Hank's Pasta Bar

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545 reviews
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Hank's Pasta Bar is a rustic Italian restaurant located at 600 Montgomery Street in North Old Town Alexandria. The Pasta Bar features hand-made fresh pasta, fresh seafood, cheese & charcuterie, fine wines, craft cocktails and local draught beers.
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Three of us dined at Hank's on Saturday night and the meal was outstanding! My only complaint was that there were only four shrimp in the entree diavolo shrimp dish, which was a surprise given the price. But the lasagna was to die for and that's what I'll be ordering from now on. Spaghetti with meatballs was also delish.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't recommend this gem enough! The pasta was perfection, and the service was great. We went with a large party for dinner the night before Easter. The menu had changed from winter to spring that week, meaning that my Mom's favorite dish, Pasta Carbonara, had rotated off the menu. She was bummed, so imagine her delight when our waiter returned to say the chef had agreed to make the dish just for her! The chef also came out to greet us after the meals were delivered.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely wonderful. The owner and chef visited each table. Our server was very attentive. Overall pleasant experience. Will def return.

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JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good people, good location. The only thing missing was the complimentary dark chocolates that they give away after dinner at Hank's Oyster Bar.

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KD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food and comfortable seating. We will definitely be returning.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! A Light but filling meal!

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ML
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant and the staff were great -- but, I was overall disappointed in the food. The appetizers were WAY too salty, the veggies were overcooked, but the risotto we ordered was actually way under-cooked. The staff was attentive, but kept taking plates away before we were done with the food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality time with my wife!

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The grilled octopus was a bit salty but otherwise good. I would not recommend the linguine and clam sauce. The bolognese and mafalde pasta dishes were tasty.

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bartender who made a wonderful cocktail that I suggested and that she hadn't made before. Attentive server who described the menu items carefully and accurately. The food was a delightful surprise since I hadn't dined at Hank's prior to March 29th. Everything was absolutely delicious. Looking forward to returning soon. Hank's was bustling with a good vibe, every table occupied, a full bar and yet you never felt crowded.

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SH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten there at least five times. The crostini(s) ate the best. I always have the lasagna which comes out in a heated dish. The service has always been good as well. Hanks is our go to for Italian in Old Town.

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BK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Pasta was excellent, as it usually is. Hostess and wait staff are friendly and helpful. It’s little bit cramped for space but we had a table tucked into a nook. The menu could use some new dishes but overall, it’s a consistently good value with quality food and service.

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V
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. We ate an early dinner (6:30 pm) and got out before the noise level became too high to hold a conversation. I would prefer if the waitstaff did not wear strong perfume.

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LA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was just okay. Nothing special. We were greeted warmly.

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A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank’s never disappoints. Always amazing food and service!

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RP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hanks Pasta Bar was amazing, I would recommend it across the board! Intimate space, very attentive staff, delicious appetizers and entrees. Cocktails were refreshing and tasty. Loved the art deco styled bathroom. All-around an amazing experience.

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TS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had been there before but had not tried the pasta. This time I went for a delicious lasagna, shared fried calamari and greens and fennel salad. Delightful and generous portions maybe too much so, did not had room for dessert.

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LL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was a little disappointed in the menu as it seemed much smaller in options than the previous times I’ve been, while I understand the menu is seasonal. They also could stand to upgrade the ambiance when they opt to seat diners right at the entrance. That was previously bar folks on a first come, first get, and we were a reservation. It’s not nearly as nice as the back of the restaurant. All said, great service and good food. Squid is still to die for.

