Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: 2024661100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday: 11:30am–11:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am–11:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm–11:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm–10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jim Zambito
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between L & M
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle or Farragut North - Red Line
    Farragut West - Blue & Orange Lines
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC
Where the Left and the Right agree to meat.

Locals know the “real” business of Washington often gets done over the dinner table. And on any given day, our steakhouse is a prime place to spot the wheels of democracy in action. From quiet formal dining rooms to a bustling Wollensky’s Grill to an outside patio perfect for enjoying spring cherry blossoms, you’ll find a variety of venues to suit any occasion. Private rooms available for up to 450.

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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)great for outdoor dining (32)romantic (25)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (22)good for groups (19)notable wine list (19)neighborhood gem (14)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • As expected
    hate2cook
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have eaten here before and at other Smith and Wollensky's so it lived up to our expectations. It is expensive but the portions are generous. The salad alone could be a meal. But the filet is not to be missed. Overall a good choice for a special occasion and a good meal. The service was impeccable and friendly. We ate on the early side so it wasn't very busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gift for our Son
    Chris
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Celebrated success and achievements of our son's studies as a senior 'hospitality management' college student and wanted to show him one of the best steak house restaurants in Washington DC and we think it was the right decision to come here: absolute first class food, perfect traditional service and nice ambiance. We did not only enjoy a wonderful evening, our son learnt also a lot about great guest services.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not excellent
    cherryz2787
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This location is one of my favorite Smith & Wollensky's, unfortunately my experience was subpar. There was some confusion since the beginning, we waited for a while before a server came to greet us and then it was a different server. I ordered my steak medium but it was definitely medium-well not as flavorful.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • better steak restaurants around
    tough
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The service was not good, had to ask for things a number of times, waitress got the side orders mixed up. My steak was tough.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The was good the service was good the bill was really really high.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Good Noah, Poor System
    LWDC
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Smith and Wollensky still have some of the best steaks in town. The service is erratic. Maybe the restaurant is good during the week, but the weekend dining experience is not getting the same attention. We were there Saturday night. We sat under the moose head and were offered bread immediately, but refused it. Then we waited for 45 minutes: no water, no offer of drinks, nothing. Finally we flagged down a passing waiter and pleaded for service. This server was Noah; he was great. Our table was out of his assigned service area, but he made a big effort to get us some food, for heaven's sake. He gave us a free bowl of berries at the end and apologized profusely, but he can't be expected to always make up for poor service management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    BobbVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Had dinner with family last night and everything was great from the bar service, food, ambiance, service at the table. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I loved the Bone in Filet, every bite was flavorful and very tender. Coconut cake had fresh shaved coconut was generous portion but was to die for. Would be visiting Smith and Wollensky again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    dcsapperVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    S & W continues to be one of the most select steak houses in DC. I think it is far better than The Palm, Morton's or Shula's. I look forward to every visit here. It's not cheap, but the quality and quantity of the food matches the price. The wine list is truly amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even good for vegetarians
    SamR
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Ten of us went for a special work lunch and it was wonderful. We even had two vegetarians that ate very well. The creamed spinach is amazing (yes, really, creamed spinach amazing?!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Lunch
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Was first time at this historic restaurant. I enjoyed a superb business lunch. Wait staff was extremely helpful in finding me the ideal location for my business lunch. Very attentive wait staff, prompt, friendly, professional. Food was served timely, all correct temperatures, hot was hot and salads were crisp and cold, all very fresh, cooked to perfection. Enjoyed the historic atmosphere. Ideal for business lunches and dinners, as well as special occasions. Great accommodations for groups, as well as the one-to-one dining experience. Will be back as soon as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Being made to stand outside
    TeddysVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Being made to stand outside in the cold & rain until the doors open at 11:30 (my reservation was at 11:30 with my clients so I got there 15 minutes early) is not indicative of a fine restaurant. It set the tone for a bad experience. Hostess was just not warm and inviting at all, although eventually she "allowed" (her word) me to sit with my briefcase, umbrella, etc at a table next to the bar until I was seated at my actual table. I got to listen to the manager interview a candidate. The server himself was excellent. Will not bring any client lunches back there in the future.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a business group for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I had a business group for dinner and requested a quiet area. We were seated in our own little section which was perfect. Very quiet and ideal for conversation. Something you can't get at The Palm.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak i ever had!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Best steak i ever had in the USA or anywhere else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine Week
    MsBrownVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    As always wine week is one of the best events at Smith, notice I said one of, and I just love the experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Week Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Tuesday of the March 2014 Wine Week had some of the best wines in years for this event. An attentive server who kept an eye on the glasses and progression of wines as well as clean glasses made the lunch even better.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    MrsBaker
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Our server Noah was a gem - knowledgeable and friendly. The food was extraordinary. I was shocked it was so dead inside. When I visited the Chicago location you had to wait for a table, but this place was almost empty on a Saturday night. No matter, we had an amazing dinner. The quality of the meats was second-to-none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My wife and I dined here for a special occasion. The service was nowhere near what you would expect at a restaurant of this class. We had to wait a very long time for our water and for the food order to be taken. The only thing we didn't have to wait for was the check at the end of the evening. The food was fair - again nothing like the quality that you would expect from this class of a restaurant. Next time we're in town will try a different restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Steak Ever!
