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“Fantastic low country seafood!”

Hank's Seafood Restaurant
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Ranked #23 of 951 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Church
Description: Located one block from the Charleston City Market in the heart of the Historic District, Hank's Seafood Restaurant has been Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 16 consecutive years. Hank's Seafood is housed in a beautifully restored 100-year-old warehouse and serves the best and freshest seafood with an emphasis on local recipes. The lively community table is very popular with solo travelers.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I was in Charleston for a conference and our dining group went to Hank's for dinner. We had lovely cocktails at the bar and then were seated in the back part of the restaurant. The appetizers were fantastic and I had one of their fried seafood platters (when in Rome!!!) and all of our food was lovely. Everyone at our table raved about their entrees and the service was superb. I would recommend Hank's to anyone wanting an authentic Charleston dinner!

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hanksseafood, General Manager at Hank's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2014

Wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed everything. We would be honored to serve you again in the near future.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Excellent seafood as noted by so many. Local grouper sauted over mushrooms, and the swordfish were both moist and gently flavored. Scallops were ok but may have benefited from better soaking to reduce a slight metallic taste. She crab soup was richly creamy and loaded with crab. Both chardonays were undistinguished. Would like to see finer white wine offerings.

We decided to try the "first come first served" communal table when we called at 3 PM Saturday for a reservation and found 9 30 was the first available seating for 3. Sat down immediately at 7 PM at the communal table and other patrons volunteered to move to keep our group of 3 together. Everyone was friendly and shared advice on best items to order. Glad the reservation person explained this option to us.

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hanksseafood, General Manager at Hank's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2014

Thank you very much for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed our Community Table, and we hope to see you there again soon. We will address your suggestions for improvement, and please let us know when you return so we can make sure your next experience is flawless. Thanks again!

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Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

I was able to make reservations for our group of 6 for 9pm. The place was busy with the moderately small dining room. There were lots of tables for two and many people seemed to be there on a date. It seems like a nice (but a bit noisy) place for a date. Our group was quite loud so we overcame the noise in the restaurant.

I had the seasonal "Trigger Fish" on risotto with a lobster butter sauce. To me the lobster butter sauce just added a fishy taste to the dish.

I can recommend the chilled crab cocktail. It was really tasty, not very fishy, just great flavor! Someone at our table loved both the she crab soup as well as the ceviche.

Our server was very nice but not terribly attentive as our drinks ran empty a few times.

After a few dinners in Charleston I feel like this was one of the better places, I just wasn't impressed tonight. I'd be willing to give it a second chance for sure!

Thank Soundadvice07
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hanksseafood, General Manager at Hank's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Thank you so much for letting us know about your experience! It sounds like we did not quite live up to the expectations we set for ourselves, and for that we are sorry. We are honored to hear that you will be back again in the future, so please let us know personally when you make a reservation with us, and we will ensure that everything is flawless. We truly appreciate your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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Reviewed March 21, 2014

I would second other reviewers who recommend reservations. We had a little wait but it was well worth it! The oyster stew was awesome. The shrimp and grits were excellent. We had the pecan pie for dessert. Great food!! Friendly service!!

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Thank Linda F
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hanksseafood, General Manager at Hank's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Thank you very much for your feedback! We are delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of your experience with us. We look forward to serving you again very soon.

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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Hank's is in a restored warehouse with soaring ceilings, dark wood, Hollywood style banquets (as in Lowry's), the whole interior was classy and tastefully done.
Service was great throughout (our waiter was Chris, and many attentive assistants).
We had a Wed 5PM reservation and was waved in early and got a great window table.
Enjoyed: She crab soup, Hank's Oyster Stew (it's an appetizer at $15 but so many oysters!!),
Oyster Sampler (raw bar with 3 types: local, Gulf, & PEI), beet & mushroom salad,
and a Fried platter. Warm pecan pie (crunchy!) with ice cream.
Everything was excellent!!

Note for those w/o reservations: There is a long community table for walk-in's (no reservation accepted). It's in the middle of the room and you'll get a great view of everything around you.

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hanksseafood, General Manager at Hank's Seafood Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Fantastic! Chris was truly honored to serve you, and thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again on your next visit!

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