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 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 24, 2019

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 5499 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table location
Great service
Greatest steak ever!!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

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

RD
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Best in Chicago....

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great view, but looks like a pub when you enter. Dining area is decent, nothing fancy. Seat by the window was excellent. Service was outstanding, although our waiter did seem a bit overloaded with the number of tables he had to attend. I found the food rather disappointing. Kiwi Gimlet was sour and a bit undrinkable. Beet salad was good. Steak Oscar was tasteless; it was cooked right but I was not impressed with the cut. Accompanying lobster and asparagus were dry and overcooked. Recommended wine was great, espresso rather thin, even though it was a double. Price was steep for the quality of food. Otherwise, nice experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! Krista was great!

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Service was impeccable. Krista, our server, was amazing. Portions were tremendous. Please go and see for yourself.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thanksgiving was enjoyed by our small family, with the inclusion of excellent food, wine, service and atmosphere.

EB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience, only complaint is that we had the Thanksgiving special menu and the turkey was extremely dry.

RL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and one could not beat the ambiance of the river view. We all had the thanksgiving special. All the foods served were unique and quite tasty. My favorite was the dressing.

We were worried about portion size and that was thankfully not an issue as (on request) they allowed us to get the kids sized portions so we did not overeat. The only downsides were that the turkey was a little dry and pie crust was also a little dry.

MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer was awesome! She was very attentive and friendly. Loved her recommendations! Three food was delicious also!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Una noche fascinante, buena comida von visra

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j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would like to thank the staff of Smith and Wollensky, my birthday dinner was everything I hoped and expected. And the complimentary desert...delicious

RL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, solid service, delicious food and a great wine list. One of my go-to restaurants when in Chicago.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family time is n CHICAGO—The absolute best service in Chicago. Ask for Juan or Kristy.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son here for his birthday, and everyone loved it. Ron, our server, was great as well!!

WS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The obvious give you a sense of being home, we had a great anniversary luncheon overlooking the river🙂

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location. Great food and service.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I felt appreciated and valued. The service was very well informed. So generous to me and my girlfriend on her birthday.

M
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

8 guests for a w/e in Chicago. We cancelled dinner at Ditka’s because of time restraint & weather. BIG mistake !
Our entrees took over 40 min to be served.
Our 44oz Porterhouse, ordered medium, was blood red in the center. The steak server seared the piece at the table which looked impressive but only added a burnt char on an undercooked piece of meat.
The sides were small and disappointing. “Crispy potatoes” were burnt home fries, mashed potatoes were enough to serve 2 (maybe) and 3 additional sides were good at best. All were overpriced at $9.00 per and definitely not large enough to share beyond 2 people.
Overall very unimpressed, overpriced and disappointing!
Would not recommend..... Should have stayed with original reservation at Ditka’s !!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner pre show at Chicago theatre. Ambiance with beautiful views

JG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A bit underwhelming. I think I would have rather just ordered a ribeye and a few glasses of wine that do The Whole Cow event. Live and learn.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My wife and I participated in the Whole Cow Event, a ten course nose-to-tail meal. I only enjoyed three courses and found two almost inedible. That was mostly because you aren’t asked how you preferred your meat cooked. I prefer medium to medium-well. Most were courses served rare. The cost for two people was over $500.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocoa and coffee rubbed filet is out of this world!

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