Smollensky's on the Strand 1

105 Strand , London, WC2R 0AA

Smollensky's on the Strand

SquareMeal Review of Smollensky's on the Strand

Pulling in the punters for more than two decades, this stalwart on the Strand has a relaxed vibe & cheery, accommodating staff. The surprisingly light basement space is smartly decked out, with a large bar area that’s a popular choice for birthday bashes & leaving dos. A menu of familiar US favourites – think prime steaks, ribs and burgers – is supplemented by lighter salads as well as indulgent desserts such as Smollensky's famous peanut butter cheesecake. Drinks scour the globe for a hotchpotch of cocktails, wines & big-brand beers, so check the daily happy-hour deals (5-9.30pm). Kid's can enjoy a special kids’ menu, while the grown-ups can enjoy live music from 5-8pm Monday-Wednesday. 

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7.7

Food & Drink: 7.9

Service: 8.1

Atmosphere: 7.2

Value: 7.9

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Andrew W. 03 September 2017

It's different from what I previously experienced for an evening meal. We booked an early table for lunch but the place was empty on a Sunday. The selection was food was reasonable but I questioned whether the kids 'fish fingers' were actually fresh, regardless of the fact they were made. Glad the kids didn't eat them. Otherwise the rest of the food order was reasonable (it was definitely better before). Nonetheless, the waitress was extremely pleasant and very accommodating to allow us to get a birthday cake out for a child. All in all, just ok.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Karen S. 04 August 2016

3 staff cannot cope with a restaurant full of people- disappointing pre- theatre experience. From being sat at a table we were forgotten - had to attract attention, waited over 40mins for food, no time for dessert, fries were cold, when they were eventually returned I had finished my burger- and I had to chase for this. In the time we were two other couples left as either no--one had been to them or their food hadn't arrived in time.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Audrey M. 21 June 2016

My boss had a business meeting here. Nice restaurant with excellent service and food

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Debbie T. 10 November 2014

We went to Smollensky's on Saturday 8th November as we were going to the Savoy Theatre. Have never been before and was delighted with our experience. Our table was booked for 5:30pm but we arrived at 5pm and were shown straight to our table, and although it wasn't busy it had a lovely atmosphere. The pre-theatre menu was great value for money and the food was delicious. The staff were very welcoming and made our visit enjoyable. Overall, if I were attending another event near by I would definitely consider going back to this restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Marek O. 10 December 2013

nie jest to najwyższa półka ale może być spoko atmosfera, dobra obsługa, nie ma na co narzekać Jedzenie też całkiem dobre i w rozsądnej cenie ogólnie raczej polecam.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Carol L. 03 September 2013

Hi Went to see the Ladykillers and Smollenskys is ideally located on the Strand. We were quickly attended to and the place was filled to capacity. The meals were excellent pre-theatre value at £15 for 3 courses, 3 of us could only manage 2 courses. Furthermore, the cocktails were delicious, even more so as it was cocktail happy hour. Balloons were on our table as I had mentioned on booking that it was part of our birthday celebrations. All in all, a definite 5 our of 5.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Mark J. 01 May 2013

liked the food but it was an extremely quiet time so not much atmosphere. would go back

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Dinz bronze reviewer 18 November 2012

Went here I a Wednesday night after work. The food was good value as we walked in with a voucher… Without it the food would have ended up quite costly. There's plenty of vouchers to entice customers to make weekday visits and they're well worth taking into consideration before planning a visit. The atmosphere was rather quiet for the whole evening (which isn't great if you prefer a bit more of a busy scene like myself), however the staff were helpful. Food is average and the restaurant is conveniently located not far from the nearest underground station.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Stephan D. 03 November 2011

Of those 4 places I visited this week, Smollensky's was the one with little, if any, expectations from me. I recalled having had diner there several years ago with some colleagues but that was it – nothing particular to remember. And 90 minutes later Smollensky's became the place I left being the most satisfied, by far, out of those 4 visits. Upon arrival, my first contact was not really good: no reservation at my name, although I did receive confirmation from squaremeal that a table was booked for me. Finding a table was not an issue as many were empty, and getting Smollensky's to agree on the meal discount was no issue at all equally as I showed the confirmation email I received to their manager. And was granted 50% discount on their entire menu… Nice surprise! As a starter I went for the scallops. And these were simply delicious!!! Cooked to perfection, plate being dressed with mashed peas and a few grilled thin slices of bacon. Nice to look at and great to eat! I then had Jambalaya as main course, a souvenir of some great dishes I enjoyed in the US many years ago. I was initially surprised to see that the rice came separated from the rest (chorizo and cray fish) but really enjoyed eating the entire plate. Intense flavours, spicy bot not too much, hot again to perfection. A real pleasure. I did not feel like going for desert so it all ended there. To add to what was said already, the wine list was very good and prices were not extravagant for once. No doubt that I will come back…

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Jordi D. 07 May 2011

I have celebrated at Smollenskys my 40th birthday. Everything was just excellent from the start, I am a very anxious person and I was so nervous that something could have gone wrong, but the manager I have dealt with from the beginning was just so reassuring. I reserved the VIP section, preordered wines and canapes. It was just so great!! everything was just amazing. The service was outstanding, our waitress professional and attentive. Food was tasty and the cocktails to die for. I will definitely come back to Smollensky and will recommend to all my friend. They made my 40th birthday a day I won't forget!!!

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