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  1. Distance: 4.16mi
  2. Distance: 4.30mi
  3. Distance: 4.31mi
  4. Distance: 4.70mi
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  2. Distance: 4.30mi
  3. Distance: 4.31mi
  4. Distance: 4.70mi

About Permanently Closed - Little Hen

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

5160 Sunset Lake Rd
Apex, NC 27539
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, European, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - close
Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - close

Cross Street:
Holly Springs Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 363-0000

Website:
http://www.littlehennc.com/

Executive Chef:
Regan Stachler

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Little Hen - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (688)
Neighborhood Gem (635)
Special Occasion (425)
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Romantic (217)
Notable Wine List (211)
Good for Groups (172)
Hot Spot (77)
Great for Brunch (74)
Local Ingredients (41)
Kid-friendly (36)
Good for a Date (33)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Healthy (17)
Organic (17)
Casual (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Authentic (15)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (7)
Great Beer (7)
Fun (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The Grits and Shrimp are delicious, will order it again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Amazing food, drinks, and service!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on February 16, 2017

The Little Hen is outstanding. The best food in the Triangle.
We will definitely miss them.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We invited another couple to join us here for a special Valentine's Dinner. The entire dining experience was fabulous. Cheese board (local cheeses) was excellent. Appetizers were wonderful. Their signature pork chops for two were perfect.

The only things not quiet to expectations was one of the desserts (Mango Cake) that was somewhat dry (but the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta was great!), and the red wine we chose was disappointing (but that might just have been our palette).

We are so saddened to hear that The Little Hen is closing its doors for good after this Saturday evening (Feb. 18). Those who never experienced this superb restaurant missed a truly outstanding dining experience.

We hope they open in a new Little Hen location very soon.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We were looking forward to dining at Little Hen after reading reviews and menus. Once we got there we thought the menu selections weren't very good compared to what we had seen offered on menus in the past. It's a very short menu, I would have preferred a few more selections to choose from. The dishes we ordered were good, but not great. The beer was good. The dessert was disappointing considering they have a pastry chef. We won't try them again. For the money and all the hoopla, we expected a little better.

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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food3
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great pork chops.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Wish I had been here before. Great food, fresh menu, and enough variety. Excellent place to take friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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food4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2017

We had a great time and the foot was good. Always enjoy supporting local places.

Tags: Organic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The menu changes as it is farm to table but the pork chop is always there - it is amazing!!! Great food, great value and adorable setting

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I took my wife for a date night.
Positives: service was excellent. Very nice, on the ball.

Negatives: Took a long time to cook (we were the only ones there {5:00} reservation). Food was bland, small in portion size, we each tried the others food and agreed, lack of flavor. There was no salt or pepper on the tables. For the cost of the meal (not cheap), portion size was really small. The dessert was not worth the $9 price tag.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The food is farm to table so menu changes regularly. It is always fabulous. One of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Was excited for new cuisine. Menu was limited. Appetizers were less than impressive salami and cheese for 5 people. Not enough for 5 people, sliced a piece of bread and toasted it. Menu was pricey for the ambience. I expect a real napkin than a washcloth for an average of $30 for main menu. The ambiance is a farm to table so looks like antiquity farm equipment but for prices higher than normal at least add a votive to the table. I consider myself a foodie andceaten at all types of places around the world and would not recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food4
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

My wife and I frequent the Little Hen and have NEVER been disappointed. The food is great and the service is excellent! Great restaurant for any occasion!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Little Hen has been on my list of places to try for awhile, so when I saw it on Triangle Restaurant Week, I booked a reservation. We arrived early and started with drinks at the bar while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive. My champagne cocktail was refreshing and my husband enjoyed his Scotch ale. Our table was comfortable and we didn't feel like we were on top of the tables around us. There were a few additions to the menu we saw online, and they were excellent. Of everything we tried, the shrimp and grits, and the deconstructed s'more were our favorites, but everything was delicious!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

So sadtohear this restaurant is closed. Thierfoid is delicious!!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Food was good, however the service was lacking. Wouldn't drive from east wake count again. Too many other farm to table options in the area that overall are much better.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We decided to try Little Hen during restaurant week. We had heard so many good things we just had to see what the buzz was! Our meals were delicious! I had that fantastic pork chop and hubby had a pork shoulder/pasta dish. That pork chop was so big, I got 3 meals out of it. For apps we had the charred beets and the crostini with pimento cheese--both fantastic! For dessert, we had a deconstructed s'more and the ginger crusted cheesecake. The server, Brian, was very knowledgeable and attentive.
We will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2017

All of the dishes were delicious, the fresh baked bread was perfect as well. The pacing of the meals for triangle restaurant week was good in that it allowed you to digest and process each course before moving to the next one.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Very good food and the service was excellent. We went for restaurant week. We had a 3 course meal and everything was fresh and tasted great.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Fabulous food and cocktails so close to home! Love coming here whether for dinner with friends or just to grab a nice glass of wine with a simple charcuterrie board at the bar...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2017

