In May of 2005, chef and restaurateur Jamie Leeds opened the first Hank’s Oyster Bar. Located in Dupont Circle, patrons enjoy coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics while taking in the view of the neighborhood. Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle remains a destination for exceptional cuisine and warm service in a relaxed, yet elevated environment.
Owner and Chef
Owner and Chef
Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs and restaurateurs due to her wildly successful restaurants; her very active role in the community and her 30 plus years of inspiring culinary experience in New York and Washington, DC. In May 2005, she opened her first Hank’s Oyster Bar and began serving what she termed “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.
In 2007, Jamie opened her second Hank’s Oyster Bar on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Her third Oyster Bar opened in 2012 on Capitol Hill near Eastern Market. In the winter of 2016, Jamie opened Hank’s Cocktail Bar, the two-time winner of the Washington Blade’s “Best Craft Cocktails” award. Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Wharf, the fourth and largest oyster bar location, opened in October 2017. Following the successful opening of multiple concepts, Leeds formed the Jamie Leeds Restaurant Group.
Favorable reviews and positive community response earned Jamie Leeds the 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 and 2014, Hank’s won the coveted and publicly voted RAMMY for “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”. In 2012, Hank’s Oyster Bar was nominated again by Restaurant Association of Washington for “Best Casual Restaurant”. Most recently, in 2018, Jamie was nominated for another RAMMY for “Restaurateur of the Year.”
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Hank & Mitzi's
Hank & Mitzi’s is a come as you are neighborhood restaurant and bar celebrating the Joy that is regional Italian cuisine. OPENING EARLY 2020.
Events by Jamie Leeds
At Events by Jamie Leeds we work to create one of a kind events, celebrations, and gatherings for our clients and their guests. We invite you to sit back and let us turn your meal into a lasting memory. Now booking for Late Spring 2020.