Best steakhouse in Boston
We have been to lots of steakhouses in Boston, but no one compares to S&W! Service, food, ambiance, wine, all were perfect. Consider either sharing your main course or saving half for home. That way you can have a better meal and not leave stuffed. I have not tried their chocolate/hazelnut creme brule. I highly recommend it.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great all round experience
Great steak and great service from Sean - with a tour of the wonderful Castle thrown in!
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a fourth generation butcher I revel in the quality of their beef and the exceptional (but not fawning) service. Ask for their advice on your choice of wine for an added treat. You don't eat like this every night.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic steak in an interesting
Fantastic steak in an interesting and historic setting.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining experience in Boston!
The best food, atmosphere and service yet on our Boston trip! We celebrated our 1st anniversary at the castle and were blown away. A+, would recommend to anyone wanting a world class filet. The historic site is awe-inspiring when you arrive and it was amazing the attention to detail that was shown from all members of their staff. We were greeted with a congratulations for our anniversary by the manager and the same followed from our waiter.
To really finish the meal off in epic fashion the manager brought us a card signed by all of their staff to thank us for spending this special moment with them in their restaurant. I have not had this level of service anywhere in all my trips across the U.S.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
On May 31st I went to Smith and Wolensky with 5 friends to celebrate a special occasion. After being seated for about 10 mins. and having the waiter explain about the different meats and rubs they used, another larger noisier group was seated right behind us. The Maitre D came over and apologized for not knowing they were going to be that loud and said he would move us to a quieter table which he did. At the new table we had a new waiter who also went over all the info about the meats and rubs again. The food was top notch, cooked just right and absolutely mouth watering. This place is a must for those looking for a great steak dining experience!!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious and great service!! Definitely recommend it to others
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food -a must for steak lovers
I ordered the filet & shrimp combo and it was delicious! The steak was outstanding. Regarding the sides, you can tell that S&W really wants to stand out with their spin on the American classics such as the truffel oil mac n' cheese and "buttermilk" onion rings. Also, we enjoyed the cocktail selection. In my opinion, this also puts other chain restaurants to shame. Whisky lovers should try the Colonel and their mojito was delicious. Although many of the patrons were surely local, I would recommend this restaurant for anyone visiting Boston who wants to experience American fine dining, but also in a relaxed atmosphere. I will remember the meal there for a long time to come!
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best service in Boston
Smith & Wollensky's is everything a steakhouse should be. They consistently deliver the best service of any steakhouse in Boston. In all of my visits, I have yet to encounter any waitstaff that are less than impeccably respectful, competent, and knowledgeable of the menu. Smith & Wollensky's has no dress code; while most of the patrons dress fairly formally, it's still nice to be able to dress casually and be treated with utter, smirk-free respect at a fine restaurant.
The dry-aged steak is excellent, but the filet mignon oscar-style is my go-to. And I'm pretty sure their rolls are the best dinner rolls I've had in my life. I love this place. I've tried all the other well-known Boston steakhouses...once.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
the steaks here are the best
the steaks here are the best i've had anywhere.
the ambience is the best.
the service is, also, the best. sean was above and beyound excellent.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff is attentive
The wait staff is attentive without being noticed and one is able to relax and enjoy without being rushed. The steaks were prepared to perfection! This is a fine steak house we will return to.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my husband for his birthday and we loved it. The steaks were fantastic and service was wonderful! They gave us a complimentary amuse buce for my husbands birthday. Very nice restaurant!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us had enough food for eight. All filet steaks are either 10 oz or 14 oz. big enough for 2! Sides and salads are also huge! We brought home doggy bag which served as a whole other meal for the 4 of us. Very convenient location to Park Plaza Hotel.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Steak Ever
My husband and I chose this restaurant for our 25th wedding anniversary because of its reputation. It is in a lovely, quiet historic building. I chose the filet mignon, cooked well done. Most restaurant waiters or chefs would look at me as if I had just committed a sin, but that's how I like it cooked, sorry. The waiter didn't blink, and my steak was perfect, not at all burnt. It was also flavorful and moist. GREAT location for a special occasion.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A unique and pleasant dining
A unique and pleasant dining environment. Customary excellent steaks and trimmings (especially the creamed spinach and baked potato); extensive wine list and helpful staff. Cooked steak to perfection (pittsburgh!) - not many can do it as well.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it!
