January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants
You'll find at least five kinds of oysters at this tiny urban fish bar.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published January 23, 2007
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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

No. 92: Hank's Oyster Bar

This tiny, 1½-year-old oyster bar, which takes cues from places like Pearl in New York and Swan’s in San Francisco, celebrates Beausoleils and Kumamotos, Olde Salts and Golden Mantles. At least five half-shell varieties are listed on the chalkboard each night.

Chef/owner Jamie Leeds has built a reputation on dishing up accessible comfort food, such as molassas-braised short ribs and Gouda Mac n’ Cheesy. And one bite of her Ipswich clams or popcorn shrimp will tell you she’s pretty good with a deep-fryer. But she’s also shown she can cut loose from expectations with, say, a rich cut of crisp-skin salmon with Moroccan spices, or seared scallops zigzagged with walnut vinaigrette. Still, the loudest mmmms tend to slip out over a plate of Hog Island–style barbecue oysters or a terrific po’ boy loaded with crunchy Bluepoints.

Hank’s is one of the few good neighborhood restaurants among the brownstones of east Dupont Circle. The 65-seat dining room doesn’t take reservations, and there’s usually a wait and rarely a place to stand. The kitchen’s teensy, too, which means there’s no room for desserts, much less a pastry chef, so the server brings out a few hunks of dark chocolate with the check.
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