St. Anselm - DC
The interior design provided a laid back retro vibe. We had the deviled eggs, lamb and chicken - all were solid choices.
Great saloon atmosphere for relaxed yet “fine” dining. Chef Marjorie Meeks Bradley’s kitchen turns out stellar apps, smalls and sides. Service is superb. The cocktails are imaginative and the wine list expansive and well priced. Mains include an interesting whole Bo Bo chicken, lamb, pork and fish, all well prepared. Steaks are very good and the butcher’s cut (hanger steak) is delicious and a great value.
A great meal with a very helpful and attentive waiter. The cost is on the pricier side, but perfect for special occasions.
Very agreeable menu of (if there can be such a thing) innovative, adventurous comfort food. Excellent service. Wine and bar well thought through.
We had an amazing experience here. The ambience, food, and service were excellent. I'd go there just for the biscuits. Amazing. My husband's steak was one of the best he's had in a while.
Always a fantastic environment, the food is excellent, and and staff (service) makes the experience the overtop.
Had brunch their for Father's Day. Service was good, even though the waiter forgot to put in our order for the grits side dish. It was ok because it wasn't on our final bill. I love my food seasoned but our brunch was just a tad bit salty. Otherwise everything was very good. I would definitely go back again to check out dinner.
The food was good though not enough to justify the price. We ordered a steak and our server didn’t even ask us what temperature we wanted it. The ambiance is also funny in that it feels like a mix between a Cracker Barrel and a TGI Friday’s. Servers in T-shirt’s also don’t go too well with $30+ entrees. Probably won’t go back.
Very accommodating for change in reservations, friendly service, and excellent recommendations. The menu has a unique blend of flavors with a little something for everyone.
Lovely food, lovely atmosphere and great service. Came for brunch and would come again. Recommended!
Amazing brunch. Food was only surpassed by the service. Can't wait to return for dinner.
Waiters were so friendly and helpful! Food was delicious!!
Amazing food, amazing service. We got the ribeye, the biscuits and the steak tartare. We couldn’t have been more satisfied! Highly recommend
Terrific dinner! The location is a little difficult as we were driving in from the suburbs. But parking wasn't bad. Service was friendly and helpful. Oysters, jumbo shrimp and steaks were great. We will make a point of coming back if we are in the area again.
Special occasion or date night or just want good service and a tremendous meal. Fits all categories! Wonderful evening.
Outstanding food with knowledgeable, attentive service. We were seated in a back room which made it so easy to have conversation. Wish we had saved room for dessert!
St Anselms was AMAZING! My husband and I went for his birthday dinner this past week on a Wednesday. The restaurant was busy and full but not too packed. We had a reservation and when we arrived we popped over to the bar for a drink. We were served instantly and my cocktail was delicious (it was a gin something or other) and my husband got a draft beer.
We purchased a gift card for a friend when we arrived and the manager came out immediately to help us and even talked us though other Starr restaurants we might want to try.
Our server was super knowledgeable about not only the food, but the wines that the restaurant offered as well. The wine we wanted was sold out and we sampled two that she suggested as similar. She gave us great recommendations and the food was de-lish. HIGHLY recommend the biscuits. We got a great asparagus dish and grilled broccoli, too. I forget the cut of steak my husband got and I got the rockfish with a saffron mussel sauce. The saffron mussel sauce was out of this world. We also had a piece of carrot cake for dessert and it was DIVINE.
I am a pescatarian (while my husband is a meat-eater) so going to a place that's famous for it's steaks is always a little risky for me. This place had so many options for me to try! I will definitely be going back. It feels classy and swanky but the food is elevated beyond a "basic" steak house.
Food was great. It was not complex, but bursting with flavor. Ask for butter and honey instead of pimento cheese spread with the hot biscuits. The whipped butter melts as soon as it touches the biscuit and the honey brings it all together. Warning, don’t fill up on the biscuits since there are many goodies still to come.
Food was delicious and service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Appreciated that the staff seemed knowledgeable about all menu options, including non-alcoholic drinks. Great recommendations and we loved everything we ate-- especially the swiss chard!
Yummy food, presented well - including the crab deviled eggs and the “wedge” salad with a big slab of bacon on top. Delicious!