This restaurant is excellent - from the steaks to the service to the overall mood and setting. We had a group of 9 and had a wonderful time. The meal was nicely paced and our waiter went out of his way o be helpful. Several members of a party went back the following evening for a drink. They have a wide variety of special drinks that are just delightful.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent, down to the bread, salad and sides. Serving sizes were enormous. Some of the best service I have ever experienced.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood platter was okay; we perhaps should have gone to the bar first for the $1 oysters instead of getting the $100 assortment. Split pea soup was good. Bone-in ribeye without harissa was very tasty. Lamb chops were a bit disappointing, and unevenly salted. Hash brown was better than in the past, but still lacking in flavor.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go again
This was our first time there. From the moment we entered, the staff was smiling and attentive. Our server was there immediately and throughout our dinner. We were no rushed at all. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the menu, cuts of meat and his recommendations were awesome. My husband had the steak recommended by our waiter and was nor disappointed. The servings are large so you get what you pay for. We had goodie bags to bring home. The atmosphere was relaxing and I would highly recommend this to anyone
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location, in the old
Great location, in the old armory of The Castle Building. As always, the service was fantastic!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for Dates
We had a great time at Smith and Wollensky! This was our first visit there during Boston's Restaurant Week, which was a great opportunity to try out the food without breaking the bank on a full-price three-course meal. We were sat on time, the food was delicious and the service was great.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
S&W never disappoints me! Thank you for the attentive and caring wait staff. I really felt like I was eating in my own home!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was Excellent !!!
We had a wonderful waiter. The food was exceptional too.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our party of four had an incredible evening. We started with Mike at the bar--he is an amazing bartender! He created drinks for us based on our preferences. We could have stayed at the bar all evening! Charles was our server and he was great. When we told him we were heading to see Wicked that evening, he asked us when we wanted to leave the restaurant. He paced our dinner and presented the check at the exact time we had discussed. He had a complete knowledge of the menu and was very attentive. We are looking forward to returning soon!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for some place very special to celebrate my husbands MBA graduation. Smith and Wollensky was the perfect place. They were accommodating to my dietary needs as well.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Restaurant Week Pick
Wanted to try S&W for restaurant and couldn't have made a better pick. We all had the filet prepared differently and all were perfectly cooked. The wine list was also great. Will definitely go back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time
My wife and I have gone there many times for our anniversary and are never disappointed. The service and food were excellent. I highly recommend S&W!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best meet in town
The best meet in town, the best meet in town, the best meet in town, and maybe in America, you got it?
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oysters and Spirits
I had a craving for oysters and S&W never disappoints. The shellfish Bouquet is worth it and all of the salads are absolutely delightful. The bartender is creative and you can ask for just about anything!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lounge Area is a plus
Although I've been here before and the food and service was good, the last 2 times I've visited we sat in the lounge area and the service alone was more than noteworthy. Michael, one of the bartenders/servers makes it a personal experience. He goes above and beyond to ensure satisfaction. Can't wait to go back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smith and Wollensky is amazing in every way.....valet service, waiters, hosts, food, Martini's and wine!! One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in. Extremely impressed!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service.
We were in Boston for graduation and decided to dine here to celebrate. Jesse and Shawn were excellent waiters and were able to answer any questions we had about the menu and even the building. I only wish I could have taken the left overs with! The food portions were very generous and the rib eye was delicious. The whole lobster surpassed expectations. The only down side was the wait between the starters and the main course was a little long. It could have been because of the types of entrees ordered, but overall it didn't seem to affect the quality of the dishes served. We were on the second floor and the diners were spaced throughout the floor. Thus noise was not an issue. All cocktails prepared perfectly.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girl and I had a fabulous time at the bar! John and Michael are so attentive and took care of us as if we were having a 4-course meal!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
good business dinner
went looking for a place with some seafood after arriving in boston. This came up with decent reviews and we went. The building is a bit odd as its looks old but the actually dinning area is pretty nice. The food was straight up outstanding. I got the filet and stuff shrimp and we got the steak tartar as an appetizer.
Overall, it was pricey but the food and the experience was worth it. Would definitely bring clients here again.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best rib-eye anywhere
I have been in sales and on the road for the past 20 years. Although I am not a red meat eater, I sometimes have no choice but to take a client to a steak house. Over the years, it became clear that my favorite steak house was S&W and that their rib-eye was the best thing on the menu. So much so that I crave it all the time. So whether it is New York, Vegas or Boston, I plan special occasions around going to S&W for the rib-eye.
What also sets them apart is they simply have the best service of any steak house, or of any restaurant for that matter. Even in Boston where good service is nearly non-existent, the S&W staff is top of the mark. They make you feel like you're the only table in the place. It's worth every penny.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The steak was good, the lobster better, the service impeccable. Truffle Mac and cheese was swoon-worthy, never overpowering on truffle oil, and not greasy- the cheese never separated. The cocktails were divine...so strong yet expertly blended so as to be cold and delicious. I recommend the wollensky green beans as well.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The standard I have for this
The standard I have for this restaurant is rather high especially when I have stated its for my birthday.
To be fair, I liked how each of the wait staff had signed on the birthday card for me.
That personal touch could not be found in a lot of other restaurants, I must say.
However, one thing really bothered us was when the wait staff served us a glass of red wine which drips.
It left a very visible wine ring on a rather white table cloth that we had to look at for the rest of the night.
Should you care so much to clean the crumbs after our meal then shouldnt you be more attentive to details as such to begin with?
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for a work dinner. It was a great way to show off the history of Boston.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The prices are sky-high, but the food tastes as expensive as it is, and the service is top-notch. My girlfriend has wondered what was inside the castle for a while, and we finally went. Two thumbs way up.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Although this is the most expensive restaurant I have ever patronized, I was very impressed. The location was wonderful. The building is a historic treasure. Food was excellent, service first class. Maybe someday I can afford to return. Prices were over the top.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't go wrong with steak
Can't go wrong with steak at Smith & Wollensky, "castle" a very unique dining spot.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Again
We have taken two groups to Smith and Wollensky in the past three months. Both times, we were very impressed by he outstanding service at we received as well as the food. Their steak is exceptional and everyone is anxious to return.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining in the Castle
always been a big fan of S&W in NYC. first chance in the castle. we went early so it was not crowded. got a great historical overview of the building from the very knowledgeable staff and history of the the Massachusetts militia. got invited for a tour from the 4th floor down. needless to say the steaks were marvelous. you get what you pay for and this is worth paying for!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I just think it is so cool to pull up to a restaurant that looks like a Keep/castle in the middle of Boston.
Reviews for this restaurant were mixed, so we were nervous. Fortunately, the staff soon put us at ease and, thanks to a very helpful barkeeper, we soon found ourselves sat across from a cozy fireplace enjoying the ambiance and eating some of the best steaks I have had in a long, long time.
There is no faulting the food. Noise levels were a bit off because of the cavernous nature of the room, but it was not unpleasant and could probably be fixed with some soft furnishings. The wait staff were helpful and just attentive enough to ensure we could enjoy our meal at our leisure. All in all, a great experience.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fits the Profile
Great place and venue. Worth a visit for the steaks and the ambiance.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
great service and ambiance.
great service and ambiance. Made a special occasion even better
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
In the castle, a great steak house
We loved the atmosphere inside the end of the castle that Smith and Wolensky uses for their wonderful steak house. There are many dining areas, each with its own atmosphere, like nothing else in town. Tasty breads, and the food is terrific, what one would expect from a classic upscale steak house menu. I had a manhattan and a glass of the house signature cabernet, both of which were excellent. Service (Naveen) was dignified and paced just right. We skipped dessert after this filling meal and could take home some delicious left-overs for dinner the next night. This could get to be a habit -- but it was expensive, as anticipated.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in a historic
Great restaurant in a historic wonderful Boston landmark
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved it!
My husband and I usually choose the Capital Grille for special occasions. But we decided to try this restaurant. The food was unbelievable, and the desert was the best. This will be our new spot for special occasions. Well worth the money spent!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an unbelievable dinner at S & W this weekend. The steak was the best I had ever had. I highly recommend dinner here.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM