St. Anselm - DC

4.7
2111 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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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Eliana
Dallas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, the food was good. Unfortunately, I think service was lacking here. Our waitress was covering numerous tables and could not dedicate any time to us. I had written a note on my reservation that we were celebrating my husbands birthday and there was no mention of it by our waitress. Further, our food order came out wrong but we did not make a big deal of it given how busy the place was. Regardless, busy or not, I would like my order to come out right. Lastly, we asked our waitress if we could substitute an ingredient for one of the salads due to a dietary restriction and she did not want to even bother and ask the chef. I chose not to push and did not order the salad but I was not sure what the big deal was.

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Jazzy
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome experience and servers - very pleased

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MelodyC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this spot. Consistently delicious and fun night out! Take out works great too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was as wonderful as we expected.

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goatieGoats
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and modern steakhouse without being overtly steakhouse-like.

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ChrisH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Appetizers, salads and steaks were excellent. Cocktails, dessert, and service were mixed.

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KatharineC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We've been to St Anselm's several times pre- and during COVID. Perhaps it was the time of day (4:30 on a Sunday) and they are down servers like many restaurants, but we were seated in a corner with several other tables when there were open tables throughout the rest of the restaurant. The service was not good and we were waiting on drinks and the meals were delivered before we were done with the appetizers. The food was good as always. However, given the cost of the meals/drinks and our previous experiences we expected a lot more. It will be a while before we return if at all - hoping they get their mojo back.

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vipPaco
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Every dish done just so. Expensive but worth it.

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MarcW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful experience I will be returning soon for the lamb steak

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LindsayM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall great experience, the food and drinks were phenomenal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food was amazing. The hardwood bench seating was quite uncomfortable with no padding which is the only reason I have rated it 4 stars instead of 5.

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Tori
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Axe Handle Ribeye was flavorful and cooked to perfection. Will return.

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vipSoldier1914
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place for brunch.

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vipBellasmama
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's great to see an unpretentious steak house that delivers. The food is amazing. Would highly recommend this place.

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Chuck
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All in all, a very nice night out. We sat outside in our own cubicle that had a fan. The restaurant’s interior looked great. I wish COVID concerns hadn’t made us opt for sitting outdoors. As for the food, the endive salad and the sides (spinach and mashed potatoes) were excellent. But we were both disappointed with our steaks. They weren’t bad but when you go to a steakhouse you expect superb beef. The NY strip was the better of the two though nothing special. The most that can be said of the ribeye is that it was big- not flavorful or tender and came out more rare than the ordered medium rare. Dessert (a cookie) was good but,again, nothing special and not worth the price.
Service was friendly and attentive.

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Foodie245
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty! The bacon and deviled egg w/ blue crab were our favorites!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St Anselm — from cocktails to biscuits to that b’day carrot cake w/just enough candles — truthfully & delightedly, E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G was flawless, captivating, & yummy for our Fri evening b’day celebration!! Just like the candles, the b’day girl was lit w/excitement! Paul & staff, thx for every special touch! We 💕 St A!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best server ever in Kamiece (sp?). Everything she recommended was delicious and I tried things I normally wouldn’t like. A great spot

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vipRachaelslurs11
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Inside ambiance is wonderful. Outside is in a parking lot in 95 degree heat. Despite the cute little individual pods, indoor dining would have been preferable.

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vipNasus
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful waiter! After we decided we would prefer to eat inside, he figured out a way to get us an excellent table inside.

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vipKatie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was very good and my fish was good. But the strip steak we had was overcooked and very tough. Had a hard time cutting it with the knife. Why don't you buy the prime strips from Costco. So much better and they are as tender as butter.

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JoshuaP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would have loved to eat inside, but totally get it

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ErinH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Biscuit to die for. Loved the whole branzino, NY strip and mashed potatoes. Great atmosphere and service

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JeSuisJohnGalt
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love st anselm! Great food. Especially the biscuits.

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Chris
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is truly wonderful! The quality of the food is over-the-top for the price. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We love the contrast between the interior decorating theme and the surrounding area. Any time we're near D.C., we make a reservation!

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MattD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible steak!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A solid choice. The staff is friendly and the drinks hit the spot. Great monkey bread but the biscuits and pimento cheese is the best. Don’t miss that app—it’s my favorite. So good! I’ve tried the brunch chicken sandwich twice but left most of it on my plate both times. I thought the first time was a fluke but ended up disappointed by it on the second try as well. Skip it for something else. Will be back—just with a new main next time. But still recommend St. Anselm overall!

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vipCissyP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch outing! The menu is amazing and won’t disappoint!

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FaithR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent always. I miss the giant prawn. Much more fun than the treditional steakhouses in this city.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every moment, would recommend and return next time I’m in DC.

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somm Megan picked us out an amazing barbaresco. The steak au poive is phenomenal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun spot, great options for lunch. Great playlist.

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vipAdelinaC
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to every thing- cocktails, seasonal appetizers (tomato salad), biscuits with pimiento, rockfish…I could go on.

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Frankie06
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely dinner. Great service and food was delicious.

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RossP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Salmon collar was a standout dish. Good wines by the glass too. Our waiter was able to point us to a Hungarian white and a Israeli rose that were both outstanding! And very interesting!

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KeilahJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC!

I made reservations for a celebratory date while on a short trip to D.C. We sat in one of the cool outdoor structures outside. The food is INCREDIBLE and the service was fantastic. My only advice is not to fill up on the appetizers before the entre arrives. I absolutely want to return my next time in town!

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PeggyY
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food excellent at good prices. Casual atmosphere. Service unpretentious.

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vipZEITGEIST3000
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The time limits at the tables given the price of dining is ridiculous. Having our entrees rushed out in 10 minutes and being asked to leave the table at the two hour mark despite having spent hundreds of dollars will prevent me from dining at St A again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place NEVER disappoints. Everyone is so friendly and the food is PHENOMENAL!!

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YoungFoodie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant. The server was a bit aloof but it might have been a language barrier. The manager checked in on us after our first bites of our main course. We really appreciated that gesture.

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 2111 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 bookings at the moment.