Hank's Oyster Bar

Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW (at 17th St NW), Washington, D.C. 20009
Closed until 11:30am (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue
    • 5:30 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed–Thu
    • 5:30 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Our intimate restaurant features New England beach food such as lobster rolls, clam chowder, steamed mussels, fish and chips, griddled crab cakes plus fresh oysters, clams and ceviche at the raw bar.


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  • "Lobster roll is the must!" (9 tips)
  • "Have to try the fried oysters, even better than the best of New Orleans! ..." (6 tips)
  • "... and gotta have an oyster shooter!" (4 tips)
  • Eater

    Tucked into a quiet corner of the busy Dupont Circle neighborhood, Hank's Oyster Bar is a local standby for its fresh seafood and laid-back atmosphere. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 28, 2011
  • Lacoste

    The lobster bisque. The lobster bisque. The lobster bisque. Do we need to say it again?

    Lacoste · December 5, 2011
  • AskMen

    Yes, this Q Street spot has a Yacht Room. It's where you slide oysters (seriously, D.C., what's with all the subtle aphrodisiacs as of late?) & sip the house-specialty Chuch Lady Punch. Read more

    AskMen · August 19, 2011
  • Men's Health Mag

    Order a plate of half shells from the blackboard. Then, have the bartender pull you anything from Allagash (a brewer in Maine). and suck those little guys down with some horseradish and Tabasco.

    Men's Health Mag · November 8, 2011
  • FiOS 50

    Oysters should obviously be the first thing on your to-try list - especially chef Jamie Leeds own varietal of oyster, the Hayden's Reef. Try the lobster rolls, po' boys, and crab cakes too..

    FiOS 50 · November 28, 2011
  • Jen S.

    For all that is well and good, get the crabcakes. They're freaking amazing.

    Jen S. · September 26, 2010
  • Melissa S.

    It is all about the lobster roll. Well, that and oysters. duh.

    Melissa S. · May 23, 2010
  • Jason D.

    Dana makes the BEST gin martinis in the city!

    Jason D. · January 29, 2011
  • Scott M.

    Come and visit with Steve, the snarky bartender on Sunday evenings.

    Scott M. · February 16, 2010
  • Tom J.

    Dislike that even when the restaurant is empty they won't seat you until the person that you are meeting arrives.

    Tom J. · October 11, 2011
  • Chris C.

    Best brunch in the city

    Chris C. · August 1, 2010
  • Tammy G.

    lobster roll & skinny fries. also great weekend brunch.

    Tammy G. · December 4, 2009
  • Adriel H.

    Anchovies on the Caesar salad!

    Adriel H. · February 20, 2012
  • Amanda M.

    Try the Olympias if they have them!

    Amanda M. · December 28, 2011
  • Mariam RAZ R.

    Try the Lobster Roll (Sandwich) (via @Foodspotting)

    Mariam RAZ R. · November 12, 2011
  • Russ P.

    Beloved DC oyster bar ordered closed w/ health violations: no hot water, unclean kitchen areas, others. @wusa9. Passed reinspection/reopened.

    Russ P. · July 25, 2013
  • Robert L.

    Oysters are tasty

    Robert L. · May 19, 2013
  • Kareem M.

    La Vie en Rose is tasty! And the Getaway is a very cool twist on your classic greyhound. The Hangtown Fry is savory/salty amazingness (though I would have preferred about half the sauce)!

    Kareem M. · January 20, 2013
  • Drew M.

    Now serving at Hanks: Shindig white wine (c/o winesbyraz.com). YUM!!

    Drew M. · September 13, 2011
  • Lia

    Very nice ripe peare margarita!!!!

    Lia · January 12
  • Marq F.

    You MUST try the mac & cheese. Golden bubbly goodness.

    Marq F. · April 22, 2013
  • David M.

    Oyster Shooters can't be beat.

    David M. · March 9, 2013
  • Rina A.

