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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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

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MD
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a very nice experience. We had a nice table and they were kind enough to hold it for us when traffic made us a few min late.

CB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Shecrab soup was very salty to my palate and I believe I normally like more salt than most people. It was better when the waiter brought a sauceboat of sherry to thin it out. I had Seared Ahi tuna that was good but the seared edges were already cool. The side corn based cake was delicious. The spinach was also very good but was topped with sun-dried tomatoes which, again, were extremely salty.
Our table was not quite ready when we got there (it was only about a 10min wait) but there was no place to sit and we had to wait standing in the cold entry while waiters needed to use the same space to rush back and forth to deliver food to another location.

AP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was Fabulous. Waiter was exceptional. Great recommendations and first rate service. Had a Fantastic time.

VP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 3 of us dining that night. You enter a large room with a large bar to the left. Lovely wood panels with lighting surround the room. The wait staff is dressed professionally with white jackets to compliment the atmosphere. The menu centers on seafood which is done lovely. The crab cakes are outstanding, the best I have tasted. Seafood Wando was a winner for an entree. The drink/wine selection was nice. Service is attentive without intruding. A lovely dinner and an enjoyable time. The noise level was up but we still could hear . Parking at a premium so best to Uber.

LP
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome everything. Highly recommend... will definitely be back.

MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not been to Hanks in a few years but I was in town and needed to take some clients to dinner. It did not disappoint. Service was impeccable and the every salad, entree, and desert that we were served was spot on. I will definitely be back. Highly recommend for business or a nice dinner with family or friends.

SH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not cheap but you get what you pay for. Nice place with outstanding service and great food. We arrived at 5:45 and there was only about 3 tables being served and by the time we left it was packed. Nice place good food!

RL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I was there on Monday night. Not very busy. I ordered the tuna special. The tuna was great but what was underneath the tuna was horrible

W
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service, and affordable prices. Very noisy, tables crowded too close together.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we visit Charleston, we make a point to dine at Hank's. Never disappointed.

T
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Hank's Seafood is a home run, we eat there 3 or 4 times a yr and have never had a bad meal.

BM
Key West
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the best seafood restaurant in Charleston period. Many other great restaurants but Hank's is the best.

GS
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OT
Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice venue, good ambience, staff was very attentive. Have been there before and the experience then was very good, thus the return visit. Only issue was part of the fish we ordered was cold - odd as it looked cooked, but it was cold (like in a refrigerator), but not the entire portion we were served was cold. Not sure how that happened - maybe we got a small piece, so they added a little to the portion that was extra....quality, taste, timing, etc was all very good, but there was a strip of cold (cooked) fish on the plate. Still - food was very good, everyone was very attentive, and we had a very good meal, just not up to par with 2 other meals on our visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

She crab soup is a must! The shrimp and grits were over the top. We loved this restaurant d plan to return when we are in Charleston’s historic district again!

DH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loud but ambience was good and food was absolutely fabulous!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was delicious!

A
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The staffing service was outstanding and the food with some of the best I’ve had in Charleston in a while.

JJ
Greensboro
31 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again an awesome meal at Hanks! We were lucky to have Luca as our server - he is so great - and always makes it extra special! Out favorite Charleston place!

H
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday dinner.

ET
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My crab cakes and salad were excellent. My husbands dinner was not. The grouper had a strong fishy taste and he felt his crab cake lacked flavor.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca was our server and he was outstanding. Not only did he perform his job very well, he was very insightful and helped us learn more about Charleston culinary and knew some of our Chefs back in Birmingham like Frank and Pardis Stit.

He was a pleasure to have as our server!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I had salmon and my wife had lobster. The lobster was so bad, she couldn’t even eat it. Very low quality and likely just frozen for some time. Definitely not fresh. Salmon also tasted as if it has been frozen. Little flavor. Pecan pie was below average. Just the worst meal I’ve had in some time. Really questioning the high reviews for this place. I do not recommend.

BB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food & menu & specials options fabulous but kind of overpriced

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food. Hanks is a favorite!!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service

j
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hanks has outstanding food and the service is the best in the city (the best in most cities). I've been several times and have never been disappointed. Prices are reasonable considering its high end dining.

Enjoy! Its really hard not to have a good time here.

BS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and scallops were delicious! The scallops were huge! My husbands raw oysters were tiny though

IG
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary. Always our favorite. Luca provided incredible service and the food was first rate

PJ
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was so good, we changed our reservations from a different restaurant so we could eat there a second night during our trip.

BS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Our table had 4 different entree all said it was well prepared and proportioned.

m
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shrimp and grits in downtown Charleston! We enjoy taking family and friends and are always guaranteed to have a delicious dinner. It is quite loud but the atmosphere is vibrant and joyful. Hanks is a must dine at restaurant in Charleston. Great wine list also. The crab soup was wonderful!

r
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was good, we arrived too early but it was no problem. Food was good, Thanks giving type, so next time it will be sea food !

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service Didn’t have to wait long I

NS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good but very noisy!

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good value. Great service and food

BM
Key West
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The reason that this restaurant has received the best seafood restaurant in Charleston award for 18 years in a row, is because it's the best seafood restaurant in Charleston. I've been here many times and it always impresses. Superb on every level.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating for our family. we had a great time

LF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic server and food. Will be back again and again.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent service! Thank you from Alabama!

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