Anson

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Southern
Anson was named one of OpenTable's 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America for 2018 |
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4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IF 10 STARS WERE AVAILABLE I WOULD DO 10. THE OWNER AND WAITER WERE GREAT. THE ATMOSPHERE QUIET AND ELEGANT. THE MENU EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THE FOOD WONDERFUL. COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. WENT ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM MY BROTHERS WIFE. VERY GOOD ADVISE. SHE IS FROM CHARLESTON, WE ARE FROM COLUMBIA SC.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic

n
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food
Poor salad; a rip off
Excellent fried green tomatoes and whole fish
Service could be better
Very noisy

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience at Anson was great as usual. Jackson gave us superb service and chatting with Phil was an added treat. The only mid-step was that I ordered the scallops (in my head I wanted the scallop special) but I got the regular scallop dinner.
Did I say anything? No, because I didn’t realize it until the wee hours of the next morning! Delicious never the less.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food although the sliders were a little too salty. Great fried chicken and creamed corn

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

A
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Prompt, excellent service. Fried oysters piping hot and crispy, tilefish and succotash perfectly prepared. Crab cake mostly crab! Sancerre correctly chilled. Great dinner.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ansons. The manager and staff are wonderful. They and the food bring us back every-time we are in Charleston.

R
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was satisfied with the food and the service was great!!

RK
El Paso
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Outstanding service and the food was excellent.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There was a fairly long delay after ordering our food before the meal came out. The waiter apologized, I doubt it was his fault. That was the only negative about our meal. Everything else was excellent.

PS
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with excellent service. Fried flounder is fabulous. Easy walk to all downtown sites. Full bar. Parking is a challenge.

W
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The last 2 times I have been the noise level was quite annoying to the point that I will have a hard time recommending Anson's to my out of town quest. The food was great and service .

g
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Many better options in Charleston, Anson is very average.

t
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anson has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years and they hit it out of the park the other night. We arrived and our booth was ready, which during Restaurant Week in Charleston is often not the case at other restaurants. Billy, our server, arrived quickly, welcomed us warmly, and took our drink order. Our guests had never dined there, so he gave them a quick overview of the classic dishes on the menu and what was particularly great that night. He brought fresh bread, which we usually skip so as not to be too full, but once one of our guests tried it, we actually cleaned out the basket. For appetizers, one guest ordered the she-crab soup, and two of us ordered the fried oysters--delectable! For entrees, three of us ordered the flash-fried flounder, which is a show-stopper; my husband ordered the catfish. The flounder was accompanied by the best baby butterbeans I've ever had. My husband's catfish was on a bed of succotash. We all cleaned our plates--we laughed about it later--it was completely silent once our entrees arrived we were eating so hard. What a neighborhood treasure! We can't wait to go back.

KB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the crispy flounder was very good. Not oily or greasy, but fried to a crisp on the outside and the meat was moist and tender.
Wait staff was excellent, gave us some insights into the city without being obtrusive.

K
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first trip to Charleston. My friends and I had a fabulous time and really enjoyed Anson. The food was wonderful and the hospitality was an added bonus. This was my favorite restaurant during the entire trip. I can't wait to visit again!

CG
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Crispy Flounder, Title Fish Special on Friday
1/17/20 fantastic!! If you haven't been there you should go!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and customer service was 2nd to none

OT
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!

c
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!! I have lived in Chucktown for 17 years and it is still my favorite!

DF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone made us feel special and enhanced our dining experience with attentiveness and care.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful welcoming Maitre D. We had a very good waiter. The ambiance is beautiful

1
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, excellent food and service. Too bad they’re not open for lunch. This would be a great place for my Ladies Lunch club.

