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About Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

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.

318 North State St
Marina City
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 11:30am–10pm

Friday and Saturday:

11:30am–11pm

Sunday: 11:30am–10pm

Cross Street:
North Bank of Chicago River

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 670-9900

Website:
http://www.smithandwollensky.com/

Catering:
We have 6 different private dining rooms that will accomodate parties of 7 to 300 guests.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered directly in front of our entrance.

Public Transit:
State/Lake, Grand

Executive Chef:
Victor Newgren

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Enjoy our Winter Dinner Menu on Christmas Eve, in our iconic steakhouse overlooking the Chicago River. Try our decadent "Steaks for Two" such as Chateaubriand & Porterhouse, paired with premium wines from our Holiday "Cellar Steals" bottle and by the glass selection.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Enjoy our Winter Menu in the setting of our relaxed and upscale dining rooms. Try our decadent "Steaks for Two" such as Chateaubriand & Porterhouse, paired with premium wines from our Holiday "Cellar Steals" bottle and by the glass selections.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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On New Year's Eve, enjoy our Winter Dinner Menu in the setting of our Boston riverfront view dining room. Try Holiday Specials such as the decadent "Steaks for Two" such as Chateaubriand & Porterhouse, paired with premium wines from our Holiday "Cellar Steals" bottle and by the glass selection.

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Private Dining

Enjoy our dry aged USDA Prime Steaks that are hand cut on premises. We serve great seafood, an award winning wine selection . For meetings, holiday parties , wedding receptions and more, our luxurious rooms can accommodate events large and small and everything in between. Buyouts for up to 700.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.4

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3.9

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (102)
Special Occasion (97)
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Good for a Date (78)
Business Meals (72)
Good for Anniversaries (72)
Great for Outdoor Dining (71)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Notable Wine List (50)
Romantic (49)
Good for Groups (36)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Worth the Drive (29)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Bar Seating (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Authentic (19)
Fun (19)
People Watching (18)
Casual (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Paleo Friendly (10)
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Happy Hour (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

One of Chicago’s great steak houses. The service was efficient but welcoming, the servers friendly, and the steaks cooked exactly as requested.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very classic looking, and great quality steakhouse right on the river. My wife and I were very pleased with the quality of the food, and our server was awesome! Thanks so much for a making our first night in Chicago a great one.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary. This is our first visit to this restaurant and we found that S&W provided good food, great service and a nice atmosphere. Truly enjoyed our visit. The staff made our time feel special.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Service and food was great as usual. We dined on a Sunday night, so it was a little quieter and less crowded.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always wanted to go here,what took so long unsure. We arrived about an hour prior to our reservation to , so sat at the bar. The staff was friendly had questions about the wine so we had a glass of the S&W Reserved red wine; loved it so much we ordered a bottle with our meal. The menu was great and came out quicker that what I would have thought being at 730-800 pm on a Saturday night. Finished dinner and our wine and the experience at Smith & Wollensky will definitely bring us back.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had another wonderful meal at Smith and Wollensky. We arrived early and took a seat at the bar, putting in a request for a window table. Kudos the bartenders as well, who were quick and gracious.

We were thrilled to get a window table, which was followed by impeccable service. Steaks, broccoli, lobster mac and cheese were all outstanding. We were treated afterward to a tour of the kitchen, where we got a glimpse of the fan-filled aging rooms and saw racks of their signature giant chocolate cakes.

A very memorable evening overall. Thank you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Did not like sitting downstairs in a loud bar. Seated 15 minutes before we even got water.
Over priced for food and service!
Next time will go to Delfresco for food and service worthy of a 250.00 dinner!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our food was terrible. It took forever and when we finally received it, it had to be sent back. Even the waiter walked up and said...oh those are wrong! We ordered medium rare and one of them came out not just blood red, it was ice cold in the middle. We didn’t get an apology really, just served them back up after they threw them back on to cook longer.

For the amount of money, it was a complete and utter disappointment.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The waitress was impatient, it was my husbands birthday and I asked for them to bring him a card or something to acknowledge his birthday and it never came! When we first came keep in mind I’m 6 months pregnant we sat down a lady refused to move her bag and made My husband uncomfortable as well as a older gentleman sitting on the other side of us who gave us really nasty looks for no apparent reason. I hate to say that both individuals were Caucasian’s and me and my husband are African Americans who goes out for fine dining quit often! A very helpful waitress went above and beyond to get us a better seat and make sure that we were comfortable. we enjoyed ourselves because we were together and not because of the service or the experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were seated immediately and Gerald did a fine job explaining the specials. The Woodford Manhattan was a tremendous recommendation as well. All the steaks in our group were cooked perfectly and I would highly recommended the caesars salad. A good sized salad with tremendous flavor and crunch. Too full for dessert but the menu looked wonderful. We will return again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I went for the cheeseburger. Asked for it medium rare. It came well done and small. Was disappointed about that, and the fries tasted old or not cooked properly. Everyone else enjoyed their lunch. I think they had a lot of parties that day. They just got busy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We had about 4 different waiters for 3 people at lunch (restaurant was not busy except for one large party). Burger and fries came out cold, but we had waited so long there was no point in saying anything.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great ambiance and food , I had Scallops and brosoul sprouts were good , we also order New York Strip was really good and tasty , the Mc and cheese was so good and tasty you need to try totally recommend. And for dessert we had the five chocolate cake , Amzing we love it totally worth it for 2 or more people is fine .

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very expensive. For the money, I want to have an excellent meal. I feel like we just had a meal because we needed to eat. Wasn’t anything special.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My husband and i came to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance was nice but loud; it was difficult to have a conversation. Our server seemed over-extended or unorganized. Either way he wasn’t very attentive. The appetizers were good; we ordered a half dozen oysters and the scallops. For our entrees we each ordered the 10oz filet and shared a side of whipped potatoes, asparagus and the mushrooms. Our filets were perfectly cooked but they had some gross connective tissue. For the price we expected better quality. The sides were solid. We had hoped to have dessert but had a show to catch and our server took too long. All in all, we felt let down. For the expense, we won’t be coming back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We did not like the table or room we were sitting in

Next time we will request a table in another area

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have eaten here before and always been pleased. This evening the food was just okay. Nothing 'bad' but just okay which for the prices is a disappointment. Hopefully it was just an off night....

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Tasty food and really nice service. A great place for dating!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was great, food was just ok. We got the expensive seafood tower and the seafood tasted sour.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Overall everything was fantastic but the bone-in fillet was much tastier in Joe’s Steakhouse, we dined last night.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food and service, as always, and LOVE the river view!!!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food, and service in particular was excellent. However, one minor thing was that the broccoli tasted slightly moldy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We have eaten here before. This experience was not what we have come to expect. The prices have gotten outrageous and the food was the other side of ordinary. It is certainly convenient to our hotel but we regretted not going somewhere else.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We tried to walk in for a table at 8pm and was told nothing would be available til after 10 pm. We left and had a drink near by, I went on Open Tables site and was able to book a reservation at 8:30pm. Thank goodness for Open Table!! Unforately the Host turned away another couple at the same time. The server, our food, and atmosphere was wonderful!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Simply the best birthday ever Debbi's hospitality was amazing the steak and cocktails were unforgettable my husband and I will definitely be back in the summer to enjoy more amazing food along with the Riverfront view

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nothing special, prefer Chicago Cut Steakhouse.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant for years!

Stopped going about a year ago!!! Had 3 bad experiences no one seemed to care!

Gave them one last try! Wow they are back !

Everything was great !!!!!!!!! Food service and ambiance perfect!!!!!!!

I’m done with the trendy steakhouse s. Came home!

Thank you to the management & staff

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Be sure to get a seat by the window! Despite our reservation being at night, we couldn’t really see the river. However, the lights from the buildings across the river set the ambiance pretty well. Our server was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was delicious. The lobster mac’ n cheese was a hit with our group. My mother had the lamb and she loved it and my sister had the Wagyu beef that was presented on a tablet of Himalayan salt.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Needed and special place to take special friends. Gave them a heads up that it was a special circumstance and the staff was great.
The whole experience was really special. Much thanks to all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I wouldn’t bother with this place. For the price you eat wayyyyyy better in the city. Not worth it at all

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Sorry we had a dinner of more than 500§ , I booked the table many weeks ago and they locate us in a close room, no view, isolated, next to the waiters. I would not have booked it to have no views at all . The good thing of S &W is the nice room with views not a close place . Pity will not book again

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving night dinner and it didn't appear that they had all their ducks in a row. Food was sub par compared to previous experiences at Smith & Wollensky...especially for the price that we payed. I'm not sure if they had their B team services but they were definitely not ready for this occasion.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I loved it

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner for three. They were a bit harried when we arrived, but they made a point to apologize later even though we really weren't all that inconvenienced. I appreciate that they cared. We all ditched the Thanksgiving dinner for seafood options and loved it all. Great shellfish towers. Waiter was stretched a bit thin, but I think they were surprised by the rush (shouldn't have been). We'll go again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Sad to say our experience was not worth the $1145 (that’s after a $100 comp and does not include the $220+ tip we left, or the $100 pre-dinner bar bill) the seven of us spent on thanksgiving dinner.

We were sat promptly at 4:30pm for our reservation. It took 45mins to receive our first bottle of wine that we ordered shortly after we sat. Appetizers arrived before our wine. Spoke with Manager to express our issue with slow service and hoped that would’ve changed the pace of the rest of the evening. Due to the long wine service the manager kindly removed our two orders of shrimp cocktail and two orders of oysters (approx. $100 comp). Service remained slow for the remainder of the evening. We wanted to order more wine and drinks but it was tough to pin down our waiter.

It was a holiday and I understand business is crazy, staffing is probably not optimal, and guests are crankier than normal. Regretfully, with a $165 per person check average we thought we might get a little more attention than we did.

Food was ok. Oysters were spot on, shrimp cocktail was large but a bit tough, chateaubriand was very good, yet the turkey on thanksgiving - the one dish you know you’re gonna sell a ton of - was inedible. The 5 of us that ordered it could not eat it. At all. We were missing the side of Brussels Sprouts that came with the dinner and the pies for dessert were closer to Gordon Food Service quality than what I would think Smith & Wollensky’s would be proud to serve. Not horrible just expected a bit higher quality.

We paid our bill and left at 8:45pm. 4.25 hrs! And this was not because we wanted an overly long slow paced meal. This was because our table just was not paced properly by the server.

Overall - delayed service, missing items, lack of attention, and okay-to-good food. Holiday or not I would hesitate going here when there’s dozens more “steak” “Americana” style restaurants in Chicago.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Absolute primo view of the river and surrounding area. Food and service was fantastic! Worth the price of admission...

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent Service. Generous Portions. Beautiful View. Family-Friendly. LOVED IT.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I visit this place often. I have never had a bad experience. Service impeccable

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

One word: TERRIBLE. The Thanksgiving day experience left many things to be desired. The service was extremely slow. The soup was luke-warm, and was sent back to the kitchen, and took approx 15 minutes to return to the table. My turkey dinner had cold dressing, and the turkey was at least 85% fat. I'm not sure where fat comes from on turkey breast - but there it was! The pie for desert was so-so. I was always a fan of Smith & Wollensky, but I think I'm done - no more and cannot recommend.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food. Nice view. Service good.

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