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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

4.6
7017 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7017 people are saying
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Omar
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the whole dining experience, from the moment I walked in to when I left the door, I was greeted very nicely and seated right away. The server quickly brought us our drinks and gave a good description of the menu while handing it to us. The food also came pretty quickly, the meat was cooked to perfection and was so delicious, I will definitely dine there again

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YoungPreacher
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent!!! The waiter of knowledgable of the menu and everyone was courteous and pleasant.

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JanettC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end everything was perfect. Split pea soup, Mac and cheese, coffee rubbed steak and chocolate cake all amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Noel was top notch!

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teemoloves2eat
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Last minute reservation created for two of us on a whim.
We showed up at 5:15 and were seated right away.

Our server (never told us his name) seemed to not want to provide us service. He was curt and to the point, so much so he would walk away from our table even as we were in the process of ordering (this was very strange)

I thought maybe he was just quirky and this was how constitution, but a table of women were seated next to us and his personality with them was much more cordial and along the lines of what a dining experience should be.

We ordered the seafood tower, steak tartare, carpaccio, roasted cauliflower, and 2 cocktails to start.

The bread service was lukewarm and acrid from charred rosemary, but the interior, while flavorless, was delicately soft and fluffy.

We received the seafood tower and weren't explained as to what was on the plate.
*Our server did explain to the women next to us what was in the seafood tower after they ordered it, I found this general lack of service to us strange.

The seafood tower was ~okay~ oysters were good, but the shells were so dirty and gritty they left dirt marks on our fingers...shrimp was generously sized and tasty, crab claws were fine, the lobster tail was tough and toothsome (quite unfortunate), and the octopus was good.

Carpaccio, tartare, and cauliflower were fine enough, but nothing worth raving about. One off-putting thing was one of the bussers kept trying to clear our table as we were still eating, asking if he could take our food even though the plates were still half full.

Food-wise, I might consider coming back, I'm willing to pretend it was an off-night. That being said, the experience/service was such an affront, this memory will stick when I think of this restaurant.

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Trina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friends birthday. We had a great time! Food was awesome and the service was excellent!

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Foodie2
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great….
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Catered to my requests

Customer service was wonderful as we were celebrating a birthday. My notes were taken into account as soon as we walked to the door. Greeted with a “happy birthday.” Window seating was great!! Card on the table. Dessert was absolutely beautiful looking along with the requests I had put in for the dessert!!

Only downside I’d have to say is the steak was not made right the very first time. Although, the second was done just perfectly. Hence, why I had to take a few stars away.

I would come here again though!! It certainly makes you feel “special” exactly what I was hoping for the day to be. Birthday Celebration done right!! Well done Smith & Wollensky!! 👍🏻👍🏻

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we were greeted at the door everyone was fantastic we had Joseph for a waiter. He did an amazing job making sure we felt special all night long.The food was off the hook as usual. We did a couple 28 oz ribeye steaks and a couple fillets with the lobster tails. Everything was delicious from the crab cakes to the shrimp which we enhanced our meal with as well. And nobody can spin a martini like the Smith & Wollenski group. And our longtime waiter Juan stopped over to check on us as well throughout the evening. We ended our dinner with the fresh coconut cake and the Giant chocolate cake which truly should not be missed. We appreciated the great window view of the river. Anybody who is looking to feel special while dining on some amazing food should not miss an opportunity to have the staff at Smith & Wollenski do what they do best.!! Thank you to the entire staff of Smith & Wollenski !!!!!! Sincerely, Donnie Kostecki Vinnie Kostecki And our close friends Woz and Rick.

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DanielP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal 28oz ribeye on the bone, grilled to perfection.

Service from Marlon was absolutely fantastic.

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vipPaytonS
Maldives
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer provided great service. She was friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. She made my experience enjoyable and memorable. And,dinner was absolutely delicious. Also, be sure to try the Redemption Pear Old Fashioned(winter menu) - it’s wonderful!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for the lovely note. Jennifer will be thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing to stop by there on my way to an audition and try their Wagyu steak. Highly recommend and great service!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review an we hope the audition went well!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Upon entry the restaurant had a seafood smell which was not exactly pleasant. We were greeted at first host stand and asked to present our vaccination cards. We were then directed downstairs to second host stand. We were given a table in a corner with a horrible view of a cement staircase I’m assuming that was the side of the restaurant. We asked to move to a booth and we’re accommodated. Service was excellent from our waitress who had been a server there 18 years. Our waitress explained the whole menu for us and gave us ample time to order. Food was delicious. I explained it was my daughters birthday and we ordered the skillet cookie and our waitress had them put a candle in it for her. Our waitress comped the dessert which was very nice of her.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed dining with us.

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Erika
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here and we loved it. The service was great and the food was amazing!!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much Erika! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food1service5ambience3

Nice restaurant. Food was bland 😬

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review and I will share your thoughts with our Chef,

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was good. Window seating is not guaranteed.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review and correct, we do not guarantee window seats.

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Evergreendiner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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Allison
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dave was an amazing server! He answered all of our questions about the menu and made some delicious recommendations! We had the waygu filets and they were cooked perfectly! The truffle Mac and cheese was delicious. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

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Tracy
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the service and meal
Beautiful view and ambience

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much Tracy. We hope to serve you again soon.

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BrandonE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A couple friends and I flew to Chicago last weekend to see Buddy Guy perform at his Legends Club for the second time. Last time we ate at the famous Gibson's so this time I thought Smith & Wollenskys would be appropriate. We were all blown away. We made a last-minute reservation from the airport but there was still lots of availability. I know it's the off season but it was not very busy when we got there and we were seated immediately. Our table was downstairs overlooking a stunning waterfront view.

Our server was attentive, but not overbearing. She came by just frequently enough to make sure we always had what we needed. We ordered appetizers, a large salad, entrees (the gorgonzola filet, coffee custed filet, and the 28 oz ribeye) as well as three sides. We enjoyed two bottles of wine as well, and they had an impressive selection with a tablet-based wine list that was easy to browse.

The food was incredible. Everything was delicious, cooked perfectly, and right on time. We enjoyed good conversation and great food, it was the best meal I've ever had in Chicago and quite possibly the best steakhouse dinner I've ever had, period.

I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Chicago.

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Russ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and wonderful views!!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much Russ

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service rushing us, we were asked if we wanted to get a box for the rest when we had been at the restaurant for 50 minutes. We were halfway through the main course.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

I am so sorry about this, I will address this with the staff immediately.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

We are so pleased you enjoyed dining with us.

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MirandaW
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The steak was not worth the price as it was chewy and the lobster for the Oscar style tasted very artificial. Our waiter had a very off putting attitude where we felt like our concerns wouldn’t be addressed if we asked for the food to be remade, as he essentially lectured us on steak as we knew nothing about food before.

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ChrisC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hospitality and service were phenomenal. Great view of Chicago,and the ambience of the restaurant really set the tone for the night. Very private and lowkey.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you so much Chris. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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KennedyP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Noel was absolutely delightful. Charlie provided a window seat. The manager was engaged. However the food was lacking flavor, everything except the cesar salad. I added both salt and pepper to my steak, truffle mac and whipped potatoes. I don’t even have salt at home. There are tons of ways to flavor food and Chef Matt used none. I will return because the experience was pleasant and enjoyable.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

I will share your comments with our Chef so that he can make the appropriate adjustments.

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StephanieD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was great.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you so much Stephanie!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Exceptional service, great food, and great ambiance! Highly recommend!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for choosing Smith & Wollensky and we hope to see you again soon.

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JelenaT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Good selection of Malbec and Tempranillo wines. The wagyu filet mignon was the best I have ever had!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Jalena, We are so pleased you enjoyed dining with us and we think the Wagyu filet is pretty special also!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The prosciutto wrapped filet was ❤️‍🔥

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

We are so pleased you enjoyed the Filet Duo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed dining with us.

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FelipeP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steakhouse in Chicago. The service was amazing. Also the bottle selection was perfect. Food was really good. Would come back again.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for spending NYE with us and celebrating the New Year

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RudyB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service was great, our server was very polite and took care of us very well. I would recommend it to anyone visiting town.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thanks so much Rudy! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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EasonL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view is awesome

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Glad you enjoyed the view.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere were fantastic ! On the other hand the food was average . Both appetizers and main course were lacking salt . The bread and butter in the beginning were exceptional though , so as the dessert in the end .

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for your comments, I will share your thoughts with our Chef.

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JenniferB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 40th birthday

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for spending your special day with us!

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EpiChi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch menu and service as usual. It's always a wonderful treat.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you so much and hope to serve you again soon

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SamanthaB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my 30th birthday here with my boyfriend and the whole thing was great! The service and food were amazing, we had a great view of the river; I really couldn't have asked for anymore!

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Samantha, Thanks for spending your very special day with us. We look forward to celebrating with you again

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vipYannickR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

If you want a good steak in a typical and well located place

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you for the very kind review!

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MamaLlama
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had delicious cocktails, wine, steaks, and sides. The best part was the impeccable service though! A great special occasion meal.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago
Responded on January 14, 2022

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We truly appreciate your kind words.