Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay
Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay

Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: 6174231112x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Sunday:

    Bar 4:00pm-10:00pm

    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Private Events & Groups can be arranged any time of day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Matt King
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus
  • Public Transit: Arlington/Back Bay
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $16/car during dinner service. There are public parking lots and limited street parking nearby.
A word from Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay
Eat like royalty in Boston’s most famous castle.



Indulge your senses and sense of history with the unique dining experience of our Boston steakhouse. Located in a historic stone and brick “castle” built in 1891, the structure originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets and is listed on the National Historic Register. The first floor gunroom, social hall, and museum floor have been converted to the main dining room. The castle also boasts an impressive collection of private dining rooms, and the fourth floor Battle Room is one of Boston’s most coveted locations for large parties.
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Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
104 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (71)notable wine list (40)fit for foodies (34)romantic (31)good for groups (25)neighborhood gem (15)scenic view (7)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Iexpected more quality for $277.67+
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second trip to S & W Back Bay. The rib eye I had was a bit thin and dry. The other two steaks were Filet with Rossini, the cook should go lighter with the sauce. The filets were smothered and totally masks the flavor of the meat. The hash browns were brown on one side and were hash blacks on the other side(burnt). The only alcohol was a $22.00 Scotch. I did valet the car and to my suprise the valet says $18.00 for car plus tip of $7.00 was $25.00. My total for the night. $352.67. Our first experiance was good. We were with a large group and had the private room up stairs. This is why we came back. Next time Capital Grill or Stregga Waterfront.
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  • BTJ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We found the historical significance of the building to be the best part of the entire experience. Other than that, it falls into the same category as a Ruth's Chris or Metropolitan Grill...very expensive, prime beef, and the standard stale sides...creamed spinach, mushrooms, etc. The service was prompt, but not particularly friendly. Also, the restaurant was unable to accommodate separate checks on a group over 6 which was a disadvantage, as this was a non-hosted work event, with multiple groups attending. With a bill coming in at $2500 plus for the evening, we would assume that the staff could make that accommodation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent beef
    QueenieDog
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary and received a thoughtful card and comp champagne toast upon arriving. The beef was excellent and the building is extremely interesting being a castle. It was a Sunday night so we were allowed to wander thru the building which was special as my husband did a lot of finish carpentry there. We had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This location and building is just a gem, we had our 10 & 11 years olds kids with us and we were allowed to walk around and look at the unique features of such a grand place. The food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special venue for special occasions
    BackbaydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent food and service, in a gorgeous historical building.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak and great chowder!
    LSmithVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I ended up at S&W for my husband's birthday. Best decision ever! The bread was a pull apart type of bread that was very tasty. Then we ordered a bowl of smoked clam chowder that was to die for! It was oh so good. If I ever go back there this is what I am going to order. My meal was the filet and baked stuffed shrimp. The steak was like butter and so tender and the crab meat stuffed shrimp just heavenly. If it weren't for the high end prices I would visit this place more often but it is just not in the family budget. S&W gets 4 thumbs up (2 from me and 2 from the hubby).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful space, delicious food
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    While not wildly expensive, it's on the high side...but worth it. Beef was delicious, as were the side dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    pezqueraVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service in our table was very slow and not up to the standards a restaurant like this should have. Must Improve!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smith & Wollensky Boston
    nqNY
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once seated, We received a wonderful and tasty warm bread at the table. The appetizers were good being the iceberg wedge and the crabmeat appetizer. I ordered their signature rib eye, It was a thin cut, flavorless and dry( even being cooked a medium rare). The creamed spinach side was ordinary and a corn/manchego cheese side which was not a tasty recipe. The dessert we ordered was a bluberry tart which was dry and flavorless(the vanilla ice cream which came with it was needed). The service was impeccable at this restaurant, yet for the price(my rib eye at near $50 ) i would not recommend this restaurant. I have been to better steak houses in Boston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it's cracked out to be
    Jason
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Edible that's it I was hoping it would be like capital grill the food was not that good for the money you will get a better steak at outback steak house
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Smith & Wollensky, as usual, was wonderful. The food, atmosphere were all super! We have dined at S & W, Back Bay many times and have never been disappointed! And we plan and going there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for a King and Queen
    Ttaverna51
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As always, the food at Smith & Wollensky at the Castle was fit for a king! The waitstaff does an impeccable job of catering to your every need but without making you feel as if they're hovering. This staff is truly professional. It is a beautiful building as well, making for a warm & welcoming atmosphere. It was my husband's and my wedding anniversary and when we arrived we were greeted each with a glass of champagne and a small, fresh and amazing crab appetizer. THEY EVEN GAVE US AN ANNIVERSARY CARD WHICH THE STAFF ALL SIGNED!!! We have been before and will continue to go back to this enchanted castle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Birthday Dinner!