    BeefNWineConnoisseur
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    As a "steak connoisseur", I highly recommend Smith & Wollensky. While this was my first visit to the restaurant, it will not be the last. My dining partner and I both ordered the bone-in filet, and it was prepared perfectly for each of us. The meat was flavorful and tender with subtle charring. As a side dish, our server recommended the truffled macaroni and cheese, citing it as the restaurant's most popular item. We both heartily attest that the reputation is well deserved as it was delectable. My dining partner has a sweet tooth and ordered the coconut cake, which was another wonderful recommendation from our server. Although I usually do not eat cake or coconut, I was compelled to share this dessert --- it was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smith and Wollensky Review
    stewartds
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This was my second time at this restaurant. My first experience was great! The food was good, and the service was wonderful, however my most recent visit was not as great. We ordered the Porter House Steak for two, and parts of it were burnt. Considering the price you pay for a meal of this caliber, I would assume that a restaurant that specializes in dry aged steak would know how prepare this steak without burning it. The service was lack luster. The waiter forgot to refill out drinks, and was slow and not as attentive to us as he was to others. The seats were falling apart, and definitely needed to be repaired. I had to switch seats to keep from sinking in my seat. After this visit, I will not be returning to Smith and Wollensky.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best recommendation
    Fernie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This was the best recommendation I have ever received. The food and atmosphere was perfect for either a large or small group. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In spite of...
    Artemisa
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Through Open Table I was able to book a table for 10:00 p.m. When we arrived to the restaurant we realized it was basically empty and we immediately felt the waiter's stress for having to receive us late that night. He rushed us through dinner and was not very polite. He placed the ticket on our table, universal code for "it's time to leave". I would have preferred to be told there was no reservations available due to the time. It is a shame I am not writing about the food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak prep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    I ordered the 10 oz fillet cooked to med wen and it was completely dry and and cooked beyond well done. I have been to this restaurant every visit I make to DC but do not plan to visit again based on this bad experience. I was with a colleague from work so did not send the steak back but would have if it was not a corporate group Thank you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What you would expect from a S&W.
    MandCN
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Having dined at many S&W restaurants in other cities this was my first vist to the Washington DC location. I'm in DC a bit but had never got around to go the S&W in town. That was a mistake. This may be one of their best. It's a great location and a nice quiet but elegant atmosphere. The food was fantastic and the wait staff very professional. Very nice. Well done S&W.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    With so many steak house choices in WDC, this place really likes character. It reminded me of the Peter Lugar restuarant in Brooklyn, NYC...without all the cahce that Peter's place carries. The Prime Rib, The Palm, Capitol Grill...probably all better places with similar fare. The food was really good though. It is NOT inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and superior service
    Teddy
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Sasha provided exceptional service and the food as usual was super.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat lover
    SLING
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Took my Son and his God Brother here for Dinner as it was a special occasion for them; They coudn't stop taking pictures so they would show it to their friends; They loved the food and i wasn't very far behind; I've dined internationally in 4 Continents, with all ranges of dining experience and food is serious bussines to me, but for some sublime reasons, it didn't feel like a steakhouse to me; other than that everything was great; We would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Redkatr
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food is great! I love the bread, the salad, and the sides. Hands down one of the best steaks I have ever had! Well worth every penny. Normally, my service is stellar. It was not great this time around. I am sure it was just a fluke.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always enjoy a perfected steak
    Carebear00
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Always enjoy a perfected steak at Smith & Wollensky!! My husband and I dined at the restaurant on Saturday 15th, the day after Valentine's Day (so we would miss the crowd!). As usual, we were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Best Steaks in DB but Saturday night service is unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Every Penny!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had an exceptional experience at Smith & Wollensky! Our server, Hannah, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and talkative with our group. The food exceeded our expectations. My husband and I started with the PEI Mussels - he is NOT a lover of mussels and agreed that they were delicious. He had the spinach salad and couldn't say enough good things about it. I had the Wollensky salad, which is always my favorite and we shared the Porterhouse for 2 for dinner. We don't eat our meat at the same temperature, so that was a slight problem, as it was a little overdone for me and a little underdone for him, but truly, we should have ordered separate steaks! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply succulent
    Happy43rdBirthday
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Upon arriving at the restaurant we were 11 minutes late due to our valet parking taking FOREVER to bring our car up from the hotel we were staying(that's a whole NOTHER review). We took a chance and our reservation was still honoredAfter being seated we were greeted by our waiter who was the nicest middle aged man I've seen in a long time.Wish I'd remembered his name.Nevertheless I had the filet trio which was AWESOME!! I ordered it medium and it was cooked perfectWasn't as hot temperature wise as I would've liked but definitely not worth complaining about. My husband ordered the salmon special and his was good also. Our sides were Mac and cheese(to die for!)and grilled asparagus(yum!).Can't wait to return to the district to dine here again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Loved the food and the experience...the manager was great and the customer service excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service and food
    steak4me
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had a Valentine's day dinner with my wife and the food and service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • customer entertaining
    Bwise2013VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    I took my customer's here for a delicious lunch. The food was fabulous and the service was wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and metro accessible
    Unhappy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Delicious and plentiful food. Excellent recommendations by a knowledgable staff. Awesome romantic ambiance but still kid friendly. Deserts were yummy! I will go Val there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Rock
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    My friends and I were in for a great treat, when we were sat at the Chefs table (that I did not know they had) I knew we were in for a a terrific evening. LaDawn (our server) was outstanding. Her staff that backed her was wonderful! The managers were present, the host desk greeted us warmly, couldn't ask for a better evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    nino
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This place is really good, staff is very knowledgeable and the food is very high quality. I tried the filet mignon and it was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    - steak oscar, skinny mojito, truffle mac-n-cheese were prepared with perfection. - had an amazing birthday dinner with family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality steakhouse
    LilyVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Generic/chain but well-executed. Came here for Restaurant Week - a great deal, although steaks don't come with sides! Moist, delicious cakes for dessert, decent appetizers, and delicious, well-cooked steak. About what you would expect from a good, institutional steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.