St. Anselm - DC

4.8
612 reviews
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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
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first brunch here. Dinners are amazing but the brunch was even better! Malted chocolate chip pancakes and monkey bread were yummmm - but not healthy.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I ever eaten and great service! Definitely would go back here!

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TC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service. A bit noisy but not distractingly so. It was great seeing Chef Marjorie in action!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was even better!

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EP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in the world. DC food scene is made incredibly better by this new addition. Order a steak!

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

St. Anselm looks a cross between Montana and Brooklyn, drawing in droves of DC regulars and hipsters alike. The kitchen doesn't miss a beat, and Carl the sommelier will guide you unerringly to a wine that fits your taste and your bank account. Try gigantic biscuits with pimiento cheese, lightly smoked oysters, cucumber salad, beautiful radishes and the well-marbled bone-in ribeye steak. The salmon "collar" is decadently rich and delicious. The carrot cake (yes, carrot cake) is a show-stopper dessert, as is the monumental ice cream cake. Staff is super-friendly but the place can feel a bit hectic and LOUD.

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

Everything about our experience was excellent. The food and the service was perfect. It is a little loud in there but not unbearably so. The blue crab deviled eggs were delicious!!!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation. Excellent staff - making the evening a wonderful experience! Great job!!

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RC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a relaxed, quirky setting. Attentive staff. Cocktails were a little underwhelming.

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EG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. The Salmon collar should be under fish entrees. The portion is HUGE and absolutely delish!!! Grab a table whenever you can get in.

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

The food at St. Anselm was absolutely terrific. We shared a beautiful medium rare 16 ounce ribeye, as well as a salad and the best cream spinach I’ve ever had. Best of all, maybe, was the incredible biscuits, which were so flaky they seemed like puff pastry. We had a primary waitress but other staff kept stopping by our table creating some confusion. For instance the multiple waiter problem resulted in us getting an extra glass of wine that we didn’t order. Finally, the room was VERY noisy, so much so that we gave up trying to have a conversation. But I will return for the food.

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TD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice environment. THe steak we had, a strip steak, was a little less tender than we get from our butcher, but it’s size was fine and it was well cooked. The wine list was very good and the sommelier was very personable.. The desserts were rather simple and might have expected a little more variety. Nonetheless, overall experience was very good and would return for a night out and away from having to cook at home.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Prolly some of the better food I’ve had in the whole city. Was recommended to me and I reallllly liked it. The whole place is kinda bougie people wise but as soon as you take a bite of one of the biscuits with pimento cheese you won’t even notice anyone haha. Also the whole inside is really neat looking. My waiter Ed picked out my cocktails and he nailed it.

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

Great spot and great food. All around good experience

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, sides and wines by the glass a bit pricey. Food overall excellent.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Really good food with a flair for solid beef, poultry, fish. Don’t skip the biscuits or carrot cake ! Atmosphere has a cool vibe - casual and hip but upscale. Cocktails are worthy. Went on a Wednesday night and great crowd. Union Market area is a neat. Highly recommend experiencing this restaurant!!!!!!
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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the staff very attentive. A great experience for our 1 year anniversary

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall a very good experience. My only real complaint is that it's really loud.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING BEST BRUNCH EVER WOW The chef was unbelievable to watch and the kitchen was so engaging

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and so was the service! We had a large group of 8 and had a great time celebrating two birthdays. My husband is a distant relative of Stephen Starr (his uncle’s cousin) so we often frequent his restaurants when we can and it didn’t disappoint! We hope to be back soon!

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BB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

This was my first time having dinner there; I’d only been for brunch. As expected, the food was incredible—My friends and I could have eaten several orders of the oysters alone. Our table ordered the ribeye, which was delicious, tender, and juicy with an excellent crispy crust. We also ordered the chicken and it was amazing, as were the tuna, sides, and other starters we ordered! Service, however, was terrible. Our server had no knowledge of the wine and could not answer any questions; we had to flag a manager to ask for recommendations. Our server left for long periods without checking in on us - thankfully others were filling our glasses. He never asked if we wanted dessert. After sitting for about 10-15 minutes with plates cleared and no drinks, we had to flag him down to request the bill. I was with friends who I had not seen in almost 10 years and who had flown in from the west coast, New England, and other countries. I had chosen St Anselm for dinner based on my previous brunch experience and local friends’ recommendations that it would be a cool spot for dinner. While we enjoyed the food, service was subpar and made the experience less than enjoyable. Thankfully, we had great conversation with some good laughs to make up for the lack in professional service.

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G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The biscuits are beyond this world. And the oysters and grits was to die for!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far best service I’ve had in DC in years! Kylie was fantastic - as was everyone in the place. Food is beyond great - Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Palmer was fantastic, treated like royalty. A must go in DC. Union Market serves as a fantastic back drop for a terrific experience.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good I forgot to get my birthday dessert!

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St. Anselm was great. Decor is awesome, service is friendly and attentive. Food was delicious. The biscuits are crack and the beef broth potatoes are to die for. Well priced.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly, helpful staff. Can’t recommend highly enough!

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good selections of wines by the glass and beers. Lamb tartare appetizer was very tasty and not (as expected) very fatty. We enjoyed our different steaks- butcher and NY strip. The ice cream cake was fabulous as was the lemon meringue. Busy and happy crowd. Our waiter was knowledgeable an very pleasant

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BL
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was terrific and the space was nice, but it was really hard to hear the other person. There were booths at the other end that I might request next time to see if that helps. The biscuits were as good as the reviews said. We also had the radishes and the grilled oysters for starters, both were great. NY Strip and grilled lamb mains were juicy, tender and cooked perfectly to order. The fried mashed potatoes reminded me of a really good potato pancake. We split carrot cake for dessert which was really moist and tasty, with walnuts, raisins and pineapple. Wines on tap were an interesting idea, but all the wines by the glass were pricey - but no worse than other high-end restaurants these days. Overall it was great and not for the diet conscious, so skip lunch. We weren't rushed, there was a good break between courses and we left with big doggy bags. I'll definitely go back.

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BB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Food was spectacular and the service equally as good. We will certainly be back.

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HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, and our waitress (Carolyn) was awesome

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good food. Service is good but impeded by tables too close together and excessive noise. Cucumber salad excellent. Salmon collar also very good but a huge portion and not a small plate. Cauliflower is a dramatic presentation but does not deliver much flavor

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R
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ll be back. Can’t wait to dig deeper into the cocktail board and the wine list. Steak was divine.

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SC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous staff! Delicious steak, oysters, carrots, and biscuits. Good dessert. Terrific cocktails and wine list.I would gladly eat here any time.

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JL
Washington DC
257 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a mixed experience food-wise. Loved the grilled oysters--really fantastic! But then I ordered the salmon collar for my main. It's actually categorized under the "smalls" section on the menu--which is what I was looking for as I wasn't particularly hungry that evening. Was looking for a nice light dish. It was HUGE! I mean it was certainly big enough to satisfy two people as a main course--and yet it was categorized as "small." Although it was nicely cooked, I was turned off by the size of what was presented to me--particularly because I wanted something on the lighter side. I'd suggest that St. Anselm do a better job of describing portion size so that you know what you're ordering.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience. Great people as well making He experience memorable.

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BB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at St. Anselm and we were excited after hearing everyone talking about it. Our meal lived up to the hype. The food was fantastic (especially the biscuits!) and the service was excellent. My husband and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary and the staff were all lovely, bringing us a special dessert and extra appetizer for the special occasion. We will definitely be back!

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

The food and drinks is amazing. The portions are good. The salmon collar is enough for two. Must try the deserts too.

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

Splendid!!!

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CP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. High activity but very relaxed with a very personal engaged professional staff.

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