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The Anchor

4.2
896 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(513) 421-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Derek dos Anjos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Street
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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 Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 896 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I had the bouillabaisse pot pie, enthusiastically recommended by my server. It was good, but not exceptional. The veggies were small and cubed, like you might buy in a frozen pack. The seafood was small and minimal—bay scallops and small shrimps. With the phyllo draped over the top, the overall effect is better than a Banquet or Swanson pot pie, but not much. The most disappointing aspect was that it was served in a bowl that couldn’t have been much more than 12 ounces—hardly enough for a dinner. My server might have warned me about the small portion, since it was the only thing I ordered. Had I paid $12 for this entree, I would have been disappointed, but I paid $29! At that price, I would have expected the pie to contain jumbo shrimp, sea scallops, and other choice seafood delights, served in a larger portion. My wife had the trout sandwich, which, again, was lauded as “the best thing on the menu” by our server. It was just OK. We won’t be back.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

We stopped in for a lite bite after the theater. After finding that the were out of the Trout BLT sandwich, I ordered the fish and chips. I was very disappointed. The fish was heavily battered with very little fish inside. I tried to separate the batter from the fish, and there was just not much fish there. For a restaurant as nice as the Anchor and with the prices they charge, I would have expected much better. It was more like what one might expect at a fast food restaurant. To the waiter's credit, he did not charge us for the fish and chips.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Everything we have had at The Anchor has always been good. We would come more often if they took reservations for the outdoor patio—dumb idea not too!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Being seated at the same bench table as 4 others takes away from the experience

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Was not the Anchor of old. Fish was try and lacked flavor. We all the great options in the area it's odd that Anchor seems to have let quality drop.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

As always our dining experience was excellent! The food and service was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Oysters were phenomenal. Nice cocktail and wine options, but they couldn't make my dinner mate an amaretto sour, since it wasn't on the menu. My other friend didn't love her lobster roll - described it as "a little rubbery." Patio seating on a gorgeous night was great, but it had a faint odor of the sewer. Definitely worth another try, but this time I'll be sitting inside on a Wednesday dollar oyster night.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Lovely patio on a gorgeous night, nice view of Washington Park and Music Hall. Food was mediocre, we had the roasted beet( a sub for the Brussels sprouts of which they were out), and hush puppy appetizer , and both had the fish and chips- meh. May return for a drink on the patio, but will dine elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2017

This was my second visit, I was disappointed with the amount of food and drink they were out of. The drinks provided were very underwhelming. We were a party of three and were placed at a shared booth table with a second couple, this made for an awkward situation.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Came for the oyster selection!!! Amazing as always..

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We were told by several people that this was a must-try in OTR. We were really disappointed. We waited almost 15 minutes for a table despite our reservation, and they might have been at 50% capacity. The menu is very small (they do have a large variety of oysters) but they were out of two of the main dishes, which were the best two options in my opinion. I ended up with the fish and chips. It was mostly breading so I didn't care for the fish, but the fries were excellent. We will probably not go back as there are way too many other options in that area. I think it was very overrated.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Overall was a good experience tough they were out of many items on the menu due to the Taste of Over The Rhine.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Loved it. Great menu. Plenty of traditional seafood options, and enough new stuff.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Love this place! We came for oyster mania and it did not disappoint everything was amazing! We will be back soon!

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

I've been to Anchor OTR more times than I can count. It's a lovely place to take friends, especially for Oyster Mania ($1 Delaware Bays). The prices are a bit high for the portions, but the quality is always exceptional. They have a lovely cocktail list, amazing dirty vodka martinis and their outdoor seating is beautiful.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

The clam chowder was excellent! The lobster roll was filled with chunks of lobster - will return but definitely will order the fish of the day!

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We loved the starters- the crawfish beignets were awesome light and flavorful. The crab cakes had whole lumps of crab and its flavor was not the usual you can get anywhere. The star was the octopus which frankly was large enough to be an entree it self. The salad and potatoes/tomatoes that went with it were so well seasoned!

However the entreees were disappointing. The fish and chips was a rip off- there were 3 small battered fish chunks that could have been better placed in a fried fish taco. We also had the fish fillet in a ciabatta. That was ok but both dishes were a let down given how good the starters were.

