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Hank's Oyster Bar

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Old Town, Alexandria
  • Victor Q.
    "Oyster happy hour 5:30 to 6:30 for $1 it's great!"(4 Tips)
    Joel S.
    "Great lobster roll, great mussels great Brussels sprouts"(5 Tips)
    Mike R.
    "New Point Comfort oysters"(2 Tips)
    Alice F.
    "collection of Virginia oysters"(2 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • lively
  • new point
  • good for dates
  • trendy
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  • Natasha K.
    Love this place. If you like your oyster briny, the Salty Wolfe is the one to order! The popcorn shrimp/calamari beats any calamari in town by far! The French toast is divine.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Jason R.
    Jason RozenblatJanuary 27, 2013
    Oysters are excellent, especially the Duckabush from WA and Golden Chesapeake from VA. Good beer selection, too. Only bad part is this place is cramped and there's no real good place to wait.
  • Andrew V.
    Andrew VioletteJuly 18, 2013
    Best restaurant I ate at in the area. Had east/west oysters, arugala salad with yellowfin tuna, sides of spinach and beets. All awesome. Southern gin cocktail => get it.
  • Glenn Hunter B.
    Glenn Hunter BrownJune 8, 2011
    Amazing how a guy from LA can be put off by the attitude of the staff in NoVA. I guess I wasn't their type. Arrogant. Not accommodating and pretty much douche bags. But the food was above average,
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawlerFebruary 28
    Great place for drinks and delicious fresh oysters. Everything we had from the menu was cooked perfectly and tasted great! I highly recommend the grilled calamari!
  • Jenee P.
    Jenee PAugust 18, 2012
    I love this place! The oysters and the wine are out of this world. Each time we go I have great service. Get there early the best oysters go quick!
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Hank’s Oyster Bar manages to maintain a buttery softness with its scallops, folded into a weekday (!) omelet, with equally cared for chunks of shrimp." - November 2012 Issue
  • Robert C.
    Robert CiglianoJune 15, 2015
    Love the the oysters and atmosphere. Get the sampler to try oysters from around the country. I like the ones from the east coast the best.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DylanApril 1
    Delicious food in a comfortable space at a really affordable price. Highly recommend the oysters of the day. Lobster rolls are mainstyle.
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownellDecember 18, 2014
    Second time here. I could eat here everyday!! Absolutely fantastic! Great cocktails and on Mondays whole steamed lobsters are $23!!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SmithSeptember 10, 2011
    As strange as this sounds, pair the fried oysters and mac and cheese. We used the mac as an oyster dipping sauce. Amazing flavor.
  • LeShawna A.
    LeShawna AlstonMay 24, 2013
    Great oysters. But bad chairs. Make sure you sit in the back at the semi booth on the cushion side your butt will thank you.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    "Yes, eating oysters will replenish the dwindling bivalve population, clean the bay waters, and basically save the world, but that doesn't mean you should ignore the rest of Hank's brief menu."
  • David C.
    David CoxDecember 30, 2015
    My goto place in Alexandria for one dozen assorted oysters. And then a great meal. The salads are good to share.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchJuly 25, 2012
    Oysters are amazing of course but if you get the chance try the lamb chops. They are tender, juicy and beyond tasty.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 22, 2015
    Try the Oysters - Neglected to post this collection of Virginia oysters earlier in the week. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tobin M.
    Tobin MadathilSeptember 6, 2015
    Awsome food, but you will need to spend for it a mere lobster roll will set you back 25bucks...but still worth every penny
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MoonshineMarch 9, 2015
    Milk stout is great and ask the bartender about oyster specials. Good oysters!
  • Renee'
    Renee'July 12, 2014
    i have never seen oysters sold by the EACH. paid for our drinks and left. went further down and got better more food for same price.
  • cristal d.
    cristal diazMay 25, 2014
    Ceviche was eh. No flavor. Surprised at the other comment. Been to Peru so we know ceviche. The mussels are where it's at.
  • Felix M.
