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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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LosP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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vippennsgroover
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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vipBrooksB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
2 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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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.

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A123
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food and cocktails here were excellent, and the service once we were seated in the restaurant was good. But the service at the start was very poor - we had to wait over 30 mins for our reserved table, and we were not offered a drink or anywhere warm to wait (despite there being many free heaters/tables outside). For the price of the meal here this aspect of the service should be much better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience3

I was seated 45 mins late for my reservation despite being there 5 mins early. Was never offered an apology by management or even approached by management. I have dined here many times pre and during the pandemic. I understand the difficult time restaurants are having but I followed every rule put in front of me with no complaint. The fact I wasn’t even offered a simple apology by management tells me how they value their customers. We are all in this together and I do my best to support as many local eateries as possible but I was hoping even minimal customer service would not be a casualty of the pandemic however it seems it is. I will have to think hard before coming here again.

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mirandaE
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time i've dined here, and easily one of my favorite places in DC! The temperature on the steak was spot on! Oysters were amazing, the biscuits.... Shall I go on?

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was pretty good overall. Food came out fast and the waiter had some good recommendations. I was there for a work meeting and we had a good sized table booth to accommodate food and some paperwork.

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vipMissToni
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My only issue was having to ask for our server after waiting 10-15 mins when we were seated. However, once he arrived, he was amazing for the rest of the meal. Social distancing was in full effect and enforced. Tables were spaced appropriately. The food was absolutely fabulous. I am a steak fiend and my NY strip was cooked to perfection and had amazing flavor. The crab deviled eggs were a surprise treat being better than I expected. This was my first time there but definitely will not be my last especially since they are in the neighborhood.

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KimG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The good: Food is amazing. We got the axe handle and it was cooked perfectly. Sides and biscuits are a must.

The bad: It was a special occasion, my husbands birthday, and they sat us at a horrible tiny table right by the main door. People walked within 6 ft of us constantly, we got gusts from the door open/closing, we couldn’t fit our meal on the table. There were tons of other open tables, so it wasn’t a space issue. Also, the server strongly hinted we should order dessert, we assumed because it would be on the house. It was not. We wouldn’t have ordered it if we’d known it was extra. There were just a lot of little ways they could have made our night special and they just didn’t.

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Kelley
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great, even outside! It was raining but was able to stay dry and warm. Service was so wonderful and thoughtful and made my birthday dinner really special. Loved it all!

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vipKevinS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was extremely subpar for the price and caliber of the restaurant. Food was somewhat overpriced for what was received (e.g. bodega breakfast sandwhich @ $11 for an egg, cheese, and bacon on a roll). Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Update- GM reach out to me via open table I sent him my information 3-31-2021, and today 4-3-2021 I haven’t heard from him at all. Shows their type of costumer service.


To be honest, I have always liked this place but I got the tomahawk and it was very fatty and not to my liking, and to make matters worse our server has awful to say the least. After he serve our food he never came back to check on us at all, I had to keep waving him down to come to our table and towards the end I had to ask another server to please help us get a box to go and our check. If I ever go back there I will make sure he is not our server.

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jaycub
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around one of the best meals I've had in D.C. From the meat to the veggies, everything was full of vibrant flavors and color and cooked to perfection. The standout was obviously the steak, but all of the sides and the acorn squash were close rivals. Finally, if I could live off of only the buttermilk biscuits for the rest of my life, I would. The only thing I would say needs some attention and diversity is the cocktail list. The manhattan was phenomenal and a great pair with the meat. But the rest of the cocktail list was lacking some variance and could utilize the spirits a bit more.

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Stylist73
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If your are looking for a place to share good times and great food with friends then look no further. The chef does an amazing job.the salmon collar and the chef selection steak are a must have.

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MichaelB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal. Service and food were great. That I gave the ambiance 4 instead of 5 stars has nothing to do with the restaurant and all to do with the absurd seating and dining calisthenics restaurants are forced to perform during the era of COVID.

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HannaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was excellent - helpful and friendly but not overbearing. My husband said the steak was the best he had in the US. I had a couple of wines by the glass and they were served at the perfect temperature. The carrot cake was delicious. Our 9-year-old didn’t care for the dead bear on the wall, but what can you do :)

Overall, a great restaurant we will happily recommend to our friends.

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RussellH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Incredible food and a great atmosphere! The buttermilk biscuits were divine!

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Pubilus
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing can’t wait to go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominique was an incredible server!

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vipSharonT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service. Consistently delicious food!

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vipSharonS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we ate in a bubble. Everything was wonderful!

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TiaraH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice place to eat during these COVID times. Definitely enjoyed the endive salad, crab deviled eggs, monster prawn, crispy smashed potatoes and grilled broccoli. My husband also enjoyed the steak. The sardine was ok.

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vipJoliealacarte
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good meals. Great outdoor seating made the dining experience comfortable .

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rodneyp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, my go to spot in the Union Market hood.

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Cheryl
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love brunch!

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.