud to offer a British beef chateaubriand option, for the true Sunday Roast fanatics out there!
  • Christmas Specials at Smith's

    Nov 23 - Dec 26, 2021

    Looking for somewhere to gather friends & family together, or planning a Christmas treat for your work colleagues? Head out to Smith’s to celebrate your Christmas party… And treat yourself to our individually-priced Christmas specials such as traditional Christmas turkey with all the trimmings & divine Christmas Pudding served with Brandy Sauce.

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 453 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
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3.7
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RobertB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Nearly 1 hour to get served, ok peak lunchtime, but even so a bit long

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AbiT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Service was acceptable however nothing could make up for the temperature of the restaurant. An issue with air conditioning which we endeavoured to survive but by end of our main course both of us wrapped in blankets and absolutely freezing. Wine list poor and not value for money

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SimonJ
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Great food; great location but the restaurant was very cold

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Almug
London
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and good food. Love the decor! The music was a bit too loud though.

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jimjadams
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Friendly service, but music was way too loud at the bar area...

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vipAnon
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nice staff but unfortunately food was cold and service slow.

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dean
London
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. Don’t appreciate being hounded for a tip on top of the 12.5% service charge. I will happily pay a tip or service charge, but not both, especially as we were paying service on overpriced wine.

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JenniferS
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Smith's was a fabulous place for our get together and Sunday lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience. We would definitely go again

LD
LizD
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Would recommend this restaurant.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Have been here many times before but this time it was like walking into a disco. The large front area (bar) was very noisy and deserted -which can't be an efficient use of floor space. Having asked to speak to the manager requesting that the volume was reduced, our waitress just said this couldn't be done (on both accounts). There are other reviews complaining about the noise, dismissed as merely 'energetic'. Disappointing that the management responded to customer dissatisfaction. Food is quite good with some interesting dishes, but expensive. Nice airy venue.

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JaniceP
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely location and great place to eat and catch up with friends.

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mark
Herefordshire
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great location directly behind paddington station. got shown to table straight away. After sitting for 10 minutes we asked for menus and then immediately asked for 2 pink gins and lemonade, after a further 15 minutes one gin turned up only and it was with tonic. We stated ok for the tonic but bring the other with lemonade. 5 minutes later the waiter took the one back saying it was wrong! Took our food order and we also ordered a bottle of red wine, this arrived within 2 minutes and was poured 5 minutes before the 2 gins finally arrived as ordered, some 40 minutes after arrival. Food was all good and served promptly, tasted good and presented well. I know that all businesses are suffering with staff levels and training, I would say bar staff/front of house need a bit more training as kitchen staff seemed to be doing a good job. this was 12.30 table tuesday lunchtime and probably only 10 other tables being used at the time of arrival so not a busy period.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday roast.

JW
JohanW
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is well presented and decorated. Staff were superb and the food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bar at front was of putting as it made restaurant seem full and noisy. However the restaurant area was quiet and relaximg and the food was great. Friendly ataff with a smile on their faces and they were attentive

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EDPdp
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The server didn't have the reservation, couldn't find it. Luckily the restaurant was empty at this time but pretty embarrassing

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and relaxed spot for a lunch

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FoodieLondon
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

Nice quite spot on a Sunday.
Felt the Sunday lamb roast was on the small size but I still enjoyed it.

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LadyF53
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very favourable! Had the Sunday Roast! Will definitely go back!

FJ
FionaJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening, and the tuna steak was the best I had ever tasted!

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vipMugatu
London
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I love the canal in this part of London, so the location is excellent and the restaurant is large and airy, which is good for the Covid Era. The food was perfectly okay and the staff are very friendly, if almost comically slow and forgetful on this occasion. For whatever reason, I think they were having a challenging day and I know that supplies and delivery can be a problem these days thanks to B**x*t among other things. I would go back.

