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Smith & Wollensky

Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
  • The folks at Explore Chicago and Time Out Chicago like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Cathy
    "A must for wine week which happens 2x per year."(2 Tips)
    Vanise G.
    "Try the split pea soup!"(3 Tips)
    Gib O.
    "Sit on the patio and enjoy the river and views of Chicago"(9 Tips)
    "A nice night of outdoor dining on the Chicago River cannot be beat!"(12 Tips)

From Smith & Wollensky


Enjoy Spring White & Rosé 3-Wine Flights for $25, featuring unique international selections from Provence, Argentina, Germany and more. Ask server for wines and tasting notes.

92 Tips and reviews
  • steak
  • wine week
  • outdoor seating
  • scenic views
  • martinis
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  • Jenna W.
    Jenna W2 weeks ago
    Steak was really good but the service was crap
  • Chris P.
    Lobster Bisque
  • Steve A.
    Go downstairs to the grill. You can get a baseball cut steak which is awesome. Fantastic river view as well.
  • Selen A.
    If possible have a seat outside with the river and a little chicaho theatre view. Steak is delicious, waiters are very professional. We had an amazing night.
    Enjoy Spring White & Rosé 3-Wine Flights for $25, featuring unique international selections from Provence, Argentina, Germany and more. Ask server for wines and tasting notes.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChOctober 27, 2016
    The did not respect the reservation and the service was not according to a place of their category, the food will not dissapoint you
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossMay 14, 2016
    The crab cake is an awesome appetizer! Don't overlook the Mac & Cheese options as a side (they come in half sizes if a full is too much). Great atmosphere!
  • Jim G.
    Jim GeraceMay 13, 2016
    Service, food, and atmosphere just excellent
  • Greg H.
    Greg H.December 17, 2015
    Very good steaks. Not the best in town, but very good. I would go back.
  • Bibiana M.
    Bibiana MelicherovaOctober 2, 2015
    The food is delicious. Our waiter was professional and all evening was amazing. Try lobster tail & steak plus two sides. also nutela creme brulé. heaven in mouth
  • Filip W.
    Filip WolskiJuly 31, 2015
    We came there for lunch, enjoyed very good food, fantastic beef bacon, service was OK - not bad but not exceptional, ambiance is a little oldish and somewhat stuck up but a very solid place
  • John M.
    John MaloneJuly 8, 2015
    Dinner with Chris.
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittMarch 16, 2015
    The food and service upstairs was lackluster.
  • Sam 2.
    Sam 24112013February 20, 2015
    Try only for good location and view
  • Lilbehm
    LilbehmFebruary 17, 2015
    If you get the wall of chocolate cake, make sure you bring all your friends to help! Huge slice- deliciousness for 10.
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea GinepriJanuary 15, 2015
    Great location. Less the food. It's not as I expected to be.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Steak and seafood plate was amazing
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyOctober 15, 2014
    Check out our new Wollensky's Grill downstairs! Read more
  • Irishboy73
    Irishboy73September 22, 2014
    Just a great place. Love the outside dining and the wine list. Steak, but of course.
  • Stefanie
    StefanieSeptember 17, 2014
    Awesome Chicago spot right on the river. Seating outside is best if weather permits. Filet, whipped potatoes and that bread. A last meal wish. I also love the raspberry martini.
  • Robert J.
    Robert JensenSeptember 13, 2014
    Best steakhouse in Chicago
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterAugust 22, 2014
    Not my fav place in Chicago. It will do but I like many other places for steak
  • David K.
    David KerrAugust 13, 2014
    Nice steaks. - bit noisy
  • Frankie C.
    Frankie CorralAugust 7, 2014
    Ribeye is awesome!
  • Amy S.
    Amy SullivanAugust 6, 2014
    Signature prime rib and mac & cheese. That is all.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The riverside location of this steak-and-chops joint is such a big part of Chicago’s vibe that it may surprise you to learn it’s not a Windy City original (the chain started in New York in 1977). Read more
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterMay 13, 2014
    A seat on the river. A glass of wine. Just hold on to your napkin - it can get a little windy!
  • Ella S.
    Ella SpeakesSeptember 20, 2013
    James is an excellent waiter and James the General Manger was very helpful. Fish Tacos were excellent.
  • Dana A.
    Dana AAugust 27, 2013
    This place is overpriced and mediocre. The server was totally lacking in restaurant experience. Paid $12 to add two overcooked shrimp to a salad. Had a clearly short pour for a $13 glass of wine.
  • Matt
    MattAugust 4, 2013
    The Signature Bone-In Ribeye was perfectly cooked. It's also huge at 24oz. Ask for outdoor seating in the summer and by the window in colder months.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SweeneyJune 14, 2013
    George is an awesome waiter 15 years here.
  • jennifer muffy s.
    Patio dining!
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy R.May 6, 2013
    Catch a drink on the patio when the sun is out. Great views, total Chicago experience. We were there for a drink and a snack. Martinis were great., Had fries (nit bad). Service outstanding.
  • Waddie G.
    Waddie GrantMarch 30, 2013
    Their steaks are EVERYTHING!
  • Scott K.
    Scott KriederDecember 20, 2012
    Great view!
  • Mark B.
    Mark BDecember 6, 2012
    Great for west coast people because they are opne till 1 am.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoSeptember 27, 2012
    Steak cooked perfectly but rather bland. Check the blackboards for daily specials. A steakhouse and no steak tartare!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineAugust 20, 2012
    Order a dry martini and enjoy the terrace until the dining crowd comes in around 6pm.
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyJuly 17, 2012
    Ask about STEAKS-TO-GO:
  • Katie L.
    Katie LowesJune 21, 2012
    Seared scallop app is great portion size for lunch!
  • Jackson
    JacksonJune 21, 2012
    Order the hash brown potatoes. You won't be disappointed.
  • Chuck
    ChuckJune 10, 2012
    Pass on this one. Went last night. 2 out of 5 meals were sub-par. The bone in rib was nearly all gristle, reminiscent of a Ponderosa steakhouse. The fish was overcooked and dry. Salmon ceviche was bad
  • Robert R.
    Robert RazoJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the pea soup!
  • Robert R.
    Robert RazoMay 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Chef's special is always a delight! Filet mignon is to die for. Medium rare, please!
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    The bone-in rib steak and Kansas City sirloin pack in loads flavor, but you won’t go wrong with an Australian lobster tail or grilled swordfish. The fantastic shrimp cocktail is worth the $17 splurge. Read more
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyApril 16, 2012
    It’s time for a little tax relief – Enjoy our Wollensky Butcher Burger for only $7! Available daily for Lunch until 6 PM when you checkin and "LIKE" us. Now thru end of April 2012.
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyMarch 27, 2012
    if you order the Sirloin, ask for medium-rare, extra char.....with roasted garlic and cippolini won't be sorry!
    marketing@swrg.comMarch 22, 2012
    When you can't decide on the perfect Filet, order a duo or trio!
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyMarch 22, 2012
    Enjoy this combination: Smith & Wollensky “Private ReserveSauvignon Blanc. crisp, elegant and fresh wine with citrus, ripe mango and melon notes - paired with Signature Shellfish Bouquet.
  • Vanise G.
    Vanise GardnerMarch 16, 2012
    Try the split pea soup!
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KrugMarch 14, 2012
    Need to get the bone-in-ribeye medium rear... No steak will ever compare!!! Can't forget the whipped mash!! Great service too!!!
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyMarch 2, 2012
    Don't miss #NationalWineWeek. Can't beat sampling 10 premium wines for $10 with lunch! 3/5 thru 3/9. Reservations strongly recommended!
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HiattJanuary 9, 2012
    It's a great steak house and there's also one in Las Vegas.
  • Dana T.
    Dana TedescoDecember 22, 2011
    Don't fill up on the fresh baked warm garlic bread w/ stone ground mustard butter!!! On second thought #getmore!
  • Smith W.
    Smith WollenskyNovember 22, 2011
    Thanksgiving is days away and you don’t have reservations? Join us at Smith & Wollensky!
  • MockingshoE
    MockingshoENovember 16, 2011
    Eat in the Kitchen if you can!
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalNovember 1, 2011
    Beautiful views aren't just for summer! The south wall of the dining room is right above the water - and all windows. - CBS Chicago Read more
  • Doug W.
    Doug WalkerOctober 8, 2011
    There's a waiter that looks like Bruce Campbell here...epic in itself
  • Exclusive Resorts
    Exclusive ResortsSeptember 12, 2011
    We love the outdoor seating along the river in the summer. Just steps away from Trump Chicago.
  • Mike V.
    Mike Van CampSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cajun ribeye all the way
  • ZaarlyChicago
    ZaarlyChicagoAugust 15, 2011
    A nice night of outdoor dining on the Chicago River cannot be beat!
  • Paulina D.
    Paulina DombrowskiJuly 21, 2011
    Terrible truffled Mac and cheese, very griddy and just plain bad. The organic chicken taste and smells like it was soaked in garlic for about four weeks. Best thing they had was the sweet corn.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AguinagaJuly 10, 2011
    Never eat here. Horrible
  • Anna B.
    Anna BradburyJune 13, 2011
    Eat the cake - make $100. Read more
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 13, 2011
    The BLTA (a lobster blt with avocado)..on the patio...summer is here Read more
  • Herry D.
    Herry DwinantoMay 24, 2011
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottMarch 28, 2011
    Great views of the river from the patio. Have a steak while you are here btw.
  • Frank L.
    Frank LizzadroMarch 12, 2011
    Finger Sandwich.
  • Ramon c.
    Ramon cFebruary 5, 2011
    Old, musty And blahhh... Nuff said!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GobleJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best pea soup in town
  • Melanie V.
    Melanie VDecember 25, 2010
    Truffled mac 'n' cheese and pretzel bread are so good here! Sit downstairs for a lovely view of the river!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KobranSeptember 27, 2010
    By me a rombauer Cabernet
  • Brennan T.
    Brennan TSeptember 12, 2010
    Just because this is a steakhouse doesn't mean you shouldn't eat their burger. You should eat their burger.
  • Gib O.
    Gib OlanderSeptember 1, 2010
    Sit on the patio and enjoy the river and views of Chicago
  • Xavier R.
    Xavier RamirezAugust 6, 2010
    Bartender is a well of knowledge and he gave us Cubs tickets
  • Larry L.
    Larry LaneJune 18, 2010
    Had the bone-in ribeye and thought that I would never get to the bone. Man, there is a lot of beef on that plate! This is a great place for a displaced Texan to go to get his fill of steak. Read more
  • Rod B.
    Rod BrooksMay 28, 2010
    I had the rib eye and the part that wasn't full of chewy grizzle was very good. Unfortunately, not enough of the steak was edible. Next time, I'm sticking with Morton's, Carson 's, and Lawrey's.
  • Rod B.
    Rod BrooksMay 28, 2010
    Great table for 7 in a small private room near the front door. Had the "seafood bouquet" appetizer for all 7 of us and barely ate it all. It was great... even for a steak house.
  • angela w.
    angela whitbyMay 12, 2010
    Overpriced and undergood, but outdoor on the patio rocks in the summer
  • Brian P.
    Brian PowersApril 21, 2010
    Cajun Filet a must!
  • Jaunted
    JauntedApril 20, 2010
    If you're not really into red meat and you find yourself here regardless, the swordfish is an excellent alternative
  • Celestino R.
    Celestino RuffiniFebruary 17, 2010
    What a great people watching spot. Truly a landmark along the river in Chicago.
  • Cathy
    CathyFebruary 2, 2010
    A must for wine week which happens 2x per year. March and Sept.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoFebruary 2, 2010
    In the film "High Fidelity" (2000), Rob's ex-girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle) meets up with Rob's sister Liz (Joan Cusack) to have a serious chat in scenes filmed in this Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse. Read more
  • Clint G.
    Clint GrahamJanuary 30, 2010
    Need to call at least a month in advance if you want a table for Wine Week downstairs in the grill.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RubinJanuary 24, 2010
    When I need a change of pace from Ruth's Chris, I go here. Read more
  • Ana Sofia O.
    Ana Sofia OliveiraAugust 21, 2015
    Salada maravilhosa...
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 21, 2015
    Классика стейк-хауса. Презентабельно очень. Собственно наверное и все что я хотел сказать :)
  • Orest G.
    Orest GalitskySeptember 28, 2014
    Найсмачніші стейки в Чікаго!!
  • Octavio O.
    Excelente lugar,el filete Oscar increíble !!! Y más que excelente el servicio y atención de Mike! Pregunten por él!
  • Beatrice L.
    Beatrice L.March 22, 2014
    Very nice place..good filet au poivre!
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GonzalezDecember 16, 2013
    A comer más carne.
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