St. Anselm - DC

4.7
1965 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEdward
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 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 2 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 2 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
88 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday great service thank u

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vipNancyA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is EXCELLENT!

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MaryR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DanielleS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 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 June 6, 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 June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Staff was quite knowledgeable.

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AnthonyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and drink. Highly recommend their brunch.

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Only1rc
1 review
Dined on June 6, 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 June 6, 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 June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance. Loved the monkey bread!

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vipAliciaB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 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 June 5, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation lunch

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vipDavidM
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner and great to be back in a busy, great restaurant on a Friday night. Great advice from sommelier on an Hermitage Blanc that paired with four seafood dishes we ordered…and loved.

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Zeke
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely anniversary dinner at St. Anselm. The food was delicious, the service was spot-on, and atmosphere was perfectly pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place for a 7-person birthday party. Food is consistently excellent. The pork shoulder and the lamb rank.

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vipsmackh1
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great services and food

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CheriB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dishes that were well-seasoned. Plentiful portions. Pleasant service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our daughter’s high school graduation, so the restaurant was her choice. She’d raved about a previous visit., but it was a first for us. The food, the service, and the general atmosphere were all superb. We will definitely put this restaurant in the “rotation” and won’t wait for a special occasion to return.

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Analinda
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all lovely and nice. We ate brunch there and I look forward to going back for the dinner menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First my neighbor snd I have gotten together for a meal since Covid.. We both loss our parent and best friend to this horrible virus. Dinner was very good and the energy
of the restaurant is exactly what we needed

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CaseyM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was wonderful. We were welcomed by the sommelier who offered to help us pick the perfect bottle of wine. We got the biscuits with pimento cheese to start which were amazing and buttery. The steak was cooked perfectly and the rockfish was so tasty.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Had to wait a while, despite having reservations. Waiter was obviously disappointed with our small order. And, the fact that we weren’t drinking. (We did leave him a good tip, though, for the inconvenience.) I had the large prawn, and it was underdone yet tasted burnt. My friend had the swordfish, and she felt that it was really oily. I’d still go back, but definitely order drinks and order other dishes.

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DarrenB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful restaurant and staff. Oysters were some of the best we’ve ever had!

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vipKenny
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was good. We had steaks. Could have been a bit more tender but otherwise good. It was great to be out again siting in a restaurant. I will come back again to St. Anselm.

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Cotaylor
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and I loved this place. Made reservations for two for brunch but 6 people showed up. They accommodated us within 20 minutes of arrival. Great service and excellent food. The biscuits with pimento cheese were divine. Definitely on my list of places to visit again and again.

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vipceepeezi
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

St. Anselm set the bar too high for themselves and they definitely think too much of themselves. I ordered their Monster Prawn on the menu for $24 and they literally served one (1) dry, grilled prawn in its shell. By the time you remove the head, tail and shell, what you really get is a single shrimp (about 3" long) for $24 and a side of butter. I can't believe they have a single prawn on the menu as a meal...this should be an appetizer for $10-$12 at best. My friends and I were there for brunch, and we asked our server about the brunch cocktails and he suggested the kir royale, which was not on the menu. He neglected to mention that it was an $18 cocktail. We also ordered mimosas with our meal, which showed up after we were done with our meals and as they were clearing plates. Spotty service (we watched while our food sat at the window for almost 10 minutes, with our server nowhere in sight, but which was eventually brought to us by two other nice staff members). Food was overpriced and underwhelming. The monkey bread and deviled eggs were the best part of our meal. Overall, we did not feel like we had a good enough meal or experience to be worth the price.

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vipJeffLarkin
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in DC: a gourmet, casual meal that is affordable and a locale and ambience that is great fun.

FAQs

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

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 1965 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.