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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
One word, terrible! Never felt so ignored, that sure won't happen at any other $40 steakhouse. Sat around for 10 minutes waiting for someone to take our order and they only had 4 tables of guest, then another 30 minutes waiting, apparently neither the soup, salad, or raw clam/oysters can be served in 30 minutes. Table wabbled terribily and no one noticed while we were rocking it back and forth, until we had to rock it while the waitress was putting salad on the table and finally someone fixed it. Food was terrible, pea soup was nothing special, Cajun filet mignon was spicy only on outside, salad was $14 and resources wasted. Our waitress came to the table maybe 3 times total, didn't even come to grab our bill or check on us. Sad...
The restaurant accommodated my late request to delay my reservation by one hour. The only caveat was that my request for a quiet/romantic table MAY not be able to be accommodated. When we arrived, we were seated promptly in the upstairs dining room. Not having been to the restaurant before I was surprised to find a very large high ceiling cafeteria style room. A nice fireplace but not at all what I expected. The food was the saving grace for this night, but with my request for a romantic setting for a belated anniversary celebration, this did not cut it. I would have hoped for a bit more effort from this top shelf establishment. Food was very good, but S&W will not be high on my must return to list.
They have recently got a new pastery chef, you can tell, it is or the better. Their food was great as always. The bread rolls were better, their chocolate cale and shotters of ice cream and sorbert was awesome. THANK YOU SMITH AND WOLLENSKY FOR A GREAT NIGHT.
Overall it was very good. They really need to have some more reasonably priced wines on the menu though. Waiter needed to be a little more attentive but the food was outstanding, served hot on hot plates. I felt that $8.50 for a starter of 3 slices of tomato and 5 anchovies, no cheese was a bit much.
We heard about this place from a coworker who raved about the food and service so we decided to take our son who was turning 21 there for his birthday. We noted on OpenTable that we were celebrating our son's 21st birthday and thought maybe the restaurant would make a note of that and wish him a "happy birthday" upon our arrival, but nothing was noted. Our server was very nice and friendly, but I felt we had to sit around a bit too long waiting for service. I was disappointed to be just given a dessert menu and not shown a dessert cart. I wanted to actually see what the desserts looked like. Maybe I expected too much, but given the cost of the dinner, I feel we deserve more and the overall service could have been better.
In prior research on line, I encountered several reviews which spoke very poorly of the service at S&W, so it was with trepidation that I made the reservations. When doing so,
I requested a quiet corner in a quiet room since two of the party were hearing challenged. Much to my delight, we were ushered to a quiet corner in a large but quite quiet room and the host asked to be sure that it was quiet enough! All my fears about service quickly dissipated as soon as our waitress appeared. She was friendly, efficient, attentive but not intrusive. In short, she was terrific. Other personnel with whom we had contact were friendly and attentive as well. The food was spectacular and the entire evening was a success.
Enjoyed the visit. Thanksgiving menu was well prepared and tasty. Service was a little inattentive due to large holiday dining groups. Second floor is much noisier than the first floor, and not as "intimate." I am stretching to find negatives though, nothing mentioned impacted our experience or our having an overall great diner. Price's were reasonable for the price bracket.
Valet is cash only, can not bill to table.
Scotch selection is as expected for the bracket. Nothing exceptional.
Would like to see more local wines.
My mother and I ordered the Thanksgiving dinner. The appetizers and sides were wonderful. We were both disappointed with the turkey and stuffing. The stuffing was very bland and the the turkey very dry. What little gravy there was was also bland. We took our desserts to go so I can't comment on those. My sister ordered lamb chops which were cooked to perfection and she was very pleased. The wine list was extensive and superb. Our waiter delivered outstanding service. We loved the ambiance and decor and we would dine there again, albeit from the main menu.
The food was very good. We were a bit taken aback, b/c we ordered the Porterhouse for 2, and asked for Med. Rare. It came out as rare. It was good, but just a little more rare than we would have liked. The service was great and the overall experience was wonderful.
how can you go wrong with a classy dining experience in a castle? S&W was very good. Our waiter was very informative and the waiters and waitresses who were helping out had terrific timing with periodic check ins and refills. Absolutely delightful experience.
My husband and I had dinner at S&W to celebrate his birthday. I have visited the Boston restaurant a couple of times and used to frequent the one in Columbus, OH.
I was a bit disappointed with this visit. The service was good, but the waitstaff seemed to be covering a large amount of tables so the servers was less attentive. We ordered a bottle of wine and didn't realize until the bill arrived that we had been given the more expensive wine from the same Vineyard. We both ordered the filet. My husband's Au Poive was fabulous. I ordered the Oscar and was disappointed with the quality of the filet hidden under the sauce (a lot of fat throughout). The complimentary birthday cheesecake was a nice touch.
I have been to the S&W in Chicago so from a food perspective I knew what I was getting. This place embodies the top notch steak house that it everyone notes it for. Our servers were courteous and went that extra mile to insure that our dining experience was a hit. I took my wife here for her 35th birthday and from the moment we walked in the door, the staff would say Happy Birthday to her and even the valet, who we briefly spoke with, even said for her to enjoy her birthday when we were on our way out.
If you are in the market for good steaks/food and for a hospitable atmosphere, then this is definitely the place for you. It will put a slight dent in your pocket but this is the kind of place that we only hit on special occasions...
The food was delicious. One thing that bothered me completely: our table ordered a lower-priced Napa Cab.- 2005 vintage. The waiter brought out the 2007 vintage. I called him on it and he said "we no longer have the 2005 would I like to look at the wine list again". The waiter should have said they were out of the 2005 BEFORE bringing the 2007 to the table...or was it because it was a "cheap bottle"($50) he thought it just didn't matter and that we were a bunch of rubes drinking cheap wine anyway? Or is a restaurant policy to dupe customers on vintages? Either way: 1) it's insulting 2) it's a recession - no time for the waitstaff / management to be judgmental. The bill for 4 was $500+ before tip - so sorry we're so cheap. POOR PRACTICE!
Overall we were pleased with the restaurant. the one thing that we found disappointing was the ceasar salad. The way it was served and also the romaine lettuce used was terrible(end cuts). we have been to other restaurants with half the reputation as S&W. The way they did the table side prep of the salad and served the green part of the lettuce certainly made a difference.
We waited for twenty minutes past our reservation time to be seated, which considering the limited general seating is not outrageous. I ordered the prime rib which was so large it practically took two men to hoist it onto the table. I have had better tasting prime rib, but think this has the record for the largest. Enormise portions is the theme for this restaurant, so most meals, sides, etc could easily be shared.
Our waiter must have been a rookie, not with the program and not solicitous of our satisfaction along the way. Food was okay but not great...porterhouse for two was a bit grissly and underdone. Caesar salad a dismal tasteless pile of lettuce. Would not go back with prices so high and so many other steakhouses in the neighborhood.
The meat was a bit tough in comparison to the other notable steak restaurants we've been to. It did have a great bar scene, but it was much too loud to eat there. Upstairs, where we were seated, had much better ambiance. The waiter was excellent. The biggest problem was that even with a reservation, we had an hour wait. Overall, I'd say it was just okay.
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