Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.6
326 reviews
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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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Boise
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed my meal here! I wrote a review on yelp praising the outstanding experience my colleague and I had. This place will go in the books and be a go to spot anytime I’m in town. Awesome place!

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m
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy coming back to Hanks. excellent food in an unpretentious atmosphere.
Fried oysters were flavorful and delicate. Scallops were a treat enjoyed by several.

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BK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great oyster selection -- fresh and briny. Fried clams, lobster roll are always good. Best of all is Jeremy, our favorite waiter: knowledgeable, funny, helpful and entertaining without being annoying. Hank's is a gem.

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TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent shellfish restaurant. Wide range of choices, knowledgeable waitstaff and really good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating buying a house

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster happy hour is unreal. Definitely making it a weekly event

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JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Great seafood! We also had very good service! Got a T-shirt to take home to Texas, we love it so much!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great, but the noise level was extremely loud. The noise problem was a combination of acoustics, very close quarters between tables, and age (kids) of diners at the neighboring table.

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as usual!
The oysters are delicious, great happy hour value!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lobster bisque, Ipswich fried clams, and customer service. And this from someone born and raised in MA, in town bordering Ipswich!

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a
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fine except for the noise level. Can’t you install acoustic material to soften the noise? It spoils an otherwise great experience.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall. Had oysters, shrimp, ceviche and lobster bisque. All were spot on and really hit the spot. Server was kind enough to pour a tasting of Plungerhead Cabernet as I was curious. Had a nice 17 blend and a scratch mix Bloody Mary that hit the spot. Great for a quick bite

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AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The oysters, drinks and service was all amazing. The other food was just average. I would go back again but probably only for the oysters!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Oysters are always great. Salads super. Far back corner incredible loud, chairs worn out with holes. Service was prompt, frequent, and friendly.

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CF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the look of Hank’s Alexandria and i love thé menu. But the noise level rose to excruciating as the evening wore on. How were we to have a conversation? Impossible

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D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! The food is always consistent and delicious and the service is delightful-courteous and efficient. We go a couple times a month and have for years.

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a
Atlanta
103 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great server who was very personable and knew the menu inside out. HIGHLY recommend the Bouillabaisse. We had some of the oysters from the happy hour special and were pleasantly surprised. Also - the salads were fantastic. Was not as impressed with the lobster roll/fries (server actually recommended the poached lobster tail but I went with what had been written up) - it was ok, but didn't knock my socks off. We will be back as many items on the menu looked fantastic! We had the best table - right in the window nook.

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ML
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time to Hank's. Great service, the Seafood Plateau was wonderful, and a nice atmosphere overall.

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D
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Hank's - the food is great and the service is terrific. Sunday night fried chicken is the best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants in the Washington area. The food and libation was great as always. noise level with all the hard surfaces was a little high but overall the experience was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The fried oysters were excellent, cooked perfectly. Nice choices of oysters for every taste bud requirement. However, the service was not what we would have expected. Our waitress was rude and what was worse than her demeanor was the fact that she got our raw oyster selection incorrect. When paying 2.75 a shell, you would expect to receive the correct oysters.

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LK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

This was our second time to dine at Hank’s. The first time we went during the week and had a great experience (food and service). This rating is related to our second experience - on Saturday Feb 16th. Whilebthe food was good, the dining experience was not. We had a reservation on the early side for a Saturday at 6pm. It was already packed with people double stacked waiting for tables at the bar. There was little to no airflow in the restaurant. We were seated within 10 min which was great but about five min after we were seated - they turned the four top next to us into a six top leaving barely enough room for the wait staff to pass through. The result was that through the entire dinner the wait staff was sliding past our table (barely) and we were essentially sitting inches away from the six people next to us. Between that and the lack of air flow - we got out of there as soon as we could.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences of my life!

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TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and large portions! Even the small plates were large! Great oysters and very fresh salad. A bit nosey but always a fun place for a good dinner. Great service and helpful waiter . We do love Hanks!

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b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love all of Hank's location, but especially the Old Town Oyster Bar. The staff is amazing, the food is delicious, the oysters are fresh, and the ambiance is perfect. Still a favorite for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Hostess lied

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j
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

New menu. Disappointed that the shrimp and avocado salad had been removed from the menu. However, food always delicious.

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Phoenix
74 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a dozen times and their seafood is always top notch - a variety of seafood choices & prepared expertly! :) The chocolate chunks that came with the bill were a lovely touch! :)

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LL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty food and drinks!
Ordered lobster bisque and although it was good, it was more of a tomato soup with lobster. On the other hand, had a steak sandwich that excellent!

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RC
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always try to arrange a meal at Hank’s when I visit the Alexandria area and they NEVER disappoint! The oysters were amazing, and then followed them up with a Lobster Roll that - to use a southern euphemism - would make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window. Love this place!!

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GW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We eat here all the time and love it - however this experience was disappointing.. Friday night - incredibly crowded and so loud my wife and I could barely hold a conversation. The waiter was nice but rushed us through dinner - less than an hour start to finish.

My mussels tasted very “fishy” and the red sauce had zero flavor. My wife’s trout was swimming in an inch of butter but also strangely had little taste.

Beet and Caesar salads were fine - cocktails were also fine.

Perhaps just an off night - this is one of our go-to spots in OT so hopefully a blip.

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TP
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere. The place has a wonderful vibe. Great staff. Inviting neighborhood bar. But the food didn’t blow me away. But IWILL go back - and give them a second chance for sure. And try something else on the menu. (I did order steak at a seafood restaurant!)

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JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I go to Hank's often and love it. This week on a Thursday night it was extremely loud -- hard to have a conversation at your table. Also the food disappointed for the first time, the roasted Brussels Sprouts came out soggy. I ordered the Lobster Bisque and was astonished at the very large serving -- too much really, and while the chunks of lobster meat were plentiful, they were a bit tough. So this visit I give Hank's 3 stars and encourage them to try to do something about the noise. Note -- great service, and I sent back the Brussels which were taken off my bill.

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j
Charlotte
69 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations but the table wasn’t ready - sat at the bar which was not a big deal. Martinis were $15 each - a bit pricey we thought !
At dinner our server was knowledgeable about the food choices . Oysters were Fresh and tasty. and our salads and ceviche were
Also tasty and fresh tasting. Entrees were noted to be good as well. I’d definitely return to Hanks and just skip the martinis!

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B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great food and service. Always. Look forward to the next visit.

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AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Overpriced, but decent food. Good mixed drinks. Trout and Mahi Mahi average.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience after having not eaten at Hanks in a few years (living out of the area). Will definitely come back!

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RM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were wonderful. Will go back again.

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G
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood with ample proportions, great service.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hanks is always a favorite of my wife’s and mine. Go to date place and the food is outstanding.

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