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Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay
Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay
  • Address:
    101 Arlington St. The Castle at Columbus Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
    Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com
  • Phone: (617) 423-1112
  • 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: Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Way too expensive for food that was not all that extraordinary. Two in our party of four ordered steaks and both said that the meat was over cooked."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The staff was friendly and attentive. But the management should invest in some new jackets for the waiters, very rag tag."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "LIVED IN BOSTON FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW AND THIS WAS OUR FIRST AND LAST TIME VISITING SMITH & WOLLENSKY. FIRST WE DID NOT ORDER WINE OR DRINKS AS THE WAITER RECOMMENDED AND WE COULD TELL HE DEVELOPED AN ATTITUDE RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING. WE ASKED OUR WAITER WHAT SPECIAL DISHES WERE FAVORED BY MOST GUESTS AND AFTER LISTENING TO HIM WE WENT ON HIS RECOMMENDATION FOR THAT NIGHT'S SPECIAL, TRUELY A DISAPPOINTING MEAL! AFTER WE FINISHED THE MEAL OUR WAITER ASKED IF WE WANTED DESSERT, WE DECIDED WE DID NOT AND THE WAITER'S PERSONALITY COMPLETELY CHANGED FOR THE WORSE EVEN MORE. FRANKLY, I COULD HAVE FOUND A MUCH BETTER WAY TO DROP $700.00 PLUS!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was excellent. They have the best signature steak and creamy mashed potatoes. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgable The other memorable part was the complimentary dessert that they gave us. It was the largest most delicious chocolate slice of cake with whipped cream and strawberries. It could have fed 4 people. Everything they did made the occasion even more special"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent, and our waiter was absolutely fantastic. Went to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and we had a great experience. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It is in a castle. In Boston, A CASTLE! Great history, ask to sit in the arsenal room off the main room in the rear. You can tour the castle which served as a Armory during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The woodwork and the restoration is amazing. The murals on the upper floor are timeless. We have been regulars in the NY Restaurant for years and were amazed with hte history of this location. Food was, as expected, superb. Ask for Amy to serve you."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've dined at the Smith & Wollensky (S & W) - Back Bay location only a handful of times. There's something about S &W that invites me to try a different cut of steak each visit. At most other steak houses, I usually stick with the filet mignon. It was my plan to order the rack of lamb, which I've had in the past, but it is no longer on the menu. Instead I ordered the bone-in ribeye and it did not disappoint. It was my cousin's first time at a Smith & Wollensky and she enjoyed every aspect of her dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The whole scenario from food to service was certainly very good, my only negative notes would be that the room seemed a little cold, and I am not referring to the temperature, and the prices a tad ambitious."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The atmosphere is wonderful in this old fort that's now used as a restaurant Good steak, as you'd expect from S&W. Be sure to ask for Sean as your waiter. He's awesome! He took really good care of our family of 4. Ask him about wine -- he's extremely knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Steaks were good ..but have had better.waiter very attentive but because he coming to table a little often we were interupted way too often. Salad was requested with dressing on side wedge cane with heao of blue cheese dressing..gad to send back..there was no pepper in pepper mill had to look to get somw pepper...salmon good not very moist though and gava beans and stuff it was served on wasnt tasty enough to eat...blueberry tart..very good but don't bother with banana choc. Dessert..very dry..not good...they were very nice however and sent us glasses of champagne bcause they knew it was our anniversary...everybody was very nice..unfortunately food wasn't great..just ok"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been to Smith and Wollensky, at the Castle in Boston many times. And we keep coming back because of the excellence of the food and service. We had Travers whom we've had in the past and continue to enjoy! He is quite engaging and made our meal even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend Smith and Wollensky!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I love coming in an hanging at the bar for dinner with Mike & luis when they work. The food is spectacular and they provide great company."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "You will enjoy Michael the bartender. Ask for Jesse to be your waiter."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We thought that the portions were very large and would have liked it if our server reminded us that we could split a steak. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The building is beautiful. The ambiance is nice. The steaks we had: one was of poor meat quality and my wife's was literally uneatable."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I took my wife for her birthday dinner to the Smith & Wollensky on Arlington Street. The experience was wonderful from the host greeting my wife with happy birthday wishes to our wonderful server being extremely attentive. We both ordered steaks and they were prepared exactly to our specifications. Dessert was a mountain of chocolate cake that fed us both for several nights after at home. All in all, if you are looking to dine on the highest quality steak in a relaxed and caring atmosphere, Smith & Wollensky should be your destination."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • " The food is always perfect - Service amazing - New bar menu is a much needed addition Mike & Luis behind the bar are very knowledgable , attentive & responsive. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Smith and Wollensky Back Bay was Great in everyday! I have dined at countless high end restaurants all over the US and confidently put this experience in my top favorites. Not only was the food prepared to perfection, our waiter Travis made the experience ten times better. One of the best/most knowledgable servers I have had yet. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "S&W made us feel so special on our Anniversary! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This was my first time at Smith & Wollensky. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the drinks and the food. He answered all of our questions about the different kinds of steak and delivered our orders in a timely manner. The space itself is incredible--the original armory of the Volunteer Corps of Boston. The manager offered me a private tour to the upper levels of the Castle, showing me antique books, weapons, uniforms, and flags. The architecture alone was stunning. The seafood appetizers were delicious--we had tuna carpaccio, oysters, and a crab cake. Our filets and sirloins were cooked to perfection, and the side of french fries was delicious, sporting big salt crystals. Perfect for a special occasion! Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Everyone in our party had some kind of steak and they were all delicious. We also shared a garden salad and a wedge which were good as well. Onion rings were very plain with no taste. would not recommend them but the potato pancake was delicious so would recommend that as a side. It was pretty slow there, thought the wait staff could have a little more personality because our waiter had none. Also went missing and none came back to see if we needed anything. He forgot my beverage and we had to ask him to bring it. He did take it off the bill for us though. Other than that it was good."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were a party of eight celebrating a group achievement so we pushed the boat out and we were not disappointed. The waiter was fantastic, patient while we dithered over our ride and guided us through the wine list. His recommendations were spot on. The food when it arrived was fantastic. Thanks for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went on my graduation night. Everything was delicious, but the service was not good at all. It was very very slow. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been to a lot of steakhouses and this one is my favorite. The 24oz ribeye is incredible. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The dining experience at Smith and Wollensky was excellent. Our server Sean was very professional, knowledgeable, and delivered a memorable experience to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Sean has a great personality and made our dining experience fun and enjoyable for a large party of 10 people. The food and ambiance was wonderful and we look forward to coming back to celebrate the next special occasion. Best regards, Lisa"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this Smith and Wollensky for special occasions. The "palace" is beautiful and the waiter give you a history of the place before taking your order. It is crazy expensive, but the portions are huge and the steaks are fabulous. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went for dinner to celebrate my college graduation. They were incredibly accommodating, as our reservation number kept changing. The service was wonderful and they made sure everything was to our liking, and even gave me a congratulations card signed by all the waiters! You really do get what you pay for, as this is not an inexpensive place. But highly recommended for those extremely rare go-all-out events."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Had heard fantastic things about the wait staff and how they can really add to your experience by talking about the buildings history etc. Not only did our server NOT do that, he also forgot to place the order for my daughters meal-and it was her graduation. The manager tried to make up for it with dessert, but that didnt go smoothly either. Sadly not worth the price tag. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "S & W may not want this to be known but it is a great place for a vegetarian. The sides are excellent but the waiter offered a vegetarian entre choice that was not on the menu. This was no toss-off entre to be able to say they accommodated me. It was a beautifully presented fully developed tasty entre full of flavor. The service was outstanding and cordial. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Went for dinner on Sunday 5/4 to celebrate wedding anniversary. First visit to the Castle and it was a great night. Started with a complimentary champagne toast. Nice fresh bread came next, then both had classic wedge salad which was outstanding. For main course, I had Filet Au Poivre with baked stuffed shrimp. Steak was very good, as was rub and sauce. Shrimp was overcooked, which was only disappointment. Wife had Filet Au Poivre with side of baked potato and sauteed mushrooms. Sides were excellent. Our waiter, Travers, was outstanding. He was attentive and informative but not overbearing. Overall very pleased with entire experience. Manager brought over a card signed by the staff which was a very nice touch."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "The Filet Mignon was the best I have ever had... The only draw back was a lack of explanation on the only special they had. We specifically asked if there were any specials and we were told no. My wife and I noticed a chalkboard with a special after we ordered and when we asked about it we were told it was too late to change but that they did have a special! It was disconcerting but did not detract from an overall excellent dining experience ."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. No complaints at all. The service was great. Would strongly recommend to all. I really thought the timing of food and service was great. Very pleased."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a great dining experience here. The steaks are amazing the service was superb and loved the decor and ambiance of the place. A++++ dining experience. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The reservation was in the book but the table wasn't...we ended up with 8 of us in a corner near the restroom door in a table too small. My rib eye was too full of grizzle and the side dishes were oily. The wine was good thou...."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We were in from Buffalo for a conference . We found it online and walked . The bldg is an old castle and was amazing . Food was to die for and service was top notch! My favorite part was we were told that we were free to explore around all several floors after dinner . Meeting rooms and banq rooms were all on floors 2 - 4. Lit fires roared in the fire places , Amazing antiques And architecture abound .The tables were all set . Its a one if a kind find and a must see and do while in Boston ! We oh the " gigantic chocolate cake" for the table .its enough for 5 people easily!! Do yourself a favor and go to dinner at Smith and Wollensky !!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have to admit I was disappointed. I had read such great reviews, and I wonder if the Boston Marathon crowds were a bit overwhelming for the staff. 1. Our reservations were lost, but eventually we were seated. 2. Service was slow, and our waiter rarely checked in with us. 3. Requests for more wine, more butter, were never fulfilled."
    Dined on 4/21/2014