About Anson

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12 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern

Hours of Operation:
Bar Opens at 4PM Daily;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 577-0551

Website:
http://ansonrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking on the street as well as a pay-lot next to the restuarant.

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Holst

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Anson Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (86)
Special Occasion (82)
Good for Anniversaries (71)
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Romantic (60)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Neighborhood Gem (46)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Local Ingredients (38)
Business Meals (37)
Cozy (33)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Authentic (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Notable Wine List (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Comfort Food (17)
Fun (13)
Casual (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Seasonal (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a good experience overall. They said that we did not have a reservation at first, but found it. We were seated upstairs with a large group that were having a Christmas party— it was very loud. We asked to be moved downstairs, and they did that. Everything went well after that.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This was the second time I dined at Anson. It is a very comfortable and classy place. The food was amazing. I had the filet and it was perfect. We had the seasonal salad with arugula and apples. It was very flavorful.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Love Ansons! Elegant, beautiful and delicious every time.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious and definitely worth every penny! The server did an outstanding job and went out of her way to ensure we were well taken care of. The manager generously gave us a military discount. Overall, we had an awesome experience and will recommend it to our family and friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Really great dinner and the atmosphere is comfortable and not rushed. It is a perfect place for a slow paced dinner and date.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was wonderful. She-crab soup one of the best I have ever had. I got the pork chop and it was tender and delicious. We had a large group and made a reservation and it was perfect. Service was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 7 days ago

There are temples to over the top food and then there are places to go where they treat you so weol that you come back again and again. Anson's is one of those places where they do everything that they can to make you smile and sit back to enjoy YOUR evening . The fact that the food is so good is a blessing.

Divers scallops with sauteed greens, Heavenly deviled eggs and a properly made Caesar salad split along with some incredibly juicy bricked chicken will satisfy the fussiest. Only complaint from my date of the last 48 years was that they put a sauce on top of the chicken ruining the crispy skin that Pollo a Mattone is noted for.

Brought a bottle of 204 Rioja Riserva that Mike decanted for us. I think that every restaurant should let their people taste wine that is either old or not on their carte so that people can learn. Too few do that and it is not as if a sip will produce a drunk server.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

In town on vacation, used to live here and always loved Ansons. It was exactly the same, perfect!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

This is a great restaurant. Very central. Relaxing. Manager always recognizes us. Good food and wine menu.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We love the dining experience in Charleston. Our meal at Anson's would rank as one of the best! From the local, fresh oysters on the half shell, to the delicious argula salad, and yummy zucchini pesto mixed with pasta and roasted vegetables and topped with salmon. It was all so very delicious! Our waiter was attentive, but allowed us to enjoy the night. We will definitely return! A++

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful meal, we sat upstairs and it was absolutely beautiful up there. The food was excellent, had the scallops and a slice of the bourbon pecan pie.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a great dinner here. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We shared fried greed tomatoes as appetizer, had a snapper special for dinner and then shared banana cream pie for dessert. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food, beautiful setting and the best service I’ve had in any restaurant in years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We have enjoyed dining in this restaurant many times but have not been in a few years. We were so pleased to find that the things we loved about Anson's had not changes--good seafood, great service and a wonderful evening!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful, but the food is ok at best. It’s definitely not worth the money! There are too many other wonderful restaurants in Charleston.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Everything from wait staff to the ambiance to the food was excellent

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Ask for a table served by Leah. She was great

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 24, 2017

All I can say is Delicious; the decor is enchanting, the staff, especially our server, are friendly, happy to server you & make you number! The food, AMAZING, everything from the most esoteric dish for foodies, the everyday essentials (with a special little zing), and everything in between! I cant relate how much we enjoyed ourselves!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 24, 2017

An excellent restaurant. Good menu, great service, knowledgeable and friendly staff,

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had the best time ever! Service, food, everything was fabulous.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Really enjoyed our time here. One diner thought scallops were overpriced, the short rib was delish,
Husband loved Thanksgiving plate(he wishes it would stay on the menu full time). Our server was excellent, overall great experience, would definitely return!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner with family was wonderful. We are here on Thanksgiving in 2015 and had to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with s delightful twist of appetizer: She-Crab soup. Excellent. Add your own sherry was am interesting twist for a Northerner. Albeit too close to waitstaff traffic and its flurry of activity, we still had an excellent traditional meal with a delightful pecan pie to finish. Lovely service on a lousily rainy Thanksgiving.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Wonderful Thanksgiving meal for two. Definitely try the quail!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been to Ansons many times and it remains at the top of our favorite list. One of our first dates was here and it was the perfect evening. This time was for Thanksgiving and the food was fabulous! Well worth a 30 minute drive!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

All our kids were spread out in different directions for Thanksgiving so it was a break in tradition; however, Anson was WONDERFUL! It was chilly and rainy, but Anson was cozy, warm and welcoming! From Mike and Phil welcoming us, to the excellent service from our server Ryan and helpers, Billy and Jackson, we had a great Thanksgiving meal and experience. The chilled Wedge Salad, good tomatoes, thinly sliced cucumbers and very good Bleu Cheese dressing was a great starter, along with the crispy lightly battered fried oysters with a bottle of Champagne! I had the Thanksgiving Dinner with very moist dark and white turkey, tasty gravy, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes...MMMM! It was great! My husband couldn't resist his favorite, the Scored Whole Flounder. No one does it like Anson! We have celebrated New Year's Eve, anniversaries and birthdays at Anson and never disappointed! Great food, service and lovely atmosphere always.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had eaten at Anson for Thanksgiving 2016 and had a wonderful experience. This year however the dinner was just so so and the service most disappointing. After mentioning twice to our server that we liked to take our time and eat slowly, our appetizers were brought immediately. Then our entrees were brought while we were still eating our first course. Even though we are local, we won’t return to this restaurant again.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Oh, Anson! The food--melt-in-your-mouth good--no, great:) and visually beautifully done; host, waitress, wait staff, the ambience, the history, the period furniture all the way down to the beveled glass windows make this restaurant one of the top billings in Historic Downtown Charleston, and it is right next to the carriage horse rides at that! You will be very lucky to get a table during the holidays!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

A cozy refined atmosphere with top notch service and delicious food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was excellent, as usual, and the service always matches the food. There is never any lack of attention by the staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome food! We visit every time we are in Charleston.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Recently celebrated a birthday dinner there. We got a nice quiet table in an upstairs room, which
is what I had requested. Our server was on top of things and the food came out as requested, if not a bit on the "quick" side. I would request they slow things down a little unless you're in a rush.
Everything was delicious and plenty of food. Would definitely return again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Andson's was great (again). This time my wife had sliders and I had the short ribs. Both were excellent as was the service by Leah and her helpers. We sat in the ground floor section which I prefer and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything great with exception of parking. $9 for less than two hours.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We picked this restaurant at random from Open Table and were greatly pleased. The food and service were both excellent. We will definitely mark it for a return trip next time in Charleston. I would recommend Anson to anyone, without hesitation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic, attentive service! Food was excellent & beautifully presented

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a delicious dinner with wonderful service. All four of us had a different meal and
Everyone left saying it was one of the best meals they have had. We loved the ambience and will definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a great meal here. Seated promptly on the second floor, our server was helpful and attentive without being intrusive. We enjoyed a calendar appetizer that was crispy and delicious. I had the whole fried flounder, outstanding. Highly recommended.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Food and service were both outstanding. My husband and I agreed that it was probably the best dining experience we’ve had since moving to Charleston. Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have been wanting to try Ansons for awhile now and I finally got my opportunity to take my wife for our 38th wedding anniversary. My only disappointment was that I waited so long to go. I would recommend Ansons to anyone everything was great! I had Filet Migon and my wife had the flounder all was good.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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