About Smith & Wollensky - New York

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.

797 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday 11:45am-3:00pm
Dinner:
Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 5:00pm-11:00pm

Adjacent to Smith & Wollensky's is Wollensky's Grill. The Grill (entrance on 49th St) is open from 11:30AM till 2:00AM.

Cross Street:
E. 49th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 753-1530

Website:
http://www.smithandwollenskynyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Victor Chavez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

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Private Dining

The tastefully appointed second floor of the quintessential steakhouse makes a festive setting for private events of all sizes. The sky lit rooms can be utilized separately for more intimate events or combined to create an expansive space for 130 guests seated.

Smith & Wollensky - New York Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (115)
Business Meals (91)
Good for a Date (74)
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Good for Anniversaries (67)
Notable Wine List (61)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Authentic (60)
Good for Groups (48)
Romantic (40)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Fun (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Casual (29)
Cozy (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Comfort Food (24)
Tasting Menu (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Seasonal (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
People Watching (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 hours ago

Terrible experience. Service was incredibly slow. People packed in like sardines. Will not be returning.

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·Dined a day ago

Gracias muy rico todo!

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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Great meal and service. A bit loud but will definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was great, food was delicious and ambiance was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

it does not fit its fame.the steak is not as good as other restaurant with its price. i will not recommend it to others.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Very old school place. Meat lover's paradise. But the sides did not disappoint. Our waiter Branko was a real pro. He recommended the perfect magnum of red wine for 5 guys who met on a commuter train and get together a few times a year for a good old-fashioned roast and toast.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent, masculine atmosphere for my son's 25th birthday.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

S&W stands out from the crowd based on its people.

The group takes of every desire.

They look forward to serving each dish.

Recommendations they provide adds to the overall experience.

If you arrive early the bar has an atmosphere that welcomes you.

You may want to leave.

Food excellent

Enjoy

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The meat (filet steak) has a high quality. It was unfortunately a bit overcooked and therefore dry. Generally, the menue is overpriced (approx. $ 100.- p.p. for main course and wine only), you pay the name/location - which might be worthwile for a one-time experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Sensational. Our server Dan was off the charts
He made the night

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great place, great food and great service. Thanks!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined 6 days ago

Nothing to rave about - very mediocre. I would not go back but do not regret deciding to go.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Top class!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Porter house steak was so tough that we were unable to cut with steak knife. Appetizers were good.

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was great but I was pretty disappointed with my filet mignon... it was burned to a crisp and I ordered it medium rare so I’m not really sure what happened there but it was almost inedible. Every other time I’ve been here it’s been perfect, maybe it was just an off night?

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent as always !

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful dinner. Made great by our waiter, Daniel. Probably the best waiter I have ever had. The food was great. The wine was great. A fantastic evening. Thank you.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Very very good

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I had a great experience in the past at S&W but on this occasion it was disappointing. The steak which was ordered medium rare was well done, beet and almost tasteless and the other dishes were so so. Won’t be going back unfortunately since it does have a distinctive ambiance.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

As usual the food and staff were excellent. Table was ready on time on a busy Friday night during the December holiday season. Even though it was very busy you wouldn’t have know it by the level of service.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

very expensive but worth the money. Excellent steaks, excellent service, we enjoyed it very much. For us a "must be" when visiting NY!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Return visit. Visiting for the last 20 years, especially around December first.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Amazing service and the food is even better. I highly recommend eating here. Great food and staff were very helpful.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were SO disappointed . I have been a New Yorker my whole life and we are regulars at S & W. I was taking 6 people,out and we were all disappointed. The upstairs room was awful. We were in front of a window and freezing. The food was not much better than fair. So disappointed at a place my family has gone for years.

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 (London)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Amazing food and a great Team. Thanks Branco for looking after us for over 10 years here!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very crowded - forced too many people into the existing space. Steaks were ordinary. Each of the 4 of us got bumped each time servers passed by.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I was really looking forward to this but I was quite disappointed. The portions are so huge so we ended up paying so much for something we couldn’t finish - even though we ordered the smallest steaks. There was a lot of gristle on the steaks, they hadn’t been trimmed down, I don’t know if that’s their style though to retain flavour - and to be fair they did taste good. The broccoli had barely been cooked at all - I do like my veg crunchy but this was rock hard.

It was holiday season so the restaurant was really busy with big parties around us so we couldn’t actually hear each other and it felt quite chaotic. It would have been nice to have a table somewhere quieter especially as we had booked ages in advance.

They didn’t seem to sell wine by the glass which is a shame, my partner doesn’t drink and I didn’t want to have to order a 1/2 bottle to myself.

It was also freezing.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great meat, well cooked; service is good but not matching the price/quality expectations.
A little bit noisy and globally temperature was slightly unconfortable and not adjustable.
Pretty expensive wine list and service fee.
Generally a positive experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best Prime Rib ever, but felt rushed by the staff near the end of my meal.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 7, 2017

On line I knew this steakhouse was not inexpensive and may stop others from coming. Do not let this bother you. It is a very special place. I and my two dining partners ordered the seafood appetizer plate to share -- this is an expensive dish but enough huge prawns, lobster and crab to make us feel like we already had eaten our dinner. Two of us shared the Colorado Rib which was plenty to eat while our other guest ordered the filet which was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Nothing else comes on the plate so we ordered the truffle mashed potatoes which were delicious. However we could have done without the potato dish as we ate very little of it as we were too full to truly enjoy it. We passed on dessert even though the dessert tray was appealing. I had always wanted to eat at this location and was glad I did as this was probably the best meal I ever had in NYC.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food

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 (London)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was delicious, the portions big. The rastaurant, however, was very noisy and packed. Tables are quite close together and people (incl. waiters) kept bumping into our table.
Other than that nice evening.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Mas nombre que calidad, denasiado ruidoso, servicio pobre

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was amazing. The service was great and very accommodating. The staff was freindly. Five stars!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 5, 2017

It was ok. Expecting better. No WOW factor compared with others in the area. Piece of meat out of this world. But sides dishes not good. Mc & Cheese and Potatoes cold. Don't think I will come back

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Their best days are behind them. They served a tomato salad that wasn't ripe and never should have been served. This wouldn't have happened in their glory days. Steak is good but there are much better in town.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The steak did not taste like prime beef. It had a rubbery texture.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We live in Texas and we go to New York once a year and we always eat at Smith and Wolensky

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

A very disappointing experience at an scaled steakhouse.

Bad service, bad food very expensive and does not worth it.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dated and food quality was bad—seems like this restaurant has seen better days —halibut Was dry as was chicken.

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