The Anchor
The Anchor

The Anchor

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theanchor-otr.com/
  • Phone: 5134218111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday - Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Derek dos Anjos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Contact us directly for seats on our patio for Lumenocity - August 1, 2 and 3, 2014. We are the only restaurant in Cincinnati with views of Music Hall for this magical performance.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Directly across the street from The Anchor underneath Washington Park is a 450 space parking garage. We also have valet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
A word from The Anchor
The Anchor is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of beautiful and historic Over the Rhine. Located on the corner of 14th and Race, we are right across from Washington Park and Music Hall, making us a perfect destination for both pre and post theater meals. The Anchor is open for dinner Tuesdays through Saturday and lunch Thursdays through Saturday. We feature both traditional and communal seating. Enjoy fresh seafood delivered daily, a rotating selection of fresh east and west coast oysters, a variety of whole fish and other seafood specialties, including a classic New England lobster roll! If you have a party larger than 10 people, please call us directly to make a reservation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Anchor reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (81)neighborhood gem (81)fit for foodies (79)special occasion (48)hot spot (38)scenic view (31)romantic (30)good for groups (22)great for lunch (19)notable wine list (18)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Awesome seafood find in scenic OTR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Was pleased to find yet another wonderful spot among the rennovated gem that is OTR Cincinnati. Perfect service & scene, and not on the traditional Vine Street strip of restaurants. The price is a tad high so be ready to spend a more than other places in the area but it was completely worth the visit (we enjoyed oysters for the first time) and I look forward to having an excuse to drop in again. I had the Hello Sailor cocktail which I highly recommend for any fellow gin lovers. Check it out and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Casual quality
    Randy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Had great dinner before the symphony. Fresh ingredients, solid wine list, attentive service and comfortable enviroment. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Anchor Cincinnati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is easily some of the best seafood you can find in Cincinnati. It is also located in the gentrifying neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, which is going through a total renaissance, including Washington Park which can be seen from your table at Anchor. Very neat area, worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to believe in Cincinnati
    cmd513
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Like other OTR spots, feels like you're eating on a patio in Brooklyn. Oystermania on a warm, sunny Thursday night was fantastic. Always a delicious bloody mary plus oysters, peel n' eat shrimp, boquerones on baguette (absolutely amazing) and the trout BLT sandwich with some PBRs for $1 and the park filled with people playing kickball - what more could anyone want! Such as great place. Love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Anchor had a small but
    1DinerDave
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The Anchor had a small but eclectic menu that was well executed. Our table of 6 dined on a variety of dishes and they were all very good. The look of the place was trendy and energetic. The only drawback to the evening was the service. It was hit or miss with many delays in drinks and dishes coming out. At one point, half our table was served and it was every bit of 10 minutes later before the rest of the entrees came out. Would I dine there again, indeed I would.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out at The Anchor
    Retrobaker1
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was our first time dining at The Anchor. After another locarea restaurant told me they didn't do reservations decided to go here. So glad we went here instead, everything was so nice. Everything from the staff to the food was perfect, we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The menu is very limited
    DossVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great Clam Chowder. No complaints other than vey small menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timers will return!
    AnniversaryParty
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We picked The Anchor because it was close to Music Hall for the Pops concert on a Friday night. Glad we made reservations; it filled up fast! Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The problem: she made EVERYTHING sound so great we had trouble deciding. We settled on splitting the pear salad and then the trout BLT. Fabulously inventive with the bacon aoli and the vidalia onion rings were totally addicting. That left room for the fresh berry cobbler for dessert -- also split. The room is noisy with hard surfaces and close seating. But on the plus side, we met delightful people at the next table who were also going to the Pops. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful oysters
    mary
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    we went for oyster night, and it was well worth it., they were delicious, along with the rest of our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ya Gotta Go
    Hungryfoodie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Completely non-pretentious. One block from Music Hall. Friendly people all around. Great service. Wonderful for dinner before a concert. Our second visit; looking forward to #3 already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I gave it another chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    My last dining experience @ Anchor was NOT good-----a waitress w/ an attitude and it wasn't a good one! Food is consistently top notch and this time the waitress was attentive and pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Okay, not my favorite in the area
    otr88
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I thought I would give The Anchor a try because it is one of the few OTR restaurants to offer reservations. The location is nice and the interior of the restaurant is quite nice. Nothing jumped out at me or my date from the entree menu, so we just decided to order some appetizers that looked good. This was not my favorite OTR restaurant, but I think it is a good place to take a date, and it wasn't nearly as busy as some of the other options in the area. I don't know that I would re-visit The Anchor, but I'm glad I gave it a try. Weak point, the Anchor Bloody Mary had an amazing presentation, but a poor mix, so a let down from the beginning. Strong point, the Clam Chowder is delicious, as good as any I've had from New England.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The bronzino at The Anchor
    KathyD
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The bronzino at The Anchor is the best we have ever had!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good menu & food.
