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Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont

234 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (31)
  • Casual (20)
  • Creative Cuisine (13)

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Limited Mid-Day menu Daily 3:00pm - 5:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Wenesday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 462-4265
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jamie Leeds
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Private party facilities
The “Yacht” room seats up to 24 guests or up to 30 for a standing reception. The Yacht Room is the perfect place to host your private dinner. The space is designed using an ocean inspired palette to evoke pure relaxation, fantasy and formality. The room feels like a dining room on a luxury ship with a modern and elegant twist. The minimum for use of the space varies seasonally.
The Up Bar will easily allow up to 30 guests to mix and mingle and comes complete with your own personal bartender. The Up Bar is a contemporary and fresh take on a nautical East Coast bar. This chic, crisp room with soft grayish blues and whites, and hints of citrus is the perfect backdrop for your cocktail party The minimum for use of the Up Bar varies seasonally.
Combine both spaces for a standing room reception able to accommodate up to 70 guests. For more info contact Eve Maier
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Cross street
17th Street
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Public transit
Short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro station and S1,S2, S4, S9 16th street bus stops.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 234 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

Blair (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great service and food - recommend the oysters, scallops, crab cakes and wonderful original cocktails

vipbethesdafan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Their 3rd floor was perfect for our group of 6. Just enough fray but could still hear each other talk. Food didn't disappoint.

vipDiscerningDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

vipMatt (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food!

vipLuvgoodfoodandwine (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great valentines dinner with regular menu. Fantastic fresh & fried oysters, Black Sea bass, ceasar salad, Ipswich clams~ all terrific

vipMichaelD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Hanks has become a great staple in our dining repertoire. Great service, yummy food and a nice neighborhood vibe.

vipFoodie4ever (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Hands down my favorite casual restaurant for seafood - THE BEST!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Pete waiter was awesome

MichaelCDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

vipLuckyprepster (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

VA fresh oysters and the lobster roll...
Felt like summer!

vipgoodbrewfellow (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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.

Gooseman53 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Terrific small bistro with a solid menu leaning toward seafood. Oysters were outstanding! I'll be back to try other items!

Kels (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

KarenB (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent dinner - server was able to give very good recommendations. Many great seafood and fish options. Nice atmosphere, not too loud.

happyneighbor (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

vipLars (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.