St. Anselm - DC
the food was really good and the staff were very welcoming. the only downside is there is really nowhere to wait if the bar is full. we just felt in the way and it was very stressful waiting for our table and some space at the bar to open. our little booth was a nice respite from our first 10-15 mins upon arrival. overall, i’m looking forward to our next visit. the salmon collar and the cauliflower were clear standouts of the night
Interesting menu, great choices, knowledgeable service-
The menu was great and our only mistake was ordering more food than we needed. The salmon collar was the best thing on the menu and the cocktails were spectacular. The carrot cake was also delicious.
All in all, it was a great spontaneous special dinner. The staff were all very attentive and responsive.
I really wanted to like St. Anselm. I'm a huge fan of old school steakhouses; St. Elmo's in Indianapolis comes to mind. We had a 7:30 Monday reservation. When we walked into the space, the din was deafening, ramped up perhaps by a heavy happy hour crowd at the bar. The noise level did ameliorate a bit by about 8:00/8:15. The service -- across the board -- was efficient, warm, and welcoming. The food: memorable biscuits, memorable Blue Crab Deviled Eggs. The beef, the fish, the sides: all fine, but not outstanding in anyway. In any of those categories at the same price point you will do much better at any number of other places around town. Start with The Palm. St. Anselm is clearly buzzy: lots of millennial birthday parties going on. And I don't press that demographic button: I left buzzy in the rearview mirror a while ago. And maybe my expectations were poorly managed: I was looking for old school charm from a restaurant that does not aspire -- really -- to be old school. And, I was bothered by the noise level. Again-I'm likely well outside the demographic profile St. Anselm covets, and so be it. I won't be back; I likely won't be missed! :)
The food was pretty good but not great. The wine list is extensive, but honestly not that creative or interesting. It's a greatest hits of wine regions with more famous names than good values.
Amazing place to take my midwestern mom who was visiting.
I was in town for business and had read wonderful things about this restaurant and it's chef. I was not disappointed at all. I had the New York steak and it was one of the best I had ever had. It was cooked perfectly and so flavorful. It usually comes with a sauce but I wanted to just taste the steak so asked for no sauce. I was not disappointed at all. The steak was flavored with just salt and pepper which is all it needed to bring out the flavor of the meat. I had the spinach to go with it and it was perfect. Not weighted down with a lot of cream and butter. Just enough to make the consistency creamy but still have the ability to taste the spinach. I will definitely come back every time I am in DC.
We loved the warm atmosphere and although the menu is pretty simple, everything is executed to perfection. The wine list is amazing and the sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The wait staff were exceptionally friendly and efficient. This place has got its act together.
For the most part the food was above average. The service was very good. However, we ordered the Tomahawk Steak at around $172.00 based on weight. Besides the bone being at least $30-40.00 of that 172, they left the meat on it and it was hardly edible. At every other steak house the bone is bare and you are paying for the ribeye portion. Here we paid for the rib meat and it was disappointing at best; it was all fat. Get the steak or ribeye but I do not recommend the tomahawk.
Great ambiance and overall vibe. The server was excellent.
GO TO ST. ANSELM. My second visit to St. Anselm. It is a GREAT brunch spot. Our first visit was great - the good news is it has gotten even better. We started with the deviled eggs w/ crab and biscuits with pimento cheese. Do NOT miss trying the biscuits. We followed with steak and eggs, the butchers steak, oysters and eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, and the the lamb sirloin with salsa verde. There was one issue with our meal. The pancakes were raw in the middle. This did not ruin our meal. They are big and thick. This being the case, as cook myself, I know this can be challenging. The waiter went above and beyond by taking them off our bill. We couldn't leave without sharing a dessert. The Rocky Road pudding hit the spot. Next time, the ice cream cake. We will return soon...dinner!
The salmon collar is wonderful, but huge. One person would have a hard time finishing it. The waiter said it was about a pound of fish (I think would be not counting the bones).
This meal was in my top five of 2019, without a doubt. The citrusy beef tartare was a highlight.
The Sunday brunch menu has many of the dinner entrees available, making St. Anselm a good choice for a Sunday lunch.
We tried four different items from the menu. The crispy chicken sandwich had great textures but could have been more flavorful. The steak fries with ranch were over seasoned with salt and pepper and the ranch dressing was very thick but a little too bitter. The Sourdough French toast has delicious crispy edges but the middle of the slices were soggy and couldn’t be cut since it would just turn to mush. Lastly the wild mushroom omelette wasn’t very flavorful but the hash brown was very good.
You will enjoy one of the best meals in the DMV. After dining here twice, I can't wait to come back again and try more menu items. Every course is consistently excellent. Upbeat vibe seals the deal!
Excellent as always
Overall, we had an amazing experience. The food was incredible, location was great. I would say the only downside was that our server wasn't the best, especially considering plenty of other reviews mention the great service. We sat for at least 5 minutes before he came over and it wasn't busy at all when we arrived and then was a little awkward and was difficult to hear once the restaurant got louder. Overall, it was still a wonderful experience!
I had read glowing review after glowing review and chose this place for our anniversary dinner. I left the restaurant wondering if I had gone to the same place. The wait staff rushed us through everything, felt aggressive at times when we didn't know what we wanted and seemed dismissive of my concerns about a weird taste in my dessert. My steak tasted more of garlic butter than steak.
The bacon was good, the potatoes we had were fine, nothing special. My husband enjoyed his carrot cake but the ice cream cake left me very disappointed.
There was an event at the bar so getting to the bathroom was an exercise in patience. Once there, I could barely see and wondered where the lights were.
