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“50/50”

Smollensky's on the Strand
Ranked #5,469 of 23,854 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$18 - US$48
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
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.
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Don't really know where to start with this review. Booked here pre theatre.. There was a theatre menu which my partner had. Food was alright but sat down at 5.52 and by 6.06 had eat 2 out of 3 of my courses. Being honest thought it was pre cooked and warmed in microwave! Atmosphere and staff were lovely with food standard aside as was the bar side was really good. I would recommend for a drink but unfortunately not for food. Regret that I have to give a bad review because everything was good (decor, staff etc) just food was a let down.

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Thank Ashleigh E
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

I was disappointed with the quality as it's was good but not worth the price. I think you pay a premium for the location. The restaurant staff were friendly enough but the bar staff not so and the cocktails seemed watered down.

Thank joshuapaul73
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

An (almost) hidden gem adjacent to The Savoy Hotel on the Strand. The entrance is a double door width and could be easy to miss, however, once you have been there you will not forget it. We went for a pre - theatre meal at 5.30 p.m. and it was half full, but we wished we had gone in earlier as the bar lounge looked very inviting! A few pre show drinks would have gone down very well. The waitress very quickly attended our table and made us feel very welcome and took our order. We did not have to wait very long for our food to arrive. There were 4 of us and we all tried different things and all were delicious, including the starter, main and dessert. We picked a medium priced bottle of red which was also very good. We cannot wait to go back for the great service, great food and great atmosphere.

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1  Thank Yorkyboi
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Myself and my husband ate here pre theatre. We ate off the very small, not very A La Carte menu.

The decor is OK, bit dark, but we had a nice table next to the window. The service was friendly but a little slow. We skipped starters and both had the fillet steaks. There was no bread offered and no free nibbles. The menu outside the door offered cherry tomatoes with our steaks but they did not materialise. The steaks were well cooked and tasty. Chips were average. No mushrooms, no tomatoes, no peas, no side salad to liven the plate up. We did order onion rings; they were average. All in all the main course was a bit mean looking for £24 - just a steak on a plate with a small portion of fries and some wilted rocket. The peanut butter cheescake was fabulous - but again the portion size was mean.

The meal, 2 steaks, bottle of wine, bottle of water, side order of unpleasant coleslaw, onion rings (5) and dessert cost £82 - and that was with 25% off the food. So a lot of money for not a lot of food. Oh and 12.5% gratuity was added on - £9. I could have asked for it to be removed but didn't want to make a fuss.

In comparison myself, husband and son all ate at a fabulous country pub the previous weekend. Three main courses (with far more choice) all double the size, three drinks and two desserts were only £60. Much, much better value.

I'd not go back there again.

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Thank Vicky G
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

When you walk through the Strand, you don't really notice Smollensky's being there but if you go through the front door and down the steps, you'll find a large and comfortable restaurant, with a good decoration and vibe and that can accommodate very different types of guests from families to business customers. In our case, we were quite a chaotic group arriving at different times and having to leave at different times to catch flights out of London. The staff was nonetheless accommodating and delivered well prepared food as per our requests. In brief, a very enjoyable meal and a place worth returning to.

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1  Thank Fred F
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