Welcome to Hank's Oyster Bar
Hank’s Oyster Bar, named after our chef and restaurateur’s father Hank Leeds, has been serving up the freshest and widest selection of East and West coast oysters, local coastal favorites, and New England beach fare classics to locals and visitors alike since 2005.
Come try our award winning raw bar options like the fully loaded Seafood Plateau or tuck into some fan favorite like our Maine style lobster roll, fried oyster po’boy, crab cake platter, and molasses braised short ribs. AND…don’t forget the oysters including the Salty Wolfe: our proprietary oyster grown in the lower Chesapeake Bay!
Chef and Restaurateur
Chef and Restaurateur
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. 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 third and largest oyster bar location, opened in October 2017. Following the successful opening of both Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hank’s Cocktail Bar, 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.”
Hank’s Oyster Bar also tops several “Best of” and “Local Favorites” lists for their Seafood Plateau, authentic Lobster Roll, crab cakes, and of course OYSTERS!