This restaurant is VERY popular and doesn't take reservations. Not difficult to get a bar stool, but there can be a long wait for a table. Food here is very good--I hadn't been to Anchor Oyster Bar for a few years, so was eager to try it again.
I started with a half Caesar Salad which was quite generously sized and more than enough. Order the half salad if you're also having a main course--you won't go hungry.
Two of us each had Ahi Tuna which was prepared perfectly--about as good a tuna gets and served on a bed of fresh veggies. But there was one flaw: it was flavored with an off-tasting oil that I did NOT like at all. My dinner companion didn't have the same reaction, so it might be just the way I taste things.
I like the flavor of extra-virgin olive oil when it tastes like olives; "earthy" tasting or infused olive oils with some herbs can ruin a good thing. I asked what the oil on the main course was and was told it was lemon, but it tasted more like cilantro (which I dislike) or some other herb. In any case, I think my dinner would have been nearly perfect if the oil drizzled thereon had been good olive oil without any cloying infusions that nearly wrecked the excellent fresh veggies under the tuna.
Service was very friendly and efficient, and aside from being jammed into a small space, it was generally comfortable. I'd go back, but would insist that the chef use extra-virgin olive oil that tasted like olives and nothing else.
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