St. Anselm - DC

4.8
1732 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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LKols
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and our server was knowledgeable and friendly. I loved learning about their collection of Madeira wines-- who knew?

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vipSparkleToogood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent...Kudos to John!!!! everything was simply delicious:)

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vipEnjoyfood
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The place is nice. Was disappointed by their steaks. The best was the biscuits. Food was very average.

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TyraM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always excellent. The biscuits are my favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible!

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TiffanyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t brag enough about how pleasantly surprised we were!!! I chose this area as a early B Day dinner for my partner because of the creative but Covid safe outdoor seating. What we got was so much more. Our server who has been in the industry for over 16 years was phenomenal. He knew the menu back & front and gave us great recommendations. I had the hanger and my partner had the ribeye. Again, everything was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! It's been a while since I've been somewhere and everything from the appetizers, entrees, drinks, and service was amazing. Definitely have a new brunch spot

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WayneB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hanger steak was delicious!

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vipEricaS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so accomdating and food was amazing. Highly recommend - delicious steak and grilled oysters. Plus the biscuits and ice cream cake are to do die for.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anslem was absolutely spectacular. The dining staff were remarkable. The cocktails were great and the food was so delicious.

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CourtW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was excellent!

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vipMeganVD
Cancun
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Burger was overdone. Steak and eggs was not as good as last time we had been. They seemed overwhelmed and food was not the quality we are used to there.

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KristinaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating. Loved the outdoor seating. Will be back

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Sarahh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another wonderful experience at St Anselm! The outdoor chalets are a great addition.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Adam
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, welcoming and helpful people, and delicious food. The biscuits are dangerous!!!

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vipAMHess
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the place for a steak! The cocktails are great too. Really liking the outdoor dining sheds!

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got the axe handle steak and after eating I slept like a baby!

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jonnb
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just amazing! Service and Food on point! Made my solo bday night out a night to remember! Can’t wait to bring my wife once she moves here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for best friend

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LosP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The sides could of use a bit more flavor.. the beer mug was small in comparison to the price. Steak and chicken was on point. Ice cream cake and selected Rye was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated professional milestone with a friend. Dinner was perfect and special

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picture a cross between a Montana lodge and a hipster lounge in Brooklyn. Throw in the kitchen from a Deep South dining mecca, but run by cooks from a Michelin star NYC brasserie. That's St. Anselm. Food that is authentically delicious and unfussy. Service that is warm but efficient, informed and helpful. If you don't order the huge buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese because of your diet, you're in the wrong place. Same with the teasingly smoky grilled oysters. The salmon collar is decadently rich and made to be shared. Also, the "crispy smashed" potatoes with a side of ranch dressing are just as good as an appetizer as a side dish. With entrees, I've liked every steak I've had on the menu. Friends also like the branzino and swordfish. If you're still hungry for dessert, I recommend the carrot cake (when they have it) and ice cream cake. The chocolate pudding is a little ordinary. I once had a scoop of homemade butter pecan ice cream that is in the Pantheon of the five best desserts I've ever had. Get it if they are serving it. Also: do yourself a favor and order one of the expensive Madieras on the menu as an aperitif. You're worth it.

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vipDestinyS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great for every day dining as well as date night. st. anselm is a street over from my home, so i'm there often for a steak and glass of wine. the service is great and the staff enforces covid precautions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been in this establishment couple times. They have really nice food. I don’t know who is the chef however his cooking is so yummy!

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vippennsgroover
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my husband to St Andelm’s for his birthday tonight. The staff were so attentive and fun. Special shoutouts to Meghan, who was happy to talk about wine, our server John, and Austin who brought us a couple birthday menus surprises. Our first time dining here. We’ll be back...soon. Great experience.

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dctravele
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first family dinner AT a DC restaurant in one year, and we chose St. Anselm's because we had had such a delicious experience previously. I had been thinking about their strip steak for months. Continued helpful wait staff who know how to make sure you get your steak cooked EXACTLY how you like it, unlike even some top steakhouses. A continued 5-star experience -- and 10 stars for the biscuits with pimento cheese. However...we were told as we were ordering that a special that night for dessert was strawberry shortcake and couldn't wait to try St. Anselm's version. So disappointing.
Two slices of angel food cake, with very limited number of strawberries in a sauce. A little dry, not much flavor. Probably only time my family has left any dessert on a plate. Certainly the chefs there know how to make a memorable version. All forgiven; great restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

So disappointed service was slow ( due it being Easter Sunday)which is ok if only the waiter didn’t forget to put our order in then the food stayed in the expo window for a go amount of time since my eggs were cook over sunny side. Overall just disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!! food quality was superb.

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vipBrooksB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal. A little sterile inside because of COVID regulations but overall very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly, had a delicious brunch on Easter Sunday, the outside seating was great and the safety precautions were awesome!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Easter. This was an amazing dining experience. Fine but not stuffy dining. Delicious good. Fantastic service. Safety precautions for all.

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smb29
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Loved the atmosphere. We got the deviled eggs, beets with ricotta (omg), steak, acorn squash main.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice set-up with the booths outdoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Awful. Spilled an entire highball of soda all over me, and then spilled the au jus from my steak on me. Service recovery was non existent. Food was mediocre. Not worth the $$$$ price tag. Would not return with other solid options in the immediate area.

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AnhT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On point with protocols, and food and drinks as delicious as ever. Honestly, I had missed this place so much, and was so excited for the streetside shacks. They did not disappoint. Staff are as gracious and pleasant as can be, even under these circumstances. Steak perfectly temped, salmon collar still just SO good. Worth waiting for.

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TessW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for indoor dining. COVID protocols were taken seriously- taking temperature, using alternating tables, requesting masks be worn when server is at the table. Our server was wonderful and knowledgeable about the menu. The grilled oyster appetizer was delicious. The steaks and sides were cooked to perfection. It can be pricey, but I think the quality matches. We will be return diners!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Sitting outside in the freezing cold. They don't even put heaters in the shacks outside. My steak got cold. Not worth it. Just stay home.

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vipSC050
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Absolutely love St. Anselm during regular times. I’m very happy they’re taking COVID precautions seriously, but the insistence that everyone at the table put their mask on whenever staff approach the table (including my guest at the far side of the table / I.e. quite far from the entrance to the cabana) made this dining experience remarkably jolted and somewhat unpleasant. This essentially meant we were interrupted every few minutes and asked to put our masks back on regardless of where we were in the dining experience - at the very least this wonderful place could once things in a more structured manner to limit the impact of disruption.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious yet again. The steak was cooked exactly as requested. The baby iceberg salad is absolutely amazing and the bacon on top is like none other! Friendly service, easy to find parking, and no wait for table.

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 1732 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.