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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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4.3

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4.3

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4.4

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3.7

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82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
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Notable Wine List (18)
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Quiet Conversation (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
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Seasonal (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 12 hours ago

The atmosphere is so beautiful. We sat right by the fireplace. It was the perfect date. The food was all done to perfection! We will definitely be coming back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Dinner was amazing. Honestly I don't see a way they could do any better. Our waiter, Josh Hodson, was excellent! We had the 46oz Porter House for two with lobster mac and cheese and potatoes au gratin. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Some of the best steaks we've ever eaten. Dry-aged and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

I ordered a USDA Prime New York Strip but the meat smells bad. I then talked with the manager and he took it away. I reordered a Bone In USDA Prime Ribeye with medium rare but it came like very rare. Then the chef recooked but it is medium well. The meat also smelt not good. The quality of the meat is way behind my expectation. I eat steak very often and I go to other high-end steakhouses in Boston regularly, but this Smith Wollensky is not good. I will never come back to this restaurant again.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I came here for Valentine’s Day dinner. A last minute cancellation squeezed us into a 7:30 spot and I reserved as soon as I saw it! Unfortunately, our experience was very lackluster. The food was cooked well. Props to the kitchen. But, we felt very forgotten from the wait staff. When we arrived, our waitress was bubbly and introduced herself, she gave us menus and everything seemed fine. Another waitress approached us to take our order and she seemed like she was in a rush. We placed our order and waited. The first waitress would go back and forth to each one of her tables and walk right past ours. I wasn’t there for attention, we wanted a good meal, but we felt secluded and a bit awkward not being talked to. Other couples were coming in and they all were talked to and given attention and we were just walked by time and time again. Our food came out, and my wife ordered seared tuna with no bbq sauce. This dish should have come with a salad. When we brought it to our servers attention, she assured us that it did not come with a salad (after checking the menu afterwards, it does come with a salad). In every one of this servers tables that she chatted with, she gave them the check with a card to mention her on social media and asked for them to look her up. With us, we got the check and a Thank You.

My wife and I didn’t go in there all snobby either, we thanked her every time she put water in our cups, but we felt a little awkward not being talked to. if she didn’t talk with every other table around us, it wouldn’t have mattered.

We felt a bit disappointed but we payed and left.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Went there for Valentines Day. Have to say everything was amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Ask for Paul as he is a great server!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great evening - thank you! You gave our son the royal treatment.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Entire service and food were excellent . Our waiter Paul was comfortably , friendly , and very good at his job . Castle was beautiful . After our meal we were encouraged to wander the other areas and take in the castle's beauty . Would definitely return

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amy was a great server, thank you for all of the great suggestions and timely service!

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amy was very attentive and seemed to know what we needed before we had a chance to ask her.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great server and staff !A++++

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our dinner at Smith & Wollensky, Back Bay at the Castle, as always, was truly enjoyable! From our warm greeting, to our delicious dinner and impeccable service, it was everything anyone could hope for! This particular time we had two servers, Amy and Sherryl, also know as “The Sisters”! They were wonderful and attentive! The General Manager Richard always stops by to check in on us. All in all, I would highly recommend Smith & Wollensky to anyone! 🤓

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amy was terrific for a Patriots fan.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was great but please update your billing system. While you stated that you will add the tip to the bill for a group of more than 6, the tip was just calculated and not added to the bill. When you brought the bill - there was just the merchant slip but not the customer copy!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

5 STARS!! We had the BEST service. Amy, Cheryl and Danny offered fantastic service and even made our birthday celebration extra special with a birthday treat and a personal card. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

A Boston favorite! Food delicious and it's very cool to dine inside a castle!
During this visit, our meal was made even more enjoyable by our awesome server, Paul. He was very attentive and engaging. We hope to dine with him on future visits! A+ service!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had an excellent time at Smith and Wollensky . I was most impressed with the fact that they prepared a chicken dish for me because I do not eat red meat. My husband spoke to a gentleman named, Richard, during the day on Saturday. He apologized for not having chicken on the menu. Also, he did not have a standard, generic type white fish on the menu. Since I do not eat red meat
nor any fish other than a whitefish, there was really nothing for me to eat. He said he would call back to see if he could arrange for a chicken dish since they sometimes do that for private parties. He called back and he did in fact say that he could have chicken prepared. I was very impressed and will certainly recommend this restaurant to others. A big shout out to Richard for doing that.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Nice experience but the dry aged steaks were just ok. For this price, I expect better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Terrible experience

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (New England)·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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 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 26, 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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 (Sacramento)·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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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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