    diner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I liked the menu and everything we tried was very good. The only negative was the fishy odor when first entering the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but "energetic"
    Omashoes1948
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Group of 8, returning from event, arrived earlier than our reservation but taken to our table. Less than half tables in use. Our wait person asked if we were going to a show and needed to place our order immediately-very concerned. Decent background music but a bit loud-not good for groups wanting to visit. None of us had ever visited so we had lots of questions about the menu and our wait person was very knowledgeable and prompt to answer. Food was very good-clam chowder, house salad, beet salad, fish & chips, pork chops, scallops, shrimp-all arrived at good temp and nice sized servings. Will we return? My partner & I will but the others probably would not venture to the area again, sadly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location better than food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Had dinner before CSO performance. We saw nearly everyone in the restaurant at music hall. The location couldnt be better for music hall but the menu was not great. Prices are high to leave feeling ho-hum.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, tweek the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    My first time here. My only complaint; service. Many assumptions, not much assistance. BUT the rest of the experience will take me back to see if it was just a bad night for the servers in general. Loved the wine choices by the glass, and a few gluten free options on the menu though not highlighted, though again, the server did not go out of her way to help in this area either. I loved the decor and most of my friends would like the menu better than I did....it gets tiresome explaining allergies and asking for special accommodations. I'd much prefer a section in the menu to refer to, without disclosing my personal health issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never dissapoints!
    ChristaZ
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The Anchor is a great asset for OTR and their food is top notch. I have had the pleasure of hosting out of town guests and important work related dinners at this restaurant, with guests always impressed. The proximity to Washington Park makes Anchor an ideal summertime spot with outdoor seating offering a great view of Music Hall and the park. The oyster selection is always terrific, and the salted caramel pudding dessert is addictive. So glad to continue to support this family-owned business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Best seafood in town! Very fresh and wonderfully prepared. Will definitely be back. We started out sharing many of the small plates. The crab cake sliders are the best thing on the entire menu. The fresh oysters were presented in great fashion, very fresh and with some of the best sauces to accompany them. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Kate
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was excellent, as was our service! We started with shucked fresh oysters, crawfish beignets, and house cocktails. All of it was excellent. Be sure to try the red onion ice with your oysters! For the main course, my husband and I had the sea bass and the shellfish boullabaisse. Both were complimented by their great selection of wines, which were $1 off during their happy hour (until 7). Amazing!!!! At first the portion looked a bit small, but we saved room for dessert, and then were full for the rest of the night. Try the salted caramel pudding. Everything was excellent! I highly recommend!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Kate
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Three words...delicious as always! The Anchor has quickly become one of our favorites and has never disappointed us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new place near Music Hall
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We loved this place. Although the main menu is limited the specials are what we usually end up ordering. You must like seafood to eat here, as they only have one non-seafood option that I can recall. My husband and i were impressed with the divergent wine list too... some excellent surprises we didnt expect to see, and some offered by the glass too! We encourage people to make the pilgrimage back to the OTR~!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find!
    cincinnatus
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were looking for a place to eat dinner before a symphony concert at Music Hall and decided on The Anchor. It's so wonderful being able to park, eat, and walk in that area as opposed to years gone by. We had a lovely table for two by the window, allowing us to enjoy the hustle and bustle of OTR on a Saturday night. We received very attentive service throughout our evening and our food was simply delicious... seasoned to perfection and not heavy at all. We enjoyed our experience so much we came back then after the concert for a nightcap. The bar area is lively and we really enjoyed chatting with both staff and patrons. We met some new people and that made our night extra fun. We're thrilled that we chose The Anchor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    Amaj
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This was our first time and it wasn't bad but it wasn't our favorite. We love seafood and fish and the table side filleting was not to our liking. Every bite we took we had bones and that was not enjoyable and we felt awkward having our fingers by our mouths. The fish was very tasty. I wish our server was happier, but not everyone can be up all the time. We will certainly try again!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING!
