March 09, 2011
10 Hayne St. (Downtown)
A rich, casual setting complements a varied menu. Voted Best Seafood by CP readers.
Hank’s combines old Charleston style with the bold flavors of contemporary sea-to-table dining. Waiters in white jackets and black ties serve historic local dishes like she-crab soup, curried shrimp in a coconut- and banana-laced sauce, and Seafood a la Wando, a blend of shrimp, scallops, and fish in a rich sherry cream. The “Fried” section of the menu features five different selections of heaping Southern seafood platters, all served with fried sweet potatoes and classic coleslaw. But there’s more than just substantial, crowd-pleasing favorites to be had. Chef Frank McMahon has some serious fine dining chops, and he keeps thing up-to-date with carefully prepared local fish, like grilled swordfish with fried okra and sauteed spinach in a sweet corn, leek, and ham hock bisque. Add it all up, and you’ve got flashy, big-ticket seafood dining that can please even the most sophisticated palate. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2014)
guy says... Terrific! Everything was fresh, well prepared and well presented. My meal consisted of Carolina Cup oysters on the half shell, stone crab claws, peel and eat shrimp, mussels in tomato/basil/garlic broth and the entre' special of the night, soft-shell crabs. Others at the table enjoyed ceviche, Belgian endive/arugula/blue-cheese/beet salad, baked grouper, pan seared sea scallops, curried shrimp. Attentive wait staff was very responsive to every request. A thoroughly good time was had by all; including a six year old who loved her popcorn shrimp. However, I was dismayed by the lack of fish varieties on the menu. Nothing but sure bets: salmon, tuna, grouper. How tiresome. I can get those in every respectable seafood restaurant in USA. ★★★★★
lena55 says... Convenient location just off N Market, pleasant atmosphere (nicely dressed adult crowd with no screaming children), attentive service, pretty good food (just maybe a little high$$$$), but overall pleased and will go back. ★★★★★
Gentle bee says... oh yeah--- top rating. ★★★★★
It's a classic seafood restaurant, modeled after Henry's, Charleston's original fine dining room. Dishes like Seafood a la Wando and Curried Shrimp bring history alive in your mouth, but Chef Frank McMahon can do modern preparations just as well (if not better). Keep an eye on the specials here, and have fun cracking open the critters piled high on the seafood tower.