Smith & Wollensky - New York
Smith & Wollensky - New York

Smith & Wollensky - New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127531530
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Victor Chavez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 49th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Smith & Wollensky - New York
One of America's most successful restaurants, this New York steakhouse opened in 1977 and has been a hit ever since. It is one of the most trafficked restaurants in New York City and among the most celebrated steakhouses in the world. Specializing in fresh seafood and lobster and assorted steaks and chops, Smith & Wollensky is well recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned service staff and pop Americana ambience. The painted wood exterior is dark forest green trim on sparkling white, with latticework trim. The elegant interior has turn-of-the-century appeal and design elements including shining brass, dark wood accents and polished wood floors. Adjacent to Smith & Wollensky's is Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM but does not accept reservations.
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Smith & Wollensky - New York reviews from OpenTable diners
309 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (151)notable wine list (117)fit for foodies (93)good for groups (78)romantic (45)great for lunch (43)neighborhood gem (41)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (29)great for outdoor dining (16)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent doorman, excellent Maitre D, excellent waiter, excellent staff, excellent food, excellent dining experience. - Thanks for a great night out.
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  • Excellent steaks !
    PJ2DK
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We are a family of 5 and this was our first visit to NYC together. S&W was recommended by a good friend - and it was an excellent experience. Good food - excellent steaks - good and balanced service - friendly despite a busy and full restaurant. Relaxed seniority from Vlado and his colleagues. A must dinnerplace next time we come from Europe to NYC.
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    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • great meat
    gourmand
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    the filet mignon was super cooked just right and heavenly; wine list great to fit all tastes.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Anniversary2luv
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had a great time! Great service, great food, great fun. Highly recommend! Wonderful experience.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak paradise
    mfox10
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Awesome Environment, nice casual restaurant with outstanding food. The steak was very good, I had the rib eye and hash browns and they were both outstanding. All of the staff was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive. I would definitely recommend it to steak lovers.
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  • disappointing service, BYE BYE.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    food is good as always, but the serving time is very long. i can understand it is a busy time but at least someone can serve a little not leaving the dirty table there and having us wait for 25 min between two courses. each time we tried to get the server we have to wait for more than 5 min. if he was serving other people that would be understandable but we just can't see him anywhere. and we wait for another 10 min to tell him that we ordered the desert from the beginning then endless time for someone to take the credit card. finally i gave up and took the bill and card to look for someone can charge me, then a plus size server shouted to me to look for my server with a big attitude. i don pay $200 for your attitude.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best prime I've ever had
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was amazing and the service very attentive but not intrusive. Best prime rib I have ever had,! The sommelier recommended a wine that was cheaper than the one I had intended to order and it was fantastic! Can't ask for more than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • !st Call for 40 years
    SMOKIE
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    When I think of THE PERFECT NY STEAK HOUSE there's only 1 choice....Smith & Wollensky....I celebrated my birthday there on July 10th. As usual....everything was perfect! It's the real deal.....Best steak House in NYC....and I've tried them all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meat, slow service
    eporres
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Consistent for food, inconsistent for service. Slow going, perhaps because it was such a beautiful summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for a Romantic Meal for Two
    2Chapter
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Myself and my Wife Dined here on our last night in New York. Whilst the Steak was good the noise level in the Room was Deafening and we could only make ourselves heard by shouting. The restaurant is a Male dominated Business mans environment with hardly any females dining. Suggest Couples Avoid, this is not a restaurant to go for a quiet meal!!
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Fantastic meat, very good meals in general, very good wine selection. However complemented by very poor service, most of the waiters are ignoring the needs of customers, are entirely passive in any interaction (may be company policy?), spending much more time chatting together and not looking after customer needs. Pity.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mavis
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Best tasty steak we have ever had. Helpful and friendly staff
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent steak
    citykitty
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Being from Chicago, I've eaten at the original Smith and Wollensky and the New York outpost definitely does NOT disappoint! The only steak I've had that was almost as juicy and tender a few days later, microwaved, as it was in the restaurant. The creamed spinach is a MUST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around.
