50 Best Restaurants 2018: Hank’s Oyster Bar

A seafood restaurant in Alexandria

Hanks Oyster Bar
Courtesy of Hank’s Oyster Bar

Hank’s Oyster Bar is a restaurant of contradictions. It’s part fish shack, part upscale dining. It’s part neighborhood joint, part destination restaurant. It’s part family-friendly, part cocktail bar. What’s never wavering is the commitment to seafood—whether it’s the simple pan-roasted barramundi over a buttery tomato-basil sauce; or a bouillabaisse, a nuanced fennel-Pernod broth filled with flounder, mussels, shrimp, clams and scallops; or a surf and turf, smoky and boozy with chorizo, tequila and crawfish. As always, ask for the check still hungry: it comes with hunks of chocolate.

Hank’s Oyster Bar
Seafood | $$$
1026 King St., Alexandria

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