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About Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay

Eat like royalty in Boston’s most famous castle.



Indulge your senses and sense of history with the unique dining experience of our Boston steakhouse. Located in a historic stone and brick “castle” built in 1891, the structure originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets and is listed on the National Historic Register. The first floor gunroom, social hall, and museum floor have been converted to the main dining room. The castle also boasts an impressive collection of private dining rooms, and the fourth floor Battle Room is one of Boston’s most coveted locations for large parties.

101 Arlington St. The Castle at Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Sunday:

Bar 4:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

Private Events & Groups can be arranged any time of day.

Cross Street:
Columbus

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 423-1112

Website:
http://www.smithandwollensky.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for $18/car during dinner service. There are public parking lots and limited street parking nearby.

Public Transit:
Arlington/Back Bay

Executive Chef:
Jason Wagner

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Located in a historic stone and brick “castle” built in 1891, the structure originally served as the headquarters for the First Corps of Cadets.The castle also boasts an impressive collection of private dining rooms, and the fourth floor Battle Room is one of most coveted locations for large events.

Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Business Meals (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Authentic (14)
Cozy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Casual (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

As always we had a great time. Food, service, and all the help .......great. Thanks again for a wonderful night.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Sides and deserts were wonderful. Steak (bone in fillet) was very disappointing, fatty and not cooked correctly. Service felt rushed. Server was very nice, but service felt rushed for a slow night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our go to restaurant for perfectly cooked steaks and amazing service.

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 (München)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We came with high expectations as the place had been recommended by friends and we had a pleasant dining experience at S and W in Chicago. Sadly the S and W Nack Bay could not live up to the expected standards. While the food was fine the service lacked quality. For such an expensive place you would expect impeccable service, what we experienced in an almost empty restaurant was horrible. Waiters leaned over us and half the table to pour more water into the glass of the person across instead of walking around the table to serve each of us individually, although there was plenty of walking space.
After talking our order the waiter came back and barked at one of our friends that they were out of lamb and he should choose another entree - without an apology and the menu to find another entree. That was very rude, should our friend have remembered the menu? And shouldn‘t waiters in such an upscale place know if they are out of something BEFORE people order?
After we had our appetizers another waiter came and brought us the dessert menu —- after we told him that we are still waiting for our entrees (!!!) he made an attempt of a joke and left.
We really had the worst waiters and service ever that night (all in relation to the price of the food) and will not go back to any S and W restaurant and can definitely not recommend the one at back bay.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Totally unimpressed. Very inattentive waitperson. We had to ask for water and even steak knives! My husband's $50 steak was cooked unevenly, tasted funny (burnt butter?) and not at all what a rib eye should look like. It took about 20 minutes for the waitperson to ask how our meals were. By that time, I was done and it was too late for my husband to get a replacement unless we wanted to eat separately. We ate there 5 years ago and it was great. What on earth happened to this place? If your prices are going to be high please back them up with quality food ! Will never return.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are from Germany. This was our second stay at S&W. Great!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A quiet start to New Years. Mostly good but the sides were all cold.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This restaurant gives the W&S brand a bad name. The steak was dry and unflavorful. The fries were completely soggy even though we had them redone. The service was inattentive, forgetful, indifferent and server mostly could not be found. No wonder this place was half empty on New Years Eve. Below average and waste of money.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our son selected Smith & Wollensky for his 21st birthday celebration dinner. Service was excellent. Our server Amy was very attentive and did a great job! Nice restaurant for special occasions. Steak was good. Everything is a la carte. Very expensive. Enjoyed the old castle and took a little tour. Very nice!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointing , for the money. Fries were doggy. Steak was cold and served in pool of juice, which meant it had being lying around for ages. Definitely not what I expected . Server was poor and very standoffish.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As usual, I continue to be pleased with Smith & Wollensky. The atmosphere is always very welcoming, the food is always delicious and the service is superb! Amy was our server and she was excellent, attentive and friendly. We are greeting at the door and I always feel right at home. I would highly recommend Smith & Wollensky, Back Bay and, of course, Amy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was a wonderful experience. Sherryl our server was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. She made the experience.
Thank you.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I am SORROWFULLY reporting that the ONE of many things I am licking my chops for, the ‘Wild Mushrooms’ menu item has been replaced. The insane Wild Mushroom menu add on is no longer on the menu,,,,,,, even ‘off menu’. I cannot even begin to exclaim my dismay that (aside from the yummy steaks) the one thing that keeps me making reservations year after year being the Wild Mushrooms is no longer available. If this restaurant wants to keep my multi—year visits, and personal recommendation to friends, family, and online,,,, bring back the Wild Mushrooms, you can improve and replace other items on the menu. Perhaps you, the chiefs at Smith, don’t understand. There are some things that are cardinal, pivotal, to you being you. I have travelled the world and dined on all of the seven continents. There is one place, ONE PLACE, that I have experienced the ridiculously good Wild Mushrooms. Capital Grill, Cafe Escadrille, Morton’s, Ruth’s Chris, Texas Land and Cattle, Bern’s, all of them serve a great piece of beef. The one thing that sets the great apart from the truly exceptional is what goes with the piece of meat. What are the sides, what is the service like? Yes Smith has some of the best service I have ever seen, but aside from a great piece of meat; which others have, then the sides really set one apart from another. Bring back the Wild Mushrooms lest my friends and I will start going to other places with sub-par sides but are far more convenient to get to.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was great, pacing of courses and delivery of our bottle of wine was out of sync. They also sat us, 5 adults, with all the families with little children. In hindsight, we should have requested a table in the main room.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My family and I had Christmas dinner here and had an outstanding meal, and Sherryl our server was one of the best we have had at restaurants. She was pleasant and made our experience totally enjoyable...and even gave us a complimentary dessert.
We hope to be back soon to enjoy a faboulous meal at Smith & Wollensky (Back Bay Castle).

