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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com
  • Email: RArendt@swrg.com
  • Phone: (312) 670-9900
  • Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday: 11:30am–1:00am

    Friday and Saturday:

    11:30am–1:30am

    Sunday: 11:00am–12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Brian Christman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have 7 different private dining rooms that will accomodate parties of 7 to 130 guests.
  • Entertainment: Piano Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Bank of Chicago River
  • Public Transit: State/Lake, Grand
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered directly in front of our entrance.
A word from Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
The ultimate steakhouse in the city that knows its steak.



Adjacent to the Loop on bustling State Street, our Chicago location offers an impressive view of the Chicago River and features a large outdoor patio open during pleasant weather, spring through fall. Enjoy turn-of-the-century décor, and ample space for private events. For more casual fare or a relaxing cocktail hour, visit Wollensky’s Grill on the lower floor. Tours of the dry-aging room and on-site butcher shop may be arranged by special request. Continued
Diner Reviews
  • "Your servers need to know your wine list. I hate when you order a wine, and it's clear they have no idea what you are talking about, and then 5 minutes later they come back and ask you again, "Which one did you order?" and you have to point it out to them. I expect better at your restaurant. Please train your servers!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We sat outside (it was a tab bit noisy at times though overall worth it for the first nice day of the year) and service was impeccable. Hot bread was a real treat! My salad Wollensky salad with tuna on it was amazing. So much rare tuna - high quality and the bacon was a dream come true. It was a great choice to impress a client though it was expensive ($75 for three) for lunch."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was very dissapointed with the overall dinning experience at SW. I had a party of ten for a business dinner. Our service started out good but went to poor by the end of the evening. We waited over thirty minutes for our main entree after salads. They were out of most fresh fish items which the server didn't know at the time of taking everyone's order. In some instances the server came back to inform my guest they didn't have there second choice for an entree. We waited another twenty minutes after everyone was finish eating. Personally I think our server is good but had to many tables. Chicago has many great resturants that will allow me not to return to this SW location."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It was my first time at this place and definitely not the last! The food was excellent. Service top notch!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The service was outstanding and wine list was exceptional. Our server ascertained the direction that we were leaning toward and helped us find a wine that we enjoyed very much."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "And the food was delicious. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent steak (filets, ribeyes) and seafood. Table downstairs by the window is nice -- I always bring my mother when she's in town, it's her favorite. Also great for lunch -- soup, salad, oysters and bloody marys!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I still love this place even when you can't sit outside. They have the best wedge and split pea soup in Chicago not mention some of the finest sushi grade tuna for a light lunch entrée. The staff is always friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The staff was awesome, and the food was incredible!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Good solid food. Our waiter was great, but had trouble communicating. Probably more my fault since I have been away from the big city for a long time!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Alex A was an excellent waiter. Our food was top noth, Lamb, Veal and Salmon. We always celebrate our anniversary there with our Son who now lives in Chicago."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service top notch. Very noisy in the section we were in... A large group had obviously been drinking A LOT. They were extremely loud but at least not using offensive language. It was just difficult to carry on a conversation in their vicinity without having to talk loudly to each other. Other than that, great place and we'd definable return"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is my second time eating at this restaurant. I was entertaing two work colleagues and wanted to impress them with a great dining experience. As expected the food was very good. Our server was very nice but after placing our order and getting our wine, he never checked in with us. We poured our own wine and bypassed a second bottle because we couldn't get our waiters attention to order it in time. I was quite surprised given that the restaurant wasn't that busy and the price we were paying for our dinner. Overall based on the price point compared to the service level there are too many better alternatives in the city that have more solid service."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been here before but in NYC. it actually reminded me of the NY location in that we had to go downstairs to dine. Pretty cool . Not a lot of places like that here in Chicago. Food was great...had the tenderloin trio. delicious, my friend enjoyed the bone in Porterhouse and said it was a very good steak. Everything was nice...No complaints at all."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites in Chicago with a great location and the best steak around. Service was outstanding. Great wine and awesome coconut cake. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We dined at a beautiful table with a view of the river. The food was pretty good - I would recommend the burrata as an appetizer, fries and creamed spinach to share, and any of the steaks or the burger. Service was a bit spotty and snotty, but overall just fine."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had 13 people for a birthday dinner. All 13 agree that the food was absolutely delicious and some of the best we have had. David was out server and he was outstanding. They had a card upon arrival for the birthday girl and brought out a massive chunk of cake for the entire group after our meal. Definitely above and beyond standard level of service. We were seated right along the river and the view was wonderful also. Very impressed and will definitely be back when we visit Chicago again!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Friday night is jumping upstairs, not business casual but restaurant still a standout. Enjoyed food, like being downstairs last visit better"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had a great luncheon at this Chicago landmark. The waitstaff was attentive, and the food was excellent, the food was fabulous, Very good service. It was wine week Quite the deal!!! Will go again for sure"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Our waiter was Juan and he was AMAZING made great suggestions and food was amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Normally service is great - we had a waiter who never asked how our food came out. We were done with our meal and wanted a coffee but we couldn't even flag him down to ask for one. 15 min after we were finished he showed up not asking if we wanted anything just said I'll bring the dessert menu. By then we just wanted to leave."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Thinking everyone would be at the parade on Saturday, we thought we could slip downtown see the river and enjoy a great lunch. How naive. People were EVERYWHERE. Thank goodness we had a reservation. Not only that but we had a window table. WOW! Great food and Great service!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a memorable experience! They were very accommodating! We requested a seat by the window and they happily accommodated. Our boys, ages 2 and 9 loved the view! Watching the boats go by in the green river was such a treat! They even gave our mother a special dessert for her birthday! The food was delicious as well!!! We would go back in a heartbeat!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "If you've never enjoyed an extended Wine Week lunch at Smith & Wollensky's, add it to your bucket list."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The service was very slow and the steak was greasy! I was very surprised and sadly disappointed."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Table wasn't ready, but after we sat down service and food was great! Will definitely go again. ..."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite steak houses. The quality of the food is for some reason much higher than other similar rated restaurants. The view in the fall and summer of the river is awesome. I would definitely recommend outdoor dining if you have the option."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We had a much better experience at the Signature Room, it seemed as if Smith & Wolensky is living off of it "reputation" and not delivering the level that it professes. Seemed as if we overpaid and the service was under delivered."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great sampling of wine, coupled with some fabulous food. Wine samplings were great. Will need to book earlier next year. Our reservation was at 1 pm, and we still missed 5 of the reds to sample. Duo steak that included Gorgonzola and Cajun seasoning, with creamed spinach and hash browns were wonderful."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My companion and I really enjoyed our waiter and the food. This was our first visit to this restaurant but not the last."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Service was great. Told the restaurant it was our anniversary and received complimentary champagne and received well wishes from all the staff. Not very crowded for a Friday night but had a lovely evening."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love coming to this restaurant. It's always delicious and easily accessible no matter what your day involves."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and requested a window table, which they accommodated. They also had a card ready for him, which was very nice. The food here is excellent and the service is as well. The waitstaff is very attentive. Also a great view!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed terrific steaks, great cocktails and a really nice bottle of wine in a very relaxed atmosphere. The service was just right - attentive without being pushy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "good food with great service enjoyed meal with daughter a few nights ago."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I decided to have a late Valentine's Day/ birthday dinner, and decided on Smith & Wollensky. It was our first time dining there an it exceeded our expectations in every way. I had the Filet Oscar, and my girlfriend had the Salmon. My filet was so tender I literally cut it with my butter knife. We complimented our meal with a side of the Truffled Macaroni and cheese, which was indescribably delicious. This may of been our first visit, but it definitely won't be our last."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was too. The portions were large enough to share between the two of us. We did not have to wait for anything from the time we arrived until we left."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We love steak. We've been "touring" various steak restaurants in the Chicago area. We've been doing this each special occasion. I think we have a new champion. Our entire dining experience at Smith and Wollensky was amazing from start to finish. The service was flawless. Staff was attentive without being overbearing. They all knew that it was our Anniversary and they really took care to ensure that it was a special occasion. Each employee knew that it was our anniversary, and we were greeted with a complementary champagne glass, each and a lovely comped dessert. I can honestly say that this was, hands down, the most flavorful, tender fillet that we've had in the Chicagoland area, thus far. All in all, a perfect Anniversary meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was great, and it over looks the river, indoor and outdoor expereince with amazing views. the service was very helpful on our first visit with great value for the quality of the cuts they use. Portions are large and filling, I went this a steak Oscar style and it was great. My girlfirend got their monster pork chop and loved it while we split their macaroni and cheese because we both love cheese and it was rich and wonderful. Top that off with a large piece of chocalate cake and it was a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "The aged steaks are legendary! The service (from the welcome to the good-bye) was great. The staff was friendly and attentive. The sides were fit for two and there was a wide array to suit varied palettes. The scenery was great both within and without - I had a great view of the River. I have to come back in the summer to enjoy the terrace."
    Dined on 2/21/2014