Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollensky.com/
  • Phone: (202) 466-1100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday through Thursday: 11:30am–11:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am–11:30pm
    Saturday: 4:00pm–11:30pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm–10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Jim Zambito
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between L & M
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle or Farragut North - Red Line
    Farragut West - Blue & Orange Lines
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC
Where the Left and the Right agree to meat.

Locals know the “real” business of Washington often gets done over the dinner table. And on any given day, our steakhouse is a prime place to spot the wheels of democracy in action. From quiet formal dining rooms to a bustling Wollensky’s Grill to an outside patio perfect for enjoying spring cherry blossoms, you’ll find a variety of venues to suit any occasion. Private rooms available for up to 450.

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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (31)great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (28)good for groups (28)romantic (28)neighborhood gem (17)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Friendly Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Our server was very friendly, especially to my two grandchildren.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steady Wins the Race!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Always a great meal and place to break bread . Service was soilid and timely. All the food was serviced on time and as ordered. Wine list was endless, no disappointment on that front. We were very pleased with our private lunch for our friend and VIP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jgronerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Excellent service as always, large portions, very good salads at lunchtime
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    It was a date night on a cold Friday night. We were seated quickly and got a nice spot in the restaurant. The wine list is awesome but a bit expensive which is expected from steak house restaurants. The shrimp appetizer of the day needs a dash of salt or a dash of something to taste. However, the steaks were nicely cooked and so were the side dishes. The ambiance is quite nice and the crowd is not rowdy that you could actually make a conversation without shouting. I've been to Smith & Wollensky in Chicago and that place is immeasurable to this one
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steak could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I have eaten at many steakhouses across the country, including now a Smith and Wollensky in Manhatten, Miami, and this one in DC. I have to say simply that the quality of steak is not up to par with other steakhouses in its class. I say this now after about 7 meals across as the 3 locations.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best steak in town!
    WickedSmilez06
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The 28 day dry aged steak process makes for the perfect steak every time. The bone in New York Strip is amazing as well as the Ribeye, if you're into fatty flavor. The mac and cheese is a must have side dish, trust me.... and the meal would not be complete without the coconut cake, ask for the homemade whipped cream to go with it.... #Heavenly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Received poor service from server
    disappointed
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    They didn't have the steak I selected. The baked potato was not hot enough to melt the butter. We decided to try some where new. It was a mistake. Will never go there again. The table next to us got excellent service. It was like being in a different restaurant. We barely saw our server.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As expected
    KDDEDE
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Quiet Sunday evening. Steaks, service as expected. Only one other table of customers
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good lunch
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I like the quiet setting and the options. Pea soup was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic service and food.
    40thbirthday
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were seated at our reserved Time by a courteous hostess. Our party of 10 was seated in the board room for a private dining experience. Our waiter Noah had great suggestions and fabulous service. Food was great...one diner had the peppercorn steak that was too spicy but they cooked her a new steak that was perfect. The Mac and cheese was amazing. I already want to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    SaporiVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Good and service were great. Heather, out waiter was very friendly and had great recommendations!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Amazing food and superb dining experience. Super simple to make reservations through Open Table. Conveniently located downtown between two metro stations (Dupont Circle and Farragut North) Seated right away and the place wasn't crowded at all on a Wednesday night around 6:30. Beautiful decor with the ambiance of formal yet classic restaurant. Good sized tables, well lit and comfortable. Perfect for a nice dinner out on the town. The food was delicious. My girlfriend and I shared the 14 oz Gorgonzola Crusted Filet Mignon as well as the Truffled Mac & Cheese and Whipped Potatoes. More than enough food for two with some to take home. The steak was delectable and exactly what you'd expect from a good steakhouse. And the bread! So so good. We had to take some to go it was so good. We were out for her birthday, which I added in the comments in Open Table, and the staff took care of everything, including having her favorite cake. They truly made it special for her. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Henryd70
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The service was good and the food was great. We were there to celebrate my birthday. After we finished dinner, I was surprised with a big piece of chocolate cake with a candle, that was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit....once again
    travelerdfg
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    To quote my teenage son, who was making his first visit, "I never thought steak could taste like this!" We visited the DC location on a Saturday night and were promptly seated. The attentive wait staff delivered a meal that was fit for a king. From the perfectly cooked rib-eye to the enormous piece of chocolate cake you cannot beat a meal at S&W!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, awful service
    d2food
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by a gruff hostess, escorted to the back of the restaurant and served by a waiter who seemed to have no idea what the restaurant actually served. We asked for a wine recommendation (we were spending a fair amount of money on wine), and the waiter recommended a wine, then came back to us and asked what wine he recommended. When we told him, he then asked us whether he recommended the red or white? Not only was the server completely unhelpful with regards to the menu, he rarely refilled water, did not follow-up at all. I was told that the filet at S&W was outstanding, mine was poorly cooked, and the dessert was nothing special. The only item we enjoyed was the crab cake appetizer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I am a sales manager and travel quite a bit. I have been to many s &W and have enjoyed them. I went there for a dinner with my family during a trip to see my daughter at college. Worst service ever! The gut acted like we were bothering him. I sent my steak back because it was rare (ordered it medium). Never brought a beer a I ordered. It was very disappointing.
