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Hank's Oyster Bar

1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-6710 (Old Town)
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Ranked #34 of 648 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Old Town
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83% Recommend
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English first
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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70 reviews 70 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Since our visit last year, Hanks has modernized their restaurant. It now consists of one room in which there is a long bar at which they serve $1 oysters from 5-7 on weekdays (3 choices each day) and another room which serves food from 5:30. You can also (as we did) get food in the bar after 5:30. Bar area... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

this was our first restaurant that we tried on a recent trip to Alexandria and it was somewhat of a disappointment. It was a Saturday evening so we expected it to be busy, the restaurant itself is very nice ,great location and an nice contemporary feel ,however the eating area was incredibly noisy to the point where conversation was difficult.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Good food, beer and of course Oysters! Stopped by on a late night when it was raining. I was sheltered with warm food and a slice of pie. Good spot for a quick bite.

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Buffalo, New York
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185 reviews 185 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just popped in: FANTASTIC FRESH OYSTERS!! FANTASTIC PEACH bellinis Fantastic white sardines Great all around We will be back first chance we get. Clean and happy atmosphere No tourists

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Hanks reminded me of being anywhere in the south at a hole in the wall oyster bar - without the view. It is a cozy little spot (being refaced, so if you go tonight, look for the scaffolding outside). We sat in the back to the right which opens up a bit. There were nine of us including two children... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Great food and great atmosphere! the fresh oysters were awesome and gave a chance to compare the different types. creative and tasty appetizers. The only thing that could be improved would be the attentiveness of the service. It wasn't bad, very polite, just seemed short handed.

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Sadly we missed the Happy Hour that offers "buck-a-shuck" local oysters, but we still took advantage of sampling the selection of 6 oysters available. The service and drinks were "just okay", but we enjoyed the oysters. The bar is a bit cramped, so table seating may be better if you want to feel more relaxed.

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EC, Maryland
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The waiter was helpful in suggesting that we order the mixed selection of oysters from various regions as a starter. The onion rings were classic. The specials are the way to go - especially if fish is on the menu. The have a "call ahead" policy versus reservations - let them know you're coming and how far away you are... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Construction didn't diminish the .atmosphere. This is an oyster bar and seafood restaurant without gimmicks that fits in Old Town perfectly. In this type of restaurant, the food and drink either stand or fall on their merits, and here they stand. Fresh, creative salads, softshell crabs, scallops, crab cakes, all done right, that is, minimally embellished and cooked just enough,... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Great service and excellent food. We tried mixed grill, oysters, swordfish. All dishes were fresh, creative, and delicious. Mostly adult patrons when we visited, but my children enjoyed it as well--- eating off the adult menu. Seven year old tried oysters on the half shell first time, with delight. We are visiting from California and picky about fresh seafood.

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