Smith's Bar & Grill

3.7
293 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.

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 293 people are saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HannahH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Positive: We were early to our booking and they were able to sit us down and accommodate. The service was quick.

Negative: All the tables were too close together. It was really difficult to move around and you were almost shoulder to shoulder with the table next to you.

Our order was wrong and some plates never came out. The table next to us had the same issue as well. I informed them of this, then asked for the bill so I’m unaware if our plates were even ordered from the start.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

WORST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER! I had booked this place as a pre-drinks place for my 21st birthday celebration. My friend and I ordered two glasses of champagne and an order of the chili edamame before we were supposed to head off to a nearby restaurant for dinner. We got the rudest waiter ever. His name was SALVATORE. We ordered our drinks and appetizer and he gave us extremely judgmental looks as if to say “are you cheap? Why wouldn’t you order more?” Also, throughout the entire time my friend and I were there, he would go into the corner and stare at my friend and I and talk to his friend about us. He also rolled his eyes at us about four times when we called him over to ask/order more things. We repeatedly asked for water and napkins, two times, and he was annoyed at us for not ordering more. Because of that, he purposely forgot to bring napkins and water because they were free items and wouldn’t add more to the final bill. Then, for a final touch, he acted very annoyed when we asked for the bill and my friend gave him 3 £10 notes to cover it. He became very angry that we weren’t going to order more and was super petty. He gave my friend her change, which was £10, in 20 pence coins so it would make it inconvenient for her to put it in her wallet and carry it around. Steer clear of this place and never go here!! This place also doesn’t follow COVID precautions and places tables 4 inches apart. Will be taking further action against this place tomorrow!

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Tomas
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Outdoors experience for dinner and drinks was very good. Only concern was the service for dinner, but we understand that you may be under staffed.

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NelliM
London
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food - quality matches the price as well!

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Anonymous
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was quite slow despite a lot of waiting staff

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Poor service from the waiters and food was tasteless with almost no flavours. bad weather and sitting outside is understandable and it's acceptable that it's a hard time for everyone. But the waiters looked and acted like they didn't want to be there at all which made the whole experience very unpleasant. The food was just blunt and nothing to note on a positive side

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the food and cocktails were delicious although everything was small portioned for the price.

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EleniG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The food was good, but the outdoor sitting experience was very poor. When asked if the heaters could be switched on, the personel said that these do not work. When asked if we could sit somewhere less windy we were denied even though many tables were free. The food was cold and even though we were given blankets, the whole experience was bad. It's unacceptable to have non functional heaters!

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Burt
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Birthday dinner on Saturday. Smiths has inadequate coverage outside, it has not been well designed. We were on the edge, there were insufficient heaters, several not working and in anyway nothing near us. Food was okay, service was good, but too cold to enjoy. Disappointing.

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ASRD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

slow service, waited half an hour to be asked what drinks we wanted. Very disappointing when you get told you have an hour and a half before you have to leave. Tables are all crammed in and social distancing is impossible. Food was okay but nothing special.

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AnnaN
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food. Blankets was a nice touch. Good service.

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DijanaC
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

The staff are so good and the organisation in what we are allowed to do in this stage of lifting lockdown was absolutely well done. It was busy but this was to be expected and definitely don't get turned off by this. The staff here are excellent and can handle it.
The signature cocktails were really good fun and delicious. I had a Chilli Billi and my friend had a Smiling Larry. The food was good but I thought my Spring Chicken with roast potatoes was a little stingy on the potatoes (they were cubed and if I put them together I think I would have had a potatoes if lucky). My friend and the fish n chips and was delighted. Sitting outside was well organised with blankets and heating. Overall we had a great experience and totally recommend. (good wine too).. x

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jennifer
Manchester
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food1service4ambience4

It was nice but the table of boys behind us were so loud, one of them fell over tipping the table and drinks with him. Also, the food is ok but too expensive for what it is.

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OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my family had a good time at smith’s
The service was also very good
And food was average.

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Angela
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Visited on a Friday afternoon. The tables are definitely not 2mt (or even 1mt apart). Half the waiting staff has the mask only covering the mouth and not the nose.
My guest and I both had a £30 steak. We asked for medium rare and the steak came completely uncooked in the middle so we had to send it back. The few fries that came with it were the bog standard frozen and the sauces were the heinz sachets . For a £30 dish that I am eating squashed between tables, I would expect salad to come with it and the chips to look a bit more rustic/home made and the sauces to be home made or at least presented in a fancier way. That said the steak was nice and a good size. I have visited in the past and I think the standards have gone down and the prices up.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unfortunately the table we were sat on was not covered & it was particularly nippy with the breeze. Fortunately it only started to rain as we were leaving but would have been a real issue if it started when we were still eating.
The staff who waited on us were lovely, Manager not so much when we asked to move tables. A large place like this should really have no excuse for not being fully prepared for the weather changes. Sea bass ceviche & banana parfait- AMAZING!
The carpaccio was delicious but ruined by too much sauce.
Chicken ceaser was average.

