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The Anchor, Cincinnati, OH

The Anchor

4.2
4.2
1036 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Anchor is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of beautiful and historic Over the Rhine. Located on the corner of 14th and Race, we are right across from Washington Park and Music Hall, making us a perfect destination for both pre and post theater meals. Convenient parking is located across the street in the Washington Park Garage. The Anchor is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturday. Enjoy lunch and happy hour specials daily. We feature both traditional and communal seating. Voted Best Seafood and Best Raw Bar in Cincinnati for the last four years. Seafood is delivered fresh daily. The Anchor offers a rotating selection of east and west coast oysters and other raw bar favorites, a variety of whole fish and other seafood specialties, including a classic New England lobster roll! In warmer weather, enjoy our beautiful patio overlooking the park. If you have a party larger than 8 people, please call us directly to make a reservation.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 421-8111
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Derek dos Anjos
  • Private party contact
    Steven Campbell: (513) 421-8111
  • Neighborhood
    Over the Rhine
  • Cross street
    14th Street
  • Parking details
    Directly across the street from The Anchor underneath Washington Park is a 450 space parking garage. We also have valet parking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,036 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 2Value

NoiseModerate

1,036 Reviews
  1. lookingforgoodeats

    London

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This restaurant closed several months ago. Why would Open Table remind me of my defunct reservation and ask me to review my experience at the restaurant? Come on Open Table, you told me months ago that the restaurant had closed, why would you keep this reservation active on your records?

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  2. Susanrob

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Provided a champagne toast for my friends birthday. We had oysters, crab beignet, hush puppies, and more oysters. Everything was to die for. Will definitely be going back. The Bloody Mary is amazing too! Service was prompt and unobtrusive.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We usually love going to Anchor but this time was not our best visit. We had a reservation for 7:45pm. We place our dinner orders by 8pm on a Saturday night. They were out of a ton of stuff on their menu: scallops, mussels, etc. Three of us wanted the mussels and 1 of us wanted the scallops. One of us ended up just eating a burger (at a seafood restaurant) 2 of us just had oysters and a couple of us all they order were soups. It was disappointing because the food is always great but who runs out of the best items in your menu at 8 on a Saturday night knowing that you have reservations.

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  4. AutumnM

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    My husband and I were disappointed by our visit. We made a reservation several weeks ahead of time for a special night out, and had requested a private booth. Well, all of their booths are really big and will seat 6-8 people, so we were actually seated in a booth with another party who were already eating. Nothing private about it, when you are seated in the same booth with strangers. I will say that the food tasted amazing, but I gave them three stars because both entrees were TINY portions (my scallops plate had four medium-size scallops and less than 3 tablespoons of spaghetti squash and mushrooms on the plate...and nothing else)! I have often had small plate or tapas portions that were larger than the main entree sizes at The Anchor. The service was good and our waitress was very nice, so no complaints there, but overall, being seated with strangers, no privacy, tiny portions, and a very non-romantic ambiance that was noisy just didn't live up our expectations or what we had read online (our booth was also right next to the restrooms and the server station was beside us so that didn't help).

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  5. JCinCincy

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went down to the Anchor for dollar Oyster Thursday’s. A dozen oysters two entrees and a couple of cocktails all for less than 60 bucks! Good food and a good price!

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  6. marih

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was poor

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  7. andrear

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The Anchor is a great location for a meal for the OTR theatre crowd. We had our choice of tables. The server was helpful in choosing our food selections. My husband liked the cod on his sandwich but found the bread overwhelming, too much for the portion of cod. The accompanying french fries were cut thin and delicious. My serving of shrimp and grits appeared small, but was just enough for me as I am not a big eater. Only complaint is that a layer of oil surrounded the grits in the cast iron serving dish. The dish was tasty and did not overwhelm the just right shrimp. There was some confusion on the iced tea. I requested hibiscus iced tea and was given black iced tea. When I questioned the server, I was told that all their iced tea was hibiscus. Clearly, not true, but I do like well made black iced tea, which it was. The minimalist design and trays of succulents make for a pleasant atmosphere.

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  8. mellanam

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We used to love Anchor, it seems like the quality has gone down. The past 2x we have come we have been unimpressed, the tuna tartare was bland!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed oysters weren’t available. Salmon omelet was not hot - just slightly warm. Past visits have been better. Friends loved the chowder.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was excellent but we were expecting a little different ambiance. Lighting was way too bright it felt more like a cafeteria than a fun place to eat with great food.

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  11. AmyR

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very narrow menu. Small portions. Cool building and location but overall, not worth it.

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  12. Colleen

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Always love the food but found our server to be contrary. He tried to dissuade us from our order then argued with us about not bringing the hush puppies out when we wanted. In general he seemed annoyed with us and we were bothering him.

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  13. HungerGames

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We got a series of apps to share amongst three of us. It was a nice way to experience several things and share. Mike did a great job of pacing these out. The food was delicious. The only negative was that, I guess because of the cold night, there frequently was cigarette smoke coming from the kitchen area as if someone was smoking just outside a door way and wafting in.

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  14. QuinnA

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The anchor was the perfect place to eat after a very long day of wedding dress shopping. Everything was delicious, especially the raw bar options (pro tip you can get the crab legs steamed) and the drinks were wonderful as well! I would definitely recommend and will definitely go back!

