St. Anselm - DC

4.8
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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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!!!!!!!

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RS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu and great food to go along with it.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BISCUITS. Everything was excellent. Great service, super comfortable, interesting design. Can’t recommend it enough. Top notch.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have been better. Sam made great recommendations and we loved it all. We were warned, the chicken come whole..head feet and all.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal and gave great recommendations! Food was perfect as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ottima atmosfera, ottimo cibo (specificatamente la carne e i sides) anche se menu limitato, servizio preciso, cordiale e disponibile. Unica pecca, molto rumoroso e difficonta' di conversazione con i commensali.

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TS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 15 minutes late for our reservations, still had to wait about 15 minutes because the were slammed. The wait staff and manger went repeatedly out of their way to apologize and comped us with an appetizer for having to wait. The service and constant attention by the staff was amazing. The food was wonderful - ribeye for me and crab leg for my wife. We shared creamed spinach and fried mashed potatoes. A wonderful evening because the staff went out of their way to make sure that it was. Thank you.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That my second there in about 6 weeks I will be spending a lot more time there for sure

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single time I go to St. Anselm, it is fantastic. The food and service are always incredible, and the ambience is perfectly relaxed. Abby, our server, is a total gem and made sure we had a very fun evening (and a great time when we went back to have the biscuits and pimento cheese again for lunch the next day...). I truly can’t recommend a better place in DC.

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best biscuits ever. Solid meal and just an overall excellent casual dining experience.

TW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The food and atmosphere are great!

WB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St Anselm has become a routine brunch spot for the fellas and I. Big Mike is the consummate professional. The bartenders are above reproach and the food is always top notch.

JA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anslem was amazing. The overall ambiance is great, the food was delicious, and the service was perfect. I had the ribeye and she had the New York strip, and both were cooked to perfection. Can't recommend St. Anslem enough.

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Solid meal

9
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal. Outstanding service. Venison was tender and delicious. The rib eye slightly overcooked but still juicy and flavorful. Amazing wine list. Rooms are loud but we will be back.

r
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was excellent as was the wine list and wine recommendation. The noise level was high but it was possible to hear although my partner and I were seated side by side. The main issue was the tableware and my steak. The opinal knives were almost useless against my NY strip steak which it was unusually hard to cut the tendons in the meat. Also my steak was under cooked.

KF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and family gathering

OT
Indonesia
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing but the acoustics are awful

EZ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I went to this place and I ordered the same dish, grits with fried oysters. It was delicious. My friend got the eggs Benedict with salmon and it was very tasty too. We will definitely go back! A place for foodies!

l
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was a clever riff on the traditional brunch fare, the drinks were tasty good and the service was lovely. The decor is really fun - interesting historical and political artifacts abound. A great meet-up restaurant!

MS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve had in awhile!! Great service, food delivered extremely fast even though the restaurant was packrd

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. The axe handle ribeye is one of the best in the city. Wine list is extensive, eclectic, excellent. Madeira selection is expansive and fun. We’ve been many times and last week we went two nights in a row - one of our favorites places!

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anselm never disappoints on food, service and atmosphere and this time was no different. The menu has many options for everyone and everything is very good from the biscuits w/ pimento cheese spread to the clams and “monster prawn” to the steaks and venison chop. They also have an extensive after dinner drink menu including Madeira with very good desserts such as the carrot cake.

NG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Probably the best modern steakhouse in DC! Our vegetarian friend was also blown away. The ambience is cute, the service impeccable, the food amazing. And the cocktails... I just’t say enough...

OT
Washington DC
257 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Officially has overtaken Acqua al 2 for best steak in DC. Vanessa is great with wine. Service (Megan) was outstanding. Fun place - one of our favorites, whether date night, dinner with friends or the kids. Thanks.

KA
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate a birthday. Our first time at St. Anselm. All of the staff were very welcoming. Our server was attentive, but the experience was well paced. The steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious. They have a varied wine list with several amazing half bottle options. Dessert was also a hit! We’ll be back for brunch!!

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It took us over an hour to get there with all the traffic. I’d like to come back one day to see the Market area. The staff was very helpful and attentive.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding start to finish. Kyleigh was phenomenal, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved the food, drinks and wine.

R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a treat to try something new at St. Anslem, one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood.

R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible local steak house in the amazing NOMA. Must go for steak lovers and foodies. Make sure to have the biscuits and start off with the Planters Punch. Portions are great size to share. So much on the menu that one wants to eat it is wonderful to share

JM
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, amazing: atmosphere, interior design, service, food: all were a great experience.
I’ve already recommended the restaurant to a number of friends and will keep doing so. Not to mention, we will be back!

CA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great attention to detail on sides, small plates, and steaks.

RA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

All was very good, and we will return...the only down side was our wait person was a bit snippy and un helpful. Not what we are used to at St. Anslem!
R

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

It was my birthday. Service was awful

KH
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and ambiance were wonderful! Highly recommend!

KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yes, this space is awesome - wonderful service, too. I would have preferred a different table, or a booth - but not a big deal.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in DC and wonderful service

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were fantastic! All staff was incredibly attentive and polite. Minor accident when they accidentally charged one of our entrees twice, but it was a quick fix! We’ll be back again!

AK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I did have a lovely lunch and the service was outstanding. The food, which was tasty overall, was very greasy. I will go back, I'll just be more thoughtful about what I order.