Little Hen
Little Hen

Little Hen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlehennc.com/
  • Phone: 9193630000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Regan Stachler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holly Springs Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Little Hen
Little Hen is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Holly Springs. We serve Modern American cuisine in an upscale but casual setting. All of the items on our menu are primarily sourced from local farmers. We also carry a versatile range of NC beers, and offer uniquely distinct wines and signature cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Little Hen reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (38)romantic (21)notable wine list (14)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food. Appetizers were wonderful, but the entrees were outstanding. Simply loved it! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    CBBrew
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary with dinner here - everything was just perfect. Nice selection of wine and beers, interesting menu, attentive but not over bearing service.... Everything was great! Husband got the pork chop, which was huge and cooked perfectly. Very flavorful. I got the fresh catch which was amberjack - very yummy. Will not wait for a special occasion to dine there again!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, sub-par service.
    Steve
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I really did enjoy the food. They had a great, unique selection of food. We had three courses and were very please with our choices. Our service, however, was not so good. We saw several other tables seated and served after us. I had an ended up with an empty glass at least three times without an offer for a refill. It did not seem like such a busy night since our server was able to serve her other tables in a timely manner. I believe that we will try this place again because the food was so good, and assuming it was a fluke we were not served quicker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food- Home style & healthy!
    KeithB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I are new to the area, and we stumbled across this wonderful resteraunt. THe staff was friendly, the menu changes daily and the food is healthy, from all local farms and the area, and it was delicious! A casual dining atmosphere, great food , we will defintely be back to see what's new on the menu and if you like homemade pasta its a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best meal in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to LH a few time this year; our experience Saturday evening was the best yet. Two of us had the fresh pasta dish with shrimp that was absolutely stellar; I had the grilled tuna steak which was done perfectly. Salads also were top notch, as was the brownie dessert. Although this place is not getting as much hype as others, we have come to the conclusion that LH is one of the premier dining experiences in the RTP area. Lots of people are doing the farm to table thing these days, but no one s doing it this well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow Service
    notafoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was good though service was slow. We had 3 in our party for a girls night out and the server brought 2 of our cocktails out first then we had to wait probably 10 min. for the 3rd drink to be brought to our table. Ordered the sirloin which would have been excellent but it had way too much pepper on it. All I could taste was the pepper when I took a bite. My friend had the tuna which she said was way too salty. Another friend had the one of the pastas which she said was excellent. Had to ask for several things such as water refills, a steak knife to cut my steak, etc. Great ambiance for a date night and there is nothing like this in Holly Springs just hope the service improves. Less salt & pepper and the food would have been great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed review
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first visit and probably our last. The food quality and preparation varied. We loved the beet and pork crostino appetizers and my Tuna entree was fresh and expertly prepared but my wife's Pork Chop was huge and chewy because it was cut so thick. Our guests didn't like the pale ale selection or their Pasta & Chorizo entree as it was too spicy. When you pay $11 for a glass of average Chardonnay you expect at least a 6 oz serving. I doubt if we got more than a 4 oz serving. The worst offense was the waitress took our dirty appetizer silverware and laid them back on the table instead of replacing them with clean silverware. Overall, the quality isn't worth the high prices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Farm to table goodness
    smq0820
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really enjoyed our visit to Little Hen. My husband and I went on a Wednesday night. Pappardelle pasta was great and I had the "strawberry fields" cocktail that was refreshing and tasty (muddled strawberries, mint, vodka and champagne). Nice to have a restaurant of this calibur close to home. We will definately be back. My husband is not an adventerous eater so the menu was a bit complicated for his taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our third time at this restaurant. Each time we brought a new couple to join us. The food is always excellent and the wine list is very affordable. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Hen was NOT open as expected
    Carl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I booked a reservation through OpenTable for the Little Hen on Saturday, 16Aug2014. I wanted a late lunch, and the Little Hen's website indicated that they are open from 11A-2P for lunch. So I searched Open Table for the 2P time slot, and found that the latest lunch availability was 1:30PM. Close enough!! So I booked the 1:30 time slot for 4 people. About an hr before my reservation, I and my 3 guests piled in the car and drove from Hillsborough to Holly Springs. When we arrived at the Little Hen, the hours on the door indicated that they are NOT open for lunch. Grrrrrr. How could this be? Their website indicated that they are indeed open for lunch on Saturday, and Open Table even confirmed my reservation. Grade F for FAIL!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We'll return to Little Hen!
