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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Washington DC

4.0
1569 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups

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About

Smith and Wollensky steak house serves USDA prime beef from select family-feeder farms in Iowa in an effort to bring the best taste to the customer. Savor the flavor of twin tournedos wrapped in bacon or the Kansas City cut sirloin that has been cooked to perfection. Try the Cajun-marinated bone-in rib eye for a new flavor or stick with a classic boneless New York strip steak. Smith and Wollensky also offers Colorado lamb chops, family-farmed veal rib eye and Faroe Island salmon steak for guests who want to venture away from beef. Pair a glass of wine with an Alaskan red king crab cocktail or a chilled Maine lobster to make the evening unforgettable.

Smith and Wollensky features many international red and white wines that are meant to complement your choice of entr�e.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday through Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(202) 466-1100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nathan Street
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Private party facilities
Locals know the “real” business of Washington often gets done over the dinner table. And on any given day, our steakhouse is a prime place to spot the wheels of democracy in action. The outside patio is perfect for cocktail receptions . You’ll find a variety of private rooms overlooking the city.
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Private party contact
Doria Brooks: (202) 478-9105
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between L & M
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Public transit
Dupont Circle or Farragut North - Red Line
Farragut West - Blue & Orange Lines
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined on October 27, 2015

Waiter asked us if we wanted water before dinner without asking between tap or bottled and poured us bottled water. He then charged each couple $15.
We had to get the manager to intervene and she did.
FYI!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

great service, apps, steak, and side dishes. the gigantic chocolate cake is true to its name and can be divided amongst 4 people comfortable.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Fine meal. Attentive service. Steak cooked to perfection. Truffled Mac n cheese really tasty. Nice wine list.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2015

We came here on a random day of the week the service was slow. Our waitress only had 1 other table but she was acting like we were inconveniencing her by us being there.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2015

The service was attentive, yet not over-burdening. The dry-aged steak was perfectly prepared. Our server, Didier, was well informed and complimented our 20th anniversary with a ginormous slice of chocolate cake. Well appreciated!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2015

My husband has always wanted to try Smith & Wollensky so when we needed to visit the DC area for an overnight stay, we immediately booked a dinner reservation. We were not disappointed! The service was wonderful and our server made great suggestions as we ordered. The food was delicious!! Yes, you're going to pay a lot of money on one meal but at a place like this, that's to be expected. We had a wonderful experience - the food, wine, and service were all fantastic. The salads are very large and suitable for two people to share.

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2015

The slowness of the service, when the restaurant was not busy at all, was a disappointment as this was a special occasion, a birthday.

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2015

The food and service was outstanding, but I must admit Morton's Steakhouse taste a bit better to me. Other than that Outstanding!!

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2.0Dined on September 24, 2015

We ordered a steak and a whole bunch of appetizers, the food really wasn't good, the steak was sort of dry and chewy. Server virtually disappeared after we ordered a glass of wine. Definitely not coming back pretty disappointing experience

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Staff are like friends and family!

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4.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Wine Week is a great idea. Diners get to sample a variety of good wines. It improves dining and provides several ideas for subsequent wine purchases. That being said, the price to participate has increased substantially - from $10 to $25. And lunch prices are definitely expense-account high. I'd recommend a little variety in that regard. Food was dependable but not inspired. Crab cake appetizer is a good choice.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2015

My wife and I dinned here for the first time during the restaurant week a while back, and based on our experience last time, we knew we had to come back as soon as possible. It just so happened to be the Steak and Wine month which was truly a treat for us. We were able to sample some very nice wines at a reasonable price. I can't say enough how incredible the food at this restaurant is. The steaks are unmatched at any other steakhouse in the city. The truffle macaroni and cheese is absolutely heavenly. The pasta wasn't overcooked and the sauce had a nice rich flavor with a strong flavor of truffle (which I love). As we were there, there was a gentleman at the table next to us who said his steak was overcooked for his liking. The server rushed removed the steak and a few minutes later Chef Nathan brought out a freshly cooked steak and asked the gentleman if that steak was cooked to his liking (it was). After talking with that table, he recognized me and my wife and came and stopped by to see how we were enjoying our time again. I can't tell you how awesome that is. We are truly made to feel like we are home as we dine at Smith and Wollensky. Incredible service. Incredible Food. Need I say more? We will be back as often as we can.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2015

We try to do Wine Week in the fall and spring. $25 for eight wines - back in the day it was $10, but still a decent bargain for wine at a restaurant. Nice selection on Monday which coincided with our anniversary. Beautiful day, so we sat outside. We both tried the trio of filets. As always fine quality steaks and the three preparations added some fun variety to the taste and paired well with the reds served. Expense account or special occasion prices, but high quality meats and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2015

They have special prix-fix menu for September. That was very good price to the quality of food. And service was also nice - servers were not only friendly but also well-trained.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2015

Smith & Wollensky is a great chain, but the DC location is one of their best. The food and staff are top-notch. They also have the best bartenders in DC.