    Their Steamed Mussels with Tomato broth is phenomenal.

    Rina A. · June 9, 2012
  • Tyler A.

    Fried oysters are the best! No weird cornmeal, just crisp!

    Tyler A. · February 18, 2012
  • Omar R.

    Great late night happy hour but sometimes they close early which is b s

    Omar R. · November 22, 2011
  • Eric S.

    Get 1 of each oyster. You won't regret it.

    Eric S. · July 28, 2011
  • Jenna C.

    Try the fried olives and gotta have an oyster shooter!

    Jenna C. · July 17, 2011
  • DanDan T.

    Order the appeztizers worth the money and time

    DanDan T. · August 19, 2010
  • Tim F.

    Went last night. Oysters, fried clams abd the soft shell crabs. All were excellent. If you live in the area and haven't been, you are missing out.

    Tim F. · May 30, 2010
  • Alex N.

    I need tips.

    Alex N. · February 12, 2010
  • Scott W.

    My favorites are the raw oysters from the west coast, the lobster roll with no unnecessary fillers, the decadent Mac & Cheesy, the perfectly cooked scallops and the amazingly friendly staff.

    Scott W. · January 31, 2013
  • Generoso S.

    Most Of The servers are From Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador. If you speak Spanish, use that to your advantage ;)

    Generoso S. · January 27, 2013
  • Antonio A.

    I would strongly recommend The oysters from british Columbia and Virginia, in addition to the delicious small grilled octopus, fried oysters and the lobster roll!

    Antonio A. · January 9, 2013
  • Russ L.

    Try the Grilled Baby Octopus - So tender!!! Yum-o! (via @Foodspotting)

    Russ L. · August 29, 2012
  • Josi R.

    Omg! Crabcake Eggs Benedict!!! Amaaaaaazing!

    Josi R. · March 4, 2012
  • TBunch

    Enjoying the new "Lounge" and the Bar Snacks.

    TBunch · August 25, 2011
  • Timothy M.

    Oysters.bloody mary shrimp. Everything is good

    Timothy M. · May 19, 2011
  • Max F.

    Mussels here are my shit.

    Max F. · May 27, 2013
  • M R.

    Best fish tacos ever!

    M R. · 2 weeks ago
  • Jacklyn G.

    Get the trout dip and go at happy hour for oysters!

    Jacklyn G. · 3 weeks ago
  • Andrew L.

    Half price raw bar 10pm-12

    Andrew L. · March 1
  • Rachel C.

    House-smoked trout dip not to be missed. And ask about the day's punch.

    Rachel C. · February 28
  • Vanessa G.

    "Hit up The Eddy Bar inside Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Hill, where a glass of crisp Soave ($5) pairs well with $1 oysters (Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-7 p.m.)."-via Daily Candy

    Vanessa G. · February 25
  • Aanchal S.

    Too crowded. Waited for a table for 40 minutes even after calling ahead of time

    Aanchal S. · February 22
  • Josephine L.

    Super fun and clean place with cute decor and deliciously fresh oysters. Must go!

    Josephine L. · February 19
  • Mikael W.

    We ate like it was the last supper. Started with a dozen is oysters then ordered another half dozen and also the friend oysters plate - delicious. Delicious broccoli and pea pods came too. Get Nicole

    Mikael W. · February 12
  • Elizabeth B.

    Expensive. Weak drinks. Average oysters

    Elizabeth B. · February 5
  • Glen

    Our server only allowed us to run 6 cards even though we had a party that took up a large portion of the place. He also kept rushing us to order more, but when we ordered, they would be out of it.

    Glen · January 12
  • Alexey F.

    Ешьте всё! Всё вкусно! Но битком, поэтому резервируйте или приходите к открытию в 5.30

    Alexey F. · October 6, 2012
  • Stas B.

    Нет wifi а в остальном превосходно!

    Stas B. · January 9

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