Fat Hen Broadway East

4.7
186 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located near Tufts University, Assembly Row, and Partners HealthCare, the Fat Hen Broadway East menu focuses on elegant, concise Italian inspired dishes paired with a well cultivated wine list. The sophisticated atmosphere makes for an exceptional dining experience from beginning to end. We available for private dining.

Fat Hen Broadway East is Italian upscale dining, located on Broadway in East Somerville adjacent to its sister restaurant La Brasa.

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is possibly the best food and service that my wife and I have ever experienced. The restaurant is very small but the quality of food and the service are very, very, large. Every dish that we have tried ( this was our 2nd visit ) has been the most flavorful experience and we were remembered by the staff and treated like family, on our 2nd visit. Im feeling guilty writing this review, I would rather keep the Fat Hen a secret.

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BD
New England
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Italian cuisine with a twist. Delicious appetizers and pasta dishes dominate the small, mostly local ingredient menu. Solid cocktail and wine menus with respectable dessert options.

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SW
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was a great value especially with the quality of the dishes as well as the unique preparation...just excellent!!

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I wish I could give this place more than 5 stars. Everything was picture perfect. I love the idea of farm to table restaurants. Chef Brian truly understands the art of food. The food was DELICIOUS. When it arrived at our table, I didn’t want to eat it — that’s how beautiful it looked. I could have eaten their desserts all. day. long. Be sure to try Chef Brian’s salted caramel white chocolate squares — they’re divine. I’ll definitely be back!

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E
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my wife's birthday , also her sister's. All four of us had the tasting menu. The antipasto's were excellent. My wife had a particularly good Caesar salad, I had the fois gras. The terrine was delicious. We also chose the wine pairing and it was also exceptional. The ugni blanc sweet wine served with the terrine was superb. The gruner weltliner served with the salad was a good choice but my wife thought she had had superior gruner on other occasions. The pasta was exceptional, both the gnocci and the agnolotti. Both the reds served with excellent. We both had scallops for entree and they were superb and well matched with the verdicchio. My wife loves dark chocolate so she was a little disappointed with the dessert selections which were white chocolate and caramel based, she chose white chocolate semifreddo. But she loved the rose pineau that accompanied it. I had the caramel cremoso and an amari which were both superb. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. The room, which is small was comfortable and quiet. The bill was steep but worth every penny.

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D
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved every part of the experiece

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MR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was the first trip to the Fat Hen for my husband and I. The dining area is very small and quiet which we liked. The staff that served us did a wonderful job of being cheerful, attentive and informative about the menu options. We ordered the prix fixe option where for $55 a person you get to choose one item from 4 courses. Everything was creative and delicious and our visit to the Fat Hen was an enjoyable evening out.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb pasta is truly amazing. All of their food is so incredibly good, well worth the money.

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R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner out on a weekday evening. Made a reservation, very small place, warm despite huge windows, excellent background music, high ceilings, gracious staff. We both took the tasting menu with different dishes. All excellent. The "crudo" fish salad was a sparkling delight. All courses were inventive and well executed. Nicely portioned. Even the bread was superb execution.

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LL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fat Hen is our favorite restaurant. The chef’s tasting menu is the best we have had (and we have had quite a few). The food is spectacular. It never disappoints. The service is friendly and accommodating. We will be back.

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m
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Simply wonderful. We can’t wait to go back.

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T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was beautifully prepared and presented. Fish was very fresh, and nicely seasoned. However, the menu needs to be more descriptive and some the main dishes were a bit over seasoned, like the braised lamb and risotto dishes. In all, a pleasant dining experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

really small and we were seated at the same exact time as the couple next to us, so we felt like we sort of shared a meal with them, which was a little strange. Menu and style of meal is confusing (what you should order, what is actually in your meal, how much food is each piece, etc). Online it is described as Italian food, but that is a stretch. The food is interesting, calling it Italian seems flat out incorrect. Overall, a kind of strange experience and kind of felt uneducated because we weren't sure what these dining options were all about, when in reality the set up is confusing.

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HW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Waiter was extremely helpful in walking us through the menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the most delicious food we’ve ever had! Service was very personal and generous as well.

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JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent server, absolutely recommend it!

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the full tasting menu and our chef, Ryan, did an exquisite job both overall - and consideratly meeting our dietary restrictions. We'll be back for more!

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff of Fat Hen perfectly complements the amazing food. Chef Brian is a true creative - not just for the sake of visual beauty. The food is delicious and well thought out. Not only that, he sources ingredients with integrity and community in mind. Jake and Jamie make dining an absolute pleasure and wine pairs are carefully made by them - enhancing the food perfectly. There is no reason to order off the menu. Order the chef’s whim....trust me, you want Chef Brian to make your decisions with his beautiful food. Overall, Fat Hen is a warm and inviting experience where food is love!

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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fun restaurant

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience. Food is always memorable and of course delicious on so many levels. Cozy place, great service.

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SL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Sadly the risotto was over seasoned to the point it was inedible. Ceaser salad was marginal at best. Too much dressing, not enough flavor. Wish I could find something good to comment on. The server was really attentive.

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c
New England
52 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took a chance and won.

