St. Anselm - DC

4.8
700 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Located in the Union Market neighborhood, the second outpost of Joe Carroll’s popular NYC restaurant aims to bring some of the laid back vibes of Brooklyn to Washington, DC. St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked. While steak is a specialty, the creativity of Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines (some on tap), and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with quirky décor, dining at St Anselm is the total package.
What 700 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taxidermy Contributed to a unique ambiance. The cheddar rolls were absolutely delicious with buttery crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, I highly recommend ordering those with your appetizers. Even the broccoli was chard on the grill with salt to perfection. The steak was seasoned well and the servers and chefs alike understand the different cuts and how to prepare them. Our only critique would be the alcohol price was not on point with the price of the steak. The $15-$20 glass of wine per $40 steak does not equate. I would bring a glass of wine down to $10 to $14 charge per glass.

Report
Helpful
VF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I'm craving steak, there's it one place to go and it's here. Have been a number of times and will keep going back.

Report
Helpful
DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so surprised with everything on the menu as well as the presentations of the plates. Staff is amazing as well as the managers. Everyone was very knowledgeable of the items and its ingredients. To say they went above and beyond would be an understatement.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite DC restaurants!

Report
Helpful
Y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for brunch. Recommend making a reservation. The sides are actually the stars of the menu. Particularly the biscuits with Pimento Cheese, but particularly the bacon. Looking forward to trying this place for dinner sometime. easy to find parking on a Sunday afternoon.

Report
Helpful
SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good steak forward restaurant by Stephen Starr. Has a hunting lodge vibe and lots of grilled options from Pork porterhouse to beef ribeye as well as oysters and clams.

Report
Helpful
m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, wonderful service, highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere for brunch

Report
Helpful
J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for steaks! Order the biscuits.

Report
Helpful
BH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night for dinner. The place was packed. Really impressed with the service, the staff nailed it. Food was delicious, especially the biscuits and the ice cream cake for my birthday. I had high expectations because of the Starr brand and I was not disappointed.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Love the rustic decor.

Report
Helpful
AG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Picky eaters didn't all enjoy the food - particularly the chicken "with feet"! lol, but our waiter was OUTSTANDING. Food also could have been more seasoned.

Report
Helpful
TJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very cool ambiance. Drinks are inventive, and serving staff are well aquainted with the menu, offering really wonderful recommendations. I look forward to going back.
-Tyler Jeffrey

Report
Helpful
MB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The interior design provided a laid back retro vibe. We had the deviled eggs, lamb and chicken - all were solid choices.

Report
Helpful
F
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great saloon atmosphere for relaxed yet “fine” dining. Chef Marjorie Meeks Bradley’s kitchen turns out stellar apps, smalls and sides. Service is superb. The cocktails are imaginative and the wine list expansive and well priced. Mains include an interesting whole Bo Bo chicken, lamb, pork and fish, all well prepared. Steaks are very good and the butcher’s cut (hanger steak) is delicious and a great value.

Report
Helpful
MC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great meal with a very helpful and attentive waiter. The cost is on the pricier side, but perfect for special occasions.

Report
Helpful
K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very agreeable menu of (if there can be such a thing) innovative, adventurous comfort food. Excellent service. Wine and bar well thought through.

Report
Helpful
DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience here. The ambience, food, and service were excellent. I'd go there just for the biscuits. Amazing. My husband's steak was one of the best he's had in a while.

Report
Helpful
OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic environment, the food is excellent, and and staff (service) makes the experience the overtop.

Report
Helpful
F
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had brunch their for Father's Day. Service was good, even though the waiter forgot to put in our order for the grits side dish. It was ok because it wasn't on our final bill. I love my food seasoned but our brunch was just a tad bit salty. Otherwise everything was very good. I would definitely go back again to check out dinner.

Report
Helpful
SF
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fourth time dining at St. Anselm, this time for brunch. Service is impeccable. The food is outstanding although be aware that the servings are large. The biscuits with pimento cheese are a delicious shared plate. Eggs Your Way is what a brunch should be. Don't forget to try the homemade sausage. The cocktails are inventive and fun. If I have one complaint, it's that the high warehouse ceilings mean it can get very loud with a full restaurant. Being in a booth makes it a bit easier to hear your dining companions. All in all, a fantastic dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good though not enough to justify the price. We ordered a steak and our server didn’t even ask us what temperature we wanted it. The ambiance is also funny in that it feels like a mix between a Cracker Barrel and a TGI Friday’s. Servers in T-shirt’s also don’t go too well with $30+ entrees. Probably won’t go back.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for change in reservations, friendly service, and excellent recommendations. The menu has a unique blend of flavors with a little something for everyone.

Report
Helpful
AD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere and great service. Came for brunch and would come again. Recommended!

Report
Helpful
SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch. Food was only surpassed by the service. Can't wait to return for dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiters were so friendly and helpful! Food was delicious!!

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. We got the ribeye, the biscuits and the steak tartare. We couldn’t have been more satisfied! Highly recommend

Report
Helpful
RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific dinner! The location is a little difficult as we were driving in from the suburbs. But parking wasn't bad. Service was friendly and helpful. Oysters, jumbo shrimp and steaks were great. We will make a point of coming back if we are in the area again.

Report
Helpful
MA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special occasion or date night or just want good service and a tremendous meal. Fits all categories! Wonderful evening.

Report
Helpful
C
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food with knowledgeable, attentive service. We were seated in a back room which made it so easy to have conversation. Wish we had saved room for dessert!

Report
Helpful
LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I've only been one time. Was meat-heavy but excellently prepared. Also very good, somewhat innovative side dishes. Chop salad came with best thick bacon I've ever had. Wine list is phenomenal, though I didn't care for the red wine on tap which was served actually cold (not room temp cool). The server was slow and uninformed. Granted it was a very busy night but things were painfully slow and there were only 4 of us. I'm willing to go back but won't rush to do so.

Report
Helpful
JJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St Anselms was AMAZING! My husband and I went for his birthday dinner this past week on a Wednesday. The restaurant was busy and full but not too packed. We had a reservation and when we arrived we popped over to the bar for a drink. We were served instantly and my cocktail was delicious (it was a gin something or other) and my husband got a draft beer.
We purchased a gift card for a friend when we arrived and the manager came out immediately to help us and even talked us though other Starr restaurants we might want to try.
Our server was super knowledgeable about not only the food, but the wines that the restaurant offered as well. The wine we wanted was sold out and we sampled two that she suggested as similar. She gave us great recommendations and the food was de-lish. HIGHLY recommend the biscuits. We got a great asparagus dish and grilled broccoli, too. I forget the cut of steak my husband got and I got the rockfish with a saffron mussel sauce. The saffron mussel sauce was out of this world. We also had a piece of carrot cake for dessert and it was DIVINE.
I am a pescatarian (while my husband is a meat-eater) so going to a place that's famous for it's steaks is always a little risky for me. This place had so many options for me to try! I will definitely be going back. It feels classy and swanky but the food is elevated beyond a "basic" steak house.

Report
Helpful
S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. It was not complex, but bursting with flavor. Ask for butter and honey instead of pimento cheese spread with the hot biscuits. The whipped butter melts as soon as it touches the biscuit and the honey brings it all together. Warning, don’t fill up on the biscuits since there are many goodies still to come.

Report
Helpful
RN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Appreciated that the staff seemed knowledgeable about all menu options, including non-alcoholic drinks. Great recommendations and we loved everything we ate-- especially the swiss chard!

Report
Helpful
AM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, presented well - including the crab deviled eggs and the “wedge” salad with a big slab of bacon on top. Delicious!

Report
Helpful
WB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, enough said! Everything is delightful.

Report
Helpful
GF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Overpriced food that is not worth the price paid. Waited a longtime (45 minutes) for food to be served and was disappointed on the whole experience. The fries were overcooked and taste dry and stale. The stake was no better than a typical chain establishment. Aside from the $48 dollar 16 oz stake, all the portions were small and overcooked and boring. Absolutely nothing special about the food and could see that there was no pride or quality for the amount of money charged. Save your money and go to 5-guys, and if you must go to St. Anselm - then be prepared to go to 5-guys afterward as you will leave hungry and disappointed.

Report
Helpful
S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Shareable portions. Service was top notch all around.

Report
Helpful
CS
Washington DC
193 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable dining experience we've had in a while (other than the miusc being a little loud)! Great food - all meat, so be in the mood, great service. Relaxed atmosphere. Great vibe. Good prices. Easy parking. look forward to returning!

Report
Helpful
TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service coupled with great overall quality. I very much appreciated seeing that each dish was tasted before being sent out, to ensure quality. Additionally, our server was very attentive, and went above and beyond most service staff that you can expect in DC.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
18
null