Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Houston
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Houston

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Houston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: 7136217555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Wednesday: 11:30am–11:00pm

    Thursday through Saturday: 11:30am–1:00am

    Sunday: 11:30am–10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Tom Elbashary
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Enhance the ambiance of your event while enjoying our full menu of dry-aged steaks and more in private dining rooms that each offer a uniquely different visual experience. From light and airy rooms for wedding receptions to richly decorated spaces for formal dinners, our private dining facilities offer options as individual as your guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Drexel
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Houston
Exclusive dining for Houston’s most exclusive village.



Situated in Houston’s affluent Highland Village, our traditional green-and-white steakhouse is more than a neighborhood icon, but one of the most desirable destinations in the Houston steak scene. Seating up to 350 guests and a perfect complement to the upscale shopping retail district, it’s the ultimate atmosphere for luxury dining and drinking.
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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Houston reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)romantic (38)notable wine list (34)good for groups (31)scenic view (30)fit for foodies (22)vibrant bar scene (16)great for lunch (15)neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (12)great for brunch (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Great Experience
    Mark
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic food, outstanding service very nice atmosphere - enjoyed my experience here very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HoustonNick
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful experience every time. The food is great, the waitstaff is professional and well trained, and even has a pretty good view if you sit upstairs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected much more.
    LSG81VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My gal pal and I decided to dine their for brunch today and boy was I regretful that we did. Our server was not very attentive even though the restaurant/bar area where we were seated was NOT that busy. We both ordered Eggs Benedict Oscar style. I honestly hoped for something a bit more flavorful but alas, bland city. First of all, rye bread is a bad choice as a"carrier" of a runny egg, crabmeat, and béarnaise sauce. It was soggy upon arrival. My gal pal didn't even GET any poached eggs on her rye bread. Just crab and sauce. They were simply forgotten. When she told our server he brought them to her, broken. SO many other brunch places...SKIP this one.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best
    Pleased
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you've never ate here, you're missing out. The food was absolutely amazing, our server was THE BEST. The general manager greeted us at the door and checked on us during our meal. The drinks, are hands down the best in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Experience
    foodlov4
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We actually took advantage of the Houston Restaurant Month menu and we were not disappointed. The majority of us chose the filet. It was a large portion and was cooked to perfection to each person's request. We added the saute' spinach and the hash-brown potatoes. I would recommend both of these sides. The hash-browns we crispy along the outside and moist and scrumptious in the center; they were incredible! Our waiter had already informed us that the portion was ample enough for sharing and he was right. Oh, and the fresh-baked rolls were sinful. We will definitely return, for the food and the service was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smith & Wollensky's
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Another great choice for HRW -we had a wonderful relaxing lunch - went early to avoid crowds and were seated on the upper deck with a great view of Westheimer and the Highland Village Shops. Service was great. We had the broccoli cheese soup for starters - large creamy bowl that was very tasty. I had the delicious seared chicken on a bed of spinach and mushrooms, two had the savory BBQ steak tips with roasted corn on the cob with manchego cheese - wonderful flavor combo and the other had the salmon Ceasar salad - perfectly grilled. Dessert was typical NY cheesecake, chocolate layered cake with chocolate mousse - yum and the other had strawberry ice cream that tasted home made. We dined on good food, great service and relaxed for 2 hours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice experience
    skigirl
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visited during Houston Restaurant week. Excellent menu, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SLBWHITCHER
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Party of 10 employees loved sitting at the round table for great interaction....
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Brownsugar2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Although this was my first visit. I had a great time. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, and friendly, an overall outstanding person. I would definitely visit this establishment again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Select people only?
    Justsaying01
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    They accepted our last minute reservation which was fine. But they seated our group upstairs out in the terrace, the worst possible spot in the restaurant. Maybe the fact that we were 7 mexicans guys influenced their decision? Funny that everyone else in the redtaurant was "blond white" and confortably seated inside the cool area of the place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst brunch ever!!
    Ericb
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We arrived at 12:30, which was the time of our reservation... We needed to be out of there by 2:00 pm for a prior commitment. It was 1:00 before we even got bread on the table, and it was 2:00pm when we got our main course. I've always received stellar service at this restaurant, but in one swoop, this experience erased any other positive ones.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HRW
    Sillygirl2
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Awesome food and wine, great location and the staff was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner out with the girls
    SarahC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took 4 girls out for a post shopping dinner and they made it a great experience for us. Thank goodness they had lots of wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Houston Rest. Weeks
    JenHeartsHoustonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Houston has many choices for steakhouses and this is one that I had not yet tried so when Houston Restsurant Weeks came around I decided it was a good time to try S & W. It was good, not great. Service is very good and attentive. The wedge salad was among the best I've tried. The filet, not so much. My steak had not been allowed to rest properly and bled out when I cut into it. It also seemed to be a poor cut of filet. Perhaps this is what you get with the HRW menu, but it did not impress. Dessert was nothing special, just a bland slice of cheesecake with whipped cream and no imagination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Already craving a return trip
    Ellie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went here for the first time to celebrate my husband's birthday and were totally blown away by the food. So much so that the entire meal that was essentially all we talked about - it was that GOOD. Everything from the scallop appetizer to the cocktails to the salads and steaks were to die for. My husband ordered the ribeye with the gorgonzola crust and I ordered the coffee & cocoa rubbed filet. Both steaks were incredible, especially paired with the truffle mac & cheese and creamed spinach. Our chosen wine was out of stock but the waiter recommended a wonderful substitute that we intend to add to our own collection we liked it so much. Next time we'll save room for dessert - and there will definitely be a next time very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service - great food!!
    TheCloser
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The service was hands down the best!! The food was superb!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a family dinner with 9 people. My food was great, everyone seemed to enjoy theirs except my mother did not get her lobster until everyone else had finished eating. Also, I was in the bar area for cocktails and appetizers earlier. I ordered a dirty martini but it was straight goose. When I asked for olive juice, he did not remake the martini but poured olive juice into the glass. So it was a warm, not shaken, $20 dollar drink. I didn't feel that was a classy move and up to par with your restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected!
    1anddone
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had the grilled chicken Caesar salad and the grilled chicken was so dried out that it was difficult to cut it even with a steak knife. There was very little return service for refilling water glasses or having the soup spoon when the soup was served. Overall a big disappointment!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Treated my staff out for lunch and it was perfect! Excellent service and good food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food...service not so much.
    SRH0825
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My department from work, a group of 9, dined at Smith & Wollensky for HRW's. The food was good. The service was slow at best. At one point, one member in our party went to look for our waitress. She was in the back wiping menu's. Everyone had completed their entree and were waiting for dessert. Our Director asked about the slow service and her excuse was the restaurant was very busy. It was not overly busy. The problem was poor time management on the waitress's part.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This was a mediocre high-end steakhouse. The service was slower than it should have been, which may be a result of understaffing. Drinks were slow for about half of our table. As a steakhouse, the one thing they should absolutley get right is each individual's steak order. A member of our group ordered one of their signtaure dry-aged ribeyes and was brought a smaller portioned t-bone instead. This was a complete mishap of either the waiters understanding or the kitchens, but no remediation was made when this occurred. After waiting for awhile for the food, the only offer was to take the wrong steak or wait longer for the correct one. It had to be asked of the server to have a portion of the meal for this idividual to be comped.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was my first experience with Smith & Wollensky, I made reservations for a group of 5 ladies. We had a wonderful time, everything was superb as far as service ( very attentive wait staff, would have liked to have a purse tree, we noticed other tables were offered to hang their purses), and the environment (loved the music, 2nd level view ). The food was delicious ( Stuffed Shrimp and filet mignon) and we all plan to become repeat consumers. Thank you..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to my expectations
    Yellowdog762
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The decor is interesting, but noise from boisterous guests in another part of the restaurant spilled over to our area and damped the ambiance. The window tables with drapes are a nice touch.The steak was okay, but nothing special. America's, Churasco's and Saltgrass all do a far better job. The sommelier recommended some awesome wines that we loved. The bread was about equal to what you'd expect to get from a grocery store brand of frozen bread, I was surprised it didn't come in a little throw-away metal pan. On this trip, we had the worst asparagus that I've ever had. Neither my date or I could finish even one piece. This may be the first time ever that I didn't finish a cheese cake, it wasn't even worth taking the remainder to go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst steakhouse food ever
    Foodies17
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was a big disappointment....The steaks lacked flavor & were nothing to remember. The sides also were flavorless & cheap tasting. I can easily say that Boston Market makes better creamed spinach. I would never go back based on the food served & still have the majority of it sitting in my fridge.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great lunch deal for HRW
    Tdub01
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I took my mom here for lunch for Houston Restaurant Week. It was the first visit for both of us. The atmosphere was very nice without being too pretentious and we had a great seat upstairs overlooking Westheimer. The food overall was very good from both presentation to temperature to taste. The beef was super juicy and tender. The only downside was that our service was mediocre (slow to bring drinks, slow to refill, didn't offer sugar, overcharged us for our meal...which was later corrected, and failed to pack all the food to go as requested) even though the restaurant was not too busy at the time. I honestly think it was just our server because the server next to our table seemed attentive. All I would recommend for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went for restaurant week.. the food was amazing, clam chowder, filet mignon, mac and cheese to die for. Great service. Have been a few times and enjoy everytime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfied customer
    RWding2
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was incredible. Our waitress Rene( I hope I have her name correctly. (Slightly older than the rest of the waitors) We loved her she made the dining experience great..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking.....