Love this place, enough said! Everything is delightful.
Overpriced food that is not worth the price paid. Waited a longtime (45 minutes) for food to be served and was disappointed on the whole experience. The fries were overcooked and taste dry and stale. The stake was no better than a typical chain establishment. Aside from the $48 dollar 16 oz stake, all the portions were small and overcooked and boring. Absolutely nothing special about the food and could see that there was no pride or quality for the amount of money charged. Save your money and go to 5-guys, and if you must go to St. Anselm - then be prepared to go to 5-guys afterward as you will leave hungry and disappointed.
Great food. Shareable portions. Service was top notch all around.
Most enjoyable dining experience we've had in a while (other than the miusc being a little loud)! Great food - all meat, so be in the mood, great service. Relaxed atmosphere. Great vibe. Good prices. Easy parking. look forward to returning!
Impeccable service coupled with great overall quality. I very much appreciated seeing that each dish was tasted before being sent out, to ensure quality. Additionally, our server was very attentive, and went above and beyond most service staff that you can expect in DC.
Restaurant service and food were great. However when I commented the music level was too loud, the server commented that that was corporate policy. So management doesn't care what diners want? Neighborhood was so-so, lot of dilapidated buildings, would look better with building renovations and more upscale-shops.
Excellent steaks. Friendly and efficient staff. Surprisingly extensive wine list. Front area is a bit noisy, but if you can get a table in the smaller back room, conversation with your table-mates is easy.
Biscuits and pimento spread were great but the chicken having head and claws was unnecessary. And the pork chop was just not good. Service was solid though.
The service was excellent from the moment we entered the restaurant. The place was booming at 6:30 pm on a Thursday. All of our food and drinks were fantastic. We especially loved our Ax Handle that we shared, and that cauliflower! Delicious!
We really enjoyed our dinner here - were most impressed by the very supportive wait team - they seemed to back each other up and worked so smoothly together to meet all our needs without being intrusive. The food we had (chicken, rockfish, carrots, broccoli) was delicious, generous in size and well plated. We also had the buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese which were to die for. Good wine list. Generous pour for gin and tonic. Casual and friendly. Our only complaint was the noise. Could have eaten outside to avoid that but would then miss the ambience! Looking forward to another visit.
I come here for the biscuits alone, they are to die for. The servers are always super knowledgable and passionate about the restaurant and the food. They source their food from sustainable and responsible vendors, and you can absolutely taste the difference.
Order the biscuits! Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to come back for brunch or again for dinner.
Everything was so amazing. The ambiance, food, drinks, service, etc. I’m from Miami and I would literally fly back to come to St Anselm and get their biscuits! The cucumber salad was amazing. The butchers steak was delicious. Wish I had room for dessert because they also looked yummy 😋 10/10 rating
Overall merits a return visit and very strong recommendation. Server was very helpful, knowledgable, accommodating and peasant. Everything was delicious but the spinach was barely room temperature when it arrived, suggesting it had sat on a service table for too long. It was taken off the bill, even tho we did not ask for same. The service could have been a bit quicker, esp at the end. We had a booth so the noise was not an issue, tho it might have been at a different table.
Excellent food with outstanding service and an inventive menu. Loved the radish appetizer.
Food was great, server was great. Need to go back for dinner.
Consistently good food and service. I just wish it was a little quieter in there.
We chose this for a special occasion and so glad we did. This was one of the best meals we've had in DC. The two apps (crudo and broiled oysters) were delicious. And both mains (butcher steak and lamb) were also fantastic. Our server couldn't have been more charming -- willing to let us enjoy our drinks without pushing us to order quickly, and yet available when we needed her. And the room and setting are great. We will definitely return often.
I have taken my recently diagnosed celiac daughter there for the third time while she was in from Boston because of the attentiveness of everyone who works at this amazing place. Once again an outstanding dinner and experience. Kevin C
In the past, I've given rave reviews for St. Anslem. Something about my last dining experience was off. Overall the food didn't have the same flavor. The crab legs are usually a great combination of butter and garlic. I had to ask for extra sauce for my pork chop because the flavor was lacking. Lastly, my crispy potatoes were very soft on the inside. Everyone has an off night and hopefully that won't happen again.