    afm928
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My Husband and I had the most amazing experience at Smith & Wollensky this weekend. We arrived early, and were greeted by the incredibly friendly John who told us that the dining room wasn't quite ready yet so he showed us to the bar. We ended up spending the entire night there! Michael and Luis at the bar were fantastic. They quickly served us champagne upon learning it was my birthday. Michael then proceeded to help us decide on the most amazing dinner selections. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The castle is so impressive. We went exploring and bumped into John again who gave us a mini tour which was fabulous. It was a fantastic evening, amazing food, service that made us feel like rock stars. We can't wait to go back! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    noscalarVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The castle is very classical and traditional. It is good experience for 1st time Boston visitors. The food is huge. In our group, no one can finish the meal. Prepare for a good appetite.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Boston Dining Experience
    sceater
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I took my son and his girlfriend to this restaurant for his birthday. The restaurant is in a huge stone castle fortress and, once inside, you are enveloped in the ambiance of an historic setting with beautiful old architectural features, with smooth jazz playing in the background. Our waiter was great...welcoming, informative, attentive and friendly. He overhead us saying it was my son's birthday and arranged for us to receive an amuse bouche. Two of us had the filet oscar; the other two had bone-in aged steaks - all were the best we ever had. My son also received a complimentary slice of cheesecake and a birthday card signed by the waiters...fantastic dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I visited Smith & Wollensky for our 5th anniversary in a row and the staff could not have been more welcoming. We even had a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for us when we arrived. I Highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely a chain...
    ThereYaGo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Definitely has that "chain" feel. The servers were in jackets that need some serious updating/dry cleaning. Servers looked sloppy. (as well as management in suits that were ill fitted.....i know i cant knock them for a bad fitted suit, but, they looked like used car salesmen. The biggest thing I couldn't get over was that everything "scripted" in what they had to say/upsell. It was more about what they wanted to "sell" than listening to what the patrons wanted to eat. And personally, i dont like being checked on every 5 minutes....let me eat, and most of the time it was interrupting a conversation. And the devil is the details, they need to dim the lights in here a little bit, little too bright. Food was good, but, nothing spectacular.
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  • Amazing
    steaklover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is the best steak I've had! The service was amazing! very polite and friendly! Very pricey, but worth it. This is a great place for a romantic date night. Also great for a very special occasion!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    JJLLPP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Smith and Wollensky has always been our "go to" spot. We celebrate birthdays, job promotions and special holidays here! We got engaged on our way into Boston for dinner. (Fiancé had me thinking it was an end of the summer dinner.) On the reservation "Just got engaged!!" was written. We got zero acknowledgment from any employee at Smith and Wollensky. The awful part is the people checking in behind us got a "Happy 27th anniversary". Next time I'll go to Ruth's Chris were they acknowledge special events.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was amazing and atmosphere very high end! Will be back
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice
    pickypicky
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I went during restaurant week so we got a bargain and we still spent well over $100. That being said, the food and service were excellent. We had never visited this restaurant therefore when asked if we wanted a special table,we said no. We were seated in a small room that was not very attractive. Upon leaving, we took a little tour and found a very attractive large dining area. I wish we had known prior to seating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Filet with Foie Gras
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everythihg was great! Did the restuarant week menu-- such a good deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Not fairy tale castle dinner
    SheilaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great location, first class service, varied menu. Tried their pre-fixed menu for restaurant week which included appetizer, entree and dessert for $38. Very disappointed as the entree was just the meat and did not come with anything else. Each side potato, veggie, etc was an additional charge if $11-14 each. Therefore the meal with 2 sides went from $38 to $63. I have never seen that happen during restaurant week in any other restaurant . So what should have been a $80 check was actually a $138 check
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location - Standard fare
    Johnny
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The location and the building are absolutely amazing. Service was also exquisite. We went in a small group (5) for restuarant week to try this place out and were somewhat disappointed with thier offering. As compared to Capital Grill which we also visited as part of restaurant week the food was bland and offer was miniscule. The food however left a lot to be desired. All items were fairly bland and did not give a true sample of what it is that Smith and Wollensky is known for. They also did not offer any sides with the entree so you have to purchase ala-cart on top of the restaurant week. I found that fairly pretentious. Long story short. I don't see myself wanting to return. - it was also empty for restaurant week (I know why)
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  • OpTabVIPVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We greatly enjoyed our return to S&W to check out Restaurant Week. Our server Dean was perfect as always, and the three course meal was excellent! The renovations this year to the Main Room were a nice addition!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and great steaks
    DaniCalifornia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service was phenomenal. We enjoyed a wonderful wine selection with the help of our server who was also a sommelier. The steaks were very good and perfectly prepared. The sides left something to be desired. We had the creamed spinach, truffled macaroni and cheese, and the whipped potatoes. None had much flavor, especially when compared to the delicious steaks. Overall though, we were very pleased and will come back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    BN23
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had great food, great company, and a fun bartender/server. Made my night and my good friend's night very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    court
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    delicious! er had a wonderful time and the food and service was fantastic. Yumm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable special occasion
    2Dineoutfanatics
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was our 19th wedding anniversary which I noted in our reservation for Dine-Out week in Boston. Our waiter immediately acknowledged this occasion with a flutes of champagne and a Happy Anniversary card signed by all the staff! What a wonderful touch! Food was very good, perfectly prepared and delicious. Trying out an upscale restaurant during Dine-Out week is a great way to experience a new restaurant at a fantastic price. We would go back even without the Dine-out prices now.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Food
    BB01
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The steak was just not great and this is supposed to be a steakhouse. The sauce (au poivre) was also not great. My wife had the crab cakes which were not cooked well, as they were very mushy on the inside. All in all not a place to come back to
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    Lessthanthrilled
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was my first time at the castle and I was slightly disappointed. The place was great and the service ok but the food what not as good as i was expecting. It was like they forgot to add seasoning to the food. I never add salt but I need to salt my stead and mac and cheese as they were both bland. I'm not sure if this is a reflection on how the treat "restaurant week" customers but I wasn't impressed. It makes me not want to revisit this location. I have been to another Boston location with much better food and service that wasn't so forced and memorized.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place...
