Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent array of oysters. Delicious sandwiches. Great lunch spot

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and incredible oysters

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MichaelD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a GREAT LUNCH at Hank's ....OYSTERS....TROUT....LOBSTA' DEVILED EGGS AND
LOBSTA' BISQUE ....doesn't get much better than that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TIM is an excellent server ...very attentive and friendly....we are going back this week for

OYSTER HAPPY HOUR !!!!

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vipmazums
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious variety of seafood. Must try the oysters! We'll be back for sure!

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EllenR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, consistent, efficient and polite service. Lively atmosphere, without being too noisy to talk. Highly recommend Hank's Oyster Bar.

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dwdw
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice evening at hanks.
Thanks for a great date night.

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vipMegan
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ceviche, lobster rolls and creative cocktails! Yum!

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SandyR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great recommendations from our server- my brother and I really enjoyed the raw bar and our meals (shrimp po-boy & lobster roll) with our potato fingerlings cooked in duck fat sides!Delicious!

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vipGianni
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hank's menu is a seafood lover's delight, and the food is fresh, well-prepared and attentively served. Best lobster bisque in the area -- ample portion, not too creamy, plenty of lobster chunks!

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RuthM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter! Great services very! Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son and I were visiting my sister in Alexandria. We love Hank’s. Had lunch there also (at the bar). We like the ambiance at the bar better than the back room tables but...the food and service are so good, we don’t really care! Definitely recommend the raw and fried oysters! The Bloody Mary at lunch was also top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Food and drinks where good but way over priced and portions were small. I will not be recommending this and will not be going back!

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BetsyJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just love the Hanks family of restaurants ! Though I usually get the “sort of pricey” lobster roll I switched to the clam bellies. Alas for a belly lover the clams in New England must eat a little heartier than their southern friends:) The fried chicken special Was a hit. The friendly team was welcoming! Can’t wait for Hank and Mitzi’s to open up!

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vipZaytinyA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious...and always amazing service!

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VaughnR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting. Extremely satisfied with the service. Top notch host along with great selections of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service,as usual,was excellent; however, a very noisy group next to us diminished the experience. Not Hank’s fault...

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vipBradS
New Mexico
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pricey oysters but good delectation and nicely prepared. Rest of it was meh.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously not sure how we've lived in the area for 3 years and never been to Hank's! By far our new favorite place. The food was amazing - we don't want to eat anywhere else!!

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LynnL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Their scallops are some of the best I've had.

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momof4va
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First let me say that I love Hanks. In previous visits I experienced stellar service, amazing food and great overall experience. This visit was different. We were greeted by a hostess who took our names for the reservation and to wait just a minute while they found us a table. Another hostess appeared and took us to a two top that was smashed in between a divider wall and a group of very loud customers. The tables were so close it was claustrophobic. We asked to be moved to a table with more room and were give attitude, but were allowed to move. Our server arrived shortly after and told us about specials, and took our drink order. He was fantastic all during the meal. The oysters were amazing as usual. So was the salad, lobster and surf and turf we ordered. However, If you go, do not order the lobster bisque. It was too tomato forward. More like tomato soup with lobster thrown in. In a word, horrible. Not creamy and no flavor other than tomato. Mixed drinks were fantastic.

Overall it was a good meal and the waiter was on point.

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wiiildbill
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lobster bisque. Can't recommend it enough. Rockfish good, and had a nice Sancerre wine. Service prompt, but didn't harass us. Parking lot behind the restaurant is only $5. My two dinner companions liked their meals. Nice evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and tasty! Everything was delivered beyond expectations.. especially, the Seafood Grill entree.

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JohnS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food as always. A bit cramped as usual. El

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I've been here many times and was looking forward to a plate of usually delicious fried oysters. Sadly, this time Hank's missed. Oysters were mostly batter with minuscule amounts of oyster itself and then over-fried too boot. If this is new normal at Hank's I might have to drop it off my list of go-to places in old town.

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TMac
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a nice treat as we were able to share 3 small plates between the two of us to sample the various seafood available on the menu. The only challenge we had was the very limited room on the table top so timing is key here!!

Would do the again just to taste more of their offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation, were seated right away, had a friendly waiter, food was really good, would definitely recommend and will definitely come again.

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NoTimeForNonsense
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in Alexandria, I plan my trip around Hank’s - and sitting by the window is like watching puppies on parade!

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vipOT4you
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong at Hank’s!!! Delicious clam chowder and wonderful fish sandwich. It’s all good!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and good drinks.

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vipDCN8tiv
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Because we had had a late lunch and, knowing of Hank's ample portion size, we shared the large oyster platter by just adding another side. It was just right. As always, the oysters were perfectly prepared and delicious. This visit, we tried two new (to us) sides, the green beans and the duck fat roasted potatoes. Both were excellent and we will certainly order them again. We already knew we liked the cole slaw since it is not overwhelmed by mayonaisse. In conclusion, we will continue to look forward to our visits to Hank's.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Seafood was average, prices were high and the place was small!

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vipAlexandrialocal
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Saturday night dinner, in search of oysters. The oysters were wonderful (sample of a dozen from 4 locations). The other food was also very good (fried clams, drunken ceviche, green beans). Our waitress was friendly and efficient, as were the other staff members we spoke with. The only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars overall was the wait for our table (a 7:30 reservation, seated at 7:50.) I understand delays are sometimes unavoidable -- my issue is that is really nowhere to stand while you wait. The bar was packed and we all lined up along the wall behind the bar patrons, creating a giant traffic jam.

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MikeS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff outstanding! Food excellent! Such a good experience we came back the next day! GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot for happy hour, lunch or dinner and great service. A reservation is highly recommended.

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BobP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hanks bouibase was wonderful as usual.we go there once a month

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KatharineK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We go to Hank’s every time we are in Alexandria. It’s yummy! Great food and service! And a fun happy hour.

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MaryZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crab cakes around! The food is consistently delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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AndyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

All was excellent except an obnoxious , drunk guy behind us that was talking and cussing loudly. Fortunately, he and his party left midway through our meal. Otherwise. great meal, great service and we will return!

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LBJNY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun vibrant restaurant with helpful, friendly staff - and delicious oysters and seafood dishes. Highly recommend!

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