Hank's Pasta Bar

4.5
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
M-Th 11:30a–10p
Fri 11:30a–11p
Sa 11a-11p
Su 11a–9p

Happy Hour
M-Fri 4p-7p
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Phone number
(571) 312-4117
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Payment options
AMEX, 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
Hank's Pasta Bar is a rustic, seasonally driven Italian restaurant. We have a semi-private lounge and a private dining space we call the Joy Room.
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Private party contact
Mekare Graves: (844) 290-5991
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
ST. Asaph
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Parking details
We do not offer valet service. There is street parking in front of the restaurant based on availability. There is a garage located directly across from the restaurant operated by the Sheraton Hotel and parking rates apply.
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Public transit
Short walk from the Braddock metro station.
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Entertainment
Please go to our website to see our upcoming events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 423 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the Pasta relative of Hanks Seafood and just as tasty in it's pasta oriented versus seafood menu. The staff is very attentive, the place is cozy and located right on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. The food is best shared family style pasta where you can choose from 2, 3 or 4 items on a very creative and interesting pasta menu (there are other traditional Italian fare items as well, but we always choose the multiple pasta option). The food is well prepared and very tasty. Highly recommended.

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YA
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

REALLY good gluten-free pasta alternative in addition to their delicious handmade pastas!

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Thailand
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lisa was great!

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a
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

While we appreciate the host warning us the kitchen was behind & our service would start a little late...I did not expect to wait 40min for starters, an additional 30 minutes for entree and not even a manager to stop by and keep us updated. I’m just happy my 2 year old made it through the dining experience unfazed otherwise we would’ve left.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service....wonderful way to end my week!!

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KM
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Wonder how long they can stay in business....

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BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

It was as expected and as usual, good vibe and great atmosphere.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The grilled o octopus was really soft and delicious! The focaccia bread was moist and yummy. Rissoto was delicious too!

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Hank’s is a neighborhood restaurant, food is ok a bit overpriced for what it is. We will not be back. Service was wonderful!

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the home made pasta. Everything fresh. The grilled octopus, the arugala, the antpasta, the desserts, coffee, & pasta are all divine. The entire staff is always pleasant and professional. All helpful. Brandon was our waiter this time & was fun.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great pasta. Quiet location in North Old Town Alexandria.

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CD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and overall experience; however our waiter was overly attentive to the point of interrupting our conversation multiple times. It also felt very much like she was trying to upsell us on everything from drinks and apps to dessert. Some people may like that much attention but we found it distracting when we clearly on a date and trying to focus on each other. However the food was very good.

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h
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great server & still after so many years, a great experience! Shout-out to our server & the staff-my friend’s boyfriend disrupted our dinner, but they still made our time enjoyable. Yassssss Malfade!!

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B
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in just the right amount; some “pasta” establishments’ stress quantity over quality. An outstanding customer service experience: we forgot to take the 1/2 sandwich that had been nicely packed for us. We returned in 5 minutes to find that the table was completely cleared and cleaned and the leftover already trashed. Without prompting Hank’s prepared a replacement and would not accept a payment for it. Can’t beat this attitude.

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L
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is very good place for casual dining with dependable food and service. I eat here often and have never been disappointed. Sometimes every thing is not perfect. Last trip provides an example. My dining companion hasd salmon cooked on parchment with other seafood with it. The salmon was fine (we warmed it would be cooked through) but the mussels were shriveled nothingness they were so over cooked. No warning should cover the condition of the mussels. Will I go back yes. I had pasta that was excellent.

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JH
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was very friendly and inviting. Had a reservation and was immediately seated. Others were waiting and I assume they had no reservations. The table was next to a window and the decor/seats/atmosphere were very good for our date. Cozy yet bright, casual yet elegant. Beatrice (idk to spell) was our seever and immediately came for our drink orders. Bread served only minutes later. Food only took about 15/20 minutes to come out and was perfectly portioned, display was appealing, and taste was phenomenal. My dish was a carbonara with cream sauce, grilled chicken, topped with bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. My partner ordered the lasagna and it was also delicious. Overal, very pleased and enjoyed it so very much.

