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The Black Hen Restaurant, Blacksburg, VA
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The Black Hen Restaurant

3.6
3.6
220 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
The Black Hen Restaurant offers a metropolitan dining experience in a small college town. While there are some classic dishes that are always available, the majority of our menu changes very frequently. We value the culinary diversity the global community has to offer while still maintaining heart strings tied to the South Eastern US and Appalachian offerings that surround us. We also offer a strong wine list and an often changing craft cocktail selections.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (540) 951-3000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Blacksburg

  • Cross street

    Between N Main St. & Draper Rd NW

  • Parking details

    There are several parking options in the area including two conveniently located public parking lots. One located on the corner of Draper Rd and Roanoke St at Kent Square Parking Garage and as well as the metered parking at the Farmers Market on Draper Rd. Metered parking is free after 5pm. Visit www.downtownblacksburg.com/parking.shtml

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Greater Roanoke

    Good for business meals

  • Greater Roanoke

    Neighborhood gem

  • Greater Roanoke

    Great for fine wines

  • Greater Roanoke

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food was pretty good, server was lovely.
  2. DC

    DonaldC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Salmon, pork chop and Boom Boom shrimp were excellent.
  3. NO

    NOVAFoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Something has changed since our last visit there, not as good as it was. Enjoyed our meal but it was uninspired. Presentation was pedestrian. I will wait and hear if it returns to form before returning or recommending.
  4. C

    Cutterwill

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Needs a thorough cleaning. The funny plant was a nice touch, though. 35 dollar pork chop was cooked like a 4 dollar burger with enough salt to numb your tongue. The lamb, however, was very good. Risotto not too shabby, either. All in all, the ambience did not meet the price point. Because of the lack of attention to detail, it's just a restaurant that aspires to be a fancy college night out for a student because it's pretentiously priced and completely underwhelming. Somebody needs to care about their store, again, because it could be fantastic.
  5. T

    Thumper

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We had a nice meal there for 4. It fills up quickly because it’s a small physical space but we’d definitely come again.
  6. JM

    JennyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the staff answered all our food questions. Food was delicious and would definitely go back again!
  7. JS

    JoeS

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    In the past, we have had great experiences here but was very underwhelmed by entrees.
  8. CB

    ChadB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat down to have a quiet business meal and it was outstanding to have dinner and conversation without crowd noise.
  9. EF

    EricF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great upscale option while visiting my daughter at VT.
  10. EA

    EAAD

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    We had an early evening seating. Upon our arrival we were told they were out of four items. That should’ve been the sign. When my husbands Old Fashion drink arrived, it was pathetic. The drink was served in an Old Fashion sized glass. 1/5th of the glass was served over crushed ice, and literally had two shot glasses full of the contents (bourbon and mixer). The garnish of the orange was literally the size of two small peas put together. That was sign number 2 that this was going to be a big disappointment. Our friends French Hen cocktail was served with a lemon twist that was the length of a dime. Our other friend was to have spinach served with their salmon and risotto, as described in the menu. There was no spinach. This meal was so disappointing. The ambiance of the interiors and lighting is bad, the noise is tremendous and the meal and drinks were very disappointing. On our way home we literally said “Well that’s our last meal at The Black Hen”. This restaurant used to be on point when Chef T was there. Not any longer.
  11. Z

    Zodd

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    They did not have many of the items on the menu. While the food was average, it was not worth the high prices. It was VERY LOUD!
  12. A

    Arbs

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Server was new so there were some minor issues, but she was wonderfully friendly and vivacious, and willing to learn. The boom boom shrimp was superb.
  13. TS

    TracyS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Over the years we have consistently had fantastic meals, drinks and service at Black Hen which made last nights outing feel very disappointing. While wait staff were very kind, they were stretched too thin. Drinks were warm (should have been served chill); meals were bland and tepid. Looking forward to a better experience in the future.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to eat in Blacksburg if you are looking for a fine dinning experience.
  15. BB

    BobbyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Patrons will either love or hate this establishment. The food was great, the service was prompt and friendly (water glasses were refilled once halfway empty, extension given for viewing menu but promptly returned, and accommodations were made for a gluten allergy very quickly) and the atmosphere was welcoming. The menu is limited in terms of variety, but they represent every type of protein (Duck, chicken, salmon, filet) and the wine menu was rather extensive. It’s worth noting that this restaurant is limited in size which means that the seating is definitely cozy. My date and I enjoyed the friendly banter with the table beside us, however, for more intimate dates/occasions this may not be the best venue for you. Definitely worth returning.
  16. KO

    KelleyO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very limited menu with little variety. It seems as if all the entrees have mostly the same sides. Paper napkins do not match the price that you will pay. We will not be returning.
  17. PS

    PatrickS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We did not have a positive experience. We will not return.
  18. RW

    RedWhiteAndChew

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another excellent meal at the Black Hen. A group of six of us, and everyone was exceptionally pleased with their choices: filet mignon, duck, salmon, and the lamb chops. All cooked as requested. Boom Boom Shrimp app was a favorite too. Chocolate cake hit the spot, as did the crème brulée special, but the biggest pleaser was definitely the Italian lemon cake. Very solid drinks out of the bar (Bar Blue) -- you can tell they really care about the cocktails and the wine selections. I haven't had a better meal in the Blacksburg area --and ranks with any top spots in C'Ville as well. Caring, attentive service rounds out the experience in the heart of the Virginia Tech campus area.
  19. JZ

    JamesZ

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was not great, salmon overcooked and filets undercooked. Service was slightly below average at best - no one working there seemed interested or excited to be there. The biggest thing is though is the price - you would think you were in Paris or Manhattan not Blacksburg Virginia. The price is exorbanent for what you get for your money.
  20. X

    Xxxxxxxc

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable dining experience : food and service was excellent
  21. TB

    TriedButFailedMiserably

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a terrible dining experience. The lamb chops ordered medium came to the table purple. On a second try, one was gray, one was mostly fat and the third was pink but tough. The salmon was grossly overcooked. The risotto tasted as though it came out of a box. The mashed potatoes were heavy and over salted. The Caesar salad would have been right at home at a buffet restaurant. The service was kind but staggeringly inept and unsophisticated. If entrees were $20, the Black Hen would be overpriced. At $40 and up, it is an insult to any diner. Please save yourself and never ever dine at this profoundly mediocre establishment. You have been warned!
  22. DE

    DaveE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Leah was the best! Filet was excellent, although very expensive at $45. The Manhattan drink was very good, but at $14, also very overpriced. Overall we were very pleased with the food and service.
  23. RB

    RobB

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overpriced and unoriginal.
  24. CK

    ClaireK

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Chicken breast was the size of a house and came out very fast for how big it was. It was ice cold in the middle…seems like food is cooked beforehand and then warmed up - but just a little. Steaks were not super warm either, but for what you are paying it also was pretty small portions. Drinks were good, but also for what you are paying could have been a little larger - small glassware filled up is still a small drink. Waitress was great.
  25. LS

    LesleyS

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & cocktails, and great service and atmosphere
  26. N

    Notafoodie

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was delightful and went above and beyond to accommodate my order which was prepared perfectly. The setting was small and relatively intimate in a casual way. I was dining solo and felt totally comfortable. Will definitely go back.
  27. JO

    JOHNC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Very small seating area w tables close together. Limited menu, and had run out of 2 of the 4 entrees by 7:45. Good service but pricey.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Our cocktails never came because they ran out of glasses. The issue wasn’t addressed with us until after the entree arrived (45 minutes later). The food was okay but the risotto was crunchy (not cooked through). Our server was apologetic but we were really disappointed compared to prior experiences.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The worst dining experience I have had in years.
  30. SW

    SteveW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst service ever experienced @ a restaurant….will never step foot in this establishment again. Did the ownership change hands? This owner/mgr was pathetic & non responsive when made aware of the service issues (45 mins for waters, drink order arrived after entrees that were serve 1.5 hrs in, apps/salads arrived @ the end of the meal along with some glasses of wine that we refused to drink after meal was finished)
  31. BO

    BrentO

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food and service were fair, likely would not return.
  32. E

    Explorer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    The atmosphere is cold in temperature and the chairs have a cafeteria feel… it’s not a fine dining experience as napkins were just that, disposable thin napkins (they weren’t cloth and there’s no table cloths on the tables). There was a fly that kept buzzing around our table and never left. The two beer selections we desired were not available and a couple of the items from the appetizer and entrée list were not available so we had to go with second choices. There were only three options for dressings and then later the waitress comes out to tell me there was no masonic so I had to choose an option that was not even given to me the first time a fourth option for a dressing. The water was pure tapwater and so chlorinated I could not drink it. There was no bread options at all. Ordered Alfredo and salmon both were overly heavy with butter and salty. I assume to make it taste somewhat better? For the price the food tasted cheap portions tiny and the overall experience just was not what we were hoping for. The hostess and waitress were both nice and I assume they are trying their best however the place appeared to be fully staffed but waitress was knowledgeable about the menu item availability etc. Also used the ladies restroom to discover there were absolutely no napkins to dry my hands….. Unfortunately for the price this place is not worth visiting in our opinion…….the salmon was $40 and the Alfredo $45 ….ridiculous!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and super nice server, I think his name was Ted. Will def go back!
  34. CF

    CharlesF

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Great service! Bar area open to kitchen because they kept curtains open. Kitchen kept area smokey. Manager turned lights up all the way so no ambience after server tried to make situation better. They called 3 times and had to put us in bar because over booked. Out of things on menu.
  35. R

    Ryan

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    The drinks and dessert were good as well as the vegetable side. However for 45 dollar lamb chops they were under seasoned and overcooked which is unacceptable for that price. The mashed potatoes were too salty and had too much rosemary. The entire dining room was smoky. Looking around every ones food was overcooked especially peoples chicken. Given the price of food and drinks the service and experience needs to be significantly better.
  36. s

    scottl

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Extremely disappointing from service to food level of quality. Do not be fooled by the website and other images. They certainly brand themselves as a 4 to 5 star dining experience with the prices to match but they have a long way to go. We were searching for a higher level of cuisine in Blacksburg and this is not the spot for that.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, we had a really good dining experience for Parent Weekend. Appetizers were quite good though the two salads we ordered lacked anything that ‘wowed’ us. They were tasty, but standard salads. Those that ate the Caesar salad said the dressing had a ranch-quality to it, but I did not try it so I can’t elaborate. The entrees received were all delicious. The two diners who ordered the seafood Alfredo were quite pleased and those that tasted it were also impressed with the flavor. We were disappointed that the restaurant had run out of filet mignon by the time of our 7 pm reservation, however. Drinks were fabulous and our server, Lauren, was wonderful.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    We dined here two years ago and it was fabulous. Unfortunately we found out too late it had changed hands and was not the same. One of the few restaurants in Blacksburg that takes reservations, and we were a party of six. Our waitress was lovely but could not answer basic menu questions. The restaurant seemed to be having problems with the kitchen fan as the dining room was smoky and stinging our eyes. The cheese board was cheddar and pepper jack, very basic and cold. I ordered three different bottles of wine and they were out. Biggest problem was the overuse of salt and pepper, on the chicken and vegetables. The new owner was quickly stopping at each table to ask how everything was. He was sweaty and rushed. I dislike being so negative, but a $415 bill deserves a warning to others.
  39. JV

    JoseV

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was very tasty. We had Blackened Salmon and Seafood Alfedo Pasta. Unfortunately, both my fiancee and I had upset stomachs that evening into the next morning. I thought they were a little overpriced. Would go again, but not for a while.
  40. CP

    CPHH

    Tabasco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We found the menu to be quite limited without much in the way of substitutions so my kids were not too happy but the food was quite tasty so as long as the menu looks good to you then it is worth checking out!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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The Black Hen Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 951-3000.

The Black Hen Restaurant is rated 3.6 stars by 220 OpenTable diners.

The Black Hen Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Black Hen Restaurant

126 Jackson St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between N Main St. & Draper Rd NW

  • Neighborhood

    Blacksburg

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    There are several parking options in the area including two conveniently located public parking lots. One located on the corner of Draper Rd and Roanoke St at Kent Square Parking Garage and as well as the metered parking at the Farmers Market on Draper Rd. Metered parking is free after 5pm. Visit www.downtownblacksburg.com/parking.shtml

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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