Hank's Seafood Restaurant

4.7
7656 reviews
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Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 18 consecutive years, Hank's Seafood Restaurant is located near the Charleston City Market in the heart of the Historic District. Housed in a gorgeous turn-of-the-century building, Hank's Seafood pays homage to the classic Charleston seafood restaurant with a menu that specializes in fresh ingredients and signature Lowcountry recipes. Unable to find the right reservation time? We have a full service, full menu community table that is seated on a first come-first served basis. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:45PM 8:45PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, we had to get in and out for a tour and they were able to give us great service and food and out on time

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JS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all ways. Lively spot.

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Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Hank’s tonight for a romantic evening after having been several times over the years. We spent time at the bar before moving to our table and thoroughly enjoyed the entire night. Wonderful service, fantastic and succulent food, and an overall great experience!!

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HS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the oyster stew and my wife had the scallops, both of which were excellent. As a bonus, Ben, our waiter, was extremely personable and provided us with a very memorable dining experience.

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DA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience ! Food and service were outstanding! Definitely would recommend!

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Dallas
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks. Wonderful service. Fantastic food. Highly recommend

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MP
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best seafood ever, coupled with fantastic service!

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DW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Great food, great service, very pleased. It was a little noisy, but happy noisy.

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NS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, fabulous waiter and couldn't have been a better evening! Thank you!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It’s fine I would go back but I’m not sprinting

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FF
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was extremely disappointed in Hanks. I have eaten there before and it was pretty good, however, this tome the food was NOT up to par. I had the She Crab soup which had exactly one tiny piece of crab in it and served Luke warm. We also had baked Oysters which was I’d say room temp. The only saving grace as far as food was the fried oysters.
Our waiter on the other hand left a lot to be desired. He demure was arrogant and as it was too much trouble to do his job.
The price for the soup was $10.00 way overpriced and a coke was $3.00 and that was a fountain coke. Unacceptable!!!
It will be a long time before I go back there. If I even do.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve already recommended Hank’s to my foodie friends if they are visiting Charleston. Don’t know how many will show since we are all on the west coast, but it was that good.

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CH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoying a nice meal at Hank's whenever we are visiting Charleston. Consistently excellent.

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KH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best seafood restaurant in Charleston. My husband & I both chose to have the same combination seafood platter, which was grouper, scallops & shrimp. I only wish there were more of the grouper in the serving!

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AH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Looking for a place to get great seafood and Hank's was recommended. We ate at the bar and received wonderful service and a spectacular meal. The noise level at the bar is a bit high but that is to be expected. Would definitely recommend Hank's to anyone looking for a wonderful Charleston dining experience!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great..service was grest..but I couldn't really have a conversation with my husband because it was so loud.

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Indiana
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time to Charleston, and to Hank's. The whole experience was outstanding. Our food and our server were excellent. There was a large party close to us, which was VERY LOUD. That was unfortunate but not Hank's fault. We would return without hesitation.

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LA
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The food was great. Went back another night just for the pecan pie and drinks!! Won’t regret eating here!! Be back again.

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BG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great personnel. Food/fish was extremely fresh and plate was amazingly presented. Would order crab soup again. They made you feel most welcomed and not rushed.
Noise was from a neighboring customer who spoke and laughed for our area of the restaurant’s enjoyment.

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TT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

It was our anniversary and it was difficult to enjoy because our table was AWFUL. We were so close to the other diners that I could hear every word they said. I could not however hear anything the waiter or my husband said because it was so loud. This was our second try and we hated our table the last time too. At least the food was fine and our service was good.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really thought there was no way this dining experience could live up to the hype. Reality is, it blew my proverbial socks off! The service was impeccable by every single employee. They were professional & warm. Our waiter was so helpful in helping us make great choices and we ended up with the perfect amount of food. Best vacation meal experience to date!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was Hanks at its best great service and great food

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M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to get a reservation at Hank's each time we visit Charleston. Can't always, but this time we did. Food is outstanding, our waiter was the best. You can't get a bad meal at Hank's. We highly recommend.

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

Food was great

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RV
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food for excellent, from appetizers to main courses and desert. Service was also professional and prompt on what was a very busy night. Everyone had a great time as we celebrated a birthday.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very fine service and food but too crowded and noisey especially for older clientele. However, I can't think how to remedy that. Hopefully, you can. Thankyou.

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L
Central Texas
48 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had sautéed Grouper with beurre blanc sauce and pimento grits on side. Starter was the lump crab cocktail. The whole meal was just superb. One of the best. Great job Hank’s!!!!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was incredible. We took our kids and went on the earlier side and it worked perfect.

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

Was amazing as usual, waiter was attentive but not overbearing. Can’t wait to go back

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J
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. After being in business for so long they are still on point!

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j
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good and well prepared but not memorable. The sauce on the seafood a la wando is extremely rich, to the point where I couldn’t eat much. The fish in the dish was dry but the scallops were perfectly cooked. My husband had the scallops which were also cooked perfectly but bland. My kids enjoyed the steak and swordfish. The Pinot noir by the glass was terrible. Overall very expensive. There are many better dining options in Charleston at this price point.

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MW
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank’s Seafood is our favorite restaurant in Charleston. There is a reason this restaurant is always full, because of the food and the staff. Keep up the good work and we will see you again. We had the salad special topped with crab wontons, the grouper and risotto and the broiled seafood platter. Unbelievable!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and anbiance

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A large open restaurant a little bit loud. Delicious, fresh seafood with very attentive staff. Boullaise was delicious!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank's is our favorite place in Charleston. They exemplify customer service and execute their dishes masterfully. While dishes can be on the pricier side, the quality and quantity make it worth the cost. I highly recommend the mussels appetizer and seafood a la wando.

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Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hanks is always consistent in its quality. The service was particularly outstanding from our waiter, Casey. I enjoyed my seafood dish with a light, creamy sherry sauce that reminded me of she crab soup. The chocolate fluff mud dessert was delicious!!

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NK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Left my Cc there. Got little help finding a.

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Charleston
60 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasing ambiance, delicious food, great drinks and very good service by Jessica.

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JR
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third trip to Hank’s. Every visit was excellent. We were seated promptly. The service and food were very good. We will definitely keep coming back.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service. You will need to make a reservation early for the best time. We went at 5:00 pm. Pricey but worth it!

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