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  • dirodex
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I always go to Smith & Wollensky when I have important visitors. The quality of their meat is the best in the area. I also love their split pea soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive lunch
    TheOldGuy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food and service were great and the restaurant was quiet enough to have a private business conversation. But, at about US$75 per person (i.e., soup/salad, entree and side with iced tea), will save this restaurant for special occasions only.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing.
    Brits
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our third visit to a S & W restaurant. Boston and Philadelphia were excellent. This was not in the same class.If this had been our first visit we would never have gone again. Very tired decor and lack of soul. This was a birthday celebration but fell very flat. Steaks were good, carpaccio disappointing, giant shrimp nothing special . Spent nearly $270 for two and felt we'd been robbed. Never again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected Better
    BARSsteakhouseCOMMENTS
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I were in DC with my sister and her husband, we were celebrating family, health, and fun. Overall the food was not prepared to order, a medium-well steak was delivered in rare state. The sides were warm at best (except the potatoes) and my sister became ill to some degree with the steak (she ate one piece, she did not want to disrupt the dining experience). We cut up the steak, showed to the waitress and she did nothing, did not offer to take the steak back and redo, nothing. The final bill, including tip, was $399, they took nothing off the bill for the steak. I mentioned this and the manager took off two drinks. All in all not the best experience. Rest of food was good, not great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    dcsapperVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    They had a wine tasting special, so I made the trip across town for a lunch event. I was undecided what to eat and gave me server, Dominique, my options. He recommended the Seared Scallops with the jalapeño-lime emulsion, fruit salsa, crispy plantain. It was amazing! It was just what I needed and it went really well with the whites in the wine flight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Birthday Dinner
    BYMRemy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband took me to S&W for my birthday and we absolutely loved it! Everything we had was delicious, but the steak tartare was particularly nice and my husband is still raving about the coffee & cocoa rubbed filet. The staff was very friendly and attentive. We'll definitely be dining there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This steak house certainly deserves its reputation as a top restaurant and we certainly enjoyed our delicious dinner. The aged dry steak was just as good as expected and the filet oscar with lump crab, hollandaise, and asparagus. The sides list was pretty good, although the fries were not quite as good as we expected (we were thinking they would be truffle fries). The wine was fantastic. Surprisingly, the restaurant was fairly empty for a Saturday evening. The servers were very attentive and the manager asked about our food. I also recommend the restaurant week special, it's a great deal!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Restaurant Week
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for lunch during Summer 2014 Restaurant Week and were not disappointed. Although the menu was very limited - two salads and three entrees, they were a perfect choice for us. The lettuce wedge was bountiful and fresh. The tomato carpaccio was delicious with in-season tomatoes. The Butcher Burger was well prepared and had a lot of garnishes, plus delectable fries. The salmon with mixed veggie was a little well done but delicious in spite of that. Desserts were wonderful too. We loved sitting outside on a gorgeous summer day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LivingInAnExperienceEcon
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Smith and Wollensky never lets me down. No matter the city or the occasion, it is always amazing. We typically split the Cajun ribeye and have creamed spinach and hash browns. This evening, we stepped out of the box and had the truffle mac and cheese. It was so incredible. We celebrated my birthday this night and they presented me with a massive piece of cake we ate on all weekend. Great place, fabulous food, wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed, disappointing
    dcdinersVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We normally go to Ruth's Chris for a good steak dinner. We heard Smith & Wollensky was better than the rest so we tried it during their extension of restaurant week. It wasn't. With advertising signs in the dining area and a somewhat aging decor, the atmosphere was like a cheap chain restaurant past its prime. We had to pay extra to get an uninspiring side instead of just a steak. The steak was good but not better than the other steakhouses in town. The dessert was not good enough to finish. Although not busy, waiter was acceptable but not quite as attentive or welcoming as one expects at a fine restaurant. All in all we would not return. If you offer restaurant week, don't do so just to fill your empty tables, put your best foot forward.
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  • Great for meetings too
    DC1988VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Loved the lobster club! S&W always has great items on their menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All the basics done perfect!
    BigBull
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Absolutely best filet I have ever had. Our waiter was outstanding and new the meaning of great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not Impressed W/Food and Ambiance
    Teachme2pls
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The signature drinks and dessert were tasty! However, I am reluctant to suggest dining here b/c: -server explained the menu in great detail to the middle-aged couple next to us, but only asked us if we had questions - at such an upscale restaurant I was surprised that they served the end of the tomato, with the root attached, in my wedge salad - Patio Seating: Only after I explained that I was a magnet for Mosquitos did the staff put out the lanterns that repel them within 12 to 15 feet and offered OFF spray. The lanterns should've been put out PRIOR to the evening service! I ended up with 30+ bites! In the future, I hope that the staff starts to treat all patrons equally and that the kitchen verifies food quality before sending it out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was my 2nd year coming here for Restaurant Week. I was a little disappointed that the menu had not changed. While the food was good, a bit more variety in the Restaurant Week menu would be nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week DC
    pward
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed the taste of the food. However, the service could have been better and faster. There was not a long list of items to choose from for restaurant week but for some reason our server did not take our order right away. We had to call her and tell her we were ready. My friend ordered a burger well done but it was very pink inside. My food was fine. I asked for an additional side but did not know asparagus was $13.00! I would think that the server would give me that knowledge. We asked in advance for our dessert to go since it took so long to order and get food as we only have 1 hour for lunch. Unfortunately, she took forever to come back with our dessert so we ended up very late back to work.
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  • What a wonderful evening!!!
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My first time to Smith & Wollesnsky, and I had messaged ahead that this was "date night." The restaurant was WONDERFUL - special, quiet table and our waiter was so attentive describing the menu options. It had a lot of charm and the food was plentiful and simply fell off the fork. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    FredericktwinmomVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Great outdoor dining complete with table cloths.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The bread had been reheated and was stale. The cheesecake didn't have much flavor at all. For the price, it was not worth it.
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  • Mags
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Best steak in town. Outstanding service. Beautiful bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steak lovers paradise
    CollierCulinaryCritiqueaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great cuts of meat and yummy side dishes to share make this place a special treat. I love the truffled Mac n cheese, the split pea soup and any steak on the menu. For a treat add bacon lardons to your soup. Be sure to save room for dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for steak in DC
    WallStreetLawyerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I like the S&W chain. It's reliable with good food no matter which location one visits. Unfortunately, the DC branch didn't offer prime rib that night--but the porterhouse for two was terrific. Large wine list--don't be afraid of the house label red, it's on the affordable side and is quite good. Join their dining club and enter the number when making reservations, you get benefits during the meal, not just points afterwards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food is pricey but quality worth the price. Service was marvelous. Outdoor patio was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the moment we walked in and were given he option of sitting in the nook with the view of the kitchen (we were celebrating a special occassion) to the surprise slice of borthday cake and candles that came after dinner, everything about our experience at Smith and Wollensly was nothing but exceptional. Everyone's steak was cooked to perfection and the fact that there was not one scrap of food left on anyone's plate was evidence that all of the food was fantastic! The hostess, server and manager all were friendly and attentive and helped make it a special experience. I visit a lot of steakhouses and this ranks as one of the top experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food delicious, service excellent
    Jcamp1800
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was delicious, service was excellent. Surprisingly, the place was very quiet foe being a Friday night, which I will chalk up to people being on vacation in the summer. There is no other reason for this place not to be crowded (other than maybe the prices, which are high, but are justified). Definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1278 reviews are from the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC reviews archive.