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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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4.3

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3.7

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Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2009

Attention to details was not as high as it has been in the past. Still a good encounter just not with the same level of perfection we have seen before.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2009

I went here for my 22nd Birthday, and had a WONDERFUL meal! It was absolutely lovely!!!! Would highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2009

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...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2009

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2009

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2009

THE BEST RIB-EYE I EVER HAD..AND I HAVE HAD A LOT....FOOD AND SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING..POSSIBLY ONE OFTHE TOP 3 DINNING EXPIERENCES EVER

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2009

Ryan our waiter was excellent. Ryan and Matt made for a very enjoyable lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2009

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2009

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2009

Great steaks. Was happy to have an excellent high quality thick swordfish steak. Sides are great. Best to share a side and a salad to save room for a desert. Salads are large. Creamed spinich just right - not too salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2009

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2009

We absolutely loved it and don't know why we haven't visited sooner.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2009

The food, waitstaff and barstaff were incredible. The Maitre d couldn't stop texting long enough to answer our questions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2009

The service was horrible. It took them an hour to bring the food. We complained to the maitre and he was extremely rude and unconsidered. HORRIBLE!!!! Not worth the money at all!!!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

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.
Other:
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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

We went for Thanksgiving and the service as usual was excellent, as were the steaks of course. The prix fixe turkey special was nothing to write home about.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving was a treat, not only was the turkey and all the fixings superb, but others in the party had a rib eye and a prime rib that were both outstanding!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

The food and service were wonderful. We went for Thanksgiving and ordered off the regular menu. Very good! We will definitely be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

What can I say S & W the Best of the Best !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2009

Went on Thanksgiving, decent Thanksgiving menu, Prime Rib was sub-par. All sides were very good, great mac n' cheese.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2009

Food and service was solid....well done

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2009

The best piece of filet mignon I've ever had in a restaurant! And the creamed spinach was outstanding. The ambiance was a little too noisy and the servers were a little too rushed both of which detracted a bit from the overall experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2009

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2009

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2009

Everything I expected and more! Great attention to detail, impeccable service and an amazing meal to boot. Can't wait to go back!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2009

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2009

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...

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2009

Good overall but was seated next to the waiters station.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2009

perfect dinner, best in boston for a perfect filet

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2009

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2009

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2009

Very nice dining experience. Staff was very friendly, and the food was prepared "perfectly" to taste. Would recommend to anyone.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 6, 2009

Salads were fair. Filet was good. Prime rib was not edible. It was very tough and had no flavor at all. I won't go back to another Smith & Wollensky. Unfortunately I had to use my "check" from Open Table.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2009

Outstanding steaks, one of a kind ambiance in Boston and a great service are the trademarks of this restaurant. I would highly recommend the establishment to anyone looking for a great steak in Boston

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2009

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2009

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2009

Dessert was a disappointment. We just got frozen brownie that was really difficult that eat and not worth $15. The steaks were good.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2009

Perfect meal. Everything we ordered was wonderful. Great Service. The chocolate cake could have fed a family!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2009

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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