Hank's Oyster Bar, named after Chef Jamie Leeds's father, serves quality seafood and turf dishes in the heart of Washington, D.C. Select from a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes and enjoy your meal in the restaurant's inviting atmosphere. The spacious dining room is ideal for private events, such as wedding receptions, birthday parties and other get-togethers. Hank's Oyster Bar houses an ice bar, where guests can choose from raw oysters on the half shell, jumbo shrimp cocktail, middleneck clams on the half shell and much more. Fried seafood, like fried oysters, clams and lobster rolls, is also available. Daily specials at Hank's Oyster Bar include meat, like molasses-braised short ribs, Chesapeake fried chicken or pork tenderloin, as well as two delicious sides, which include favorites like coleslaw, chilled marinated beets and braised collard greens.
Great spot for an evening meal or an appetizer frenzy. The cocktails were excellent and the black eyed peas and greens not to be missed!
Great service and food - recommend the oysters, scallops, crab cakes and wonderful original cocktails
Their 3rd floor was perfect for our group of 6. Just enough fray but could still hear each other talk. Food didn't disappoint.
This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant!
While the food was quite good, I wouldn't say it was a value. For the prices being charged the portion size was rather small.
Another great find in DC. Our waitress was fabulous and the oysters and scallops are the best! We will definitely return to this great little spot.
Great valentines dinner with regular menu. Fantastic fresh & fried oysters, Black Sea bass, ceasar salad, Ipswich clams~ all terrific
Hanks has become a great staple in our dining repertoire. Great service, yummy food and a nice neighborhood vibe.
Hands down my favorite casual restaurant for seafood - THE BEST!
Pete waiter was awesome
It's funny... I sort of ignored Hank's for years, and have only recently rediscovered it. Just in the last 3 years or so, it's become a favorite. First, they have really fresh, delicious oysters, of several varieties at any given time, with a mix of east and west coast. The cooking is careful, and there is always a nice variety of fresh fish, and even a meat item for people who get dragged their against their will. Sides are delicious, variable, and interchangeable.
The restaurant itself is sort of ramshackle, with several different rooms and a nice big patio. It feels like it's been cobbled together over the years from several formerly separate spaces, partly because it has. The service is friendly, and I always feel like I'm being greeted by an old friend.
VA fresh oysters and the lobster roll...
Felt like summer!
For the fish tacos, perhaps use grilled/simple fried fish, rather than chicken nugget-style fish. With the Mussel soup, consider adding more fingerling potatoes. Always a comfortable environment.
Terrific small bistro with a solid menu leaning toward seafood. Oysters were outstanding! I'll be back to try other items!
Decided to do a team brunch. $35 deal is legit! Can have bloody mary's, champagne, and mimosas and you can switch between them! Great selection of starters but wish there were a wider selection of your main course options.
Low review is primarily for one reason. On their website, it specifies that they have 1/2 price raw bar every night after 9:00. They fail to mention that this only applies if you're actually seated at the bar. I know this is the case for happy hour sometimes, but it didn't occur to me to ask before we ordered. We didn't find out until the end of the night, when we ended up paying double what we anticipated.
Excellent dinner - server was able to give very good recommendations. Many great seafood and fish options. Nice atmosphere, not too loud.
Great crab cakes and soups. We were seated next to a very loud party and as soon as we requested a change it was immediately honored, We also had theater tickets and they were able to get out in time.
We were seated in the upstairs dining room and the noise level was very low so it was easy to have a conversation at the table. However, at the bar areas the noise level was high. The small clam and shrimp appetizers were very tasty and tender. Caesar salad with white anchovy was well prepared and the anchovy mild in flavor. The fried oysters also were tender but at this time of year a little small. The accompanying fries were very over cooked but the roasted brussels sprouts tender and tasty. Overall the food was good for the price.