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
76 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)scenic view (35)romantic (34)fit for foodies (30)notable wine list (29)good for groups (26)neighborhood gem (17)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Anniversary Dinner
    MsDivine
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I was very excited because I read all the great reviews. I love steak and choose this restaurant over others. However I was disappointed with my steak although it was cooked perfect it lacked season and tasted charred. The appetizers and the sides were perfect. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite in Philly
    JimmySlobVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great food, creatively prepared. Service makes you feel VIP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smith & Wollensky does it again!
    Palmer3465VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This past Saturday we enjoyed another fantastic meal at S&W. We introduced my son and his girl to the place and they loved it too. S&W is a top shelf steakhouse and the service is top shelf. If you go make your experience one to really remember and request Jawad as your server. He takes the place up a notch. The food is excellent and the wine list is a complete delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    JEEJazz
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    An old friend and I finally got together over dinner - 5 years since the last dinner. The location, service, food and environment were all perfect for us to enjoy a special evening of catching up. The steaks were done to perfection, and side orders were just the right size for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    lperutoVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Excellent. Will definitely be back for Sunday dinner with the family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointing option for Brunch
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Restaurant was quiet, not many patrons. Food was okay, but not great. We could have gotten a similar meal for 1/3 the cost at the same quality. Not a single thing "wow'd" us. Just mediocre food, nothing unique nor prepared exceptionally well. Service was okay, however took very long. Servers were friendly, but several things were requested and then forgotten. For a $350 meal for a party of 6 I would have expected much much more. I don't think I would return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the S&W I fell in love with...
    WTHopeful
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    S&W is well known for the quality of their food and service as well as a great location. Personally I expect the food to be excellent and am hopeful that the service will provide me with an experience to remember. When you're tipping on a bill of this magnitude, you want to be sure that you're service is better than average...not stuffy, just attentive. Unfortunately I haven't got that feeling the past two visits to the Rittenhouse Square S&W. It seems that the level of service is approaching standard and I'm not interested in tipping $50+ for that. There are lots of places where I can get a really good steak. The window view is great, especially around Christmas but I'm losing interest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Fav on Rittenhouse Sq.
    CCDloveseatingoutVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a favorite spot for my friends and I to dine in Center City. Whether you choose to dine in the cozy comfy first floor bar or the elegant clubby second floor overlooking the Square, you"ll find delicious food and outstanding service. We've been spoiled by Javaha and Jawad at lunch in the bar room and feel like we're at home. However, it's better than home as they serve you warm pretzel bread with flavored butter upon being seated! At night, we love Jessie who is an outstanding and delightful server. The management is very attentive and always stops by to see that we're happy with our meals. You can't get better than this and the steaks are superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good.
    AlabamaVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Good food. Good service. Good dinner. Restaurant was rather small, but nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    PhillyLawStudent
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Meal and service were both outstanding. Planning my next trip soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    wc2022
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Another wine week has come and gone, and as usual, Smith & Wollensky came up 4 aces! It's so nice to go to a restaurant and be able to dine at your leasure and not feel you are being pushed out the door in order to fill the table with another customer. Even though the place was not filles as it was lunch, it was still another great experience and the food was spectacular as usual. The wait staff was very attentive and the wine stewards were excellent. I'm already looking forward to the next adventure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our two visits have been wonderful!
    Feedme
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The ambiance is delightful in this pristine environment of high ceilings and nautical artwork. This is the perfect place for a romantic evening or a casual get together with friends. The location across from Rittenhouse Square provides a lovely view during dinner and a great leisurely stroll afterward. The food has been delicious and the staff very friendly and attentive. Each of our dining experiences were memorable ones.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience.
    mightymando
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The only thing better than the food was the service. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We love coming here for both the consistantly great food and service. Never had a bad meal here. The staff is friendly and knows what we like. If you go, ask for Issac as your server - what a nice man.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view, disappointing service
    VegetarianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ok when I go to an expensive steakhouse I expect impeccable service. Unfortunately, although the restaurant was not even full, we were very disappointed in our service. Our water was not filled until after the check came (and we had to ask - we had 3 empty glasses), and when the waiter took away the main courses he left a table full of crumbs for 10 minutes while waiting for dessert. We saw other tables being promptly "de-crumbed" but not ours. The food was good - not great though for the price. Next time I'd probably choose a different steakhouse for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive
    Steve
    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
  • Boys Culb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My friend and I dinned for restaurant week last week and were very pleased. You can't really go wrong with a steakhouse. Food was good and what I would expect from a upscale steakhouse (although I am really glad I didn't pay thought prices for it!). Views of Rittenhouse square were pretty and would be even prettier around the holidays. Service was great and friendly. The atmosphere is a bit boys-club. I think we were two of only maybe 8 women in the entire restaurant. The whole place was filled with tables and tables upon men. It has a cigar lounge type of feel to it. Great place to stretch out your restaurant week dollars!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable Service
    PhillyFoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Once again we were not disappointed . . . the food is superb and the service is excellent! Wonderful to dine with a view of the park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    Palmer3465VIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 972 reviews are from the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Philadelphia reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    • 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.