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Little Hen
Little Hen

Little Hen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlehennc.com
  • Phone: (919) 363-0000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Saturday (lunch): 11am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, European, Organic
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This is a very creative restaurant with food prep. Menu is limited but everything is delicious. We have been three times and will return."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food. Only disappointment was placed next to table with kids."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Mediocre service, horrible desserts, best beet salad in town, and over priced."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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! "
    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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Farm fresh food, delightful service, quaint atmosphere all at it's finest."
    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 "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Another great dinner at Little Hen. They never fail to please. Their Way Out gin, pear and cucumber juice cocktail is delicious."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was probably the fourth time we have traveled to Little Hen from Hillsborough and it has been well worth the drive each time! Little Hen is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant because of the outstanding food, great service, and laid back atmosphere. Even though they were crowded on Mother's Day weekend, service was still attentive and the menu options were new and exciting. We enjoyed their Mexican Big Board for two but were tempted by many other menu choices. I highly recommend Little Hen."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed a tasty crudite' appetizer w rib meat and cheese then our separate entrees were the chicken n dumplings and the grilled swordfish w ragout. Dessert was the creme brûlée cheese cake and the decaf coffee was served in a french press. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Gave this little Gem a try with my bestie last week and it didn't disappoint. Wonderful signature cocktails and fresh salads. Flatbreads also looks amazing.. Homemade fresh pastas were as good as I've had in Italy. The Dessert was sinful> Ginger Creme Brulee Cheesecake!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The service was superb. The ambiance does not lend itself to an intimate dinner for two, it is a great place to spend a delightful evening with friends. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was great, our party of 4 enjoyed all appetizers, entrees and desserts. Curry sirloin kabob on flatbread was great. Restaurant is pleasantly decorated and service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Little Hen was just okay. It is great if you are looking for a nice meal close to home, Little Hen is your place!! Food is pretty good. Service is lacking!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We arrived and were seated promptly as per our reservation, and our server was very polite and attentive. The food was quite good, eggs benedict, pork hash and challah french toast were all very much enjoyed. I had hoped for a nice leisurely brunch, but instead it was rather quick and seemed rushed. Perhaps given the late hour, 2PM, they were trying to get people served and out the door. Not a major gripe, and I suppose had I said when we sat down that we were in no great rush that would have been accommodated. All in all pleased with the food yet again at Little Hen, service was very attentive. just would have liked to relax more. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The first time we dined at Little Hen we really enjoyed it. We were hoping for a repeat experience on "date night." The restaurant was busy but not at capacity. We were seated quickly enough and things went very slowly from there. The service was dismal. The server took 10+ minutes to come for our drink orders. She obviously didn't have enough experience in dealing with wine. Hint, if the diner's glass is empty, the bottle has wine and you are at the table, then pour the wine into the glass. After we finally got our entrees we were more than halfway finished before she stopped by to see if everything was ok. I appreciate what the chef is trying to do with local ingredients. Maybe he is trying too hard as the flavor combos were off."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was good but a Tad pricey. Our waitress was on the ball and working hard to satisfy all of her tables. Overall it was good I wouldn't recommend the braised rib appetizer because it was not cooked properly and the meat was very tough. Aside from that we are glad to have a restaurant like this right in Holly springs. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "With out of town "foodie" guests in tow, we enjoyed another fantastic meal at Little Hen. Highlights were several heavenly gnocchi dishes and one gigantic pork chop! From start to finish, not a single misstep! Love our neighborhood gem..."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is actually around the corner from our house. We had no idea how awesome the food would be! Quite possibly the best gourmet version of fried chicken ever. The pasta was fantastic too. Quaint southern charmful atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Many people have raved out the Little Hen, so on date night we made reservations and went for the first time. With all of the raving reviews we were a little surprised by the prices, especially for the appetizer. Just be prepared if you eat here -- you could spend the same amount of money on one meal than what we spend on grocery's for the week."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. For appetizers we had Charred Beets and Tuna tartar with mushrooms. The main dishes were Semolina Malloreddus and Goat Cheese Cavatelli. All dishes were excellent and well-presented."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My wife and I have introduced Little Hen to our friends and family, and we've never been disappointed in the food, service, or décor. The menu regularly changes, bringing variety every time we visit. If you support farm to table restaurants and enjoy high end southern cooking, this place is hard to beat."
    Dined on 3/31/2014