St. Anselm - DC

4.8
1650 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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LocalFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely, warm, Covid-safe experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
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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vipJandrewterry
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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vipGiana
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was friendly and fantastic

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 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 February 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our server didn’t

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Meesh
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 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 February 20, 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 February 20, 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 February 19, 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 February 19, 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
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipShelbiRenae
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 February 15, 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 February 15, 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 February 15, 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
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Only downside is that the outside seating options weren’t as heated as you might think, so it was pretty cold, but the food made up for it.

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viphstreetrezident
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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!!

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vipGailM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. The service and food were excellent!!
We will back again soon.

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HilBeans
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The people who work there are always so lovely ! I’m actually usually there for the sides and the grilled tuna steak (not much of a beef eater) but since they’ve taken the tuna off the menu, the biscuits, broccoli and potatoes will do. Looking forward to trying the grilled branzino next. Wish they still had the tuna though. It was phenomenal.

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Soldier1914
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The staff was very attentive and professional. St Anselm adheres to social distance guidelines which made me feel very safe.. I had a wonderful time.

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StaciC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited St. Anselm on Valentines Day and was seated in one of the outside private heated "rooms". I felt very comfortable being able to dine out during the times we are in while seated here and was comfy and cozy! They did a great job with the rooms. The food and service were outstanding.

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BarbaraQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So we dined at the restaurant back in September for a friend birthday dinner. Our waitress was amazing. Then we got the same waitress again who was absolutely amazing! I sorry I don’t remember her name. We lunch and brunch here very frequently when time permits.

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Evan
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had! Excellent service as well

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DanielW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and was happy to see masks being worn by all. I felt as safe as I could be dining out during a pandemic.

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Shredmon
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was really looking forward to trying this place out after hearing rave reviewers from friends. The food was decent but honestly a bit over priced, the potato dishes were both really good and saved the meal for me. Service was good and given the circumstances the outdoor dining was solid too. Overall, it was good and I would go back for sure, but I’m not in any rush too.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I really enjoyed our meal and the ambience at St. Anselm's. It was close, the parking was convenient, and the service was courteous and attentive. The food was phenomenal and a great find for the day before Valentine's Day. Also, the convenience of using OpenTable for availability and reservations made it easy for a non-planner like myself to make the arrangements, know and share details, and check the box as the true romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

St. Anselm set up outside is amazing. Our check in process, complete with temperature check, was impressive and instilled confidence. Our servers were fantastic, attentive, thoughtful and brrrrr-ave as they weathered the cold and freezing rain. Our meals were delicious! The monkey bread, the biscuits, and WOW —the salmon collar — were all incredible crowd pleasers. There’s nothing the staff or restaurant could have done to make our first experience at St. Anselm any better. It all exceeded our expectations. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was our first trip to St. Anselm, but won’t be our last!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The pancakes were great! I love the orange wine!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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LindsayJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from start to finish! All possible COVID precautions taken.

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BrianG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food is always super amazing, especially the salmon collar! Unfortunately due to COVID indoor dining wasn’t an option and the outdoor dining was subpar. I’ve been to many outdoor dining venues during COVID but unfortunately St. Anselm hasn’t done a good job of making their outdoor spaces warm and cozy for guests. It was COLD in the little outdoor “houses.” I had to wear my huge winter coat the entire time and my other guests went and retrieved blankets out of their vehicles. But the apple cider helped and the food made it worth. Just be prepared to be cold...bring a blanket.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to St Anselm and we will surely be returning. The food was delicious, service was excellent and the restaurant itself was great ambiance. I highly recommend the butchers steak. They followed all COVID rules perfectly and we felt totally safe. It was a great evening.

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vipElHa
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The biscuits (as mentioned in many reviews) are a must when you go. Also big shout out for the best COVID procedure I have seen. Contact tracing for all guests, temperature checks, ensuring masks when staff members come to the table - best I have seen

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SypressD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and safety standards were excellent!

FAQs

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

St. Anselm - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1650 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.