Hank's Pasta Bar

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526 reviews
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Italian
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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Hank's Pasta Bar will be featuring a succulent Brunch buffet for $42 per person. Kids under 5 eat free, 12-5 yo $15

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We felt very rushed through our meal

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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
3 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
84 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
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
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! The lasagna is fantastic!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

loved the grilled calamari, so tender and tasty! the fish special was also awesome!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good family style meal for a family birthday celebration
Pasta is fresh and sauces each different
Desserts were fresh and well made. My wife is a pastry chef and enjoyed to meal.

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AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This was our second time at Hank’s Pasta Bar. We returned for my birthday hoping to have a really wonderful night. We were seated in the back room, which is a stark contrast to the front rooms- but still a nice area. Our server must have been having a rough day. She check our ids for wine and asked my age, so I informed her that it just changed because it was my birthday. CRICKETS. This is fine, although I always appreciate when servers ask if you’re celebrating a special occasion and offer a simple salutation. She quickly took our order and walked away. When we finished our meal (which was very enjoyable) we requested to see the dessert menu so I could celebrate with something sweet. In the middle of eating our key lime pie she put our check on the table.

Overall it was fine- but definitely not special. Wish we would have gone somewhere else and returned on a random Tuesday!

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were seated in the far back room - cold draft. We asked to be moved and we're moved - there were plenty of other tables in the front part. Service was excellent food ok.

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AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming to Hank's pasta bar! The food and service are always wonderful and we have always had wonderful service. I would highly recommend coming here!

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PL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a terrific neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food. Fun atmosphere. Friendly and knowledgeable servers. A really great night out!

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MV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Will definitely be back.

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S
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Hank's Pasta Bar and it did not disappoint. Food was delicious. Especially enjoyed the octopus, meatballs & crostini appetizers. Main courses of rabbit ragu, chicken prosciutto ravioli & braised lamb shank were excellent. From the moment we walked in the door all the staff was very welcoming. Service was very good and attentive. Looking forward to returning soon.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation for a birthday dinner Saturday night, earlier than we normally would, just to guarantee a spot. Good thing, too; the waiting area was absolutely packed when we left. Staff was attentive and friendly. Our water glasses were never empty and all our entrees were delicious. Highly recommend the crostini. Our birthday guest was given a complementary off-menu dessert. Overall, a lovely experience.

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CW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were greeted very kindly.
Our waiter Brandon was excellent! He has worked there since 2016 and knows the menu exceptionally. He made some great recommendations. The food was very good. Recommend noodle dishes. Price points were in par with most nice restaurants in the DMV. Plan for $50 pp.
Overall a great meal with great service!

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great great service! The mint matcha vodka drink was awesome. The chicken prosciutto ravioli leave a lot of longing for better food. It’s just ground together, so you don’t get to taste either chicken or prosciutto.

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

I took my daughter and her friends here for a birthday dinner. As usual, the service was wonderful....the staff is attentive without being annoying. In addition to the great pasta we had the ample sampler platter and octopus, both were delish! The Key Lime Pie is also a nice option to chocolate for dessert. The noise level was moderate as the place was packed, so it was perfect for the girls to chatter and giggle away. I’ve been here at non-peak times and was able to have a quiet conversation. I will keep coming back!

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b
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great food, great professional service
I've eaten here on a number of occasions and Hank's just gets better every time. Most recently we went to celebrate my Aunt's 90th birthday. I had called ahead and they brought her a celebratory dessert at the end of the meal. She was tickled and happy with our server's sincere well wishes.
The menu has solid choices of Italian greats...lasagna bubbling and tomato-y delicious, papperdelle as good as your mom-in law's - only without the kvetching.

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AO
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Few choices for vegetarians. Food was disappointng. Bill was too high for mediocre food.

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s
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

After all the reviews I read I had high hopes but sadly, I didn't really think any of the food was truly memorable. One of my pet peeves is when food doesn't come out nice and hot and our table shared among several pasta dishes, none of which seemed hot enough for my liking. The bowls are kind of shallow so that doesn't help and yes, the portions are all on the small side, contrary to many an Italian restaurant. I was looking forward to trying the beets with star anise but they tasted like straight up regular beets to me. I wish I could point to something that wowed me but I can get better pasta at any number of places. Several in our party recommended the coconut sorbet. Service was solid, save for a woman constantly trying to take our plates before we were done. Anyway, if I was in the area, I may try again but I won't go out of my way to return.

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MG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food at Hanks never disappoints. The Restaurant Week wine pairing felt like a great deal. I just wish it wasn't so very loud; it makes it difficult to go with a group.

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v
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration— food was great ... service was great...and complimentary pane cotta for my birthday! DELICIOUS

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was s disappointment. Either too much salt or not enough flavors across the board on all the dishes. Pretty disappointed

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ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch. Food and service were exceptional.

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