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Hank's Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
Old Town
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1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-2961
+1 703-739-4265
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Today
11:30 - 15:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Sun - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

I stopped in here after a 5K race for lunch. Food was delicious and served hot. You must try the rainbow trout hash.

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1 Thank littlejohnja
Clovis, New Mexico
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

Go during oyster hour 5:30-6:30 for cheaper oysters, before the cool DC and Old Town types show up. Multiple kinds of fresh oysters and great seafood. The lobster roll is delicious but overpriced. Service was not as good as I'd expect for the price, but again, welcome to the land of self-absorbed servers who remind you they'd rather be doing... More 

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1 Thank Paulagrr
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

We were sorely disappointed with the place given the good reviews it has received. Our crab cakes were made with shredded crab that had little to no taste. My blue cheese lamb burger had no blue cheese. The waitress said the cheese was inside the burger but I never found it. I will say the peel and eat shrimp were... More 

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Thank Marco S
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200 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

My husband is crazy for the oysters. If he wrote this review it would be a five, not four. I find the food very good, but the prices are high. I do think the quality is good, so we could easily argue the point. If you are into fresh seafood, you should definitely give this place a try.

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Thank Lizponi
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere is warm and inviting. I ate alone at the bar. Tom the bartender is very welcoming and introduced himself right away. The coffee is surprisingly good. I ordered the smoked trout hash with poached eggs. It was rich and delicious. The eggs were perfectly cooked. They were soft and the yoke was moderately runny. This allowed the yoke... More 

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Thank gregory b
Washington, DC
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

We go to Hank's regularly, and the food is always great and the service is top notch. They are very accommodating for families and larger parties--they don't take reservations, but you can call ahead to let them know you're coming so you don't have to wait. We usually don't have to wait for a party of 4 or less even... More 

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1 Thank mhrippy
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,145 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

This place is good if you're into over-priced seafood. The decor is nice, and they do in fact have fresh oysters, but service was sub-par, and it was over-priced. I'd recommend a place closer to the water.

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1 Thank QuickWhitTravel
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

The food and service were outstanding. It is a great place to eat, drink and talk. The lobster roll is in the top 3 I have ever had and I grew up in New England.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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246 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Might as well get them from the best place possible. Hank's Happy Hour is the best! 1/2 price during HH time. I'm not sure what time it starts but it's over at 7p. It's only at the bar though. We got there a little after 6p and very lucky to get a seat. it was crowded and Hank's isn't very... More 

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Thank TENNDAWG
Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

We went for happy hour primarily for the oysters - and they delivered. We had several dozen and they were all very fresh and tasty. The mussels were also equally as good, although the calamari and shrimp basket was a little disappointing (too heavy on the batter and a little greasy). The draft beer selection was very good as well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1026 King St, Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314-2961
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-739-4265

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?