Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia
  • Address:
    210 West Rittenhouse Square (in the Rittenhouse Hotel)
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Neighborhood:
    Rittenhouse Square
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: 2155451700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Friday: 11:30am–12:00am
    Saturday: 12:00pm–12:00am
    Sunday: 12:00pm–10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Kramer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th and Walnut
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We are attached to the Rittenhouse Hotel which offers valet parking for our guests.
A word from Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia
Refined luxury in Philadelphia’s iconic square.

Overlooking the historic Rittenhouse Square Park planned by founding father William Penn, our Philadelphia restaurant offers a panoramic view of this picturesque center city landmark. The cozy warmth of polished wood, brass, whimsical antiques, and original art create a refined yet casual steakhouse experience throughout. The main bar draws locals and visiting celebrities alike.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (29)scenic view (22)romantic (21)notable wine list (18)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Really expensive for the quality. The average bottle of wind was $70 per bottle.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    cbannon00
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I was part of a party of four who visited Smith & Wollensky during Restaurant Week. Our reservation was for 6:00 so we were a bit early for the Restaurant Week crowd. We all ordered steak (since it's a steakhouse) and the food was well prepared and delicious. The service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • went for a late dinner with the fam
    jmazahrehVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Place is nice, casual dining with $$$ cost we went during restaurant week, which luckily wasn't packed so the service and food were great. Everyone had the filet and all types of levels cooked all loved. Truffled mac and cheese very delicious. Bottle of wine for wine week to go with the meal, and dessert was perfect end to a great meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Luvsnewrestaurants
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a party of 7 and came during restaurant week. We sat upstairs next to the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Rittenhouse Square. The restaurant is beautiful, especially the view out their windows. The food and the service were terrific. Most of us dined on the restaurant week menu. One person ordered off the regular menu. No one was disappointed. I would recommend this restaurant and will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steakhouse
    Linedanzr
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you like steak & the sides from a good steak house, you will like S&W. Fresh, perfectly cooked food, and very tasty. I would def recommend it and will return to try their other menu options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was most pleasurable to be greeted and served with a personal touch. The hosts and waiter made the birthday dinner very memorable with special accommodations.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Costly but worth it!!
    DineoutQueen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Birthday outing for my hubby. Food was really good. No complaints about anything. Our server was the nicest person ever!! After learning it was my dude's bday, she gave him a free slice of cake. Oh and the drinks were superb!! No slouching on the alcohol. A1!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food, service, and ambience were all excellent. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal
    Beaglemom
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was delicious and service excellent. Hah brown potatoes were good but a bit salty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love this restaurant. We are always greeted warmly. The food is always great as is the service- ask for Issac or Stephen , you will not be sorry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened???
    Findinganewplace
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went to dinner with my wife and daughter. White wine was not chilled properly, wife's steak was overcooked and service was lacking. All employees including the manager seemed to be fixated on "old guy" with three "women" (and I use the term loosely). Waited fifteen minutes while the waitress was talking to the "women" who were merely drinking at the bar. The manager was so impressed with himself that he "talked the old guy" into staying at this restaurant instead of Ruth Chris. This establishment was one of my favorites prior to this night. With Devon and Parc right around the corner, I do not understand the decline in food and service as well as the poor behavior of the staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exactly what it needs to be
    WISEGUY572
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Dinner with a business client was exactly what it needed to be. We had a quiet outdoor table overlooking Rittenhouse Square. We found a nicely priced California Cab. Steaks were, as expected, great and cooked to perfection. Sides were unimaginative, traditional steak house sides, cooked to perfection. We found a local Victory beer; a nice touch to have local beers on a national chain's drinks list. We had a charming and knowledgeable waitress. And, of course, the same table was quite romantic with a special friend the day I moved into Center City. Predictable, mostly unchanged over the decades, and exactly what it needs to be.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food & Nice Service
    PhillymanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Just terrific! The seafood was fresh and wonderfully prepared. The steak was delicious and just perfect!. The service was efficient and unobtrusive. Everyone involved seemed to sincerely care that we enjoyed the meal.
