Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

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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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CK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Was really excited to try Hank's after walking by a few times on our trip. We made a reservation to dine-in on the last evening of our trip and love the atmosphere and menu options (lot of vegetarian items!). However, our server seemed to lose interest in our table towards the end of our meal and disappeared. Pretty bummed as we wanted to order a few more items but ended up having to hand our credit card over to someone at the register so we could finally leave after not receiving any service after 30+ minutes.

Would recommend if you sit at the bar or plan to spend a lot of money (guessing we didn't spend enough to get service!), otherwise, I would skip.

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant's ambiance and appetizers were ok. The major down side to the dining experience was that the server was aggressive with up selling more oysters. We originally asked for six oysters but he insisted that we try all fourteen oysters from East and West coasts.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Really disappointing first time. Waitress kept dropping and breaking dishes near our area and was not very attentive. Got my order wrong and didn’t do much to fix it or apologize other than having me wait for the right dish. Overall wasn’t great to entire area. Food was good but I know better places with similar entrees so I won’t be back unfortunately. I was scouting it out for my bday dinner next week. Really let down.

K
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Expensive beer & booze, terrible crab cakes and branzini. Oysters were ok. Best think on the menu- Lamb Burger. It’s a seafood restaurant...save your money and avoid Hanks

T
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Always, the oysters -- and a wide variety, as usual. Plus the Sunday special -- fried chicken, first rate.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostesses and bartender were all extremely attentive and courteous and made us feel like regulars. We had a great time!

KA
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is without a doubt the best place in Northern Virginia to have oysters. We always come here for them. After spending time in OBX we still like Hanks better than any oyster house on the island. Keep up the good service and food. Always a pleasure.

PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We were not happy with the menu. There was no flexibility with our request. The server did not offer to check to see if our request could be done!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoy the meal I had and plan to visit again. Some other items on the menu I would like to try.

BC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter. Good food. Had asked for a specific table when made reservations several days in advanced. Not able to be honored. Seated someone else there. Oh well

SD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While the seafood restaurants along Old Town Alexandria waterfront compete to see which can concoct the most overly-prepared menu items, Hank's knows the real secret to a great seafood dinner. It's the freshest seafood, prepared to feature the natural flavors without drowning them in the latest trendy hot sauce and layers of "stuff." I can always count on Hank's for the best seafood in town. Combine that with a friendly, knowledgeable staff in a room in which you can hear your friends' conversation and you've got an outstanding dinner.

MG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely good food in a pleasant atmosphere. Great service.

O
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Old Town Favorite! Claude, the manager makes us feel at home. Tim is our favorite server!

TX
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a friends dinner and got there early (5p) before the dining room opened and started with cocktails and oysters in the very chill bar area. Very good bar tenders who made some signature drinks that were awesome. Happy hour specials had a select group of oysters for $1.50e. Most were local/east coast and great. Then went in to dining room and had full dinner. The crab cakes were great. Shrimp and calamari app was great. Shrimp PO boy was good but an odd fit. Overall highly recommend.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy oysters! The Lobster Bisque is good, too.

R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is quite good overall. It is my favorite seafood place in the area.

RM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was terrific. Friendly but not obtrusive. Gave very good advice about the menu. Food was excellent. Fresh oysters.

TG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just delicious fresh oysters and delicious fresh well cooked maincourse. Excellent device YUM

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very very noisy but the food is great

K
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been to Hank's before and I can tell you this might be the wife's and I new goto! We were sat quickly on a Friday night, server was right there to get us some drinks and offer the happy hour specials. Oysters came out very quickly and were FANTASTIC. And the drink recommendations, which we took, hit the spot. 5 stars, no doubts about it. The goldfish and the dessert chocolates were an awesome touch too!

DD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had an AMAZING meal at Hank's! I got a dozen oysters - two each of six of the 7 varieties they had on the menu. All of them were fantastic. I ordered the crab cakes dinner and my husband had the avocado salad with shrimp. Somehow a tuna tartare salad ended up at our table. It was ALL delicious — so fresh! Only downside: noise level. It can get super loud. But don’t miss this Old town treasure!

