Smith & Wollensky

Restaurants, Steakhouse River North
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Chris Lake Smith and Wollensky

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). Nevertheless, it still hangs with the big boys. Here’s how: a creamy and slightly smoky split-pea soup; an all-American wine list; and, of course, those big, fat steaks, all of which are consistently cooked to perfection. (But steer clear of the New York strip. You know, just on principle.)


Venue name: Smith & Wollensky
Address: 318 N State St
Cross street: between Kinzie and Hubbard Sts
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand; Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 22, 29, 36.
Price: Average main course: $40
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I came here for an anniversary and was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere of the restaurant is was great and we got to sit right on the water with an advanced reservation request.

I am not a huge fan of steakhouses but the food was amazing. They start you off with this soft, buttery bread that is great to munch on. For my main meal, I got a seasonal tuna dish and my boyfriend got the Cajun rubbed steak. Both were cooked to perfection and made my tastebuds dance.

To top it off, since it was our anniversary, they gave my boyfriend and I a free dessert. We opted for the white chocolate bread pudding a la mode topped with fresh berries. Easily the best bread pudding I have had. The staff was great, attentive and had extensive knowledge of the menu.

Definitely on the pricey side, but I would highly recommend for a special occasion or work client visit.