When we walked in we were surprised by then open seating area. I was a little taken back at first, but after we were seated I couldn't hear the people in either side of us so the acoustics were great. Our waiter was very friendly and attentitive. The food was fantastic, the pork chop my wife ordered was unreal. Probably the best I have ever eaten. Highly recommended for a nice quiet dinner for 2. Will definitely be going back for dinner again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Meal was great, however tables are very close together and doesn't feel very private.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 23, 2017

My friend and I tried out Little Hen for my birthday dinner during Restaurant Week. It's not much to look at from the outside, but inside it's charming and has the "farm to table" feel that reflects their food. The service was good; our waitress was pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was fantastic - for Restaurant Week, they offered a $35 menu with appetizer, entrée, and dessert included. My appetizer was a pimento cheese "bruschetta" that far exceeded my expectations. Homemade pimento cheese on crostini topped with a slice of fresh tomato and thinly shaved jalepeno slice... don't let the jalepeno scare you off; there was just the barest touch of heat from it. The dish was DIVINE. My entrée was the milk-braised pork. It was good - the creamy sauce with celery and mushrooms and the homemade rigatoni all melded well. For dessert, I had the smores cheesecake. It was rich and chocolaty with a toasted marshmallow topping and crushed graham cracker crust - probably more chocolaty than your average smore but SO GOOD. I would definitely go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Little Hen continues to surprise and delight not only with their farm fresh creative entrées but also superb service. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2017

As always, the food is amazing from starters to deserts. We did the cheese/meat board, charred beets, chicken and a pasta. For desert, we have the bread pudding and french press coffee. The coffee is really good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We had a great server to start. Food was freshly prepared and excellent. The ambiance didn't do it for me but I understand the farm to table decor

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Clearly the chef starts with wonderful ingredients and is quite talented at preparation. Our meal was great, with the exception of the bread pudding, which was underwhelming (dry, lacking flavor and overpriced)! Service was mediocre, and sub par for the price level of the menu. Lastly, the mens restroom was filthy dirty....not what you want to see in an establishment where cleanliness is of great importance. This place is a gem waiting to be polished.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2016

We went as a party of 4 and enjoyed everything. Food was delicious. I could tell the food was all fresh and homemade.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Little Hen does not disappoint! The flavor combinations were amazing! We have been here in the past and my husband and I usually try food combinations that we normally don't have. What a gem for SW wake county!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2016

This is the second time I have been to The Little Hen. This time a friend and I were celebrating our December birthdays. We both liked that the restaurant allowed us to share appetizers and entrees because we are not big eaters. The service was very good and we loved the wine recommendation.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Try this restaurant for farm-to-table experience. The menu was comprised of 5 to 6 appetizers and 6 to 7 entrees. Our party of 4 with various food intolerances felt those were too few choices. The menu stated that any change to a menu item could incur additional charges so I didn't even feel comfortable ordering a salad with no onions. Our server was excellent and knowledgeable however we didn't see a lot of her. Thus, it took a long time to get drinks, appetizers, or entrées. The noise level made it difficult for even 4 people to have a clear conversation with each other. Some of the entrees were very good although some were small portions. There is an adequate wine list with a limited number of wines by the glass.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was great, my wife got the scallops and I had the Pork chop that was delicious, but they could do better with the ambience and the service. I mentioned in my reservation that we will be celebrating our anniversary but nothing came out of this, whereas in other restaurants will either congratulate you or give you an appetizer or a special desert (at Sullivan's we received a greeting card from the crew and chocolates). I am not saying that I want to get something for free, I am just comparing with how does good looks like for me.

Would go back for the food though but will not be in my top list.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Consistently the freshest and most innovative cuisine in the Triangle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Expensive Small pours of mediocre wines , roasted vegetable melange appetizer while tasty had no eye appeal and the hanger steak was way over seasoned with salt. The choice of offerings were slim uninspired comfort food . Overall this was a tiresome Farm to Table experience that runs generally on pretty high margins .

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Great food & service as always! The food is fresh and creatively prepared with local seasonal ingredients.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Organic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2016

My 1st time at The Red Hen, we drove in from North Raleigh and let me assure you....THE PORK CHOP IS WORTH THE DRIVE! I was left speechless...over a a Pork Chop. If you go, and you should, do not leave the restaurant without someone in your party ordering the pork chop. It is worth every penny! Cheers!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Overall, my first impression of Little Hen was a good one, and I will return. The food was very good, especially the goat cheese appetizer as well as the chicken parmesan. The only negatives are that the seating is very uncomfortable, and they really need to replace the floor in the bathroom.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Good cocktail and very nice meal from the small menu with very good service from our server, Amber. Always pleased with The Little Hen.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Don't expect a long list of items on the menu, but the menu is very well thought out with something to please everyone. It is not often that I can find something for a low-acid diet without making a special request or modification. I had more than one option, but I was assured that the chef would customize for dietary restrictions if needed. Great company was my favorite part of the evening, but Little Hen was the cherry on top.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Little gem in Apex/Holly Springs. Wonderful food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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