Great food & a charming ambiance
When Hank’s Seafood Restaurant opened in 1999-with its selection of caught-that-day entrees, warm wood interior, and white dinner jacket wearing wait staff-Esquire named it one of America’s Best New Restaurants. Readers of the Charleston City Paper voted it Best Seafood Restaurant for eighteen consecutive years and flocked to the community table-the first of its kind in Charleston. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is located at the corner of Hayne and Church streets, near the Charleston City Market, in the heart of Charleston’s Famed Historic District.
the ultimate place to taste authentic Charleston flavors
A deep appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, is what makes Hank’s Seafood the ultimate place to taste authentic Charleston flavors and beloved Lowcountry recipes, including She Crab soup, fried shrimp, Charleston Oyster Stew, roasted grouper, shrimp & grits, Hank’s signature pan fried crab cakes, and towers of fresh seafood!
Housed in a turn-of-the-century warehouse that formerly housed the Garden & Gun Club, an outlandish disco that served as “the place to see and be seen” in the late 1970s and lent its name to the wildly popular Garden & Gun Southern lifestyle magazine, Hank’s Seafood Restaurant captures the convivial atmosphere that is central to Charleston’s beguiling character.
Bentel & Bentel, the award-winning New York based architectural firm with an extensive client list that includes Eleven Madison Park, Craft, The Modern at MOMA, Tabla, and Gramercy Tavern, among many others, worked with noted designer Amelia Handegan to create Hank’s Seafood Restaurant’s inviting atmosphere. Authentic details abound in Hank’s national historic landmark building, including mahogany frames, hand-blown leaded glass windows, pine plank floors, a zinc & copper raw bar, and antique tile.