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
307 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (153)notable wine list (120)fit for foodies (94)good for groups (78)romantic (45)great for lunch (44)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (33)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (13)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • GREAT PLACE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent, friendly personable service, great food. Shellfish appetizer for the table was tremendous as was porterhouse for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good, important touches poor
    Looking4thebest
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined upstairs. The room was very cold and decor was tatty. However the quality of the food certainly made up for that. Unfortunately, the basics of customer service were missing. Waiters chatting and joking to one another whilst on duty, making excessive noise whilst relaying/organising tables and generally looking dirty as their white jackets were somewhat grey after the black from the collars had clearly run after being washed. Overall, the experience was ruined by the type of customer service you could expect in a common street diner. Not exactly sure where this expensive restaurant is pitching itself - excellent and high priced food cannot be accompanied by cheap and tatty service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service could be better
    diningwell
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great steak, wine, ambiance and details. Our waiter was a bit brash and almost churlish. He waited on us well until dessert. Took 20 minutes to get dessert (one that we shared) and another 34 minutes after that to get the bill. Overall a good experience, but service should be at the level of what the prices are to eat there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best steak in NYC
    MikeysfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Smith and Wollensky is one of my favorite restaurants in NY and certainly worth the drive in from LI
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dinner good. Degree of doneness was perfect. Will do less next time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good ...but overrated
    daveyminaj
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Prompt seating. Had to be relocated to a table. Booth seating is cramped. Waiter saved the day. Soup was way too salty. Portions was good. Ribeye was charred. Wine selection is extensive . Amarone was in point. A bit costly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 50th Birthday
    Sofi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to celebrate my husband's and my eldest son birthdays. From the very start all the staff there were friendly and funny. What a delicious meal! And in the end they invited us the desert, sang the happy birthday song and were very festive! Thanks Smith & Wollensky!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best in class
    neverabadmeal
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They are here forever, I think even the meat quality gets every year better, and last year I thaught it was already excellent, take some extra dollars and let it roll, you will be never disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal
    Westimator
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Not the best steak place Waiter was half asleep Very noisy
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • S&W
    dgalef
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Smith & Wollensky remains a great American steakhouse, with excellent meat and just the right sides.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    Dave4575
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We were recommended this place by family and chose to have our supper here following us getting married at City Hall. From the moment we walked through the door the experience was amazing. The meet and greet at the door, th bar, the cocktails and the fantastic steak were all 5 star. Really amazed by how long the waiting staff had been working for S&W - each star on their uniform represents 5 years and our waiter had 6! As you can imagine, our service was typical old school New York and he didn't miss a beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old place for steaks
    Friesar
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Is this restaurant still worth a visit? I am not sure. There are so many good places in New York where you can have a high quality steak. And even a greater variety of food. Waiters are friendly, but old style, prices are hefty and tables are small. Better try something else next time.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great steaks
    neulis
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    we wanted to try the famous dry aged beef and it was just wonderful. Good service, good wine. If you are willing to spend a little more money than usual for dining, it`s a perfect address.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Same old good quality
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The same every time I come. The best steakhouse. What a pea soup!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steakhouse
    MF2014VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great steakhouse. I ordered a cajun, bone-in rib eye, Pittsburgh style, and I had no complaints. Ranks right up there with Morton's! The cream spinach side was ok, just a little watery. But desert was also fantastic. Just remember to get a jacket in the summer - they like to blast the A/C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Ali12
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant. The food is first class and the service is excellent. Friendly whilst being efficient. We had a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Service
    Chesare
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    S&W was absolutely fantastic! The waiters are set for making your night a very special one. They went beyond in our case to produce something out of the menu to please us (roasted garlic). The food is amazing and the wine was perfect. Great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Steak Lovers
    nelson1995
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you like outstanding steaks US-style this is the right place to be!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All perfect, except the price
    Stefano74
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food amazing, service highly professional but if you should make an algebric summ the price is just too expensive. I suggest a little price cutting of about 15% and it will be THE restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Visit
    Aberfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food and great service from Nick added to the experience. Will certainly tell friends of the experience back in Scotland and be back when next in New York
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY institution
    MrsYoungVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    They were very courteous and attentive. Food was great as expected!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fletch's Take
    Wontbeback
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Your restaurant was recommended to us by a friend , the meal itself was a disappointment, we have had a lot better in New York on our visit the previous year. The "chap" looking after us at our table was very matter of fact (table 22), no help and whilst we had forgotten the size of portions, we ordered far too much and he was happy to let us, last year at the Strip House restaurant , the advice we received was far better. Whilst I expected the check to be around $200 we were in less than 1 hour and left , I gave the "chap" $250 , he didn't ask if I wanted change , just took the cash and started chatting with another waiter, as we got up to leave he did not even acknowledge us. Will not be back .. Jim Fletcher England
