Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont Circle

1624 Q Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


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

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

Scene: 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

January 2007: 100 Very Best Restaurants

You'll find at least five kinds of oysters at this tiny urban fish bar.

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.