CL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

I would be remiss if I did not preface this review solicited by OpenTable with the statement that we dine at Anson often, and almost always have a good meal. In fact, I generally prefer Anson to any other downtown eatery because of everything it is. NOT however for Restaurant Week. We were an early evening party of three. We were seated without being offered the RW menus, only the standard menus. Our server was great, took drink orders and handed us RW menus after we requested them. Each of us ordered something different from the 3 for $45 RW menu selection, and each of us was beyond disappointed when our mains were placed in front of us. Each dish was meager. Each dish was nothing like their menu descriptions, and much description which should have been included in the menu write-ups was left off. The Chicken Rigatoni was advertised as coming with a Marsala sauce. I received a bowl of rigatoni noodles with pulled chicken and a soup broth poured over top, any hint of Marsala non existent. The salmon offering featured a piece of salmon half the size of a playing card, also served in a vast bowl with a tad of some sort of soupy corn. We were given forks of course to dine with, but would have had much better luck with spoons, and that is no exaggeration. The desserts nor the appetizers could scarcely make up for the over-priced, poorly developed dishes presented. RW is about locals being able to eat downtown without the crowds and enjoy specials that other locals (the restaurants) take pride in creating. We always look forward, however will not be returning to Anson for this experience in the future.

l
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. Clearly a place frequented by locals.

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. The noise level was a bit high but that’s the case in most restaurants these days.

B
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Kinda noisy.

LI
Caribbean
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We visited Anson during a car trip through the Charleston area. When we arrived, our table was not prepared for seating, though this was fixed in only a few minutes. The restaurant is 2 floors, and we only saw the lower floor, which is compact with the seating and a bar.

Our server was experienced and attentive. He assisted us with some of the local specialties on the menu (which are also on many other menus throughout town). Overall, they have a good selection of menu items. We sampled a number of appetizers including the fried green tomatoes, she-crab soup, and shrimp with grits. All were well prepared and delicious. The Anson version of fried green tomatoes is especially tasty compared to 6-7 other places in the city where I ate them at meals.

The wine selections are limited but well selected by the glass. One thing that was hard to get past was the noise level in the restaurant. Like many modern restaurants, this one is one big open room and subjects all the diners to the one table where the patrons fail to adhere to the courtesy of using their "restaurant voices" at their table.

Overall, I believe Anson is probably a fine location and the food is definitely worth the experience. Do not expect an "intimate" experience though as the noise level from the space is overbearing.

BM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food and service. Walked from hotel to the Market area. Warm reception.

BH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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D
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really enjoyable dining experience. Very good food from a very nice menu. Outstanding service.

J
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere .... locals place ... outstanding service and food ... one of our new favorite Charleston restaurants. !!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was good! Definitely leave room for dessert- the creme brûlée was amazing!!

ES
Charleston
57 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff. Go to with out of town friends! Also local spot for locals.

d
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. The Crispy Flounder is the best in Charleston in my opinion! Great Wait staff and experience

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was unfortunately mediocre for the price—for any price, really. Sauce on duck confit far too sweet, as was accompanying collards. Potatoes and succotash lacked seasoning and flavors. Really disappointing.

VI
Miami
198 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up here after a carriage ride, thinking that it was going to be unfortunately a tourist trap. We were quite happily mistaken. The exterior is beautiful but it is even more exquisite on the inside. The ground level is really cozy & beautiful and the upstairs a little more sedate and elegant. Love both spaces.We had local oysters as an appetizer and were the best we had our entire stay in the City. But the highlight of the evening is one of their signature dishes ...the crispy snapper. We were not prepared as to how delicious and different this was from the tenderness of the filet to the taste of the homemade apricot glaze. Quite an experience that was capped off by incredible service--our server Mark was a delight--professional and very friendly. Would recommend Anson without hesitation!

MR
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd year in a row we have had dinner on New Years Eve. Always good food & great service

LD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most amazing NYE dinner here! The ambiance was cozy and romantic, and food was incredible! Having worked in the service industry for several years, I appreciate great hospitality! Our server, Barrett, could not have been better! He was extremely knowledgeable and provided great recommendations. Highly recommend the Flounder, it was one of the best meals I've ever had! :)