St. Anselm - DC

4.7
1862 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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etiam
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best in town. Our go-to place for meat and those gorgeous oysters with herbs, Would be even better if the music was either of another genre or a handful of decibels lower.

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vipRuthAnnC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most fabulous dinner at St. Anselm last night. We got there early they were able to accommodate us before our reservation. We sat outside in one of the booths and it felt very COVID safe and intimate. Our server was great, very knowledgeable about the menu and suggesting wine/beverage pairings. The biscuits and pimento cheese spread are amazing. But the grilled oysters where the showstopper for us, so good! Highly recommend for a romantic date night or small group of friends!

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Sean
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service, decor, drinks, etc. This is our third and best visit. Pro tip, save room for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dîner with a guest

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vipK8di3
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrated Mother’s Day! Friendly staff and good food.

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TuckerS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid place, great drinks, lamb leg is fantastic and I'm a cattle rancher....

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VivianK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day and they went above and beyond to make it special! The service was phenomenal and my mother was gifted an extra glass of sparkling wine as a treat. An incredible experience overall!

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vip55dodgers
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and extraordinary service

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AngelaS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food. The outside dining stalls are very comfortable.

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Pete
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great Mother’s Day dinner. We thought the small plates were great. The carrot cake was also very delicious. We went for the ax handle rib-eye which was tasty, but we decided that ordering 3-4 more small plates to share would have been better.

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MmMmGood1959
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived on time and were seated promptly in an outdoor booth as requested. Our servers were masked, and attended to us within a minute. Our orders were cooked as specified, and the wines were excellent. We have a new favorite restaurant 'St. Anselm in DC.

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Tiffany
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, good food, love the biscuits however, we had several mixups with our meal for a party of three.

1) eggs cooked incorrectly- server brought out corrected item
2) incorrect salad brought out, server corrected
3) assistant server dropped plate and a little bit of grease on my shirt.

Overall I think perhaps more attentiveness is warranted. I will cone back because I love the food…. (When it is the correct order :-)

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vipDisappointed
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun restaurant, awesome food. Don’t miss the pimento cheese biscuits. Tables are Very nicely separated for covid.

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GordonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The day was a bit chilly so the team did their best to accommodate our party with different seating and the use of warmers. Overall the food was great and the service was very good,

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Mully31
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food ... service started slow but then was great ...

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Cynthia
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the St. Anselm, DC, on Mother's Day for the first time. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. They have a great selection of amazing wines and food selections, must try their Buttermilk Biscuits.

We had an awesome server who truly cared about our experience and explained food & wine items. I plan to visit again and highly recommend St. Anselm, DC if you want good food and wine. It is a nice place to go with family, friends, or a partner.

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GabrielW
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters and beef tartar were outstanding. Ribeye was surprisingly so-so, expected more given the price. Best dessert I ever had in my life. Excellent service.

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NoMaLoVe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner at St. Anselm. The outdoor seating was nicely done, the service was friendly and impeccable -- including a complimentary after dinner drink to honor our celebration, the food was delicious. Just great.

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Sigourney
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing outdoor experience. Dominique was professional, entertaining and prompt.

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RRL1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent place for a romantic date night or amazing dinner with friends.

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AnthonyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Terrific entrees, though pricey. Overall excellent service.

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AudreyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Joshua, my waiter was amazing up until the bottle of sparkling water I ordered and did not finish, he got rid of the cap and used a wine cap, I was a bit apprehensive about it but he assured me it would be alright.

It wasn’t. The sparkling water spilled all over my car, purse and phone. That annoyed me. I asked him if I could get another bottle instead because it was paid for and I guess he either didn’t want to or it’s not anselm’s position to do so? Either way, it was very annoying and dampened my great mood of having great dinner.

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Talia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a birthday and they were SO sweet -- they brought us free champagne, were so attentive and we were checked in on often. The food was phenomenal and absolutely worth every cent. They even had to adjust our reservation because of patio renovations so they paid for our dessert! A lovely experience and we left full and happy :)

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BarbaraQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant right now in DC. The service is always great, food is spectacular and drinks are on point.

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Butterflyc72
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Just not up to what I’d expect from a customer service level not value for the food. Unfortunately, we just wouldn’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a very nice dinner there. The food was very good and they were accommodating to our dietary restrictions. The waitress Amy was attentive and gave great service!
Check this place out for sure!

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Megan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food and wonderful options. highly recommend the biscuits!

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AndrewS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I looked at the menu and thought it was going to be an average steakhouse. Turns out, I was completely wrong and all expectations were blown out of the water.

Everything we ordered was a level above what you’d expect in terms of flavor, their beverage director recommended a great bottle of wine, all the staff was incredibly friendly, and best of all, the decor was nice but it wasn’t pretentious.

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time and will be sure to go back soon.

Menu Favorites:
- Endive Salad
- Radish and Whipped Ricotta
- Ribeye

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food great. Service poor

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StormyandMaya
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the rockfish and the steak were cooked perfectly, and the creamed spinach was delicious. Of course, the pimento spread and bread were wonderful. The outdoor seating was very nice. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed his birthday dinner at St. Anselm and we certainly will return. The outdoor dining aspect is so inviting.

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vipReddog
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and the outside tables were very comfortable on a May evening. Service is outstanding and Covid protocols are good to see.

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vipSharonBH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love St. Anselm!!!🥰 The outdoor eating semi private booths are much nicer than a lot of other restaurants. I have visited St. Anselm at least 5 times. I also make sure to recommend to my friends. My only complaint is the absence of the Bobo chicken on the menu.😒

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BrandonG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time eating at this restaurant and I had a very pleasant time along with my date. Great service and pleasant environment. The smashed potatoes were amazing!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We called and made a reservation for 4, I called a week prior to add a 5th, when we arrived, the table was set for 5 but told us they could not seat us, only 4. We asked if there was anything they could do to seat 5 of us together and that we would be happy to squeeze at a 4 person table or pull up chairs outside. They dismissed us and made us leave. This was a very disappointing experience.

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NathanW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for my wife’s birthday. The food and service were fantastic, as we would have expected from past visits.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, impeccable service. If you are celebrating you must get the giant prawn. It’s a show stopper.

JP
vipJonathanP
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Particularly the sommelier ! Only complaint was the music being played outside was way too loud. It interferes with normal conversation.

AJ
vipAmandaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not a huge fan of this restaurant because the menu options for lunch are so few that we wound up not eating here.

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MonicaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good customer service. Food was delicious. It would be nice if the menu had vegan options

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great but service was very slow. Took a while to order and get drinks.

FAQs

St. Anselm - DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 864-2199.

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1862 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.