    love2cook
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food and service was fantastic. Very fresh and creative preparations. I had the chard beet appetizer - if you love beets, it's a must have. My companion had a cheese and salami sampler which was equally excellent. We shared the pork chop big board with a shrimp skewer. More than enough for two and perfectly seasoned. Save room for dessert! Delicious lemon brulee cheesecake and amazing chocolate cake with amaretto crust!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time; Last Meal
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I'd been following Little Hen on Twitter for several months. It was our last celebratory dinner before we welcome our first child into the world this week. We had the peach, chèvre toast app and pork & shrimp board for two entree ($55). The toast combo is tasty but I could taste gas/burnt flavor from the stove which overpowered everything else. He liked the burnt taste... The board had great flavors but was overpriced considering the humble ingredients - grits, corn, grilled peppers, 1 skewer of (30/40) shrimp, and 1 large pork chop; the sauces on the board were great but we left a little hungry still. Skip the carrot cake dessert and go for the chocolate cake. Great staff, great atmosphere, and the Cava wine - delish, We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 4 main courses and 2 pasta dishes
    Beenthere
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Call ahead to check menu for the day - before you show up to something you're not in the mood to eat. Items are expensive so you may want to ask about prices over the phone as well. One item was already sold out by 8pm. There are not kid friendly items but the food was good overall. The place is small so it's also helpful to make reservations. The staff was very friendly and helpful...great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Little Hen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always great food and great service! It is our "go to" restaurant when we want a nice dinner out alone or with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4SmartFood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the food was good and obviously fresh, it was not particularly outstanding or memorable. Service and friendliness of staff was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    NCLonghorn
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Appetizer menu didn't have much that was good for sharing, was mostly salads. We ordered the beet crostino and the beets were still a little raw, which didn't go well with the goat cheese. As an entree I ordered the fish, which while very tasty still had quite a few bones in it. It was also a very small portion for $28.00, especially as it only came with a side of cucumber salad and we were not served any bread. Overall great ideas and quality ingredients but poorly executed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent place
    terminalCase
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Small, cozy feeling. The decor is very interesting, makes me think of the Outer Banks for some reason. Very good food, very good wine selection. Fair beer selection, but you're certain to find something good. I had the Duck-Rabbit Double Bock and was not disappointed. The steak I had was excellent, and prepared to order; the garnish and glaze were superb, and filled with intense, unique, memorable flavor. I recommend for dessert the black pepper cheesecake. An odd concept, but very well-executed. Delicious, with a mild heat that gradually builds. Friendly, quick service. No complaint whatsoever. Good for special occasions. Would recommend to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of best restaurants in RTP area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have now been to Little Hen four times over the last few months. Every dish has been excellent and many have been outstanding. On Saturday I had the charred shrimp + tomato salad and the grilled wahoo special. My wife always goes for the charred beet salad; her entree was a shrimp pappardelle fra diavolo with homemade noodles that melt in your mouth. Closed with a delightful peach crisp. Hannah has been our server last two times and she was very helpful. The food here is just as good as, if not better than, the top restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is a very creative restaurant with food prep. Menu is limited but everything is delicious. We have been three times and will return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    MechEFoodE
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my wife and my first time at Little Hen, and we were very pleased. The menu apparently changes as much as weekly, to accommodate available ingredients (total farm to market restaurant). Had a artisan board (cheese and meat) to start off, then I had a shrimp and homemade pappardelle pasta in a spicy tomato sauce, which was excellent. My wife had homemade gnocchi which was also great, it also had pork in it in a great sauce. Also had some local beer, not a huge selection in that area, but they rotate the beers as well. Had a great double bock. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuvLocal
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great food, wonderful and classy restaurant for Holly Springs. Only issue is that we were seated first in the restaurant as we had early reservations. As others came in, the hostess seated another couple right next to our table when there were plenty of other tables, including one on the other side of the table they were seated at. Need to space out diners better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    5stardiner
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We found Little Hen on a top lists of new restaurants and after eating there once, we know why. The food is absolutely fabulous. Little Hen is a neighborhood gem. The decor is modern rustic and very comfortable. You will want to relax with a glass of wine while enjoying an appetizer orctheircfamous cheese tray. There hasn't been a meal yet that we do not rave about and we have eaten here over a dozen times. If you have a sweet tooth, the desserts are worth every extra calorie. And I must give a shout out to Ed , Amber and Sam who are the perfect waiters/ waitresses. They add to your special evening out. You must try this restaurant perhaps it will become your favorite ad it has become ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the money
    lucylu
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Ordered pork chop which was very salty and grilled tuna which was bland. Dessert was carrot cake and the chef mistakenly used salt instead of ssaga for the whip cream. For what they chargeI was very disappointed. Will not return.
