Smith & Wollensky - New York
Smith & Wollensky - New York

Smith & Wollensky - New York

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127531530
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Victor Chavez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. 49th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Smith & Wollensky - New York
One of America's most successful restaurants, this New York steakhouse opened in 1977 and has been a hit ever since. It is one of the most trafficked restaurants in New York City and among the most celebrated steakhouses in the world. Specializing in fresh seafood and lobster and assorted steaks and chops, Smith & Wollensky is well recognized for its healthy portions, seasoned service staff and pop Americana ambience. The painted wood exterior is dark forest green trim on sparkling white, with latticework trim. The elegant interior has turn-of-the-century appeal and design elements including shining brass, dark wood accents and polished wood floors. Adjacent to Smith & Wollensky's is Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM but does not accept reservations.
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Smith & Wollensky - New York reviews from OpenTable diners
328 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (169)notable wine list (125)fit for foodies (109)good for groups (96)great for lunch (46)romantic (46)neighborhood gem (45)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (32)late-night find (19)great for outdoor dining (17)kid-friendly (15)great for brunch (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A superb dinner!
    Amb123
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    When you come to S&W, you pretty much know what you're in for... However, showing up on a Sunday at 10:45 pm for literally the last seating, I was astonished at how friendly the waitstaff was! You could tell they had just gotten slammed unexpectedly around 10:15 (even my date and I were shocked how many people were there that late) and despite this, we were still able to thoroughly enjoy ourselves. Cudos to the staff!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Steak Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Best Steakhouse in the planet !!! You couldn't for a better place when it comes to food and service...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for dating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I choose this restaurant for dating, satisfied. Good service, good music, delicious beef. A little bit expensive, but everything is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Smith & Wollensky - New York on 3rd ave. is consistently a pleasurable experience. Great service, excellent food. Do check out the wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We live a few blocks from W. Buffett, asked for a table near his, and got one! Bronco and his assistant were so kind, and the food was excellent! We will be back next time we are in NYC. Thanks Bronco and staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak Lovers Must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Fantastic Steaks backed by a great wine list. The review needs to be 50 characters but really this place doesnt need extra superlatives, its food speask for itself. Go for the Cajun Rub, you wont be sorry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining that can get better
    Crazybigsteak
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food was okay, relatively expensive for the quality, yet portions were great. Ambience is good, over all experience wasn't bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    babyface
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Best steak ever hands down worth every penny. Premium meat at its prime.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great NY Steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great selection of steaks. I had a very good, large fillet - not cheap, but good value. Wine menu was good - but a bit pricey. Service was efficient and helpful - no complaints at all. I wish I had left room for dessert - they looked great. The restaurant was busy which gave it a friendly buzz.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good wine but badly cooked steak
    ZenNewYork
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The cold seafood platter was absolutely delicious and super-fresh. The steak was disappointing. It was charred so black I tasted the bitterness of the charcoal more than the dry cooked meat. Other people at my table either got the steak too raw for their medium rare cook or too dry for a medium like mine. Not worth the money for the expensive level of grill you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome bone-in steaks
    Sizzlingsteaks
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had the bone-in filet & new york strip. Both were fantastic. For an appetizer we had the barratta/tomato salad - I can not even tell you how fantastic this was!! It is a must try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Birthday dinner in my life
    luv2eatsteak
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    we come over from Germany and my mother invited to my 21st birthday dinner: it was outstanding, such a delicious steak, never had this before
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dream in a bite!
    LMBCHPS4LIFE
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I'm not a meat enthusiast, but I closed my eyes when I tasted my first piece of well done lamb chops. It was like heaven to any taster's palate, melting in my mouth, even knowing that it's well done. The wine was excellent.The atmosphere was great, just great people getting together to have fun times and good memories. The staff were very attentive to your every need and treated you like family. It was a very warm, inviting environment. Definitely a place my family and I will go to for years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lrjinewyork
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The Meat was good but too expensive. We were seated in an area where the floor was tremplin. I guess the kitchen with irs ventilation was right below
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FOOD IS WORTH IT
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Despite having to pry the information out of the seemingly annoyed waiters and supporting service staff, the food here is excellent. The staff doesn't seem too keen on offering information, but with some tenacity, you can force some valuable information about your meal out of them. Exhausting as it may be, the food is worth it. They also make a super strong Mai Tai. Love it try the NY Strip (bone-in), seafood special appetizer (large portion) and the pea soup. The Mac & Cheese is packed with truffle oil - avoid if, like my fiancé, you don't favor the taste of truffle oil. Overall, worth the $ and a neighborhood staple. Bon appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unrivaled
    Altom22
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    For my is S&W the best restaurant in NYC - i love this place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!
    ADN1VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Best Bone In Ribeye Steak in NYC! Period!!! No other place can match them!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Rogerbr
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Very good restaurant,friendly team,good food,its a great night for my and my family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb steakhouse!
    Gonca
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I really liked everything from the service to the food to the ambiance. The New York Tb one steak and filet mignon were cooked perfectly & full of flavor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood and steaks
    artistinresidenceBrooklyn
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Strong points: amazing seafood plateau and steaks; disappointing lamb chops, and I do not recommend the crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst steaks ever had in US
    Claus
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went there with my wife and son for the steaks. Was now for the second time that the steak quality was not satisfying - steaks did not have the right temperatur/ cooking and all were partially burned/ black on the ouside - service was very friendly but they confused the orders: they served me the medium-plus steak that was ordered by my son We should have sent the steaks back, unfortunately we didn't For starter we had shrimp coctail which was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meat Perfect, Fish terrible
    BSCL
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took the Colorado rib which was perfect but the red snapper was very well done and dry. For larger menues the tables (2 persons) are perfect, bigger than normal and all side dishes fitting on. Even in the restaurant the lights are dimmed to call it romantic some candle lights were missing. Thx
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beware new owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Legendary steak place now owned by some new chain group and simply not on par with sparks (e46) or BLT(57th, BLT is a chain but the one of. 57 amazing$ ) mhh
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Where we celebrate
    Picador
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This has become our go-to spot to celebrate very special occasions. Most recent a new job. Food is fabulous, service outstanding and nothing says congratulations like a porterhouse or rib-eye done right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    EandCompany
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The wine was great. Calamari was great! Then came the surprise. 3 out of 5 steaks were over cooked. Not what you would expect from a steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ok, but not great
    investor57
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My dinner partners had the turf and surf and they said theirs was good, my sirloin steak was okay, but not what i was expecting from a good New York steakhouse.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meat
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    That's about it. The service is at times questionable. Et, the food keeps me coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!!!
    LD2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was totally amazing! We loved everything we tried and the portion sizes were very generous. The service was good and efficient - but maybe just a little old fashioned and stuffy for our taste. The resturant is large with the tables well spaced apart, the overall atmosphere is fairly formal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was amazing
    welovetoeat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food here was of course great! But the best part of our dinner was definitely the staff. Our waiter, Kevin, was amazing! The details he gave us on the menu and helped us pick out our entrees, always checking on us! We will be back just for him!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    tina4947
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our entire experience exceptional! Food, wine, knowledgeable staff. Everything perfect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steaks
    StoneCrabHeaven
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    They have a wonderful selection of Steaks that are the best tasting that I have found anywhere across the country....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed-won't be back
    ChevyCamaro
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We'd been to Smith & Wollensky on Third Ave. before and loved it. However this time was a different story. We were seated upstairs on both visits but...the room we were in this time was so noisy we couldn't talk (and we never have issues with noise in restaurants.) To make matters worse, there was a table of guys near us that just added to the noise...and were VERY inappropriate. Still, we were ready to have a great meal, but...no. It took a log time for the wine to show up, and the waiter seemed uninterested in either answering questions or in waiting on us. We ordered prime cuts of meat and...wow. A tremendous letdown from the last time...tough and not flavorful. There are other great NYC steak places to visit-we will go there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining eperience
    SusB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Visited Smith & Wollensky on at trip to NYC with my parents and boyfriend. We had booked a table on my parents 49th wedding anniversary, and it was all that we had hoped for in terms of ambiance, wonderfull food - including an amazing steak- and perfect service. Would love to come back one day and will warmly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overall very good
    erock00008
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    good food, great wine and knowledgeable, friendly staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    chrisfoulds
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We visited for a special meal whilst visiting in NY, I have not visited in 13 years but had fond memories of their cheesecake and amazing steaks and was not disappointed. All the food was excellent, and they were very accommodating with my pregnant wife even cooking a fillet mignon well-done. Deserts are well worth saving room for and the cheesecake was every bit as good as I remembered it, the profiteroles are of epic size and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Smith & Wollensky didn't disappoint
    Azabumark
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Clearly a busy place. Reception a little stressed and indifferent but once seated the service was excellent. The steak was just the best. The waiter was friendly and had clear mastery of the menu and wine list. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Favorite Still Shines
    rockdove
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It's been a while since I dined here, I remembered it as being good but not up to the standards of The Palm and other notables in the steak house class. Either I have changed, or it has...I would now put it on top of the Manhattan list First I ordered oysters, which I'm not sure were on the menu before, and my husband scoffed at me that 'we don't come here for Raw Bar'. My oysters came, he reached over to taste one, and immediately waved the waiter over for more. These Blue Points were the best I've ever eaten. The veal and filet mignon equally great As a side dish, they had a concoction of layered baked potatoes, with cheddar cheese, sour cream...sort of approaching an au gratin but better. Too full for the dessert cart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    KYGirl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Well, it is a chain...but not a chain like McDonald's or O'Charley's, a chain more like Ruth's Chris or The Palm. Always solid, always good. A menu you expect from one Smith & Wollensky to the next but always good! They know how to make a great steak and a stiff drink and, by the way, the Split Pea Soup was pretty amazing too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best steak house
    SMOKIE
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been a customer for 40years....great food My go-to NY steak house always! Smokie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and overpriced
    Frisbee27
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food and service were solid. Noise level was intolerable. Prices were too high for the level of food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic