Smith & Wollensky

318 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
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  • Ben Dec 20, 2010

    I was expecting much more. I ordered perhaps the fattiest sirloin I've ever eaten. I ate maybe half of it after I had to trim so much off. I ordered it with the cajun seasoning which COMPLETELY covered the flavor of the steak. It could have been ANY meat because it was so heavily seasoned (perhaps I should not have ordered it that way, but the seasoning level was just ridiculous). On the plus side, my wife had the simply grilled filet and it was VERY good. VERY tender. We also had the angry shrimp appetizer which was very good. I guess the lesson here is to avoid the sirloin and avoid the cajun seasoning at all costs because it will just ruin your meal. Also, the waitstaff was very good and the manager even came over to check on us. Very friendly staff.

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  • Charles Apr 22, 2009

    At least the river view is nice We ate in the grill downstairs on Monday, April 21, 2009 around 7:30. Our server was mediocre at best. She left us for long periods without water and with messy plates. I noticed the other servers were much more engaged with their tables. For whatever reason, we drew the short stick. Life will go on, of course, but given the tab you have to expect better! Our meal was so-so. We went with the current Prix Fixe menu, the Stimulus Package, which is clearly designed to drum up business in a teetering economy (the restuarant was half-empty). I went with the filet which was relatively tastless although the Bernaise sauce redeemed it somewhat. The baked potato was excellent and the Wollensky Salad was decent. My wife had the crab cakes, which were good but not great. In fact, for $150 without tip (including a few drinks) and only one boat going by in the foul weather, I would rather stand on the State Street Bridge with a P&J than eat here again. Thumbs down although in better weather on the patio and with a decent server I can see that this is a place worth trying based on its phenomenal location alone.

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  • Suzcpc Aug 23, 2010

    Nice view but watch your personal items in summer I have been here several times and the food is always very good, but the service is just too slow at least for a business lunch. Also, to note, and not the fault of the restaurant, but my purse was stolen from under my chair during lunch. Be very careful when you sit outside as there is a public walkway right behind your table.

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  • alan Sep 17, 2008

    romantic dinner at s & w chicago we had great time at Smith & Wollensky steak house. Beautiful romantic river view and best steak ever in town.

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  • Alexander Oct 17, 2011

    Extremely overpriced for the quality it offers. For a $50 rib eye with no sides included, you would expect to get something other than a piece of fat that you would normally not even purchase at a store. The service and the atmosphere are ok. You will be much much better off if you go to another restaurant in Chicago. Disliked: Service, Atmosphere, Value, Steak

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