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  • Great birthday dinner!
    Fordfixer
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a birthday dinner for my wife at Little Hen. There were 5 of us, they seated us promptly and quickly got drinks for us. The food as always at Little Hen was amazing. We like it because the menu changes frequently which keeps it interesting. The food is always fresh and cooked to perfection. For the birthday dinner the pastry chef made a carrot cake just for our occasion. Easily one of the best cakes we have ever had! Thanks to Little Hen for making this birthday one to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seating
    M2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great food. Only disappointment was placed next to table with kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coconut Cake
    MegD
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Little Hen always has amazing food but be sure to save room for dessert! Sam, the pastry chef is very talented. The coconut cake with creme anglaise and caramel was out of this world! It was one of the best desserts I have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food: 8, Service 3:
    mememeVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I decided to try the Little Hen for her birthday. The food was good, from appetizer to main course. However, our server did not even come to our table for almost 15 minutes after we were first seated. She never told us about any specials. Our water glasses were empty for a while during the meal. And it took a long time for her to process the bill. We were disappointed and will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    MegD
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Everything at Little Hen is always great! The service is good, the food is great and the desserts are outstanding. We always end up loving everything we order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome as always!
    KTurtle
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I've never had a bad meal/ experience at the Little Hen. The food and service once again did not disappoint. The menu changes depending on seasonal availability, but I would always highly recommend the "board for 2" entree. Enough food for 2-3 people to share, good variety, always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    hesaidshesaidVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Mediocre service, horrible desserts, best beet salad in town, and over priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fresh food & service
    Karkel
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Regan & staff at Little Hen always make our meal memorable, I love the farm to table concept that gives us special flavors of each season wrapped with a creative flair!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Farm To Table
    BurtVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was our first visit to this restaurant and it was during Triangle Restaurant Week. This allowed us to partake of a special three-course menu which was excellent for the $30 cost. Service was excellent for our visit. We had specialty cocktails which were very good. Overall great dining in a very casual setting. This is certainly not a dress-up place for a romantic evening. However, the overall dining experience of a farm to restaurant dining is superb and I would highly recommend for such an occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Meal!!
    Foody1VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We had a very good experience at Little Hen during Triangle Restaurant Week. The food selections were fantastic. My husband had the pasta and I had the shrimp kabobs and they were all very tasty and fresh. We shared entrees and desserts. Little Hen is a great place and neighborhood find. the service was just ok though. We were ignored for a significant time until I finally got up and asked at the bar if we could please be served. The service got better then and we had an overall Great time. We will be back! Wish every week was Triangle Restaurant week!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We went during restaurant week and were amazed by all of the wonderful options. The food was delicious and we can't wait to go back for more delicious local flavors. Best goat cheese I have ever had and worth the drive down to Holly Springs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amanda
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Fantastic food and great service. We went for triangle restaurant week because it is on the expensive side but the food was well worth it. We'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies
    DonnaM
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My husband and I dined at Little Hen for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we did not realize that it was Triangle Restaurant week. Little Hen was quite busy! Service was slightly slow but understandable due to the crowded restaurant. The food was amazing - fresh and uniquely prepared. Our server, Ed, was very friendly and stayed on top of things. I can't wait to go back when it's not restaurant week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Local Find
    KendraVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had the most wonderful experience at Little Hen during restaurant week, great wine list, great local food used that was fresh. You can tell everything that was prepared was prepared with care and attention. The beet salad with a fried ball of goat cheese was creative and was a perfect match pairing that made your mouth water for more, more and more ! I have to recommend the Pork Chop for two, it was moist, juicy and seasoned perfectly and the polenta grits outstanding! Planning another visit soon can wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met all expectations
    myPeak
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My husband and I have been wanting to go to Little Hen for quite some time - we follow them on facebook and they always have some tasty looking dishes! We loved the decor, service, etc.. It was a smaller restaurant but they made good use of the space. Our only complaint was that the table set up was not our favorite. We love privacy and unless you had a large table (6 people), you would be sitting at a "shared booth" setup. (the tables where one side shares a communal booth and the other side of the table are 1-2 chairs... you are in very close proximity to your neighbor!) Outside of that, the food was outstanding, the portion sizes were very decent and we really enjoyed their drink specials!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 254 reviews are from the Little Hen reviews archive.
  • Outstanding!
    kgjgVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Farm fresh food, delightful service, quaint atmosphere all at it's finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    calviking123
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Sexy food at its best... The pork chop was amazing. I wish I had two stomachs that evening. Great food and. Awesome service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.