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

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: 3126709900x
  • 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: Steak, Steakhouse
  • 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.
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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
290 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (169)great for outdoor dining (163)special occasion (143)notable wine list (90)fit for foodies (71)romantic (68)good for groups (66)great for lunch (51)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (30)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (16)Show More
  • Smith & Wollensky onLaborDayWeekend
    Marcel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant was busy on Saturday evening. I came to get a Hamburger from the Grill to go but decided to stay and dine because of the Entertainment (live piano music being played in a Grand Piano). She is good. So the friend I convinced to come and join me missed the entertainment :-( We had a nice time catching up and the wait staff was very attentive to us. He has great customer service skills. He recommended the Lump Crab Meat ( a cold appetizer dish & it was very good) . The restaurant and the location is a neighborhood gem by the Chicago River. I always come back to S & W for meetings, dining and or for a night cap. I can't wait for them to finish renovating The Grill. Thank you S & W team.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    meat was very tough, very poor steak. salad was excellent. i would not go for a steak.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bit Too Pushy
    CDNfodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Not our first time at S & W. Food is reliably very good. The one negative I have is that they try to upwell you at every point. For instance, we had a reservation ...but, and this is consistent, the table is not quite ready and they encourage you to take a seat a that bar and order drinks. I don't like having then to close out my tab at the bar and carry my own drive to the table. If you don't order a drink, in my experience, your table comes up much more quickly. Too many sides and deserts and options are pushed along with the meal. Not necessary, the food is good and the server should get a sense quite quickly if the customer si searching for input and ideas or knows their mind.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great service
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We met friends from Maryland at the restaurant, had a wonder view of the city and were able to listen to the sounds of life on the river. We sat outside at a lovely table. We sat for a long time with morning cocktails and visited. The food was excellent and the brunch menu was nice. We all loved our and our servers was very attentive but not push. Highly recommend it for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over price
    foodieinChicago
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our best night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently excellent
    ZinFanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Again, on a repeat visit, outstanding food and service made for a very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Downtowndiner2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The service and food were incredible. My family had a wonderful time there. So attentive and great food and location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoCards
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 20th Anniversary Evening
    KelvinA
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. The staff was great. Love the steak as well as the appetizers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back to an old friend
    Bear
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going South Fast
    GreatVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table by the service galley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our waiter Kevin did an outstanding job he was a great asset to the restaurant thank you
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A potentially bad night saved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Service
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A fantastic place to relax and enjoy outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Just Ok food going down hill fast This was once a great place
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • KellyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fantastic meal and great service. The outdoor dining patio has a wonderful view of the river walk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer Friday Lunch Along the River
    bms1VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food
    babagourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overrated & overpriced. Scallops were tepid & over cooked. Asparagus just thrown haphazardly on the plate. Lobster bisque was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not great
    xenobiaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special place
    Sassy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Many other choices for steaks
    ChicagoIrish
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service and ambiance was excellent. Excellent martini - steak was just "ok".....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad server
    CLberwyn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First and last time, there are other choices of the same or better quality. The server was just bad.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • familyfoodies
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and great good.
    Gufica
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special event
    Birdman
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    CharVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow view, wow food
    ChicagoMike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Beautiful view of the river and skyline! Food matches the magnificent view. The staff is excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looking tired and old
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This place has a great view once had great food but is going south fast stay away tourist only.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected More
    Iowavisitor
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great But Not Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for lunch
    Eatout
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We love to take our boys here for their birthday lunches. The location is great and the service is superb.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food w a nice view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food is mediocre at best and overpriced. At least we had a nice view outside. Our server though was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    EddieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service was awful and steak was overcooked. The waiter gave no effort to introduce himself, the restaurant, the menu and was very inattentive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood options are good too
    Foodme
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    STLRegulars
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.