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
314 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (177)scenic view (174)special occasion (146)notable wine list (95)fit for foodies (78)good for groups (74)romantic (67)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (36)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (16)late-night find (13)Show More
  • Dinner
    dianeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were seated outside by the river so the view was great, and so was the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointing :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I dine out on the weekends and I'm normally very pleased with the food and the service we receive. Unfortunately, I cant say the same for this place. We visited Chicago for the weekend with friends and came across this restaurant while walking around downtown. We requested an outside table on our reservation so we could see the river but they put us inside at a table closely placed between 2 other tables and it was very uncomfortable. We finally got moved after I commented to the Host that we really were not happy sitting inside, which I did appreciate. However, the rest of the night we received poor service, our food took forever to come out to a point were we were ready to leave and then our dishes ended up being cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ShoeGal47
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food and ambiance was amazing! More than adequately served a party of +10. GREAT JOB!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Big, fresh steaks and tuna steaks. Wonderful appetizers and desserts. Unbelievable view of the river and historic buildings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great!
    Harald
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Loved the food, the wine, the service and the company!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    There were eight of us and we had a wonderful dinner. The service was excellent and we enjoyed the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    Yuck
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Horrible service. Our waitress was visibly annoyed that we stayed as long as we did, she hardly came around. When it came time for the staff to rap up out leftovers, the man didn't speak English and it was so hard to explain what food I wanted rapped up. Today I went to go heat up the steaks and he sent home with me everything on everyone's plate including baked potatoes that were eaten to the core. Imagine my surprise when I opened the food to find everyone's left overs with mine. This was a waste of money so glad we had good company of friends from out of town and a great view outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pretty good
    margaretsen9906
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Two mixed plates never comped for mistake, not even the dessert for the mix up. No one was impressed with dessert. Server was great. Overall good steaks. Reserved two months in advance and got seated in outdoor tent area so no nice views. Was annoyed by that.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not Chicago steak
    NKChicago
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Visiting S&W recently, we found the dinner was ok,service was very good,the steaks had no seasoning unlike other Chicago steakhouses S&W are minimalist with seasoning, I ordered the bone-in filet (medium) it arrived medium outside and pretty much raw inside. The manager came over to offer to make it right and ended up treating us to dessert on the house. nice touch. All in all there ARE better steaks in Chicago. also,there is nothing cheap about S&W $$$. I've paid less $$ and had better steak elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food
    KareIU
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Initially, my husbands steak was not up to his liking. There was a large amount of gristle and fat. At first the servers tried to convince us that it was because of the bone in filet, but honestly, we've had enough steaks to know that there was an over abundance. The manager came over and without question replaced the steak, with almost no delay, and the replacement meat was amazing. No problems what so ever, and my husband was in heaven. The fact that the problem was fixed, with little issue made the night stress free and my husband had a wonderful birthday dinner! : )
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Porterhouse for 2
    jg656
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were in Chicago for the IMTS show and have always wanted to try Smith & Wollensky's due to recommendations from friends and locals. My wife and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary and wanted a special dinner. We had a reservation and were seated right away; the decor and service was very good, we choose the Porterhouse for 2 due to it being our anniversary and sharing seems nice. The steak was prepared medium rare as requested. The steak was fully of grissel and difficult to cut never mind eat. One of the worst steak's I have ever been served. We are small town folks and have never sent a meal back and did not this time either but wish I had as it put a damper on the experience and a special evening for us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Life
    we4food
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent food, service and more. Event quality tents provide comfortable outdoor dining with river views.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for but very noisy
    Billm
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I recommended this restaurant to our group having dined there before and being totally satisfied. During that visit we were seated on the main level that had an excellent view and great ambiance. This time however we were led to a lower level that was essentially a basement that had low ceilings and very little ambiance because of the noise. They were extremely busy and probably only use this area for overflow but when spending $2000 on a meal you expect better than a basement. I would only return knowing that I would be on the main level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Know when the doors are open
    Tony
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    brought group of 15, Manny served us well. food was good. only issue was it was 80 degrees out and they big doors were open, so being in a suit coat made for a very uncomfortable dining experience. remove that aspect of the temperature and it was a GREAT evening
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Of course outside dining in Chicago is seasonal, but this particular night was excellent. Nice breeze, and could hold a conversation. Food and wine were superb.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the food. Our bone-in rib-eye was, for the price tag, just OK. We also had asked for river view seating well when we reserved a table a week in advance, and instead got seated in a busy part of the bar area. The overall experience was just average for such a well-known, and relatively expensive steakhouse. I would not go back, given all the other great choices in the Chicago loop area.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still great!!
    GaryG45
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It has been about a year since we dined at Smith & Wollensky. It was great to see that the food was still of the same great quality, and that the service had remained the same. We will definitely be back, and this time it will not take a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, Even better food!!
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Location on the river is perfect. Upon entering, the older gentlemen who "greeted" us was NOT friendly, AT ALL. The young who walked us to our table was worse. Our waitor was nice, but he coulve been much better. Food was fantastic!! Calamari with jalapeños was excellent. Steak trio was fantastic & the truffled mac n cheese was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been better in the past
    aclav23
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Not our first time here however was not impressed with this dinning experience. Food lacked a little taste and the perfection we have come to expect from our previous experiences.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HUGE Disappointment
    vintagewingnut
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and have always had an excellent experience. This time, I'm honestly not sure it was the same restaurant. I had family in from out of town. We asked for a great table (they were not busy) and we got a view of river construction. After ordering our appetizers, our waitress disappeared. By the time we ordered our 1st course, it was 45 minutes later. Starving, we finally get our food. 3 out of the 5 steaks were not cooked properly and the meat was tough and fatty. The salmon was so salty, my cousin's child couldn't eat it.The waitress barely checked in and we had to beg for the check. Their remedy? A big piece of chocolate cake. We just dropped a few hundred dollars. Really?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TimR
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    bit disappointed....feel that restaurant is getting "sloppy" with both quality of steaks and service....in past, this has always been one of our top three favorite steak places in chgo.....no longer feel that way....outdoor seating you cannot even see the river anymore....would not recommend to people any longer
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Excellent Steak
    luvchicago
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second time dining at S&W in Chicago. We had oysters on the half shell as an appetizer. They were fresh and very flavorful. Our filets were cooked perfectly. For dessert we tried the coconut cake...yum! Needless to say we were pleasantly stuffed! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great steak dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Romantic
    REM1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had dinner for our anniversary and our expectations of the restaurant were exceeded. The service was great, the staff was knowledgeable and the manager came out to personally wish us a happy anniversary. If we are ever back in Chicago, we will visit Smith & Wollensky again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, 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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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