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Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Hank's Seafood Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hanksseafoodrestaurant.com/
  • Email: info@hanksseafoodrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (843) 723-3474
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Frank McMahon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking garage at Bank of America and Hayne Street located 2 doors down from the restaurant; restaurant does not validate.
A word from Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Hank's Seafood Restaurant is located in a turn of the century warehouse overlooking the historic district. This restaurant recreates a Classic Charleston Fish House with an old fashioned saloon style bar and an exhibition raw bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "After a number of days of enjoying the sensational seafood restaurants in Charleston, we had trouble finding another seafood restaurant in Charleston at the reservation time we needed. We settled on Hank's. Little did we know how much we were settling. The restaurant is a large warehouse type structure. The cerviche was good. But the main and expensive dish we ordered, the raw shellfish tower was so bad we had them take it away. The mussels and oysters were awful. I bit into a large shrimp and the center was mushy. The oysters were flavorless. Don't ruin an evening in Charleston, Charleston is full of great restaurants. We saved the evening by going back to the Cyprus later in the evening to get the bad taste of Hank's out our mouth."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We chose to set up reservations at Hank's Seafood based on online research prior to a trip to Charleston. There were many positive reviews and it appears to have received numerous awards. My wife loves seafood while I do not so sometimes I have difficulty finding the same quality food while going to a restaurant that specializes in seafood. My wife loved her Bouillabaisse and I loved my Buttermilk Fried Chicken. It was very busy so reservations appear to be a must. The noise level was typical of any restaurant and the staff was very attentive. I highly recommend Hank's Seafood."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "These folks always are at the top of their game no matter what time of year or how crowded. If I'm only in Charleston one night Hank's would always be my choice. FWIW the Fried Chicken is amazing. I bought a cookbook on the last visit…have never seen one done better."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The service was wonderful. The food was fabulous. And the ambiance was upbeat and cheerful."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was hard to choose from all the delicious sounding offerings on the menu but it was well worth if. I ended up going a la carte and the grilled grouper I chose was wonderful! And the she crab soup was heaven in a bowl! I could've stopped with the soup and been very happy but I'm glad I didn't. It's a little noisy but by the time the bar crowd starts leaving the noise level isn't so bad. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drinks, which were nicely stiff. Service was impeccable, and they seated us earlier than our reservation. Definitely a must-eat restaurant when you are in Charleston."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We are in Charleston 3-4 times a per and always make certain to eat at Hanks because we know the food will always be great. This was our best experience ever because of the service. Our waitress was great. She obviously had a good understanding of the menu and the wine list. We explained the types of wines that we like and she picked out two that we really liked at the price point we requested. Was always there when we needed something and didn't hover. It didn't hurt that the special was outstanding. The blue cheese risotto was great and the fish was cooked perfectly. Best overall meal that we had in Charleston the entire week."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We chose Hanks for dinner following our wedding on Folly beach. We eloped, it was just the two of us, and Hanks was perfect for our occasion! The food was amazing, some of the best seafood we've had. Thanks for a wonderful experience and the complementary champaign!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "When we visit Charlston again we will definitely eat here"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Another Tour guide recommendation. Delicious fresh seafood."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The grits were too salty for the shrimp and spinach dish. Would definitely return to Hanks but would order something that did not include grits."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Although the prices are a bit high the food is absolutely worth every dime and large bill I spent. I got the seared scallops with asparagus and added jumbo shrimp. Best scallops I've have in a long time and the shrimp was perfectly cooked!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was good, but for the price would expect excellent."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Food was good, but dishes didn't compare with other seafood establishments in Charleston. Service was slow, especially in clearing tables and changing dishes."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A wonderful restaurant in Charleston. The only problem is figuring out what to order. Everything is delicious. We will go back on our next trip."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "not as exceptional as we had hoped for based on other things I had read though"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Chose the special (Trigger fish on sweet potatoes and greens) ... always a great decision! My only recommendation is that the greens could have used a bit more seasoning. The soup special was delicious...very flavorful!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I came to this resturant with my young daughter this past weekend. When they shared the chidlren's options NONE of them were healthy ... "We can do chicken fingers with french fries, fried shrimp and french fries...." When I asked if they have any health options such as a piece of salmon or chicken the kind waiter said he would check with the kitchen. He came back to inform me "no" and that if I wanted something healthy like salmon for my daughter I would need to buy the $25 salmon from the menu. Silly really! Why can't resturants, particularly nice resturants offer something healthy to our children???"