Thanks again
The Flynn Family

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful evening to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday (on Christmas Eve). Tables were spread out enough on the second floor that the room stayed quiet enough for easy conversation yet felt lively. Service was fantastic and food was cooked exactly as ordered. Our server also helped keep my 3 year old entertained and well-behaved - no small feat. For her birthday, my mother was treated to an outrageously large piece of chocolate cake that fed all 6 of us.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amy was great!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food. Probably the best piece of filet and lobster I’ve ever had. We went for a Christmas Eve dinner and it was perfect. The ambience, service, etc. was top-notch.

Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best meal ever. Amy, our server, was both professional and personable. I will definitely be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Four of us gathered for a family Christmas get together. We enjoyed a drink at the bar while waiting for our reservation. Bar staff welcoming and knowledgeable. We were seated in a cozy rotund room with a fireplace surrounded by Boston history. Amy was our waitress, assisted by Dean, both long term employees who made great recommendations for food and drink. Excellent, friendly service with a smile. They filled us in on the history of this beautiful former armory and its special role as home to Smith & Wollensky. Really loved this place and would highly recommend- outstanding steaks and service. We'll be back! Thank you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Service was exceptional. Food was exquisite. Ambiance was excellent. I thought this S&W was even better than the awesome 3rd Ave location in NYC. Will definitely be back!👍

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Truly a remarkable experience. The building (old armory) appears to be a castle in the middle of a city. The service is impeccable, the food a delight and the ambiance is just right. I actually spend extra time in Boston just so I can dine here.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My husband’s and my daughter-in-law’s birthdays

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

with so many choices, this place needs to up it's game a bit... steaks were VERY fatty. a sirloin with fat running thru the middle of it and being told at 6pm "we're out of baked potatoes" ... at a Steak House!!!??? this certainly ain't S&W NYC or even Cap Grill

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Au gratin potatoes not cooked steak just OK service was excellent

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food is incredible (esp. the coffe and cocoa rubbed steak), worth the price and any commute. Great for special events/dates. Fantastic waiters/waitresses. Hostess was lively and welcoming. The whole restaurant is decked out in holiday gear and looks excellent. A very fun experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We celebrated two birthdays and had an amazing time! Our waitresses Sherryl & Amy made our experience a ton of fun. Our food was excellent. The restaurant even went above and beyond for our occasion by comping our dessert! This wasn’t our first trip there and it won’t be the last!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food & drink like you'd expect from Smith & Wollensky and the setting for this particular restaurant is absolutely awesome. The restaurant is located in an old armory building which looks like a castle; right in downtown Boston. Perfect for any special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner - the bone-in filet was great. It was my daughter's 7th birthday, and she loved it. The hostess and waiter took great care of us and made her feel special. She was so happy. She has a number of allergies, and they were able to accommodate her needs. Our waiter was Paul, and he was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

we were seated in the back room, not the main room. There was no ambience. It felt like where the staff might have meetings and/or dinner. Not a place where you would seat a guest. Lighting was horrible as well. Food was fine, but for the cost - I would recommend Boston Chops anytime over this location. After dinner we asked to look in the main room - which was much nicer and more lively. Being seated here would have made for a nicer overall experience, but again- no need to go back. Was always very intrigued by the building and terribly disappointed.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had a 7:15 reservation but arrived at 6:30. The Hostess was very nice and stated It was not a problem. We were seated right away and had a wonderful waitress. We told her we were here for a wonderful meal and to relax. The meal was excellent and we never felt rushed. We've been here numerous times and will be back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The meat was expensive and dry suggesting that it was frozen too long.. the service was slow but courteous.. disappointing for a first class steak house

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always terrific service and food. We always have a great time when we go. Amy and Nico are very attentive and always made sure we had what we needed.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food and atmosphere. Our waiter was wonderful. Here for my husband’s 60th Birthday. Staff was wonderful!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Restaurant was nice, however service was less than ideal. We ate next to a large table that went uncleaned or bussed for our entire meal. No specials were offered , took a very long time to get a refill on our wine and water and the check came in a brochure.

The steaks were cooked quite well, but an extra charge just to have is seasoned seemed a bit rediculous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great cuts of meats, food in general. My wife and I have been to almost all steak houses in Boston, however we always keep returning to S & W.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thank you. My daughter and I had a wonderful dinner! and great conversation. Good food, good wine. Great environment. Fabulous Doggie bags.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good food and very good server. Her name was Amy and she was knowledgeable about everything on the menu.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Sheryl was fantastic. Great service. Outstanding food. probably the best Filet Mignon I've ever hard. Gorgonzola Crusted with scallions and bacon. Can't beat it. Everything was phenomenal!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been to S&W many times and meal always very good. Not so on this occasion...... more hit or miss. House salad was fair ( some wilted lettuce). Twin filets were excellent, crab cakes had lots of meat but were dry. Spinach side was very good; potatoes au Groton poor. Service was excellent as were hostess and manager. At this price point, expected better

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