Hank's Seafood Restaurant

4.7
7639 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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 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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B
Indiana
30 reviews
Dined 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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B
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great

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RV
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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l
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Left my Cc there. Got little help finding a.

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OT
Charleston
60 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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A
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was alone, reserved a regular table
Never feel strange about eating alone at Hank’s
Luca (Luka?) my server was great.
My late husband and I came to Charleston 2-3 times a year for many years and most always ate at Hank’s EVERY night, with few exceptions.

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L
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone raved about the seafood. Dinners were spectacular. Took my girlfriend family and all were enjoying their meal

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c
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten at Hank’s many times and I have always thought the food was good. However, the meal I had on this occasion was exceptional. The flavors blended together beautifully and the portion was sized perfectly.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately we weren't able to try the seafood platter that we had hoped to order. When we arrived the power had been out for 5 minutes (several blocks in the neighborhood were also impacted). We were seated and waited on by a delightful server who apologized and explained that no hot foods could be prepared. So we ordered peel and eat shrimp (delicious and big) and 2 beers hoping that the power would soon be back on. It wasn't - so we each ordered the heart of Romaine salad, which was delicious. Still no power so we topped it off with dessert - a slice of pecan pie and a slice of key lime pie. Mmm. And then the lights came on... Disappointed not to have had a seafood platter but it was still delicious and a bit of an adventure.

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LW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely excellent food! Luca was a fantastic server. Classy place....noisy and lively. 🙂

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal! Only complaint was our sautéed spinach side was a little bland/under seasoned. But both our tuna dishes were spot on as was the oyster sampler. Would definitely recommend!

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VM
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS! It was about a 20 minute wait even with reservations but the wait was so worth it. Great service- very personable and attentive wait staff. Beautiful presented meal and it was delicious!

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K
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is amazing! But the overall clanking and noise level kept me from hearing my husband just across the table from me!

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V
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fried chicken was great as was the grouper. However, server inattentive. My napkin was dirty upon seating and I had to ask twice for it to be replaced because he forgot to bring me a new one. My iced tea was never refilled until the meal was over and not once were we checked on during the meal. Least impressive meal of the trip service wise.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and food, especially the shrimp and grits.

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RM
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Winner and truly represents Low Country Cuisine!

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PS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice dinner. Food was perfect, service outstanding. Unpretentious ambience. Highly recommend the seafood!

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q
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Creative recipes. Nice ambiance. Lucca was an excellent waiter

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very exceptional seafood restaurant. Great service. The entire dining experience was tops.

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SS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, the chef out did himself! Wonderful dinner!!

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CB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always.. would suggest smaller servings as some of us can’t eat all the food served.

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