St. Anselm - DC

4.8
1576 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People are always surprised when I tell them how much I like this place. I’m a vegetarian. They may not cater to vegetarians but what they have is ALWAYS amazing. Last night the acorn squash entree was amazing! If you like creamed spinach, or don’t think you do, try theirs...best I’ve ever had. I never miss the biscuits. We split the carrot cake which was huge with perfectly balanced cream cheese to cake ratio. The currants and raisins were a bit heavy for our liking but we polished off a lot of it! Finally, St. Anslem obviously invested a lot in their covid dining plans. They have central heat with each hut having their own heats vents, 3 walls closed in and the heavy plastic strips keep it nice a cozy inside. They take temps and overall we felt very safe. It was nice to get out. Don’t forget to tip well. It’s cold if you aren’t in a hut and some servers have to walk half the block just to get to you. Service was top notch and we never felt ignored or abandoned.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service was great as usual ! I got the devil eggs for an app and for my entree I the sweet potato and butcher steak and I enjoyed all of it. Will be back :)

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Sergio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor booths, with heat. Fun dafe times, during COVID

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with our two young children at Saint Anslem. Wonderful Covid measures in place including the awesome sidewalk stalls.

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vipDiningDan
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anselm's (like all Starr restaurants) never fails to deliver. Outdoor seating with good heaters, friendly, yet professional server, excellent food. Loved the biscuits and the jumbo prawn, in addition to the perfectly cooked 1/2 chicken and creamy spinach.

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CassidyR
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! They have done such a good job with their outdoor dining. The food and service was good, and is consistently awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best deviled eggs I’ve ever had!

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vipMonicaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe during covid times with contact tracing and temperature checks upon arrival. The service is wonderful. Great place for outdoor dining with heated enclosures and heated outdoor seating

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vipElaineB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining experience was fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Great food, service, and ambiance.

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vipDyleH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is great - steaks are the specialty for sure. The ambiance is nice and they have these great enclosed heated “cabanas” (exactly the same as Le Dip), which are great, but not ideal for more than two people in a four top, as the heat comes out of a vent rather than a traditional heat lamp. Service is spectacular and it’s a great date spot. Pro tip - turn a two top around and each sit with your back to the street, if you can’t get a four top.

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TatiM
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an excellent outdoor meal. Our server, Kendra, was welcoming and charming. She made excellent recommendations. The sommelier was also terific. She offered several options and the selections perfectly complimented out meal. The small outdoor setups are cozy and warm but also allow for good ventilation.

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vipDorienB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID-19 protocols!
Incredible food.
Chic outdoor dining options.

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MarleneZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has done a terrific job in handling outdoor seating during our pandemic. We just had brunch outside in the "compartments" and were very comfortable and they took extra precautions, temperature, etc. to keep everyone safe. Food was delicious !

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MicaelaA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Not worth the cold unless you get a hut. Crazy that they don’t prioritize reservations for the huts

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food and drink were an A+ but expensive, which we expected. The service was fair at best (may just have been our server who shared that they were having an off night). Our outside table was sandwiched between 2 heaters which looked promising, but they were not very warm or powerful - put a damper on the experience as it was a chilly night even though we were dressed appropriately. There are dining “huts” which looked comfortable so be sure to request one of those! We didn’t know that you have to reserve ahead of time so were S.O.L.

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TyMM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel so safe going to St. Anselm and love their new booths outside. If you go for brunch, make sure to get the biscuits and pimento because it'll rock your world. Great services and great food, cannot recommend enough.

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vipVictorJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hospitality of Mr. Peter Koll and the outdoor setups.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried the new covered dining outside due to COVID restrictions. Heat wasn't as warm as I thought it would be,but it was still comfortable. Definitely would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great. We went the next day for brunch.

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LeahS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have a really great pandemic set up for outdoor seating and cleaning protocols.

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vipWBranham
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service, the food and attention to detail is worth the trip into the District.

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vipRVladimer
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've been to St. Anselm for dinner and brunch a few times, this past visit 1/2/2021 was my first time visiting since the beginning of the pandemic. I was very thankful to see how seriously and thoughtfully the restaurant was taking everything. From contact tracing, 6 ft apart guidelines and temperature checks. The staff was all wonderful as usual, and the new heated outdoor spaces are AMAZING for winter! They require that everyone wear their mask when the server enters the little outdoor space which I really appreciated, that's taking care of patrons and staff!

The food was wonderful as always, we went for brunch at 11:45 am and they were unfortunately already out of the monkey bread which was disappointing. Otherwise, everything cooked to perfection.

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LindsayJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, outstanding service and as COVID safe as possible!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winter outdoor seating for COVID

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401CoryS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Those biscuits though

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KatherineS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

The food and service were fantastic. However, being outside made the whole experience not worth it. The metal chairs kept us cold and the wind prevented any heat from the outdoor heaters from actually making it to us. When I say “no” to recommending a friend, I mean that I say no to outside dining in DC during the winter covid months. The food itself was amazing.

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JimAtari
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was a great experience. There is plenty of outdoor dining space with heaters. We love St. Anselm.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and our server, EJ, was excellent and on point with the recommendations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had planned to sit outside; but there was a table next to the door available so we sat there. We were far away from others seated inside. The food is always amazing, but was particularly good on this special night.

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KaidanRose
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheese and charcuterie selection had something for everyone, and the larger item on the menu gave my hungrier partner something more substantial to enjoy. The wine list is fabulous representing a wide variety of grapes and price ranges. The cozy back yard vibes and the fire pit made us feel right at home.

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KMac
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love St. Anselm! Great spot for a date night or special occasion. Definitely get the pork chop!

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Novia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

great place for a meal. Would recommend it and def going back again soon!

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Evazag05
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was great and they are really taking precautions with Covid. Temperature checked and contacts info. Love this place.

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TauSR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were outstanding as always. A little confused about the decor and the lack of racial diversity in the motifs I saw, though.

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vipMarieK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and neat decor. The staff was all super nice and sat us a little before our reservation

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good. Ribeye was slightly over cooked (ask for medium rare). Biscuits and Deviled eggs were great. Baked oysters had a weird aftertaste. Sword fish was delicious.

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TerriL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent as always! The service especially!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

However, the outside dining experience is hampered by heat lamps that don’t seem to heat anything. We had two near our table, but to no avail. We felt nothing. Shortest meal ever.

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Emilie
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service and atmosphere. Definitely going back!

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vipSukki10
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was my first visit and I had heard so many good things. I was a bit underwhelmed, but I know the menu was somewhat limited. My cider cocktail was good, but it could have used an additional shot. The pancakes were fluffy, but could have been a bit more cooked. The sausage was very good. I will probably give it another shot, but it wasn't amazing.

FAQs

St. Anselm - DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 864-2199.

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1576 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.