St. Anselm - DC

4.8
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1460 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I asked for ketchup as soon as my meal came out and got it at the end. I had to ask for it 3 times. They said it comes from the kitchen so it takes a while... maybe since it’s a reoccurring issue things should be switched up a bit so that people can get their sauce with their meal. Otherwise great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The waiter was extremely friendly and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ate was excellent & service was outstanding. We had a steak, crispy smashed potatoes (get them!), biscuits with pimento cheese (what they are known for), and sweet potato with cinnamon (more savory delishiciousness than sweet). Also, felt very safe with Covid precautions. Definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
265 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Still our favorite steak in DC. Construction in the area takes away from ambiance. Steak not one of the better ones we’ve had here. But still great place with excellent service.

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Dean
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had birthday dinner here with my family. When calling about my reservation, they were very courteous and accommodating to my needs regarding covid/social distancing since we had an infant with us. I appreciated the same due diligence when at the restaurant, they asked our names for contact tracing purposes and checked our temperatures at the entrance.
The food and service was excellent, although I wish the server was a bit more attentive (I had to ask for refills a coupe of times).
The biggest negative of the night was that neither the hostess or server mentioned my birthday although identified during OpenTable reservation, I’ve had other establishments comment before - which was nice. Overall I would dine here again, the food is delicious and the decor/ambience is interesting.

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Roger
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe protocols. Excellent food. Great atmosphere.

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LaurenM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Celebrating promotions

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laurenc
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and service! The biscuits are too die for! Also, felt very comfortable with Covid protocols in place.

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vipMariaP
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and our server was very attentive. It’s not the same restaurant; however, as before COVID-19 hit. The old chef with her unusual menu and sophisticated dishes is gone. This place now is more in keeping with a good steak house.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience1

Everything was wonderful except the beets was a little disappointing. Love the oyster and the wine recommendation!

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vipMax2310
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic! Great atmosphere, will come back. Highly recommend for great quality food, loved the NY strip, sardines, and oysters especially. Great take on new American

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Thomas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the bisquits!!! Ribeye was an excellent choice.

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BobbiesBytes
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Having been to St. Anselm before, we knew we were in for a treat to celebrate a special occasion with family. We all felt safe indoors as COVID protocols were strictly followed.
The ambiance compliments an outstanding steak house. We began with wonderfully buttery buttermilk biscuits with accompanying tasty pimento cheese. The snapper crudo was snapped up! The thick but Heritage bacon is one smokey heart-stopper...enjoyed by all as were the oysters in a nicely smoked herb butter. Two Butcher's steaks, a half charred chicken and a ribeye later, we were happy campers! The pan-fried mashed potatoes was especially scrumptious as one of the sides we ordered along with the crispy smashed potatoes and grilled broccoli. A lovely Merlot was the perfect accompaniment to all of our dishes. The Warm Apple Crisp and Ice Cream Cake were made a highly satisfied ending to our evening. As for the birthday celebration, a candle on the cake and complimentary glasses of champagne were the icing on the cake and very much appreciated.

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StickyToffee
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been terrified to re-enter the dining world. I felt sooo safe and comfortable at St. Anselm. They really are holding up the highest standards for safety. And of course the food and wine were delicious and the service was perfect.

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JessikaC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! The food is so flavoraful and the waiters have so much personality that it makes you want to come back for more!

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DcEater2020
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food and experience, despite the price. I wish I could go every weekend!

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vipAmandaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

This is specifically about outdoor dining. They are not yet equipped to be holding groups outdoors as it gets colder. They don’t have enough for each table, so they try to share them. We had to ask 5 times for the heat lamp to be turned on. Then turns out it was out of propane. We were over 45 minutes into our reservation before it was turned on. Then the steak we ordered apparently was sold out. We were told this 30 minutes after ordering. The only option we were given was to purchase a larger, more expensive steak. Not exactly customer service. The people working seemed fluster and it was very chaotic when our food even arrived at the table. At that point we didn’t stay for dessert because we just wanted to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always. Especially loved the grilled oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect date night

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Lu2311
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and fantastic service @ St. Anselm! Would absolutely recommend to a friend. One thing to keep in mind is that it's NOT a restaurant where you can sit, eat, drink and chat the night away. They have a limit - I think 2 hours - on the amount of time you can spend at the table. We even offered to buy more drinks etc but were told no. Our table was needed for another reservation. Other than that, we had a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful meal, great food, and lovely location. Only comment is that the food came very quickly and I would have enjoyed a bit more time before courses.

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Alexis1015
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Perfect for date night. Loved the deviled eggs and biscuits. Rib eye was also great

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William
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time at St. Anslem last night for our 1yr anniversary! Abbey was our waitress, she couldn't have done a nicer job taking care of us and surprised us with complementary champagne with our desert. The food was perfectly prepared, delicious steak. Highly recommend for all occasions.

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vipSusanR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like how they screen everyone’s temperature and are vigilant about wearing masks.

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MauroF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This isn’t our first time dinning at St.Anselm. Our past experiences were 5 stars hands down. This time everything was off. Maybe because of Covid? Maybe because our expectations were so high from our previous visits.
The biscuits were to die for, like normal. The salmon collar was top notch. The snapper crudo was perfect.
The deviled eggs were... deviled eggs, not bad by any means but nothing to go wild about. The filling masked the crab. The main course is were everything went south. We ordered a 54oz ribeye medium rare. Unfortunately, it came out medium. We already started eating it so we choose not to send it back. Don’t get me wrong the steak was still yummy but not want we ordered not what it should have been. The broccoli was charred and cold. The broccoli could have been softer but that’s personal preference. The pan fried mashed potatoes were bland. We still recommend St.Anselm. Everyone has bad days.
The upside was the manager. He asked if we wanted another steak or anything to make up for the mistake. We declined because we were full. No need to waste food, period.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at St. Anslem / the bone in rib-eye is one of the best steaks that I have ever had!

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OldDan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great service, creative and relaxed ambiance, standard up-scale New American steakhouse fare capably executed. A pleasant and safe meal-in-the-time-of-Covid.

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MarnieL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The biscuits are to die for! Everything was wonderful!

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Tamekia
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!! I can’t wait to visit again. The best steak I’ve ever had.

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ChristinaV
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente food, service and ambiance. We sat outside and it felt very safe. It was packed but all the covid protocols were in place and followed. The food was absolutely perfect. The salmon collar is out of this world and the Ribeye, my god. Will definitely be coming back soon!

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vipStoriedMartha
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in ages. Cheesy endive salad and perfectly cooked trout. Safety precautions and cleanliness were top notch. Server was friendly and accommodating. Can’t wait to go back!

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AllanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make the best biscuits I've ever had—one of my favorite bites of anything. EXCELLENT service, and they have done a good job creating, practicing, and enforcing appropriate safety precautions for COVID-19.

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PratikP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over priced for underwhelming food. NY strip was literally slather or dunked in sauce. The salad was dry. The chicken was over done. I went there when it first opened and was good. Won’t plan on coming back.

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MaddieDC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 for the NY strip and the service! Would definitely go back!

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SeanM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with St, Anselm's COVID procedures and practices. I sat outside, and the food was great!

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vipKathleen
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very safe with covid precautions - temperatures taken and contract tracing upon arrival. Lots of outdoor seating in a nice ambiance, even though it's on a somewhat busy street. The food was amazing - biscuits, oysters, deviled eggs - I couldn't find one thing we didn't love.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job by all of the staff to ensure safety and cleanliness and the food and service was outstanding.

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TraceeD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The steak and eggs portion was disappointing. Otherwise, decent meal.

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ELAKANUK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose this place for my birthday dinner, since it's in the neighborhood and I've been meaning to try it for a while - it is definitely worth the hype. As many have mentioned, they are taking plenty of safety precautions, to the point that I was comfortable dining indoors (which I have not done since the pandemic). Will definitely be back to try their brunch options!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, best steak I had so far in DC. The ribeye is unbelievable.

Also the ambiance is really casual and unique. The waitress man the experience even better being engaged and friendly.

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 1460 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.