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  15. Cathy

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was amazing! My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary so it was a special occasion. We both thought our waiter and all the staff were not all that welcoming or well trained. When my husband had finished his dinner, a staff member came by and said "plate" and grabbed his plate away. We purchased a bottle of wine. Our server poured the first glass but never came back to refill our glasses. It is fun to be in that part of town. That felt festive but the atmosphere was a little bland. We still had fun!

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  16. JohnE

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the Skate and it was excellent. The reduction sauce was lemon base and I wish I could make this dish at home. But then again I appreciate going out to one of Cincinnati finest restaurants

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  17. Lolanati

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was very accommodating and efficient which was important because we had theater tickets. The mussels are some of the best I've had in Cincinnati!

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  18. Floyd

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thankful for the allergy friendly meal + service! Happy to of had a server who understands the importance of passing along allergy information. Food & experience was great! Excited to return.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent, but the menu was overpriced. The lobster roll itself is excellent, but a $32 price tag is unjustified given that the plate was overwhelmingly covered in french fries.

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  20. MargaretK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Eat oysters! So refreshing! Clam chowder needs more clams! Less potatoes and bacon. But still full Of flavor. Sadly,Tuna tartare was bland. Will return for More oysters!

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  21. Mary

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The oysters were perfectly fresh and the varieties were not the "usual" oyster options that you get here in the Midwest. There was nothing on the menu that we didn't want to try! They even had a burger on the menu for non seafood lovers.

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  22. SueK

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chowder and fries are the best!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband really enjoyed our first visit to Anchor. Our food was phenomenal and we’ll definitely be back again for another date night.

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  25. MarkA

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was Ok, but overpriced compared with similar restaurants, not really any better than the seafood chains. $4 for bread!? Menu very limited in choice.

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  26. SusanF

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried some new sides including chickpea panisse which was wonderful. Mussels were extremely fresh and plump.

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  27. Foodie29

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was okay... The Hush puppies were awesome! But then everything else was meh at best. The whole fish special had no taste. The egg was okay. We tried it. We won’t be back. Cute place. Just needs to rethink the menu.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! Every bite. Mmmmm

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  29. Ryle44

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only concern was a special we tried: sea bass with pasta, sauerkraut and white beans. It was filleted at the table which was interesting with the cheek and tail pointed out as being tasty. It was. However, the body was bland and dry as was the pasta. The clam chowder appetizer is to die for, though. That alone will send us back to try another entre.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as well as atmosphere.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Can't call us regulars but have dinned here often and never disappointed. Only "would love" would be more bread to sop up the broths...

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is awesome

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  33. souix

    Cincinnati

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stopped in for an early dinner on a Friday, and took advantage of happy hour before dinner. Had a couple of $2 oysters, a lovely cocktail & $5 glass of white wine. Moved over to dinner and our happy hour prices followed us to the table for another couple of glasses of wine. My husband got the scallops, which were perfectly prepared. I got the monk fish special with braised cabbage and baby beets in citrus wine sauce... Delicious! We shared the goat cheese Bavarian with lemon bars for dessert. A great dining experience: wonderful food & a friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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  34. SharonC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful oysters and drinks. The Skate Schnitzel was excellent. Unfortunately, the scallops were tough and overcooked with a small portion for the price. The squash was very skimpy and you couldn't taste the blue cheese. This is the only time I've been disappointed.

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  35. ChristineC

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible, over-priced food. My group (party of 5) ordered a variety of apps, oysters, and entrees. Only redeeming quality was the mediocre wine. We will definitely not return or recommend.

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  36. EnjoyableDining

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We hadn't been back to The Anchor for many years, but we chose to return before a CSO concert. Unfortunately, we found the food rather poor. The clam chowder was more a potato and ham soup, not a tasty clam chowder. The tuna tartar was watery and without flavor. The crab beignets were also somewhat watery and flavorless. However, the calamari was rather tasty. I guess we will not be back again for a number of years.

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  37. Eataround

    Cincinnati

    144 reviews

    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing meal! The food was beyond outstanding! And the service was just as good! Can’t wait to come back for another extraordinary meal!

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  38. OpenTableCluent

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat down at 7:30. Dining experience completed by 7:50. And we ordered drinks, appetizers, and entree. Great 20 minute dining experience. Food was fine. Service logistics was unacceptable. Busy weekend night where they needed table turnover. Would not recommend.

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  39. Chela

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great seafood! Delicious oysters. Every dish was excellent.

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  40. theesh

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    We have dined at this restaurant once in the past and had an excellent experience. This visit was quite the opposite. We were seat at a horrible table, outside the entrance to the kitchen, the lighting was broken, and the table was very cold to say the least not ideal. I had the duck, recommended by our server, and it say it was tough would be an understatement thought I would save a piece for a half sole on my shoe. With all of the excellent choices in town this is an not one that will receive another visit.

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The Anchor offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 421-8111.

The Anchor is rated 4.2 stars by 1036 OpenTable diners.

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1401 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    14th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Over the Rhine
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Directly across the street from The Anchor underneath Washington Park is a 450 space parking garage. We also have valet parking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Derek dos Anjos
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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