Smith & Wollensky - New York

4.3
7008 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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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 11 hours 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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SI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak restaurant in NYC

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

Valentine’s Day date

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 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 4 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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Steaks were huge. Service was great 👍

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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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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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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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 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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J
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The steak tasted like charcoal n no one came to ask if the steak was cooked properly.

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M
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with the restaurant week menu was excellent. Everyone besides myself had the surf and turf. Everyone left very happy. Steaks were cooked to perfection. Been to other steakhouses for restaurant week and they seem to mail it in so far as quality of cut is concerned. Not Here! Will definitely be back.

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S
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding one of the best filets I ever had, loved the peppercorn sauce !The hash browns were a wonderful compliment to the steak. My date had New York strip it was also perfect ! 97 points ❤️ The service was impeccable.

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SB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster cocktail was excellent, as was the burrata. We shared and enjoyed a steak, which they served sliced for us. The tables are a bit small and cramped, but we still felt like we were having a private meal.

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JB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mario was our server and he was very attentive. We ordered filet mignon hard medium but it came out rare to medium rare. They took it back but then it was over cooked. I ordered the sirloin steak medium rare and it came out medium. The appetizers and side dishes were very good.
Mario gave us a piece of carrot cake and sang for my birthday, which was very nice. We had a very nice evening but we were disappointed with our steaks.

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o
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served in an attractive atmosphere. Loved the fact that the tables are not crowded together and that the serving staff is attentive but not over-bearing. Certainly lives up to its reputation.

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VP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice food, nice service. Nice restaurant week experience. I add $10 for a 5oz lobster which make my lunch too much for me. Breads are also delicious. I like the butter they provided.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed at the New York restaurant. I had two birthdays scheduled for my dinner and we received no cards or birthday celebration. I mentioned to the waiter that the steak which was supposed to be Cajun had no flavor and that the South Beach restaurant steak was much better. My waiter said because there is a lot of latins that live there the food was highly flavored. I took offense to that and spoke to the manager. He said he would follow up with me and he has not as of yet. I prefer the South Beach restaurant. I have had three birthday celebrations there and have always been very satisfied!! I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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

Love S&W
For some reason, the other night, the waiter was not as attentive as usual. He was ok, but not great. My first criticism in 50 meals there.

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HV
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in yesterday to enjoy the Restaurant Week lunch offer. Our 10 ounce Filet Mignon's were so tender, you could practically cut them with your fork. Absolutely delicious as always. Service was very attentive and we were not made to feel "inferior" as we had a special offer. This restaurant is always a five star winner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was slow

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PF
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prime rib n poterhouse that we order r good though still have some tendon that r hard to chew. Prime rib is so tasty that we all love it. Porterhouse taste good too. We will definitely go back nxt time. Hope it would be better.

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

Great quality!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Demasiado ruido, mesas muy juntas

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Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambience was very nice and the service and food were also fine. Presentation of the food was great!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal. The coconut cake was amazing!!! Steak maybe a little bit more charred that I would have chose. Great night all together!

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