    Courtney
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My boyfriend and I enjoyed our first Lenten dinner of the season at The Anchor and enjoyed everything from start to finish. The oyster selection is the best I've seen in this area and the wine list was very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This was our second time to the restaurant, this time we brought friends who had never been there or even heard of the place. We had excellent service and great food, and our friends loved the place. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway Great
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have eaten here dozens of times since we tried it during its opening week. All menu items are worth trying and they always have fresh oysters. Yum. Yum. It's a small place and seating is a bit tight but everyone is always friendly. In the Spring, Summer and Fall the patio is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    amd1708
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    On our first visit to the Anchor, we stumbled in while visiting Washington Park. They'd only been open a few days and our waitress was apologetic for having to rely too much on her notes. It didn't bother us at all. They don't have to do that anymore. The wait staff are all pretty knowledgeable about the seafood items on their menu. I've seen complaints that the menu is too limited, but that hasn't bothered us at all. You're not at Red Lobster. We have loved every meal we've had here. It's our go-to spot for birthday celebrations. The house cocktails are great, too. '/'/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great oysters
    ChefCarnicelli
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    My oysters were great, super fresh, my entree was good, ambiance is amazing and the wine list is very nice, but this is my experience, my husband by other hand, he ordered the wrong dish.... "fish and chips" as they serve it it should be named " cold fries and fish" plus there was barely any fish on that basket. If they are serving it cafeteria style then the amounts should be accordingly, now, if they wanna serve 6 little strips then plate it and PLEASE change that name, it is misleading and confusing. We will definitely return but never to order their "fish and chips" ever again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Coast Comes To OTR
    Yummifinder
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    My husband and I loved the atmosphere and food. Order the mussels and hush puppies- incredible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, eh. Lobster roll, Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This was our second trip to this place. Similar experience both times. We made a reservation and got there on time. The two of us were seated at a very large booth with two other couples that were already in the booth. Awkward. We were pretty much "waiting" all evening. We waited a long time for everything from drinks, to apps to the actual main course, to the bill. Wife and I both ordered the lobster rolls (at market price) for 30 bucks each. I thought it was good but not worth 30 bucks. My wife thought it was. Probably won't go back due to sloooow service. Pick up may be the answer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    MTUUDMOM
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We dined at Anchor with friends on a Thursday, it was quiet and lovely. I am sure it is different on the weekends, noise level wise? We had the bluepoint oysters (incredible and only $1 each!) and also ordered the branzini and the lobster roll. Both were worth every penny. Save room for dessert, it's worth the splurge! The lemon cake, salted caramel pudding, and the berry cobbler were well worth the calories. Highly recommend this charming place and we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at The Anchor - worthwhile
    eddieemailVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Deliecious, fresh fish; nicely flavored, but not overwhelmed by seasoning; good service; Steve - the manager - truly interested in his customers' experience and wants them to enjoy and come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Wonderful oysters, trout, pork. Amazing cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely fantastic-Crudo aptzer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The crudo appetizer was awesome! Service was great! Food just tremendous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, steep prices
    disappointed
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Overall the food was pretty good, just overpriced in my opinion. Service was good, beer selection was decent, although they were out of the beer I wanted. Scallops were $25 for 3 grilled scallops and a pile of arugula - eh. The kale salad was $11?!?!?! It was OK, nothing spectacular, certainly not worth $11 (and it would have been nice to know the scallops came with a "salad" so I didn't order two of them).... Hush puppies were bland but the dipping sauce saved them. Really the only thing I would give high marks for was the shellfish bouillabaisse. Also $25 it was full of flavor but still a little overpriced for the amount of food presented, in my opinion. Check it out if you want, I'd have been comfortable skipping it...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious gem
    Jamie
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It's so difficult to find good seafood here in Cincinnati, but this place has it. I had the best lobster roll since I've been in Boston. Be prepared to pay for it though. It's expensive, but well worth it in my opinion. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in the city
    jdm00
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I think Anchor consistently delivers the best food in the entire Cincinnati area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific! ****
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The oysters on the half shell were amazing along with the scallops. Great atmosphere, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I went to Anchor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My wife and I went to Anchor before a CCM play. The food was good. We started of with the crawfish beignets. The beignets were delightful, but the dipping sauce was a tad overpowering and you lost the taste of the beignets. My wife and I had an Indiana pale ale and I also had a bells beer. The Indiana Pale was good, but I prefer the fullness and taste of Deschutes Mirror Pond. For dinner I had the cod sandwich special. It came with a generous helping of french fries. The sandwich was good, but I felt like their was more condiments then cod on my sandwich. My wife had the Trout BLT with onion rings. The sandwich was good, a tad too smokey, but the onions were delicious. Anchor is a good restaurant that we will try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.