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The Anchor Spa, New Haven, CT

The Anchor Spa

4.8
4.8
34 Reviews
$30 and under
Caribbean

*Please note: Outside Seating is on a first come, first served basis. You may request Outside Seating with your reservation and we will do our best to accomodate it, however, we cannot guarantee it.*

Named after the Milford, Connecticut beach where it first opened during Prohibition, in its halcyon days The Anchor became a favorite watering hole for actors, artists, poets, writers, and Yalies, and the after-work boîte for bartenders and staff from other bars.

Relaunching in 2016, The Anchor effortlessly aligned with a revitalized Downtown New Haven, in the vibrant midst of Yale University. The bar and eatery simultaneously honors, embraces, and reflects the City’s economic, social and intellectual diversity—representing a cultural cocktail of town and gown immediacy of a deadline.

The Anchor’s new owner, Yale alumnus Karl Franz Williams’ plan is to preserve the best and most recognizable aspects of the restaurant’s former incarnation and create something evocative and timeless.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (203) 821-7065

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Executive chef

    Kendall Thigpen

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    Chapel Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Appetizers

  • Whiskey Wings$7.95

    sweet yet sassy! with creamy garlic dip

    • Crispy Dumplings$5.95

      with sour cream

      Entrees

      • Corned Beef Dinner$9.95

        boiled potatoes, cabbage and a bit of honey braised carrots

        • Corned Beef Sandwich$7.75

          piled high on rye with fries and spicy mustard

          • Homemade Grilled Kielbasa$7.75

            add a little polish flair on rye with horseradish, sauerkraut and fries

            Dessert

            • Punchkees

              free with dinner

              Last updated: February 1, 2022

              What 34 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

              4.8
              4.8 based on recent ratings
              • 4.9Food
              • 4.9Service
              • 4.7Ambience
              • 4.6Value

              NoiseModerate

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              1. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on May 11, 2022

                overall4food5service4ambience4

                Birthday celebration for my boyfriend. Food was very good, ambience was romantic and intimate despite the closeness of tables. Only complaint is that we were unclear if we ordered with a server or through the QR menu. Absolutely a hole in the wall you don’t want to miss

              2. AB

                AndrewB

                New York Area

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on March 10, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Birthday, great

              3. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on February 15, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Nobu is great. Music is fantastic. Cocktails hit. If you don’t like anchor spa you are probably anti Black.

              4. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on February 15, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Went out for my birthday and was really surprised to see this hole in the wall with such exuberance. The scene is perfectly lit, dim for an intimate vibe. The music was perfect. A wide selection of old school to new school reggae ,Afro-beats and r&b. The drinks were among the best I’ve had. Really recommend “Color Purple”. Our waitress was polite and attentive and our food was great. All in all 10/10

              5. J

                Jeff

                Philadelphia

                153 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                153 reviews

                Dined on January 23, 2022

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This was my first time at Anchor Spa. I loved the atmosphere and being able to be in a booth, away from the incredibly loud bar. Wonderful service. Great food and a perfect martini! Win win!

              6. SY

                StacyY

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on January 8, 2022

                overall5food4service5ambience5

                What I love the most about this establishment is the customer Service. Sorry I forgot the young man name that was our host. But he was so professional. What stood out to me the most was the ambience. I will truly recommend the Anchor bar

              7. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on December 4, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Food was delicious, good portion size. Staff are super friendly. The drinks are so good and delicious. Noise level was low. You can’t hear other parties but are able to hear your own table. The wait time for food and drinks was normal if not better. This was my first time and I will definitely be going back.

              8. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                15 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                15 reviews

                Dined on October 15, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                First time at Anchor Spa and it was great! The drinks were especially amazing!!! I will definitely be back!

              9. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Los Angeles

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on August 13, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great time

              10. L

                Laura

                Atlanta

                1 review

                4.0

                1 review

                Dined on June 2, 2021

                overall4food2service3ambience5

                Server was friendly and attentive when able to. Was a busy night so we had to go to the bar a couple of times to order more drinks. We ordered fried chicken in a bag which was amazingly cooked and just delicious. Sexy wings and plantain chips were also freshly made and delicious. However the jerk chicken with stir fry was very disappointing. The chicken was too dry and the stir fry, it was a mix between overcooked and fry versus being left out too long. However, the cocktails were just right. We will definitely come back here for the cocktails, the food I highly doubt. Once again, our server was kind and attentive when he was able to. If you want good Caribbean cocktails tho, this is the place.

