Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.7
629 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Simple,​ ​approachable​ ​seafood,​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​small​ ​and​ ​large​ ​plates​ ​for​ ​grazing.​ ​​ ​Coastal​ ​favorites​ ​and New​ ​England​ ​Classic​ ​like​ ​Lobster​ ​Rolls.​ ​​ ​Lightly​ ​fried​ ​items​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Popcorn​ ​Shrimp​ ​and​ ​Calamari​ ​will balance​ ​the​ ​Ice​ ​Bar​ ​options​ ​which​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​a​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​raw​ ​oysters,​ ​Shrimp​ ​Cocktail​ ​and​ ​Ceviche. Daily​ ​Specials​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Mixed​ ​Seafood​ ​Grill,​ ​Seared​ ​Scallops​ ​&​ ​Tuna​ ​Tartare.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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bg1234
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a special occasion here, and everything was outstanding. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate everything for our anniversary. The food and atmosphere were perfect. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went around 5pm on a Sunday and it was slow. Used that to enjoy several cocktails and wonderfully fresh and well-thought-out raw plates. Left satiated, not full. Would go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Hank’s and even though we’re from out of town, it won’t be our last. Our server was very friendly and had good recommendations. Our food was incredible, we talked about it all night.

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MichaelQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, hanks never disappoints. My wife and I have been going to hanks for more than a decade . Even though my wife and I select new dishes, the quality and taste is consistently excellent. The great service is the icing on top .

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ChrisL
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The event was great considering COVID restrictions, but the cost was a bit more than the portions provided.

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vipreggie
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!

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vipJohnF
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outdoor seating leaves something to be desired as its the old managers parking lot behimd the restaurant. Not much ambiance

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LizW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on the back patio. Food was wonderful. Service was great!

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jillP
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We are sure that most of this review could be due to times we are in. But we really didn't feel very welcomed here, first we went in through the wrong door, so no worries we went to the other door and were quickly taken to our seat but as we were greeted, we were given instructions on what we would be expected to order, they told us everyone must order a food item and not allowed to have just a drink without food purchase. Our intentions were to have a nice dinner, but after the rude reception, we ended up only ordering a couple appetizers and three cocktails. One in our party ordered nothing at all because he didn't appreciate the way we were greeted so rudely. So we quickly ate are appetizers and paid the high bill and tried to leave but once again we were scolded for trying to exit the wrong door, went to the back exit door as ordered and found this too was the wrong door and were directed to the correct door that led us out to a dark parking lot. So, probably will not return...

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vipan0nym0us
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was great. Love the back patio and greatly appreciate the precautions. As high risk folks, we felt very comfortable

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good night at Hank's but their drink menu is very limited.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food and excellent service on the patio! Looking forward to returning. The Daily special trout was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

couldn’t recommend Hanks any more. The staff is extremely kind and accommodating, service was excellent, and the food was amazing as well! You need to wear your mask when you aren’t at the table, but when seated it can be off. They are also cashless right now (can leave cash tip- otherwise need to pay with a card!) 10/10 recommend Hanks to anyone :)

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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vipDAFCP
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always good consistent food n service

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SarahJ2794
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hanks was one of the highlights of our trip! Food was excellent. Seafood was extremely fresh. Cocktails were delicious. It is further from the hustle and bustle of the riverfront, which made it feel much more quaint and local. The seafood was far superior to other seafood joints located near the bay. The shrimp po boy and lobster roll were delicious!

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MICHELLE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this spot! Been eating here for two years. The staff is really cool. The food is great. Try the duck fat roasted potatoes with aioli. You won’t be disappointed.

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AudraH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had some friends in town and went to Hank’s for dinner. First of all — really great COVID guidelines in place! This was only our 2nd time eating in a restaurant since the pandemic began and I really did feel very safe.

Our server was super friendly and provided great customer service while also safely keeping his distance as much as he possibly could.

