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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Local cuisine

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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
Could Have Been Perfect

Ate there tonight solo and sat at the bar. Lucked out on the game on the two flat panels, as it was slow at 8:30. Oysters need two things, super fresh, check, expertly opened, not so good as there was shell in 3 out of eight. I had the lobster roll. OK I am spoiled to ones in Maine and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Andrew C
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Ate there tonight solo and sat at the bar. Lucked out on the game on the two flat panels, as it was slow at 8:30. Oysters need two things, super fresh, check, expertly opened, not so good as there was shell in 3 out of eight. I had the lobster roll. OK I am spoiled to ones in Maine and... More 

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Moody, Alabama
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My son and I were on vacation and on a family recommendation ate at Hank's. We arrived around 8:00 on a Sunday and we did not have to wait. Service started out slow but once our order was taken, everything came quick. My son ordered an oyster poboy and I ordered a small plate of calamari and shrimp with a... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This restaurant makes delicious food other than oysters! My fiancé and I had dinner there. They do not do reservations, but will put your name down 30 minutes prior to arrival. We highly recommend you utilize this courtesy, as this place is super busy! I ordered the kale & cabbage salad with dried cherries and it was incredible. The dressing... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I've been to Hank's for brunch twice, and both times were great! No reservations/ call ahead either time, and no wait to be sat. Bloody Mary's are the best part about brunch and Hank's doesn't disappoint. They have a choice of a few different kinds, but I can only speak for the pepper vodka Bloody and it's a winner. The... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Decided to go for oysters a week ago, late on a Saturday afternoon. Hubby ordered raw oysters, and I got the fried.. we also each ordered the "small plate" of steamed shrimp, thinking that there would maybe be 6 shrimp each. Needless to say, both plates were overflowing with shrimp, and between them and the oysters, there was too much... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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98 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a very small, classy place. Order the oysters off the blackboard. They offer them raw on the half shell or fried. There were six varieties when we visited. I had the lobster roll and brussel sprouts. The lobster roll came on a grilled hoagie bun with very little mayo on the roll. Very tasty and well prepared. The... More 

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It goes without saying that I don't have a "sweet tooth," but rather a "soft spot" for seafood. Growing up along the Connecticut shoreline, I could eat mussels, clams, shrimp and everything in between- every night of the week. We heard great reviews about Hanks and decided to try it with friends, and boy, did it satisfy. We tried everything... More 

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Prince William County, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The restaurant was referred to us for their raw oyster selection and ambiance. In addition to a good selection, we had the crab cake Eggs Benedict and the smoked salmon hash with poached eggs. Both were excellent. Service was excellent, though not overbearing.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Had the oysters on the half shell which were Ok (little small), but way overpriced at $2.25 each. The oyster po-boy was excellent and packed full of oysters, served with a great cole slaw (which I don't normally eat). Again, a little overpriced at $20...most places sell these in the $7-15 dollar range. All in all a good experience but... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Really great place in Old Town with a great selection of fresh oysters. Their lobster roll is amazing and they have a great rotation of weekly specials. Get there for happy hour when their oysters are $1.25. Bartenders are super friendly and they have a great cocktail and craft beer menu.

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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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