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Hank's Oyster Bar

Hank's Oyster Bar

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
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    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing
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    This seafood restaurant is famous for their oysters. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    McKee F.
    "Try the BBQ oysters Hog Island style and a blood mary."(81 Tips)
    FiOS 50
    "Try the lobster rolls, po' boys, and crab cakes too.."(11 Tips)
    Kim
    "The crabcakes are the best and the fried oysters are orgasmic!!!."(9 Tips)
    Eric A.
    "Happy Hour 5-7pm, Monday - Friday…$4 drinks and snacks!"(14 Tips)
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  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 21, 2015
    "Hank's is a reliable, casual place to stop in for oysters and clams on the half shell, lobster rolls, popcorn shrimp and calamari, and crab cakes cooked on a griddle." -concierge.com on TripExpert Read more
    Upvoted Dec 13, 2020
  • Mikael W.heart icon on user image
    Mikael WagnerMay 29, 2014
    Once again this never lets me down. The cocktails are well made, yummy food and great portions too. Lots of fun great for /, 4 or more to have a forest time. Also great if u want to be alone.
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KMay 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour prices have increased a bit compared to 2014: drinks for $5 and oysters for $1.25/each. Anyway, oysters are more than awesome, and Chesapeake are the best here!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 25, 2014
    "Hit up The Eddy Bar inside Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Hill, where a glass of crisp Soave ($5) pairs well with $1 oysters (Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-7 p.m.)."-via Daily Candy
  • Don S.heart icon on user image
    Don SullivanNovember 6, 2016
    Great atmosphere, staff very friendly make you feel that they really care. Food great. Parking a challenge. Expensive. Def will go again. Great 4 a night out with friends or your significant other.
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 19, 2011
    Yes, this Q Street spot has a Yacht Room. It's where you slide oysters (seriously, D.C., what's with all the subtle aphrodisiacs as of late?) & sip the house-specialty Chuch Lady Punch. Read more
  • Mikael W.heart icon on user image
    Mikael WagnerFebruary 12, 2014
    We ate like it was the last supper. Started with a dozen is oysters then ordered another half dozen and also the friend oysters plate - delicious. Delicious broccoli and pea pods came too. Get Nicole
  • Simal S.heart icon on user image
    Simal SoydanJune 2, 2019
    Really nice bar with many adventurous cocktails. If you are looking forward to try some new tastes in your cocktail a great place to hit up! Fun place to hangout with friends.
  • Brian J.heart icon on user image
    Brian JengFebruary 15, 2015
    Daily changing menu a bit much to take in but great three course specials, especially for the value. Fresh oysters, barrel aged cocktails, and lobster deviled eggs definitely worth a try
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Tucked into a quiet corner of the busy Dupont Circle neighborhood, Hank's Oyster Bar is a local standby for its fresh seafood and laid-back atmosphere. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour from 5 to 7 pm and from 10 pm to midnight features great discounts for raw bar items (oysters, mussels, shrimps) and a selection of beer and wines.
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.February 17, 2016
    Happy hour until 7PM at the bar and lounge area: $5 wine and daily drink, selection of three $1.25 oysters.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WallisJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorites are the raw oysters from the west coast, the lobster roll with no unnecessary fillers, the decadent Mac & Cheesy, the perfectly cooked scallops and the amazingly friendly staff.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Oysters should obviously be the first thing on your to-try list - especially chef Jamie Leeds own varietal of oyster, the Hayden's Reef. Try the lobster rolls, po' boys, and crab cakes too..
  • Brant M.heart icon on user image
    Brant McQuittyMay 1, 2016
    Oysters and Sancerre are always a safe combo. And they start you with a bowl of goldfish crackers and end with a few chunks of dark chocolate!
  • Arnaldo R.heart icon on user image
    Arnaldo RodriguezSeptember 1, 2013
    Lobster Roll was plentiful and was filled with tons if meat! Oysters on the half-shell were delicious...definitely would recommend this place!
  • Mimi N.heart icon on user image
    Mimi NguyenAugust 25, 2017
    One of my favorite happy hour places in DC. Good drink and food options on happy hour including local oysters!
  • Antonio A.
    Antonio AndreozziJanuary 9, 2013
    I would strongly recommend The oysters from british Columbia and Virginia, in addition to the delicious small grilled octopus, fried oysters and the lobster roll!
  • Sofia C.heart icon on user image
    Sofia CaseNovember 18, 2018
    Wish I had come during oyster happy hour. Otherwise it’s $30 for a dozen.
  • Jackie H.heart icon on user image
    Jackie HonApril 27, 2016
    Their small seafood platter was perfect for two with two extra sides. If you like bivalves, get another half dozen, the platter only comes with two oysters
  • John C.
