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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
This was our second time at the Anchor and for the second time we had a great meal. The mussels are fantastic and enough for 2 people to share. My husband had the crab cake and clam chowder soup. I had the brussel sprouts and deviled egg which were both delicious.
A friend of ours had a full fish and even when she deboned it he found an alarming amount of small sharp bones. I wouldn't order a full fish. the inside looks rather bland but sitting on the patio on a nice summer night is a lot of fun.
Also, they make a great Bloody Mary
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