    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, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great sunday afternoon
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This was my first time and went to early dinner with my sister. We had a great meal. The scallops were cooked to perfection. The entire meal was delicious! The staff were attentive and very friendly. The restaurant is very quaint and cute I love it! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real 1st class dining experience
    Palmer3465
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always our experience at Smith & Wollensky was outstanding. The service has always been 1st class. Our server Jawad is a true asset to the restaurant. His memory of what we like is amazing. The surf and turf was perfect as was the halibut. The wine that Jawad recommended was superb and the appetizers(his pick as well) were delicious. We enjoy Smith and Wollensky and find it to be one of the best restaurants in Philly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You should go
    out9999999standing
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Every thing was outstanding!!! Steaks are out of this world.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    Bill
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Reliable quality, great wine selection, besides steaks also do outstanding lump crab cake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steaks and service
    BradVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Awesome corp function twice in a week it was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Early Dinner
    Ladieswholunch
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We took some overseas visitors with kids to an early dinner and it was a perfect setting. Great service, excellent options for steak lovers and amazing chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Perfect Experience
    PhillymanVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wife and daughter loved their food and my steak was just perfect!. The service was nice and we enjoy visiting this place. Simply the BEST!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very disappointing
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was just ok but nothing special. Six of us and each ordered different things; everyone had this reaction. The steaks were the best; don't order non-beef. Touted pea soup was slightly better than Campbell's. Fish (both salmon and halibut) was fresh and prepared as ordered, but with absolutely no imagination, special flavor or accompaniment. They accommodated special request for grilled halibut rather than in stock. Wine list is ABYSMAL for a chain that should know about wine & the trends. Not a single sauvignon blanc from New Zealand; the (pricey) S&W signature CA sauvignon blanc was bitter, but not crisp; no citrus or mineral notes. S Ameriocan one not much better. Service unacceptably slow and inattentive with no crowd.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Winner
    GelmacVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    People in our group had Maine lobster, bone-in ribeye, bone-in filet, veal chop rib eye and pan seared salmon. Everyone thought their dishes were outstanding. Our side dishes included buttermilk onion rings and creamed spinach. Up-front dishes included the Wollensky salad, the white bean soup of the day, chilled iceberg lettuce and colossal lump crab meat cocktail. Each and every one of those dishes were also terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special occasion "go-to" place
    ThreeForSix
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Smith and Wollensky never disappoints. The food is perfect. The service is perfect. The atmosphere is perfect. We truly feel spoiled and catered-to every time we dine there. It is our "go to" place for every special occasion that we celebrate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I ordered a medium rare steak expecting a juicy filet from a top steak house on Rittenhouse Sq. My steak was red and extremely dry in the center and flavorless. Also, would have expected mor choices as sides. Only green veggie was grilled asparagas. I was dining with a customer who ordered the ribeye and said his was fine. I did not send mine back or complain because I did not want to interrupt the dinner meeting. Will not return. Worst steak ever at a high end steakhouse but the company and dinner conversation was exceptional.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good...not great
    Gina
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Go for the steak and nothing else - it was very good. It's ambience is dated - as if they are established and no need to impress. Sides and salads - and even the bread - were rich and laden with oils. This is definitely a one and done kind of restaurant. Our waiter Rick was great and down to earth as well as informative. The overall price wasn't too bad considering the name and location, however, $30 for valet parking was a bit steep for 90 minutes.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We started with a something floating in my cocktail then the asparagus was overcooked and my wife's steak was undercooked. I have had better meals for a lot less money elsewere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 966 reviews are from the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • Dependable
    Javier
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good steak, if a bit dry. Rest of the food very good. Too bad a wine in the wine lisy was not available ( needs updating). Very attentive service and nice table with a view of the park.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have been going to Smith and Wollensky for a number of years and have always found the food, service and ambiance to be exceptional. We would recommend it for any occasion. This was our fist brunch at the restaurant after numerous enjoyable dinners. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovesteak
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We enjoyed our time at Smith & Wollensky in Philly. Service was great, everyone was very nice. Food was plentiful and very good. Thanks for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter Sunday place was empty
    DissapointingDishVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Bar had maybe a dozen people. 1 obnoxious 12 yr old kid could be heard throughout the restaurant Food not as good as usual..not cooked the way I ordered. Too tired & hungry to send it back Bread the best..warm & tasty Knew the waiter, he is a neighborhood gem. Heard business is off, economy has taken a toll on fine restaurants. Liked Capital Grill better.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view & amazing steak!
    Topquark
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I can easily tell that it was one of the best steaks I have ever had in my life (& I have been to a lot of top steak-houses in North America). We went for my boyfriend's Birthday. From the beginning everyone knew already & wishes him happy birthday! They gave him a b-day card too not to mention a complementary birthday cake slice at the end :-) it was absolutely delicious. We both had the 14 ounce filet mignon. He had it medium & I had it done medium rare. It was exquisite. It melted in our mouths & the price was extremely reasonable compared to other steakhouses in the area. We had the duck-fat roasted vegetables & the wild mushroom sides for two. Amazing! Service was highly professional & impeccable. Stunning views of Rittenhouse square!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rittenhouse Dining
    burgersVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The view from the second floor of Rittenhouse Park is magnificient; probably one of the most desirable views in Philadelphia. The service and food are always memorable. Looking forward to another dinig experience in the future.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time
    THeDaddyman
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Always a good time at S&W. We have starting coming every few months for a great meal and excellent service. Ian was a quality server when we were there Friday and our usual table was held for us to enjoy the view while dining on a great meal.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    artfrkVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had been to this restaurant in Boston and decided to try the one in Philly. It is great. Great good, service and atmosphere. Melissa was our server and she was wonderful. Their homemade breads are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey But Good
    djwild11
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    My single complaint about my dinner at Smith and Wollensky has to do with their price for a bottle of Silver Oak (2009 Alexander Valley) Cabernet ($195.00) - and this was part of their special one-free-steak offering. Silver Oaks offers this selection for $70.00. This may be standard restaurant industry mark-up, but it caught me off guard. Ultimately, of course, it was my choice to pay the $292.00, dinner-for-two tab, plus 20% tip, but I do intend to at least inform my FB and Twitter 'friends' of my pricing experience at Smith and Wollensky, so they can make an informed choice about the restaurant. Everything else was wonderful. The steaks were exquisite and the roasted vegetables (in duck fat, I believe) were really, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday celebration
    kathleen
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    we had a wonderful evening celebrating our sons 21st bday.. enjoyed his first legal dirnk in the bar downstairs and then went upstairs to an amazing table overlooing the square.. a night to remember
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place for a special evening
    BillS
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a magnificent experience at S & W. I had made reservations through Open Table and noted on the website why the evening was a special occasion. The message did not go unnoticed. We had a meal that did not disappoint and was every bit the experience we have had in South Beach time and again. Our server was extremely attentive without being intrusive, knowledgeable about the menu, pleasant and polite and addressed us by name. Our courses were served in a timely manner without being rushed, were hot on arrival, and the filets were perfectly prepared as we had ordered. We were pleasantly surprised that our dessert was complimentary in celebration of our special event. All-in-all, a wonderful evening, great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both food and service was
    lovesteak
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Both food and service was amazing. Anyone visiting Philly would definitely need to check this place out. Went for Dinner and the food arrived pretty quickly, all the steaks were done perfectly and it all tasted great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps getting better!
    Palmer3465
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We have dined at S&W whenever we stay at The Rittenhouse. We have never been disappointed the service and food is always top shelf. We strongly recommend Smith & Wollensky at the Rittenhouse. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    One and a half hour after appetizers. We left because the main course never came in The lettuce was not fresh and the lobster bisque was just a lobster flavored soup They started to blame each other Not recommended at all The waiter never checked the status of our order in the kitchen Drinks are good
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    • Noise LevelModerate