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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.
Boston, MA 02116
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Sunday:
Private Events & Groups can be arranged any time of day.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking is available for $18/car during dinner service. There are public parking lots and limited street parking nearby.
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
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.
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.
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! 🤓
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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