Decided to try a new restaurant and what a win. We went with the very affordable (for this type of restaurant) 4 course taste menu so we didn't have to make too many difficult decisions.

We started with the yummy smoked trout pate and the creamy smooth foie gras. Then onto gnocchi and lumache. While we are not pasta fans, and normally would have skipped this course, you wouldn't be disappointed if you only went for the pasta. Then onto a main of more trout and scallops with celeriac in many forms. The seafood was cooked to perfection and tiny tots of celeriac delighted me. Desert choices included biscotti and super smooth semifreddo.

Most dishes had both smooth and crunchy textures and also contrasting tastes--birch ice cream with the semifreddo, tart cherries with the lamb past--which kept things very interesting for the palate (although the tart cherries were perhaps a tad too harsh a contrasting flavor).

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, strong and tasty drinks, and excellent food!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Too dark!!! I Could not see the food...and some was served on black plates to boot.
Food was mediocre. Gnocchi was the only thing I liked.
Service was inattentive. Took 15 minutes to get our check, and when the server finally came back to our table, he brought the restaurant tablet (iPad). “Something is wrong with the internet connection” (so he said) I could not get a receipt or even see an itemized bill on the tablet. And when I asked to see the itemized, the server kind of rolled his eyes and said, “Well, I can just tell you the prices”. Sorry! I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being scammed! I was not impressed...at all. Very bad end to my birthday dinner. I do not recommend.

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VS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Not worth it

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WB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small venue, somehow attached to the much larger La Brasa next door, Fat Hen on Broadway East was at least as wonderful on our second visit as on the first. This time we gave ourselves over to the "Chef's Whim" option, which was generous, and we had one splendid course after the next, with a range of textures and flavors that were perfect for a winter night. The service was informal but attentive (and informative when describing the dishes we sampled). We left nothing on our plates and finished with the comfortable sense that we had eaten just enough, not too much, not too little.
A plus: we recently referred a friend, who got back to us with thanks for their delightful evening at Fat Hen.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem. The pasta is great (and very reasonably priced). The staff is fantastic and really make you feel welcome. Everyone seems to take pride in their work.

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E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went with friends on a weeknight. The complimentary bread and butter with olive oil was excellent. We ordered the arancini and pate for appetizers. Arancini was soft and creamy and pate was flavorful but too salty for my taste. The pasta selection was great, and I got the cherry lamb ragu pasta which was sweet and tasty but the pasta was a bit overcooked. My friend's clam risotto was good but also too salty and I'm afraid that the seafood menu in this restaurant is way saltier than the rest. The dessert was pretty and sophisticated. I might come back but wouldn't order seafood here.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable from the moment we arrived. When I made the reservation, I requested a table against the wall rather than in between other diners. As soon as we walked in they acknowledged that request without us saying anything and made it happen. We simply had to wait maybe ten minutes for the party to clear out, which we did while grabbing a drink at the connected bar at La Brasa from the super friendly bartender. You can bring your drinks from that side back to the Fat Hen (bonus!). We then embarked on the Chefs Whim tasting menu which was incredibly varied (hamachi, fois gras, pasta, steak, vegetables). The waiter was extremely attentive but never hovering. Dishes were presented beautifully and the staff very knowledgeable. I only docked one point on the food as the steak was tougher than we both expected. The pasta course was by far our favorite. The meal concluded with a bonus dessert round complete with a birthday candle as we were celebrating my bday (again, which I only mentioned in my notes while making the Resi). We look forward to celebrating many more special occasions here in the future. Their attention to detail all around is unsurpassed. The place is also so cozy and intimate. Very romantic.

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1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had our last dinner here before his deployment. We ordered the chefs whim and it was amazing! We have been to fat hen many times and it never disappoints us! Definitely our go to place in Somerville!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Wednesday evening we had an A+ dinner prepared, cooked and served by the chef 👨‍🍳 at Fat Hen.

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m
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and tasty preparations!

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TB
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but the place has no vibe. It was a little sad. The waiter was clueless and had too many tables.

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BJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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ZT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was just average, can't complain but for the price and hype, I expected more. The ambiance was lovely, and I like the intimate setting. Given the small size of the staff and menu, I expected our waiter to have more knowledge of the menu and to have a more elevated culinary experience. I wouldn't strongly recommend it, but I would consider giving this place another chance.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only criticism I can offer is that for a steak, you need a steak knife...otherwise this is a fabulous place to have a meal--especially with someone special

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WB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky to get a between-the-holidays seating for two a couple of hours before arriving. With no idea what to expect, we were delighted with a warm welcome, meticulous service comfortably provided, and superb food. Everything about the evening was unpretentious, everything met my highest standards. My only compunction about writing a rave review is fearing that my next reservation might be harder to get.

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KO
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for a celebratory dinner and both had the chef's tasting menu. It was fantastic. Thoughtfully crafted, carefully prepared, delicious food. The chef himself brought out each dish and described it to us personally, which was a nice touch - you could clearly see his love for the craft, and it was delightfully infectious.

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KB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian food i’ve had! The staff is extremely attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fat hen was an exceptional delight. As frequent travellers to Napa and Sonoma, our food and wine palate are pretty sophisticated. The wine and food pairing were perfect, the food fantastic, and the service over the top. The hidden gem is now one of our all time favorites.

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