The Anchor Spa
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.
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.
Great drinks and food. Will go here again and again
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.
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
Our bartender was outstanding.
Drinks were creative and perfectly prepared.
The food adventurous.
They do not take reservations.
Neat place with great atmosphere. Drinks were ok, not great. Food was the same. Good flavor but heavy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautifully crafted cocktails, delicious food, and great service!
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
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!
Great food and great service. The chicken and waffles and catfish were fantastic. We will be back!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
So glad this place reopened! By far one of the best places for cocktails in New Haven!
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.
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!
The Anchor Spa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 821-7065.
The Anchor Spa is rated 4.6 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.
The Anchor Spa does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/19VMCCBDQCS58/order.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.