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Paige
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got the set lunch menu, good prices and decent food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It was so loud in the restaurant I couldn’t have a conversation. Never again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was slow and only half the meal arrived. When we pointed it out they brang the rest over but after we had finished everything. They still made us pay full price wasn’t a nice experience and the staff wasn’t apologetic. It definitely ruined the my Sunday roast

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Smithy
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Friendly staff. Food was ok, average. My Sweet potato beetroot salad was so disappointing, far too much rocket and a minimal amount of the main ingredients described on menu for £10.
Location is fantastic, vibrant and lively area.

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TeriP
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice spot for a weekday luncheon. Good food, attentive staff and overall excellent experience

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service from our waitress. She went above and beyond for me and my partner as it was his birthday. The food is unbelievably good and the drinks are very addictive! She was kind enough to book us a taxi and tell us the nearest hot spots for some dancing - 100# would recommend and will be coming back!!

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ArvindM
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great for a drink, though gets extremely busy but does have a buzzy environment.

The restaurant area has great ambiance but very limited menu and average food quality.

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IanS
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the overall experience :-) I would recommend and will also return.

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CarleyS
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the menu is extensive and wine list too. We went for Sunday Roast and ant fault anything! We will definitely be back! Definitely in the top 3 roasts in London!
Thanks Smiths Team

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Carrie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Great food, not very busy lots of idle staff who kept to themselves.

Limited wine list, could not buy a bottle of the wine we enjoyed by the glass - go figure! Had to buy a really expensive one as closest alternative.

They sung happy birthday and brought a dessert which they charged us for!! Given the bill was over £240 I thought this was particularly churlish.

We couldn’t fault the food and our waitress was funny and responsive. The atmosphere was hollow but may be a great venue for a party.

DD
DoloresD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our meal it was yummy and the service ad atmosphere was excellent

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Disgruntled
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very noisy - almost to noisy to have a conversation. I booked a table for 3 for a business meeting, expecting a table away from noise the hustle and bustle of waiting staff; I was given a very exposed table right in the middle of the room, close to the pass so staff would be moving back and forth in front of us and a very noisy spot. I asked to have another more suitable table and this was a real chore - poorly handled and at first refused! When I finally was given another table it really wasn’t much better. Food was OK, fresh and tasty, well presented but poor value and overpriced. Reasonable but overpriced wine list. Service was ordinary and without a smile.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the ambiance and staff are friendly and accommodating

SH
ShaneH
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business lunch in the Paddington area

DM
DeepakM
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great staff, just a bit too noisy with music

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Yipity
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food and service was good, but music was too loud in the restaurant area...I felt I had to shout when having a conversation.

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AndrewO
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were ignored and eventually left without ordering.

Arrived and taken to our table, not left with a menu and no drinks order taken.

We were then ignored by waiting staff who weren’t particularly busy judging by the number of staff hanging around.

We eventually left and went elsewhere.

Clearly they weren’t affected by the pandemic.

As various Trip Advisor and Google reviews say, terrible service, best avoided

MB
MelissaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Food was delicious, for a simple burger, nicest I've had in a long time. Unfortunately, despite it not being busy on a Friday night, they had loads of staff but no consistency in them serving specific tables, therefore, we were never checked again once we got our food for more drinks or dessert menu without us having to prompt. Asked for recommendations for the dessert and to explain some of it, the server was very poor in knowing what or how to sell it so we didn't order anything. Server didn't even know what sweetener was either and just a general sense of confusion with all the staff. Venue is really nice, and food good, but considering times are tough, and people need jobs, appreciate that they may have lots of new staff, but they need to get the basics right in training good waiting staff, it was frustrating to see so many missed opportunities this restaurant is lacking in, when all they need is to invest in more efficient customer service training. The staff should also understand and know the menu being offered. The male waiter literally couldn't describe anything properly of what was on the dessert menu, and this just made us disinterested. Restrooms were bit scruffy too, considering again the number of staff on that night and the lack of capacity. Sloppy standards, and has potential to be great.

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nabbthis
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We sat outside, it was busy so the noise level was quite high as there were many people walking along the canal.
The waitress came quite quickly but didn’t get the drinks order exactly right but changed it when asked.
The food was hot when it was served - my roast pork was delicious as was the veggie option.
The accompanying vegetables and Yorkshire pudding were nicely presented. All round enjoyable meal.

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 453 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.