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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)
96 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.
  • Jenee P.
    Jenee PAugust 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
    Upvoted Nov 12, 2016
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LawlerFebruary 28, 2016
    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!
  • 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, 2016
    Delicious food in a comfortable space at a really affordable price. Highly recommend the oysters of the day. Lobster rolls are mainstyle.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MoonshineMarch 9, 2015
    Milk stout is great and ask the bartender about oyster specials. Good oysters!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Oysters - Neglected to post this collection of Virginia oysters earlier in the week. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Kari O.
    Kari OsborneSeptember 19, 2016
    Quaint little restaurant. The food was really good all around. Recommend the fried oysters, popcorn shrimp, and trout.
  • David C.
    David CoxDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My goto place in Alexandria for one dozen assorted oysters. And then a great meal. The salads are good to share.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisSeptember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pan Roasted Trout - Would you like some trout with that butter sauce? So good. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jon S.
    Jon SmithSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    As strange as this sounds, pair the fried oysters and mac and cheese. We used the mac as an oyster dipping sauce. Amazing flavor.
  • John K.
    John KellerJune 7, 2013
    Great place. Fresh oysters with nice HHour prices. The Mac & Cheese are awesome. They have Natty Boh!
  • 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.
  • Elle B.
    Elle BreezeeDecember 21, 2014
    Hang town fry: fried oyster frittata, capers, tomatoes, bacon, red onions, cheese, yum!!!
  • Ian O.
    Ian OrekondyJune 24, 2012
    Heirloom Tomatoes and Corn and Crab Soup are both fantastic - as are the crab cakes and bok choy.
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
    Chef/owner Jamie Leeds continues to challenge the seafood status quo, interweaving wide ranging and typically substantive specials. - November 2011 issue
  • 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."
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    The Muscadet is fabulous with oysters. Great tip from bartender. He was absolutely right.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisSeptember 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the One Dozen Oysters - I ❤ Hank's. East coast oysters. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Diane F.
    Diane FlowersJuly 24, 2013
    Excellent oysters!!! All were amazing! Crab cakes wonderful and key lime pie!!!
  • David C.
    David CoxFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A great place to enjoy oysters, and a light dinner, that small plate salads are wonderful.
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MoonshineMarch 9, 2015
    Ask the bartender for oyster recommendations!
  • Raevyn W.
    Raevyn W.March 19, 2011
    The ceviche and the mussels are incredible. The cocktails are top notch, too! Try the Blue Mule!
  • Denise H.
    Denise HarperAugust 2, 2016
    The fried oysters were great. Call right before you go to ensure a table.
  • William D.
    William DonahoeAugust 17, 2014
    If you order a half -dozen oysters just try a selection of everything!
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BrownellMay 10, 2014
    Oyster Happy Hour! Lobster Roll! Fried clam! Martinis! My favorite place in the last three years!
  • 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.
  • Dave F.
    Dave FotschNovember 8, 2014
    A selection if local oysters. Oh so good!
  • Alan H.
    Alan H.March 19, 2011
    The oysters are clearly top notch. Try the fried ones, too. Ceviche is to die for, too!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Oysters - My fave meal in Alexandria. And Myriam is here! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tony C.
    Tony ClementsApril 18, 2013
    The Dabob Bay oysters are amazing. The food here is excellent.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisJuly 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Oysters - Clockwise from top, in pairs: Ayock Salt, Totten Inlet, North Bay, Blue Point, New Point, Battle Creek
  • Joel S.
    Joel SteinbergDecember 22, 2014
    Great lobster roll, great mussels great Brussels sprouts
    KATHIE JONESMay 26, 2013
    The oysters are fantastic the best place to eat oysters
  • 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.
  • Rita d.
    Rita de FigueiredoAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I never order Mac & Cheese anywhere, but here! Surprisingly amazing!
  • Lizzie M.
    Lizzie MooreSeptember 15, 2013
    The Dennis Oysters are really nice and have a light brine finish!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    Memories abound here. Miss this place. Eat at the bar. Can't go wrong.
  • 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,
  • Shucky D.
    Shucky DuckyMarch 15, 2012
    All of the side dishes are great. Try the Veggie plate, where 5 are included.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RoemermanJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Let the waiter choose your oysters - just tell them what you like.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TomeSeptember 3, 2010
    Awesome oysters ('specially the Steamboat Island). Hostess is kind of a "B," though.
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