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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4.7
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Charleston
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Hank's used to be one of my seafood favorites. It has gone downhill. Fish was not carefully prepared. some dishes were overcooked with bland glutinous sauce. Sauteed scallops were tasteless, served with spinach that had not been properly drained, so scallops sat in water. Desserts were mediocre. A sad decline.

p
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious...wait staff is excellent!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kaylee was our server and was knowledgeable and experienced. Great night out for dinner and cocktails.

AM
St. Louis
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hank's Seafood is a Charleston favorite for anyone who loves seafood. I had a couple who were in Charleston and had not dined at some of the great restaurants so I took them to my favorite. It being restaurant week we each had the three course special and all three dinners were terrific. The service was excellent and we had a wonderful bottle of wine that - as expected - was reasonably priced. Definitely recommend Hank's to everyone.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during Restaurant Week - very good menu selection for a special 3-course meal.

BM
Key West
21 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason this restaurant has been voted best seafood restaurant in Charleston for the past 18 years in a row is because it deserves it. A absolute must try when in town.

H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening celebrating an anniversary. Food was excellent, our server was extremely helpful when we found ourselves stuck between two entrees.

OT
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Hanks is a nice little place near the market, we enjoyed our meal but were disappointed that the food was not he special. Going in for Charleston Restaurant week we will squally receive a new item or special but between the shrimp and grits and buttermilk chicken nothing was more than mediocre.

The service was great and we did not have any issues but just hoped for more from this prominent venue.

JR
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You never can go wrong with Hank’s. Food, service always top notch. One of my favorite spots in Charleston.

JH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time at Hank’s

PS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hank’s is consistently fantastic. We visit Charleston just to eat here.

G
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Other than the noise level and closely placed tables, our experience was good. The food and the service by Jameson was excellent!

SF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Overall, a fantastic experience!!

M
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The server was annoyed that we did not pay the bill quickly after she brought the check-- she rushed us.
In an expensive restaurant this is not a good policy. The cuisine was good.

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Hanks on a recommendation from friends. Was worth the visit. We had 3 appetizers and a couple of glasses of wine. The oysters were outstanding as was the tuna tartare. The lump crabcake was excellent. The entree’s were a bit pricey for our budget. Maybe on our next visit. Overall, would highly recommend Hank’s.

RH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had broiled grouper and Mahi Mahi. They were delicious on their bed of flavorful grains. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. This is a must restaurant for seafood lovers.

MP
Key West
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All five of us really enjoyed our meal, with one friend saying it was the best food she had ever eaten!

MC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Very good food. Great service. A little loud and a little pricey, especially alcohol.

CL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality service and quality seafood. Server recommended crab cakes for a starter, and they were full of crab with seasoning that enhanced, not overpowered, the flavor. Entrees were shrimp and grits and grouper. We would recommend both—again, the fresh flavors of the seafood were enhanced by the preparation.

m
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i have dined 3 times at hanks and the food and service has been great each time. i highly recommend.

AC
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hanks never disappoints! Their regular menu items are delicious with lots of carryovers from the former Henry’s a block away. If it’s your first visit you should try Seafood ala Wando for the delicious blending of seafood. The fried or broiled combos can’t be beat. She crab soup or Oysters Casino are great starters. Noise level is a little high but doable.

C
Northern MI
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Hank’s. We enjoyed every minute of it. Will return for sure!

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and menu. While completely full could speak easily due to sound absorbing ceiling tiles; THANK YOU! Lovely ambiance.

JW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Danielle was a pleasure
We had a wonderful dining experience for our family of 5
Not a value type restaurant, but didnt expect one either.
Thank you for a wonderful evening

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We highly recommend it if you love seafood. One of our favorite meals in Charleston.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Not a cozy place by any means. A party of two cannot sit next to each other. Two main entrees were out of stock and unavailable. Waiters seemed overwhelmed by the business and service was slow.

JR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent
Service was impeccable - thank you Tyler!
Could improve o restroom configuration.

TE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Hank’s did not exceed my expectations. Our soups were cold. The restaurant overall was okay.

AS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to eat here on New Year's Eve as it's one of our favorite restaurants downtown. You can't beat the fresh seafood. The only downside was the cocktails seemed watered down. Despite this, we still gave Hank's a high rating. A must visit for tourists or locals.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on New Year’s Eve and it was everything we hoped for! The food was excellent, our waiter was excellent and we had a great time. We will remember Hanks for a long time.

l
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica is awesome. I hope her soon to be daughter knows what a great mom she has.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and food delicious. A great place to enjoy New Year's Eve dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve - great place to visit with old friends over wine and fantastic food!

CC
Charleston
49 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

New Year’s Eve supper. The server was less than enthused. I’m sick and tired of being a victim of someone who is unhappy with their job. Suggestion: don’t be in a customer facing position. I’m tired of making reservations at a restaurant with consistently great food with consistently smug servers.

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

TT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hanks is hands down one of our favorite restaurants in the Charleston area!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the evening very much

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat local customer! As always great food and food service! Highly recommend for anyone visiting Chucktown that wants good seafood that’s not overpriced!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful shrimp and grits!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was disappointing. Ordered the seafood tower and they never brought oyster forks or a cracker for the crab. Never refilled waters all night, etc. very expensive for less than adequate service.

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