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Smith & Wollensky

318 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Critic’s Notes

Old-fashioned and proud of it, this Marina City outpost of a national chain offers splendid views of the Chicago River and a menu of family-farmed Iowa beef. Four weeks of dry-aging makes for luscious bone-in rib eyes and Kansas City sirloins—tasty even when the kitchen misses the mark on doneness. Crab is super-generous in the fine crab cake and lump crab cocktail; buttermilk-battered onion rings are spot-on. Expect to pay top dollar for the steaks and for the wines and huge martinis, but also expect excellent service. Head downstairs to the grill for a more casual dinner.

Dishes We Liked

Tuna tartare ($20), veal rib eye ($49), creamed spinach ($10), New York–style cheesecake with raspberry coulis ($9)

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Additional Information:

Price: $70-$99
Cuisine: Steaks
Neighborhood: River North
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: L & D daily. Br Sat, Sun.
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