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About The Anchor
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.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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
Derek dos Anjos
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Anchor Ratings and Reviews
Great service and good food. I got the fish and chips and my lady had the fish of the day. We also got the bread which was great, but way too filling. Should be cut up in smaller pieces but no biggie. Oysters were also ordered and eaten in a matter of minutes. Waitress was great, attentive and informative and very polite.
Our first visit to the Anchor. I'm always interested in seafood menus and was drawn to the fresh oyster offering at the Anchor. There was an extensive variety of east and west coast oysters the evening we ate there. I ordered an assortment from both coasts. Oysters were very fresh, juicy and plump. My wife had the NE clam chowder that she thoroughly enjoyed. We also shared the artisanal bread with the black garlic butter - very tasty. As for main courses I selected the sea scallops, a special that night. Scallops were a nice size and prepared just right, she had the seafood pot pie. We both would order our entrées again. For dessert we shared some sort of winter vegetable cake that was too dry and not memorable - not recommended. The service was excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. The tab was on the pricy side. With the food listed above along with a total of three glasses of wine and a 20% tip, the total came in just under $200.00.
We had a group of five, three adults and two kids. Options on child menu were sufficient. Food was very good-- two appetizers and all the meals received high marks. Even the fries for the child's hot dog were good. Would only say a little high-priced for the portions received.
Wonderful seafood selections! We had the "Bait & Tackle" that was a super value and super tasty.. the oysters were so fresh. My husband had the clam chowder, and I had the halibut special. The fish was cooked to perfection and the portion was just the right size. The cheesecake dessert was so creamy and presentation very inventive. Our server, Patrick, was very knowledgeable about the dishes and was very attentive. Great place to spend out anniversary!
Was my second time at the restaurant. The food was good and well as presentation. My only complaint was the service. My waiter was continually pushing me to order and get out ( I felt) I was there to have a nice leisurely meal but alas didn't happen I had appetizers and bowl of chowder (potatoes were too big and very little clams but good taste. After that I was served my check no chance to have coffee or after dinner drink or dessert. Made me feel like he wanted to turn the table and my time was up for a single diner. There was a couple of ladies in the same booth as I and they had a completely different experience as far as I could tell and they were slower than me at ordering.
Enjoyed everything: mussels as appetizers, and the three fish selections that were ordered amongst our party of three (halibut, grouper, fish-n-chips).
Noise level in front dining room pretty high, such that conversation over dinner was a lot of "Sorry, can you say that again?"
Waitress was delightful. Alas, 'twas her last night. Hope we made it memorable.
My wife and I went for a date night at the Anchor. The food and service was really terrific. We had lobster rolls and I had oysters, along with a nice white wine from Campania. I recommend the restaurant- the seafood has always been quite fresh. The oysters were certainly fresh, and I can't stand old ones.
I have to admit that I was a little concerned at all the mixed reviews the Anchor was getting online. Complaints about everything from the food, to the service and especially with regard to the value. BUT... I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I found the food to be very good to excellent. I had the whole fish which was filleted at the table and the dessert was simply amazing (Salted Caramel Pudding). Our server was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable and the timing of the food service was perfect. I thought the value and the portions were balanced.
My only two "complaints" (and they are more observations than anything) is that the chairs were a bit uncomfortable and we sat facing a completely blank wall with no decor on it whatsoever. A few "porthole" mirrors in keeping with the nautical theme would have made the "view" a little more interesting.
Either way, I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and will return again!
While our food had good flavor, we felt that it was overpriced for what we received. Two of the party had the seafood potpie($29). There were only two pieces of shrimp in one of the potpies(no other seafood). One person had the gnocchi and described it as "OK"
Service was fine, although our waiter seemed to be taking care of too many tables.
The service here was excellent, abd the dishes were delicious! My fiance ordered a whole fish, and it was fileted tableside perfectly. The cocktails were also above average, and for the taste and quality the prices were reasonable. The only negative I can think of is that it was a little loud by the time we left, but it was a Friday night.
I had been anticipating a trip to The Anchor ever since it opened. I love seafood and all the special items always looked great online but I have to say it was a huge disappointment. The fried fish was all batter, the evening special was cold when it arrived, our server wasn't friendly, and it was very pricey for the quality of food they provide.
Unfortunately we did not have a good dining experience here. Two people in our group ordered the lobster tail and there was absolutely NO meat on it. It was hard to even find 3-4 bites to eat. This was extremely disappointing, and although we told our waiter absolutely nothing was done about it. When we first sat down I tried to order a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but they were apparently out? I seriously think we would have had a better meal at Red Lobster - sorry, but that's how disappointing it was. Not going back. Waste of money.
We went as a family before a show. Two of us took fish and chips. The other two opted for the special: a 3lb lobster to share. Both dishes were disappointing. The fish was over fried and arrived as fish nuggets rather than a whole filet. The fries were greasy and thin, not what one expects them to be.
One of us could not eat the fish. The waiter was prompt in asking if something else was desired and if not to he would take it off the bill, which he did.
The lobster was boiled and served whole. It could have been cracked open to come to the table. It was served with melted butter on the side with two side dishes: polenta and cauliflower. The polenta was overly buttered and too cheesy, it was sickly. The cauliflower was overcooked but had good flavors.
The cocktails were good. Overall not impressed by the quality served and for prices that are fairly high.
I've dined at this restaurant twice. The first time I recall it being VERY noisy making it difficult to hold a conversation with the person at the same table. I went again recently. The food was honestly below average. I got the crawfish beignets which were honestly disgusting. Coming from Louisiana, the idea of this dish appealed to me, but it was a hot, tasteless, mess. Just greasy and hard to describe. The lobster sandwich was tasteless too and better suited for a boardwalk meal at fisherman's bay, but not a semi-nice restaurant. This was my last time dining here and I cannot recommend it to others.
Enjoyed most everything about The Anchor, except for the seating arrangements. We ended up in what we called "The Afterthought Table", a two-top with no light hanging over it at the end of a small walkway. After having to pull my phone out in order to read the menu (for reference, I'm 27), I thought that we had probably ended up with the raw deal. However, after seeing that every table around us was a communal table, we felt pretty lucky. The other point to note is that it is very LOUD, which is probably due to the fact that with two parties per table, everyone is trying to compete in order to be heard.
Food was great though (amazing seafood), and the server was great (although you could tell he was in the weeds). Overall, would recommend for a weeknight meal.
Upon arrival, we were seated in a very nice booth. Our server was polite, attentive, and very nice.
We were a 4 top and ordered wine and appetizers and oysters. Things were great until we ordered entrees. Evidently, we ordered behind a large party. No problem, No hurry, But after an hour, we wondered when we might eat. Finally, the food came. We had to send back 2 entrees. The scallops were so overdone, they were inedible and the duck was raw and very tough. We tried to get a different order of scallops, but there was none to be had.
The server was very nice, but the kitchen had definite problems.
I'm sure we will try the Anchor again. But this visit was a disappointment, since we were introducing the Anchor to our friends that had never dined at the Anchor. Better luck next time.
My boyfriend & I really enjoyed our date at the anchor. This was his first time there; my third. Food was delicious & flavorful - we had oysters, crawfish beignets, octopus & branzino. Patrick waited on us & did an exceptional job...he was knowledgeable, attentive & gave excellent wine recommendations. We will definitely be back!
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