Hen Quarter - Alexandria

4.2
798 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Southern fare & Free Range Cocktails. Comfort dishes with a modern flare. Organic, farm-fresh, sustainable ingredients, made right!
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New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to this restaurant with a girlfriend that I had not seen in a few years. It was cute, quaint and the wait staff were fast and professional. The food was delicious!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that we ordered (fried pickles, delviled eggs, wings, chicken and waffles, belly pops and biscuits) was AMAZING! I’d order everything in one sitting all over again.

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DA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not sure if it was just the time we came here but overall I was not impressed in the least. While the restaurant has some nice ambiance and is decorated well the service and food were quite lacking. We arrived around 430p. There wasn't a single patron in the restaurant. You might expect to get paid attention to but that was not our experience. I ordered the fried chicken and for the price, it was just not worth it. Everything was overpriced that we ordered but it's Old Town so that may account for it as rent isn't cheap. As more of the dinner wait staff arrived we noted how well the new patrons were greeted. So it may just have been a case of our waiter being tired and at the end of his shift. Not my problem! I won't be back.

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JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The experience and food were disappointing. Food was lukewarm, service was slow urge point if non existent.

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CT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great place to have a variety of food! This was a birthday dinner for my mom and at the end of the night she was pleased, and we all were very pleased. They provided a birthday card, a gift certificate, and a wonderful cake to seal the deal. I couldn't have wanted anything better. Great thought!!

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HM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately I was hoping for a better experience here. My friends and I made a reservation for 3 at 7pm but they somehow messed it up and thought we were 7 people. No big deal, or so I thought. They sat us at a table for 4. While we got to chatting and realized 20 minutes had gone by without someone to greet us. I went and alerted a manager as a server was no where in sight. A server came by shortly after and we gave our food and drink order (wine). 25 minutes pass after giving our order and we still do not have water or our other drinks we ordered. By this time, it's almost and hour after we have sat down that we still do not have drinks or water. My friend goes to alert the manager again. He brings back biscuits and aplogizes for the wait. I inform him thank you for the gesture but I have a gluten allergy and asked if there was something else he could bring. He says to me "I'll see what I can do" and never returns. Water arrives shortly after along with our food but still no wine! The food was okay. I got a grilled chicken salad. I was just happy to have food and water. The server came back to apologize for the wait and took responsibility. It did seem they were short staffed so perhaps this was a management problem. However, the manager never came back to check on us. We received our check with no comps and left all agreeing we'd never be back. Sorry I don't have better news to share!

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P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. The food exceeded expectations.

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant. However we decided to meet friends there for lunch on a Saturday. A three hour drive for us to get the best fried chicken. When we arrived we were told there is only a brunch menu Saturday and Sunday. There is no mention of only the buffet brunch on the website. Disappointed we could not order from lunch menu.

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

Took a group of 6 for my daughter's birthday. The service was great, friendly but unobtrusive, even for the tendon the group. We all enjoyed the free range cocktails! I will definitely return on my next trip to Alexandria.

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RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food -awesome flavors but on the pricey side so be prepared to pay a little more for some southern goodness

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NY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food and friendly service in an attractive space!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We waited over 15 minutes from being seated to orders being taken. The restaurant was out of one of our appetizers. Then it took 30 minutes to know that one of the drinks could not be made because an ingredient was out of stock. I do not recommend this restaurant at all.

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w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was great and I had one of the best old fashioneds I have had in a long time. However, the service was extremely slow. I appreciated how friendly our waitress was, but it took twice as long as it should have been.

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TM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food always great, service could be better. Manager checked in and was helpful.

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CH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was varied and interesting and the food was good. There were some glitches in preparation/service (substitutions were missed, and thereafter the replacement dish was a little overcooked). The noise level was a bit high, despite the restaurant not being overly full. We were a large party, and there were a few delays, but overall, we were pleased with the experience.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome place, noise level was high, but that noise was due to live music, so that was rad. The buffet is definitely the way to go, items a la carte are pretty spendy. 15 Dollar bottomless Mimosas were great, though they were 25 cents a refill, so you decide for yourself on the bottomlessness of that. 15 for one, spendy but 16 for four? Much better.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent!!

