Hank's Pasta Bar
This is the Pasta relative of Hanks Seafood and just as tasty in it's pasta oriented versus seafood menu. The staff is very attentive, the place is cozy and located right on the edge of Old Town Alexandria. The food is best shared family style pasta where you can choose from 2, 3 or 4 items on a very creative and interesting pasta menu (there are other traditional Italian fare items as well, but we always choose the multiple pasta option). The food is well prepared and very tasty. Highly recommended.
REALLY good gluten-free pasta alternative in addition to their delicious handmade pastas!
Lisa was great!
While we appreciate the host warning us the kitchen was behind & our service would start a little late...I did not expect to wait 40min for starters, an additional 30 minutes for entree and not even a manager to stop by and keep us updated. I’m just happy my 2 year old made it through the dining experience unfazed otherwise we would’ve left.
Great meal, great service....wonderful way to end my week!!
Wonder how long they can stay in business....
It was as expected and as usual, good vibe and great atmosphere.
The grilled o octopus was really soft and delicious! The focaccia bread was moist and yummy. Rissoto was delicious too!
Hank’s is a neighborhood restaurant, food is ok a bit overpriced for what it is. We will not be back. Service was wonderful!
We enjoy the home made pasta. Everything fresh. The grilled octopus, the arugala, the antpasta, the desserts, coffee, & pasta are all divine. The entire staff is always pleasant and professional. All helpful. Brandon was our waiter this time & was fun.
Great pasta. Quiet location in North Old Town Alexandria.
We enjoyed the food and overall experience; however our waiter was overly attentive to the point of interrupting our conversation multiple times. It also felt very much like she was trying to upsell us on everything from drinks and apps to dessert. Some people may like that much attention but we found it distracting when we clearly on a date and trying to focus on each other. However the food was very good.
Delicious food, great server & still after so many years, a great experience! Shout-out to our server & the staff-my friend’s boyfriend disrupted our dinner, but they still made our time enjoyable. Yassssss Malfade!!
Excellent food in just the right amount; some “pasta” establishments’ stress quantity over quality. An outstanding customer service experience: we forgot to take the 1/2 sandwich that had been nicely packed for us. We returned in 5 minutes to find that the table was completely cleared and cleaned and the leftover already trashed. Without prompting Hank’s prepared a replacement and would not accept a payment for it. Can’t beat this attitude.
This is very good place for casual dining with dependable food and service. I eat here often and have never been disappointed. Sometimes every thing is not perfect. Last trip provides an example. My dining companion hasd salmon cooked on parchment with other seafood with it. The salmon was fine (we warmed it would be cooked through) but the mussels were shriveled nothingness they were so over cooked. No warning should cover the condition of the mussels. Will I go back yes. I had pasta that was excellent.
The host was very friendly and inviting. Had a reservation and was immediately seated. Others were waiting and I assume they had no reservations. The table was next to a window and the decor/seats/atmosphere were very good for our date. Cozy yet bright, casual yet elegant. Beatrice (idk to spell) was our seever and immediately came for our drink orders. Bread served only minutes later. Food only took about 15/20 minutes to come out and was perfectly portioned, display was appealing, and taste was phenomenal. My dish was a carbonara with cream sauce, grilled chicken, topped with bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. My partner ordered the lasagna and it was also delicious. Overal, very pleased and enjoyed it so very much.
Was really looking forward to a nice dinner at Hank’s. The food was okay at best. I ordered the clams with fettuccini and my boyfriends had the lemon shrimp
Pasta. My pasta had very little flavor with a handful of small clams. The lemon shrimp
pasta tasted like a cup of lemon juice was added to the dish. The meatballs were okay. For the price point of Hank’s and the quality, I will not be returning.
Had a wonderful dinner - outstanding grilled octopus, chopped salad, mezzaluna pasta and cannoli. We split all of them, and they were so gracious about it. Fabulous cocktail too. Only downside is that it is so loud - nothing to absorb the sound and lots of loud music - conversation can be quite difficult but food is great!