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great treat after the Bridge Run! Nice server. Food was delivered in a timely manner and we did not feel rushed"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Went to Hank's per a recommendation of a local. My husband and I both had good meals. We also had drinks and shared key lime pie. Everything was delicious, but it was pricey in the end."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Hank's has great food and is obviously popular. The restaurant was full! The food was delicious, from the Seafood Linguine to the Chocolate Bread Pudding. Our server was very knowledgeable, however, our service could have been a bit quicker. It took 20 minutes to get our check. We paid in cash so we wouldn't have to wait for her to come back."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but the room was very noisy. Our twosome was seated next to several large groups and it made conversation difficult."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This is a nice place to eat for a special day,I would like to see more items in the menu,I love their grits and the She Crab Soup is the best around."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Hanks is always a perfect dinner with exceptional service. Whenever I am in Charleston Hanks is always my choice restaurant."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was ok. They claim to have the best she crab soup in Charleston but that is debatable. While we were hoping for a relaxed dinner, the waiter was constantly pushing us to order. He even brought out drink refills before we were done with our first. There were not people waiting for our table so I'm not sure what his rush was. A person, we assume was the Manager, was constantly making laps around the floor for no apparent reason. Overall, it was not a satisfying experience."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Hanks had all different kids of seafood, prepared in a variety of ways. The Salmon was good and the swordfish was very good. They also offer a variety of shellfish options steamed and deep fried. Table for 2 was a little tight, but the booths look like they're a lot of fun."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Make a reservation! When we left, folks were waiting on the street. Broiled seafood combination #5 was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had a seafood medley with saffron cream broth. Fantastic,"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Hank's Seafood just confirmed they provide the most compleat dining experience in the "Holy City"! They welcomed our prime-time reservation for six eager diners, in town to again sample Charleston's best! From the warm reception, to the attentive and personable wait staff, to the table visit by management insuring our satisfaction and plans for a return- Hank's provides a model for other restaurants to follow! Of course, the seafood was prepared and presented with perfection, without a hint of compromise to the mostly- tourist Sat evening clientele! Thanks Hank's!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Excellent seafood. Calamari and shrimp were delicately fried, exquisite she crab soup. Very busy and very noisy atmosphere- not a relaxing or romantic dinner choice. We felt very rushed, food arrived very quickly, waiter dashed away, dishes were cleared so quickly that a plate was dropped on table and crashed into my lap. Would return for food but prefer a more elegant ambience for the price."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Loved the food...some of the best seafood I have ever had....very noisy restaurant, but worth putting up with the noise for the great food...we went on a Saturday evening and a reservation is a must...would definitely go again, but perhaps at a different time"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We make sure to bring out-of-town guests to Hanks. Always a hit!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Consistent meal, great wait staff. Loud bachelor party nearby , but added somewhat to the fun!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and picked Hanks from the "recommended" list. We were not disappointed, as the service and food were great. The crab cakes were the best ever. Certainly a place for the ages."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I love Hank's, what can I say? Having eaten here several times now, I continue to be impressed with the quality of the food and the professionalism of the staff. If you want excellent seafood in a vibrant, classy casual style, go to Hank's. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Hank's is the place to go for seafood in the market area. Service is great. Don't expect a peaceful, romantic meal, though. It's always packed and noisy, with black and white tiled floors."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Perfect meal! It was very busy, even on a Sunday at 7pm. The waiter was just a little too eager. It felt a bit rushed and not as relaxing as I would have hoped. We were at a very small table for 2 with close neighbors. There was bench seating on one side and chairs on the other. There were several other bigger tables in the room. We tried to have a nice conversation, but the acoustics were poor and the noise level was high. This was my only real complaint. I'd still go back because the waiter was probably a fluke and it was very nice otherwise."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Haven't been to Hanks in a long time, glad we went and were reminded how good it is!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The seafood is to die for. Nothing is ordinary. Take a risk and order something you might not ever see again. The wait staff was attentive and there when needed. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I had the curried shrimp, and it was fantastic. Someone else in our party ordered the shrimp & grits and said they were the best they'd ever had! The service was excellent - would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014