Smith & Wollensky - New York

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Steakhouse
The landmark Smith & Wollensky in New York City is located on the corner of Third Avenue and 49th Street, serving outstanding steakhouse fare that features USDA Prime steaks, dry aged and butchered on-premise. Opened in 1977, the original Smith & Wollensky has set the standard by which all other steakhouses are judged. The New York Times agrees, calling the restaurant “a steakhouse to end all arguments” and Gourmet said this is the “quintessential New York steakhouse.”

Although Smith & Wollensky has earned its reputation as the quintessential steakhouse, the menu is varied and offers many options beyond the signature exemplary steaks. Guests can also select from a variety of market-fresh seafood, poultry, and lamb. Delicious side dishes complete the meal, such as creamed spinach, hashed browns, and seasonal vegetables. The irresistible dessert selection ends the meal on a memorable note with a variety of decadent, housemade cakes, sorbets, and ice creams.

Special Offers

33rd Annual Wine Week-March 2nd-March 6th: 10 Wines for $20

During National Wine Week™, Smith & Wollensky offers diners an opportunity to taste ten generous samples of wine poured by over 100 vintners for $20, with the cost of lunch. Now in its 33rd year, Wine Week has grown into the premier wine event for restaurant and wine lovers alike.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 2 March 2020

Ends: 7 March 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:45

What 8035 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OD
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice steak, restaurant emptied out quite early which killed the atmosphere a bit. Staff are very good and friendly

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great service, great food. Highly recommend... ask to be seated with Carl!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Smith & Wollensky. It’s a long standing staple in New York and of you ever get the chance, I’d recommend dining here! It is worth the money!

n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a little tight on space but the food, drinks, and service was excellent. Wine list was very pricey.

JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Cajun ribeye was great except for a very large piece of fat towards the tail end of the rib dye

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steakhouse with an old school ambiance and excellent service. This is my new favorite steakhouse simply because it captures a great neighborhood vibe and delivers quality food every time. Thank you to all of the staff at S&W for a fantastic dining experience!

L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was slow. Waiter was good but server was awful.
Food was cold. Steak was fatty and cold. So disappointing!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best steak in town, but stingy with the sides. Service good.

a
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Two of the diners ordered filet steak with a preference for it to be medium cooked. Both were medium/rare. Both steaks were taken back to the kitchen but returned charred on the outside and still rare in the middle.

VG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Atmosphere hectic, too stressful. Wait service fine. Food, mediocre considering pricing and reputation. Would not recommend to anyone and would not go again. Very disappointing to say the least.

EA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

One meal was raw when served. And food was really bland. There was limited selection to food everything was sold out.

S
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have been to, no exaggeration; will be back

r
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Not the quickest re service but it was Busy, can't fault the staff tho. The 32oz ribeye was delicious and cooked to perfection. New York prices which were fair but a bottle of red wine took up half the bill. If you like beef it's a must go, a well established place with a great authentic New York feel.

RC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's Day, service was excellent but my wife ordered the prime rib, medium rare. Had to send it back as even the waiter said that it was well done. The next portion they gave her tasted very rough and somewhat dry. Overall a nice place, food was disappointing

ED
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not what it used to be, average steak and poor service and high prices

MH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked through the door, we were handled with care. The hosts were attentive, and made sure my request was honored. Our waitstaff was excellent! They too were attentive, knowledgeable, and funny. The food was delicious, and every course was solid. Staff sanged happy birthday to me. It was sweet. We sat at Table 55, and will return.

B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious but the service seemed a bit rude or pretentious. Overall, a great experience

w
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here but especially during restaurant week where I can have my HUGE dirty martini, surf & turf along with my baked potato...that's is hands down my ultimate favorite meal and having it at Smith & Wollensky puts the icing on the cake!

E
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

This is usually our most favorite restaurant. Unfortunately they were short-staffed, and it made all the difference in our experience. Although the food was delicious as always, we waited forever for it, had to insist on service, and sat a long time with dirty plates and a tablecloth that was never cleaned. Since we were celebrating two birthdays, I complained to management about the poor service that marred the evening. To the restaurant's credit, we were comped dessert, specialty coffees, and after dinner drinks. I never had a bad experience here before and certainly will continue to recommend the restaurant as the best Manhattan steakhouse. The lobsters are great as well.

D
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and atmosphere at this New York classic are terrific. Service can be spotty, with the reception staff overburdened (and showing it) and some of the waiters being lackluster. This can be an A+ experience and it can be less so depending on the service at any particular occasion.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. My girlfriend and I came here for the first time about a year ago on a whim. Now, this has become our go-to restaurant. To start, we always get the Smith’s Bouquet for two - The seafood is incredibly fresh and delicious. For entrées, my girlfriend usually gets the tuna au poivre or scallops, when it’s available - she adores them both. I always get the Colorado Rib Steak with a side of creamed spinach. I’ve been to many steakhouses but nothing comes close to this steak. To top it all off, we share a coconut cake for desert. Mind you, we’re already stuffed like turkeys by the time we get to desert but it’s just too good not to order!

If you have the choice, sit downstairs. I sat upstairs once but I noticed the service lacked a bit. I believe it was because the second floor primarily serves large groups and the one time I sat up there, it was just myself and a friend.

All in all, this place is fantastic. I highly recommend.

FL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this place was amazing! From the ambience, the food delicious and the service was superb. Like I don’t know why I haven’t been there before. Completely in love with it.

f
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience I don’t know how to describe the experience that we have it was one of the best experience I have, the food was exceptional the service super everything was great I will return in the future because it was the best steak house we ever went
I want to say thank for such good time a have with my friends

f
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for restaurant week and to also celebrate my friends birthday and mine. Appetizers we ordered were ceasar salad and calamari. Entrees were the sirloin steak, dry aged sirloin steak, surf and turf. Also ordered hash browns to share. Everything was delicious! For dessert we all ordered the coconut layer cake with ice cream. Our servers were very attentive and checked on us as well as a member of the staff where the hostess were came over to check and make sure everything was good at our table. Will always be back for restaurant week and even when it's not.

RR
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Our waiter was awesome! Loved our dinner experience!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I love this place.

J
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Prime rib was predictably good. But maybe because of restaurant week, or the many large parties, but service was horrendous. Could not get anything we wanted or asked for for the life of us. Also, maybe it’s because it was my first time sitting in the very back of the upstairs space, but the noise level and echo acoustics made it impossible to hear each other.

NR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Restaurant Week spot ; great food and good value.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Accommodating host staff. Sommelier tried to pass off a wine that was two years younger in vintage. California 2017 vs 2015, big difference in years and age.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my Birthday spot, the food is great...

FT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our party had an overall nice time. It was a little difficult for my 81 year old father to get in/out of the booth we were seated in. The food was very good but it always is when we eat there. We have never been disappointed with it.

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Filet mignon prepared perfectly. Wine pairings were good and well priced.

DG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I went to S&M for RW as I like to try out different steak houses and figure out which places I like and will return to in the future. Unfortunately, I did not feel like our waiters cared enough, the service was very sub-par. I am not sure if this was because it was RW and they figured that most of the patrons arent regulars or this is just the normal service.

Food: The appetizers were not great, I had a Caesar Salad that had virtually no Caesar dressing and brown lettuce, my gf has the split pea soup, which she said was not that good. The filet was actually very good, but not cooked to the way I ordered it (probably because the waiter gave our food to the table next to us and did not apologize for the mistake). For dessert, we had the pecan pie (terrible) and the coconut cake (good).

Overall: This place clearly has patrons that are regulars, like most fancy steak houses. However, as a native NYer who has been to tons of steak houses in NYC, there are better places to go, where the food is better and the service is more welcoming and because of that, I would not recommend going to S&M.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week. Twice a year. Best RW menu!

TC
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service, as always, was impeccable. Looking forward to my next visit!

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Hopefully when we try the one in London it will be of the same high standard.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Lot of fat on the ribeye a ton. A ton

F
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Overall, it was a disappointing experience. Our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed and did not have his heart in giving us a particularly good experience. At one point he made a comment about the number of tables he was covering and that other groups were having dessert while we were just ordering. When he brought our salads, he just handed me the plate vs walking around to put it down. When I asked if any of the 4 dessert options on the RW menu were especially popular or considered hallmarks of the restaurant, he just said that they were all good. Most egregiously, when he came back with the credit card receipts, the credit card was not returned and another waiter found it lying on a counter. The food was good but because of the inferior service, overall it was not one of our better dining experiences.

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and good food choices for restaurant week.
They should have offered a small portion of vegetable on the side of the meat dish. We had to pay extra for a side dish.
The table for 2 was very tiny and very close to the next table.
Best steak sauce ever!

L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere - as always!