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Hank's Oyster Bar

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Dupont Circle
Seafood, Fish & Chips
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1624 Q St NW, Lowr, Washington DC, DC 20009-6355
202-462-4265
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 46
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Oh my God, Hama hama's, really?

Hanks was a great find for us as we stayed in DC on a snowy, sloppy weekend in February with another couple for my wife's February birthday. Our CPA daughter, hoidy toi!!!, ha, just kidding, lived in DC for a year or so and she recommended Hanks. We live just 40 minutes away in Columbia MD and we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
drdiptera
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Baltimore, MD
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Baltimore, MD
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Hanks was a great find for us as we stayed in DC on a snowy, sloppy weekend in February with another couple for my wife's February birthday. Our CPA daughter, hoidy toi!!!, ha, just kidding, lived in DC for a year or so and she recommended Hanks. We live just 40 minutes away in Columbia MD and we took a... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We wanted to go for seafood within walking distance of our hotel and this popped up. My friends love oysters on the half shell and ordered theirs and were very happy. I on the other hand prefer cooked ones. Oysters Rockefeller was on special so I ordered that. One bite and all I kept saying was, "This is the best... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Hanks Oyster Bar is located in a fantastic part of the District of Columbia, and a short walk away from the "DuPont Circle" Metro station. The atmosphere is very pleasant, quiet and intimate but also quite relaxing. The design of the interior is what I would call "rustic" with things like exposed brick walls adding a lot of character. Service... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My husband and I were staying nearby and were looking for an informal but delicious dinner spot - this was perfect! We each had an appetizer (ceviche and fried calamari) and then I had the lobster roll and husband had the oyster roll. Seafood was fresh, fried items weren't oily and service was great. Cocktails were also delicious - I... More 

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Brunswick, Georgia
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50 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Went with friends for drinks and snacks . Has an extensive beer and wine menu and some chips with an excellent french onion dip. We ended up staying for dinner. My wife and friends ended up eating a variety of oysters and a lobster rolls, and said they were great. An excellent bartender, Nick, guided us through our oyster adventure.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Came here with a large group late at night. Quieter ambience than expected on a Saturday night, but great for conversation. Good drinks, though they were out of a large selection of top shelf due to a private party. Oysters I was looking forward to, but these weren't the kind I was expecting. Good deal - but they had been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Hank's is a gem in D.C. serving up some creative and exceptional seafood dishes. From oysters on the half shell, other raw bar items to excellently prepared fresh fish dishes, you cant go wrong at Hanks. Eat at the bar, outside in the warm months or in their dining room. Service in all of these spaces is efficient and professional.... More 

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Johnson city, tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Hanks provides great dining options, with significant variety of raw oyster options. I am not a fan of their no reservation policy, because the people I work with don't have a lot of time spending standing around in line. But I found that on a Wednesday evening, they had plenty of room for walk-ins, as long as you got there... More 

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Lancashire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Found this restaurant from reviews... Luckily we were staying 2 mins walk from hanks. We had been in DC for 4 nights and eaten oysters every night ( well it was a holiday - and we don't have easy access to oysters were we live ) the choice available was amazing- the taste even better... We had a mixed platter... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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97 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Hank's seems to be a hit with the locals. Its rep is built around fresh seafood and a very interesting bar. The fresh oyster bar was excellent. Our mains were very good, although portion sizes are small and you'll need to order things that look like vegetables on the side. All in all, its pretty straight up fare. One particular... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1624 Q St NW, Lowr, Washington DC, DC 20009-6355
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202-462-4265

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fish & Chips

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?