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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Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food but the rock music was deafening and took away from the meal.

b
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal; a good steak but not great and for the price, I’d expect something at least as good as Morton’s. Very good cocktails and nice wine. It was a little noisy but then again, I’m old. Definitely like the ambience, very cool space.

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all fronts— the attentive service- Elijah made our experience even better-, the food and it’s presentation including the over the top ice cream cake, and the ambiance. We scored one of the private booths since it was our anniversary!!

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The vibe is a warm steakhouse with lots of dark woods and taxidermy on the walls, but also american. The service was great, our waitress provided lots of great recommendations including our favorite appetizer the grilled oysters and our favorite main entree the skirt steak. The bar is also excellent, they make some great drinks and the bartenders are fun to talk to.

l
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful - nice quantity and well presented- definitely would go back

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Overall it was good. The grilled oysters and biscuits with pimento Icheese were excellent. The lamb tartare was very good. The problem was where we were sitting cold air was constantly blowing on us. Several people were seated next to us and immediately requested another table. He said something to the waitress and then the manager and they said they were going to work on it. Several other tables sat down and immediately requested a new table. The ribeye was OK but not what I expected. It could’ve been that it was so cold nothing was enjoyable

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening!

J
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and service was amazing. We really enjoyed our Birthday Dinner there. The prices are most definitely not compatible with what the portion of food they serve. Specifically the steak, it tasted delicious but the price was way to high for the little pieces they served us.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but pricey, especially because the entrees and sides are a la carte. The appetizer portions were also on the smaller side, also given their prices.

PM
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best biscuits I ever ate in my life!

SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We experienced the brunch menu. The service, food, and atmosphere was excellent. We will definitely be back for more!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The manager was doing to much... actually became intrusive and rude in the process

OT
Washington DC
221 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really like this place. Great steak and appetizers were excellent. Sommelier was also extremely helpful. Definitely on our A-list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and amazing dining. Sat at the bar to try one of their signature drinks! Asked the bartender for a recommendation based on my taste and she was spot on. And as my business partner said, “they take simple and making it amazing”. We had the steak, biscuits, the wedge salad and sides. We couldn’t figure out our wine and the sommelier immediately popped up and figured out what we needed. No fuss, attentive and great ambience. Perfect with friends, casual business gathering and special occasions.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing restaurant experience myself and my family have ever had. You walk into this interesting cave like hunting lodge atmosphere and it’s so unique... the deviled eggs are to die for and the entrees OMG. everything is cooked to perfection. Chef Marjorie is truly one of the most amazing chefs this country has to offer and if you don’t visit this restaurant while in the area then you seriously are missing out on one of the best meals of your life. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. Period. Must visit.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Overall each dish we ordered lacked seasoning or any creativity. It is very much overrated for the price point. I would not go back.

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

Food and staff were fantastic!

MR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails, fun decor, amazing service and the food was fantastic.

NI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorite places in DC. The pimento cheese and biscuits are to die for!!!

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

We arrived early and sat at the bar and got prompt service. We had steaks and a bottle of wine. Server was friendly and knowledgable about the wine. Get the ribeye. Pretty amazing

TC
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place for the foo, the wine and the ambiance.

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

We keep returning to this near perfect spot! Nothing is better than when it all counts - food, service, knowledge, sourcing, passion and care. The team is savvy and so dedicated. And really -- nothing comes close to a cozy bar hang and dine at SA! As for larger groups -- we loved sharing our way through the menu. Make room for the sides and always order the biscuits. Consider SA a top choice for special occasions. Much more down to earth than any other Starr property - this is the perfect place to fete with family and friends!

EH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious.

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

I dream about their delicious biscuits. The gin cocktail is perfection. I've never had a bad meal here. The service is always top notch and the overall vibe is friendly and cool. It's become our favorite for brunch. We'll keep coming back!

W
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Came for brunch, which was a little disappointing after having visited a few months earlier for what I would describe as an excellent dinner. I love the ambiance and decor here, and our waitress was fantastic and attentive. However, the food was a bit underwhelming (although reasonably priced). I was so sad about the monkey bread -- I was looking forward to ordering it but when it came it was kind of stale and cold and seemed like a really missed opportunity to offer what should be a delicious but simple pastry. Otherwise it was fine but I expected it to be better and was somewhat disappointed.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and ambiance, also great service. Contemplating not returning because of the noise levels. I’m in my 40s but impossible to carry on a conversation.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came based on a recommendation from a family member for our anniversary. We are brunch people and the brunch was super good! I appreciated the extra, complimentary glasses of sparkling in celebration of our anniversary. We will definitely come back.

JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Despite the current popularity of this place, our reservation was honored promptly , we were made to feel welcome and service was great— friendly and efficient.! Food was outstanding. A wonderful experience!

KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting - it was amazing! The axe handle steak and wedge salad are the best in DC.

c
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere

TV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went to St. Anselms for our anniversary. We were seated in a cute side booth, just what you’d like for a special occasion.

The steaks were great, my New York strip was perfectly done and seasoned. We got the mashed potatoes and spinach as sides; the spinach was too salty for my taste. The biscuits and pimiento cheese were outstanding.

One frustrating part of the evening was that I felt rushed. The food came out so quickly we hardly had time to talk. Our server was attentive to the point of my feeling that he was trying to turn the table over as quickly as possible. When you are still in the middle of eating dessert and having wine and he drops off the check and says, ‘no hurry,’ you feel hurried. The meal was a splurge for us, and I would have had a better time if we’d been able to dine at a more leisurely pace, especially since we had an early reservation (5:45) on a weeknight.

I would definitely recommend St. Anselms, but if you are looking for a relaxed pace, maybe tell the server up front.

GD
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pricing and content a bit greedy.

h
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to St Anselm on a date - and had a wonderful time! The service is fantastic and the food is delicious. The restaurant is a bit noisy - and because we were seated at a table vs. a booth the experience lacked privacy. Great place - would definitely go back!!

MT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a wonderful combination of delicious food, exciting atmosphere, and terrific service.

l
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, excellent food and service

TJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Waiters are almost too friendly/familiar. We were surprised at the noise level, which was less than expected based on the reviews. Perhaps this was because we were there on a Sunday evening. Overall, excellent and we recommend it.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Well... Everything was great until we got home and both got sick..

JD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really love this place. It was our second time going since July 24th and we will be back many many times.

MP
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small portions for the price. The steak portion of the steak and eggs has shrunk. Service was friendly.

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