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  • Avril Kavanagh
    Avkavs
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a dinner here on our last night in New York... Simply SUPERB!!.. the service, the food and the wine.. we were given a complimentary glass of champagne and a free taster of the New York Cheesecake.. We ordered lobster for starters and the the rib eye and the New York sirloins on the bone for our main .. huge plate fulls, all cooked to perfection, a culinary delight.. The staff were friendly and attentive, the standard of their service was exemplary... what a great way to end our holiday. I would recommend it highly to any one visiting New York
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor
    frenchie12
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Air con was on full blast. It was freezing cold. We booked a table but had to wait 20 mins to be seated. We had to ask for bread, water and pepper. Took so long I had to find pepper myself. There was no room for everything on table so we moved some on window sil. Waiter was not happy but then had nowhere to put things so left them there. They also tried to charge us for an extra glass of wine. Other than terrible service the food was ok. But at $50 / head just for meat , this is the least you would expect. Will never go back
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  • Great choice for our anniversary
    TheGoonies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were 15 minutes early for our reservations but were seated immediately. It was me and my wife's first experience at a real steak house and Smith & Wollensky was recommended by a couple of friends, we thanked them afterwards. All the staff we encountered were courteous and friendly. Our waiter, Nick, was an old school gentleman and took great care of us during our dinner. We ordered the porterhouse for two with a baked potato and the creamed spinach, which a little salty for our taste but serviceable. The porterhouse was amazing! My wife and I were in steak heaven... We don't have any steak house experience to weigh Smith & Wollensky against, but we had a good time and a great steak. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Captains Table
    Doczing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I used to be a frequent patron of "smith and wallys" for years and it always was a wonderful treat. Given that during those years I had a decent expense account and this was our place of choice I always had the perfect food and drink. After the whole financial fiasco starting in 2008 my job and expense account went bye bye and money was tight. Treating myself to a gourmet meal was not in the plan because I had twins that needed just about everything. So my "smith and wollensky" days were over. Along with the others. (park ave cafe, cite, post house) all of which I frequented. 2014 I returned to find that from steerage to captains table we all were treated equal. wonderful and professional.Once again S&W rules the restaurant world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks to perfection
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Steaks to perfection all the time and the house steak sauce make the Smith and Wollensky steak my favorite in the city! The staff is first rate and super friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truth in appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was looking for a steak place and this met the bill. In the introductions to the meal, the waiter highlighted the "seafood tower." It was a mix of lobster, crab and shrimp. It was delicious. However, when the bill came the TOWER was $80.00 and therefore the most expensive thing on the menu. I was both surprised and upset that this was not mentioned in the intro. In most restaurants, specials are mentioned with the price to make it clearer. In this case I am not sure whether I would have ordered the TOWER but I believe that wait staff had been instructed to push IT and not mention the price. The Merlot was excellent and reasonably price. I will never eat at one of their restaurants again.
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  • Excellent
    Fernando
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Awesome food and Service. I will be back for sure.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy beside great meat
    rueasw
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Besides excellent meat, the noise level was much too high, you needed to scream at the waiter so he understood, permanently they check how far you are to get you off your table, the host showing the table kept wandering thru the room.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Not one steak was cooked right. Sub par cuts. Overseasoned. Unattentive staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!!
    ADN1VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The Food was Fantastic!! The Bone In Ribeye Steaks are the BEST in NYC!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    pea soup was overly thick, steamed vegetables were almost raw, veal chop was too sweet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in Smith and Wollensky
    cgfl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Party of 6 Saturday night and we had terrible service. For the price we pay for the food we expect a certain quality of service. Our server Karim failed to deliver any type of acceptable service. We have dined many times at S@W and this was by far the worst experience and will probably be our last time visiting.
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  • Very underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was average at best. Way overpriced for what you get.
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  • Good time great steak
    thedarkestknight
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Legendary spot for steaks in Manhattan. The food was real good. Found it funny that the waiter never really asked us what we wanted for drinks, had to call him back for the three I had. Also found it weird that the place was only about 2/3's full at 8:00 on a Saturday night when we were leaving. We at early with a long train ride north home. I would recommend eating here for special occasions or with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak was all wrong. Overcrowded.
    ftbowers
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the first online review I have ever written, because until now, I have never been so disappointed that I felt the need to make others aware of my experience. I ordered the 18 oz sirloin, but what actually came was most certainly no more than 12 oz. I ordered medium rare, and it came out on the well done side of medium. Having been eating steak at the finest steakhouses around the world for the past 25 years, I know what an 18 oz medium rare sirloin looks like, and this most certainly wasn't it. This most certainly wasn't a $50 steak. Regarding the ambience of the place, I found the tables to be extraordinarily small and crowded. My overall impression of Smith & Wollensky is that this is a restaurant trading on past reputation.
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  • Good steak
    ElBi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good steak, big portion, very us style but a bit expensive!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A NY Standard
    CTfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went to S&W for a 60th birthday dinner and was not disappointed. The food was impeccable and the service very friendly and efficient. We made our theatre time without no problem and did not feel rushed in any way. If you're looking for a great steak, lobster or lamb chops this is the place. The waiter brought us a Rock & Rye after dinner, which was a lovely, unexpected after dinner treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommendation
    hstrybuff
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Would have felt better if 2 sides had been included with our very excellent steak
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic