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.
Been there before in summertime and it definitely works better. The other day there were only two tables and they could not get the service right. First courses came out at different times and second courses were brought out before the soup was finished. How they can do that with only two tables busy is beyond me. Food was good. But the experience was annoying.
Excellent food! Oysters (we had raw, fried and bbq) were superb
Great brunch for a business-trip Sunday. I will be back.
I had a reservation for one but it ended being a high top next to a door busy with people coming and going. I love their fried oysters and looked forward to coming again due to my business travel. The ambience is lacking but food is good. I just felt rushed and in the way.
Love all of Hanks restaurants, first time at this location and would definitely return!
We had lunch at Hank's before a matinee at Theater J. Three of us went for the lobster roll - delicious!! The other was the cheeseburger - also very good. Very nice waitress and the service was good although we did have to ask for a few things. Very enjoyable lunch and I would highly recommend Hank's.
Great food, atmosphere & service! The bartender is a true cocktail expert with amazing customer service!
Good food. A little pricey for what we got, but that may also be just the cost of eating in DC.
The clam chowder is fabulous as is the lobster roll. Go and enjoy.
Horrible experience. We make reservations on Open Table, get a confirmation #, and show up 15 minutes early. We arrive and we're told the whole restaurant is closed for a private party. What?! No phone call, nothing! What a way to run a business. If you use Open Table, make sure you call first.
Always my first choice in the Dupont Circle area for seafood! The fried oysters are outstanding!
I always enjoy Hank’s: good food, fresh, pleasant atmosphere. This time, the server brought me the wrong dish. When I pointed it out, she apologized, replaced it within two minutes, and then comped it. I thought that level of remediation for a really minor hitch was extraordinary.
We had the best service! We are from Texas and Pete our waiter had us try everything he thought we would like! And if we didn’t he would bring us something else to try. The best experience!
Great food and drinks. One problem was long delay in getting crab cakes. But, manager brought free oyster shooters in response. Nice touch!
This was my 2nd time at Hanks in Dupont and was my first time for Brunch. My guests really enjoyed themselves and loved our meals. We had such a great time and enjoyed our waiter. The food, the drinks and the atmosphere was great.
Great happy hour. I recommend the smoked trout dip. Good choice on the menu. They had small plates
Hank's was the quintessential washington oyster bar, very casual and noisy and full. freshest oysters, and great lobster too, we liked it so much we went 2 out of 4 nights in DC.
The food was great and the portions were quite hefty. Thought the raw oysters were a bit pricey so our party abstained.
Unexpectedly quiet for Hanks (Oscars night) but we were seated immediately.
Good drinks and a delicious dinner we always enjoy the fresh seafood and variety . Love the chocolate ending.
Food was amazing-Best fried oysters and great sides-Brussel sprouts, mac and cheese and caesar salad. Will definitely be going back!!
Great service and fresh seafood! Highly recommend.
Pros: liked the food, liked the DuPont Circle atmosphere.
Cons: stingy drinks, no dessert menu.
My visit to Hanks was disappointing in that the food was not nearly as tasty as it used to be. The fries were lukewarm and a bit stale, the bun on the lobster roll was not toasted per usual and the cole slaw with the vinegar dressing was awful. Its really best for a chilled glass of wine or beer and the raw bar. We were seated in the upstairs dining area, another airless, windowless space they have there for guests, that at first I thought we would at least be able to hear each other but then they seated a family with three young boys beside us and the atmosphere changed immediately. The waiter was attentive but not particularly friendly. Too bad.
Food was very good. Highly recommend Short Rib Hash and Crab Benedict and Avacado Toast. Service was exceptional.
Nothing was bad, nothing was particularly exceptional. It was fine, but not great.
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!