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 – I think I could have died and gone to heaven without regret after eating the lamb chops. I been to all the steakhouses in Boston and I have to say I was impressed to say the least.
Superb Food and service – Better than G23 or Flemmings hands down. A little noisy but most busy steakhouses have that issue. If you want a table that is a little less noisy make sure you let the host know that and there are options as I found out first hand.
Everything was great – I was reading through all these reviews and cant understand what these people are complaining about. I have had dinner at this place on a few different occassions and it is as good or better than any other place in Boston. Service was great and the food was even better every time I've gone there.
not worth it – i went during restaurant week, and it still wasnt worth it. tried two appetizers, neither of them very good. my steak was extremely undercooked, i dont expect that at this type of steak house. the people next to us got there after us, ordered after, and were done with their meals before we even received ours. bad service, and ok food. would not go again, definitely not when its full price!
Went for Restaurant Week. What a deal! 10 oz filet cooked exactly right, delicious pea soup and giant piece of 5 layer chocolate cake for $30. Wonderful service best onion rings. Will go again on restaurant week. Cant afford it any other time.
Dinner Date – I was taken here by my husband for our anniversary. Ive always wanted to go in the castle because Ive just been curious to see what it looked like in there. I was very impressed when I went in. We were taken to a separate dining area which looked like a library. It was a very nice and private area. I ordered the Lamb Chops and my husband got the prime ribs. Along with those, we also got two sides each. When the food arrived, i was at awe to see how big the servings were. The two sides and the prime rib would have been sufficient for both of us. The lamb and the steak were very, very good, perfectly cooked and seasoned. The sides were excellent as well but we did not have enough room to pay much attention to them. Aside from the price, this is an excellent steak house and I would highly recomment it.
Not worth it! – My husband and I had a very sub-par restaurant experience here a couple of months ago. We ordered calamari as an appetizer, which was plentiful but boring. There was very little flavor, the pieces were soggy and I have had way better for much less. Next I order the filet mignon. I asked my rather uninterested waiter for it to be cooked medium rare, and I received an unedible, beyond well done hockey puck. I literally took two bites and couldn't eat any more. I ended up sharing my husbands somewhat better dinner. He had ordered filets wrapped in bacon. At least they weren't as dry as mine, although they were still overcooked according to how he had ordered them. You have to order sides separately, which adds to the steep price of your meal. I ordered a piece of key lime pie for dessert, which was very boring and uninspired. The only positive that I will give the restaurant is the location. It is very nice inside and interesting to walk around while on your way to the restrooms. Unfortunately, the decor cannot make up for the poor service and even worse food. For the price, you have many much better options within short walking distance. I will never go back.
Predictable food, mediocre service (even for Boston)! – Let me preface my review by saying that I'm from the Midwest, and the East Coast just does not do beef like we do. I've been to Smith and Wollensky's in several cities, and the Boston location is definitely sub-par. I don't quite understand why the service in all New England restaurants is so bad, but at steakhouse prices, I feel like it should have been much better than it was. We waited for a hostess for quite a while and then were all but abandoned at the bar, since our table wasn't ready despite a reservation and a number of open tables. The waitress came around to take our order, and to give us our check, and that was it. We had to order our wine from another member of the wait staff, and it was a pity for her, because we would have ordered much more if anyone had paid attention to us. The food was decent, but expected, not bad, not good; just what was expected. The presentation was non-existent--they literally must have slapped it on the plates. One of the best meals I've ever had was at a Smith and Wollensky, and this meal was not even close. I would have had the same kind of culinary experience at Outback or Bugaboo Creek for a third of the price and with better service. The location of the restaurant was the only good part about it.
Incredible – First of all, location is extremely impressive. The restaurant is a renovated castle in Boston. The service was great, the food was FANTASTIC. The filet was cooked and seasoned PERFECTLY, the appetizers and sides(specifically the truffled macaroni and cheese) were amazing. After I left, all my date and I could say was "wow." Inside the building was really remarkable and very very impressive. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. This comes with my highest recommendations.
Rude Service, Mediocre Food – I've eaten at this restaurant twice and have been extremely underwhelmed. The tuna tataki was excellent and the filet was cooked properly. However, the steaks are outright boring in flavor...much better steaks are to be had in Boston. The building is its primary plus. The service was so horrible and at times outright rude. I don't know who would be foolish enough to eat here and subject themselves to this type of treatment. Overall, this was 2 of the worst dining experiences I've had in Boston.
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