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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 642 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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82% Recommend
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Hammonton, New Jersey
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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Emporia, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The menu was very limited, so be sure to check before you take a family. Restaurant was basic. Service was fine. Nothing was super, just a nice place to experience.

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Kitchener, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Dined here last evening on recommendations from Trip Advisor. Simple but tasteful decor. The place a nice busy hum to it at 8:30 pm on a Monday night. My daughter and I sampled the raw oysters, which I personally hadn't eaten for some time; tasty, but smaller than I remember them to be, but I am far from experienced on... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fabulous oysters! Jeremy and Tim are two of the most gifted servers in Old Town and they will not let you down if you ask for a recommendation. I have never had a dish here that wasn't top notch. The vegetables are as amazing as the seafood.

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Chimayo, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This restaurant lived up to it's name for three in our party. They all had the fried oysters and raved about them. I'm one of those people who can't stand oysters, so I got a big plate of fried clams. Yummy!. The only drawback was that an oyster sneaked into my order, and biting down on it was not a... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

As you walk up to Hank’s oyster bar do not be put off by the sight of construction; all is well inside. It is a long, but tight, bar area with bright white walls and a clean, polished look. If you can grab a seat at the bar, terrific, if not you will be left standing in a very narrow... More

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Laurel, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Have been there several times. We really like the beets, sauteed spinach, macaroni and cheese and, of course, the seafood. Made a special trip to Alexandria and Hank's was on our list of places to return to. Jeremy, our waiter, always very helpful.

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