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The Anchor Spa, New Haven, CT

The Anchor Spa

4.5
4.5
38 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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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What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Some of the food was excellent. The salad was bland and the shrimp a bit fishy. Too dark but wait staff was very nice and attentive. Should get rid of the online menu which is the old Anchor bar.
  2. SB

    StaceyB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grrat good and drinks. A little noisey but really fun.
  3. P

    Philly

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, our Server was great!
  4. W

    Wino

    Grand Rapids

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktail flavors. I would recommend it.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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
  6. AB

    AndrewB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday, great
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  8. 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
  9. J

    Jeff

    Philadelphia

    156 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    156 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  14. L

    Laura

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  15. 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
  16. RS

    RochelleS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 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.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  18. 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
  19. G

    Giuseppe

    Fort Lauderdale

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our bartender was outstanding. Drinks were creative and perfectly prepared. The food adventurous. Great time.
  20. 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.
  21. s

    stubes

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 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.
  22. 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.
  23. f

    foodie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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!
  29. B

    Becca

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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
  30. 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!
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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!!!
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. J

    Jleibo

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 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.
  38. b

    bobo

    Kansas City

    160 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    160 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 4.5 stars by 38 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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