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was really looking forward to a nice dinner at Hank’s. The food was okay at best. I ordered the clams with fettuccini and my boyfriends had the lemon shrimp
Pasta. My pasta had very little flavor with a handful of small clams. The lemon shrimp
pasta tasted like a cup of lemon juice was added to the dish. The meatballs were okay. For the price point of Hank’s and the quality, I will not be returning.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner - outstanding grilled octopus, chopped salad, mezzaluna pasta and cannoli. We split all of them, and they were so gracious about it. Fabulous cocktail too. Only downside is that it is so loud - nothing to absorb the sound and lots of loud music - conversation can be quite difficult but food is great!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time! We sat at the bar and chatted with the bar tender. The salmon and the lamb were absolutely perfect. One of my best meals out this year.

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c
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always liked Hank's Oyster Bar so decided to try this out. Lunch with two friends and we all enjoyed the food. The Pasta Primavera was fantastic. Our server was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Will definitely go back!

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Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I sat outside at their cute seating area; however, the ambiance was ruined by the constant slamming of the glass door through which patrons were leaving and servers/busboys were coming in and out of at a fast rate. It seems like they should be able to fix the door noise easily and it would improve the outdoor ambiance GREATLY!
The bread & olive oil were kind of blah -- nothing to write home about.
Pasta primavera was good, but quite skimpy on the veggies -- and FULL of garlic :( The pasta itself was delicious. The mafalde was delicious -- very rich!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hank’s lived up to and surpassed expectations!! Food was fantastic. Best pasta I’ve had and excellent service. The cheese/charcuterie board wasn’t the best value (the slivers of salami for 6$ seemed unreasonable) but otherwise phenomenal food and I’ll be going back for sure!!

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a
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the family style pasta. We had several people with different tastes but this worked well. Plenty of food without being ridiculous

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BT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had company in town and wanted a reasonably priced nice dinner. The food is great and our server was very helpful! As a vegan, I ordered the primavera minus butter sub GF pasta. Everyone in our group enjoyed their food and cocktails!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant week menu was great! We tried the lamp chop, very good quality. The desert was right on point. Will come back again.

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TL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice ambiance, friendly staff, and did I mention delicious food? My mouth is watering just thinking about the Italian Flag sandwich and my daughter’s choice Bucatini.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great reservation process. Table was ready when we got there early. Service was slow but god was quality. Everyone enjoyed their food besides me. Sent back overlyblemon and herb linguine and shrimp for linguine and clams. 2nd dish came out fishy and way too soupy. Waitress spit checks for two people to pay and leave and had to wait to get the rest of the check which was weird.

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CB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Pasta was excellent.

Service very attentive

Noise level a little louder than I would prefer.

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KM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was terrible. We got a watermelon salad that was mushy and mostly the white parts of the rind. The spaghetti was extremely bland and there were very few entree options for vegetarians. We had a reservation for a party of 6 and they sat half of us on a couch--it was uncomfortable and made sitting at the table difficult. On top of everything, it was a rather expensive meal to basically have nothing good to eat. Do not recommend to anyone!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had fun, food was delicious.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious, great service, and kid friendly. We got the family style pasta with the antipasto platter, highly recommend!

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank's pasta bar is our go to neighborhood restaurant. The food is always tasty and the portions are decent sizes. Servers are super friendly. Love the cocktails. They have the best flourless chocolate cake.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, assisted with every question we had. Enjoyed the food. Will definitely come back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My partner and I go to Hank's once a month or so. We tend to split a handful of things. The service is always good. The food is always predictably delicious and we feel like it's a great price for the quality. And the pasta?...so good every single time. Perfectly al dente!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

They lost one of our parties meal orders

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EB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for an early Sunday dinner with my wife and 3 kids and it was terrific from the first step into the restaurant. Great welcome, food, service and ambience. If we didn’t live up in the NYC area, would dine here regularly!

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VS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy 😋 and great service

Incredible service we loved it

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LC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Appetizer was great! Dinner was mediocre. Dessert was terrible! We got the key lime pie to share having had the same thing many times at Hank's Oyster Bar. It was really dry, cracked on top with the crust separated and laying separate from the filling. If I was having friends over for dinner I would never serve something that looked like this did. I could have gotten over how bad it looked if it had tasted good but the taste was a HUGE disappointment. Whoever made it went super heavy on the lime juice as that's all we could taste. I had one bite and pushed the rest away. Just not worth it...

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KS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loud and difficult to understand waitstaff. Food was great, just not sure what we ordered or if we received what we ordered. However, the family loved the food.

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