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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
we were seated in the back room, not the main room. There was no ambience. It felt like where the staff might have meetings and/or dinner. Not a place where you would seat a guest. Lighting was horrible as well. Food was fine, but for the cost - I would recommend Boston Chops anytime over this location. After dinner we asked to look in the main room - which was much nicer and more lively. Being seated here would have made for a nicer overall experience, but again- no need to go back. Was always very intrigued by the building and terribly disappointed.
We had a 7:15 reservation but arrived at 6:30. The Hostess was very nice and stated It was not a problem. We were seated right away and had a wonderful waitress. We told her we were here for a wonderful meal and to relax. The meal was excellent and we never felt rushed. We've been here numerous times and will be back again.
Restaurant was nice, however service was less than ideal. We ate next to a large table that went uncleaned or bussed for our entire meal. No specials were offered , took a very long time to get a refill on our wine and water and the check came in a brochure.
The steaks were cooked quite well, but an extra charge just to have is seasoned seemed a bit rediculous.
We have been to S&W many times and meal always very good. Not so on this occasion...... more hit or miss. House salad was fair ( some wilted lettuce). Twin filets were excellent, crab cakes had lots of meat but were dry. Spinach side was very good; potatoes au Groton poor. Service was excellent as were hostess and manager. At this price point, expected better
Katie, our server, was wonderful--friendly, present without being overbearing, recommendations for food were spot-on; enjoyed the food despite the pricey menu, meal was pretty incredible. Had the filet with the chili/cocoa rub--might be my favorite way to have filet now--not hot or sweet, just, as Katie predicted, a depth of taste that was delightful. Warning on desserts--they are huge, definitely share (at least the cakes-saw several besides the coconut that we had, come out and very generous "slices"). So hospitable, let us take the elevator to the top floor to see some of the historic detail. Very special to eat in a castle!
We went to S&W Back Bay as a family with two teens, in an annual birthday visit to a different steakhouse for our steak-loving teen. Compared to the past 6-7 other Boston area steakhouses we've tried (Capital Grille, Davios, Mortons, Strega, Ruth Chris, etc.) this was the least enjoyable meal and the least attention our birthday boy has received. The food was fine but not great and not worth the $. The atmosphere was nice but again not terrific. While numerous other steakhouses have given our son a dessert gratis, often dressed up for a birthday occasion, this restaurant did nothing but provide a signed card. Again, was not bad, but was not worth the $500 for a family of 4 and won't revisit this restaurant.
Went to dinner with my sister, and best friend to celebrate my engagement/pregnancy. Amy was our server, and she kept us laughing from beginning to end. She was very attentative, and super helpful when it came time to pick entrees. We stayed for a few hours, and did not feel rushed whatsoever, which is always nice. At the end, Amy sent out a complimentary dessert, in honor of the occasion, making my special night even more special. I would definitely recommend Smith & Wollenskys to anyone planning a date night, special occasion, or just a good atmosphere along with good food, drinks, and service! Thanks again Amy, you were awesome!
We have been to Smith & Wollensky, Back Bay many times. This past Saturday we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. When we arrived, Sherryl, our usual waitress (who went home sick) placed flowers on our table! Our meal was served by Amy who was wonderful. She was very attentive and friendly. The food, as always, was delicious! All in all we were very very pleased and look forward to returning.
The Back Bay Castle was such a unique dining place with such history, but overall my husband and I agreed that for the cost, was a bit disappointing. We were seated in a booth in the center dining room and found the noise level was a bit too loud for our comfort. My husband had the filet and lobster tail that were “ok... nothing spectacular” I had the Veal Chop, which I have to say was “ ok... nothing spectacular” Our waiter was very busy and not as efficient or engaging as you would expect in a higher end dining room as this. I probably would be hesitant to recommend to friends.
The service by Scherryl was impeccable...her knowledge of the menu and ability to gauge what our group was looking for in the way of a dining experience was spot on. 2 of3 meals outstanding...my twin filets a little on the dry side though...highly recommend the coffee and cocoa crusted filet.
Our daughter asked to go to a steakhouse for her 16th birthday, so we decided to go upscale and check out one of the premier steakhouses in town. No problems with the reservation or arrival. We were seated in the Chef's room on the first floor, the room immediately on the left. The room was around half way full, so it was easy to talk to each other. High ceilings and a lot of "old wood" for atmosphere. Waitress was prompt and took good care of us. the bus man was attentive as well. the bread was fresh & hot, I enjoyed the rosemary on the top. Food was good, we four of us) got beef, 3 filet mignons (one with bacon) and a ribeye. sides were carrots (really good) mac & cheese (thumbs up), broccoli (good) and a giant hash brown. we also got a nice bottle of pinot noir (Erath). Everything was cooked as requested. We were full, so we declined on desert. The staff gave my Daughter a a signed B-card, which was cute. The manager also checked in on us during the meal. We peeked at the main dining room on the way out, which had more of a "vibe" than the chef's room. Expensive evening, but I am comfortable with what I got in return.
I heard about Smith & Wollensky's from a TV program called "Phantom Gourmet". I was impressed with how beautiful the place was, as well as the food that was featured on the show. The building itself was beautiful! I loved the architectural detail.
We were in Boston for our 10th anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere special. We were greeted and seated at our table. The service was amazing. My husband and I thought the food was delicious, however we found the food to be overpriced.
The staff were aware of our anniversary so at the end of our meal, they presented us with complimentary champagne. What a nice and thoughtful touch!
It was a amazing experience for my wife's birthday. With close friends and family. The staff was unbelievably friendly and knowledgeable about the menu the wines also the history of the castle.
The food was to die for.. the steak the entree the vegetables we're amazing. I cannot say one bad thing..
I have to add one more thing.. the bacon was the best I have ever tasted.. I could go on and on about the food.. you definitely have gone over the top for us..
I hope this gets to the right people..
Thank you again and we appreciate everything..
We frequently go to Smith and Wollensky, Back Bay, Boston. We are never disappointed! The atmosphere is very welcoming, the food is delicious and the service is impeccable! Sherryl is our waitress and she is superb! The general manager Richard always stops by our table to say hello. I would highly recommend Smith and Wollensky.
The castle the restaurant is in was impressive. We toured 4 floors of Militia history. The evening started out with prompt seating. Our server Amy was the highlight of the evening. She promoted the SW house wine with a blind tasting and gave the history of the facility.
We had appetizers which were fair and ordered our entre with two sides. The wait was too long at about 45 minutes. The steaks and sides were cold. The manager came by and checked on us and we told him our concerns. He offered a reheat or replacement,but said replacement could take longer. As seasoned dinners we knew reheat meant overdone but could not wait another 45 minutes. We ask for reheat, and indeed it came back overdone.
We tried it but passed on it. The manager and server apologized and only billed for what we ate.
As all was good, but the food temperature. I would say the Chef was at fault, for a flopped evening. All food needs to be checked immediatly before serving and plainly that did not happen. With three steak houses within sight SW can not afford an amature error like this.
I hope we were an exception, but don'r think we are.
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