    collmeg
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my first experience at Smith & Wollensky. It was a special occasion and it was lovely and delicious. It is pricey, but quality is their top priority. Lovely evening!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice experience
    Virginiacanuck
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice ambience but outside more impressive than inside. Food good but pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stratty
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    it was a special occasion for my Daughter-in law as she just completed her two year graduate study @ UMass Boston. the staff obliged by allowing us to be seated in the Ancient library room, When asked were she wanted to dine she requested the CASTLE . We were unable to do the self-tour , as we had arrived too late. All of our dinners and desserts were excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOT YOUR EVERY DAY CASTLE
    HDHartVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Located in an actual pre-revolutionary Castle , Smith & Wolenskys lived up to royalty in every way. While the seafood tower was a little low for the price ($65), the beefsteak tomato salad, the hashbrown potatoes, the fresh corn, and particularly the incredible bone-in ribeye steaks more than compensated. Service was fit for a King! Topping the night off was the tour of the upper floors by the Manager, which is a history lesson in and of itself. Truly a regal night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating in Boston History
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to an early dinner in order to get to another amazing Boston mainstay, "Shear Madness" (longest running and hilarious play in American Theater at 33 years and counting) to celebrate my brother's birthday. The historic renovation of the castle and immediately available background sheet made it like eating in a beautiful and inviting museum. As a steakhouse the food was delectable (chicken only got okay reading from my husband). Waiter was a tad too self important, but did not detract much from the otherwise lovely and generally worthwhile costly experience. Great for special events.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Fatcattn
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    S&W in NYC has been on my list for a while. When I found out we were going to be in Boston, I thought I'd see if they had a sister location. Turns out, they have two. Of course, I chose the castle location, and thankfully it was closest to our Copley Place hotel. They have several signature steaks on the menu. I chose the coffee & cocoa rubbed filet. It did not disappoint. Terrific crust. It was a little more medium well than medium, but it didn't hurt the flavor. The Hubs had the long bone rib eye. This is an expensive steak and while the parts he ate were good, it was extremely fatty and much of the steak was wasted. He should have sent it back, but it was my birthday & he didn't want to cause a fuss. Truffled mac & cheese was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rare Gem in the Back Bay
    winedine12
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    One of the best meals I've ever had. The dry aged long bone rib eye is an experience to say the least. Interior decor is a visual feast. Staff was extremely well versed in all aspects of the menu as well as the history of the building. Also very cordial and attentative. Look forward to going back next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steak, nothing special
    BCeagle
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had a great time here with my girlfriend. The steak was good, but nothing to write home about. Service wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad. When you go to a restaurant of this caliber you expect the waiter to listen to your order and not write it down. Our waiter was a veteran and he wrote it down. Our dinners were delivered in reverse (I got my girlfriend's dinner), but it wasn't a big deal to switch plates. Also, our water glasses took a very long time to be refilled and we had to ask the manager who was walking around. Just small things that make you feel like your not at a place of high-quality service. Overall, I would say go for the experience but do not expect something that will blow you away.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Focus on being a premium restaurant
    SmithWhat11
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    On arrival we were greeted by a bar server, he took our drink and appetizer order. 30 min later the appetizer came. He apologized as their kitchen was busy. That's fine. Once we finished in the bar we asked twice when we would be seated in the restaurant. In the dining area staff were repeatedly dropping dishes etc. We & other guests commented how odd that was. We ordered dinner/wine and when it came the steaks were ok but the shrimp was way overdone. The server fumbled around serving our sides spoon by spoon. I had to tell him to stop. Wine was not what we ordered. Asked for the rest of the bottle to go and server said they were out of to go bags but gave us a paper bag stapled at the top. Not quite the experience we expected or paid for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate