Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Hank's Seafood Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hanksseafoodrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8437233474x
  • 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: There is a parking garage located two doors down from the restaurant on Hayne Street at the Bank of America building; the 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.
Unable to find the right reservation time? We have a full service, full menu community table that is seated on a first come-first served basis. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Hank's Seafood Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
507 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (262)special occasion (246)neighborhood gem (146)good for groups (141)hot spot (110)romantic (108)notable wine list (97)vibrant bar scene (89)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (27)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (13)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Consistently Good Food/Service
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We chose Hank's to celebrate my husband's birthday. We started with the calamari/shrimp appetizer which was fantastic. I chose the broiled seafood and my husband had the tuna. Both were perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. We finished with the banana cream pie. There wasn't a crumb left on the plate. We will definitely return to Hank's again when we visit Charleston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hank's Seafood Sets th Standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My sister and brother-in-law from the NYC area and their good friends from Maryland were visiting Hilton Head and decided to pay us a visit in Charleston for the day. I made reservations at Hank's and assured my sister it would be a memorable meal. Needless to say the food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our visitor were most impressed by the food that was served. I am certain it made a lasting impression on all. Hank's has become a go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hanks, always on the mark!
    LadyDi
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Hanks is a mainstay for us. Always quality food (the crab cakes and citrus beurre blanc were wonderful!). Service was attentive,but not intrusive and could second guess our needs. And we had a very nice, comfy table where we four diners enjoyed our views and enjoyed being able to visit with each other. I am one who likes to be able to speak with my dining companions and not have to shout. Thank you for attending to the "buzz" level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Nefferneffer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service was excellent. The atmosphere is perfect. Not a place for kids. The chef even signed a cookbook for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    LoLo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant lives up to the hype! The food was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Reason for its Reputation
    Lowcountrygent1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My date and I were greeted promptly and our hostess apologized for the wait on our reservation but directed us to the bar for a cocktail while we waited; we ordered a margarita and a greyhound - uniquely infused with jalapeño and pomegranate, respectively - and absolutely loved them! Our bartender was engaging and polite, and had our check ready quickly so we could grab our table as soon as it was ready. Our server was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, she made great suggestions for food and wine as well! We were planning to eat again later and wanted to stay on the lighter side so we went with the peel 'n eat shrimp and crab cakes. The presentation was superb! The crab cakes and sauce were some of the best we've had in Charleston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Issue
    Issue
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food BUT I felt like I was in my old mess hall. Service was rushing us I will not go back to Hanks. Would not recommend hanks to any one who wants to have a conversation during diner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant and food was average. The waiter service was poor. Our waiter was not in the least bit interested in serving. Would not recommend this restsurant due to the poor service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth a visit
    VisitingCharleston
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We celebrated our 20th anniversary there. They remembered that from our reservation, congratulated us, and had a great booth in a great location for us. Very enjoyable evening in a vibrant, historic gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious but loud
    foodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was phenomenal. We had the seared rare tuna and grilled swordfish they were both amazing-we left nothing on our plates. Only downfall was the noise level made it difficult to talk and enjoy our dinner together which was accentuated by the length of the table increasing space between us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    dmbfan
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Everything about Hank's exceeded my expectations. Awesome job by the entire staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    BobK
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Perhaps the best fried seafood platter I ever had. Nice place, good service, fairly priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late Night Dinner
    surferlee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We booked dinner late as we were on tours until 9 pm. Our table was ready and the service was great. We had swordfish and it was very well prepared. The room was cool and that was just fine as Charleston is so hot in August.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we have reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I had the salmon and it was delicious. My dinning partner had the shrimp and grits and stated it was ok. The frustration was that the greeters tried to push you to the bar. So that you would forget about how long you have been waiting for your reservations. Problem the bar area was full, knee deep.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Muddy oysters and overlooked clams
    Jbell
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sometimes too much success can be a bad thing, and this seems to be the case with Hank's, which relies more on its reputation than on the quality of its food. My wife and I were drawn here by the former and driven away by the latter. Each oyster in our $24 oyster sampler contained grit, two mud, and none any flavor. The ceviche was quite good, but the clams in white wine that followed had the texture of rubber bands and were served in a sauce that had clearly been over-reduced, leaving it cloyingly salty. Unfortunately, the rest of the meal offered no improvement. I don't know what Hank's did to earn its reputation, but sadly it's not doing it any longer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in town
    Janie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food is always great at Hank's. We were seated at the time of reservation and the staff is always wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat here every trip!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We love Hank's...it is always consistent. Our waitress was outstanding this trip...am sorry I don't have her name. Dinner was wonderful, and she made it memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Dinner at Hanks
    FuninNOLA
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed another great dinner at Hanks on Sunday, August 18. We had an earlier reservation then the last time we were here and did find it to be not quite as romantic because of all the families with kids. The mood definitely changes with a later reservation. The food was terrific, the waitstaff attentive. My only complaint would be that they would not allow me to order the fried mashed potato because they were running low on that item and it was considered part of the scallop dish so we would have had to order scallops. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Miss This
    jplikesthebest
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food was excellent! Service was superior! Seafood was fresh and cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was outstanding! We reserved at table early (5:45pm) since we had my 11 month old with us. I was happy to see other babies there too. The service staff were so accommodating and professional. I didn't feel judged at all and the server even offered to get my daughter some water, juice or crackers...whatever she needed. The food and wine were all very nice. I would say food its overpriced by about $5-10 and wine had a huge markup. But we had a great time so if you can afford it, I say go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hanks seems to be the "IN" place
    luvcharlestonsc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been to Hanks many times over the years. The food and service are always excellent. We have never, ever been disappointed in the food or the service. The noise level is bothersome, though. The tables for two are very long and not very wide. We were constantly knocking off silverware and so were the people around us. It is very difficult to carry on a conversation with your dinner partner. The tables are also so close together that you actually sit closer to the person at the next table than you do your own dinner partner. If you are looking for the hip, in place, then Hanks is for you. If you are looking to unwind after a long day, then you probably need to go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot and Tasty
    Patsy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always a favorite -- as evidenced by a restaurant filled with hungry folks -- it didn't disappoint again. Food was hot and quite tasty - being the chef's special that night -- salmon with sautéed spinach and a lobster spring roll, followed by key lime pie. Many folks wait and wait to get in here because they just drop by -- won't work on the weekends. Well worth the planning of a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brent
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Literally the best seafood I've ever had. Steamed mussels were amazing. Service was perfect. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant, great staff
    weddingdiners
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had our wedding dinner at Hanks and we could not have been more pleased with the food and the service. From our server Casey to the hostesses Chandler and others, we were excelletly cared for. The food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free friendly
    foodbefreeVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife is gluten free and has some other dietary restrictions. Our server knew this already because we had put it in our reservation comments and was very helpful in picking out an appropriate starter, entree and dessert. We really didn't have to explain anything. We had a great experience and most of all we just appreciated how accommodating and knowledgeable our waiter was--thank you Casey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodismypassionVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Excellent food! Had a bit of a wait even though we had reservations, but well worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was especially delicious! Service outstanding! Couldn't be more pleased with our dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    MarlaYuke
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went to Hank's on a visit to Charleston - it was highly recommended and did not disappoint! The food was great, service spectacular and we also enjoyed reading about old Charleston on the back of the menu! Don't miss that gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent seafood and ambience
    chicgeek5
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I highly recommend Hank's. A reservation is a must--even on a weekday. The service is impeccable, the raw bar well-stocked and the food delicious. I will be returning when I have out of town guests!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will never go back
    Silver
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food has gone downhill, overly priced, service horrible!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OK but not the best
    Homegourmet
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very, very loud atmosphere. Wine and food were over-priced. Guessing it has a 300% markup on many wines. Staff was courteous and prompt. Food was good, of course, but nothing terribly unique or special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and missing that "wow" factor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Having previously worked in food and beverage I wasn't thoroughly impressed. I went to Hank's for the first time on Tuesday for my birthday with my boyfriend. My experience with Open table as a previous hostess is that once the guests have been seated the server receives a slip of paper and if notes such as "birthday" or anniversary is noted on there. The two hostesses acknowledged that it was my birthday, but even after we ordered two local beers the server returned and apologized for forgetting to Id us. Mind you, we already had two drinks sitting on the table that we got from the bar (and my birthday is of course listed on there). We had to lean across the table to hear one another because it was so loud. The food was good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish
    J1285
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Wife been here several times. Never disappoints. She had grouper and I had wando on classic. Best ever. Need reservation. Fills up quickly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great first visit
    mbeaule
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Made a reservation a week in advance thanks to OT, restaurant followed up with confirmation day of reservation and also day of to confirm and see if we had any addl needs. Very comfortable booth seating, thanks to Jessica and David for a fantastic experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    Docortho
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I don't like to wait when I have a reservation tables are open. After that, it was a great evening! Food was great,service attentive, decor pleasant .
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy Place...
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We very much enjoyed dinner at Hank's. The environment is energetic, loud and crowded! Sometimes that's the kind of place you want when traveling. Although many customers were tourists, it didn't feel inauthentic; just the clientele when so well located downtown. We ordered the She-Crab soup, baked oysters, grouper and Shrimp 'n Grits... all were delicious. Note, the wait to get in, even with a reservation, can be long as the restaurant cannot always, to the minute, gage how long it takes for tables to clear. If you love seafood, it's worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was great, the restaurant was gorgeous but the food was just okay. I ordered a seafood pasta dish that sounded like it should have a goodly amount of seafood in it but it had one scallop, 2 clams, and two shrimp in it. The pasta itself was a very small portion. My mom ordered the bouillabaisse and was not impressed at all. The service however was perfect and we loved the table and ambience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, Outstanding
    Traveller
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The atmosphere is great, the drinks are great, the wine list is great, the servers are great, the bartenders are great and the food is outstanding. In my opinion Hank's is everything a restaurant should be, an absolute pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My family and I really enjoy going to Hank's, we have dined there twice and each time it was very good. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about menu and how food is prepared. During the high season, it is recommended to have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intersting Experience
    brp01VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Like a few other postings, the good: the food was very well done and well presented. Portions were adequate. Good selection and some interesting specials. The Bad: even with reservations was asked to have a drink at the bar while the table was being prep'd, very noisy inside, wine list was bit lacking and with a higher mark up than comparable establishments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate