Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.7
808 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 808 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCristyB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server Tim was very attentive and wonderful as always :)

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LynnP
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fried oysters and key lime pie

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far my most favorite place to have raw oysters and fish/chips.

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LarryJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, convenient location in Old Town, not overly expensive

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make sure to go to Hanks when in town. Our favorite spot. Consistent and delish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience at Hank’s was awesome. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Portion was very small for dinner. Server was a bit snippy. We’ve had better experience on prior occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had really delicious and fresh seafood. Drinks were amazing as well. They have a unique and whimsical approach to selling and serving. I loved that the staff was very LGBTQ+ friendly!

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Firsttimer
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Freshest seafood ever. Great drinks and good service. My first time at Hank’s but definitely not my last.

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BrianC
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Diego was a wonderful waiter along with his team. The bar tender is gifted. The Tuna tartar was exceptional. I had the Hangtown Fry…excellent. My wife has the crab cakes that were great. Good way to celebrate my birthday.

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Joanne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Still the best lobster roll in the metropolitan area, served with excellent homemade fries. An order of the very good coleslaw makes an excellent accompaniment.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Atmosphere was fun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good service. Oysters were excellent, but $36 a dozen a bit steep. Tuna tartare was my favorite. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ate at the bar. Good service. My sparkling wine was flat and the bartender replaced it with a fresh glass. Food was hot and fast. The french fries were soggy but still tastwd pretty goo. Crabcake sandwich was good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Get a group together and order the Seafood Plateau

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vipGSP2020
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service - always good food. Never a poor choice.

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KimberlyA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall my experience was nice. Waitress could have been better. She failed to bring my Coke and after it was mentioned, she tried to act like I just ordered it. She splashed liquid on my friend talking about it will try fast instead of going to get napkins without us having to ask for them. She could do better with all customers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level inside was very loud. That would be my only negative for the experience. The service and food were both excellent.

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Lynette
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Excellent food. Fried oysters are so fresh they melt in your mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful mix of fresh oysters.

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vipOTFoodie
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hank's Oyster Bar, Old Town Alexandria is the best restaurant by far in Alexandria and one of the top 20 in the Washington area. The staff are friendly and efficient, it is true to the Oyster bar ethic and ethos, the oysters are very fresh, expertly opened and prepared with a good selection of at least 6 varieties, the rest of the food is very good with the current Lobster Risotto and the Pasta Primavera with Shrimp outstanding. There is good beer on tap and the wine list is reasonable and decent. There is seating at the bar as well as in the dining room and the heated patio. We love it!

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BethA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservation on a Saturday night....arrived with few exceptions and we were very happy with the service and tasty seafood. Would definitely eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, our dining experience included great food, ambiance, and service!

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vipReview
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Hank’s has done a good job of expanding their locations without compromising quality. Portions were a good size without being overbearing and the service was great.

The hostess was friendly, accommodating and communicated her actions to make sure my expectations were met.

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vipMarvin
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinning experiences in Old Town. Oysters and Shrimp Po Boys are favs

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vipTheDMV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The place was extremely clean. The service was great. The food was good but a little pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and dinner at Hank's! The food was excellent, and the service (thanks, Luis) was excellent! We had the shrimp and calamari as an appetizer. For dinner we ordered the Shrimp and Avocado Salad (delicious) and one dozen oysters. Luis recommended the Key Lime Pie for dessert, and it did not disappoint! Lastly, I couldn't resist ordering a Lobster Risotto to go! We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We’ve been to Hank’s many times; it was the last place we’d been since COVID restrictions. We were looking forward to coming back for my birthday. The food was not as good and the portions were much smaller. The service was mediocre. The special touches like the little bowl of chocolate at the end of the meal were missing.We won’t be going back anytime soon. Sad about that since it was a favorite place to take visitors and to meet friends.

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MelindaH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and wonderful cocktails. We enjoyed sharing a seafood tower, oysters on the half shell (wonderful selection), delectable shrimp and grits, fried oysters, great onion rings. The only comment was that we wished we had a soft bun to lap up that delicious sauce on the shrimp and grits. Very attentive waiter that provided top notch customer service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except for the loud nose level, it was a very pleasant experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great ! Best oysters I’ve ever had. I recommend getting the calm cove oysters. We sat on the patio out back and our server jay was outstanding very knowledgeable of the menu .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wish that all of the tables outside are covered against the hot summer sun. Also if they could move their trash cans further away from the tables. The food was super fresh and delicious and wonderful service.

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Bobbi1022
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oysters were amazing! We ordered a variety of oysters to try all the flavors - the deep fried were the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter and Mary were absolutely fantastic! The drinks and food was delicious. This is definitely going to become a regular spot since we moved to Old Town!

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Fairfaxken
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent as was our dinner - raw oysters to start and fried oysters for our entrees!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfect! Love the oysters here.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Lobster Risoto excellent. Barbecued oysters great too.

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ranat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Definitely get reservations. Try the plateau. Good value for the money.

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Hernandez
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were expecting more from Hanks. We knew it was casual, but for the price we paid we were very disappointed in it all. The hostess couldn’t have less interested if she tried, but our server was great and that was the one saving grace

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Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 808 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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