Hank's Seafood Restaurant

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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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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Open from 4-9 pm serving our full menu plus a Turkey Special with all the classic pairings.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are open from 4 pm to 9 pm serving all of your favorites and nightly specials.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We will be open from 4-9 pm serving our full menu in addition to holiday specials. Make your reservation today!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 8409 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had dinner here after hearing such great reviews. Wonderful service from Casey! The food was delicious. My sister had a combo with grouper and shrimp and I had the fried chicken. Highly recommend Hank’s!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding. had the swordfish with spinach and goat cheese risotta.

L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going here for years and we believe this was the best dinner..rare tuna...shrimp n grits...we have ever had. Love the new bathrooms.

TV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent raw tuna tartare. Very subtle dressing. Beautiful seared tuna dish and Scallops. Excellent meal.

OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was outstanding - as usual. I have never had anything from the menu that I didn’t enjoy.

O
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Service and food were awesome. I asked for a variation from the menu and was accommodated with a smile and no hesitation, "of course we can do that!". This is a little more upscale than the average seafood restaurant in Charleston (white linen table cloths, waiters in white coats). But, we were ready to be pampered and were not disappointed. Great wine selection and menu.

k
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and we had a large time at the bar. We come every year to Charleston and always eat at Hank's

JM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Good service! We always eat there when in Charleston! Can’t beat the food consistency and the wait staff if top notch! Get the grouper

M
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service, great menu for people with celiac disease. No problems with cross contamination.

d
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried oysters were the best I have ever had--to die for.

GA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school ambience great menu selection of seafood and local dishes Seafood a la wandoo a great dish worth trying.

A
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hank's is an old time seafood restaurant. White paper table covers masquerade as white cloth. The service is top notch. The seafood was fresh. The noise level was very energetic. Hank's is obviously a South Carolina mainstay.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As always, food was great and service good. Only concern was fact that despite reservation, we weren’t seated until 30 minutes after the reservation time. This could have been mitigated by a comfortable place to wait and have a drink, but there was absolutely no place to go. Still one of our favorite places to eat, just need to accept these concerns.

PB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal. Really good service. Had the roasted grouper and my wife the salmon. Highly recommend.

TF
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I felt rushed - entrees came out the second the salad plates were lifted. In and out in less than one hour and it felt like they were trying to turn the tables as fast as possible. Food was too salty for my liking. The server was attentive.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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AW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was not as good as it was in the past. They do not offer the sweet potato fries with the platter anymore and won't make substitutions. That's a problem if you have allergies. I'm allergic to shellfish, but not to fish, so I couldn't order a platter as they all have shrimp.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was efficient, but somewhat terse and the pacing was very fast. We were served our appetizers, entrees, and dessert in just over an hour.

KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was hoping for more, people spoke highly of the food which is why we went, but we were not impressed.

JE
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dinner and overall dining experience. First dinner while on our vacation to Charleston and so far the best yet.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, only exceeded by the food, great meal!

KP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was very good and The wait staff was excellent. Noise level was very high and diminished the enjoyment of the experience.

R
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When you ask friends about Charleston. They instantly recommend food places. So. This was a friends recommendation. The she crab soup was excellent. The Seafood Ala Wando was great. The pecan pie was good. But cold in the middle. Only complaint about Charleston is why are beers $8 and desserts $ 10 for a piece of pie. But I knew that going in.

N
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents were visiting from the north and wanted to have a downtown Charleston experience. Hanks provided that with great food and even better service !

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our first visit to Charleston and we decided to try this restaurant based on reviews and also on the recommendation of the bar tender at the hotel we are staying at. We were not disappointed in the least! My wife and I both ordered the flounder and it was fabulous. There is a reason reviews are favorable and the place was busy. Great place to eat!

TT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The menu selections and wine was excellent. Highly recommended to all.

HD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hank’s Seafood is truly a world class eatery. We loved the ambiance, the wood paneling, the service, the attention to detail, the noise level (a bit high, but expected) and of course the food! We split a calamari which is the best we’ve ever had. My wife loved her broiled shrimp platter, and I devoured the just off the boat grouper. We’d come back to Charleston just to go back.

R
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Was in the area early, 8:30 reservation we arrived at 5:30 they gladly took us, greatly appreciated. The service was excellent and attentive with great advice on food and the area, especially from a fellow Jerseyan. The she crab soup was excellent. My wife fried seafood platter was very good. I wanted to try shrimp and grits, was semi disappointed by the tomato sauce thought it was just going to be slice tomatoes, the color threw me off, but it tasted very good. The best seafood we had during our visit to Charleston

B
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food is solidly good. Nothing too spectacular or "cheffy" (which is a relief since it happens faaaar too much in Charleston). The menu would be improved by indicating which dishes contained local ingredients. The wine list is good and prices reasonable. Service was v. good since the waiter that we had wanted to do his job in an informative and efficient manner and not apply to be our friend.

S
Orlando
55 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant in Charleston. Great selection of seafood plates. Service is excellent. Nice ambiance in a very traditional place. There are many good restaurants in Charleston but Hanks is definitely one of them.

CM
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was very good. But it was cold then hot then cold again ! My melted butter froze!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet booth in the corner and enjoyed our meal

AG
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The calamari was lightly fried and tastefully seasoned, great dipping sauce too. My scallops were fresh and tasty and hubby enjoyed his meal of shrimp and grits. The Pecan pie was a yummy end to a delicious meal. Our only complaint was that conversation was a challenge given the noise and close proximity of neighboring tables.

BC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a reservation but waited 15 minutes, otherwise a wonderful night

DJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality. Excellent seafood daily special. Arrived 45 minutes ahead of our reservation and were seated promptly. Friendly people!

FF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a reservation (1 week up front) but had to wait another 15 minutes, Saturday night & packed. Food was outstanding, service great. Drinks are a bit expensive but overall unique and excellent experience. It was our 3rd time here and it's been always great

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service was slow, food was okay and the dessert was the biggest disappointment. $13 for a piece of pie that was hard and honestly tasted like a frozen pie from the store.

a
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go to plAce and it never disappoints!

P
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beste Ceviche ever.

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