Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.7
734 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 734 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDCFoodGirl
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first time at the Old Town location. So much better than my meal a few years ago at the Wharf location. Fish tacos - amazing; fresh, delicious oysters, and don't miss the key lime pie. And quiet enough to be able to have a good conversation!

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Paupau
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for Mother’s Day dinner, which we have done before and loved it. This time, it felt stark, not particularly special. No fried clams, sold out of daily fish special???? Not everyone wants brunch. If you are open for dinner, it should feel nice and special. Not like we were too late to a party. The fried oysters were very good. The lobster risotto was okay...bland and lukewarm. A consolation prize. I will probably think twice before going to Hanks for a special occasion.

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ArleneO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food was delish! Yum yum! I’ll be bringing my children here as well next time!

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Traveler
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crab cakes were fabulous, no filler and cooked perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Steady morning at Hank’s. Good food, service, and atmosphere

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MaryTylerH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of our favorites! Best oysters in the DC area!

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Omari
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great gem on King St for seafood (I love the oysters and lobster rolls) and drinks - the steak is really good too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host and servers were top notch. Very pleasant for knowledgeable and very well mannered. The establishment is well kept, plenty of COVID safety measurements in place. Food was FRESH and came out hot! Very enjoyable!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience , oysters were wonderful .

EC
ECDiners
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We were driving south from Ellicott City to meet friends we hadn't seen for six months, who were driving north from Stafford...they ran into traffic issues due to not one but two accidents enroute. We had reservations, but the hostess refuesed to seat us because the entire party was not present (even after we explained the situation)...so we stood in the entryway (where every following guest had to wait--with very limited ability to distance)...all while looking at our completely empy reserved table in the back. For 35 min we waited...when we could have been ordering drinks and enjoying our evening. A manager finally allowed us to be seated (less than 5 min before our friends arrived). Our server was awesome...attentive, professional, good recommendations. Food was yum. Then came the end of the meal...by 9:20 it appeared every chair was stacked on tables and some of the employees just kind of sat and stared at us as we finished our drinks...mind you advertised closing time was 10 pm (were weren't all seated until 8:10 pm...so was not even 75 min). Not very tactful for guests who just dropped >$250 (and would have been more had we been able to sit and order the first round of drinks while we were waiting for other couple to arrive). All in all, not nearly as fun, festive, and welcoming as the Hank's at the Wharf in DC (which we love and have never been disappointed). If you want some excellent food--a great view, and welcoming atmosphere, head across the river and try the other Hanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh oysters, excellent wait staff, consistent food- our go to date night for years!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Jennifer
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Patio was a bit crowded.

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td12
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was so kind and informative. Food was great and the oysters are always amazing.

MB
MaryB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:30 reservation so, restaurant wasn't busy at that time. The service was excellent and timely. We came for the oysters and smoked Reuben sandwich both delicious! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the construction noise next to outdoor dining. But thats not Hanks fault.

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DesertSunshine
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I love going to Hank's but the service this time was below par. Oysters always a go-to were good, rockfish special was tasty as was their delicious mac and cheese and calamari app and ceviche. Let's get the covid behind us so they can open up properly again!!

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vipWally
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No Goldfish to start the meal or chocolate to end the meal but everything else was great on Taco Tuesday. Getting back to what we used to experience at Hank’s pre-pandemic

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HollyR
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We have been to Hank"s many times and have loved the food and service. However , this time we ordered the lobster roll . What a disappointment! The lobster was dry and tough and tasteless- and the cost for the plate of mostly french fries was ridiculous .
The fried oysters are the best, but we will never order or recommend the lobster roll.

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Loud
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Loud space. Could be fixed with baffles and wall covering but it’s an echo chamber

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time and the rockfish special was amazing!

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KeithP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried oysters in town. Plump and perfectly seasoned. Brady was a terrific waiter. Pleasant and good sense of humor.

DR
DonnaR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent fresh seafood in a quiet casual atmosphere. Fish (fish and chips) was a bit moist (vs crispy).

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Mark
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oyster selection was fantastic and the service was upbeat and attentive.

OC
OCap
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive customer service (from arrival - departure). Seafood very fresh - raw and fried. Delicious! Overall delightful experience.

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ROBERTD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that place. Casual, but top notch seafood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! My mother and I wanted a lighter lunch and shared the peel-and-eat shrimp along with the fried oysters. Absolutely delicious and some of the best oysters we’ve ever had. I will definitely be back!

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ChristineC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Sat out back... it was a little noise. But really cute place in great location

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joesk8judg
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great friendly waiter. Great fried food

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Zwischenuns
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish service was impeccable and food was top notch. My favorite restaurant in OTA.

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vipKimberlyF
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Easter Sunday meal outside on patio. Great service by Miriam. Delicious Bloody Marys with our oysters from Washington St to Virginia. Great meals all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we’ve tried here was excellent. Super fresh oysters,Ceviche & tuna tartare. Our favorite
neighbor spot. Louis our waiter was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I decided to take my mom out to lunch and booked a table through opentable for Hanks. We arrived and were seated very quickly and our server came to greet us soon after. The good and service were impeccable and I’d definitely come back!

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vipCharlesW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love to visit when in the area
Fresh, tasty food

AR
ArmonieR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was really informative. He recommended Oysters and a drink.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love Hanks Oyster Bar.
The food is always really good.
This was the first time we have been in over a year because of the Pandemic.
They also wipe the tables les down with clean paper towels and disinfectant.
I will continue to come back again and again.

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geebee
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I love Hanks, and normally the food is great, but on the occasion the crabcakes were a bit soggy and the french fries not as fresh as usual. Still, a worthwhile visit among friendly folks.

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ShellyF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love this place. Food was incredible. Oysters are amazing.

DB
vipDBK2
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the oysters and Hank’s delivered! Tasty and well priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Perfect date night or special occasion celebration

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Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

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