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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
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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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  • 19
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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
Good food, service -- little pricey

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
GoUKCats8
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Gainesville, Florida
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Tried the raw oysters, mussels and two small salads. All very good. Service was great and they have an intriguing list of whiskeys. Decor isn't much but we really enjoyed the meal.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place looks fabulous since they bought the adjoining townhouse and doubled their floor space. The meat-and-two menu is a good deal. I went on a Sunday night and got the fried chicken--among the very best I've ever eaten. It was boneless, but not at all bland like a kid's chicken nugget. My wife's scallops were also very good. Portions... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

On Friday February 14th 2015 around 8pm. The attendee was dry. The bartender was unfriendly. Their drinks portion ridicules. The attendee said there will be one hour of waiting. When we ask him what is the status after 45 minutes he said he wasn't aware we want a table but he will take care of us. After 20 minutes we... More 

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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We stopped in Saturday for lunch on a friend's referral to see why everyone's raving about their oysters. It's a small place popular with the locals so when we sat at the bar and couldn't decide on which oysters to get the super friendly and fun people next to us helped us out. Loved our oysters. Also thought my Seafood... More 

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virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Food was good. But the wait was 45 mins and the place is small. Prepare to wait against the wall with very little space

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Dakar, Senegal
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you can manage to snag the table hanging out over King Street, it's a great spot for people watching. We came here for Sunday brunch and had the smoked trout hash with poached egg, as well as the fried oysters. Throw in coffee and some bubbly infused with basil simple syrup (the flavor was very subtle), and we had... 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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