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Little Hen
Little Hen

Little Hen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littlehennc.com
  • Email: littlehennc@gmail.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
  • 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 WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "The Little Hen is a cute neighborhood dining venue. Overall my partner and I found the experience satisfactory. When you take the location into account with respect for other places within 10 minutes of driving, it is quite an excellent place for dinner. However, spend another 10 minutes (20 mins total) and you can find competition that blows the food and service out of the water. The cheese/meat and pairings app was excellent but the mains left something to be desired, a little bit too salty or overcooked. Overall, I'm willing to give it another shot or two before marking it off the places to go list."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our third and last trip to the Little Hen. While this is a cute small restaurant offering fresh food, it lacks in many ways. First, the waitress could not tell us the type's of Martinis offered, then I ordered one brand of Scotch and was brought a different, cheaper brand. When I told the waitress that I knew it was wrong, I heard her tell the bartender that I knew the taste of the scotch I drink and she then returned with the correct one. Error or ? The food was not good on this evening (served warm, not hot), the portions are small and the wait staff is not attentive. This was a Thursday night, not a busy night. So for the $$$ there are many other better places to dine in the Holly Springs/Cary/Apex/Raleigh area."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My wife and I split the Shrimp salad as a appetizer and got the Curry Chicken and Pork Chop as an entree. The food was good, but the Pork Chop was amazing. It was probably 2 inches thick and seasoned and cooked perfectly. Served topped with onions and apples and a side of beets. Well worth another trip back to Little Hen."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "A must try. It has become our favorite spot on Friday nights. The menu varies and gives you choices between beef, chicken, pork and fish. You can't go wrong with what you order because everything the chef cooks is divine. Each bite is a bit of heaven. The portions are large so if you want to try a few dishes I suggest you share."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "For all the servers to be so hustling and bustling with such a small restaurant seems ridiculous. The service is slow and poor although one waitress tried, but her attempt was unsuccessful. My husband ordered the special, which was hanger steak and shrimp and his came out looking like overcooked beef tips when he ordered it medium and it was $30. The neighboring diners food looked composed and sliced in an orderly fashion so one can only assume our order was forgotten. I ordered chicken and dumplings which was gnocchi that tasted of sour milk along with 3 tiny pieces of pulled chicken dark meat. Terrible experience with overpriced food! The only decent thing about this place are the handmade cocktails."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Little Hen in 2013 and had a great time -- service and food were excellent. However, in 2014 that has definitely changed. Although the apps and wine were very good, the service was mediocre and the main entrees were not cooked properly (risotto), and had 2x more waste than meat on them as well as being very tough (pork chop). We will not be heading back, as paying a premium for local food must include the food being worth the cost."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My guest and I went with average expectation and some trepidation since it was Valentine Day. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food AND by the service. We had an awesome server, Eddie, who was helpful, didn't rush us, very knowledgeable about the wine list and food menu and not at all hesitant to make recommendations. The food was very well prepared and had some interesting twists to combinations. Really looking forward to a return visit. Wish they were open for lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First impressions= rude/stressed-out hostess and a standoffish bartender. Ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and no one could find it. We ended up having to cancel the bottle order because we had finished the first course and the entrees had hit the table; and we still didn't have our wine. My husband and I ended up getting a glass each and the pours couldn't have been more than 4 oz. The food was fair, nothing to write home about. The arugula salad was overly salted, the celeriac and apple soup was boring and lacked any apple flavor at all. The gnocchi in the main course was actually quite good, but the sauce was plain and the oxtail was rubbery. Our server was sweet and tried his best with what he was working with."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was great. A very nice assortment of flavor with fresh ingredients. The service was less than desired. Our first choice for our entree was not available as they ran out of food and we had to choose our second option. The second option was amazing and we were very happy we choose the Little Hen for dinner. We look forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A family favorite! The food is fantastic, the service is wonderful, and the desserts are not to be missed!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We've been going to Little Hen since it opened. The food is always top notch and Regan, the chef/owner, always has some unique items that you just don't find at other places. The service on this last visit could have been a little quicker and more attentive, but they were slammed at 630 on a Friday night. It is an anomaly compared to the impeccable service that we normally experience. A definite keeper that we will continue to return to on a regular basis!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great meal at Little Hen. Our reservation was at 6:30 on a Friday night. It was a sparse crowd when we sat down but busy when we left. Lots of families early. We started with an Artisan cheese board. Local cheese. Very good. We enjoyed wine as well. I had a charred beet & turnip appetizer. It was really good...cooked just right and had a nice seasoning on it. My wife had the soup which was curried something or other (sorry). She loved it...I don't care for curry so it wasn't my thing. We both had blackened Mahi for our entree. It was fantastic. Perfect temperature and the white bean side dish was a perfect complement. We finished with a cheesecake dessert and coffee served in a french press. Outstanding."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This restaurant was excellent! The food was amazing! The perfect size. A Must Dine Place!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We live downtown Raleigh but had heard about this restaurant for years and decided to venture out to Holly Springs and try it. We were not disappointed and it delivered on food quality, service and creativity. As with most small farm to table the menus are limited but we enjoyed excellent bolognese, soups, grilled Caesar, curried chicken and finished the night off with a wonderful dessert and coffee from a French press ( French press is always a nice touch that is a lost art). The decor is a little tired and "country" for my taste but don't let that stop you from venturing away from the Raleigh scene to the burbs for a nice change of pace."