              11. B

                Basir

                New York Area

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on May 1, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great drinks and food. Will go here again and again

              12. RS

                RochelleS

                New York Area

                5 reviews

                4.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on April 9, 2021

                overall4food3service3ambience1

                I was really excited to try this Caribbean influenced spot, but it was disappointing. I am Jamaican; therefore, this review is totally based on my Caribbean palate. If you are not use to Caribbean cuisine, then you may not experience the same disappointment. I had the jerk chicken tight which was flat and lacked proper jerk seasoning. My husband had the shrimp with yam sauce and a side of rice which was equally as tasteless as the chicken. My daughter had the grill shrimp with mac and cheese which was the better of the 3 entrees. The shrimp has a little burnt taste which was perfect. The music was so inappropriate, so my recommendation is to not take your kids here. Some Jamaican music contains graphic language and therefore should be played in a restaurant setting like this. Overall, there is a lot of room for improvement. I may consider giving here another try after a year.

              13. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on March 28, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Great service

              14. e

                ebraden

                New York Area

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on March 26, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Wonderful cocktails and food. Music was on the louder side, but gave the place a bit of an energetic ambiance even with the cozy decor

              15. G

                Giuseppe

                Fort Lauderdale

                8 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                8 reviews

                Dined on February 3, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Our bartender was outstanding. Drinks were creative and perfectly prepared. The food adventurous. Great time.

              16. S

                Skitripper

                Indiana

                4 reviews

                4.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on April 21, 2018

                overall4food4service4ambience5

                They do not take reservations. Neat place with great atmosphere. Drinks were ok, not great. Food was the same. Good flavor but heavy.

              17. s

                stubes

                New York Area

                14 reviews

                4.0

                14 reviews

                Dined on April 7, 2018

                overall4food4service5ambience5

                After only seeing the outside of the Anchor Bar for 30+ years (including being turned away many times as an underage student....) I finally had the opportunity to go (though now it's the Anchor "Spa" - took my wife for pre-Rep dinner and drinks. Was a great change-up from the more formal dining options we usually choose for "date night." SO glad we went. Was immediately struck by the cool vibe and friendly, low-key atmosphere. Bartender greeted us the moment we walked in, she was very friendly, pointed out good menu options for drinks and dinner, which were right on. The "Manhattan After Dark" is not to be missed, and pairs nicely with the spicy cauliflower tacos. Shrimp and grits were loaded with shrimp. Plenty of comfort food and other options available, including vegetarian. Service was fantastic. Great start to a great evening.

              18. R

                Rosie

                New York Area

                37 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                37 reviews

                Dined on March 24, 2018

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Anchor Spa was excellent, but they do not participate with Open Table. In fact, they do not take reservations, at all. They apologized, when I told them we had booked through Open Table, and luckily they were able to seat us. We enjoyed our dinner and the location right near College Street Music Hall, and the Shubert.

              19. f

                foodie

                New York Area

                9 reviews

                4.0

                9 reviews

                Dined on March 24, 2018

                overall4food4service3ambience3

                Although we had a reservation from Open Table the staff was surprised to see us and claimed they were no longer working with open table. They did there best to accomodate us though.

              20. B

                Bmoreveg

                Baltimore

                14 reviews

                4.0

                14 reviews

                Dined on February 17, 2018

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                We went to Anchor Spa prior to seeing Yale Opera at the Schubert. Anchor was in fact a great spot for pre-theatre- the cauliflower tacos were spectacularly good, as was the homemade veggie burger. BUT BEWARE- despite their presence on open table (which they deny knowing about) they do NOT accept reservations.....even if Open Table says you have one.

              21. LF

                LoveFoodie

                Orlando

                8 reviews

                3.0

                8 reviews

                Dined on February 15, 2018

                overall3food3service3ambience5

                The venue itself is very nice! However, it is very loud. Not good if you want to talk. We got there and they didn't know anything about our reservation. We got sited and then it took them about 15 minutes to take our order. Drinks are made on premises and they are worth the visit.

              22. LD

                LolaD

                New York Area

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on February 10, 2018

                overall3food3service3ambience3

                Staff at the Anchor Spa looked surprised when we said we had a reservation via OpenTable. Apparently they don't take reservations. Luckily, it was early and several tables were available.

