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The Anchor

4.2
893 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Neighborhood Gem (1040)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (599)

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About

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: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 421-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, 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 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Amazing lobster roll

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Trang (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 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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Jan62 (Cincinnati)
1.0  Dined 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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vipPaul (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 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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vipWGuy (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 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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Riley (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

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

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EllenS (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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vipRWAP (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined 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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