Happenings at Hank's

Hank’s Oyster Bar in “4 Beer-Forward Oyster Bars We Love” by Draft Magazine

The @flyingdogbrewery beers will be flowing at #HanksOnTheHill's Beer-B-Q this Sunday!! Visit our site for tix!

Hank’s On The Hill was thrilled to be named one of 4 Beer-Forward Oyster Bars across the country by Draft Magazine! Cheers!

Hank’s Oyster Bar wins Best Seafood Restaurant in Best of Gay DC!

Thanks to all of YOU for voting for Hank’s Oyster Bar in the Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2015! We are thrilled to be named Best Seafood Restaurant!

The Twisted Horn Named One of America’s Most Anticipated New Bars!


The Twisted Horn was honored to be named one of America’s Most Anticipated New Bars by Eater! Opening this fall at 819 Upshur Street NW, led by Chef/Owner Jamie Leeds and managed by Megan Coyle, The Twisted Horn is the newest member of the Hank’s family. Click here to see the full article!

Our Story

Jamie China

About Jamie Leeds

Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs due to her wildly successful restaurant, Hank’s Oyster Bar; her very active role in the community and her 20 plus years of inspiring culinary experience in New York, prior to moving to DC. In May 2005, she opened her first restaurant as executive chef and owner, the 65-seat Hank’s Oyster Bar, which serves “Urban Beach Food”. Hank’s is named after Leeds’ father, who she credits as her inspiration for becoming a chef. Since its’ opening, Hank’s Oyster Bar has been praised by Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, DC magazine, The Washington Times and Fox Morning News.

Leeds came to Washington, D.C. when she joined the Washington Terrace Hotel as executive chef in May 2002, where she launched the 70-seat 15 ria. Her American cuisine with a comfort food twist was an immediate hit at the handsome, new boutique hotel where she was also responsible for developing catering menus. Wine Spectator, The Washington Post, Washingtonian and Bon Appetit were among the publications that praised Chef Leeds for her exceptional fare.

Favorable reviews and a successful launch also earned Jamie Leeds a nomination for “Rising Culinary Star” from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Capital Restaurant & Hospitality Awards in June 2003. Chef Leeds was also named a “Rising Star Chef” by Starchefs.com for Washington, D.C.’s 2003 awards program, which selected only seven chefs throughout the area for the coveted recognition. In 2006, her new restaurant Hank’s Oyster Bar was nominated for a RAMMY for “Best New Restaurant” by the Restaurant Association of Washington and in 2008, Hank’s won the coveted RAMMY for “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”.  In 2012, Hank’s Oyster Bar was nominated again by Restaurant Association of Washington for “Best Casual Restaurant”.

How We Started

Hank, Jamie’s Father, fishing.

At Hank’s Oyster Bar patrons enjoy coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics like lobster rolls, daily fish specials and meat ‘n’ two. Lightly fried items such as the popcorn shrimp and calamari and Ipswich clams balance Hank’s ice bar options which consist of a selection of raw oysters, tartar and ceviche.

A major neighborhood success since it opened in May 2005, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle was nominated for “Best New Restaurant” in 2006 and “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” in 2007 by The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Chef Leeds’ success is based on her simple, approachable seafood, consisting of small and large plates for sharing.


Capitol Hill DC

633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003
T: 202.733.1971 F: 202.733.1973

M-W  11:30am-11pm
T-F  11:30am-12Am
Sa 11am-12am
Su 11am-11pm

Happy Hour
M-S 3pm-7pm

*Half Price Raw Bar from 10pm-Close every night*


Dupont Circle DC

1624 Q Street NW, Washington DC 20009
T: 202.462.HANK (4265)

M-Tu 11:30am-1am
W-F  11:30am-2am
Sa 11am-2am
Su 11am-1am

Happy Hour
M-F 3pm-7pm

*Half Price Raw Bar from 10pm-12am every night*


Old Town VA

1026 King Street, Alexandria VA 22314
T: 703.739.HANK (4265)

M-F  11:30am-12am
Sa-Su  11:00am-12am

Oyster Hour
M-F 5:30pm-6:30pm (Dining Room & Bar)
M-F 3pm-7pm (Bar Only)

*Half Price Raw Bar from 10pm-12am every night*

Private Dining

For Your Next Private Event

Thank you for considering Hank’s Oyster Bar & Lounge to host your event. Our mission is to create a warm, friendly atmosphere for you and your guests to share delicious food, handcrafted cocktails and punches, along with our distinctive wines and microbrews. For more information or to book your next private event, please fill out the form below or contact us directly.

For more information or to book your next private event in Dupont Circle contact Adam Sackett:
202.462.4265 (HANK)

For private events at our Capitol Hill location contact Michael Saccone:


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