St. Anselm - DC

4.8
1669 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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MarcelaM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat in the outdoor heated shacks. A little chilly but we felt very safe from Covid 19. We loved the giant prawns, oysters, biscuits, and ax handle rib eye!

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Rosie
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The food was mediocre. Our waitress started the night out by mentioning we had a time limit. Not super friendly. Too expensive for the value.

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SusanL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside in a hut and it was pretty good. They do have a 1.5 hour limit, which was completely ignored for the people in the hut next to us. When we finished at 9 (for a 7:30 reservation), there was no one waiting and open seats; some people had recently been seated so they weren’t closing. But our waitress said we could not have another glass of wine and had to leave. That left a bad taste.

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vipNearNortheastResident
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner! Love this place. So well set up for safety during Covid.

I want them to bring the cauliflower back though!!!!

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DamienH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine and the steaks were great. The service was stellar. I'll be back definitely.

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JoeP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience from greeting at the door to dessert and the check was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Not worth mentioning. Sunday night

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Bobby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my new spot.

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vipGG08
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor heated seating was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dining outside is always a toss-up with the weather. However, the staff did a great job ensuring quality service even though we were eating outside during a rainstorm

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MF2022
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tons of outdoor seating. Food was amazing! I came for lunch and was highly satisfied. Try to book in advance if you want to sit outdoors. Inside is also clean. Your temperature is also checked as well.

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ShalaB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My party was not accommodated. No efforts were made seat us relatively close together despite my reservations requesting that. Not welcoming to people of color.

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LocalFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely, warm, Covid-safe experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It’s not very enjoyable to have to wait an extra 20min to get seated and then have to sit right near the door. This was after being told we were waiting longer than expected in order to sit in a booth. I love everything about this restaurant EXCEPT the hostess staff. Just be transparent with the customer instead of wasting my time with false promises. For the amount of money I spent, I would have appreciated not feeling rushed to finish my meal after it was the hostess staff that cost us 20min of our dining time.

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viphanny
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate in the outdoor complexes set up - very well organized. Temperatures taken, and each stall was individually heated and felt sound proof. Service was attentive and nice. Wine was good. Food was excellent! Had the grilled oysters and the biscuits and crispy potatoes. Would highly recommend for people taking covid seriously and still want to have a fun and delicious meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I live very close and come often. We never get sick of the food because it’s literally just so good. The branzino is one of my favorites dishes. It’s just perfect. It’s such a great place. A gem. I highly recommend!

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vipWanderingFoodie
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place, whether it's Saturday brunch or a fancy takeout meal!

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambience was great. Our booth was perfect and intimate. The salmon collars and buttermilk biscuits were amazing. The steak could have been a little less pink. The service was great. Thank you!

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vipJandrewterry
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food and drinks were incredible. My compliments to the the cooks and bartenders. The greeter was extremely rude and the wait staff was covid crazy. I would probably avoid this restaurant until covid is behind us as the staff appears to be frightened to interact with the guests. They were very uncomfortable in their interactions with us. Be advised that there is a 90 minute dining window at this restaurant and you will be asked to leave at the end of that time period. Apparently, even if you have not finished your meal or drinks. Another reason to probably avoid it for now.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, very Covid conscious, excellent service, extensive wine list and, above all, delicious food.

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vipDave
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going here and glad we had indoor dining!

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vipGiana
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The steaks are not super impressive in flavor. We ended up asking for sauce because it wasn’t salty or flavorful enough. They had A1 , garlic butter, or this other beef broth based one, which we really didn’t like. The salmon collar is good, nothing impressive but it is good. The crab claws are good - it’s crab, hard to go wrong. Portion size of the crab was pretty small for $24. The sardine appetizer was just okay. The sardines come on toasted bread. The beats lacked flavor and the ricotta side it comes with is more like cream cheese actually - bizarre. Overall too expensive for lack luster food. It’s not bad but truly I’ve made better at home, even down to the potato sides. The ambiance is nice but there are better options in DC.

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vipKennethA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Two of the three meals came out undercooked. The service was poor. The waitress did not provide appropriate guidance regarding the meals to come (i.e. the size of the ribeye was not big enough to share, the ice cream cake portions were huge). The most disappointing part was the value we received for the meal did not warrant the amount that we were charged.

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PhilipL
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great protocols. Will return for another visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was friendly and fantastic

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great. Best COVID protocols I have seen while dining out in DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our server didn’t

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Meesh
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our first dining experience at St. Anselm. The biscuits and grilled oysters - delicious! Our server Dan was very attentive and pleasant. We also had a lovely check in from a Manager, Jill, during our meal which added to the exceptional service and experience. We will definitely return!

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Cjh0812
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best brunch experience I’ve had in a long time! Their COVID precautions are excellent; service was friendly; and the food was amazing.

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JoMama
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating is a brilliant idea and their safety precautions are unique and fantastic, would always recommend this place because they care and maintain standards of the highest quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks, although I wish I was seated closer to my reservation time.

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Bella
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The fools was delicious, but I’ve never been so hurried out of a meal. Considering our $250+ check for 2 people you think they’d be more considerate of that. I understand there a time limits, but serious 1.5 hours is insane. And we were ready to spend significantly more more. Bad business in my book.

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vipDC20005
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, delicious food and great ambiance for this birthday date.

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vipShelbiRenae
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anslem has done an incredible job of creating a safe, warm space to dine outdoors. They are clear and consistent in requiring guests to wear masks any time a member of the team approaches. The food was incredible as always.

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vippkchat
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing and covid precautions are great! Felt very safe dining outdoors in little pods.

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Steph
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in the heated, covered “shacks” and had an incredible meal, warm and dry even while it rained. Our server was attentive to both us and covid safety protocol, and our meal was incredible—the cocktails excellent!

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Lorena
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anselm's never disappoints! Brunch was incredible, the avocado toast was spicy and perfect, as was the side of bacon. My 6 year old loved the chocolate chip pancakes. We sat outside in the see through train and social distanced.

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vipBuckeyeSM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Covid precautions. It could have been warmer in the little hut we were in. The biscuits were delicious. Steaks on point and ice cream cake delightful. Will definately go back.

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viphstreetrezident
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting for Valentine's day. We did have an inside booth which might have made the difference. Our server and sommelier provided excellent guidance as we shared an top notch t-bone and Spanish red. Also, BISCUITS!!

FAQs

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

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1669 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.