Smith & Wollensky - New York

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7494 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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I love this restaurant.

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

We enjoyed our evening from the moment we walked in and were greeted with smiles. Mario our waiter was fun, engaging and quite an experience. Our steak was cooked to perfection and every bite delicious paired with a properly made martini. Quintessential NYC at its best!

MC
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic NYC steak house. Expect to pay high NYC price but it is quality fare. Prime rib was done right and wait staff did not rush us.

OT
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The bill came so fast, we have not already finished our wine.

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

Great place to visit. The food, atmosphere and service was exceptional!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The Steak was just perfect. Service was really kind and helpful.

KJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and a classic NY steakhouse experience

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Dinner!!!! Will definitely go again and the Crab Cake was FAVORITE....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Go there for steak, nothing else.

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I went for restaurant week and Smith and Wollensky's never disappoints! Our steaks were cooked perfectly. Our waiter Luie service was spot on. He was attentive without being overbearing. We were not rushed and had a very enjoyable meal.
Thank you!

BM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!! Drinks are well made. Our server was very attentive.

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my grandson for restaurant week so it was a great value and enjoyed the whole experience.

T
New York Area
227 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Classic New York Steak House experience. An Institution. Busy yet professionally greeted, escorted, seated and revived by our fantastic server, Nick. Great cocktails. Smashing wine list. Great menu. Surf n Turf was superior. Dessert terrific. Just everything I was hoping it would be.

IK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is a bit pricey, however worth every penny! Food and service was outstanding , we were lucky to catch the Restaurant Week menu. Their fillet Mignon is to die for! Warmly recommend!

m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service amazing. Food delicious but unfortunate that people do not know how to behave in public anymore.

n
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience in an authentic New York steakhouse. Waiters in white jackets, great atmosphere with delicious food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

D
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Returned to Smith & Wollensky with a different dining partner. The first time, we both had the calamari, but it was not up to the restaurant's fine standards- very small, slightly overcooked (too chewy) and no lemon available. The second time both my dining partner and I ordered the calamari. This time it was absolute perfection!! Large, sweet, succulent and perfectly cooked with a piece of lemon accompanying the dish. It was heaven. Our steaks were cooked exactly to our order, and is the reason I go to Smith & Wollensky as frequently as I can. It is the best steakhouse in NYC. It is a steakhouse dining experience found nowhere else.

AZ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Dry-aged Sirloin- good, service and ambiance- poor!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food.

TT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

ドレスコードは”ビジネス・カジュアル”なので、観光客があまりラフな格好で行くのは、避けた方が無難。客層の印象は、地元客が中心で、上品なニューヨーカーの集う店といった感じ。
料理は、味・ボリュームともに申し分なく、オーダーの際、親切に説明・相談に乗ってくれます。ステーキがおいしいのはもちろんですが、サイドメニューやアントレも大変おいしかった。
店内は、木目調でやや暗めの照明。来店客の会話の声が適度に耳に飛び込んでくる感じで、同伴者と話をするにはいい環境でした。

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very rude staff, unattended service

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

First time at Smith and Wollensky, my group and I were excited to try it. Very disappointing experience at this restaurant, despite having a good name. The food did not have the right temperature, steaks were overcooked, lobster was raw, soup was cold. Service was slow and not friendly. It’s a shame.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We went during NY restaurant week! Food was great, it was quite a lot! :) We were full, so couldn't eal then all. Everything was nice!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. Everything was great. Server was very nice and the host was fantastic. Top notch once again. Thank you for a great birthday dinner.

AB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The cosmos were perfect. Service was a little slow - but the food was delicious and when we did receive service, the waiters were very courteous and accommodating. It was our anniversary and despite the bill being way more than we anticipated, it was an enjoyable dinner and quality time with the kids. The surf and turf was delicious and ended up taking half of my filet mignon home.

Breakfast was steak and hash browns and it was almost better than the night before. Would definitely recommend to others and would absolutely go back for another meal.

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in New York. My cut is the prime rib with a half bottle of Quintessa. I get it Everytime. The staff treats you like royalty. Thanks!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service left something to be desired :(

KM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night in Smith and Wollensky! Food was beautiful. Atmosphere was great and the service was second to none.

BH
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. We were a pair of 50 year olds, so we managed, but older people will have problem with the lightning, it was super gloomy/dark...

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon arrival with reservations, we were seated right away. We were greeted by our server who wishes us a happy anniversary with glasses of champagne. Pleasant surprise. Service was always non-intrusive and attentive. Food was great for a steakhouse. Would go again.

M
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service ; with both attentiveness and personality. Ambiance: delightful character and history, only detractors were a bit crowded and noisy (our table was close to a loud group). Food: steaks mostly good though one tasted a day old; salads and desserts very good, roast beef hash a bit disappointing. Overall a fun place, would recommend for a celebratory dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Filet was too dry. Service was mediocre.

t
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Poor ambiance, freezing air conditioning units and just about warm food. Not at all like Vegas and Chicago, which are excellent

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Taste was good, but disappointed for cold steak...

JD
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Fabulous food but very rude service. When my friend and I asked the waiter for separate checks his immediate response was why, they'll be the same. Huh?? We had not even looked at the menu. He finally agreed to separate checks. A while later when I saw him writing everything on one check I asked again if we could have separate checks. He said in the most nasty tone "you already told me that". After placing our order I innocently asked if he would be bringing bread and butter. He lashed out at me that I needed to be patient. I was merely asking a question. I could go on and on with his very nasty cutting responses. It ruined what could've been a fabulous meal because the food was terrific. I had the mixed green salad, the surf and turf, and the pecan pie for dessert. I was there Friday evening, 8/8/19, at 6:30 PM and sat upstairs. Hopefully somebody can speak to the waiter who served us. He was extremely nasty and rude. He should not be working with the public, in my opinion.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak in NYC. Expensive but worth it. Service was terrific. A

D
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was wonderful, our waiter was okay but those that filled in were fabulous

AL
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good choice for red meat fans, although certainly not inexpensive.

OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was exceptional.

However, I wish I could give zero stars for service. Having asked for drinks 3 times they finally arrived. The waiter’s excuse was that he had to see to a very famous actor who was having a grumpy night, therefore our party played second fiddle!!
Only the man in our party was spoken to to the point that he had to order for the three of us. Females and children are expected to be seen and not heard.
This is not an environment where you should go out for a family treat, only somewhere to visit if you are a bunch of male colleagues on a misogynistic night out.

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