Over rated. Atmosphere is ok but nothing special and the same for the seafood. I love the seafood on the Gulf coast but this didn't come close. Menu offerings limited and entree accompaniments not very appealing. Just didn't suit me.
The best thing about the place was the service and the food! Ansons has a great ambience for a romantic dinner or get together with friends. My food was fantastic. My steak was perfectly cooked and delicious. My friend has the scallops which was a tasty southern treat. Truely noteworthy. I will definetly be returning!
Need of a makeover, but acceptable food.
Amidst an array of great restaurants in Charleston, I found this one to be very average for the price as well as on a scale of culinary creativity. My wife and I had spent a week in Charleston imbibing on the wonderful history, charm and restaurants. And because of the reviews we had read, we chose this one for our last dinner. Some of these reviews must be a little dated concerning the decor (really blah) because this place was in need of a makeover; indeed far from charming, but we had a good dinner but not spectacular. My wife had the snapper and I had the trigger fish both of which were cooked well, ample in portion but nothing to be "abuzz" about, unless abuzz implies large portions, which they were. However, all that being said, the best experience was the service; it was excellent.
I was down in Charleston to celebrate my wedding anniverary and choose this place to have dinner. For a place that I read to be rated so highly, i was very disappointed. It was a very noisy place and my steak was overdone. I am glad my wife's yellowfin tuna was great.
I hate going to these trendy places to only find out I could have gotten a better steak at a chain restaurant :(
Best Southern Food I've Ever Had.
Anson should be declared a Mecca for lovers of Southern/Low Country food. I never thought grits could taste so good. Everyone should order the shrimp with grits for an appetizer. You may have had this dish before, but it has never tasted as good as this one does.
Anson gets the little things incredibly right. The succotash under my grilled snapper was a delicate combination of corn, okra and lima beans so beautifully put together. She crab soup actually tasted like crab instead of the overly creamed and sherryed versions that other places try to pass off.
For dessert, skip some of the French style items and go directly for the banana cream pie. Again, this is something youve had before, but the homemade crust and the homemade banana pudding take this dessert to a whole other level.
Anson is a delicious, beautiful Charleston find. The seafood to die for and it is located in an elegant Lowcountry style building. It's a little pricey (15-20 for an entree) but more than worth the cost. Gets a little crowded on weekends, but has a great ambience. Service is normally excellent.