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HazemA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered a Ribeye medium rare. It came fairly quickly which is good but was a bit cold as if it was sitting on the pick up counter for 5 to 10 mins. The wooden plate that was served on is lovely but kept twisting around.

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DickF
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A couple of errors (confusions?) with the order (received a bottle of wine, rather than two glasses) but nothing serious and the staff were attentive, the food good and the Pornstar Martini fabulous!

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Lizzi
Surrey
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Tables extremely close together, very small portions, had to ask twice for menus/dietary information/drinks.

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vipLoug1980
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was nice, the only thing that let the evening down was the outside heaters weren’t working so it was very cold sitting outside. The service was good but the staff were very busy so it was slow.

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Candy
London
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Hair in my fish and chips. Fish was cold in the centre. The staff were moving so fast that they missed out on additional orders that’s I wanted to place.

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saucyspiritsally311062
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great experience !! Loved the setting. Love to come back in the summer.

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JoT1234
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Peruvian Japanese fusion was delicious. I loved the sushi and salmon tacos. Really good there were outdoor heaters as well. Will definitely visit again to try more items on the menu.

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RosieS
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

it was wet and windy outside, but we were lucky to be sat in an enclosed area (not all are ) and had a heater near by. Waiters attentive from start, drinks and food quick to order and receive. Recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Came here with my manager after not seeing her for months, to discuss work and have some girl chat. I chose here for content for my food blog- wasn’t too pleased. Honestly our food was so delish. No complaints there. The service was very poor though. We were breaking our necks to get people’s attention. Also to say we are in a pandemic, you’re practically sat on top of people. The waiter literally turned the heaters away from us to another table so we were also freezing which was so rude. I also had to get up and walk to the front desk and ask for the bill, they didn’t even ask how our food was or if we wanted another drink. Literally took our food whilst I was still eating the chips.

If it wasn’t for the service I’d come back

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ELIZABETHV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Staff were friendly but not very quick, food was ok (chicken and pork belly) overcooked.
Small portions, not very good value.

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Marianna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect spot by the canal. Friendly stuff/atmosphere, good food and drinks

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MichaelC
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Nice setting along the canal however service was very slow and we had to wait over half an hour to pay the bill. A lot of courses were unavailable and the food we did settle with was OK but basic. Could be a really nice option with a few improvements.

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ThefoodieJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It was quite a disappointing experience at Smith’s this time. We had a table on the outside of the dining area which did not have a heater and was very cold. When we asked to move the waiters could not accommodate this despite there being an empty table next to us which was disappointing. The food wasn’t great and service was quite slow.

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F2021
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Have had better experiences in less expensive restaurants

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Really lovely food, service let the experience down. Staff just didn’t seem to care very much & service took a long time. It felt like the more money staff thought you’d spend the better the service you would receive. Its such as shame because the food really was fantastic and really reasonable prices for the standard.

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GerdaG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was very delicious and not too expensive. The service was lovely too. Got blankets and food quickly.
The placement of the bar - right in the shade, so it was super cold and unpleasant. On a hot summers day however - just right.
There was no real ambience at the time.

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ToriB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Waited ages to be served. Didn’t have cutlery when food came.
When food came it was cold even before coming out side

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My food came out cold every time, service was terrible and it was an overall poor experience.

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JuliaW
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

a day agoNEW

Overpriced, tasteless food and hurried service. Although I had booked a table weeks ago for my husband's birthday, we were seated at the front, away from the heaters and told that was all that was available. The table was wobbly so had to get that changed. We were given blankets which we appreciated. We ordered bread for a starter and that didn't arrive so it was served with the main course and deducted from the bill. The orange, avocado and spinach salad was something I could've thrown together for under a £1 in 2 minutes. I had grilled prawns with this that were such an effort to find any meat. My husband's food was no better. We were so disappointed that we finished our one drink, paid the bill and left within 30 minutes to find somewhere else for dessert, cocktails and coffee

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Daniel
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is good, nothing extraordinary, and the price is on the high side considering amount and quality. The heat lamps should be distributed (in fact, there should be some more) so that they would cover all the tables. True it is an exceptional situation and we would have dined inside had it been possible; however the situation is what it is, and there are tables that receive no heat whatsoever.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service - everyone was lovely and helpful. Great value for money, the bottomless you are able to switch drinks instead of staying on just 1 option! We had prosecco and aperol spritz! Portion sizes are decent and we left full and happy! Thank you

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AlexandraW
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It is a lovely area of Paddington and the food was so tasty- just be aware that portion sizes are quite small for the price.

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ClareM
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Initially tried to seat us right next to the reservation table which we asked not to be sat at especially as we booked a few weeks ago. Food was good and quick however when drinks were delivered the waiter spilt a lot of it on the table and then made us feel like we were an inconvenience for asking for napkins to clear it up!

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NickJ
London
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very slow service took 45min to get a drink, food was below standard, kept having to ask for drinks. Brought the mains over while still on starter a complete shambles. Save your money and go somewhere else

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 3.7 stars by 293 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.