Smith & Wollensky - New York

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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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RN
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Smith and Wollensky. Steaks and apps were great but the sides weren't great this time. Sauteed spinach and asparagus were flavorless boiled veggies. No salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, nothing. Flavorless. Hash browns and mashed potatoes were good.

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CC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I ordered a filet. I wanted it cooked medium. It came out an hour later with no seasoning, cold, and tough. The best thing we had was the Mac and cheese. The broccoli was also cold and not cooked long enough. Thankfully the manager took care of the steak and also a glass of wine which was so kind of him. We appreciated his kind gesture. Maybe they were just having a bad / busy night, but for a restaurant known for steaks, mine was not good at all.

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OT
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Place is overated - Many better steakhouses in town

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A really FAT steak where at least 70% was fat and the rest meat....

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was fun and wonderful. We had a great night and will be back again.

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

Delicious food. Perfectly cooked steak. Amazing servers. Definitely going back.

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

This place is not unlike other 'high end' steak houses...limited menu...over priced...over rated. I will complement the staff - all were cordial and accomodating. My wife and I spent over $300 for a shrimp cocktail, 2 garden salads, 2 entrees, a side of spinach, a couple of drinks...worth it? I leave that up to you.

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

My friends for over 30years and I get together twice a year. We chose S/W and we were not disappointed. The service, from the front door to desert was excellent and the food was phenomenal. One friend ordered his steak well done (shameful) and even that was fork tender. I will recommend S/W to anyone and I intend on returning. Thanks for a great night!

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JB
Cincinnati
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Original Smith and Wolinsky was fun to visit, meet waiters who have been there 30 years plus. I ordered the strip and it was just ok. Tough and not very favorable. Added their steak sauce to help it. Not sure if it was a poor cut of meat or typical. Probably for the value, I’ll try other steakhouses

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DN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, always consistent

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

The food was divine! Obviously a meat eaters dream...the service was perfect, the the ambience was fabulous. We were seated in a booth and you can hear conversations of other tables nearby though

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KK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Some of the waiters are not too friendly but that maybe a cultural thing. There were 5 young men who were sitting next to us who got into a somewhat loud argument but the Maitre d’ did not notice. The food was superb.

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J
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great down to the last bite. We will definitely come again next time we are in NYC!

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NH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The steak which I came for was excellent, so was the mozzarella and tomato salad. The sides were ok but nothing to write home about. Service was friendly but somehow cumbersome because of the English of some of the immigrant waiters (no offense).
Atmosphere was pleasant although a bit loud.
All in all this was a good once in a lifetime experience since it was very expensive.

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SB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Steak was good, but had to be the stalest bread I've ever had at any restaurant. Could have broken my teeth on the rollls. It was like it was several days old. Perplexing, considering I've never had an issue before

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and overall experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely the worst restaurant in nyc I’ve ever been to. Service was miserable tables are way to close to eachother and the food quality was absolutely terrible. I’ve eaten better steak from the grocery store. Highly recommend you do not go here. Don’t waste your time and money. Do not bring your girl here either especially the first date she will probably dump you .. goodluck

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I used to love their steaks but last night, the steaks lacked flavor. The porterhouses was very tender but did not have any taste, extremely bland. It was just missing something, besides salt. Sadly disappointed.

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Smith & Wollensky, service is always top notch and the food is great

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A
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Well-known steak restaurant and delivers a very high standard of food. It was recommended to me by a colleague so I was expecting a great experience. Service is excellent. Wine by the glass was surprisingly cheap although if you want to spend a fortune the wine list will allow you to do that too!

We walked into the Grill by mistake, our booking was for the main restaurant and in hindsight I wish we had just stayed in the Grill. In the restaurant we were taken upstairs to what can only be described as a soulless room. One small window and some random art and photos on the walls. The A/C was super-charged but the waiters adjusted that when asked.

So ambience was a major let down - when you are paying the best part of $100 for steak and two sides you expect a bit more.

All that said the steaks were outstanding - we both had 32oz rib steaks (bone in) - and the sides were excellent too - the mac 'n cheese especially was a huge portion and tasted amazing.

We failed to finish everything and they do give doggy bags.

Service was excellent, good ratio of staff to diners and they paid us just the right amount of attention.

To sum up, we loved the meal but they really need to do something with the decor in the upstairs restaurant.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was amazing from the time we walked into the door. The service, atmosphere, and food is better than what we expected.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

upset the lack of tartar in the menu. steaks as always on top. huge portions of the side dish, you can safely take for two

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HJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Everyone loved the fillet mignon. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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BW
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all aspects. We enjoyed this restaurant We will be sure to go there when in NY

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RE
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buen servicio y excelente comida

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The lobster, though large, was excellent and served ver well, shelled by the waiter. The sirloin, ordered medium was tough; that shouldn’t be. The breads were excellent, but the spinach was too boring.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice place,good food but a little expensive ,i appreciate the courtesy of the service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had very High expectations, but except the birthday cake kindly offered by the manager that I very appreciate:), for the rest I am very disappointed about the service .
We had a bottle of champagne and was hot and the ice bag was full of water and the maitre dropped on the table making the table wet :((
The employers every time that moved the gueridon they falled off the platters.
I’m a quality Italian meat lovers and considering that Smith & Wollensky be part of the same group I was sure to find the same high quality, no way .
I’ll never come back !

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C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smith and Wollensky's is one of the best restaurants in New York City! I absolutely love it for the food, the wait staff and excellent bartenders. Great job!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was extremely accommodating and made my anniversary very special. Wonderful restaurant for a date night or special occasion. :)

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AB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Husband’s birthday

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambience and the fillet mug on was the best I have ever had! The service was good and prices quite ok!

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LZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

S&W has always been a good choice for beef and I always bring my sons when they visit me from California.
However, I have noticed other steakhouses which are considered comparable in quality to be less expensive. My order of prime rib rose several dollars compared to the last time I was there.
I will try these places also.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Steak was just barely warm, waiter paid little attention to the table, took 40 minutes to get the bill after meal was finished. The restaurant so crowded the waiters had difficulty navigating the aisle without bumping into chairs and noise level loud.

Would not revisit this restaurant.

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Last night was a bad night. Smith & Wollensky is our go-to restaurant when we are in NYC. This visit, however, was very disappointing. We were put at a terrible table right by the kitchen. Our steaks came out very undercooked, the broccoli was just about raw, and the caesar salads looked like they used only the very cores of the heads of lettuce. This is SO unusual. For the $ 300.00 bill (plus tip), we should have walked away extremely satisfied (like we usually do).

We will give them another try because we typically are EXTREMELY happy.

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food and nice atmosphere but not value of the money requested.

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TW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at flagship location. Table a bit small. Waiter missed my order for salad, but there was so much food I didn’t miss it. Aside from that, very friendly.

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Bar: terrible service. Following a wait of 15 minutes without being able to get the attention of the bartender, we gave up and sat down in the restaurant.... Significantly sub standard!

Restaurant: food and service are okay!

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ML
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Staff was very friendly and attentive! Manager named Christopher checked on our experience and was extremely polite and professional. Room was somewhat dark so it was a little difficult read menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in Manhattan. Hands down.

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