Smith & Wollensky - New York

4.3
7025 reviews
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Steakhouse
The landmark Smith & Wollensky in New York City is located on the corner of Third Avenue and 49th Street, serving outstanding steakhouse fare that features USDA Prime steaks, dry aged and butchered on-premise. Opened in 1977, the original Smith & Wollensky has set the standard by which all other steakhouses are judged. The New York Times agrees, calling the restaurant “a steakhouse to end all arguments” and Gourmet said this is the “quintessential New York steakhouse.”

Although Smith & Wollensky has earned its reputation as the quintessential steakhouse, the menu is varied and offers many options beyond the signature exemplary steaks. Guests can also select from a variety of market-fresh seafood, poultry, and lamb. Delicious side dishes complete the meal, such as creamed spinach, hashed browns, and seasonal vegetables. The irresistible dessert selection ends the meal on a memorable note with a variety of decadent, housemade cakes, sorbets, and ice creams.
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter , Saul, was brilliant. Made the meal.

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C
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Lovely attentive waiter food was out of this world!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Staff was exquisitely pleasant. Food was excellent.

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great experience the food was great and the server was very professional when I come back I would like to have the same server. Thx great hospitality.

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DW
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Steak, fantastic service and beautiful surroundings.

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. The food is obviously great but what made the evening delightful was the staff. They took such great care of us. Service like you don't see much these days. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived early to our reservation and were promptly seated. We received our menus, water, and bread in ample time, but then we sat there for thirty minutes without a waiter. At no point were we asked if we wanted anything to drink nor if we wanted appetizers or to order food. We even over heard waiters in a crowd together discussing who would be taking our table, which clearly none of them did. After sitting there for thirty minutes we decided to leave. I have never expected service this bad in such a well known establishment. We will not be returning and will be warming our friends, as well as clientele NOT to visit this restaurant.

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ST
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great but it was Very expensive for the experience

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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CB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant. I would highly recommend Smith and Lewinski.

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DD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. My gf and I did not order wine and the older Eastern European waiter gave us attitude. We never have issues with waitstaff at restaurants and are courteous. This waiter however, while checking up on other customers did not give us bread until we asked for it, did not refill our water. He should be fired and he’s fortunate I have him an 18 percent tip.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here on a Saturday for a 6pm reservation. As soon as we checked in we were seated promptly and our server walked over with menus. Service was great, food was even better! I shared the porterhouse for 2 with my boyfriend and we both loved it, cooked perfectly and tasted amazing along with the creamed spinach and whipped potatoes. So happy I had room for dessert because that chocolate ganache cake was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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G
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome steaks and excellent service. The service and wait staff is amazing

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SI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak restaurant in NYC

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. It’s mine and husband once a year place to go to either for Christmas time or my Birthday. We try to sit at Tony D station he is the best and makes everything perfect. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just an old school Steakhouse that never goes out of style. The service was spot on and the food was what one would expect, great.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best steak I’ve ever had. A must visit if your in New York, forget the rubbish in Times Square. This place is the real deal. No comparison.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks and sweets👍 get the gratin too here too!

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Smith & Wollensky didn't serve the best steak I've had, or even a steak worth the price charged. What they did offer was great service and atmosphere that allowed me to ignore the dry filet mignon in front of me. I would recommend this restaurant, I plan to return, simply because I want to try the other items on the menu.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food from a great steakhouse. Food quality is very high. Worth stopping by for lunch or dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day date

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful for our first Valentine's Day dinner as husband and wife.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent!! The mushrooms a little salty but the food overall was really good.. the wait staff were kinda slow, but they were friendly and when you got their attention they were on point... ambience was really nice and professional... that prime rib!! Servings were big and good for 2 should have put that on the menu.. will be coming here again and again!!

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PD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

used to be so much better - don't remember having good food there even once in the last year

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, complimented by the staff and the ambience

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Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Steaks were huge. Service was great 👍

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good experience of being here, especially we just went to the new restaurant which opened in Taipei last month. Of course, the American steak in the original restaurant is the best.

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Steak was decent and sides were great. However their prime rib was bland. Service was inattentive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Colorado steak and prime rib. Loved the cream spinach. Very polite and friendly waiter. No wait.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent everything !! Need to buy the waiter new white coats!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is great, you get a ton of food. Great portion sizes.
Very loud and congested inside, very old building.
Great place for a great steak, very large wine collection!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The only REAL Smith & Wollensky. Iceberg and tomato with blue cheese, shellfish tower, bone-in sirloin, lamp chops, coconut cake are some favorites.

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LI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was very nice. Food and waitstaff were excellent. It was just weird the we got there at 4:50 for a 5 pm reservation and went to the bar and had to wait until 5:15. Awesome Steak

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was not good. The steak had no flavor and the service was not good. I had go constantly ask for something when they should of been coming over to me.

Del frescos or Peter Lugar’s is definitely better

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Went there with my wife for a lunch during restaurant week. Both of us had filet mignon and it was as quite disappointing. Tasteless and did not feel like we were eating a decent stake. Service was good but food quite disappointing. Won’t be returning or recommending to anyone.

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SL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for NYC Restaurant Week and they presented a nice variety and choice for the lunch. Service was great . . . sat upstairs with the people who didn't have jackets and ties:)

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Steaks were cooked at wrong temperature for everyone at the table. Tsk tsk

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There should be some lower priced wines on the list; roasted potato side dish was overpriced and fairly tasteless; steaks were great.

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BC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is outstanding and when you combine that with the attentive and friendly service I always receive from Mr. Yip, it makes for an incredible dining experience. The steaks are always cooked to perfection and their calamari is tender and tasty. I also love their new chocolate ganache cake with chocolate rum sauce. It is decadent. My sister had their coconut cake and that was also marvelous. But the chocolate cake just sent me to Heaven!

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GD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nous y allons plusieurs fois par an. Excellente cuisine americaine. Specialites: les fruits de mer et surtout les steaks enormes. Ambiance et service sont excellents aussi. Un restaurant historique et incontournable de New York qui vaut le detour.

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