100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Hank’s Oyster Bar
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100 Best Restaurants 2014

Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont Circle
Address: 1624 Q Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-4265
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday 5:30 PM to 10 PM; Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 PM to 11 PM; Open for lunch Friday 11:30 AM to 3 PM; Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 11 PM. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Oyster shooters; peel-and-eat shrimp; fried popcorn shrimp and calamari; broiled oysters; fried oyster po’boy; fried clams; lobster roll; sablefish with soy-balsamic glaze; mac and cheese; onion rings.
Price Details: Appetizers, $6 to $19; entrees, $11 to $30.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 5 to 7; $1 oysters, $5 drink specials. Daily late-night happy hour 10 PM to midnight, half-price raw bar.
Happy Hour Days:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Lobster rolls may be on every menu from here to Panera Bread, but the best can be found at this trio of wainscoted New England-style fish houses. The top-split bun is toasty and buttered, the big chunks of tail and claw meat are cool and sweet, and there’s just enough mayo holding it all together. The rest of the menu has plenty of enticements, especially if you love all things oyster. Chalkboards list the varieties on offer, and they show up fried and crunchy in a po’ boy, in a bracing shot of sake, and best of all, broiled with butter and hot sauce. For cocktail fans, there are ambitious menus of punches and classic drinks (vespers, Negronis), some made with barrel-aged spirits and fresh juices.

Open: Monday through Thursday for dinner, Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Fried shrimp and calamari with rémoulade; fried Ipswich clams; sablefish with soy-balsamic glaze; mac and cheese.

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