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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

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Notable Wine List (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Business Meals (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Cozy (15)
Authentic (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)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Love eating at the bar. Luis is a great bartender and has a good sense of humor. Pretty place also. Food is really good

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was a beautiful, historic building and I’m glad I went. The wait staff was friendly and helpful, with the exception of my waiter who was not able to recommend items when I told him what I wanted as a first time guest. He just left me to figure it out on my own as there were specials I wanted more explanation about. The bread looked great, but was warmed over and quite heavy for what I'd expect a good yeast bread to be. I ordered filet and lobster, both were overcooked. I did not complain – I would expect a place like this to present their very best the first time. At the prices they charge they should know without a doubt what “medium rare” is and how to steam lobster. The coconut cake was heavy and dry – I did not experience the same quality others mention in their reviews. The wine – their Private Reserve was the best.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Love the specials in the bar and lounge (can't beat $1 oysters). The steak was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The truffle Mac was decadent as always. Each part of my meal from amuse bouche to dessert wine was superb.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Fresh baked bread was delicious. The steak was good but the lobster had an odd taste and the shrimp w/garlic butter was overlooked. The side dishes: mushrooms porcini and potato au gratin had no taste.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Smith & Wollensky is a fabulous place to dine! Not only is it a friendly and welcoming place, but the food is delicious! Our server was Sherryl and she was wonderful. She chatted us up at the appropriate time and was very efficient! I would highly recommend Smith & Wollensky, Back to anyone who asks.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Slow service, over cooked steak, disinterested manager. Very big let down based on expections

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

The food, the service, the atmospere, were top shelf as always! We always enjoy a fine meal here. We always look forward to coming back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

We very much enjoyed our experience. The building was an amazing piece of history itself. The ambiance was great and the food even better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 30, 2017

you cant go wrong with S&W, the food and service is truly exceptional

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Very disappointed with the dry aged Kansas City steak, didn't enjoy the flavor or texture

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent Steak (of course). We had the Filet Mignon, with sides of creamed spinach and green beans. All 3 were excellent. Our servers were attentive. We would have had dessert, which looked delicious, but we had an a performance to attend. Great location, near to parking and the theater district.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Dine in a historic castle/armory, ambiance was amazing. Food not to par unfortunately.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Amy was a fabulous server...made the meal so enjoyable!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Whenever we come to Boston, we try to make a night of this establishment. It is unique to any other Smith and Wollensky because it is in old castle like building. We love it and always order the porter house to feed our family.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was good.
Service was Excellent.
Overall very good experience.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 15, 2017

One of the best steak dinners I've ever had. Fantastic service, wine list, and friendly ambiance. Definitely expensive but you get much more than your money's worth.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Located at a historic building makes it very special and unique, food was good, service great! A little too noisy.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I was very disappointed in our dining experience. We have enjoyed Smith and Wollensky in New York, Las Vegas, and Columbus. It's one of our favorite restaurants when we travel. The Angry Shrimp was good. The steak was very tough and the augratin potatoes were extremely runny. The biggest disappointment was my salmon. It was not well seasoned and tasted extremely "fishy". I am quite sure I will never eat salmon again. I have never sent food back, perhaps I should have. Maybe things weren't up to the Smith and Wollensky standard because we arrived when you first opened. At any rate, I'm not sure I will continue to be a loyal customer in our future travels.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The place itself was amazing, if it was only cheaper, it would've been all 5 stars. But the food wasn't worth the price. It was very average, I've had much better for much less

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Sheryl was very attentive. She even brought our daughter avocado.

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·Dined on June 30, 2017

It's in a beautiful castle, so even if the food hadn't been perfect, the building and the ambience would have made the trip worthwhile. In a week of very good dining in Boston, Smith and Wollensky was head & shoulders above the rest. The place was recommended to me by a Bostonian on the train and I was so very glad that I listened to him! It isn't located at the waterfront, nor near touristy sites I was visiting, but it is only a block and a half from the nearest MBTA station and well worth the trip. Service was exceptional and the waiters made excellent recommendations. The filet with angry shrimp was perfectly flavored and melted in the mouth. The old Cuban cocktail was a great accompaniment, & the custard and wine, as recommended by the waiter were delightful. An excellent wine selection is available. All meals are served with a loaf of mouthwatering bread that is topped with a salty blend almost indescribably good. Best meal I had during a week in Boston. I will return!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Beer was bitter

I mentioned to server and he didn't remove from bill

Filet was cooked as I asked however lacked flavor

Filet from Capital Grille and Flemings better seasoned

After spending $225 plus tip I would have thought beer could have been removed as courtesy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary and had dinner here. It was perfect. Server Amy is highly recommended, she is very thoughtful and is an expert at being courteous and professional. The food is of the highest quality, as is the service. Second to none. They gave us special attention throughout the evening. It was an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amy was very attentive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The service was excellent. Our waitress Amy was attentive early one often. I passively mentioned in this forum that the occasion was my birthday. Without any cue from my husband, any surprised us with a birthday cake(a slice fit for 4!).
One of my best experiences in a restaurant in a long time.
Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 23, 2017

