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
291 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (153)scenic view (150)special occasion (141)notable wine list (92)good for groups (79)fit for foodies (76)romantic (65)great for lunch (52)neighborhood gem (40)hot spot (36)vibrant bar scene (26)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (14)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Exciting New Grill
    pgr1998VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The newly designed Grill is a true gem. The new menu is delightful and the view is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Very disappointed that S&w no longer serves lamb chops.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful staff & lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The entire lunch experience was terrific and the staff was extremely gracious and professional and attentive. Looking forward to dining there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was not happy with the experience. I was seated downstairs. The menu was short and sparse. Was the downstairs section a different S&W? Service was slow. On a Sunday early evening with maybe half the room filled, service was unaccountably slow. I was surprised by the lack of fresh green vegetables on the menu. There was sauteed asparagus and brussel sprouts, both served heavily coated in oil. Sorry folks, your house is not some place I would return to again
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty experience
    diner1VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Unfortunately our food was salty.... to the extent we could not eat it. We complained and nothing happened. We were charged fully. We were very disappointed as we are frequent S&W diners....
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foods great...all else, Meh
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food is solid, quality prime meats and prepared perfectly. The restaurant needs updating.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meal not worth the price
    hikerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My steak was tough and mostly fat. Way overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food, drinks and service were all excellent. I will highly recommend it to all my friends and business clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tried & True
    ChicagoLocalVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Nothing wrong with being a long established go-to spot for the better-than-most restaurants in Chicago. I forget that I don't have to order a giant steak and potatoes but can have a light salad and fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD VS BAD
    critic
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    There are a few things I absolutely hate. loud dinning experience Sitting next to strangers Sitting in a tent. I asked for a table with a view. I arrived 30 minutes prior to reservation. was seated in a cold dark tend outside. table on either side of me was aprox 6 inches away tired of this type of seating arrangement want a private conversation+ do not want to bump elbows w/couple dinning next to me food was good Bone in filet+ filet Oscar cook to our liking Truffle mac/cheese tasted a little like a fridge maybe premade? I had it there before was excellent, this time not good Roasted root veg in duck fat were dry Needed a glass of H2o to eat lot of time in between the salad w/no drinks or dinner almost thought they forgot about food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Smith & Wollensky never disappoints when you're in the mood for a great steak. This particular restaurant has a super location on the river and a great ambience. The highlight however was the very entertaining and friendly manageress Teresa. She was great fun and really added to our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joel
    Acekolb12
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very good food and service Great bar downstairs Great location
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fillet mignon at poive
    DrShawnT
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The fillet was tender and melted in my mouth. It had amazing flavor but I chose to have it prepared "au poive". I have had this before but never at this restaurant. The amount of pepper on it was way too much and I had to scrape it off. The manager was very kind and offered a new steak to be prepared; I did not want to waste the beautiful piece of fillet mignonette that was already cooked to perfection. He gave me a new plate and brought gravy to the table without pepper in it and resolved the situation completely. It was wonderful. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant for another amazing meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yshkstk
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Service was good. But the steak I had was not so good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner after the marathon
    l73sep
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I didnt like that they put us in a table outside in the terrace at the end of it. It was a little bit cold and the time between the soup and the meat was quite long. Very expensive for what we had
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    jaxon
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    everyone enjoyed their meal selections and the sides we chose
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steakhouse
    WinedudeVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We are a bit spoiled with so many great steak places in Chicago, and S&W is as good as any of them. We always have great food, service, and wine when we dine here. It's fair to say that we have never had a bad meal here. Try the filet mignon with one of their special sauces or go for the large ribeye. The salads and side dishes are excellent and are all sized to share. Lots of good wine choices, though some are a bit pricey (steakhouses really mark up the juice). Go...enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jrostVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Run, don’t walk to see Wollensky’s Grill 2.0 on State Street, talk about your extreme make-over! Beautiful interior, gorgeous bar and outstanding new menu. Don’t leave without trying the “Cup of Bacon”, crazy good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow, delicious food
    InLove
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We both had the Filet Minion. They were tender, and cooked perfectly. We were able to order half size side dishes and finished everything. The service was perfect. Never had to wait for someone to refill our water or remove an empty plate. Their method of bringing food out on a cart was entertaining. We will return for another special occasion, as the price was high, which was fine for this place. The piano playing lady was good, adding nice background music.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Atmosphere was terrible. Half the place is a screened porch. Service horrendous. Not returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Classic Chicago Steak House
    Birminghamfoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service & food options are exceptional! The atmosphere is truly intimate & classic. You feel like you could be dining 50 years ago, with the exception of the stunning Chicago skyline just out the window!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    we have eaten at this and other s/w restaurants and always find the food, service, ... to be either very good or excellent. same this time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    JanB
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We are so lucky to have this great restaurant in iur neighborhood. The food is great, the service is great we are always happy to bring out of town guests there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    luvtheshrimpcocktail5
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was perfect enjoyed the September offer of a flight of wine. Service was excellent. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Lana
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have dined at Smith and Wollensky's many times and have always had excellent service and food. We travel to Chicago a few times per year and Smith and Wollensky's is always our top dining spot. Very relaxing. There is something on the menu for everyone. We love it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For the second time in a few months, our steak was not prepared as we ordered. We are done for a while. Maybe forever. Sad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KellyVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Wonderful meal as always. When in Chicago, we make it a point to dine here. Service and food are best in class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The steaks were superb! The truffled mac and cheese was delicious, and we finished off our meal with an amazing bottle of cabernet sauvignon. This restaurant is the perfect setting for a romantic date night. I would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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 :(
    STLGIRLVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service awful
    TomstephVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    From the moment we sat down, the service deteriorated. Don't even know the servers name, as he never introduced himself. He was sweating profusely as you could see beads of sweat dripping off his face! Messed our drink order up completely... When he finally did come around to serve the drinks, he had to ask who had what drink! Ordered ceasar salad with dressing on the side & messed that up as I had to tell the runner to take back. Dinner was served & he didn't even come around to offer us another cocktail! Lastly, came around for dessert menus & two people out of our party of six were in the restroom, but the server comes around to take our dessert order! Never came back to take our other guests' order! Dropped off check! Never going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Robbo73
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was too slow 2 hours before main food was delivered and then a presumed 18% tip added to bill
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wine week
    SC218
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wine week is a tradition for my friends. We faithfully attend as a large group and have yet to be disappointed in the many years we have been going. The food is great the wine is spectacular and the ambience is always stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    AChicagoMust
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic