Hen Quarter - Alexandria

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Southern fare & Free Range Cocktails. Comfort dishes with a modern flare. Organic, farm-fresh, sustainable ingredients, made right!
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Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food options for brunch but the buffet is expensive! $75 for brunch and we didn’t even have drinks. But the food was good and they had regular menu brunch options too so I would definitely go back and just order a regular meal rather than the buffet. Highly recommend upstairs seating. It has lots of windows seats to look out over King St.

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

This is my third time at Hen Quarter for their brunch service. Any dish featuring their fried chicken is delicious; I had the fried chicken cobb salad this time. It was very refreshing with just the right amount of chicken and dressing. Service was the worst though -- our waitress kept ignoring our table and it took forever just to be served water (before our order was even taken). She only came over once to check in on us, did not refill our waters even once, and took a full 20 minutes to bring us our check (we timed it). What should have been a leisurely one-hour brunch, turned into a two and a half hour layover. When we left, the hostess didn't even bother looking up from her phone, let alone thank us for our visit or wish us a good day. The food here is very good, but the service left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't we'll be coming back here again.

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L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good but the buffet is a little pricey. However you can always order from the menu.

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HO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hen Quarter has the best Sunday brunch in Northern VA. I highly recommend the food atmosphere and live music. Awesome

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails are soooo good! Specifically, the fried chicken with collard greens and potatoes is delicious. The biscuits are also very good. The maple old fashioned is an awesome drink. The ambiance on the first floor is pretty neat - there is a table across from the bar that is private and great for a party of 4 or 5 people. Will definitely go back!

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JO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fun southern food, cool space but the service is a bit slow. I’ll still go back for a soul food fix!!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Food is pretty good. Overall not worth it.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was awful.

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

Had a good time. Didn’t enjoy my dish (baked chicken half) as much as I did my friend’s dish. It was my birthday and I got a free dessert and a hand written birthday card that was so sweet and unexpected. There was another party that was super loud but not the restaurant’s fault. Will definitely go back.

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

Amazing food!

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GD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing Cat Fish, great Collard Greens and very friendly staff.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily our favorite restaurant in Old Town

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took a friend, visiting from Germany, to Hen Quarter to have a classic American brunch. If you've been to Europe, the breakfasts tend to be lighter fare. The Brunch Bar was everything it claimed to be; truly outstanding. We spent two hours there grazing and taking advantage of the bottomless Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys. If you're looking for a fabulous brunch on King Street with all the bells and whistles reserve a seat at Hen Quarter.

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was really excited about this place when I saw it pop up on my search but it ended up being just ok. Beautiful restaurant, service was a bit slow, everyone was nice and food left me a bit disappointed. I had the salmon dish - salmon was really good but succotash and spinach were salty and over cooked. I figured since it was a southern food type place, I should at least try the fried chicken and biscuits. I was really sad when the chicken came back super dry and under seasoned.

I would give this place a second chance and maybe go a bit later in the day. I went right at the start of service and sometimes things are always at there best yet.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 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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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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TA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
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 on March 18, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. The food exceeded expectations.

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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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VV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Brunch was very good. But suggest NOT going brunch if you want sizeable portions of some of their specialty entrees like catfish. i plan to return for dinner and/or lunch on a weekday. Overall food good. Restaurant is ACCESSIBLE but not what i consider ADA friendly.

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my latest experience at Hen Quarter! I sat at the bar and the service was great!

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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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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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