May 21, 2010
Great food, the steaks were superb, the girls seafood
(mahi-mahi was excellent, they raved about the veggies, deserts were
Food - 4.75/5
Wine list has something for everyone, fat fair market prices. Friendly
BYOB policy (+!), The house wine Napa Cabernet available by the glass was
Wine - 4.75/5.
Ambiance was diminished being seated in bar and service was a bit off
tonight. All in all a great wine and steak place. in a great river front
Atmosphere - 4.25/5
Service - 4.25/5
Overall - 18/20
Atmosphere is cosmopolitan,
comfortable, and relaxed amidst a city centre setting that is unmatched in
the world - outside on the terrace along the Chicago River at State Street.
nicely done - elegant and formal as you want it to be with a formal
elegance inside to meet the City of Big Shoulders ambiance for a big city
steak and wine dinner..
Atmosphere - 4.75/5
Food - Menu is basic American steakhouse with the
selection of seafood for those so inclined but this is the quintessential steakhouse.
A selection of soups,
salads, baked potato, vegetable selections du jour and house onion rings are
sides. Preparation and presentation
is basic and fundamental. The
hospitality and showmanship of promoting and showcasing the entrees is
evidence of the big city and business setting where they take steak and wine
seriously. Steaks and other dishes are seriously prepared with serious
proportions and prices to match.
Food - 4.75/5
Wine - The winelist is extensive and thoroughly
research and selected for the serious connoisseur and aficionado. There are
fundamentally sound and basic wines from all regions and types for every
tasteand almost every budget. There are respectable
selections from all the major reqions with the top producers from Harlan to
Screaming Eagle on the American Reds Library list. They're in the process of
extending the wine selection further. The selections of wines is
predominantly American carefully selected from California and the
Wine - 4.5/5.
Service was professional, competent and attentive. The
Sommelier David Ohr went out of his way to be attentive and helpful and
indeed delivered a perfect selection to suit our mood and the setting and
Service - 4.5/5
Overall - Smith and
Wollensky's is an institution - a shrine to steak and a shrine to wine. They
take it seriously and pay attention to the details and focus on the
fundamentals. Its a serious wine and dine experience.
Overall - 18.5/20