We had a great time! We sat at the bar and chatted with the bar tender. The salmon and the lamb were absolutely perfect. One of my best meals out this year.
Always liked Hank's Oyster Bar so decided to try this out. Lunch with two friends and we all enjoyed the food. The Pasta Primavera was fantastic. Our server was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Will definitely go back!
I sat outside at their cute seating area; however, the ambiance was ruined by the constant slamming of the glass door through which patrons were leaving and servers/busboys were coming in and out of at a fast rate. It seems like they should be able to fix the door noise easily and it would improve the outdoor ambiance GREATLY!
The bread & olive oil were kind of blah -- nothing to write home about.
Pasta primavera was good, but quite skimpy on the veggies -- and FULL of garlic :( The pasta itself was delicious. The mafalde was delicious -- very rich!
Hank’s lived up to and surpassed expectations!! Food was fantastic. Best pasta I’ve had and excellent service. The cheese/charcuterie board wasn’t the best value (the slivers of salami for 6$ seemed unreasonable) but otherwise phenomenal food and I’ll be going back for sure!!
We had the family style pasta. We had several people with different tastes but this worked well. Plenty of food without being ridiculous
We had company in town and wanted a reasonably priced nice dinner. The food is great and our server was very helpful! As a vegan, I ordered the primavera minus butter sub GF pasta. Everyone in our group enjoyed their food and cocktails!
The restaurant week menu was great! We tried the lamp chop, very good quality. The desert was right on point. Will come back again.
Delicious food, nice ambiance, friendly staff, and did I mention delicious food? My mouth is watering just thinking about the Italian Flag sandwich and my daughter’s choice Bucatini.
Great reservation process. Table was ready when we got there early. Service was slow but god was quality. Everyone enjoyed their food besides me. Sent back overlyblemon and herb linguine and shrimp for linguine and clams. 2nd dish came out fishy and way too soupy. Waitress spit checks for two people to pay and leave and had to wait to get the rest of the check which was weird.
Pasta was excellent.
Service very attentive
Noise level a little louder than I would prefer.
The food was terrible. We got a watermelon salad that was mushy and mostly the white parts of the rind. The spaghetti was extremely bland and there were very few entree options for vegetarians. We had a reservation for a party of 6 and they sat half of us on a couch--it was uncomfortable and made sitting at the table difficult. On top of everything, it was a rather expensive meal to basically have nothing good to eat. Do not recommend to anyone!
Had fun, food was delicious.
So delicious, great service, and kid friendly. We got the family style pasta with the antipasto platter, highly recommend!
Hank's pasta bar is our go to neighborhood restaurant. The food is always tasty and the portions are decent sizes. Servers are super friendly. Love the cocktails. They have the best flourless chocolate cake.
Excellent service, assisted with every question we had. Enjoyed the food. Will definitely come back.
My partner and I go to Hank's once a month or so. We tend to split a handful of things. The service is always good. The food is always predictably delicious and we feel like it's a great price for the quality. And the pasta?...so good every single time. Perfectly al dente!
They lost one of our parties meal orders
Came for an early Sunday dinner with my wife and 3 kids and it was terrific from the first step into the restaurant. Great welcome, food, service and ambience. If we didn’t live up in the NYC area, would dine here regularly!
Yummy 😋 and great service
Incredible service we loved it
Appetizer was great! Dinner was mediocre. Dessert was terrible! We got the key lime pie to share having had the same thing many times at Hank's Oyster Bar. It was really dry, cracked on top with the crust separated and laying separate from the filling. If I was having friends over for dinner I would never serve something that looked like this did. I could have gotten over how bad it looked if it had tasted good but the taste was a HUGE disappointment. Whoever made it went super heavy on the lime juice as that's all we could taste. I had one bite and pushed the rest away. Just not worth it...
Loud and difficult to understand waitstaff. Food was great, just not sure what we ordered or if we received what we ordered. However, the family loved the food.