              23. LL

                LLDCNYC

                New York Area

                10 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on December 31, 2017

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Probably the flyest spot in New Haven... which I didn’t realize could be a thing before this. The bar is super cute with an amazing, casual-cool vibe. It feels more like a spot in NYC than New England, which makes sense given that’s where the owner has made his name. Drinks are more unique than just about anything else you’ll find in the area and if you like rum, you’ll really love the cocktail list. The food is also great— a mix of southern comfort foods and American fusion. You can’t go wrong here.

              24. TK

                TaraK

                New York Area

                13 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                13 reviews

                Dined on December 3, 2017

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                Beautifully crafted cocktails, delicious food, and great service!

              25. B

                Becca

                New York Area

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on November 10, 2017

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Pleas note they are not taking reservations from open table despite looking like I had one booked! However they made space for us and it was a great experience

              26. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                San Francisco

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on September 30, 2017

                overall5food4service5ambience4

                Great place to eat and have an amazing drink! Atomsphere was warm, quaint with soulful sounds. Looking forward to returning on Thursday for live jazz!

              27. R

                Robsvb

                New York Area

                10 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on July 29, 2017

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Great food and great service. The chicken and waffles and catfish were fantastic. We will be back!

              28. JM

                JimM

                New England

                10 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                10 reviews

                Dined on July 29, 2017

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We really enjoyed the food, ambiance, service, and warm welcome from the chef at Anchor Spa. The renovation really works, and new concept ("A taste of Harlem in New Haven") rocks. The food was delicious and a great value. We were there on the early side; my guess is that the place gets louder as the night wears on. Will definitely visit again next time I'm in New Haven.

              29. SQ

                SusieQ

                San Francisco

                57 reviews

                5.0

                57 reviews

                Dined on July 16, 2017

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We were the only diners in the restaurant the whole time. Wondering where all the people were after a write up in the April issue of Travel & Leisure magazine raving about the place? We asked chef to prepare a vegan gluten-free menu and he delivered a beautiful 4-course prix fixe menu at $25 pp. Started with lettuce wraps w/a peanut sauce. Appetizer was a zucchini bruschetta. Main was a gf pasta primavera. Dessert a chocolate cake. Everything was organic and local. Had a great meal. Sure hope people come to this restored speakeasy from the 30's. It had a lot of character and a great menu for omnivores and vegetarians. Chef Stephen knows vegan after cooking for vegan hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Go!!!

              30. d

                drumike102

                New York Area

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on December 31, 2016

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Place is great. Food and drinks were fantastic. Will definitely be back. Right next to owl shop as well. Win win. Anyone who doesn't like this place is buggin.

              31. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Indiana

                1 review

                3.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 8, 2016

                overall3food2service2ambience3

                Very nice makeover and well decorated, cool retro feel. Understaffed both in front of house and kitchen which made for friendly but slow and disjointed service. Cocktails were creative. Decent bar food. Menu and concept are a little in-cohesive. Menu impossible to read. A near miss that with a few tweaks could be a really good spot for cocktails.

              32. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                3 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on September 30, 2016

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                So glad this place reopened! By far one of the best places for cocktails in New Haven!

              33. J

                Jleibo

                New York Area

                91 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                91 reviews

                Dined on August 12, 2016

                overall4food4service5ambience4

                we were so surprised to see the Anchor reopened. The drinks were creative and very good. We found the food to be the same. The menu was not large, but, very good. The service could not have been more attentive.

              34. b

                bobo

                Kansas City

                159 reviews

                vip
                4.0

                159 reviews

                Dined on July 3, 2016

                overall4food4service4ambience4

                This is a newly reopened restaurant, so the menu was limited, but we really enjoyed the Fish & Chips we ordered. Our martinis were great too & our server took very good care of us. We wish them luck!

              FAQs

              The Anchor Spa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 821-7065.

              The Anchor Spa is rated 4.8 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

              The Anchor Spa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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              Google Map for The Anchor Spa

              272 College Street New Haven, CT 06510

              Additional information

              • Cross street

                Chapel Street

              • Neighborhood

                New Haven

              • Hours of operation

                Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

              • Cuisines

                Caribbean, Contemporary American

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress code

                Smart Casual

              • Parking details

                Street Parking

              • Payment options

                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

              • Owned/operated by

                Black/African American

              • Executive chef

                Kendall Thigpen

              • Additional

                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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