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3.0Dined on August 18, 2017

The service was great but everything else was average or below. The fish in the fish and chips was dry and tough and the molten lava cake really didn't have anything molten. It was just dense chocolate cake with a dime size slightly gooey center. I booked the table specifying an outdoor table for my mom's birthday. We were taken to an inside table and had to ask to be moved and no one mentioned her birthday. The menu is limited but not special and the prices are high for so-so food. This was a one and done experience.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful service and great food!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Tried 4 things off the menu. Everything was so good. Great atmosphere, location, staff, and food.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

I've been to the Anchor several times, the food and service is always great.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing lobster roll

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great service and server was knowledgeable...short menu and all about seafood...the octopus was superbly cooked, the special of the day was a seared fluke...probably overcooked to our taste...great hand cut French fries...the dessert was disappointing...the salt caramel pudding was not smooth and lacked flavoring

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2017

unfortunately we won't be back. They asked if we would want to sit outside. Instead of putting us on their patio, which had plenty of space, 4 adults were seated at a small table along the wall outside. We were crammed next to another table. It took 5 minutes just to get a glass of water. Drinks were another 10 minute wait. Prosecco was warm and flat - both glasses. Food was all overcooked, including the "fresh" fish. Very small menu.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Great oysters, terrible service.
Our clueless waiter forgot half our order.
Good if you have lots of time and are patient with dunces

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Never had a bad meal here. One of the best restaurants in town. Cool without being pretentious. They focus on the right things.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

fantastic seafood -- oysters and octopus a must!
great menu to try multiple different entrees and or just split appetizers -- cannot recommend enough as a destination for fresh and delicious seafood options out of the ordinary offerings.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Octopus and lobster roll were great, service and outdoor patio awesome

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Second time we have dined at The Anchor. Enjoyed both times. Great place for seafood lovers. Food delicious and presented nicely. Service great. Have not eaten outside but plan to in the future.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was amazing. The menu is small but everything was delicious, prepared well and the server had excellent recommendations and knew his way around the menu and how the food was prepared. We will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Great food, amazing and attentive staff. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Great service - delicious food! Will go back for sure.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2017

This was our 4th visit to The Anchor. The first two were great experiences. The last two have left us planning not to return. The last two entrees were not good. The drinks and appetizers were very good and we should have stopped at that.

We love the OTR area but this visit will be our last to The Anchor.

Our bill was shocking compared to comparable to other places we frequent.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Good and service were outstanding!
Oyster lovers were rewarded with a great selection. Crab cakes & deviled eggs made the non oyster lovers Happy! Great menu will be back to tray more!

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Trout BLT was great, Oyster too!

Service and evening were great

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2017

I must admit I was a bit disappointed. Overall, the food was good but the menu very limited. In addition to being limited, several of the choices were unavailable. My colleague had a difficult time even finding anything that suited her taste. I had the fish of the day which was good. Just nothing I would probably return for. Server was sweet but admitted she had just started. Therefore we had to wait for everything and ask for drinks, etc.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great outdoor patio and yummy food most of the time, but it can be inconsistent. Also, I hate when servers let you spend so long picking out your food only to THEN tell you they are out of things...it would be so much more polite to tell us upfront! They were out of A LOT for a Saturday night including two of the dishes we came for specifically, bummer!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Wow. Great, fresh tasting oysters. Really liked the waiter. He was knowledgeable but didn’t make us feel like dipshits when we asked questions. Really good drinks. My wife loved the Bloody Mary with a ridiculous sized piece of sea lobster attached. Kind of pricey for me to dine weekly but I would go monthly if I lived closer (in town for some cracker concert...Isbell or something).

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Absolutely wonderful as always. Great, creative food and unique environment. One of my favorite places. I just wish they were open later after a show.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2017

Disappointing dining experience. We went to celebrate a birthday and there was no recognition by the staff, not even a "happy birthday." We ordered 4 small plates to share on the recommendation of our arrogant waiter. Only one of the four was worth eating. The corn filled crab cakes lacked crab meat. They were cold and burnt on the bottom. Cold, rubbery breaded calamari. The waiter never checked on us after the food arrived either. Don't eat here!

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