Happenings at Hank's

A Season For Giving Back

by Jamie Leeds

Summer has finally arrived in DC and with it comes the feeling of growth and leisure. These are the few months where we can take advantage of outdoor dining and rooftop relaxing. While it’s great to sit back, for me the summertime has always been a season for giving back. In my life, giving back has taken on many different forms.

It starts with giving back to the community that has helped Hank’s Oyster Bar become the success it is today. All three locations are planning events to bring the community together and as we mark our 10th Anniversary, it’s a special thing to look forward to. On August 16th, Hank’s On The Hill will host its 2nd Annual Beer-B-Q; September 26th marks the 3rd Hula Hank’s luau at Hank’s Dupont; And Hank’s Old Town is in the early planning staged for Oyster Fest on October 17th.

Summer is also a time for giving back to my staff. Just this past month, Chef Theary along with a group of staff members from Hank’s Dupont went on a field trip to tour Barren Island Oyster Company with Congressional Seafood. The Trip gave them a chance to hang out with fun people, learn about the products they work with and of course, sample some oysters! My employees work hard every day to make these restaurants run, and I always strive to give them opportunities to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The Hank’s family isn’t the only one gearing up to give back this year.

Lately I’ve been involved with my friends’ and peers’ charitable efforts as well. Whether it’s being a part of the Chef’s Best event for Food & Friends or cooking at the ArtWorks Chef’s Dinner to benefit accessible art programs, supporting my fellow industry leaders has always been important to me. Being able to participate in these events every year helps keep me grounded in my own life too. They are small, but powerful reminders to never take your success for granted. And in the midst of the DC humidity, I sit back and think about how grateful I am.

Jamie, Gina, Ruth
It was a blast participating with Gina & Ruth at James Beard Foundation’s Sunday Supper.

Hank’s Oyster Bar Hosts The Twisted Horn Pop-Up This July


Starting July 1st from 10PM to Close every Wednesday of the month, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Lounge in Dupont Circle will host The Twisted Horn Pop-Up in the Up Bar. The crew behind the latest venture just couldn’t wait any longer to start slinging craft drinks and small bites.

The pop-up will feature flavorful creations including the Louisiana Purchase, Cognac, Dry & Red Vermouth, Muddled Cucumber, Benedictine as well as variations of classics similar to the Saboteur Sling, a take on the Singapore Sling, using savory Jalapeno & Ramp Infused Gin to balance the sweetness of the original cocktail. Microlocal snacks such as Gordy’s Pickle Jar, alongside various cheeses and charcuterie from The Twisted Horn’s menu will also be available. Join us for a special preview of The Twisted Horn!

We’re Celebrating Catfish Day ALL WEEK LONG!

Spicy Catfish Sandwich


When we heard that June 25th was National Catfish Day, we thought we need more than just a day to celebrate the catfish…so we’re celebrating all week long.  For lunch, Hank’s Dupont is offering a Grilled Spicy Blue Catfish Sandwich with Arugula, Tomato & Old Bay French Fries, while Hank’s Old Town will let you choose between having your catfish fried or blackened!


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-Tu  11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
W-F  11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Sa 11am-4pm, 4pm-11pm
Su 11am-4pm, 4pm-10pm

The Eddy Bar Hours (Capitol Hill)
M-Th  11:30am-11pm
F 11:30am-12am
Sa  11am-12am
Su  11am-11pm

*Happy Hour Mon – Sat 4-7 pm with Drink Specials & $1.25 oysters – at our BAR ONLY*
*Half Price Raw Bar from 10pm-Close every night at our BAR ONLY – Select Oysters, Shrimp, Clams, Ceviche*


Dupont Circle DC

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

M-Tu  11:30am-3pm,  5:30pm-10pm
W-Th  11:30am-3pm,  5:30pm-11pm
F  11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Sa  11am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Su 11am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm

Lounge Hours (Dupont Circle only)
M-Th  5pm-1am
F  11:30am-2am
Sa  11am-2am
Su  11am-1am

*Happy Hour M-Fri 5-7 pm at the Bar with $1.25 oysters*
*Half Price Raw Bar from 10pm-12am every night at our BAR ONLY – Select Oysters, Shrimp, Clams, Ceviche*


Old Town VA

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

M-Th  11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
F  11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:30 pm-11:00 pm
Sa  11:00 am-11:00 pm
Su  11:00 am-10:00 pm

Bar Hours
M-Th 11:30 am-3:00 pm, 5:00 pm-12:00 am
F 11:30 am  – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sa 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Su 11:00 am – 12:00 am

*$1.25 Oysters will be offered at the bar Mon – Fri 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm*
**LATE NIGHT BAR MENU / 1/2 PRICE RAW BAR EVERY NIGHT 10 PM – 12 AM at our BAR ONLY – Select Oysters, Shrimp, Clams, Ceviche**

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. We have thoughtfully prepared several sample menu options that we hope will suit your special events. We would also be happy to sit down with you and help create a menu specific to your tastes.

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 Matthew Lebarron: