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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, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.February 17, 2016
    Happy hour until 7PM at the bar and lounge area: $5 wine and daily drink, selection of three $1.25 oysters.
  • 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.
    Brant McQuittyMay 1, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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, 2016
    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.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    There’s anything better that a good tequila’s drink after Easter egg hunt. Enjoy it at Hank's Oyster Bar with Pueblo Viejo
  • Josephine L.
    Josephine LeeFebruary 19, 2014
    Super fun and clean place with cute decor and deliciously fresh oysters. Must go!
  • Iris N.
    Iris NAugust 7, 2012
    Great fresh oysters. Grilled sablefish is a must. Amazing!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Serenity
    SerenityMarch 24, 2012
    Food was excellent! Crab cakes are definitely good as everyone says they are. Love this place!
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AroApril 18, 2013
    Go upstairs and try Andre's "a lighter perspective" whiskey cocktail. So good!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresAugust 20, 2014
    $1 oysters at happy hour, what more do you want?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Tommy T.
    Tommy TutwilerAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best oysters ever! Outstanding management & wait staff, with Eric & Matt being 1st rate.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • McKee F.
    McKee FloydJuly 17, 2011
    Try the BBQ oysters Hog Island style and a blood mary. Out of this world combo!
  • Alcione S.
    Alcione StürmerMarch 23, 2013
    Amazing oysters. Delicious small plates. Wonderful outside space.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaNovember 10, 2016
    Great seafood. Try to go for happy hour for oysters. Crowded & parking sucks. 🦀
  • Liz S.
    Liz SesslerApril 17, 2011
    Great Mac & Cheese! Ask the wait staff for recommendations on the oysters and leave happy.
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 10, 2016
    Marvelous! Outstanding dishes, and great variety of oysters
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RingelApril 15, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow! Try the cauliflower (spicy) and Mac & Cheese (creamy)!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 20, 2016
    Christmas colors are reflected in the cocktails mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco at Hank Oyster Bar.
  • 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 ;)
  • David W.
    David WilderAugust 6, 2015
    They won't seat you till your party has arrived, which is dumb. So tell them you're alone but may have a few friends join you.
  • Jacklyn G.
    Jacklyn GradMarch 28, 2014
    Get the trout dip and go at happy hour for oysters!
  • Alex P.
    Alex PopovaAugust 31, 2015
    Go here for late night and get oysters for a $1!
  • Lacoste
    LacosteDecember 5, 2011
    The lobster bisque. The lobster bisque. The lobster bisque. Do we need to say it again?
  • Christopher Marc B.
    Amazing food! The hanky panky cocktail is delicious!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 29, 2016
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Hank's Oyster Bar, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GaughanMay 17, 2013
    Great oysters and amazing service, but stay away from the lobster bisque!
  • D S.
    D SicApril 11, 2016
    Great seafood options and (obviously) great oysters!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    Oysters are great ! One of DC's very best !
  • Tony W.
    Tony WangDecember 28, 2012
    Good chill vibe, friendly staff, check it out!
  • Rina A.
    Rina AnnisaJune 9, 2012
    Their Steamed Mussels with Tomato broth is phenomenal.
  • Omar R.
    Omar RaheemNovember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great late night happy hour but sometimes they close early which is b s
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hour 5-7pm, Monday - Friday…$4 drinks and snacks!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CathcartJune 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Megan's Punch!! It's different and delicious every time!!! Megan you Rock!!!
  • Gonzalo
    GonzaloJune 12, 2016
    Very knowledgeable staff. Follow their recommendations.
  • Alison K.
    Alison KennedyFebruary 4, 2012
    Bloody Mary oyster shooter is wonderful at all times of the day
  • Russ L.
    Russ LorensonAugust 29, 2012
    Try the Grilled Baby Octopus - So tender!!! Yum-o!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallMarch 12, 2016
    Come for the oysters, stay for the bitter chocolates.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 23, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Hanks Oyster Bar!
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithNovember 20, 2016
    salads here are wildly underrated.
  • LIA
    LIAJanuary 12, 2014
    Very nice ripe peare margarita!!!!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lobster deviled eggs FTW!
  • R
    RApril 7, 2012
    Def come here for oysters hall shell. Quite refreshing.
  • La-Tasha P.
    La-Tasha PatelAugust 23, 2014
    Great Bloody Mary and fish n chips on a rainy day
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCOctober 15, 2013
    12 free oysters with your uberX receipt from 10/16/13 - 10/18/13! #DCLOVESuberX
  • Eric S.
    Eric StrattonJuly 28, 2011
    Get 1 of each oyster. You won't regret it.
  • Jen S.
    Jen SSeptember 26, 2010
    For all that is well and good, get the crabcakes. They're freaking amazing.
  • Christian S.
    Christian SchillerJune 8, 2013
    Top oyster bar http://schiller-wine.blogspot.com/2010/03/oysters-and-wine.html in Washington DC
  • Tyler A.
    Tyler AhnFebruary 18, 2012
    Fried oysters are the best! No weird cornmeal, just crisp!
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinMay 30, 2010
    Get the meaty Rockland oysters, Mac and cheesy, Collard greens. All very good.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PollardJune 7, 2012
    The halibut fish with some greens - tasty.
  • KaRiM O.
    KaRiM OnTheGoJanuary 19, 2013
    Had the shrimp po boy...YUMMY!!!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITApril 12, 2015
    Nothing is better at brunch than a Bloody Mary and The Hangtown Fry!
  • Robert L.
    Robert LeitchMay 19, 2013
    Oysters are tasty
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MountcastleMay 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Oysters.bloody mary shrimp. Everything is good
  • Drew M.
    Drew MitchellSeptember 13, 2011
    Now serving at Hanks: Shindig white wine (c/o winesbyraz.com). YUM!!
  • Anna B.
    Anna BApril 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have VA New Point oysters, get'em!
  • Jenna C.
    Jenna CanitzJuly 17, 2011
    Try the fried olives and gotta have an oyster shooter!
  • Kiley M.
    Kiley MillerJune 24, 2015
    Oysters and lobster roll
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Antonio Burrell, chef of Agua 301, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Hog Island barbecued oysters. Read more
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Crab Cakes W Onion Rings & Coleslaw
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YMay 10, 2016
    Delicious Chesapeake/New England seafood hybrid.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 18, 2015
    Try a real Mexican taste, order a Spicy Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 2, 2015
    If you are in Hank's Oyster Bar, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BonkowskiApril 14, 2016
    The old fashioned is great!
  • Marq F.
    Marq FewApril 22, 2013
    You MUST try the mac & cheese. Golden bubbly goodness.
  • Matilda H.
    Matilda HoDecember 3, 2012
    Lobster roll is the must!
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Lobster Roll (Sandwich)
  • Karen
    KarenSeptember 12, 2015
    Aunque es de mariscos la especialidad, la carne esta deliciosa !!!
  • Alexey F.
    Alexey FedotovOctober 6, 2012
    Ешьте всё! Всё вкусно! Но битком, поэтому резервируйте или приходите к открытию в 5.30
  • Zé Renato C.
    Zé Renato CellaAugust 23, 2015
    Grande variedade de ostras, chopes e cervejas.
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