    Kimmy860
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Took a friend here for his birthday. It was his first time. Food was excellent. One of the best filet mignons he has had to date. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over Excited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Best steak I'v had in a long time, and I try all the high end steakhouses. I asked the server which to get the big bone in strip or the ribeye. He said ribeye and it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    1sttimeinNY
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The meal was great, but I didnt like the seating... This was a get away weekend for me and my wife... Well they seated an older couple at the table next to us and the man started talking to us right away which was ok at first... But he never stopped talking to us even when our meal came... And the more he talked the louder he got and some of his thoughts and comments were very out dated... I think even the staff there knew that he was becoming a problem to us.... I would go back but next time ask for a booth!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miss the Post House
    PostHouseRefuge
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Dinner was wonderful; but for those of us who loved the Post House, we miss it. Drinks and steak, as usual, were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spelling of redwine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The waiter seemed rushed and fussy. He pulled a glass of wine over my husband's white shirt and new pants. No help from the staff, we chose dessert and coffee at another restaurant. we gave no tip!
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  • Great Experience
    lrk8138
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was an all around great experience. The service: The bartender was fun to chat with during our pre - dinner drink and led us through an impromptu vodka taste test. The waiter was attentive but not overbearing. The sommelier was unpretentious and knowledgeable. The food: The bone - in filet was delicious and the sides complimented the meal nicely. The wine list was extensive and we splurged on a bottle of Screaming Eagle... one you don't see on a wine list much! The coconut cake is definitely deserving of all the hype. Worth a visit when in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good as usual
    winewineanddine
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    unfortunately, this visit didn't satisfy. the split pea soup and tuna tatar were a sure shot. the recommended wine was excellent. however, the steaks, fries and spinach were not at their usual level. maybe just good old murphy striking... we were offered coffee and dessert for the inconvenience. a nice gesture!
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    notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic steakhouse
    CitydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Excellent service, save for the rookie waiter, who, fortunately was replaced with a standard server. Great specialty appetizer of lobster, lump crab and some of the largest shrimp I've ever seen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I've been to a lot of steak houses in NYC and this rates high up there but with Beef prices being so high right now the price of dinner is outrageous. The location to major hotels on the east side is the key to selecting this place since you can just walk around the corner and be there. Service was good and we were seated right away too. Good place if you want a steak.
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  • Carl- Head Chef Very accommodating
    Trainer
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Halibut was very good but the portion for $35 was like 6 oz. In a plate and everything of course is a la carte but I expect that at a steak house. Cauliflower really good and jumbo shrimp cocktail nice size and fresh. Steak wasn't special sirloin was fatty on the outside. That should not be for $50 steak at smith and wollensky. Wine list is beyond impressive but nothing at a reasonable price at all. They need to have wines under $50 a bottle. There house wine by there name is good though but $19 a glass? On a positive note because it was our anniversary they gave me a complimentary glass-
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    notable wine list
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  • arthur
    arthur
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Good people, good service. However I asked medium- well done steak and thew waiter twice gave the wrong steak which was medium. Restaurant is quite expensive compare to what you are getting.
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  • Great Steakhouse!
    shutterbugnyc
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been to Smith & Wollensky's several times and we've always enjoyed the food there. The service is outstanding...waiters who've been working there for years. We both had steaks, creamed spinach, fries, Wollensky salad and the pea soup. Everything was delicious, except for the fries which tasted like they were soaked in salt before they fried them up. I definitely wouldn't order the fries again, but I would everything else and add a baked potato, instead of their salty fries.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Huge portions matched by prices
    PBVSawgrass
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    While the food is quite good, the portions are tremendous with prices to match. The wine list is extensive with a few bottles under $60; most are higher. The restaurant was quite full when we were there on a weekday evening and very noisy. Our waiter was distracted by a large table of Asians who were obviously not local.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ADN1VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    # 1 Bone in ribeye steak in NYC, service is great and the food is always consistenent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible
    KJB123
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our server constantly ignored our table as he was too occupied with taking care of one other table. Its too expensive of a restaurant to get terrible service at.
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  • How the Mighty Have Fallen
    myvueVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This used to be a temple for great steaks. I found the sirloin, the fillet, and the standing rib (there were three of us) rather mediocre, and incorrectly cooked in one case. The sautéed spinach was barely sautéed and the french fries no better than average. The waiters seemed more interested in conversation with each other than with our table's needs. The cost was way out of proportion with the value. I don't think I would return. Disappointedly yours, "myvue"
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  • Best steaks in town!
    Sonteh
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Rustic but bustling atmosphere, delicious steaks, great service. A must in NYC!
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When Titans Fall
    WellSeasoned
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was the least favorite $500 meal for 3 I've ever had. Pros: Great apps, fresh seafood. Cons: The rest of the meal. Steaks: Poorly cooked but no seasoning. My rib steak, ordered medium was medium in the middle, but completely well done on over half of the steak. That means the grill master had it on too high of a heat. My companions filets were properly cooked, but had no seasoning. Sides: Creamed Spinach brought to the table was ice cold. Once we go the waiters attention he quickly brought another hot one, but failed to remove our side plates filled with cold spinach. Amateur move. Mac N Cheese was great, Asparagus was steamed with no seasoning. Desert menu was coffee stained, dog eared & ink stained. Disgusting, as was the carrot cake
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    3 of us ordered the fillet mignon and I ordered ribeye. All were charred to death and tasteless. French fries was oily and taste old. The only thing good were the bread.
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  • KKROLVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food & great service!! We had split pea soup, filet mignon & lobster tails - all were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Service and Food
    Scullybutcher
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    If you are looking for a classic New York steak house, with great service this is the place for you. We started with 6 shrimp cocktail which was perfectly cooked the fresh grated horse radish added the perfect compliment to the cocktail sauce and the ginger dipping sauce was also quite a fresh tasting alternative. Next up was the clams casino. When they first came I was a little skeptical because of the crumbs on top but they were so flavorful and delicious. Followed by wedge and a ceaser salad both topped with excellent dressings. I had a Rib Steak my wife had a Filet and Lobster Tail. All cooked perfect and great selection of beef. Desert was the best coconut cream cake ever made. The steak sauce is also great but not needed
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak, aged to perfection!
    DanaluvVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Over all, we were very pleased with our meal. My husband's only disappointment was that the wedge salad was just iceberg lettuce with dressing, but no bacon or diced tomato, the way we usually find it. My clam chowder was delectable but I had to leave some to make room for entree. Hubby loved his bone in ribeye -said it was perfect!! My halibut was also tender and delicious. Dessert was also yummy-chocolate moo's cake complete with cow cookie! Only complaint about ambiance- seating was in a high traffic zone and chair kept getting bumped into by passing wait staff. Was afraid the food would end up on my husband's head. Some of the waiters must have been there for 20 years or more. Will definitely come back or try the one in Phila too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and good waiter
    Dana
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    At S&W for a 60th birthday celebration. Reservations were easy, On Line, but calling re birthday candels , as a surprise, was most pleasant. The waiter, Tim was knowledgeable and helpful. At dessert, bringing bday girls with candle as asked, wait staff sang without being asked=sweet. Bill included pre figured out tip for several percentages. Ladies room was pleasant, except for one stall door without lock.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • big pat
    bronxviking
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    smith and wollenskys has been on my list of resturants to try for a while now and after having experienced this fine resturant once , i can tell you i'll be back . the food was top notch, the service great but not over bearing ....both steaks were done to perfection, the shrimp were fantastic and the mac and cheese could be the best i have ever tried .the server richard was a pleasure to meet, he chatted away with my wife about ireland and life in new york , but never intruded on our dinning experience.after dinner we walked around to the grill for a drink and were charmed to meet shamus and oliver two of new yorks top barmen indeed . it will not be long before we are back at smith and wollenskys
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donotneedanicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It is great that they are open all day - great steak and seafood - ate there mid afternoon good time to go, very attentive service from Mark.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Tried and true
    KggfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great food and very consistent. There's something on the menu for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Excellent steak at astronomical prices. Not a place I'll rush back to.
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