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my first time enjoying the brunch buffet at Hen Quarter. The food was very good but there were some foods on the buffet not being replenished because I was informed that certain selections were completely out. I was disappointed that I did not get to try some of the selections but I am hoping that if I have the opportunity to visit again, this will not be the case. Also, the service was top notch and our waiter was very pleasant and had a wonderful sense of humor.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Service was amazing and our waiter Hannah was amazing! She was so accommodating to our extra request with our little one! We look forward to coming back soon!

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow and inattentive for lunch, but the food was decent. I prefer the Penn Quarter location. Our group had the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, BLT Wrap, and Cobb Salad, with the deviled eggs and blue crab hush puppies as appetizers. Nothing really stood out, but overall the food was decent.

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KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I doubt that it's always or usually this bad... but nonetheless it was extremely disappointing to have failures at every level on a special occasion for a party of 2:
Waited 5+ minutes at host stand before acknowledged, waited several minutes at table before receiving menus, could tell server was in the weeds (restaurant didn't appear overly busy though), 45 minutes for apps to arrive, entrees were ok but missing some items, server never came by to check on us after food arrived, didn't show up until we were done, he knew it was a disaster so they took the apps off our check and he just dropped it off without checking to see if we wanted desserts.
Very unfortunate and hopefully atypical.

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NY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and variety for the buffet. Will be a repeat customer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday celebration brunch for a disabled veteran!
Our first time there and an incredible experience!
Be prepared to climb stairs if seated upstairs.
Some of our party enjoyed the bottomless mimosas and some enjoyed freshly brewed iced tea! This is the place for brunch!!!

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M
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and atmosphere was perfect. We walked in and the hostess asked if we had a reservation, I said we did not. We had just found the restaurant on Open Table while driving in the area a few minutes before so we didn’t make a reservation. She told us they were not taking walk-ins even though the restaurant was almost empty. We walked out to the vestibule and made a reservation on the app and walked back in and we were seated.
We had the Sunday brunch and it was delicious. Our server was pleasant and attentive. We would go back but the hostess (or management) should handle the situation a bit better. When we left the restaurant was still only half full.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Waitress was a little strange and the omelette guy was rude. Food was delicious as always.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Good food!!
I would come back!
Great atmosphere!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good atmosphere. Somewhat expensive for a Sunday brunch. Your really paying for the location.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very tasty as always but the service was lacking, especially the hostess. It was obvious something was going on that we weren’t privy to. Her condescending manner was very off putting.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious! Amazing food and great service! It was a bit noisy so if you don’t mind that, it was great. As we were leaving I forgot my phone at the table and the waiter was looking for me in the restaurant to give it back. Nice experience!

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jorge was our server and he was the best! Buffet Brunch was surprisingly good as well!

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NR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’m sure this is in the case for every single day, but the waffles were a bit dry and underwhelming. The sausage was overcooked and also a bit dry. The wait staff were phenomenal. The bloody Mary was very good. But as far as the brunch buffet goes I probably wouldn’t recommend or get it again. Just my two cents.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was fantastic and made excellent food suggestions. The food and drinks were amazing as well. Overall, great experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Expensive for greasy fried chicken
It taste like the oil was dirty we had to wait 20 minutes cause they said were making it fresh to people 4 peices of chicken plus sdes was 70 dollar
We are locals this was more like a tourist trap but the waitress was great

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food Selection! The Food was tasty. Service was great.

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LS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The hostess had us sit and order at the bar because our reservation wouldn’t be available for awhile (couldn’t clarify on time). Immediately after we ordered our food she tried to take us to our seats. Confusing process especially when I arrived just shortly before our confirmed reservation. We ended up staying at the bar since the bar staff had already done 60% of the work required for our meal.

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TD
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I enjoy going here and this was the poorest service Ive had. The food is always delicious and is a decent value. It wont stop me from going again, but Im hoping for a different server.

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JS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried chicken in the world ever!!! We
Did the Sunday brunch and they have anything a person could ever desire!!

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JZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the chicken and waffles, it was rather tasty, I'd order it again. The spicy bloody mary (hen on fire, I think it was called) wasn't very spicy so if you are a true spice lover you'll need to add hot sauce. The guy playing live was great, that was a nice surprise.

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service food was amazing, will go back and have the buffet

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