The London outpost of the famous Smith’s restaurant brand is to be found along Wapping High Street, equidistant between Wapping station and St Katherine’s Dock. It’s a blessing for London’s docklands, and continues to offer the same superlative service and famous seafood that it has served since its inception in 1958. In keeping with the ethos of the venerable brand, Smith’s of Wapping uses the freshest fish sourced exclusively from sustainable sources. Expert fishmongers prepare the day’s haul on site, handing it over to Smith’s equally expert chefs, who serve up this maritime bounty in ways that satisfy every palate.
The brains behind the offering at Smith’s of Wapping is the brand’s executive head chef Stephen Bard. Trained at Scott’s in Mayfair and formerly the head chef at Sheekeys in Covent Garden, Bard knows how to appease seafood lovers like no other in London. With Bard at the helm, this Wapping High Street fish restaurant stands head and shoulders above the rest. Combining the expertise in the kitchen with a superb location overlooking the Thames and Tower Bridge, this haven lives up to its reputation as the first choice for maritime dining.
No seafood restaurant worth its mettle would be complete without a considered wine list. To this end, Smith’s of Wapping have worked closely with London’s finest wine merchants to curate an incredibly comprehensive list, which the friendly staff at Wapping High Street will easily help you match with Smiths signature seafood dishes. Beyond the a la carte menu – the first port of call at Smith’s – there’s also a gluten free selection, set lunch and evening menus, and even a bar menu when you’re in the mood for a touch of brine with your wine.
From the outset staff,venue,view were all outstanding. We were made to feel special and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent with plenty of choice for all tastes. Cannot wait to return soon .
Could not fault. Service, food, excellent.cocktails and wine, looking out onto the Thames, couldn't ask for more. Would highly recommend smiths and definitely recommend the herrings
The food and service are excellent. It is a great place to eat with view of the Thames especially at lunch time. Staff are very attentive without being intrusive
excellent restaurant, great food, perfect view, lovely atmosphere, staff are professional. I will recommend and return myself. Consistent quality service and out plates were left clean.
The service was exceptional and I can't fault them for it all. However the standard of food is below par. My friend received a version of the starter she ordered. The waiter failed to tell her that they ran out of some of the ingredients so they made a different version of what was listed on the set menu. The herb crusted haddock which I ordered as a main was pretty bland on its own but it was complimented by a chablis cream sauce which made it a lot better. Without it I could only taste the breadcrumbs and not the herbs, a pity really. My dessert was awful. I requested a chocolate mousse but when it arrived it was a solid torte with a very strange taste, definitely not chocolate. They did take it off the final bill which was unexpected so I appreciate them listening to me. The Manager did say to me as I left that a few customer also returned the same dessert and explained that the chef must have deviated from the recipe.
Overall great meal the one thing that put a downer on it was due to really bad weather we were delayed for 15 minutes , the lady on reception was aware off the weather yet still told us she had given our fantastic table to somebody else !!! However there was another table available . The restaurant was probably only 25% full and maybe she didn't need to give us this superior impression that she was doing us this massive favour and just maybe asking if we were ok as she could see we were soaked from the terrible weather . Never mind it didn't spoil a great meal just left us a little surprised
My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Smiths. The atmosphere was perfect and the view from our seats was enchanting. It is a perfect place to celebrate our marriage and the sound of the piano playing in the background gave the evening a special touch. The waiter was courteous and helpful. We both ordered lobster which was absolutely delicious.
Have been to this restaurant twice before and have been very pleased but this time I was disappointed. It was a celebration of a friend's 60 th birthday so I did not make any remarks whilst there so as not to ruin the evening but my starter and my Hucsbands of razor clams was tepid and seemed like it had been waiting around not at all freshly cooked and also very "gritty"! Main course was just "ok" I didn't have dessert but those who did seemed pleased. I had informed the restaurant before of the birthday and they said they would provide a "happy birthday" dessert plate which they did but without warning so no singing !!! Not pleased
I booked table for 2pm due to traffic we were unable to arrive at the restaurant until 2.35 we were greeted by the hostess looking at her watch and telling us that we could just about be served!!! Not good service for Smiths as I have been many times and this was my guests first visit! The rest of our lunch was very nice & good service from the waiters.
We enjoyed Smiths very much. Good ambience on a Friday evening with views of the Thames. Service was attentive but not invasive. Food was delicious. We had Monkfish in brown butter and capers , Skate Meunière with oysters to start, all fresh and well presented. Good choice of wine at reasonable prices. Will definitely visit again