St. Anselm - DC

4.8
1732 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
Ambience
4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious yet again. The steak was cooked exactly as requested. The baby iceberg salad is absolutely amazing and the bacon on top is like none other! Friendly service, easy to find parking, and no wait for table.

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A123
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The food and cocktails here were excellent, and the service once we were seated in the restaurant was good. But the service at the start was very poor - we had to wait over 30 mins for our reserved table, and we were not offered a drink or anywhere warm to wait (despite there being many free heaters/tables outside). For the price of the meal here this aspect of the service should be much better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall1Food5Service5Ambience3

I was seated 45 mins late for my reservation despite being there 5 mins early. Was never offered an apology by management or even approached by management. I have dined here many times pre and during the pandemic. I understand the difficult time restaurants are having but I followed every rule put in front of me with no complaint. The fact I wasn’t even offered a simple apology by management tells me how they value their customers. We are all in this together and I do my best to support as many local eateries as possible but I was hoping even minimal customer service would not be a casualty of the pandemic however it seems it is. I will have to think hard before coming here again.

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mirandaE
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the second time i've dined here, and easily one of my favorite places in DC! The temperature on the steak was spot on! Oysters were amazing, the biscuits.... Shall I go on?

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was pretty good overall. Food came out fast and the waiter had some good recommendations. I was there for a work meeting and we had a good sized table booth to accommodate food and some paperwork.

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vipMissToni
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My only issue was having to ask for our server after waiting 10-15 mins when we were seated. However, once he arrived, he was amazing for the rest of the meal. Social distancing was in full effect and enforced. Tables were spaced appropriately. The food was absolutely fabulous. I am a steak fiend and my NY strip was cooked to perfection and had amazing flavor. The crab deviled eggs were a surprise treat being better than I expected. This was my first time there but definitely will not be my last especially since they are in the neighborhood.

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KimG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The good: Food is amazing. We got the axe handle and it was cooked perfectly. Sides and biscuits are a must.

The bad: It was a special occasion, my husbands birthday, and they sat us at a horrible tiny table right by the main door. People walked within 6 ft of us constantly, we got gusts from the door open/closing, we couldn’t fit our meal on the table. There were tons of other open tables, so it wasn’t a space issue. Also, the server strongly hinted we should order dessert, we assumed because it would be on the house. It was not. We wouldn’t have ordered it if we’d known it was extra. There were just a lot of little ways they could have made our night special and they just didn’t.

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Kelley
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really great, even outside! It was raining but was able to stay dry and warm. Service was so wonderful and thoughtful and made my birthday dinner really special. Loved it all!

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vipKevinS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was extremely subpar for the price and caliber of the restaurant. Food was somewhat overpriced for what was received (e.g. bodega breakfast sandwhich @ $11 for an egg, cheese, and bacon on a roll). Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

To be honest, I have always liked this place but I got the tomahawk and it was very fatty and not to my liking, and to make matters worse our server has awful to say the least. After he serve our food he never came back to check on us at all, I had to keep waving him down to come to our table and towards the end I had to ask another server to please help us get a box to go and our check. If I ever go back there I will make sure he is not our server.

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jaycub
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All around one of the best meals I've had in D.C. From the meat to the veggies, everything was full of vibrant flavors and color and cooked to perfection. The standout was obviously the steak, but all of the sides and the acorn squash were close rivals. Finally, if I could live off of only the buttermilk biscuits for the rest of my life, I would. The only thing I would say needs some attention and diversity is the cocktail list. The manhattan was phenomenal and a great pair with the meat. But the rest of the cocktail list was lacking some variance and could utilize the spirits a bit more.

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Stylist73
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If your are looking for a place to share good times and great food with friends then look no further. The chef does an amazing job.the salmon collar and the chef selection steak are a must have.

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MichaelB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding meal. Service and food were great. That I gave the ambiance 4 instead of 5 stars has nothing to do with the restaurant and all to do with the absurd seating and dining calisthenics restaurants are forced to perform during the era of COVID.

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HannaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was excellent - helpful and friendly but not overbearing. My husband said the steak was the best he had in the US. I had a couple of wines by the glass and they were served at the perfect temperature. The carrot cake was delicious. Our 9-year-old didn’t care for the dead bear on the wall, but what can you do :)

Overall, a great restaurant we will happily recommend to our friends.

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RussellH
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Incredible food and a great atmosphere! The buttermilk biscuits were divine!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dominique was an incredible server!

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vipSharonT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service. Consistently delicious food!

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vipSharonS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time we ate in a bubble. Everything was wonderful!

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TiaraH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Nice place to eat during these COVID times. Definitely enjoyed the endive salad, crab deviled eggs, monster prawn, crispy smashed potatoes and grilled broccoli. My husband also enjoyed the steak. The sardine was ok.

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vipJoliealacarte
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently good meals. Great outdoor seating made the dining experience comfortable .

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rodneyp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, my go to spot in the Union Market hood.

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Cheryl
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

The worst service ever, our drinks appetizers and food took so long. And our server took his time to come to the table. Definitely won’t go back

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vipRonaldB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Outside Sunday brunch was outstanding. Pods allowed our group of four to minimize contact with staff while enjoying the excellent service. Food was top notch as has come to be expected here. Salmon collar and smashed potatoes are unique experiences not to be missed.

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HeatherL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place to do during pandemic. Seating at every other table inside with high ceiling. Outside has lots of pods. Food still as good as ever.

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JennyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get the biscuits. They are the best thing on the menu!

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Maura
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing biscuits and monkey bread, wonderful service and just a nice day overall.

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Fran
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing outdoor seating set-up. Had our own little tented area with heat. Covid protocols outstanding. Food was excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Above and beyond! Everything was perfect.

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MiguelO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overpriced (especially in regards to beers - 9 OZ PORTIONS for $7-9) but good food and decent service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

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VLP202
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Service. Brunch was delicious. We had Deviled eggs and monkey bread for starters

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great Covid protocols. Excellent rapport with staff. Most food was great as usual. My date’s steak was a bit under but they took care of that right away and the manager came out to apologize. I always love St. Anselm!

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vipKate
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

i specifically noted my garlic allergy and was given a sauce with light garlic. it impacted me all night.

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was very good!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was delicious. I had the salmon & my friend had the steak. Definitely recommend. The oysters were my favorite just wish they served more. biscuits are absolutely delicious too.
Service wasn’t good which really put a damper on things. I don’t like having a waitress that has an attitude. Sure the food was good, but I was uncomfortable. I won’t be returning anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience5

We had to wait 30+ minutes outside before being seated for our reservation.

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DenyseB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

More selection for side dishes. More vegetables. Bring back the carrots.

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vipErin
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited St. Anselm on a Monday night and had a fantastic time. Edmund gave us incredible service! He was thoughtful and attentive without hovering or disrupting our date.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

That steak which no greater could possibly be conceived as St. Anselm said himself.

Appetizer portions slightly smaller, but very good. Great drinks and service. Even got a complimentary birthday pudding.

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 1732 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.