    John CAugust 21, 2012
    Have to try the fried oysters, even better than the best of New Orleans! Dribble some hot sauce and squeeze the lemon to top them off. They almost melt in your mouth with a kick!
  • Nicolas S.
    Nicolas St-AmourOctober 30, 2014
    The crab cakes were good but really expensive. The Caesar salad had real dressing and the coleslaw was pretty great. For $29 plus tax, I'm not sure they were worth it.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    Order a plate of half shells from the blackboard. Then, have the bartender pull you anything from Allagash (a brewer in Maine). and suck those little guys down with some horseradish and Tabasco.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Apps and small plates here are incredible. Try something unique like the Brussels Sprouts w/ Maple & Pecans!
  • Josephine L.heart icon on user image
    Josephine LeeFebruary 19, 2014
    Super fun and clean place with cute decor and deliciously fresh oysters. Must go!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BobikNovember 14, 2010
    Got raw and fried oysters, lobster roll, steamed mussels & mac and cheese. Everything was awesome, my boyfriend (an avid oyster hater) has officially changed his mind.
  • Kim
    KimJuly 4, 2011
    The crabcakes are the best and the fried oysters are orgasmic!!!. I don't get the deal with their mac n cheese however... I thought it was pretty bland. Stick to the seafood. Great stuff!
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenJuly 31, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Well get the oysters of course…comes with a cute side of oyster crackers!
  • Iris N.
    Iris NAugust 7, 2012
    Great fresh oysters. Grilled sablefish is a must. Amazing!
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    GlenJanuary 12, 2014
    Our server only allowed us to run 6 cards even though we had a party that took up a large portion of the place. He also kept rushing us to order more, but when we ordered, they would be out of it.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsAugust 20, 2014
    $1 oysters at happy hour, what more do you want?
  • Eboné B.
    Eboné BellMarch 28, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    It’s an amazing seafood restaurant, but Don’t sleep on the burger.
  • Camilo A.heart icon on user image
    Camilo AngelMay 18, 2019
    Great place for late night oysters. No clams. No hot food after 11:00 pm.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CaggianoFebruary 28, 2014
    House-smoked trout dip not to be missed. And ask about the day's punch.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaNovember 10, 2016
    Great seafood. Try to go for happy hour for oysters. Crowded & parking sucks. 🦀
  • Tommy T.heart icon on user image
    Tommy TutwilerAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best oysters ever! Outstanding management & wait staff, with Eric & Matt being 1st rate.
  • Daria J.heart icon on user image
    Daria JaneenMay 26, 2013
    Sake Oyster Shooter is terrific. $7 for a teacup of the punch of the day is a little much.
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AroApril 18, 2013
    Go upstairs and try Andre's "a lighter perspective" whiskey cocktail. So good!
  • Kurt H.heart icon on user image
    Kurt HaaMarch 10, 2016
    Marvelous! Outstanding dishes, and great variety of oysters
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedJune 6, 2012
    Oysters for Happy Hour. Perfect! Took a while to get them, but were on the house because. Great service!
  • Matt J.heart icon on user image
    Matt JeffersAugust 11, 2015
    it was alright, maybe I should get the oysters next time.. the fries are nothing special and are kinda out of place among the rest of the menu
  • Serenity
    SerenityMarch 24, 2012
    Food was excellent! Crab cakes are definitely good as everyone says they are. Love this place!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RobinsonMarch 13, 2012
    Get your oysters raw. The roasted ones the way they're prepared here are a great way to ruin an oyster.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenNovember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try one of their signature cocktails — the Old Tom and Almonds and Hawaii to Martinique are both excellent!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FullertonMay 30, 2010
    Went last night. Oysters, fried clams abd the soft shell crabs. All were excellent. If you live in the area and haven't been, you are missing out.
  • Jesse R.heart icon on user image
    Jesse RingelApril 15, 2016
    Great food but service was very slow. And our glass of wine had a hair in it. They were very slow to replace it, without an apology.
  • Alcione S.heart icon on user image
    Alcione StürmerMarch 23, 2013
    Amazing oysters. Delicious small plates. Wonderful outside space.
  • TPWP Guide
    TPWP GuideSeptember 11, 2011
    Scape the crowds & long waits by grabbing a seat at the marble cheese counter all the way in the back
  • Katherine K.
    Surprisingly quiet place with amazing oysters- the perfect Sunday afternoon spot
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WilderAugust 6, 2015
    They won't seat you till your party has arrived, which is dumb. So tell them you're alone but may have a few friends join you.
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