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Hank's Oyster Bar

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
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  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 21, 2015
    "Hank's is a reliable, casual place to stop in for oysters and clams on the half shell, lobster rolls, popcorn shrimp and calamari, and crab cakes cooked on a griddle." -concierge.com on TripExpert Read more
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KMay 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour prices have increased a bit compared to 2014: drinks for $5 and oysters for $1.25/each. Anyway, oysters are more than awesome, and Chesapeake are the best here!
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerMay 29, 2014
    Once again this never lets me down. The cocktails are well made, yummy food and great portions too. Lots of fun great for /, 4 or more to have a forest time. Also great if u want to be alone.
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerFebruary 12, 2014
    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
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • Brian J.
    Brian JengFebruary 15, 2015
    Daily changing menu a bit much to take in but great three course specials, especially for the value. Fresh oysters, barrel aged cocktails, and lobster deviled eggs definitely worth a try
  • Don S.
    Don SullivanNovember 6
    Great atmosphere, staff very friendly make you feel that they really care. Food great. Parking a challenge. Expensive. Def will go again. Great 4 a night out with friends or your significant other.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WallisJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    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..
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour from 5 to 7 pm and from 10 pm to midnight features great discounts for raw bar items (oysters, mussels, shrimps) and a selection of beer and wines.
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.February 17
    Happy hour until 7PM at the bar and lounge area: $5 wine and daily drink, selection of three $1.25 oysters.
    Upvoted Sep 22
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 25, 2014
    "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
  • Antonio A.
    Antonio AndreozziJanuary 9, 2013
    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!
  • Brant M.
    Oysters and Sancerre are always a safe combo. And they start you with a bowl of goldfish crackers and end with a few chunks of dark chocolate!
  • Arnaldo R.
    Arnaldo RodriguezSeptember 1, 2013
    Lobster Roll was plentiful and was filled with tons if meat! Oysters on the half-shell were delicious...definitely would recommend this place!
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 19, 2011
    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
  • John C.
    John CAugust 21, 2012
    Have to try the fried oysters, even better than the best of New Orleans! Dribble some hot sauce and squeeze the lemon to top them off. They almost melt in your mouth with a kick!
  • Nicolas S.
    Nicolas St-AmourOctober 30, 2014
    The crab cakes were good but really expensive. The Caesar salad had real dressing and the coleslaw was pretty great. For $29 plus tax, I'm not sure they were worth it.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    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.
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HonApril 27
    Their small seafood platter was perfect for two with two extra sides. If you like bivalves, get another half dozen, the platter only comes with two oysters
  • Kim
    KimJuly 4, 2011
    The crabcakes are the best and the fried oysters are orgasmic!!!. I don't get the deal with their mac n cheese however... I thought it was pretty bland. Stick to the seafood. Great stuff!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BobikNovember 14, 2010
    Got raw and fried oysters, lobster roll, steamed mussels & mac and cheese. Everything was awesome, my boyfriend (an avid oyster hater) has officially changed his mind.
  • Glen
    GlenJanuary 12, 2014
    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.
  • Iris N.
    Iris NAugust 7, 2012
    Great fresh oysters. Grilled sablefish is a must. Amazing!
  • Josephine L.
    Josephine LeeFebruary 19, 2014
    Super fun and clean place with cute decor and deliciously fresh oysters. Must go!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Apps and small plates here are incredible. Try something unique like the Brussels Sprouts w/ Maple & Pecans!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try one of their signature cocktails — the Old Tom and Almonds and Hawaii to Martinique are both excellent!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJuly 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Well get the oysters of course…comes with a cute side of oyster crackers!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FullertonMay 30, 2010
    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.
  • Serenity
    SerenityMarch 24, 2012
    Food was excellent! Crab cakes are definitely good as everyone says they are. Love this place!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresAugust 20, 2014
    $1 oysters at happy hour, what more do you want?
  • Daria J.
    Daria JaneenMay 26, 2013
    Sake Oyster Shooter is terrific. $7 for a teacup of the punch of the day is a little much.
  • TPWP Guide
    TPWP GuideSeptember 11, 2011
    Scape the crowds & long waits by grabbing a seat at the marble cheese counter all the way in the back
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AroApril 18, 2013
    Go upstairs and try Andre's "a lighter perspective" whiskey cocktail. So good!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CaggianoFebruary 28, 2014
    House-smoked trout dip not to be missed. And ask about the day's punch.
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedJune 6, 2012
    Oysters for Happy Hour. Perfect! Took a while to get them, but were on the house because. Great service!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonMarch 13, 2012
    Get your oysters raw. The roasted ones the way they're prepared here are a great way to ruin an oyster.
  • Tommy T.
    Tommy TutwilerAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best oysters ever! Outstanding management & wait staff, with Eric & Matt being 1st rate.
  • Russ P.
    Russ PtacekJuly 25, 2013
    Beloved DC oyster bar ordered closed w/ health violations: no hot water, unclean kitchen areas, others. @wusa9. Passed reinspection/reopened.
  • McKee F.
    McKee FloydJuly 17, 2011
    Try the BBQ oysters Hog Island style and a blood mary. Out of this world combo!
  • Liz S.
    Liz SesslerApril 17, 2011
    Great Mac & Cheese! Ask the wait staff for recommendations on the oysters and leave happy.
  • Alcione S.
    Alcione StürmerMarch 23, 2013
    Amazing oysters. Delicious small plates. Wonderful outside space.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JeffersAugust 11, 2015
    it was alright, maybe I should get the oysters next time.. the fries are nothing special and are kinda out of place among the rest of the menu
  • Christine H.
    Christine Ha3 weeks ago
    Great seafood. Try to go for happy hour for oysters. Crowded & parking sucks. 🦀
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RingelApril 15
    Great food but service was very slow. And our glass of wine had a hair in it. They were very slow to replace it, without an apology.
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 10
    Marvelous! Outstanding dishes, and great variety of oysters
  • Katherine K.
    Surprisingly quiet place with amazing oysters- the perfect Sunday afternoon spot
  • David L.
    David LewisMarch 30, 2013
    Fun place, great food. Call ahead 30 minutes to get a table.
  • Generoso S.
    Generoso SantillanesJanuary 27, 2013
    Most Of The servers are From Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador. If you speak Spanish, use that to your advantage ;)
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow! Try the cauliflower (spicy) and Mac & Cheese (creamy)!
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