St. Anselm - DC

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$31 to $50
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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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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On arriving we immediately were struck by a happening vibe, even on a Sunday evening. We were greeted warmly and our table was ready on time. Notable among our appetizers were the delicious smoky grilled oysters, and blue crab deviled eggs. Wine list is huge and the knowledgable sommelier very helpful. Our mains were prepared as requested. We finished with 2 flights of Port and Madeira. A great evening!

M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at this place and everything was outstanding! Steaks are cooked spot on and the sides and appetizers were very tasty! Service was likewise excellent—very efficient. Another great evening!

MM
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Listen, I could write about the food being amazing and the drinks being spectacular and how attentive the wait staff was. You probably won’t believe me though....too perfect. I highly suggest you go and witness this dining experience for yourself — you won’t be disappointed.

L
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fairly limited brunch menu and bacon was all fat. Main dishes that they do offer are good. Prices are competitive given other restaurants in area.

CS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents were visiting from out of town and absolutely EVERY SINGLE DETAIL was taken care of. My dad is a huge wine snob - St Anselm has a beverage specialist who made the extensive wine list easy to review. Our server was knowledgeable of every ingredient and excited to talk about the dishes. The food was perfect (underline, bold and 1,000 exclamation points). I had the whole mackerel, and holy mackerel, it was one of the better fish dishes I’ve had in DC. As a southerner with a palate for biscuits and pimento cheese, I would rank St Anselm’s in my top 5. Great customer service, knowledgeable staff and delectable food. Did I mention the amazing wine list? What about the great bourbon and whiskey selection? Not a single bad thing to say, other than I wish I knew more about Shriners... Thank you, St Anselm, for a great evening!

FT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Everyone that works there was exceptional. Our waitress was extremely helpful with our vegetarian friend and insisted on changing out her drink when it was not to her liking. The food is top notch and has a nice variety of choices. Overall one of the best experiences we have had at a restaurant in a while.

CP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Some of the highlights for me include: Caesar Kalettes, Butchers steak and biscuits. The desserts were the only item that didn’t live up to the hype.

Would definitely go back in the future.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friday night 6pm - very busy - yet it was all exceptional. This is a very rare instance in which the service is arguably better than the food, which I feel is the best I can describe the experience because the food was extraordinary.

TK
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, simply prepared food that seems to benefit from starting with the best ingredients. Nice atmosphere. Our waiter was excellent. He was knowledgeable, helpful and charming.

AJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents came into town from Chicago and this was their first meal this trip!

DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've tried their biscuits and pimento cheese, king crab leg, oyster, crab dip, baby iceberg, bobo chicken, and butcher's steak so far. There are two dishes that were beyond my expectation - baby iceberg and bobo chicken. I can't wait to try other dishes on their menu!

JS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best new restaurant in DC! The steak was better than anything I've ever had. Excellent wine list -- with some real values. Service was great and very prompt. Love this place.

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overhyped..the special strip steak of the night was so fatty, we feel like our hostess oversold how great this strip was but all 4 of us were disappointed by how fatty and chewy it was.

HM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. Started with cocktails, the bordelaire and the vodka cocktail. Love the biscuits with pimento cheese and salmon collar to share. Delicious ribeye, creamy spinach and fried mash potatoes. Topped it off with carrot cake and coffee. Highly recommend every thing.

LB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress was most accommodating and pure joy with communications, recommendations, providing tremendous restaurant history, art and symbolism’s.

FW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary. It exceeded our expectations and we can't wait to go back. The food was excellent, but the staff is really what made the evening memorable.

KD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The dining room has a great vibe! Service was excellent from hostess greeting, to server and sommelier. The little things were fantastic, we had buttermilk biscuits, blue crab deviled eggs and baby iceberg lettuce with Heritage bacon. Great flavor and variety. The meat entrees were the only disappointment and underwhelming for the price. We had the Butchers steak and ribeye. They were prepared beautifully but a little too fatty for my liking. We also had the crispy young bono chicken which was the hit of the meal. The sides were fabulous, Cauliflower, spinach and steak fries. Ended
with a decadent ice cream cake and dark chocolate tart. Overall it was a great dining experience. We had brunch here previously, which was fantastic!

b
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious, (best buttermilk biscuits I’ve ever had, perfect salads, steaks and salmon collar cooked to perfection, amazing chocolate cake), the wine list, although a bit pricy, was huge, the servers were very helpful and attentive. This is a restaurant that truly deserves its popularity.

b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was DELICIOUS! Atmosphere is great, and the service was great as well. I cannot wait to return.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic!

ED
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A modern take on a steakhouse with great veggie options. Everything we ordered was prepared well. Large protein portions lend themselves to sharing, and since sides are ordered a la carte, it works well to get a few to try and share.

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant that is not outrageously expensive. Cool environment. In an area with plenty of parking (most was also free parking). Highly recommend.

PO
Hong Kong
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious everything! Love the pork chop and the ribeye. Sides are awesome!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing birthday celebration! I was there for my bday and a friends birthday too and we were kind of expecting our desserts with candles to be free but they weren’t! Other than that though it was wonderful. Would go back a million more times.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed St. Anselm. Food was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. I disliked ordering sides separately from the main dish, so I would appreciate seeing future offerings with curated plates instead of a la carte for the entree course.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. Great recognition by hosts and servers recognizing our anniversary. Ribeye and chicken were not good. For the money they were very underwhelming. Deviled eggs were a hit as were the biscuits. Chop salad was good. Lobster Prawn was ok. I’ve cream cake was delish. Carrot cake was bitter

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved everything except the totally excessive noise level. We were a party of 6. Could barely converse.

TB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Having been to several Steven Starr restaurants, I had high expectations for St. Anselm. I was not disappointed. Service was great... and food was wonderful. I had the salmon collar, which was beyond amazing. My wife had S.O.S which was also outstanding.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, especially the sides and the appetizers. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, and the manager was very helpful with the extensive wine list.

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff super friendly

JW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. The service is excellent and mains, vegetables, and biscuits were all wonderful. It is pretty loud, but overall great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and everyone’s steaks were phenomenal! Cooked to perfection! Didn’t love the bacon appetizer (very fatty) and the biscuits tasted burnt to me. But we will definitely come back - maybe for brunch!

PB
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very busy and buzzy place. Cool little booths and open tables as well as some outdoor seating. The food was good if not outstanding. The wine list was exceptional backed by an exceptional Som. Vanessa who's advice was spot on.

L
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very tasty, but I wasn’t super impressed with the service. We weren’t seated until 20 minutes after our reservation time, which did earn us some free biscuits and that was great. But the server was very busy - which he told us right away when he came over - so we didn’t really get much attention there. Overall it was good food but just an okay experience.

DV
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe and the food! We had deviled eggs, skirt steak, pork porterhouse, and creamed spinach. Highly recommend!!

j
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an AMAZING brunch here. Recommend highly: deviled eggs with crab, hash browns, biscuits and the salmon collar. Outstanding value for money, especially the salmon. Even if you are way too full for dessert, you gotta try the ice cream cake. They make the ice cream themselves and it is wonderful. Pleasant ambiance, not too noisy but enough chatter to give it a buzzy feel. Excellent wait staff, very pleasant people. Can't wait to come back to see what they do at dinner!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great! She was thoughtful for my fiancé’s birthday, and very helpful with the menu. The hostesses were also very kind and accommodating. The dinner was delicious! We had a feat time.

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our anniversary incredibly special! Thanks to the whole team.

L
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual the food was prepared beautifully and tastefully! Drinks were great.

VF
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, St. Anselm continues to be one of my favorites in DC. Service, food, drinks are all on point. Highly recommend!