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Hank's Oyster Bar

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Old Town
Seafood, Oyster Bar
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1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-6710
703-739-4265
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best oysters!

We did not have any reservations for Friday night and walked upon Hank's. Great bar with very nice bartenders. Hosts were very accommodating. We waited about 25-30 minutes - perfect amount of time. This is a loud restaurant, but the food is delicious. Lobster rolls are yummy, eggplant side... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
lynnie l
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The wife and I were on vacation in the Alexandria area and were walking down King street and I said you want Italian? A local lady overheard and told us "you don't want to eat there" and told us about Hanks Oyster Bar. It was awesome! The wife had the best grilled/broiled type burger I've ever tasted. I had some... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

If you're into seafood you gotta stop by Hanks. It's on the pricier side but well worth it. My favorite item on the menu that we tried were the sake/bloody mary oyster shooters. Also, do yourself a favor and get the mac and cheese! Call ahead of time to put your name in since they don't take reservations. We did... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

we had Sunday brunch here and it was very good food. The four of us all enjoyed what we ordered. If you love bloody Mary's you will enjoy your options on this drink. We also had the mussels and they were terrific! Our service was fine. Not over the top, but not bad either.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We did not have any reservations for Friday night and walked upon Hank's. Great bar with very nice bartenders. Hosts were very accommodating. We waited about 25-30 minutes - perfect amount of time. This is a loud restaurant, but the food is delicious. Lobster rolls are yummy, eggplant side dish was wonderful. Oysters - Salty Wolfe, VA I think we're... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed Hank's for a quick, simple lunch of fried oysters and fries (love the Old Bay seasonings). The service was great and it wasn't crowded. We love this place!

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I met a friend here for drinks and dinner. I had the soft shell crab and it was delicious. I enjoyed my bacon whiskey drink from the bar and the decor is sleek and cool, yet has a nod to a coastal locale. Only thing I didn't like was we were seated at a table for two right near the... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We ate here after we received a recommendation from a local when getting off the subway. At first glance, we were pleased with the restaurant. However when someone at a window seat left, we asked to move to the window. The waiter said he would look into it. We asked the lady who was cleaning up the table if we... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The oysters are the centerpiece, but interesting and varied menu choices too. Good food, great service and it is loud on a crowded weekend night.

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Went there tonight after reading other Trip Advisor reviews. Place was packed early on a Saturday night. We grabbed the only available table for 2 at 6 PM. We had no trouble parking downtown on King Street. Our server, Keri, was friendly and helpful. We started with a dozen oysters, 2 of each variety that they had. 3 from Washington,... More 

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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I sat at the bar. Service was extremely prompt and friendly. While I was choosing what to eat, I had a glass of wine. They had little bowls of fish crackers that they kept full. Nice touch in a seafood place. I had calamari and shrimp. The food was good, but I would have preferred to have it side by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-6710
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 703-739-4265

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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