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CW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was delicious, was a little disappointed that it was my daughters 18th Birthday dinner which I noted in the reservation with a request to bring a cake or restaurant provide. Never got a response & no one mentioned during our visit.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Hank's. Brother was visiting from out of town and asked for a recommendation. We enjoyed delicious cocktails, excellent antipasti board and grilled octopus (don't miss this dish), and delightful pasta dishes: linguine with clams, fusilli carbonara, bucatini cacio e pepe... service was outstanding as usual. A lovely evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had quick, friendly service! Started with freshly baked focaccia. Pasta came out promptly and hot. Coconut sorbet and mini cannoli perfectly finished the meal. One of our new favorite date spots!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We felt very rushed through our meal

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Pasta(s) were good; calamari was excellent, bruschetta was mediocre. Service was slower than it should have been - waiter was slow to greet us, and he came by to offer grated parmesan after we were halfway through our entrees. Bruschetta is vastly overpriced - $4 for one crostini is ridiculous, and it wasn't particularly flavorful. Restaurant seems to have gotten over its self-importance from a few years ago, and I'll return at some point, but it's still not an extraordinary value/experience for the price. I'll recommend but with a few caveats (and a recommendation to stick with pasta, not bruschetta)

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HT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Too noisy for conversation no ambiance. Their seafood place is better.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've taken visiting friends and family to Hank's twice recently. Both times the service and food were outstanding! The pastas are fresh, the fish prepared perfectly, and the appetizers were delicious. Our servers both times were friendly, really knew the menu, and were attentive without hovering. My guests all loved the experience and all said they would return to Hank's when they're back in the area. I know I'll become a regular! Thanks for the excellent meal and service, Hank's!

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KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Hanks is a sure favorite of Old Town Alexandria! Food and service is always fantastic!!

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TE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We finally found a place that makes excellent fresh pasta. I'll start with the good: Excellent service and management, the Octopus was uh-mahzing, and dare I say better than the Lagareiro style I had all over Portugal. Chicken liver crostini was creamy, and the Burrata maple vinaigrette was just the right amount of subtleness very few can pull off to not overpower the Burrata itself. For pasta, I'd recommend sticking to the Bucatini since it has that thick bite to it that is enhanced endlessly by its freshness. Unfortunately I went for the braised rabbit pasta because I was intrigued by it, but it lacked in flavor and I don't think it worked at all. The clams pasta tasted great. The dark chocolate flourless cake dessert was nothing short of sublime. Do not skip on dessert over there. So why 4.5? The fried Calamari had an incredible spice/season to it that was unfortunately mutilated by the ginormous amount of salt dumped into it. We couldn't finish a couple of pieces before our mouths started to hurt. The manager even concurred and without us asking she removed it off the check. It's such a shame because the seasoning tasted real good. So yeah, we'll be back there.

Edit: We went back there the next day and I feel I should knock it down to a 4. The amazing Bucatini my fiancé's brother had the day before was drenched in way more pepper than his was. We also ordered the' chef's favourite primavera and it was nothing special you couldn't put together at home. Still one of the best Pasta places in the whole city, easy.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing always! Love this resturant! Our favorite by far!

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G
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My husband and I have been to Hank’s Pasta Bar several times. This time we brought a friend from Philadelphia. I had made a reservation but we were seated in the back room which was okay. Next time I will request the front room. I was somewhat disappointed in the entree selection. So many of the dishes were made with butter or cream sauces. Some lighter dish choices would have been preferable. Maybe the winter menu is geared that way? Our server was very attentive and helpful.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hank's is a great place to gather with family and friends. Reserved a table for six, arrived on time and seated right away. Server was very professional, food was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is the back room, where we were sitting, was very cold compared to the rest of the restaurant. The food and service was excellent!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We love the family sharing options.

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S
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

If you want pasta its the place to go for good food. We were there on a Saturday night so it was very busy, tables are close, volume was loud, and it was quite warm....maybe because we were seated near the kitchen. We had the fresh fish which was delish and the pepper cream pasta along with eggplant parmigiana. The food was tasty - no complaints. However, it is quite pricey! Service was good. Staff was very nice. It's a modern pasta place so the atmosphere is fun. I won't go often due to price but its nice for something special for someone who loves homemade pasta.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding and our server was very sweet.

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MJ
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I would have preferred to be in the main dining space.

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A
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Dependable food and excellent service. A nice neighborhood spot.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun times and the food was delicious!! Will definitely go again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent!!! I really enjoyed my food. And both are drinks were fabulous. My husband however thought his food was simply above average. That said it was Valentine’s Day and they were slammed. We will definitely go back

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. For a special event or just for great food. One of my favorites.

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HM
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! The lasagna is fantastic!

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