I honestly just was not a fan of their food. The lobster bisque needed more seasoning and lacked protein. The crab cake sandwich wasn’t bad but had more filling than I would like in a crab cake.

Now my friends ordered for the oysters on the half shell and loved it!!

I heard their brunch is good so I’m definitely hoping to try it and have a better experience.

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Mister
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner night!

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PhilA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Hank’s...always delicious fresh oysters and the seafood is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Hank's is always a nice time, sitting in the bar area is quieter. The fish and chips was great overall, and the cod fillers were shareable, hot, moist and perfect. Cole slaw was surprisingly delicate, refreshing, and just the right amount of dressing. The tuna tartar was a great, fresh starter. And the shrimp and avocado salad was very healthy, lightly snappy with the mild jalapeño/avocado dressing. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. We'll return soon, especially on oyster special nights!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The avocado salad was ax explosion of flavor thanks to my favorite summer foods:; avocado, shrimp, corn and tomato. Great cocktails and attentive, friendly service!

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vipMamaPeach
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just okay.... oysters didn’t seem super fresh and the server was very, very short with us. I’m sure working in a restaurant right now is stressful and scary but please don’t take it out on your customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved it. It was a beautiful night and we ate out back on the patio. We had the mussels and crab cakes. Both were amazing. The noise level was from traffic so not their fault. The only issue I had was our table wasn't level and the condensation from our water glasses ran down into my wife's lap. Fixed with a few napkins so a minor annoyance at best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We celebrated a birthday outdoors at Hanks and were delighted by their Covid safety policies. We sat outdoors - not to close to anyone - and enjoyed the wonderful food and service.

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Nate
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect place. food great service awesome! Will go back? YES!

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KathyF
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our experience and understood the limited menu. The restaurant staff were very attentive. We were saddened by the lack of customers and would encourage others to support our local restaurants!

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JulieN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, but a bit pricey (It's Old Town), service was fantastic and we felt very safe with all the COVID precautions in place. Great place and we will go back!

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vipthomas
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner, attentive service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal, good service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hanks is taking exception COVID mitigation steps and we felt VERY safe dining inside with them.

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LinSt
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was great; as always. Solid COVID policies.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great oysters and our waiter was great! However the hostess seated us inside even though we specified outdoor seating In our reservation and learned later that the outdoor patio was open and empty. Food and drinks were a bit overpriced for what it was.

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CruzF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess and wait staff were amazing and friendly.

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Luccibean
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hank’s created a beautiful outdoor deck out back with plenty of space! Food is as good as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from an all around great staff

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MaryTylerH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Hank’s various locations for years and I’m so happy to see they’re open again! The service was fantastic as always. The Oysters are always a treat. I also recommend the Tuna Tartare. We did order the mixed seafood grill. There were more vegetables then seafood on it. All delicious but disappointing in the proportions so I’d recommend skipping that. All in all I’ll be back to Hank’s again soon.

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Pham
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Covid 19 has made dining experiences a bit interesting. But I do like the fact that Hank’s does have strict protocol limiting only a certain number of guests in the restaurant and spreading the tables far apart.

Because now there can only be so many tables, the staff is more attentive and delivery of the food is more timely. The food here has always been fresh and without exception are the oysters. The grilled seafood is very fresh and cooked to perfections.

I‘ve been to Hank’s in DC as well but hands down, Alexandria location has better service (much more polite and attentive); the food is better cooked at this location.

Our second time at Hank’s Alexandria this week and will we will continue to support our local restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The hostess was quite off putting and turned us off from proceeding with our dining plans. While I completely agree, understand and comply with the necessary precautions during these COVID-19 times, I found her way too aggressive. She barked the long list of rules while seating and orienting us to the policies as if we were her children. It was very odd and unsettling...definitely not a welcoming environment so we decided to leave. No thank you!

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

oysters great. Old bay fries OMG. salty Paloma super yummy

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Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 629 OpenTable diners.

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