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Smith & Wollensky Boston – Back Bay

4.4
2592 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romantic
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 423-1112
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Wagner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus
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Parking details
There are public parking lots and limited street parking nearby.
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Public transit
Arlington/Back Bay
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat her to an incredible Mother's Day dinner at S&W. Our dining room awaits to enjoy a new Spring / Summer Menu of USDA Prime steaks, seasonal seafood dishes, cocktails and wines by the glass.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2592 People Are Saying
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We celebrate our wedding anniversary at Smith & Wollensky's Back Bay every year. It's great to return to a familiar restaurant who knows your dining history, especially how you like your steak. The food at S&W never disappoints nor does the service. Top notch wait staff consistently at every visit, yesterday's server Amy, took very good care of us. She knows very well both the food and beverage menus very well and made excellent recommendations. Amy has the right balance of friendliness and helpfulness and checked on us throughout the meal. We never felt rushed or unattended. The steaks are always cooked to perfection and are of the highest quality. The castle lends itself to being repurposed as a restaurant and makes for an interesting and comfortable atmosphere and rounds out the food and service-- simply put it is, as always, dining bliss. It's always a wonderful and delicious experience.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Smith and Wollensky is one of the best steak houses in Boston. Once again they did not disappoint. Service was excellent, food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Thanks to Amy and the team for a great birthday dinner. From the pre-meal call to confirm details, the amazing steaks, to the recommendations and the massive slice of chocolate cake - another excellent S&W experience. Always feel taken care of here.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service and even better food! The steak and cheesecake were amazing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was great. Flew in from LA and had dinner here as it is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston. Was upset to hear it is closing in June. :( Victor was our waiter and he was great.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food and service good. Need to have a minimum dress code. When I pay $60 for a steak on a Saturday evening don’t expect to sit near a guy with a T shirt and ball cap. Also more than one

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Meeting up with an old college friend to relive our glory days, and it was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

What a great night! Our servers Amy & Cheryl were awesome!! I'd come back just to see them...that's how great they were!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful, elegant setting fora special occasion dinner. The room is an old world classic with outstanding art, chandeliers and furniture

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We chose S&W to celebrate my husband birthday & we both love the steaks & sides as always! Wait person was very attentive & very friendly! Will definitely be back again!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Sherryl was one of the best waitresses that I’ve ever had. She was incredibly attentive and very friendly. Thanks so much for the great service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Lovely experience for our Easter dinner, thank you! Food was excellent accompanied by an amazing tour by the Sommelier who was both knowledgeable, charming and very understanding/patient with our kids as well! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We enjoyed sitting in the bar area after being seated by your friendly hostess, Melissa. She was very nice and helpful - answering our questions about the Castle. When your server Amy greeted us, we knew we were in good hands. She was very attentive, but did not hover ... very quick to respond to any of our requested as she got to know us. Food was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Paul was wonderful to us in accommodating a number of dietary issues plus our time crunch with a BSO performance later that evening. He knew how to make a birthday dinner special!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Smith & Wollensky at the Castle, Back Bay Boston is always fantastic! We have been there many, many times and we were never disappointed! Amy was our server and everything was wonderful from our very warm greeting right down to the delicious food. The entire place is very welcoming! I would highly recommend Amy and Smith & Wollensky to anyone. I look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Sherry made the celebration of our engagement one we will always remember.

Not to mention the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Simply the best .

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Extremely disappointed in the Filet Mignon. It was too salty and on the cold side. The fries were soggy as well.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Celebrated our kid’s first trip to Boston and both of their birthdays! Our server was excellent, patient, friendly and great with our table. Food was delicious along with the presentation. Love the building and history, too!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food at restaurant week is just so so and the waiter do not give us a nice service. We waiting more than 10 mins for the menu when we get the seat.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Was in Boston for NCAA games and March For OurLives
Food delicious
Service exceptionally helpful and friendly
Cocktails and wine outstanding
Only part if meal that did not measure up was dessert - was rather flavorless
Have eaten in NYC restaurant and the desserts far exceed what was served here

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Unique location and an old school steak house but ultimately not worth the money for the quality of food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

went for restaurant week had a great time, highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great place for a date night. You are nott rushed here and you really get to enjoy the whole experience. Definitely a must if looking for a great steak house in a really cool building in Boston!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food, attentive staff. First time at the restaurant and would definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Overall great experience.
Food was excellent. Good quality and cooked to perfection.
Our waiter was great with questions.
Service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

So good! John was very helpful with wine and food selection. Can’t wait to go there again!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Amy was the best. She shared a little history and answered every question about the food.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We had a good time for Dine in Boston week. Food was amazing and service was also amazing.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Went during restaurant week, pretty empty, don't know if it is better during normal times.
Cheap qualities of fish and steak. Never had a steak that burnt and chewy.

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2.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I made the reservation with the request for a quiet out of the way table for two, For my wifes Birthday. We knew we qere early and stated qe wanted to relax at the Bar. I was was rushed from the bar, to be plopped in the middle section of the the same Bar room. VERY disappointed. VERY NOISY. During dinner , another table received a desert with a candle , ours came with none. Now I can understand it being a Monday and all, but how is it any different cleaning up one table from the next 20-30 feet away there was plenty of open areas in other rooms. For them not to have a real dining room area open is a sham, plane laziness if you ask me. The food was good , the waiter was Good . JUST very disappointed in the whole scheme of things after waiting years to be able to go to the castle too get bummed.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Went during Dine out Boston. Service was odd- wrong orders, inattentive, disheleved appearance. Food was fine, but nothing special. Would not go at regular price. Building was gorgeous and we got a lovely tour

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Outstanding Service however food was not up to par

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We had early dinner reservation before seeing a show in the Theatre District. We were there on the first day of Restaurant Week and ordered from the special three course menu. The special menu was more extensive than other restaurants were offering. The food (entree filet mignonette) was delicious, cooked to order and so tender. The appetizers, sides and desserts were very tasty and generous. One of the highlights was the ambience and history of the building. The other highlight was the impeccable service all around but especially by our server, Paul. He was terrific and very attentive without being obstructive. A great night! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good fillet. Wonderful cocktails!! Beyond remarkable decor and ambiance!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

This occasion was for my son and his friend's 20th birthday celebrations. The had a fabulous time and said it was probably the BEST meal they ever had! They had the crab cakes, beef bacon, bone-in filet, mashed potatoes and chocolate cake! They also loved their server Josh.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Nice but not great value for money. We spent $150 per person for just average food. The server was very good but the overall service was slow considering that it was not very crowded. Quite a bit below Abe & Louie’s or Capital Grill for overall rating.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Our group had a great casual evening with a relaxed atmosphere

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

I remember going to S&W almost 15 years ago in NYC (3rd avenue). It was one of the happening places with amazing food and even better ambience. When I came to Boston and saw S&W sign near my hotel, I decided to bring my work colleagues here. Sadly the quality, ambiance and overall feel has gone down. The decor is stale, service is on par with TGIF and not what I remembered from many years ago.

Sadly I will not be returning to S&W in Boston.

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