Hank’s Oyster Bar

Seafood in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

DC has several oyster bars, but mini-chain Hank's is our favorite, mixing power-player muscle with a casual, beachy ambience. As you'd expect, the oyster menu is extensive and excellent; there are always at least four varieties on hand, along with lobster rolls, fried clams and witty cocktails. It's best to reserve ahead.

Hank's pre-theater menu (three courses for $32, offered between 5:30pm and 6:30pm) earns big praise.