The noise level meant I didn't hear my husband at all but heard every pretentious discussion around me. All in all, for the amount of money we put down, I am incredibly unfulfilled and wanting an anniversary do over.
We had an awesome time. Food was terrific and service excellent.
Thoroughly enjoyed a first visit to St. Anselm. Liked being seated in a semi-enclosed wooden booth, which provided some privacy & made it easier to talk. Great menu with a good mix of small & large plates. Everything we had was delicious and the service was excellent. Easy parking in the Union Market district.
Great experience. Went mid week so it was busy but not overwhelming. Servers were friendly and prompt. The biscuits were amazing and filling. The sides were more than enough to share with four. The meats were grilled as ordered. One of our party ordered vegetables and salads which were very good. However, the non red meat, non shellfish protein options were limited.
Nevertheless, we’ll return.
Loved this restaurant.
Loved it! We went with my niece and her husband for a birthday dinner. Everything was really well done. The food is great, the atmosphere is great and the service was great. That doesn't happen that often. We had to start with the biscuits with pimento cheese. These are wonderful and flaky biscuits, almost like a croissant. The salads are large so we shared the wedge type, which had some great bacon. The chicken sounded interesting and it was just great. I wasn't expecting a whole chicken but it is with an amazing sauce that reminded me of Malaysia. We ended up having to take some home. We shared a dessert among the 4 of us and it was plenty but they also brought a little lemon cheesecake with a candle for our birthday girl. It was really good too. It was a Wednesday night and they were busy so I expect it is hard to get in on the weekend and might be loud. If there was one minor issue, it was the first table we got. It was a half moon booth and the problem with that for 4 people is the two ends are so far apart, they can't hear. So we requested to move to a standard table for 4 and it was perfect. The booths look nice but aren't conducive to conversation with the noise level in the restaurant. Otherwise, this was a great stop and one I can highly recommend.
This steak house nails vegetables and fish too. A flawless meal. We are going back tomorrow night!!
The sides were great. The Cauliflower was really good and interesting flavors.
We got the butcher’s steak cooked medium. Perfect and juicy!!
The experience was amazing all around. This was my second time visiting, and I was not disappointed. The biscuits, creamed spinach, Fried Chicken, and salmon collars are a most have. Will definitely be returning.
We shared the 16oz rib-eye which was cooked perfectly along with pan-fried mash potatoes and the winter greens salad. Oh and the biscuits are a must have starter always!
All around amazing dinner and experience! Everything we ordered was delicious! The Deviled Eggs were to die for. Definitely save room for one of the decadent desserts!
One of the best meals I have ever had!!
Everything was EXCELLENT the food the ambiance parking it’s just so far out there
We loved every morsel and were delighted with the restaurant's ambience. Our service was lowkey and welcoming. We will be back!
The ambience of this place is fantastic. The decor was eclectic but inviting. The food is wonderful and for the quality it’s very affordable. I had the rib eye and could not have been happier. It was seasoned and cooked to perfection. My girlfriend has the tuna steak which was also delicious. We ordered the carrots as a side and they were covered with a sweet honey sauce which was absolutely incredible. This place boasts one of the largest drink menus I’ve seen at a restaurant and their wine flights are fantastic. We also ordered two cocktails that were delicious.
This is all-around just great. I imagine when it’s reputation spreads, people will be flocking to this place.
Food was excellent! Biscuits and Pimento cheese was outstanding! The ambiance was great but the food was a tad overpriced for the value. Quality was great.
This is a fun new place that my husband and I enjoyed for his birthday dinner.
We had a reservation and were seated right when we arrived. We got one of the nice booths, which was appreciated and comfortable.
We ordered the lamb tartare and winter greens salad. The lamb tartare was delicious (although the pita its served with is flavored with spices that I didn't prefer) but is pretty small for $17. The salad was fine.
For dinner, we ordered the ribeye, baked mashed potatoes, and cauliflower. Plenty of food to share between the 2 of us. The ribeye is seasoned very nicely, the mashed potatoes are fine (because they're baked they're pretty dark/burned on the bottom), and the cauliflower was life-changing. Definitely, definitely order the cauliflower. The highlight of the meal.
Our server wasn't particularly gregarious. He was prompt in his service and answered questions, but didn't seem overly welcoming. The woman who went around to various tables to see how folks were doing was super nice.
We sweetly got a birthday candle on our dessert (love it) but birthday dessert wasn't comped, as we've found it to be at most other DC restaurants. The ice cream cake was pretty amazing, though.
Finally, we were both happy with the wine we ordered. Overall, it felt a bit expensive for the experience, but it was a nice night and the food was good.
once you get over the problems - parking, noise, short wine pours - you recognize the qualities: great food, great service, vibrant local place
Lovely ambiance, stellar food and service. I went for dinner and it exceeded expectations.
Incredible and inventive well executed menu, great service. Sooo good.
Finally. A steak joint that is trendy and casual. Incredible appetizers and
Cucumber salad. The butcher cut and NY Strip are on point. Friendly service. Great atmosphere.
From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and appreciated. Ambience was joyful and everyone appeared to be having fun on s a Friday night!
Service from Megan was immediate, flawless and wonderfully warm and gracious. Food choices and preparation were unique from most DC fare and every item was cooked and served perfectly. Especially wonderful was the salmon collar, lamb shank and ribeye steak. Wine list has some real treasures! We are all coming back for more!
Thank you Chef!
Great Steak, good vibe and service. Will be back to try more off of this menu.