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Smollensky's on the Strand

#4,907 of 18,173 Restaurants in London}
$$ - $$$American, British,
105 The Strand, London WC2R 0AA, England
+44 20 7497 2101
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good31%
  • Average21%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible13%
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“calamari” (21 reviews)
“ribeye steak” (10 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 pm - 11:00 pmAll hours
CUISINES
American, British, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
105 The Strand, London WC2R 0AA, England
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1 - 10 of 818 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Food was well priced for the quality and central location of the restaurant. Calamari was very nice, yet the portion was more on the small side. However, service was quite slow, even though the restaurant was fairly empty.

Thank lizzie h
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Lizzie and thanks for your review. I have passed on your comments about the slow service to the Manager on site, he will brief the team and make sure we keep it all moving and have happy customers! Thanks – Jamie

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Came here on a Tuesday evening for some evening drinks with a friend. Fairly quiet but busy for a Tuesday (according to the mixologist behind the counter). So general bits: Not to busy, able to have a conversation without having to shout, 5 mins walk...More

Thank Leanne B
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Leanne, Thanks for your review and all the positives you mention, we are so close to Charing Cross! Thank you too for looking after our Mixologist. We all have good and bad days and I am sure he really appreciated you chatting with him....More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

Booked this restaurant for pre-theatre dinner, close to the theatre, we had a 2course love theatre voucher, disappointed with the options only being a choice of 3 per starter, main and pudding, you can buy an extra course if you want to, we had chicken...More

Thank clarestewart19
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write your review – Great to read that Hanin looked after you well during your visit. The Love Theatre voucher is popular and we do sometimes, change the options on the menu available. We do of course also have...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

An excellent meal, really friendly and very attentive. Would thoroughly recommend. Gave us a lovely bottle of bubbly as a birthday treat which was unexpected.

Thank Margaret E
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Hi and thanks for your review – great to read you had a lovely time with us and what a great way to celebrate your birthday! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Passed this place in the Strand and looked posh. After checking the web site found a could afford it, and booked a table! The staff were welcoming and attentive, food was well presented and appetising. I enjoyed the salmon with sweet potato fries - very...More

Thank Paul S
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Hi Paul – Thanks for the review. It is always nice to read that our guests enjoyed their food and visit with us. As we are now heading into autumn there will be more and more busy and packed days and nights so we look...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Revisiting an old favourite We haven't used Smollensky's for years since we moved out of London, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually improved somewhat since our last visit. The manager told us that he hadn't been there long but was working on...More

Thank jeff05
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thanks for your review and great to read that you enjoyed your visit with us. Next time you are in town we hope you will have more time to try some of our delicious food (the half chicken is a must!) Thanks – Jamie

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

What a great location on the Strand. We were welcomed by some very enthusiastic staff and they have a great dining space downstairs. Place was pretty empty and the food was OK but there is a lot of competition in the area and would love...More

Thank TED0268
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Hi and thanks for your review. I totally agree with you – it really is a great location and full of promise for sure! I would love to know what you ate during your visit as OK is not what we strive for – If...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017

Great place. My husband, grandchildren & myself all loved it the food was fantastic and the staff were extremely polite and friendly, amazing place would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Thank Mrs Barbara M
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2017

Hi Barbara – Thanks for your review and great to read that you had a lovely visit with us. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Very good, bar staff very friendly as was our waitress, excellent location on The Strand particularly if attending the Savoy Theatre for a show, virtually next door. My burger & daughter's chicken burger delicious, the pianist who commenced at about 6:45 pm a welcome touch...More

Thank Mister J
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Hi – Thanks so much for your great review! We are glad you enjoyed our pianist and hopefully a few show tunes were played! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks – Jamie

Reviewed 28 August 2017

I had a meal here with a close friend on Wednesday 23rd August, prior to going to the theatre. The menu is full of interesting dishes, many of which I would have enjoyed. My friend and I both had the ribeye steak, which was perfectly...More

Thank Elizabeth P
WAB-Group, Manager at Smollensky's on the Strand, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thanks for your lovely review! Glad to note that JP looked after you so well. He really is a gem! Thanks again, Jamie.

Nearby
Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude
of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or
simply to be among the multitude of people who pass
through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking
up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around
Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the
opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters
here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated
...More
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Response from whitwickboy | Reviewed this property |
the food and atmosphere at this place is brilliant. As far as seeing the fireworks is concerned..... Smollenskys is under ground and a wonderful place but how the f** k you can see fireworks beats me haha
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 17 - USD 46
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 The Strand, London WC2R 0AA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7497 2101
  • E-mail
Description
A London institution for over 20 years, Smollenskys on the Strand is situated in the heart of the West End - the perfect stop off after a hard days shopping around Covent Garden, visiting the open air cinema at Somerset House, a trip to the London Transport Museum or The Royal Opera House, are all around the corner.
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