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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The Anchor reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (88)great for outdoor dining (86)fit for foodies (85)special occasion (52)hot spot (43)scenic view (32)romantic (31)good for groups (26)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Very accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were craving a nice meal and glass of wine last Saturday night and Anchor came to mind, being a favorite of ours in the past. We made the 8pm reservation at 7:30pm and requested outdoor seating, if possible. Once we arrived, it was clear that we were not the only ones trying to take advantage of the beautiful weather, and because of the last minute reservation, were seated inside at a table in somewhat of a walkway. However, the waitress was adorable and we quickly got over our seating and started planning our courses. Even before we got our drinks, the manager came back and said that a couple had just left outside and he would be happy to move us. We really appreciated the accommodation and had a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at the Anchor restaurant. The atmosphere was very nice. We chose to eat inside because of a live band playing in Washington park, but with the doors open we were able to enjoy the music. The seafood was excellent. A limited menu, but everything that we ordered was very unique(scallops topped with pulled bbq, lobster baked sandwich) and very rewarding. We will return very soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch After Friday Morning Symphony
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    An easy walk form Music Hall, Anchor had inside and outside dining. Food is really good, and the menu offers unusual variety with only a few selections in each category. We loved the clam chowder! Outside dining was okay, but the area is a bit jumbled and views are obstructed. Could be more inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great patio great food
    AirRon
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wondeful patio over looking Washington park. Wonderful food. oyster mania os a great deal and a ton of fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at Anchor OTR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was a beautiful night. Midpoint music festival was going on across the street in the park. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. My only complaint was that the starters portions were too small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jimmyboy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I noticed that The Anchor gets mixed reviews, with both ups and downs. My experience was all up. I suspect the disappointed reviewers were there at the busiest times, when the restaurant's facilities are likely to be under strain. I did a pre-theater 6pm, which worked very well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    GDocVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service were excellent. The menu seemed limited, but the specials were plentiful. Service was attentive and helpful, but low-key. All the shellfish choices - lobster, crab, and shrimp were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We really enjoyed dinner. The service was very good and friendly. The food was delicious. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for a date night since we have never been and we thoroughly e joyed it. The service was great down to the food. The atmosphere was perfect along with the weather. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves some good seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour
    lulu
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The happy hour oysters are a great value and delicious! Hard to choose from the list of great appetizers and dinners. The specials are great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood w/nice outdoor area
    CC51
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Sat outside, which had a very "Carolina" feel to it. I felt like we were there to eat seafood. We started with a few Oysters, then had the catch of the day (some sort of Yellow Fish) and scallops. The scallops were incredible. Their menu is not conventional, which is a plus. You can't get this food at a regular restaurant. The setting was just on the edge of Washington Park (very nice). Our server was very educated on the intricacies of the menu, which helped explain some of the items that I wasn't familiar with. They had the cleanest public restroom I've ever used. It was themed for the restaurant as well. Overall, it was a touch pricey for me, but definitely worth a visit every once in a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • J and b party
    Bb70
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always a great place to eat after bluegrass on Thursday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SeafoodLover
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was the third time I dined at The Achor. Although the food is good quality (not extraordinary), fresh and even creative, the poor service really impairs the overall experience. The drink I ordered was not as expected (completely different from the previous occasions when I ordered the same drink). The server took the drink back to the bar for an adjustment and when she returned she basically slammed the glass on the table and walked away without a word or a smile. I don't think I will be back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not go back anytime soon
    CincyChef
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first time eating at Anchor. We had to wait in an overcrowded and noisy bar/reception area as there was no place to sit. Then, we were escorted to our table and immediately thought it was cramped and very, very loud as the furnishings and decor did nothing to absorb the chatter from all of the patrons. We also had a lot of time to watch the hostesses. They looked like high school students and were dressed to go to the gym, although all of the patrons were dressed very nicely. The food was good, but we didn't feel it warranted the prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and crummy food
    Unhappy2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We sat outside, which was lovely, since it is on Washington Square. So we were pumped to enjoy a wonderful meal. Got the calamari which was rubbery and had a tasteless sauce. I got the tiger shrimp sandwich. The HUGH bun was delicious as was the sauce. Hard to find or taste the 6 small shrimp, however. My husband got the bass and said although the fish was good, the sauce was lacking any flavor and the peadpods were not cooked. I had their rum cocktail. Not good. Husband had two glasses of chardonnay Then we got the bill. $120 for a mediocre meal. not going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I can't wait to return and have more delicious oysters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    Toby
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went for our anniversary, Our server surprised us with a glass of prosecco and special dessert for the occasion. While the kitchen was out of a few items our server had excellent suggestions. Food was delicious. Best of all you can make reservations at this OTR hot spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over priced disappointment
    Moose
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I took my step-son here for his birthday and an extraordinary experience in Cincinnati. The service was slow, inattentive and uncoordinated. The restaurant was not that crowded, but we had to wait way too long to order drinks and an appetizer. The waiter then made himself unavailable for questions until the appetizer came. No bread was served, he forgot a beer that had been ordered and there were no cracker or small fork provided for my wife to open up her shell fish and lobster. By the time she got a cracker, the meat was cold. This was a mediocre dining experience at a very premium price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Brooklyn favorite in Cincy
    ryanahamilton
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I just moved back to Cincy after 5 years in NYC. As luck would have it, The Anchor's Chef/Owner hails from one of our very favorite restaurants in our old Brooklyn neighborhood. Some of our favorites such as the boquerones, hush puppies, and bouillabaisse came too! With the beautiful location on the park, thoughtful dishes, and always pleasurable experience, The Anchor will always be at the top of our go-to list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun...
    SplendidTable
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The staff was incredibly accommodating, the menu eclectic and the $1 oysters a surprise find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Seat for Lumenocity
    Hbomb
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had to make reservations early, but it was well worth it to have one of the best seats in the city to watch Lumenocity 2014. The view from our table on the patio was amazing and we could see and hear the entire show. Our server was amazing and very attentive on one of their busiest nights of the year. The salmon deviled eggs were so good we placed an order for seconds! My wife ordered the sea scallops and couldn't stop raving about them and I ordered the trout BLT which was great. We will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected more
    steph
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a dinner reservation for 7:45 on a Saturday evening, we were not seated until 8:15. The hostess explained it was because the mayor had come in and they were trying to wait for his party to pay and leave. Mayor or not, reservations or not, I had a reservation at 7:45 and was not seated on time. I also want to add that I was contacted 1 week prior to provide a credit card to secure my reservation time(due to the fact it was Lumenocity). They failed on holding to their end of the reservation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    Susie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    6:30pm reservation before the Lumenocity Dress Rehearsal. We were early and waited at the bar with some Stowaways (lethally delicious martinis on happy hour special for $6). My date had the Lobster Roll special (divine) and I had the New England Clam Chowder and Crawfish Beignets-both amazing. Bar is intimate and spartan-but a great introduction. Server was warm and personable-and very informative. Timing was excellent, wine selection was very desireable. Great date night place-perfect for any pre-Washington Park events. Also, found out that they are open for 24 hours. Will definitely keep that in the memory bank. Can't wait to go back and try the other items. Reliable source says the Trout BLT is fantastic. No trouble with noise at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mismatch
    SuzE
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service was excellent. Prices seemed quite high so we all chose a low end meal, not there for a special occasion. My fish and chips cost more than at most places and the fish was tilapia! Chips ( fries) were bountiful and great, though. Should have done my homework for what we wanted, good food reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    clevelandrox
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food and terrific service from our waitress Molly and the Anchor staff. Oysters were terrific and the deviled eggs are the best we ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Best fish and chips and NE Clam Chowder in CVG. Love the Deleware oysters. Nice patio overlooking Washington Park. We highly recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    TimeForChange
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Started our evening with a sampling of 4 east coast and 1 west coast oysters, very nice presentation and excellent flavor. I had the scallops, another had 11/2 lb lobster, and lastly fish and chips. All were satisfactory or better, lobster was the somewhat disappointing dish. The menu now has the beer selection which needs improvement with a larger selection. I had a Bloody Mary with a lobster claw which was excellent. We wanted to order dessert but instead we were presented our check, so I would definitely recommend working with the servers on customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish sticks and fries?
    Farranger
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Ordered Fish & Chips and a side of Cauliflower. The Cauliflower had a tangy sauce on it that we thought sounded nice but was actually too salty and was exacerbated by the lukewarm temperature. The Fish & Chips was very disappointing. Four, one inch thick, seven inch long strips of Tilapia as opposed Cod Mc Donald style french fries as opposed to steak fries or potato wedges. I'm not saying this combination couldn't work but they both tasted like they had been frozen (fish was tough and chewy)! We sent the Cauliflower back first then the fish & chips. We paid for the drinks, tipped and went across the street! I hear the have good Oysters.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love The Anchor
    Mami
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The Anchor was my choice for my birthday dinner. The food was fresh, well prepared and delicious. The service was professional and unobtrusive. I would recommend The Anchor to all who love good, fresh fish well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchor is Delish
    BrownEyes
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Anchor is a gem! Great view, fabulous food, friendly service. Corner location makes it easy to access. Atmosphere is great for drinks with friends or a sit down dinner before heading to your favorite event. I enjoyed chilled King Crab with warm butter, pommes frites, and a tasty salted caramel pudding that arrives in a vintage ball glass (large enough to split). Over-the-Rhine continues to delight and if you haven't stopped by Anchor yet, I recommend you make plans this week!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchor for the win
    zomzom
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great Dirty Martini's to go with your fresh seafood. Sitting on the patio listening to jazz at Washington Park made the dinner that much more enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor seating and yummy seafood
    Nantique
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was so much fun sitting outdoors facing Washington Park on a Wednesday evening. I felt like I was in Paris. They have a small menu, but with good variety, oysters, lobster, crab legs... Nice wine choices and a full bar. I'll definitely be back. It was the perfect place to eat before the opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice evening
    Michael4306
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent service and very good food. I was surprised it wasn't more crowded, but we were there kind of late. It's a very nice location and a neat building, with other bars around. Especially good for dining and then walking around. Good overall experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service too fast!
    Pradipta
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved everything except for the three appetizers including the oysters arriving at exactly the same time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; not a good value.
    EGSC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went with my partner for dinner, and enjoyed sitting outside by the park. Unfortunately the terrace furniture is cheap and uncomfortable. The food was good, but not outstanding. My lobster roll (sometimes available as a special) was fantastic, but quite small for the price. Overall, I think there are lots of superior restaurants nearby, so I won't go back to the Anchor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service great.
    frito
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was great. Tuna bit fishy. The overall meal and experices was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be prepared to wait
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our waitress was nice, however service could not have been slower. We waited forever for drinks, apps, entrees, dessert, even the bill took forever. It was a special occasion so we were not in a rush, having fun, however, it still felt like a lifetime before receiving anything we ordered. I ordered fish and chips, which I assumed was a safe, solid staple of this seafood restaurant. I was disappointed to bite into soggy fish sticks and almost cold, unremarkable French fries. Ordered caprese salad which featured unripened peaches and burnt toast. Grilled calamari was just ok. Oysters were great but because it was oyster night, the wait was 30 minutes for more. Cocktails were awesome, atmosphere great, everything else, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sit outside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a great new addition to OTR and is located adjacent to the newly renovated Washington Square Park with a view of the beautiful old Music Hall. Perfect for sitting outside on a summer evening, looking out across the park twinkling with lights and toward the setting sun. Service here is quite good and server was attentive; we were seated inside most recently and the music was a bit loud. The fish and chips were a bit soggy this night, but that's rare. The wine selection was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nearly perfect! Great flavors
    Shankweather
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our appetizers were Oysters Rockefeller and Crawfish Beignets. Both were outstanding. The aioli that came with the beignets was delicious. My wife ordered one of the specials, King Crab Legs. Some of the best crab I've ever tasted. It was served very cold, which we were not used to, but it was flavorful and juicy, and it came with a very light butter sauce. I order the Whole Fish of the Day, which was a variety I had never heard of and can't remember now. I ordered it "Thai-style" which covered the fish with strips of mango, onion, nuts, and a lightly sweet and spicy sauce. The only complaint I have for the entire meal was that the mango could have been a little riper. But those flavors came together so well it hardly mattered. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful and delicious
    pickypalate
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I went to The Anchor for a date night and loved it. We highly recommend the deviled eggs with smoked salmon... AMAZING. I really enjoyed the trout BLT and my husband liked the shrimp and grits. Only downside was pricing. We knew of the pricing prior to going, but wanted to try it anyway. We were not disappointed. We will definitely be returning just not as frequently as we would like due to price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.