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Our recent dinner at The Little Hen was outstanding. I would rank it the best food in the triangle. We have been several times and have never been disappointed with their innovative farm to table seasonal offerings. I highly recommend the Little Hen, especially those who miss Magnolia Grill."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Although it is a small restaurant, our server forgo(t?) us and we waited 30 minutes to place our order. However, their response upon complaint was excellent (apologies, comp wine and appetizer). The food was local, in-season, and superb quality. The beef was tender, grilled salad amazingly smoky and piquant, the duck was piping hot, and desserts...wow! Restaurant Week deals helped to off set the higher prices, but the overall quality will have us returning often."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Greatly enjoyed the $30 fixed price menu at Little Hen for restaurant week. Of many we considered, Little Hen offered the best menu in our opinion. All of the choices were from their usual menu and they didn't skimp on the portions. The sweet potato and carrot soup could have used a bit more seasoning but otherwise everything else was perfection. The grilled turnip and beet salad continues to be one of my favorites, earthy and charred just right. The main duck dish was the best we've had in many years and the steak for two was excellent. Desserts were also very good, especially the sawdust pie, but we were so full they were hard to enjoy. We are growing quite fond of our neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had been hearing great things about this place and we are so glad we finally tried it out."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We live right around the corner from this place. We decided to try it out during Restaurant Week. The decor is nice, but the food was odd-tasting. We ate the food because we were hungry, but we certainly did not enjoy it. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "My wife and I have frequented Little Hen for special occasions and just random dinners. Little Hen's food and service are always phenomenal. The menu always changes, I assume for what is in season, and it's always delicious. Also the portion sizes a great too. Little Hen is nice for special occasions but not too fancy. Just great local food and a relaxed environment."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Generous portions and our waitress was on point."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We dined on New Year's Eve, starting with a cheese and salami board; ordering it was a little confusing and it cost more than we expected, but it was the best part of the meal. I ordered a glass of their winter sangria at the bar, but it was horrible, diluted with water with little sangria taste. I asked the bartender why it was so watery and he took it back and did some adjustments but it was still watery and not like sangria I have had elsewhere. I had the Arugula and Winter Squash Salad Bleu Cheese, Pecans, with a Vinaigrette, and a shrimp dish. The salad dressing did not have a lot of flavor but the cheese and pecans were good in it, and I liked the shrimp but not the other parts of the dish. I wish they would publish a daily menu."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Son visiting, a foodie from LA, and he was very pleased. Enjoyed all the offerings and shared around the table. Service very attentive. Local owner is hands on with diners and staff showing commitment to customer satisfaction."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Very much enjoyed our dinner, especially not having to drive more than 10 min to get a good foodie meal! Potato leek soup and Beet and turnip salad were a good start. The various forms of gnocchi were interesting and the pasta dishes we had were delicious. Portions were plenty for the price. Only complaint was all the food was a touch under-seasoned and without salt or pepper on the table there was no way to correct without sending it back. We will definitely be back to our neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My friends and I drove 45 minutes to get to this restaurant. It was pricey for what we ordered. We had the brined pork and it was too salty for me and I love salt. I'm not sure we would make the drive to test out the restaurant again but we are happy we tried it at least once."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Ribeye was very nice, cooked to perfection with smoked onions that added a nice twist Salad with Winter Squash was a nice surprise, flavors and lightness that this diner did not expect. Desserts, good but very southern in nature, trended on the heavy side"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "From start to finish The Little Hen knows how to serve up a fine meal."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Our experience at Little Hen was not bad, but we won't return because it seemed very expensive for what you received. The decor is farm-centric and simple. It seemed clean and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive. We started with the 5-piece selection of cured meats and cheeses. I was disappointed in most of our available choices (pepperoni, salami, cheddar, gouda,etc.) The portions were very small and did not support the 20+ price. We each had one local draft beer, (4.95 ea.) and an entree. The ribs (4) were served with a warm bacon/potato salad. My swordfish was tender, served on cucumber in a white dressing. There were no other sides and the plates seemed bare. Overall, while tasty, this did not justify a $100.00 dinner for two."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Excellent food, well prepared. Service was a little off, the result of a seemingly under-prepared and slightly overwhelmed server, but otherwise a wonderful dinner. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Very nice staff and you can either say Wow or ok on the food. The appetizer was great, the entree was only fair and in my opinion not quite worth the price. However, it is only fair to say that this was our friends second time there and the first time was outstanding. So, it could have just been a bad night. Try it once and decide."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had sampled their food at Farm to Fork but never had the time to make the drive, our mistake. The food is great, true to their mission but infused with creativity and Regan's pretty amazing pasta. The small draft beer selection was great and also local. The wine list is amazing, lots of effort to provide less known but really good choices. The service we received was excellent, informative and attentive, Regan made the effort to answer our questions about preparation and technique. Coffee (also local roasted) was best French press I've had in a while. Only complaint (minor) is the noise level is pretty high when all tables are filled. Will be back!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The food is really awesome. Prices are a bit high but you are paying for quality not quanity . Shame they don't have a little more variety with a little better pricing . They would have a line out the door all of the time."
    Dined on 11/9/2013