Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria

4.7
675 reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Simple,​ ​approachable​ ​seafood,​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​small​ ​and​ ​large​ ​plates​ ​for​ ​grazing.​ ​​ ​Coastal​ ​favorites​ ​and New​ ​England​ ​Classic​ ​like​ ​Lobster​ ​Rolls.​ ​​ ​Lightly​ ​fried​ ​items​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Popcorn​ ​Shrimp​ ​and​ ​Calamari​ ​will balance​ ​the​ ​Ice​ ​Bar​ ​options​ ​which​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​a​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​raw​ ​oysters,​ ​Shrimp​ ​Cocktail​ ​and​ ​Ceviche. Daily​ ​Specials​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Mixed​ ​Seafood​ ​Grill,​ ​Seared​ ​Scallops​ ​&​ ​Tuna​ ​Tartare.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 675 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was excellent! My only complaint was that we felt very rushed by our server.

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vipBear
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been going to Hank's for over 10 years... as often as we can. Our top 1 or 2 in the area. Food is superb; never a bad choice. Service is great, and engaging. Oysters are the best we've found, and the meal preparation is terrific. If we bring anyone to Old Town, it's always to Hank's. We find excuses to head to Hank's.

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MikeB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing place - great food and service. Will be back ASAP. Thanks!

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Stephaniel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Due to covid - and it being our first dining experience out in a year. I don't think it' fair rating but can't go higher We have always loved Hank's and will continue to go for the Oysters. But it was a "cold" experience

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KC22494
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious and fresh seafood! Great service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great! This place has the best crab dip I have ever tasted. The crab cake dinner was on point. I will definitely return.

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RICHARDW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I'm a regular at Hanks and it was a very enjoyable experience. Outstanding oyster selection.

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vipAngelaB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent lunch. Oysters were great.

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viptvrs388
Richmond
56 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Super disappointing. The fresh oysters were amazing. Fresh and salty. Then it went seriously downhill. The ceviche was sent back because it had cooked shrimp, some kind of mushy whitefish and the chewiest thickest calamari ever, all of it tasteless. No salt, no acid, no heat. New England clam chowder should have been called bacon chowder and the lobster bisque was a thin, tasteless red broth with very little lobster in it. The only redeeming quality of the trout was the arugula salad. The trout was again tasteless and the lemon butter sauce was actually a gluey pasty mess. I truly wanted to tell the people waiting to be sat to run and not waste their time.

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Hmm1018
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we always enjoy our dates at Hanks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great food. Ask for Tim he is the best!

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vipRedwood
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very friendly staff
Seem to have the indoor dining protocol In working order
Excellent food
Our waiter was super nice

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm greeting from the host upon our arrival- the tables were well spaced, and safety precautions were in place❗️Our server Luis was gracious and professional, and the seafood was fresh and very well prepared. Dining out as it should be. Will certainly return.

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LauraV
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place! We really enjoyed the food and the drinks. Great service too

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I ordered the fish and chips but my fish was not fully cooked inside.

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vipDierdreP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We recently moved out of the area, so it was great to be back. As always, all of the stars are super friendly. They recall your names and treat you like you’re a valued customer.

They have a great selection of oysters and the other food is also very good. The seat spacing is far enough apart to alleviate any concerns and we felt that Hank was taking sufficient precautions to keep everyone safe.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing!

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HungryOldMan
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you love oysters, this is the place for you. The menu provides other regional seafood offerings and limited selections for those who do not favor seafood, like my wife. The oyster shucker is knowledgeable and helpful with offering suggestions. The service is always friendly and helpful. Has created additional outside dining options for compliance with COVID restrictions.

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MaryB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This past Friday we had a party of 3 for a 6:15 dinner reservation. Reservations are highly recommended. We were told there was a backup of tables so we would have to wait about 10 mins. After 20 mins of waiting the manager apologized and told us to come in for complimentary drinks and oysters. Hank's went above and beyond to make it right! The restaurant was very busy that night but, strict Covid dining guidelines are followed. We were very pleased with the staff, food, and service. We will definitely be returning. FYI, there is outside patio dining with heaters and if you BYOB (blanket) free warm drinks until 1/31. Highly recommend Hank's for a wonderful dining experience!'

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great, atmosphere was good, service was great, the only reason I didn’t rate them all 5 stars is that they would not accept cash.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first dining experience since COVID hit in March. The lobster roll and oysters were fantastic. My wife tasted the cole slaw and tartar sauce and loved them - big deal for a mayo-hater. Key lime pie was one of the best I’ve had outside of the Keys. Service was excellent on the patio. The noise was a little loud at times due to traffic and emergency vehicles, but it quickly passed. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Great Oysters, fantastic lobster rolls.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Normally we love the oysters
This time - ceviche, then crab cakes and seafood grille- all great

Mulled wine was also a hit

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vipMichaelF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great meal and good service. I had the feast of seven fishes for the holidays. Lovely.
Great oyster selection as well.

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SarahL
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again Hank's has impressed me! I took a friend out for her birthday, and the server was able to help us choose our meal (the seafood plateau) and drinks. The food was excellent and service was attentive (but not intrusive). The restaurant does a great job with COVID protocols, too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience4

Everything went well until it was time to pay the bill. I have an Opentable account and used my reward points to redeem a gift certificate. However, the manager wouldn’t accept my gift certificate because it wasn’t an actual card. Though the reward was minimal, I followed the directions as OT stipulated but wasn’t able to use my rewards. Now I’m out of points and have a useless reward because it won’t be accepted if it isn’t an actual card.

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vipSpecialk112
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

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2spicymomma
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

35th wedding anniversary spent in our favorite town and now our favorite oyster bar!! Everything was perfect—we had the feast of seven seas and the seafood plateau, and a red leaf salad with pickled beets and feta. All was awesome!!

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Janay
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hanks was an amazing experience! Outstanding atmosphere, and absolutely AMAZING service.

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MimiB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good and service was great and felt safe.

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DianeP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Loved the oysters and the Benedict!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Everthing is perfect from the food to the Bartender.

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vipMississippiMomma
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always yummy!

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vipRossM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food is great and service was excellent. Will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Greater service, and I really appreciate their COVID precautions!

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AshWest
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I LOVE Hank’s! The staff is always friendly and everything we get is delicious.

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Mingo
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The oysters were delicious. My husband and I didn't like the crab cake dinner because the crab cakes had a lot of filler and not a lot of crab in it. Everything else was good. The service, Covid-19 protocols, and the atmosphere was all really nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The car alarm going off in the parking lot 4x was obnoxious!

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DoreenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hanks, Hanks, Hanks! Solid food and service. What more could you ask for?

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vipfoodielove
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I appreciate the back patio, but it was dark and the heater ran out of gas, so we got chilly and sat in the dark. However, our server, Carlos, was amazing and had good recommendations for us. Coincidentally, he was also our server in a previous visit and remembered us. Such good service and food.

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Hank's Oyster Bar - Alexandria is rated 4.7 stars by 675 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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