St. Anselm - DC

4.8
532 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic and will go back. The music was too loud and the lighting was too dim.

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SI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed it a lot. Food and service were excellent. A bit pricey and noisy but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St. Anselm has quickly become my favorite restaurant in DC. The food is incredible and everyone I’ve met there is knowledgeable and kind. Consider me a happy regular!

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p
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite new places in DC. Great food, cocktails, and service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent service, really made a positive diference

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k
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, but food and the wine were much more expensive than three $ suggests. We had a great waitress who was knowledgeable in wines and steak. It was definitely a good meal, we just can’t afford to spend that much regularly

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had great dining experience with Ed. We were in a bit of a hurry but Ed paced the meal perfectly and still left time to enjoy dessert. However we were so stuffed we couldn’t order. Will be back to enjoy dessert and try different selections from the menu.

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MD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch, service and atmosphere. Love this place!

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D
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this steak house. Quality steaks at an affordable price. Sets the new standard for steaks.

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s
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Perfect choice for my husband’s birthday dinner.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Really wanted to love this restaurant because I'm from Philly and a regular of Stephen Starr's establishments in NJ, NY, PA, and DC. Most of the food we got was practically tasteless - had no seasoning, or salt, or anything on it. The king lump crab dip was probably the best out of everything. Our waitress and service in general was excellent though. We got the hanger steak, tuna steak, and whole mackerel. For the sides, we got creamy spinach, roasted carrots (which needed more cooking time), and the beef fat little potatoes. Pretty disappointing but may give it one more shot.

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GJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience all the way around. We were amazed by the knowledge of the staff, and the execution of our food. Everything was spectacular.

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LM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

St. Anselm serves an excellent dinner and had an amazing wine list. Unfortunately, their brunch leaves a lot to be desired. The grits were terrible and the lamb sirloin was meh. Next time i'll pop over to union market for a quick bite instead of paying $60 for mediocrity.

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

overpriced drinks, great steaks and southern food - especially the biscuits & seasonal radishes and salt dish

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p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The ribeye was of VERY high quality, cooked PERFECTLY! The potato pancake needs work. Service was great!

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OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and excellent food! Definitely returning again soon.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, waiter was very helpful and engaging.
We had:
- biscuits to start (honestly some of if it the best biscuit I’ve ever had in my life)
- ribeye (incredible)
- 3 desserts which were insanely good but ice cream cake was best, followed by pecan pie; followed by carrot cake

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AO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was nice and free parking in DC is always a welcome surprise. While the restaurant ambiance made me feel like the environment would be chill and comfortable, the menu and prices were more white table cloth style...$50 for prime rib with sides a la carte.

Once we finished eating we were immediately presented with the bill. While my friends and I were sitting there enjoying catching up the hostess kept peaking around the corner, I assume gauging if we were getting closer to leaving. This was unexpected after spending more than $200 on mediocre food and beers. This is a spot I do not need to revisit...and the sentiment was the same for my entire party.

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has become my favorite restaurant, especially when in the mood for a top notch steak. Staff and ambience put it over the top.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal amazing service just all around superb.

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DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. Will definitely need to come back! price was on point but definitely on the upper end.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Food preparation was clean and focused. Wine list was detailed and had a wide range of bottles in all styles and price points. Sommelier was personable and very knowledgeable. Service was spot on and we never waited for anything. Everyone we encountered was friendly and engaging. Overall one of the best restaurants we have ever been to! Cheers to the whole team!

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M
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

The restaurant was very noisy. The food was very salty.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was pretty good especially my ny strip

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AF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The quality of food and drinks seemed good, but for the price the taste was just not there. My husband and I tried various things on the menu and were ultimately disappointed when our check was over $250 and we weren’t over the moon.

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GM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat in DC! The biscuits are the best and the meats are cooked to perfection.

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WW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They allowed us to request a table outside. They gave us a beeper and we were able to get some drinks at Union Market before they called us. We were there celebrating an anniversary and they gave us free champagne. The staff was super lovely and very helpful. It was a lovely experience overall.

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MP
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Steaks could be a hit or miss. Salads were great. Our order took forever to arrive and at no time anyone mentioned anything about the delay. Our waitress was cold and pushy.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wildly impressive restaurant. The place operated like it’s been around for years. So tight. The food was terrific and the service was on point. Two managers touched every table at least once. If there’s a fault, it’s with the seats. Everything about the place says enjoy, the hard wood seats say hurry up and get out. Nevertheless, I’d go back in a heartbeat. Kudos Stephen & Marjorie!

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SG
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool decor. The biscuits and pimento cheese were amazing! Steak fries were so good. We loved everything. The tri-tip beef sandwich delicious. Try the monkey bread too!

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P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When for brunch to celebrate my husbands birthday, Dominique was very attentive. Food was on point! Was a great experience for our first time

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SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is extremely loud. The service was great, until we placed our order and didn't order the most expensive items on the menu. If you order the King Crab Legs, it's one leg. And both of our steaks came out poorly cooked, as though the grill was too hot and not consistently cooking the meat throughout the cut.

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JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, atmosphere, and staff. We had a little bit of everything: cuttlefish and shrimp appetizer, deviled eggs, king crab legs, aged porterhouse for 2, cauliflower, fat fried potatoes, delicious lambic beers, and an amazing sherbet and pecan pie for dessert. Excellent service. Would definitely come here again :)

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved it! Went for a ladies night out and plan on returning with our spouses! Seafood was delicious. We will return for the steaks with the guys!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t say enough good things about this place .

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JR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent quality, large servings, simple but delicious preparation. Very noisy, hard to have a conversation. Service adequate. Pacing of meal very good and nobody rushed us out.

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v
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous server, Jason in the back room. Killer biscuits and grilled oysters. Diverse wine list at many price points.

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GG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It took us over a year to get here and now I want to go back every night just to try everything on the menu. Our Waitperson was great. Very knowledgeable about the beer and wine lists and was able to participate in light banter (always a plus with our group). We shared 3 apps with our table of 4. The crab dip was pedestrian but the clams and the salmon collar were exceptional. I could eat that crispy salmon skin all day. We shared the ribeye ax. I don’t remember what size but it was more than enough for 4 to share. It’s takes at least 30 minutes to prepare so order when you order your apps. It.Was. Divine. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly grilled. Collective “Yums”ran around the table. And after all that we found room for 3 very shareable desserts. Super Sticky Pecan Pie, Carrot Cake and Ice Cream Cake. We left completely satisfied and looking for excuses to go back soon

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NG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. I've tried quite a few things and it never disappoints. Wish there were a few more "creamy" or vanilla based deserts on the menu or something less decadent than the heavy cakes. But i will always go back here when the opportunity hits.

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DC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a pleasant experience. Steak was great and a fabulous wine Cannot wait to be back in DC

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