    Ambone
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The drinks were over priced for what they were. I believe Out Back Steak House has comparable quality. And to think of all the other Restaurants that we could have spent the same amount on......We'll definitely be going somewhere else on our next excursion out into Houston.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • think twice
    woody
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    expensive food that belongs at outback steak house. Over seasoned and over cooked. If the steaks were prime it would be difficult to mess-up . Cheap meat is cheap meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bday dinner
    bdaydinner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went here with some friends to celebrate my birthday dinner on 8/2. Everything was great from the dessert, food, wine list, private room, drinks except for 1 thing that can easily be fixed. My friend and I each ordered a long bone ribeye except he requested his medium well and I requested mine medium rare. When the steaks were served, the server didn't ask us which one of us ordered which steak so we received the wrong steaks. We figured it out after a couple of bites and just switched steaks. Our party was over 10 people and this wasn't too big of a deal to my friend and I but this is something that shouldn't happen to a place who's main course is serving steaks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not that good at all
    Philip
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Quite expensive. We were charged almost double the price for a slight change to the steak's side - aparagus and we were not told about this outrageous price impact. ..and the food was not that special at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night spot
    JennyT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Despite the fully booked restaurant, service was attentive and the noise level was very low. It can get a little dark in the booth so be sure to ask your server for a candle as the evening wears on. Food is always great here, however this time, the chocolate cake was dry and disappointing in flavor. This restaurant would greatly benefit from a happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food SoSo Value
    713WineNDine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Good: The steaks were fantastic. Long Bone Ribeye for myself, Filet for the wife; both were cooked perfectly and melt-in-your mouth delicious. The Hash-browned potatoes were a great side and S&W's chocolate cake has to be one of the best in town. Watching the sunset over Highland Village through the floor to ceiling windows really sets the mood well. The Bad: The crab cakes and stuffed shrimp were nothing special. Neither was the creamed spinach. The service was friendly and adequate but lacked the white glove treatment you'd expect from a $150+ pp dining experience. This place is outrageously expensive and lacks the "it" factor which is a shame because the steaks are fantastic. I'd eat here again but only on someone else's EA.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The steak wasn't as good as I remembered in New Orleans. The Cream Boule wasn't good at all tasted like a caramel.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We Love Highland Village Smith & Wolensky, it's our favorite "Go-To" restaurant, great food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak ever
    Cefacma
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The aged steak is wonderful. Hadn't eaten a steak so tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to any steak connoisseur. Green beans were some of the best I have ever had as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Houston
    solovino
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My girlfriend and I went there for dinner and both food and service were outstanding. Notable wine list and one of the best steaks in my life.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing
    skinnric
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We came here to celebrate a friend's birthday. Whilst elements of the dinner were outstanding - the service was wonderful, and the majority of the food was delicious, unfortunately my dry-aged sirloin steak was burnt to a crisp. The kitchen tried to hide this by turning the steak so that the least burnt side was showing. In only wanting a medium, this was a disappointing outcome, especially considering their reputation as a preeminent Houston steak-house. Being English, I was, of course, far too polite to demand a new one, especially considering the time it took for it to be originally cooked and the fact that my fellow guests were tucking into their dinners with gusto and vigor. This was SUCH a shame - it spoiled the evening for me.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre
    Louie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Service was great. Split pea soup was probably good three days before. Steaks were dry and over cooked.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad
    luv2steak
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    To be fair in this review I should point out this was stop 6 in an epic journey of the best steakhouses in this area of Houston with a client over a long period of days. If I would have started here I may have given them a better review. Having said that the total bill was up there with my top pick, Del Frisco's, so I would expect them to be as good. They were not. I got the three filet with three toppings plate, I asked for medium but what came out was medium well. Since each steak came with a large amount of toppings/seasonings I let it go, I knew I wouldn't really be able to tell the difference. My cohort in steaking asked for medium rare and his came out more medium, know this. Overall the cajun was overpowering, but the Gorgonzola A+
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate