Boston >Food & Dining > Smith & Wollensky
101 Arlington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349830 -71.069786
Sunday To Saturday From 04:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central, Bay Village
Awesome – Great steakhouse in Downtown boston. Service was good and Steak was perfect. The sides were average; but If I cared about side dishes, I would go to a Chillies. A serious steak lovers restaurant.
Excellent service. Good food. relaxed atmosphere – My friend and I went to Smith & wollenskys for Thanksgiving. My friend had the Thanksgiving prix fix dinner. I ordered off the menu. The service was excellent . they made you feel like a special guest. As dining room was half -filled, very little noise. My friend's crab cake was very tasty and fresh. Steaks are cooked well. Wine pours are average. Perhaps order a bottle.
great overall – The food is hands down delicious. My boyfriend and I started off with the split pea soup and the caesar salad. Although the salad was fine (I'm not sure how you can make caesar salad more than fine) the soup was really tasty. They also provide a cute garlic/herbed bread that is baked individually. We both had filet mignons, I had mine Oscar style and he had his Gorgonzola encrusted. Although both steaks were a tad bit overdone, we enjoyed them tremendously and loved different styling. He thought the Gorgonzola steak was the best steak he ever had. We also had a whipped potato and sauteed spinach accompaniments which were on the small side but decent as far as sides go. The desserts were fantastic (one of the best creme brulees I've had and a rich chocolate rich). We talked a bit to the sommelier about the wines and he ended up gifting us two copies of the Great American Wine Guide which was a very sweet gesture. The service was spot on and it made for a very romantic night out.
Restaurant Week – Have to say we felt like the trailer trash cousins invited to Thanksgiving dinner. No one really wanted us there but had to ask.Both the bread and the Caesar salad were a huge disappointment. We ate early so the bread could have been yesterday's and the salad was brown, under-dressed and flavorless.The fillet mignon was cooked to perfection and the Bearnaise sauce was excellent but that's about all I can say on the positive side. The hash browns, despite several warnings from our waiter about the intense heat of the plate they were served on, were luke warm at best and not at all crisp on the outside.The desserts were the biggest disappointment of all. The chocolate cake was very dry and the creme brulee was soupy and tasteless. The wait staff was neither friendly or rude, just "there" (although they seemed much more personable to the table behind us that was ordering off the menu) For the money, we will stick with Morton's.
black sheep of the chain BUT!! – i have to agree the the service is not what a top end steakhouse should be and of all the s&w i have been to this one is by far the worst BUT they do have the very best quality beef in boston and the food is always outstanding even if the service is out to lunch,i have to chuckle when i read that a lot of reviews state the beef is under cooked, they are serving dry aged prime beef here people! if it is cooked more than rare why are you paying the big bucks for it!! they always prepair my steak perfect (pittsburg) and they are one of only two steakhouses that always nail the cooking perfect(ruths chis is the other). yes they need to get new managment in there, but if you really are a steak lover and i mean REALLY know a great steak(if you order filet mignon or have your steak cooked more than medium rare you DO NOT QUALIFY AS A REAL STEAK LOVER!!!!)then you will be very pleased with your meal because it is all about the beef
Poor service; so-so food – I wasn't impressed with this place. The service was horrible, our waiter clearly didn't want to be there, and let that be known. We had a group of 10 people and the staff seemed annoyed to be serving us, rather than appreciating our business. The food was so-so. It took a very long time to get our food, and when we did- some of our steaks weren't cooked as we asked. Not a horrible meal, but certainly not worth the price. If you're going to spend money on a nice steakhouse, pick another one.
Worst Restaurant Experience in Boston – I made a reservation for 9:00p for my husband and I to celebrate his birthday. When we arrived we were told they were running 15 minutes late and to wait in the bar. No problem. We grabbed a drink and waited, and waited and waited. Every time we tried to speak to the hostess she would say she'd check and let us know. She never once got back to us. So, after waiting for more than an hour we left. We had absolutely no desire to eat an enormous meal at 10:30p at night or whenever they'd get around to us...and I certainly wasn't going to spend my money there. We went to McCormack & Schmicks across the street and had a fabulous dinner.
This is the worst restaurant experience we've had in Boston and we've lived her for 40 years. I will never go back and I will certainly tell everyone I know not to spend their money in such a rude place.
Truly disappointing – I'd been looking forward to trying Smith & Wollensky since they opened in Boston, and my first (and probably only) experience was very underwhelming. I started with a Caesar salad, which had limp lettuce, stale croutons and an average Caesar dressing. The filet was undercooked and fairly tasteless - I've had much better at other steakhouses in Boston - and my husband's sirloin was equally undercooked, but had more flavor. They certainly weren't worth the premium prices. I'd eyed the huge slice of chocolate cake at a nearby table and ordered it, but unfortunately it seems to be an issue of quantity over quality. Most disappointing, the service was terrible! At one point, our waiter asked how the steaks were and I answered that they weren't great, and he just walked away.
I love this place – I wish I could afford to eat there every night. The food is exceptional and everything else falls into place.
Truly fantastic!!! – I recently had dinner there with my girlfriend and had a great dinner/evening. Our waiter helped us with picking a wine which was exactly what we were looking for, and the food was absolutely fantastic. We were in a cozy booth and apart from it being a bit noisy everything was all we could have hoped for.
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