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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (79)
Special Occasion (79)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
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Romantic (54)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Local Ingredients (37)
Business Meals (34)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Cozy (33)
Authentic (29)
Good for Groups (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Comfort Food (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Fun (11)
Casual (9)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Disappointing. Service, menu, wine list and ambiance all a four plus but the food was not. The she crab soup tasted like a random cream chowder lacking any real character with little crab. The pork shank was big enough for two or three but lacked any distinction, desperately needing seasoning, a glaze or sauce .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Loved the ambience. Wait person was slightly unpolished and rough around edges. My salad was fine. My calamari was not heated. Been sitting in kitchen before served.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very attentive and timely service and great food. My snapper was awesome. Friends fried grouper always a hit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Anson was wonderful, and our server so sweet. I‎t was for my birthday and the server arranged a dessert as a surprise because she saw it on the open table reservation. I️ had the filet, which was delicious, and my date had the fried flounder. I’m not even much of a fish person, but that flounder was unbelievable. Also, you would be doing yourself an injustice to not get the friend green tomatoes. Easily the best we’d ever had.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our group of 4 had a reservation and we were seated promptly upstairs. It felt a little more cramped upstairs than down. Our waitress was not nearly as good as I would expect from a place with entrees around $30 a piece. We noticed the manager giving other tables special attention to make sure they were pleased, but he never bothered with us. He definitely helped the table of young women dressed like showgirls. It was over 30 minutes before we got the bread basket we kept reminding the waitress we wanted (since we saw it on other tables). My sweet tea ran out and I had to wait several minutes for a refill, again not something I’m used to when we spend that much on dinner. Our waitress was polite, just not great at her job.

The food itself was very good. I enjoyed the crab cake appetizer and my blackened salmon dish was very flavorful. But I was disappointed overall and would not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My family of four thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Anson. The short ribs were fantastic as were the fried chicken and the sliders. Darnell was a wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was on par or better than most four star restaurants. The sevice and attention the watress gave our table of six with a baby was outstanding. One thing I can say about this restaurant that makes it worth the trip, is that the service staff and the dining management are superb and do actually care a great deal about the happyness and experience of their customers. If you have a bad dining experience at Ansons, it is probably your fault and maybe you should look in the mirrow, because this place tries harder to please than any restaurant I have eaten at in quite a while, with the exception of the Oak Steak House, another excelent restaurant, with similar attributes.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was fabulous, service was impeccable and the atmosphere was lively! Would recommend to anyone visiting Charleston and looking for a great dinner venue.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, People Watching, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

A truly wonderful dining experience, friends enjoying a long overdue reunion at a fantastic restaurant, I would highly recommend this establishment and encourage my friends to dine there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have lived in Charleston seven years and just went here for the first time for my mom's birthday. This restaurant has been around for decades and it felt like old Charleston. Our party of eight had a wonderful, delicious dinner with courteous and attentive staff every step of the way. I would highly recommend this Charleston gem and plan to be back soon!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was a wonderful dining experience, great service, friendly wait staff. The food was excellent, especially the flounder and mashed potatoes. Our waiter recommended just the right bottle of wine. We had the almond ice cream berries dessert! Fabulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious food and a friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food is excellent. Service very good. Noise level very loud.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Crispy flounder was fantastic! Filet was one of the best!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was ok. Fried oysters were so small they were little more than deep fried breading. Caesar Salad was excellent

We sat downstairs and the noise level was horrific. We could hardly hear each other talk.

We won’t be back.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Anson has always been one our favorite places to dine but not this time. It may have been an off night but wasn’t the best for us. They had several large groups dining at the restaurant and the noise level was very loud it was hard to hear each other talk. We were told several times sorry for the slow service bit kitchen was behind due to the large groups. The food choices were limited and they don’t have the options they use to offer for example I really liked their Oysters Rockefeller but now it is on the half shell or frayed. When I ask about the oyster Rockefeller I was told if I called ahead a couple of days in advance they would have them for us. I was just disappointed. The food we did have was good. I just felt like it has lost some of its personal appeal. Especially with so many other options available.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Best fried flounder on earth!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very good food at a fair price, with great service in a beautifully appointed dining room ..... net/net ....... avery good experience/evening for my wife and I during our first visit to Charleston.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had not been there in quite a while. The redo after the fire is very nice. The food and service we're excellent

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was a little shaky. The appetizers came out after the meal. We did not charged for them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food, wine list, service, and ambiance were all spectacular! The team worked hard to make sure this was a special and memorable evening!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was fantastic and the ambiance was also great! We had people visiting from our Mexico sister company and they also really enjoyed it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I have been going to Anson since the late 1990s when I am in Charleston; 4 time a year. I eat the flounder every time I go there for dinner, it's the best anywhere. The manager, Phil, adds a nice personal touch to the evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Love Anson's, one of Charleston's best restaurants. You can never go wrong with the Crispy Flounder...the best in town. I like trying their evening specials as well. This week it was snapper and just delicious. Give them a try if you haven't been or go back if it's been a whole.
Newly decorated!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Anson was lovely. Top notch service and food. Crispy flounder was delicious!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As usual, excellent food and service at Anson. One of our favorites.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fried flounder with apricot glaze was so very good!!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 15, 2017

First time back since the fire. Restaurant looks great. We were in town to celebrate our daughter getting her first teaching job, just graduated from Clemson in May. My wife and daughter had the Crispy Flounder-they are the originators-and it is far superior to all the competition. I had Scallops and they were cooked perfectly, which is difficult to do. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service were outstanding! Jackson was awesome and very knowledgeable! Would recommend sitting upstairs as there is not as much as street level.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was able to snag a last minute reservation here because all the restaurants we wanted to visit were booked. Our lucky day! This place is one of the best restaurants on the peninsula. My filet was cooked to perfection. The potatoes were delicious and I even finished my green beans! My husband and his friend had the whole flounder and ate every bite. My friend had the friend chicken and couldn’t help picking her fingers! We will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We enjoyed everything we tried - salad, calamari, flounder, Brussels Sprouts and collard greens - except the fried oysters. Not medium sized as described and not juicy and succulent almost dry. Service was great. Ambience with high ceilings and exposed wood beams was very nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our first time to Charleston. It's true what they say about the food, We ate at 4 different restaurants and every one was excellent. Management stopped by the table which was nice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant: good menu and variety, good quality, wonderful ambiance, easy for conversation, great location for before or after strolling around.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very special evening in a truly Charleston gem. Elegant and refined and old world in many ways

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

From apps to dessert was amazing. We had a big range and everything was excellent. Would come back again when in town. Service fantastic

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