Hank's Oyster Bar or Hook for dinner?
I dine solo at Hank's a lot---about once every month or so. I usually bring a book but the staff has been friendly and I get to sit at the table (don't feel like I'm being forced to the bar or a bad seating area, like some places make you do). I really like the food at Hank's.
That being said Hook is one of my favorite restaurants at the moment. I haven't dined there alone but I know they have a bar and a communal table which might be fun. The food there is incredible. You might also consider checking out the new restaurant owned by Barton Seaver (Hook's head chef) right next door called Tackle Box. It opened this past weekend and I haven't heard anything yet but the menu looks great. Similar New England seafood feel as Hank's.
Either way--report back :)
I did go to Hook and had a mixed response to it. I thought the food was great - had the beet salad and grilled shrimp - but the service was not up to the food. For example, I waited 15 minutes for the waitress to come and ask me if I wanted something to drink and she did not bring my glass until after my appetizer was served. Similarly, I didn't get any bread until I asked (the next table had the same experience with the bread). Then, when I told my waitress I wanted another glass of wine but wanted a different type of wine, she didn't come back for my order until after I had completed my meal. Obviously, I wasn't in the mood for another glass by that point.
I'm glad I went but will not return anytime soon. The Tackle Box, however, looked interesting and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I definitely prefer Hank's Oyster Bar to Hook. I like the food and atmosphere more. Hank's is Metro accessible. I hate parking in Gerogetown and dealing with the crowds. Also, Hook gets really noisy. (I know, I sound like an old fogey but it's annoying when you can't hear over the noise.)