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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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Birthday Dinner, already want to go back

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food was amazing!!! Everything was perfect except our server. She was pretty worthless

JB
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for business lunches. The wait staff are very professional and actually help make the business lunch work well.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good at S&W

ET
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

While the food and ambiance is spectacular, the service was absolutely poor, disappointing and unprofessional. The service was the absolute worst and the waiter should never be retained at any upscale restaurant. There is a zero chance we would ever visit again despite the food being excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Always s a delight!!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and scenic view

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smith and Wollensky is one of my favorite restaurants. Their steaks are always amazing and I love the view of the river! The service is always pleasant.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very Nice, wife’s birthday turned out great !

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pricey, but worth it. We visited for a post Valentines day romantic meal, and had a great time. The steak and lobster were first rate. Even the potatoes were excellent. Wonderful place.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nba all star weekend lunch

PL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only wish they would’ve let us know that they don’t serve lunch in the upstairs dining room in the off season. It’s a much prettier space than the lower pub imho. Otherwise was very nice.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we first arrived we were greeted by the manager that was helping seat. He told us that they were a little behind, but they would get us a table as quickly as they could. While waiting, I made a stop at the bar and grabbed a drink. Both bartenders were delightful and quick. I informed the manager that we were celebrating a 10 year anniversary, and if I could get a table by the window. He told me it would be a little bit of a wait but he could get it done. While waiting he came by and offered us complimentary champagne for our celebration. Shortly after we were taken to our seats. The server was very attentive and answered any of our questions. While my wife stopped in the bathroom he asked if she liked chocolate. We got our meals, and they were made to perfection. At the end our server brought out a chocolate cake to help celebrate our anniversary. I picked this restaurant for the view, but the best thing about it was the hospitality that every single worker puts out. I want to say thank you for making our 10 year anniversary that much better.

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food portions were over priced in my opinion . Prices are high as well. I had a filet mignon it wasn’t the best , I recommend Steak 48 or Long Horn over this place.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

They put us in a room like private room separated from the rest of the restaurant. Was not a nice atmosphere at all. Old, filthy and dark room.
Ruined our Valentine’s Day.
First and last time there.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!! Highly recommend the filet mignon for an entree and the bacon for an appetizer! JJ was an awesome server! Awesome views of the river!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Our waiter Jesus was wonderful!

AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had! Our waiter was awesome. It was really packed for Valentine’s Day but that’s to be expected. We were able to enjoy our food without feeling rushed like you do at other restaurants. I will be back again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Great food

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day

t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience1

We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day. We frequent Smith and Wollensky’s and generally it is a great place. However, they either overbooked or allowed same day patrons to eat. Our table was relegated to a back room in the basement near the kitchen. We were not even offered the ability to wait for a better table. Because the servers had to walk three blocks to get there, service was delayed. Incredibly, no one even apologized initially for such a lousy table and room. Through your meal, a server had to keep putting something under the table leg to keep it from wobbling. It was horrible and inexcusable. The room looked like someone’s basement from 1977. With what they charge, this should not happen. Buyers, beware on a popular night. ASK where your table is when you check in.

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was very disappointed it was my first and will be my only visit. There are tons of great steak places in Chicago and I would not recommend S&W. The steaks surprisingly had very little flavor. Overall just another steakhouse. There are simply way better options in the city such as joes stone crab, gibsons italia, and RPM.

V
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters, managers and hosts are so nice. The ambiance is gorgeous. The food magnificent.

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was Mark. He was phenomenal. He really made the experience memorable with his broad knowledge of the city, the menu, and his charisma. Just wish we could have sat by the window on the river (it’s breathtaking visually). Otherwise, it was a terrific experience. Definitely an unforgettable night and one you would not regret. 5/5.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steaks we’ve ever eaten!

RM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The waiter not give the correct attention to our table as compared to the table of men sitting directly next to us. However, I loved the food and would return.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Ribeye was disappointing

MJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Service, and a Great Location!!!

F
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Just average and a server that didn’t mention they don’t accept outside wine after we ordered. Manager did a nice gesture to attempt to recover.

JS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smith and Wolensky is a classic Chicago Steakhouse. Outstanding food and ambience. Very knowledgeable staff that is always willing to assist.

SP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

will be back. Looking our over the want was so nice

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Overall the experience was positive, our waiter was outstanding. The steak did not blow me away I wish I could say that it was great because every other aspect of the restaurant was good. When you buy a steak and it’s flat out just a tough piece of meat it makes you wonder why not just buy a decent piece of meat and prep it yourself.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything we ordered from the appetizers through dessert was fabulous. Everything was cooked perfectly and served at the right temperature. Tried the wagyu tenderloin for the first time and it was the best steak I've ever had, tender and flavorful. Ended the night with a port and sorbet and brought a slice of the best chocolate cake home!

SH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant we continue to return to. Great food, especially steaks, creative cocktails, excellent service and food.

CB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Love coming to Smith and Wollensky for lunch during restaurant week. Loved sitting by the window where we could look at the river and the beautiful buildings. Loved the carpaccio salad and the salmon. It's one of our favorites to go to also in the summertime.

AR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were greeted by the manager and sat down by the great view of the river. The server was informative about the food, and everyone was so attentive, without them being on top of you. Loved it

MH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

February 5th was our 26th Anniversary and Anna and the Staff was EXCELLENT

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Visiting chicago for the very first time. Dinner with family. Everything was excellent, just one small detail: tables are very close each other you can hear others conversations.
I recommend the bone-in rib eye
Very good location with the view to the river, consider a table in the windows or outside.
Consider parking in a building aside with valet only for 36 usd.

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