First time visiting the restaurant and a little underwhelmed by my steak, was expecting something fabulous but rather got a somewhat overly fatty cut, and the onion rings, well Burger King would have been as good. The other sides though were fabulous and by dining partners steak was perfect! Service was exceptional.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Excellent service. Didn't enjoy the cabin ribeye. The server was very attentative

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I am puzzled by the 1 Star and 2 Star posts because they are absolutely the converse of every experience we have had here. First experience was having our wedding reception there last year. Everything from the crab cakes, wild mushrooms, garlic rosemary bread, filet and dry aged bone-in rib eye is just out of this world. All of our guests, even the most finicky ones, raved that they have NEVER had food so exquisite at a wedding reception. The one menu item that we elected not provide our guests was the chicken because it was bland. (**side note: This is a fabulous restaurant known for their Steak, not their chicken and our expectations are commensurate with that.) Our subsequent visits throughout the year are nothing less than phenomenal even when they change their seasonal menu offerings. The staff is always top notch, courteous, friendly, greeting guests with a smile. I can't even begin to explain what it is like to dine in the ambiance of a very skillfully appointed Castle. The price?? Yep, it's right in line with the food, the staff, and dining at a renovated 126 year old armory in the down town Metro-Boston area. You have to take this observation for what it's worth,,, my observation. I have dined on 6 of the 7 continents of this planet. Smith and Wollensky will go down in my dining history as the greatest dining establishment EVER. My only suggested improvement would be offer Wagyu, even if only seasonally. I have always shied away from mentioning waitresses / waiters people by name on internet reviews. You give a good review then all of a sudden THEY become the most requested people for other peoples' dining experience and we can't get them anymore. (30%, not even close) Nevertheless, two people who deserve a lion's share of credit are Amy and Dean. They don't treat you like a customer; no, to them you are La Familia. (Family) Since the menu does change overtime they will give you the inside scoop, what's new, what is good, and what is insanely good

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was absolutely amazing. We had steaks, salmon, truffle mac & cheese, spinach, etc. Everything melts in your mouth with wonderful flavoring. Even something basic as caesar salad was amazing because of the cheese. The chef was very accommodating to my 4-year old nephew, who is a foodie and likes fine dining. We ordered him a chicken caesar salad (adult size), which is not on the menu w/chicken. The chef improvised by providing roasted chicken off the bone which looked and tasted amazing (he barely left any on the plate). Of course for dessert you can not leave there without having the chocolate cake. The icing on the whole experience was our wonderful waiter Rich. He was patient, attentive, accommodating, friendly and had a great sense of humor that kept us laughing and smiling the whole night. The Manager was also great as he came by to check on us and discussed the selection of Rose Wines on the wine flight tasting menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I've eaten at other smith&wollenski and was looking forward to a perfect steak, the meat was lean and chewy, very disappointed to say the least.
Service was great ,but I've grilled much better ribeyes from my local grocery store.
Hopefully they get the quality back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 16, 2017

food was good. but there were kids in 1st floor and they were not quiet at all. last time i was in up stairs and i had good experience. i recommend to have dinner at higher floor. if i go back next time i request higher floor for sure.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Wonderful restaurant and the food is always superb

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Smith & Wollensky, as usual, never disappoints! If you want the best filet mignon in Boston, try Smith & Wollensky, Back Bay. As you enter, the atmosphere is very welcoming from the greeting at the door to our waitress Sherryl. The food is always delicious and service impeccable! I am already looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Not to be naive, because I knew going in that the price list was going to be somewhat stiff. But my friends from out of town probably weren't prepared for the costs. But our server informed us that sides were ample for two people, so that provided some level of flexibility. Now these folks were from Texas, so they know a thing or two about steak. They said the meat was quite good, so that's saying something. They were happy, so I was happy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The resturant t was suburb. The food was great. But most importantly Amy and Sheryl were outstanding in there service and attitude. They were superlative in every way. I tremendous dinning experience. We will be back and we will ask for Amy and Sheryl.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Came for a birthday celebration. Staff was very attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

It was my girlfriend's birthday. Their service and food was amazing. Although a bit on the expensive side, the overall experience was amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Great dinner, from the Oysters to the Coconut cake it was Fantastic

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Awesome building, delicious $1 oysters, steak was not great, and the service had poor close.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Had a great meal and a vegetarian was with us and also had an amazing meal. The chocolate cake for desert was to die for.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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