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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
  • Address:
    318 North State St
    Marina City
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    River North (Chicago)
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.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: Matthew King
  • 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
  • "In comparison to other Chicago steak houses it was overpriced for the steak served. Poor flavor, kind of grainy. We had the 10 ounce filets. One gorgonzola, one Oscar. Extremely noisy. Wanted to sit outside not even given the choice although we had resevations. For 180.00 it shoud have been better. Better steaks at Texas Roadhouse. I ordered Medium rare rare it got Mediun well. No one came to check our steaks for quite awhile."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We eat there often...Saturday night was like our usual experience ..there were six of us that may ave been part of the problem..one of our group ordered a manhattan and asked that it not be too sweet,took 3 drinks before it was. o.K. We ordered an appetizer and a salad the others just ordered salads,they brought the crab cake and the salad together.....one couple ordered a steak medium rare and it came out very well done,not ever pink...one couple ordered the 3 mini filets and asked that one be substituted for another,server said that was impossible...just not a good night..."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Again, on a repeat visit, outstanding food and service made for a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The service and food were incredible. My family had a wonderful time there. So attentive and great food and location."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Previously dined at S&W and, once again, the food and service was wonderful. Made reservations 2 weeks in advance and requested indoor seating at a window overlooking the river like we had while on a previous trip. The Steakhouse called a day ahead to confirm our reservations and I verbally reminded them of my request. Upon arrival we were seated indoors but due to major renovations there was no seating available near a window overlooking the river. Outdoor seating was located in front of us and in front of that was a walkway for pedestrians. No view of the water was possible. I think someone should have notified us that our request was not possible prior to our arrival, at least when the confirmation call was placed."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. The staff was great. Love the steak as well as the appetizers."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I haven't been here in years, but returned this week for lunch with friends. Our bartender was personable- made me an excellent martini. Our server was exceptional. And our filets were perfectly cooked. One of my friends ordered the lobster roll and found it disappointing. Well it is a steakhouse!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The food was very good. My wife's steak was very salty and she barely ate any of it. Nobody asked how the meal was or paid attention that one plate was barely touched."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was great. We had a quiet table and were able to have a nice conversation with our friends"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This is just a place with a view and food and service is going south even the waiters outfits are looking dirty and worn out a tourist spot at best."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Despite an early reservation and an early arrival for that reservation, we were given the table immediately next to the bussing station. When we pointed out all of the open tables, we were told there was nothing they could do. Disappointing experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our waiter Kevin did an outstanding job he was a great asset to the restaurant thank you"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We found Smith & Wollensky at the last minute but thanks to open table, got in right away. However, we were seated outside, next to a very drunk, very loud, very obnoxious man. We sat, hoping the staff would do something. The salad arrived and was fantastic. I complained, but nothing happened. Once our steaks arrived, the manager or host stopped by and asked how it was, we said the food was excellent, the atmosphere sucked. We were whisked off to another table quickly and in less than a minute had resumed eating. The staff apologized profusely, gave us a free dessert and the night was saved. I'm not sure why the person wasn't asked to leave, but we at least finished our meal in peace."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A fantastic place to relax and enjoy outstanding food and service."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Just Ok food going down hill fast This was once a great place"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Fantastic meal and great service. The outdoor dining patio has a wonderful view of the river walk."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "If you're in town for vacation, or doing a business lunch, do not pass up the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine with upscale steak or seafood at one of Chicago's legendary steak houses. Their patio borders the river, where on a nice day the view is perfect and you'll spend lunch watching boats pass up and down on their way to the lake."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Overrated & overpriced. Scallops were tepid & over cooked. Asparagus just thrown haphazardly on the plate. Lobster bisque was very good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Generally do not go to steakhouses, but this was a dinner with two good long-time (45+ years) friends, one of whom made the choice as we had never had dinner there as a group. Outdoor seating was terrific , with view of the river. Service was excellent. The wine choice was superb. Unfortunately, my entree was just so-so. Halibut was not particularly flavorful, came lukewarm and the accompanying fennel -blah. The salad and sides were flavorful ( although , once again, the baked potato was lukewarm) and plentiful. If given the choice to go to a steak- oriented restaurant ( with these kind of prices) I would opt for Keefer's. Much better alternatives to steak."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Once again celebrated our anniversary at S&W and were not disappointed. The food was fabulous as was the service. It continues to be our ver favorite place."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Service and ambiance was excellent. Excellent martini - steak was just "ok"....."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I would think for the amount of money it would be perfect but you pretty much pay for the view. There were some positives and negAtives, but for hundreds of dollars it wasn't the best experience to spend that much again. The server wAs really busy and was leaving the table before we could ask for another drink. I didn't notice any busboys and the manager had to clear our plates. Our dining experience took three hours for the four of us. I did like whenever u left your seat there was a new napkin folded at the table and the view outside is amazing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "First and last time, there are other choices of the same or better quality. The server was just bad."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had family from out of town which we met for dinner. Gerald our waiter was fantastic. The venue is perfect for conversation and good food."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I made my reservation through open table a day before and the restaurant called to confirm the day of reservation. We got there at 8 pm sharp and they sat us right away which was great. Our server came in less than 3 minutes after we sat down to ask for our drink order. After we ordered our entrees came very fast and I told the waitress if she could wait a little longer for our steaks to come out and she did just that. When we got our steaks they were cooked perfectly and also they were delicious. Theresa one of the managers if think was on top of everything, she was very nice and talked to us for a while. At the end they gave a big chocolate cake because of my birthday and it was enough for the four of us. Great food great service"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Celebrated a special birthday at a table for 2 on the outdoor patio on the Chicago River. Service was attentive and helpful. Meal was superb and atmosphere made it truly memorable."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We received excellent personal service. We felt our food was prepared with care and tasted delicious. We look forward to future dining experiences."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Beautiful view of the river and skyline! Food matches the magnificent view. The staff is excellent."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This place has a great view once had great food but is going south fast stay away tourist only."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Just disappointed. Made an open table reservation, was stuck in a table in the back, waiter seemed rushed and robotic, meal was not impressive"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Visited from out of town so never been before. Nice steakhouse. Service was good, about what I expect from an expensive steakhouse. Nothing really "Wowed" me - except for our $600 bill. Not that I'm a cheapskate, but I think there are better places with a better scene for the same or cheaper prices. Asked for a nice table and was unimpressed with ours despite the place being relatively not crowded. There was a reception downstairs which may have been the reason for our lack of an impressive table/view. It's a good place to try out. Next time we are in town will likely try another steakhouse. Still pleased with the meal and service."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We love to take our boys here for their birthday lunches. The location is great and the service is superb."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food is mediocre at best and overpriced. At least we had a nice view outside. Our server though was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Service was awful and steak was overcooked. The waiter gave no effort to introduce himself, the restaurant, the menu and was very inattentive."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The steaks here are top shelf, but on this visit, I had a craving for a seared tuna. It did not disappoint. Phenomenal peice of sashimi grade tuna, expertly prepared."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Down to every single detail, our dinner was fabulous. High quality food, high quality service and stellar view of the river."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "There are so many choices of steak houses in Chicago. This one happens to has the best location and view, directly on the Chicago river. Aside from the cuts of beef, portion size and the service being superb, I was fortunate to have Gerald as my server and Cyrus as my busboy. Gerald is knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. I wish he was a family member. He is such a pleasure. Our party of 7 all had beef, except for my wife. She raved about her salmon. My boys loved their oversized burgers and mash. We shall return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everything was great our table was perfect!! Inside but right in the window so it was indoor/ outdoor! Thank you."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great food and amazing service by our waiter!!! He was super nice and quit frankly the only one nice in that restaurant. Upon arriving we were not greeted and talked to very rudely as I had requested outside dining. We were told that was not possible bc of our size. I wish they would have told me that when confirmation of our reservations then was told the downstairs was closed due to renovations. No where on open table did It say that when making the reservation. Very disappointed. The food and waiter definitely made up for aome of it but for someone who lives Out of state and specifically chose this place for the water river view it was disappointing. Wish they would have been a little nicer in the front."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This was once a great spit but food and service is really bad I ordered the sea food tower and fish was bad I will say to folks stay away. The place also treats African Americans badly had to wait 15 minutes for awaited to even bring water...stay away"
    Dined on 7/22/2014