    Felix MorariuSeptember 21, 2011
    This place is fantastic. Great service and amazing food. Hidden away but well worth it if you get here at happy hour.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Chef/owner Jamie Leeds continues to challenge the seafood status quo, interweaving wide ranging and typically substantive specials. - November 2011 issue
  • John K.
    John KellerJune 7, 2013
    Great place. Fresh oysters with nice HHour prices. The Mac & Cheese are awesome. They have Natty Boh!
  • Donald A.
    Donald AndersonOctober 22, 2013
    Slow slow slow. I waited 25 min before I checked in on 4 square and after waiting 15 more min. I left. The food is not that good to wait that long
  • Ian O.
    Ian OrekondyJune 24, 2012
    Heirloom Tomatoes and Corn and Crab Soup are both fantastic - as are the crab cakes and bok choy.
  • Raevyn W.
    Raevyn W.March 19, 2011
    The ceviche and the mussels are incredible. The cocktails are top notch, too! Try the Blue Mule!
  • Mike R.
    Mike RudolphMarch 24, 2012
    Get the New Point Comfort oysters if they have them!! Mild and sweet, my favorite of the Virginia oysters.
  • Claire M.
    Claire McDonoughMay 25, 2013
    The Muscadet is fabulous with oysters. Great tip from bartender. He was absolutely right.
  • Alan H.
    Alan H.March 19, 2011
    The oysters are clearly top notch. Try the fried ones, too. Ceviche is to die for, too!
  • Elle B.
    Elle BreezeeDecember 21, 2014
    Hang town fry: fried oyster frittata, capers, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, cheese, yum!!!
  • Denise H.
    Denise Harper3 weeks ago
    The fried oysters were great. Call right before you go to ensure a table.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MaxwellSeptember 11, 2010
    Nice place and good oysters, but avoid the late night oyster happy hour. They close in the middle of it??? Wth?
  • Diane F.
    Diane FlowersJuly 24, 2013
    Excellent oysters!!! All were amazing! Crab cakes wonderful and key lime pie!!!
  • David C.
    David CoxFebruary 12
    A great place to enjoy oysters, and a light dinner, that small plate salads are wonderful.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TomeSeptember 3, 2010
    Awesome oysters ('specially the Steamboat Island). Hostess is kind of a "B," though.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 23, 2012
    Try the Oysters - Clockwise from top, in pairs: Ayock Salt, Totten Inlet, North Bay, Blue Point, New Point, Battle Creek
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MoonshineMarch 9, 2015
    Ask the bartender for oyster recommendations!
  • William D.
    William DonahoeAugust 17, 2014
    If you order a half -dozen oysters just try a selection of everything!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisSeptember 20, 2015
    Try the Oysters - My fave meal in Alexandria. And Myriam is here! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Joel S.
    Joel SteinbergDecember 22, 2014
    Great lobster roll, great mussels great Brussels sprouts
  • Tony C.
    Tony ClementsApril 18, 2013
    The Dabob Bay oysters are amazing. The food here is excellent.
    KATHIE JONESMay 26, 2013
    The oysters are fantastic the best place to eat oysters
  • Tim F.
    Tim FSeptember 14, 2014
    A lot more seating space since they finished their redesign!
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchJuly 25, 2012
    If you have room for something sweet — you really should try the key lime pie. It is to die for.
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownellMay 10, 2014
    Oyster Happy Hour! Lobster Roll! Fried clam! Martinis! My favorite place in the last three years!
  • Shilu S.
    Shilu ShengFebruary 1, 2015
    Oysters there are not that good. Mussels and clams are okay.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FotschNovember 8, 2014
    A selection if local oysters. Oh so good!
  • Rita d.
    Rita de FigueiredoAugust 22, 2014
    I never order Mac & Cheese anywhere, but here! Surprisingly amazing!
  • Leandro L.
    Memories abound here. Miss this place. Eat at the bar. Can't go wrong.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KApril 8, 2011
    Enjoy the briny malpeques and if you get Curtis as your waiter, take care of him.
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