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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (93)
Special Occasion (80)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
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Romantic (58)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Local Ingredients (45)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Business Meals (32)
Cozy (32)
Worth the Drive (29)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Good for Groups (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Authentic (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (15)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
People Watching (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

The experience was less than we hoped for. The portions we're reduced in size. The dessert of choice was unavailable on a Saturday night at 7PM. Service was confused. The restaurant is very attractive. Great location. Might try again but not during Restaurant Week.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 5 days ago

Glad to see it ‘back’. Crowded and no fault of theirs, LOUD (2 all female parties who were ‘into their cups’!). Retreated to the bar and ate there. Good food and service. No complaints!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 6 days ago

Unfortunately, the upstairs ambiance was dominated by a noisy party of ten. Chalk it up to chance, I guess, but there was room downstairs for me, so the less than stellar review stands.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding food and service
Unfortunately they seated the 2 of us near a table of 12 having a birthday party. We politely asked to be moved to a quieter table in a near empty room and they moved us just 1 table away instead of across the room. Only negative of our experience.
Question for Open Table
We used O.T. For 3 Charleston Resturant’s on our vacation and at all 3 evenings we were placed at a table for 2 next to a large party. Do restaurants give Open Table diners the least desirable tables? Seems a bit unusual for 3 nights in a row!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had the calamari appetizer, crispy whole flounder, salmon pasta, and goat cheese smashed potatoes. All were delicious; however, regret getting both the calamari and crispy flounder because they came with the same apricot sauce which was too sweet for our taste. (We were aware when we ordered, but wanted to try both anyway, so did not deduct stars for this...our fault and still both delicious!) Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The jalapeño margarita was good, as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent service - sat at the bar as we got there a little early. Bartenders were great, attentive made great drinks.
Our table was ready on time, and our server was spot on. Very friendly, descriptive, and seemed happy to be there. She quickly refilled our waters and took care of what ever request we made.
The food was OUTSTANDING. I had the Grouper and it was cooked to perfection. My husband had the pork shank and it was so tender. The desserts were fantastic, homemade and delicious. Would definitely go back - made for a wonderful night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful dinner with group of friends to celebrate NYE. Hadn't been back since they closed to remodel after the fire, place looks fantastic. Great to see an old classic like Anson still flying high in today's Charleston competitive market, such a hidden gem. We'll be back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were a party of five who were seated upstairs. Our waitperson, Lia, was a gem who guided us expertly through the menu, which ranges in choice from pastas to local fish to good steaks. Each of us ordered something different, and all of us were pleased. Even the bread and butter were outstanding. Although the place is not INexpensive, we the prices were quite reasonable for quality of food.

We shall return!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The restaurant was beautiful and food was great!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place to celebrate NYE with friends!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The flounder was fantastic! Had an early dinner with attentive service and great atmosphere

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

very nice restaurant. We ate upstairs which was nice but not accessible if you have a disability. The fried flounder is the specialty of the house and was excellent. I planned to order the whole sea bass but learned it wasn't available when our waiter was there to take our dinner order. I quickly selected the shrimp pasta. I wouldn't recommend it however. Not bad, but not in any way special. The she-crab soup was good but not exceptional. The service was very good and our waiter went out of his way to correct the room temperature for us. Overall, I recommend the restaurant but with so many great choices I will try something different the next time I come to charleston.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We ate in the upstairs dining room which was lovely- peaceful and comfortable. 2 of the 3 dishes ordered were very good and the other was ok but nothing special.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The scallops were perfect. I enjoyed my husband’s left over shrimp pasta as well. He fell ill during dinner and couldn’t finish and we had to rush off. Since it was my and my daughter’s birthday (18), we had to get dessert but were forced to get it “to go.” They put the creme brûlée in a card board box with nothing underneath it. I thought it was a little strange but then maybe the kitchen thought it was strange to get creme brûlée to go. Overall, fabulous appetizers, entrees, service, and atmosphere. Not too pretentious but definitely a special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food and service. Would eat there again when we come back to Charleston

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We were in town for 20th wedding anniversary ... the food and service were phenomenal ... our server was original Charlestonite... and very informative... the duck and fried chicken enterees were superb.we will be back !

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

First rate all the way. Our server made it extra special.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Anson is a great mainstay go-to. The service is outstanding. The renovations are beautiful, and the food is delicious. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Never had grits but the waitress convinced me to try the appetizer shrimp and grits.....damned good with it’s smoky flavor! Blackened catfish with just the right amount of ettoufee was outstanding and snapper special was excellent. Service was attentive but not overbearing and made good wine suggestion (decent wine choices ).

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We found Anson by accident when most other restaurants were closed on Christmas Day, and it turned out to be a great gift. Just when I thought the catfish couldn't possibly be as delicious as the roasted garlic appetizer (which isn't nearly as simple as it sounds!) I found myself cleaning my plate of a rather large fillet and an etouffe that I want to drive the ten hours from my house in Baltimore to have again as soon as possible! We had to finish the perfect pork chop and grits back at the hotel several hours later. I've enjoyed many of the big name joints in my favorite southern city, including Magnolia's, Poogan's Porch, and Penisula Grill, but Anson is my new favorite. Run, don't walk!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great dinner. Expensive. But we got the wrong check

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our Christmas dinner was spectacular!!! The decor, the staff, the food was outstanding !!! They were not rushed or hurried. Everyone was super happy and made our Christmas special!!! The chef made dietary accommodations for us last minute. Anna was an amazing server. Highly recommended!!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Anton’s on Christmas Day! The service was fantastic and the food was delicious! Had not been to Anton’s in about ten years, for no other reason other than that there are so many great restaurants in Charleston, but we will definitely be back more often. Thank you to everyone at Anson who worked on Christmas Day to make our family’s Christmas, one to remember!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful Christmas brunch! The fried chicken is probably the best I’ve ever had..

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner and may make this our go-to spot for the holidays. It was relatively quiet (except for us) and the food was great as always.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were so glad we chose Anson for our Christmas Eve dinner. The upstairs dining rooms are cozy and beautifully decorated. Unfortunately It was very busy due to the holiday which made the service feel rushed and they were out of two appetizers we had really been looking forward to. We hope to return when it won’t be quite so busy so we can really enjoy the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve disaster. They called us 3 times during the week to confirm. Served fried fish...server kind of left us hanging. Management tried to save evening by reducing the bill but it's not about the money..they were not on there game. Place is not the same.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our Christmas Eve Dinner was wonderful. We loved the ambiance and the friendly waiter (Billy), who was unobtrusive but very efficient. Would recommend this establishment for fine dining in Charleston.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Stunning upstairs dining room with food to match! Delicious flounder with apricot glaze- how I’ve missed this! Crab cakes and she crab bisque compliment the entree. Service smart, warm but unobtrusive . Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Nice experience, but not outstanding. The service was great. Food was so-so.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Needed a vegan option for our son and they created a dish for him that was great, they went the extra mile for him

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Anson was the perfect spot for my birthday supper. They reserved a cozy booth near the bar, provided excellent service, and served delicious dishes that were thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, service from bar was a little slow

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Have always enjoyed the old and new Anson’s. Great food and service.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful service and appetizers desserts .. dinner was good with the sides but the steaks were way too salty

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and service. No hype just great dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A lovely gem tucked amongst pure tourist spots. Everything we had was cooked perfectly and every dish tasted different, giving us a wide variety of tastes and flavors. Parking is easy in the lot just in front of restaurant. Only complaint is that the front door opening made for chilly seating near there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

Love Ansons! Elegant, beautiful and delicious every time.

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