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.

Wednesday, November 27, 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!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 8305 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Hank’s! All of the food was excellent as well as the drinks. Would return in a heartbeat.

JB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I have been to Hank’s many & had different meals each time. Each time has been fantastic. Great service as well.

J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Charleston and does not disappoint! The food and service are always incredible and well worth the cost.

SC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Hank's for the second time in as many trips to Charleston. Great restaurant and food. We have ordered the seafood both times, but the woman seated next to us ordered the fried chicken. It look delicious. We will have to try that dish the next time. The noise level was a little loud so this is not the place to go for a quiet dinner. The atmosphere was great.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time. Had the seafood tower and the flounder. Top notch food and fair prices.

F
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb all around! Service, food, ambiance.

DM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noisy but fun. Impeccable service and food. Always consistently fresh seafood.

JS
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice, high-end restaurant with great food. Only two "faults". First is that it was noisy, hard to have a conversation. Second, the seating was not "personal". Tables for two were in rows with maybe 18 inches between them - not very private or romantic. I guess they had to make the best of the space they had though.

G
Naples
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was just ok.

OT
New England
189 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hanks has a menu with many options. The food is delicious! The servers are attentive and friendly. The portions are substantial!! You will leave quite satisfied. Highly recommend it.

AB
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to location every time we visit Kiawah/Charleston!!!

M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hank's is my favorite seafood restaurant in Charleston. It will not disappoint!

NC
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a mini vacation to Charleston we went to Hanks to celebrate our 40th anniversery. Service was very efficient. We both had the She crab soup. Very tasty, could have been a bit hotter. Wife had crab crakes which she really enjoyed. I had one of the house specials, seafood al a Wando. Collection of scallops, shrimp, various fish, mushrooms cooked in a sauce over a grit cake. Excellent!

M
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood variety - great for couples or families - would go back

J
Boise
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar and were served by Zach, a real pro. Lots of interaction between patrons at the bar most of whom had dinner. Great drinks and food. Lots of energy

G
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal while in Charleston!

NB
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hanks is a go to for consistently great seafood. Had the grouper and the Wando and both were delicious. Love their risotto and grit cakes too. If you want an awesome meal that won’t break the bank, I recommend Hank’s.

FR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!
This was one of my favourite (ever) evenings.
The ambiance is great. It is lively without there being an overwhelming noise. The service was second to none, and finally the food was just awesome!
Would recommend it to anyone (that liked seafood!)

a
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

We thought it was a "nicer" restaurant, so we got dressed up. We were seated at a small table for two squeezed in between two other tables of two - felt like a table of 6 where you don't know the other four. One of our "neighbors" was wearing a t-shirt, shorts and sandals. Not a decorated t-shirt, just a plain white underwear-type t-shirt. Service was robotic. Clearly they cater to tourists and try to get them in and out quickly. Not a place to take a date.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Had the steamed clams in white wine sauce and she-crab soup. The bread was amazing and was perfect with both dishes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food was amazing. Get the crab cakes you won’t regret it.

C
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was excellent. Nice casual atmosphere but a little on the loud side. Fortunately not loud enough to prevent conversation. I’d go back for sure.

JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent local seafood, creative cocktails, and an outstanding pecan pie. The service was attentive without feeling like we were being rushed to turn tables.

f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular experience overall. Would rate top in Charleston.

DM
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Great service. It was just a bit noisy. Definitely recommend for food and service. Great location off of Market.

SW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. Outstanding service. A little noisy but not too bad. Would recommend highly.

TD
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Charleston for our Nephews ring ceremony at the Citadel so we chose Hanks for our special dinner everything was great and the service was outstanding

M
Jacksonville
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were 10-15mins late and the staff was very accommodating and kept our reservation. The food was fresh and perfect in taste: we shared 1/2 dozen oysters and (and wished we had ordered the dozen instead), mussels for starters and scallops for main dish. We both had a cocktail each: I had the Fleur de Lis, if you like cucumber then order this one. Our server was attentive at the same time didn’t hover or rush us. Everything was perfect and I already want to go again!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our last dinner in Charleston at Hanks and it was lovely! The atmosphere was great and everything from the oysters, muscles and fish entree was delicious. Paired with fabulous service and a lovely staff we really enjoyed our dinner at Hanks!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a very nice evening. Our server was excellent and food great. Only issue was the noise level. The dining room is a large open space, so very loud. I would suggest trying to get a booth or table along the outside, it may not be as loud and a little more private. We had a table for two in middle of room. Enjoy!

LM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Way too noisy as multiple boisterous tables of 8 (golf groups? Convention friends?) negatively affected everything else. It is a noisy place to begin with but this latest visit was unpleasant. Couldn’t hear my companion across a small table.

HM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious as always, and the service was friendly and helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from out of town. Cocktails and food were excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Hank’s seemed very much the typical “tourist trap” restaurant. Food and service were good enough, but nothing put it over the top.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my brother. He has never eaten at Hank's and this was his first time. Everyone in our group had the best meal ever. Hank’s has never disappointed.

CW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The quality of both our meals was five star. The only reason for the four stars was the somewhat small portions relative to the rather high price. The shrimp and grits and bouillabaisse were both well prepared.

HM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was quite good and the staff were all very pleasant. Our server Jessica was awesome. If the rating went as high as 10, she crushed it.

L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed this time. Hanks has always been a go to for seafood but this time the broiled shrimp were dry and over seasoned with Old Bay. Maybe they just had an off night.

AO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but noise level was too loud. Good staff.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. My husband said it might just be the best meal he’s ever had.

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