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2.0Dined on August 22, 2015

Food was okay but dessert tasted like it was frozen from the grocery store. Definitely not the Smith and Wollensky caliber that it should have been. There are a lot better restaurants in DC and it's definitely not worth the price or time.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

The Cajun Ribeye was excellent and the chocolate hazelnut creme brulee was wonderful - highly recommend both!

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

The my steak was excellent, salad nice and crisp, onion rings not so hot.
The server was okay, the worst thing he did was take the doggie bag and sit it on the floor. He should have placed it on the table. I did break my shoe strap, Some one found it on the floor and as I was leaving ran after me to give. I've pleased with that extra effort, all in all S&W is my favorite restaurant. On a note
your to bags use to have your name on it and what happen to the toothpicks that came in the little case with the S&W name on it. S&W still serve the best steaks in town.

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2015

I am do not generally spend the time to write reviews on my dining experiences, but that has changed with my experience at Smith and Wollensky. My wife and I dined here for restaurant week, and believe me, it was well worth the drive into the city. The grilled romaine Caesar salad was perfect. It had nice grill flavor without being overly wilted. My wife had the lobster bisque, and in her words "light, perfect flavor, not overly complex, and delicious.". She is quite the stickler when it comes to her lobster bisque, so that is saying a lot. We both had the filet "old fashioned". It was presented with a bourbon gastrique. The tenderness and flavor of the filet was over the top. It had a nice char, slight bitterness, and really did remind me of the traditional flavors in an old fashioned. For dessert we both had the chocolate cake. To us, it was the perfect size to end the meal with. The cake itself was sweet, moist, and almost to rich to finish. Chef Nathan even came to ask how our night was and how his kitchen did, and he thanked us for choosing to dine with him that night. This is a special touch that really sets Smith and Wollensky apart from the other steakhouses in the area. Our server, Diedier, was one of the best servers we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing.The general manager also stopped by as we were finishing the meal to check on us and ask if we needed anything. I can honestly say, and I mean this wholeheartedly, that Smith and Wollensky has a great thing going in Washinton. D.C. We are fans for life!

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2.0Dined on August 21, 2015

We went for restaurant week and started with a drink at the bar in which the bartender was not helpful or friendly. He didn't know the wines but didn't offer up a menu and he seemed put out by our order. Then when we were seated, we went over 15 minutes without someone coming to take our order. It took us going up to the staff to get service. We paid a lot of money for our drinks and dinner and were treated horribly service wise. The outdoor seating was very nice though and the food was good. I will not be going back though since the service was so bad.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2015

I have eaten in a number of Smith & Wollensky's restaurants in the US plus the new one in London, and they are always excellent. The food is superbly well prepared and the simple menu lets you have what you enjoy, how you enjoy it. The quality is in the best ingredients, not overly dressed with fancy names just to prove how clever the menu is, or disguising cheap ingredients with clever garnish or heavy sauce. Instead, it is about the food being able to speak for itself. The service is attentive not intrusive and the staff know what they are doing.
A great place for our wedding anniversary dinner.
Thanks Smith & Wollensky for a great time as always!

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2015

The restaurant did not meet expectations. The food was bad and that only saving grace was our server. The bread was tasty and the steak tartar was decent, however the Wollensky Salad was not tasty. The mix of potatoes, mushrooms and bacon sounded interesting but was an awful pairing. The truffle Mac and cheese was delicious however the trio of steak was not good, not much texture and no flavor.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Having read the reviews (which were all over the place) we decided to give this a try for Restaurant Week. Three out of the four of us ordered the carpaccio and the filet. The carpaccio just seemed to need something more. The filet, while large, was not tender and the sauce was too sweet. The deserts were tasty but not special. Our service was very good but couldn't quite make up for the lackluster food. We eat out a lot and had hoped to find another place to put on our list of "go to"s. Not to be.

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2.0Dined on August 18, 2015

The food was not very memorable. Carrot soup, scallops. I feel like some places really go all out to make your visit special, but I think during restaurant week they are not putting their best foot forward. Which is sad because they could potentially bring in a new group of patrons with excellent service and food.

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1.0Dined on August 17, 2015

For a steak house, adding a $12 surcharge to the one steak entry on the Restaurant Week menu was criminal. While the food was excellent, the three of us had to pay $36 (plus tax and tip) extra for the Restaurant Week menu steak item, more than doubling our fixed price cost.

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2015

had visited S&W in Boston 3 years ago so know what to expect - not disappointed, great steak and attentive service. Look forward to trying the new location back in London

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1.0Dined on August 7, 2015

My fiance and I went to this place for his birthday and were highly disappointed! The service was horrible and the steak was nasty. Really regret coming here, don't recommend to anyone!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2015

Dan is the Man behind the bar!

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2015

Truffle Mac and Cheese was outstanding, crabcake amazing, filet mignon we ordered. Medium came out rare. Asked server that we thought it was under cooked and he said if you say so. Clearly spending $51.00 I believe the server should know what a medium steak looks like. I also let them be aware that I was a corporate trainer for a steak house in Florida

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2015

From my experience, you can count on the "S&W" restaurants for a great meal. This was the case on our recent visit to the Washington location. Both patio and inside dining are offered. We chose to be seated inside. The one "drawback" to being inside on a Friday night was the "bar scene." The dining room is separated from the bar area by a half wall. Thus, the "very happy" patrons at the bar kept vocalizing their TGIF pleasure long after "Happy Hour" I now know more than is really necessary to know about their schools and their activities while they were attending. While annoying, this did not detract from the very good service and meal. My companion and I shared an order of onion rings for an appetizer. They were crisp and not at all greasy. I had the Tenderloin Trio and enjoyed the opportunity to try some new "toppings." My friend had the Cajun Marinated Ribeye. As one who thinks "the spicier the better," he found his steak very acceptable. We shared the mushrooms and the hashed brown potatoes. The former were a very delicious accompaniment to the steaks. The potatoes, however, need some work. They were overly spiced with garlic and were not crispy and browned, as hashed browns should be. We left most of them uneaten. There is a comprehensive wine list with prices which can appeal to most anyone. We look forward to returning--but maybe not sitting inside on a Friday night.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2015

The food and service are slipping. Neither was ad food as previous visits. I was a bit disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2015

We love it. Super good meat! And very good service. You have to try it!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2015

Was a wonderful meal. Food was delicious, service was astounding, and the manager even came and talked to us. An experience I will not soon forget.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2015

We were celebrating our 32nd anniversary. I noted that on my online reservation. Staff welcomed with glass of champagne and everyone greeted us with "happy anniversary!". It was like they set the evening just for us. It's our first time trying dry aged beef, and it was delicious. I will definitely go back for special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

The salad and filet were very tasty. We went on Fathers Day and the restaurant was quiet which made the dining experience very pleasant

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2015

I love love S&W's steaks and their salads are delicious, but their service needs a bit of an overhaul. My waiter was slow and kept forgetting things and with the restaurant not being very busy, that didn't make much sense to me. But nonetheless, the bacon appetizer was fantastic! I'll be back again on a different day!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2015

This was our first visit to Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse and we will definitely put it "into rotation." It is expensive, but everything was delicious. We dined early (post-theatre matinee), so that might account for the quiet noise level. We were in a small front room, which was charming. Our waiter, a very tall, thin, and elegant young man, was excellent. The Filet Mignon, half of which I brought home, was wonderfully flavorful to the point where I sliced off another bite when we got home. I ordered the Au Poivre and the peppercorns were zippy, but it was so delicious. The Wollensky Salad is easily enough for two people. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his Filet Oscar doing a search mission after the meat was gone for more bits of crab meat. And there is about half of the MASSIVE piece of chocolate cake that we shared in the fridge. It too was delicious. It was an overall lovely dining experience.

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Enjoyed the Manhattan location many times but the Washington location didn't measure up.
The steaks were clearly overcooked on the first attempt and then the chef overcompensated on the second attempt.
They attempted to offer a free dessert as compensation but we weren't hungry by then.
The place was nearly empty on a Saturday night so apparently other diners are staying away.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2015

In this world of high-end steakhouses on almost every corner, it's nice to know that an old-school steakhouse like Smith & Wollensky is still delivering exceptional steaks and a wonderful meal experiences. The service was very good. The maitre d' was excellent and treated my group of 19 like we were group of old friends coming back to a favorite spot. We had never been there before. Others of a wait staff were a little slow though. It took far too long to get our drink orders delivered. And this was this a fairly empty restaurant.

Which brings me to my second concern:

We were there at 8:00 on a Friday night. That place should have been hopping! It was very, very quiet. We were placed in a private room because of the size of our group, but we walked past many empty tables on our way there. And when dinner was concluded, it felt like we were closing the place down.

I don't completely understand the reason for the lack of diners. We were all very pleased with our meals. Maybe they're having a hard time keeping up with all the cool new places. In any event, we were happy and would go there again.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2015

Amazing steakhouse! Service and quality are unmatched. One of the finest in the D.C.

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