Friday, December 26, 2014

Lunch in a Castle: Smith and Wollensky


Smith and Wollensky

How often do you get to feast in a castle? Well, the other day I got to eat in a building called The Castle, does that count? This armory was built in 1891 and made to look like a castle. Apparently when it was built, it was the tallest building in Boston at a whopping six stories. It's only source of heat for over a century were the small fireplaces, until 2004 when Smith and Wollensky came in and spent $12 Million renovating the medieval building.

Smith and Wollensky


Smith and Wollensky

Now known as one of the best steakhouses in Boston, Smith and Wollensky reigns in its castle. Of course I had to stop in for a meal and see what all the fuss was about. 

Smith and Wollensky

Even the doors are regal.

Smith and Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky

The waiter explained to us that the room we were dining in used to be army barracks and sleeping quarters for revolutionary soldiers.

Smith and Wollensky

Smith and Wollensky

Our prix fixe menu. It's nice how they have vegetarian options for some, but as a meat lover I was excited about the tenderloin.

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Warm, buttery bread topped with thyme.


Smith and Wollensky

Light Wollensky Salad. I personally prefer when restaurants opt for spinach or kale salads over iceberg lettuce, since they have so many more nutrients. To be fair, you don't go to a steakhouse for the salad, so I'll let it pass.

Smith and Wollensky

Our side of Whipped Potatoes had an incredibly bright, fun flavor. Something in the seasoning really made me feel like I was sitting out in a warm garden somewhere.

Smith and Wollensky

Here is the belle of the ball, The Crusted Beef Tenderloin Duo. The left piece is topped with bone marrow butter, and the right piece is topped with gorgonzola

While they were both phenomenal, I preferred the gorgonzola piece on the right, because of its deep, earthy flavor. I thought this was a great juxtaposition to the bright flavors in the Whipped Potatoes.

Smith and Wollensky

I know it looks tiny, but the steak was thick, rich, and packed with flavor. 

Smith and Wollensky

We ended with a scrumptious Chocolate Cake, fruits, and raspberry sauce for a sweet finish.

Smith and Wollensky


Nothing better than dining beside a roaring fireplace. 


Smith and Wollensky

Another one of their dining rooms, ready for the holidays. Apparently all of the wood is original from the 1890's.

Though I wasn't impressed with the salad, I was enamored by the bread, sides, entree and dessert at Smith and Wollensky. The castle ambiance really put this venue at another level, as did the knowledge of the waiters on its history. I definitely recommend it as a unique fine dining option in a city that prides itself on it's rich history.

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20 comments

  1. This is so awesome! The food looks so good!

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  2. That looks wonderful and so romantic! Been dying to go to this one! :D

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  3. Sounds amazing and I love how fancy it all looks. The Chocolate cake looks so nice! x x

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  4. Oh, it looks amazing there! Beautiful photos ♥
    Amy xx

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  5. I love this place! wait you on my blog!!!xoxo
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  6. First a prison and now this! Seriously, you find the best restuarants. This place looks so cool and the food looks delicious. Especially that dessert!!

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  7. Omg, looks yummy!! xx Have a great holiday!


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  8. This place looks amazing - both the décor and the food. I wish I could visit it! The most unique venue I've dined in is probably a restaurant in Brussels called the Belga Queen - it was a bank in the eighteenth century and the décor there is also fabulous. x
    Kate Louise Blogs

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  9. beautiful place yummy food


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  10. Looks like an amazing dinner!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  11. Mmmm those whipped potatoes (love the term whipped instead of mashed by the way) look amazing!!


    xo, B
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  12. What a magical place!

    Beautiful pictures! Merry Holidays!

    ♥♥♥

    Jeanne

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  13. Ooh, this looks like such an amazing place to eat at -
    the pictures of the food really make me hungry - especially that
    chocolate cake, aww i love chocolate cake. :)


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  14. Those food look so yummy! I'm so hungry now. xx

    Colorful Closets

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  15. Beautiful place~!!

    xo, Jane
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  16. You've found some real jewels in the city!

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  17. best shows currently on tvDecember 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Thank you for this blog. I heard that Boston restaurants places serve delicious food. We are planning a trip on this New Year and deciding to visit Boston as we want to taste the food in Boston. Please give your suggestions also.
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  18. I've never been to Boston! I've always wanted to visit for the brick buildings and the cobblestone streets. This restaurant looks absolutely stunning. I'd love to take my boyfriend here as he is a meat lover too :)

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  19. Your pics are absolutely beautiful!


    I wanna go to a castle :(


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