AW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although we had made a reservation, we had selected a busy date/time and had to wait about 30 mins to be seated. We didn't care too much and grabbed a drink waited in the over flow area for our table...
Both the hostess and manager were quite apologetic about out wait and even comped us on our oyster order. Unnecessary, but very appreciated.

As always, the food was great!

Looking forward to our next visit!

ER
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank’s is a swanky, upscale, local favorite. There are several of them in the area (small chain)… and they are amazing. Our waiter was fantastic… a we got to try several varieties of oysters .. something neither of us have ever had. Their whole menu was incredible. For the ‘main portion’ of our meal, I chose lobster bisque soup and a side of duck fat potatoes. My hubby had the Mac N Cheese, and a side of Peel and Eat shrimp. YUM! Of course, we shared. For desert, we shared a fruit Panna Cotta with a fruit glaze. So very good.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday. Fried oysters are the BEST as well as the key lime pie. Very noisy though

M
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Seafood was fresh as always, and nicely prepared. Courteous service. A favorite spot.

TA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Our server knew a lot about the food and drink menu and was so great! Very often servers will offer helpful pointers, this is above and beyond! He picked our oysters for us, (perfect choice) had lots of info on the Drunken Surf & Turf dish which was delicious! Delicious. DELICIOUS! the place was a bit loud, but the food and service made up for it.

MH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice variety on the menu, plus good service and reasonable prices for the various foods offered. We have been there multiple times for lunch , and this has been true every time.

D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food! We will be back

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great choice. They have more than just oysters but they are really great and worth the drive.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped by for lunch...first visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hit up Hank’s before taking in a show. Food was amazing from high end to quick nosh and waiter was exceptional (knowing we were going to a show we had everything in short order) and everyone enjoyed their selections (tuna tartare, oyster po boy, scallops and watermelon salad...eclectic crew). Hank’s is my go to spot in Alexandria, never disappoints.

LR
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance. Disappointed that they didn't have fried clams available.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Only downside was there was a very loud party of 3, and we had to move our table. Otherwise. It was good.

HB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Have only ever heard great things about Hank's. The scallops were to die for and the creamy onion sauce was a great touch. The bouillabaisse was delicious as well, would have been better if there was some spice. The key lime pie was one of the best I have ever had, you could even see the specs of lime within and the graham cracker crust was thick and buttery. Great place, will 100% be back.

B
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrated our anniversary there earlier this week, and wonder why we waited so long. The seafood was truly outstanding, and the service was superb. Only complaint was the noise level, so high it was hard to hear your partner across the table. Maybe a curtain or two or carpet would help soak up some of the noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. Good service, good food, served promptly. A $12 dollar drink was a bit of a surprise. 😥. Parking was more expensive for after hours.

All in all, a very good experience.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We have been going to Hank's in Alexandria for years! Usually it is weekend date night at the bar and enjoy oysters, seafood grill, small bites, beer, vino and has been exceptional. Sunday was a huge disappointment! Decided to have brunch at 2pm with the family all grown adults and will say the food lacked flavor in all the dishes as started to taste everyone else's at the table. The biggest blandness was the coleslaw. Second was the smoked salmon rueben . Also our server might have an off day he was ok nothing that would make us try something different of suggest a dish. Maybe a bad kitchen/chef day because will still continue to go back.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had heard of this place and decided to check it out for the first time. We LOVED it! The food was amazing, the atmosphere was energetic, and our server was incredibly helpful. He took the time to describe the different types of oysters they had that night and when we couldn't decided which kind to order, he offered to put together a plate of them that he thought would be best in giving us variety but good quality. When he brought them out, he even placed them in the tray in the order he recommended we eat them to get the best experience. And they were amazing. We'll definitely be going back!

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