Happenings at Hank's

It’s The Season of Love

by Jamie Leeds

February is the month of love and love is definitely in the air around here! In my life love has taken on lots of different forms and never has that been more apparent than lately. When I think of love, I think of family and friends and friends who feel like family. I think about the love I have for my son, Hayden, and about the things we both love like travel and spending quality time together. On our most recent trip to go skiing, I was reminded of the risks we take for the ones we love too. It was my first time on the slopes and I ended up breaking my wrist at the end of the day! But we still had a great time together and it was worth it to share such a fun experience with my son.

Speaking of traveling, there’s a big trip coming up at the end of February. Myself and a bunch of staff members- Shane Mayson, Tara Bunch and Jeff Strine, just to name a few- will be heading to the Bahamas to celebrate Hank’s Dupont’s Chef de Cuisine, Theary So’s wedding. I feel lucky to have a staff who I enjoy laughing and spending time with outside of work. And the best part? We even rented a villa in the Bahamas that we’re all going to stay in together.

And of course when I think of love and joy I think of my fiancée, Tina, and our upcoming wedding in May. These are the weeks where we’ll be in the final planning stages and we’ve been loving every moment of it. We’re so excited to gather our loved ones together, with people joining us from near and far. It’s going to be a really special evening- my food & beverage buddies Scott Drewno and Kaz Ochoki are providing some of our favorite foods and my friend Mark Michael of Occasions will be catering the wedding. Plus, Maggie O’Neill and the team at SwatchRoom are going to help us create the perfect space for the party (they did an amazing job with Hank’s Pasta Bar and we can’t wait to see what they do for the wedding).

Needless to say, there’s a lot of love in my life and I couldn’t be more grateful. So, as we gear up for Valentine’s Day, I invite you all to celebrate this wonderful month with me and the Hank’s family… and feel the love in the air!

Hank’s Pasta Bar Opens February 3rd!

private dining

Hank’s Pasta Bar, the newest member of the family, officially opens for dinner on Wednesday, February 3rd starting at 4PM, located at 600 Montgomery Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA, 22314. No reservations required- We hope to see you there!

The Twisted Horn named one of DC’s Most Anticipated Winter Openings


Our newest member of the family, The Twisted Horn, is named one of Eater DC’s Most Anticipated Winter Openings! Stop on by at 819 Upshur St NW when the bar opens this December, just in time for the new year!

Our Story

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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-Th  11:30am-11pm
F  11:30am-12am
Sa 11am-12am
Su 11am-10pm

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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