Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

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The ultimate steakhouse in the city that knows its steak.



Adjacent to the Loop on bustling State Street, our Chicago location offers an impressive view of the Chicago River and features a large outdoor patio open during pleasant weather, spring through fall. Enjoy turn-of-the-century décor, and ample space for private events. For more casual fare or a relaxing cocktail hour, visit Wollensky’s Grill on the lower floor. Tours of the dry-aging room and on-site butcher shop may be arranged by special request.
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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holiday at Smith & Wollensky. Enjoy USDA Prime steaks such as Chateaubriand, our signature American Wagyu Swinging Tomahawk Rib Eye, fresh shellfish, hearty entrees and decadent desserts. Pair with our special Holiday Wines By The Glass and Bottle Lists.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the holiday at Smith & Wollensky. Enjoy USDA Prime steaks such as Chateaubriand, our signature American Wagyu Swinging Tomahawk Rib Eye, fresh shellfish, hearty entrees and decadent desserts. Pair with our special Holiday Wines By The Glass and Bottle Lists.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 5519 People Are Saying
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MP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic. Had a party of ten from LA for late lunch. We sat and immediately went to 12. SW accommodated no problem and 4 more showed up. Tables moved around and all was good. When we topped out at 19, you would have thought it was the original reservation. Great job. Great everything. #seamlessservice

BK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

My wife and I were very pleased with our waiter, my main complaint was the length of our wait between when we ordered and when the food was served. 40-45 minutes. Secondly, I've sincerely been looking forward to this meal for a couple years and my 28 oz. bone in ribeye was charred to the point where the char over powered the flavor although the meat was a perfect medium rare ( a thinner steak that what I pictured). A disappointment for me. I am from small town America and spending $200 on any meal for 2 people is more than I've ever spent. I guess I was hoping my Steak would have left a better impression. My wife had your 10 ounce Fillet and was very impressed.

EK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Tomahawk was so nice - enough for 2 adults and one kid.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration with friends from out of town. Enjoyed the wine , cocktails and food. Will definitely come back very soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food awesome place

LF
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Atmosphere for a couple needing a night away. We enjoyed the experience

TK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hosted our out of town family in Chicago for my husband's 60th birthday. S & W was our last night together and it did not disappoint. Altho the prices are high, we expected that. Our waiter Igor was an absolute dream. Attentive and responsive to all requests. (Even a peak at our favorite sports team playing on the bar screen!) When he learned that it was hubby's birthday he went into high gear to provide us an amazing birthday cake before we left. Thank you Smith and Wollensky for a memorable evening!

LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! We had a beautiful view which made dinner extra special!!! We will definitely be going back as this is now my favorite place!!!!

EZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The filet minion was more well done than medium rare-it was tough to cut through with a steak knife- and had little taste. The lobster tail was too tough. The cocktails were good.

CM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant, service and food. A couple of reasons why I gave them a 4 out of 5. First, I indicated in my reservation that we were celebrating my wife's 50th birthday and there was absolutely no recognition from anyone for the special event. Second, although the filet was nicely done, it lacked the flavor and moistness that I typically experience with other high end steak houses. Usually the steak comes out sizzling in butter and seasoning and there didn't seem to be any of that. I needed to add salt just to make it bring out some of the flavor. However, with that being said my wife's Salmon was phenomenal!

LO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance... had a fabulous evening there for my Mums birthday.

KC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesome waiter and service. We felt a tad bit cramped where our table was. It was hard for our waiter to get close to us based on our location. Food was outstanding.

KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and David was outstanding as our server.

GC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food with a great view! Ordered the tomahawk for my wife’s bday dinner and the service and presentation was perfectly suited for the occasion. They wished her happy bday and made sure she felt special the entire night! Looking forward to my next Smith and Wollensky occasion.

MP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So reliable! Great food. Great service!

BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner with fantastic service!! Our view looking over the River was spectacular!! We will be back!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Had the Tomahawk Ribeye which was out of this world. Presentation was also great. Steak was cooked to perfection. Definitely would come back again. 5 stars

AB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely!!!! Always a great meal and they didn't disappoint this time either! Noelle our server was on point. Fantastic cocktails recommend the Manhattan. Lobster bisque great....filet cooked perfect. This one of my Chicago musts! There are a lot of great places to eat in Chicago this one is top of my list!

s
Chicago
205 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stopped in before going to the theater.
Told our waiter who was wonderful, ye quicker than normal. We split a Ceasar salad which was excellent.
As a main course we had the bone in filet ( amazing) and a regular filet! The regular filet came out under cooked, but the problem was rectified quickly!
Bottom line ........
Great food!
Great service!
Great atmosphere!
All great even when you are in a hurry. Thank you to the management and staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very glad with our booking. The service was extraordinarily kind and helpful. And the food, as always great.
Next time in Chicago, for sure we'll be back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent Food
Too much noise ... not acceptable!!!
Food had to be taste in calm and serene ambience

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the location and the food. My favorite spot in the city. I don’t get why they don’t serve the beef bacon any longer but besides that 5 stars! Servers are always very friendly and the food s always cooked to perfection. You can’t get a much better view than sitting downstairs at a table by one of the windows. Highly recommend.

DN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Good place to view the river. Ambiance is really good. Drinks and appetizers are great to have at the bar or a table. The quality of food is not that good for the price.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table location
Great service
Greatest steak ever!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They treated us very well for my mothers birthday!!!

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was not very good---expensive and no where near worth the money.

RD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. We really enjoyed the evening. I would highly recommend Smith and Wolensky.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was good, just as I remembered. That said, it was loud and hard to hear my girlfriend sitting across the table from me. Lastly, my waiter, Ron, was more interested in my girlfriend than actually providing good service. He explained everything to her, made sure she had everything she needed, and acted like I was not there. Made sure to ask her how her meal was, me not so much. Handed her menus, basically threw mine at me. Ron, get your own GF and provide good service to EVERYONE you are waiting on, not just ones you think are pretty.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Chose this restaurant for a birthday and was blown away by the service. Our waitress Jennifer was fantastic.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Best in Chicago....

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food! Stuffed lobster tail and filet mignon with truffle and foie gras was delicious.

P
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A precious evening with family was spent at Smith & Wollensky on the River in Chicago. Our host/waiter Anthony not only recommended the best in cocktails and wine, he was on top of things, absolutely describing how a side or steak would be presented. We come to Chicago S&W each year to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving with family, this was one of the best S&W times on the most chilly of nights. I am warmed in a sustaining recollection of this evening, from the importance bestowed on my family during the time. We may have gained a little weight during the evening, but it was excellent in every way.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The experience brought a disappointing end to our evening. After spending a wonderful day exploring the city with friends and family we wanted to end with a nice steak dinner. Unfortunately this is not what we were met with from the time we walked in. We were not greeted and seated appropriately. Once seated the server did not manage the flow of ordering to ensure all drinks and appetizers were covered. Two members of the party did not receive their wine with dinner and had to flag someone down to reminder our server of the order. We had indicated from the beginning of the meal that we would need a couple different checks for our party. When it came time to pay the server gave us an attitude about splitting the check and reminded gratuity would be added anyways. When the checks came they were all wrong but we no longer wanted to push for correct checks so we paid what we were handed and settled up with each other. Then as we were leaving the server came out and asked us to return as he had charged us for another table’s meal. This was an unacceptable experience for a restaurant of this caliber.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuna tartar was absolutely scrumptious. The Gorgonzola filet mignon was very delicious... I had requested a table overlooking the river; they sat us at a table with the perfect view. Our waiter was phenomenal. Overall, a wonderful experience! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. I am planning on going back to have more of that yummy tuna tartar and try another steak on their menu!

TV
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome view of the river. Great service. Amazing burger!

OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

3rd try to your Chicago and Boston location. Chicago was better than Boston. Both places slow service, food instructions not followed, and food was just average. Not worth the price. Not going back.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

For the price point, the food and drink was very mediocre.

SZ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. I would recommend this restaurant.

MS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Somewhat disappointed with the meal, ordered the Thanksgiving meal and the Turkey was extremely dry.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal.

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