St. Anselm - DC
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Incredible food and a great atmosphere! The buttermilk biscuits were divine!
Dominique was an incredible server!
Amazing service. Consistently delicious food!
First time we ate in a bubble. Everything was wonderful!
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.
Consistently good meals. Great outdoor seating made the dining experience comfortable .
Great food and service, my go to spot in the Union Market hood.
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
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.
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.
Get the biscuits. They are the best thing on the menu!
Amazing biscuits and monkey bread, wonderful service and just a nice day overall.
Amazing outdoor seating set-up. Had our own little tented area with heat. Covid protocols outstanding. Food was excellent as well.
Wonderful dinner! Above and beyond! Everything was perfect.
Overpriced (especially in regards to beers - 9 OZ PORTIONS for $7-9) but good food and decent service
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Great Service. Brunch was delicious. We had Deviled eggs and monkey bread for starters
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!
i specifically noted my garlic allergy and was given a sauce with light garlic. it impacted me all night.
The experience was very good!!
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.
We had to wait 30+ minutes outside before being seated for our reservation.
More selection for side dishes. More vegetables. Bring back the carrots.
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.
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.
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.