Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont

4.5
379 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood

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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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Cuisines
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 emaier@hanksoysterbar.com
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Why do I keep coming back here? I am going to stop. The food is OK but the service is so bad it's comical. After eating dinner with empty wineglasses, we finally sent the busboy to find our server, and after that it was just attitude and even longer to get a drink. Last time, my $28 entree arrived cold. Why bother, if they don't?

There are plenty of places to eat around here.

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DS
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little gem! Wonderful lobster roll. Filed with almost a whole lobster...delicious!

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MW
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We got half a dozen oysters, all different kinds (two from the west cost, and 4 from the east coast). All were amazing. Then we tried the braised short ribs, with a ceasar salad and the mac and cheese. The ceasar was exactly that, and the braised short ribs were fantastic. Very tasty and tender. The mac and cheese is maybe the best I've ever had. Nice cheese blend that actually has a great flavor, the dish was shallow with a crispy crumble on top, which means I got some crumble in every bite. All of it was delicious.

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AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience coming to DC for a vacation and I enjoyed it.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Host was the best. Super cute and very friendly.

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SD
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We booked for an outside table because we had a special assistance dog, waited a while and they assigned a very cramped table inside because none outside was available around reservation time. I guess they should tell you that if you book for an outdoor table they won't reserve one.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good and the staff is great. We love that they normally have oysters from both coasts and often have PEI. It's a great go to with guests in town as is always consistently good.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice staff, good food, a little pricey (4 medium size scallops on some grains and a few algae pieces for 32$). Unfortunately you cannot fill up with dessert because the restaurant does not serve dessert. As a consolation they serve some good chocolate pieces with the cheque which was very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Way too expensive for what you get. I feel like the prices have gone way up recently.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal

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e
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had wanted to try this restaurant out since it opened. We had a relatively early seating (6:15pm.)

My overall experience was, sorry to say, a mediocre one! The food was ok but not great.

I had the ceviche and a couple of raw oysters as an appetizer followed by a oyster po' boy and old bay French fries.

The ceviche could have benefited with a bit more lime! The oysters in the po' boy were a bit soggy and I struggled to taste any Old Bay on the French fries.

Service was initially what I expect at a restaurant but afterwards there was only one fly by after the meal was served; there was no follow up to see if anyone needed a freshening up of beverages.

I also can't remember the last time I went to a sit down restaurant that did not serve dessert. My bad for not looking at the menu more closely before reserving since this was a birthday dinner for a friend!

I hope this was just an off night for the restaurant and not indicative of its everyday operations!

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VE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere. Loved outside seating. Good recommendations from our waitress . Yum oysters!

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Crabcakes just ok. No lump crabmeat and no dessert except chunks of chocolate. ☹️

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic atmosphere, with hospitable hostesses and waiters, good selection of drinks made for the best Oyster lover dining; even for our party of eight!

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BF
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

not many options if you don't eat shellfish. One in our party ordered the meat special and was disappointed that it was tough--and expensive. Crab cakes and fish tacos delicious.

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KG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was lousy. You’d expect fresh oysters and clams to taste fresh, but nope. Had a bad clam. Crab cakes were mushy.

Lots of gnats inside. Crowded dining area.

Server was nice, but service was slow.

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L
Dallas
135 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Veal chop was expensive. Veal chop was tough! Veal chop was quite simply awful! Oddly the appetizers were quite good.

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Q
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good never disappoints. Great wines. Told waitress we had tickets for an 8 pm show and she made sure our food came at in a timely manner. Weather was great for sitting on the patio. Only trouble is finding a parking space in the area, we were almost 20” minutes for our reservation.

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MT
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This is a totally overrated restaurant with high prices for mediocre food, and a noisy, uncomfortable environment and unprofessional service. It’s hard to ruin soft shell crab, but they did with their greasy fried preparation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing, food was incredible!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful and food was delicious.

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The oysters were so fresh! Hands down the best lobster roll I have ever had.

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lobster roll and crab cakes. Good service and shady patio.

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress!

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J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Seafood!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server was good but I think the kitchen was behind when we were there. We love Hanks though and try to go frequently. It’s a favorite neighborhood place.

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B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food and good service led to an all around good experience.

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FW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was actually very good, but the service was so bad that it pretty much ruined the experience.

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SD
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. The menu is great. The service is terrific, attentive but not hovering. Comfortable neighborhood place.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it as usual

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Never again

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly bartenders and waitress, we were very happy with all the food and drinks ordered.

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m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the relaxed vibe at Hank's Oyster in Dupont. You can sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. The $35 deal with an appetizer, an entree and bottomless brunch drinks is good value. However, I ended up hungry after a small serving of mussels and an even tinier appetizer of ceviche. The service was super attentive; the staff kept our drinks full and even gave us chocolate chunks at the end of the meal.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love it here. We will definitely be back!

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t
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good but the menu selections are not overly large; and, I don't know if we have been to another restaurant (in memory) that serves no dessert, !

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just landed ... headed to Hank’s... decompressed over oysters and a nice Rose ... great attention to our needs ... including selection suggestions AND the charging of my phone ... a very nice way to begin the weekend.

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M
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience began at Hank's with a small dish of goldfish. No, not live ones, instead it was those Pepperridge Farm snack treats you fed to your kids at so many soccer games.

Nice outside area, but for us it was packed so we ate inside. We started with a glass Savignon Blanc ($14 per glass), and two salads ($12 each).

For our main course we went with the seafood platter for two. It included 6 regular-sized oysters and 6 cherry oysters, 1/2 cold lobster, mussles, two jumbo prawns and ceviche ($49).

The platter was awesome and perfect for light meal. Service was excellent. The meal ended with a complementary ramekin of chocolate. Great culinary experience for our first dinner in DC.

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CE
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delucious lobster roll. Patio seating on a summer night added to our fsntastic evening st Hanks.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

So nice for pre-theater, they work well to get us out on time, yet not feel too rushed. Fresh, appealing, well presented seafood. Always good and nicely served. Dark chocolate pieces that come at the end of the meal always greatly appreciated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing server!

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