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The Anchor

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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (1040)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (599)

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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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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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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
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
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipredheads (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

vipHungryHoward (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined 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.

lulu (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Darcy (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 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.

Cooker (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined 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.

EastSideDiner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

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