St. Anselm - DC

4.7
1982 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in the Union Market neighborhood, the second outpost of Joe Carroll’s popular NYC restaurant aims to bring some of the laid back vibes of Brooklyn to Washington, DC. St. Anselm is an American tavern devoted to the pleasures of grilled meats and great ingredients simply cooked. While steak is a specialty, the creativity of Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley doesn’t stop there. Delicious food, eclectic wines (some on tap), and classic cocktails set the tone for a great experience. Paired with friendly service in an unpretentious setting adorned with quirky décor, dining at St Anselm is the total package.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pagya
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious!

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TinaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner as always. The food is marvelous and our waiter, Carlos, was knowledgeable and kind and had great timing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great! One of my favourite restaurants in DC, appreciate the pandemic seating outside.

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Matt
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Service is hit or miss which is a bummer because the food is pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I think the outdoor dining was great during Covid but now you sit in a wooden cubicle for an expensive dinner compared to the inside it is really not very nice. The ribeye was very disappointing compared to one I had at the Bethesda restaurant a few weeks before. The deviled eggs and oysters were delicious

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Anar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service. I’ve never had a bad item here.

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Pescatarian
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Rockfish sauce needs a redux. Rockfish si, mussel sauce no.

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AlvinK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Carlos was exceptional! Peter, Mgr. on Duty came over to welcome us and even chatted with us. A nice touch. The food was amazing. It was my birthday and we received a complimentary glass of wine. The rock fish and sword fish were superb. But those biscuits “sayyyy what?”’Amazing. A great time!!

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vipGretchenG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. The experience was great but Bella made it even better! She was a wonderful server that checked on us enough, had great suggestions and witty banter but left us alone when the time was appropriate to continue our conversation. We would certainly come back for the food but the service was truly memorable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the service was amazing. Kind of sad they don’t have a happy hour. We got the monster prawn very good and the smashed potatoes as well as the beef tartare all very good!

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vipNicholasJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent service and very accommodating. great food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Went for the first time for our anniversary. Had a mediocre experience after high expectations and hearing great things.

Two different sets of biscuits came out cold in the center. Received the wrong side dish and had to ask to have it replaced. Lamb leg steak tasted gamey and not fully cooked in a few spots. Friends had called ahead to have drinks/carrot cake paid for and presented to us as a surprise, with a personalized card. The server didn’t communicate to us that the drinks/cake was from anyone nor did they present us with the card.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In DC visiting for biz trip & was near my hotel. Absolutely incredible place & the steak, wow! Service at all levels, excellent.

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MaryR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

I love St. Anselm - it felt as if the restaurant is leaning back into post-pandemic service and staff seemed new and overwhelmed. So give them your patience and love (and tips$$$) as we all get back into the swing of things!

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vipJenK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Looking for a steakhouse....that you won't feel guilty for ordering seafood, or even chicken? Then this place is well worth coming to.

The bartenders know how to make the classic cocktails, and have a bunch of more complex drinks worth trying too.

Great modern, younger take on the steakhouse, with something for everyone....except vegans, I guess.

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JessieC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'll start by saying I never write reviews. But this place was SO GOOD I had to say something - it was one of the best meals I've ever had. I got the smashed potatoes, broccoli, swordfish steak and oysters. The potatoes were impossibly good - so fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and they came with ranch that tasted homemade. I don't normally like ranch but I loved it. The swordfish had such a soft, buttery texture, and the chimichurri sauce was perfect. The broccoli and oysters were delicious too. The ambience was also great - the booths have an intimate, cozy feel and the music is not too loud so you can hear each other talk. Great place for a date!

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vipEdward
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my fave DC spots. Consistently delicious food, great service, and amazing cocktails. Highly recommend

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Lovetoeat
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience2

Way too loud. Was there for brunch and no reason music needs to be that loud.

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Abbey
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful brunch here. Nearly everything we had was among the best we had ever had of that particular dish. We highly recommend the biscuits, the swizzle cocktail, and the French toast. The French toast was light and custardy, an absolute must-have. We never felt rushed and the ambiance was interesting and subdued. The only thing we didn’t like was that the outside chairs were not made with fat people (or anyone with wide hips) in mind. We had to switch to indoor seating in order to be able to sit comfortably.

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vipFancyNancy
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time. Finally got there last night. It’s a fun place has good vibes. Everyone is very friendly. We sat outside. The indoor seating is very close and therefore it is very loud. Glad we had an outside table. Our waiter was excellent. Great personality and very attentive. The wine on tap was good. I had a Chardonnay and Malbec. My husband had a Coke, he said it was excellent.🤣 For appetizers my husband got the wedge. Huge thick slice of bacon on top, lots of eggs and the blue cheese dressing was mild. He enjoyed it. I got the sardines. The description sounded better than it was, way too much flavoring. The bread was too thick along with the spread which was very lemony. The Sardines were good but totally lost their flavor from the spread and bread. My husband got the butchers cut steak and loved it. Cooked perfectly! I got the lamb steak which the waiter said they cook it medium. It arrived rare. The waiter saw it immediately and took it back. Came back MR. the Salsa verde was a very heavy. I could not taste the lamb so I scraped it off. Our sides were the smashed potatoes were fantastic along with the creamed spinach.
Definitely will go back. I think it’s a good group place to go, very fun!

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Kokayi
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Listen!

Staff: Super accomodating everyone seemed to be pleasant, not in a creepy way or reminiscent of the South, but in the "hey, I'm not mad working here, i dig my coworkers" vibe. it was the overall comraderie for me.

Our server, Carlos. extremely exceptional; mans ( i don't know their preferred pronouns, so i'm giving the Brit TopBoy pronoun) was attentive to detail, personable; with a pleasing disposition which seemed to be the vibe, which, once again is what I got from every person; manager, bartender, busperson - all good vibes.

The food: bonkers. The biscuits are addictive little pillows of buttery goodness; dense, flaky, and not a game. We had lamb and swordfish from the bigs (menu), solid cocktail and mocktail, pan-fried mashed potato, little gem salad, and the grilled sweet potato. Dessert was mango sorbet and the newly added chocolate cake with sea salt, all dope. This is one of those places that you either, intentionally downplay because you always want to have a table and not too long of a wait or you tip insanely well so they know you're good people and won't have you standing too long. Had I had a fistful of 100s, I would have walked around sans Oprah handing out big faces.

Lengthy review shortened; eat here, order the biscuits, ask for a to-go bag because the portions are serious. Price point is palatable given that the fare doesn't disappoint.

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vipLeoatl
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

Very good food, amazing biscuits, steaks, fish and chicken. Unfortunately, either a sign of the times for the restaurant industry in being under staffed (no fault of their own) or inexperienced staff, or both, the service was beyond painful. Our waiter was inattentive, forgot part of our order, and had a look of deer in the headlights or partially not coherent. Disappointing given that this is not a cheap priced restaurant. Will give it another shot in a few months.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Not worth the money. Service was fantastic, no complaints about anyone who waited on our table. Steak was overpriced and, frankly, tough. The menu is unimaginative. However, the wine list is pretty good.

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WilliamM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday great service thank u

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vipNancyA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was all very interesting and cooked very well. We had grilled fish, and we did not miss steak!

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KayDC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food wasn’t amazing as I remember it. It was still good- just no wow factor... for the price. Underwhelming to say the least. Had a guest visiting from overseas and wanted to impress them with a good dinner, left a bit disappointed. I’ll come back for a drink and an app but not a full dinner again.

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Bernie1
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

The ambiance and food quality are top notch. Our server's responsiveness was less than adequate.

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AnthonyS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time, went for dinner, food and drinks were great. We were able to eat outside and not be effected by the weather.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is EXCELLENT!

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, good food, excellent service. Will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was delicious and Lou, our waitress was wonderful.

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DanielleS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We went out for my birthday. The food was good, but i was hoping to be surprised with a piece of chocolate cake at the end. I wasn't. The food was delicious, however, you've been warned, they spare no bu tter or oil. If that's a concern make sure to ask for your food with reduced amounts.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Only issue was inside felt like there was no AC so it was very hot, and did not want to sit outside because it’s cicada season.

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CynthiaJ
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Staff was quite knowledgeable.

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AnthonyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and drink. Highly recommend their brunch.

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Only1rc
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! What a treat! We celebrated my son’s 21st birthday with brunch and it exceeded all our expectations. From being greeted at the door to paying our bill it was a great experience. Wonderful, helpful staff, delicious food and a GREAT atmosphere. A++++ all around!

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vipMollyEgloff
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great, service was great but I just think the price was pretty high for the amount of food you received. I wasn’t looking for bottomless but brunch mains don’t come with a small side salad, fries or fruit which to be honest is really cheap and could easily be added to the meal.

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MadisonH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance. Loved the monkey bread!

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vipAliciaB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Overall the experience was just like the last time we were there. It seems as though St. Anselm is becoming very touristy because people are dressed very casually. The food was great, as always!

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vipTopDog
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I just love this place! The food is always good and the biscuits are a great starter. This is one of my favorite places in DC.

FAQs

St. Anselm - DC offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 864-2199.

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1982 OpenTable diners.

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.