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The Black Hen Restaurant, Blacksburg, VA

The Black Hen Restaurant

3.8
3.8
314 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

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, International, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–1:30 am
  • 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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What 314 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Good for business meals

  • Greater Roanoke

    Good for business meals

  • Greater Roanoke

    Healthy

  • Greater Roanoke

    Neighborhood gem

  • Greater Roanoke

    Good for special occasions

314 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is such a lovely place to dine. We are new to the area and this is by far one of our favorite places now. The staff truly make you feel so welcomed and the food was amazing! I highly recommend the spinach and artichoke dip, Caesar salad and the Heritage Pork chop. Delicious and perfect portions.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Aiden was amazing!! Super knowledgeable and attentive!! We loved our dinner !

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  3. PhancyEats

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I had a great experience with the food and the ambience being excellent. But the real highlight of our dinner was our server Camille. She had a great attitude throughout the whole dinner and was incredibly well versed with all menu items. The service she provided was quick and she was always available to answer our questions or handle any requests from the table.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was an okay dining experience. The waitress was very inexperienced, had to ask for forks/knives, small plates when appetizers came, etc. Drinks took forever. They were out of several things. Two ordered appetizers never came but were charged anyway. She was nice and it wasn’t a bad experience but for the price, I had higher expectations.

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  5. kentv

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    One adorable waiter trying to serve everyone and make drinks. No one else helping him. The food was cold and not very appetizing….small room with many tables. Noise from large (drunk) party near us overwhelmed the room.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and drinks. Very high price point for Blacksburg in my opinion, higher than Richmond. There was only 1 waitress who was lovely, but the service was quite slow. My second martini was made in a shaker that a Manhattan had been made in and not cleaned out - I could taste it- not the worst mistake, but it took so long for the waitress to come back for me to ask for a replacement we had finished our meal. It was taken off the bill. Saved me a headache I guess . Everything else was lovely.

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  7. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good. Location and vibe are great. Service can best be described as inattentive, forgetful and almost unaware of menu and kitchen details. Probably a training issue for management.

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  8. LisaM

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding dinner. The food was the best we have had in Blacksburg. We will definitely return in the future.

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  9. RobertJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Limited menu and they were out of several items we tried to order. Very overpriced and not very good service for the cost of the meal.

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  10. MelinaH

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    2/17/24: While the food and the atmosphere was very nice, my overall impression was just middle of the scale. It's a lovely space, not too loud and the food was tasty and presented nicely and what I would expect from a nicer restaurant at that level and price point. However, the service was extremely rushed. One diner at our table was finished with their salad, while the other (me) was still working on theirs when the server arrived with our entrees. The service should have been to clear the first course plates when BOTH were finished and then to bring the entrees. At the same time, our server had not only our dinner plates in their hands doing the trade off with dinner plates and salad plates, but they also had the water pitcher cradled in the elbow of one arm. Quite the feat to be sure, but not to the standard of the restaurant. During the entree course, one diner finished before the other, again, and their plate was cleared while the other (me, again) finished their meal. This is not to standard in finer dining, like what I expected when I reserved at the Black Hen. The standard is that no plates are cleared until all diners are finished with them. It makes the other diner feel rushed, which it most certainly did last night. My reservation was early to avoid the mad rush of a later dinner crowd so I was not impressed or happy to be rushed out of the restaurant. We would have ordered dessert if not for this lapse in service. Perhaps some training would be in order for proper service for this price point. I'm from NY, these were NY prices at a lower service standard. This said, I would still recommend the Black Hen to a friend but with these qualifiers so they can make an informed decision.

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  11. SusanO

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very cute place and had high hopes . The food was not good at all . Very expensive and not worth it . Unfortunately will not go back again

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  12. SuzanneW

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was excellent & attentive in every way. However, the filet was chewy & snapper was overcooked/dry. Ate here years ago & the food was delicious—but not this time. Hopefully, they can rebound to the way they used to prepare their entrées.

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  13. GingerH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive but nice, quaint and small restaurant. Service was friendly and fast. Good for a special occasion. All of our dishes were good and we got 4 different entrees. I liked the chocolate cake for dessert but the kids and hubby liked the red velvet strawberry cheesecake.

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  14. PamK

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The lamb and filet were fantastic as were the oven roasted vegetables were great. Unfortunately, the broccoli was still cold! We went at 6pm and by 730 it was very noisy and very busy. We will return but start earlier. Service was very good.

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  15. Annie

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Crab cakes were succulent and subtly seasoned. Hearts of Palm was beautifully prepared. Sauces were perfect match to their "owners".

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  16. EddG

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I have the same birthday, so we decided we would celebrate with a trip to Blacksburg to see the Lady Hokies play basketball, and of course with the hopes of a nice dinner at The Black Hen Restaurant. We couldn't have asked for a better experience! The food was simply outstanding, so we would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys quality fare!

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  17. JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but nothing to write home about. Had caesar salad and crabcakes. For the price it seemed a little high.

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  18. DavidB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We used to love this spot but the last 2 times we've been disappointed. I think our server must have been new. She was very confused about the menu and orders. Our meals were not up to the typical high standard. One meal was missing one of the sides - not available. Ceasar salad - boring. Oysters Rockefeller with no spinach, garlic, or parm. The problem may have been that they were trying to get rid of the food from the special Valentine menu. We were there on Feb 15 and could not order from the regular menu. Would be hard to recommend when there are so many good places to eat.

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  19. FrequentCustomer

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The ventilation needs to be improved so that you don't leave the restaurant with the hair and clothing smell like leaving a cheap Chinese restaurant. The Black Hen is supposed to be an upscale restaurant.

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  20. TiashaK

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was extremely slow and cold when it came out. They didn’t have many items from the menu.

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  21. justinb

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good experience at teh Black Hen. The food is coming back around and will still say that it is one of teh better resturants in Blacksburg to have a nice meal at.

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  22. SusanS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good cocktails and food. Nice restaurant that is a little more sophisticated than most college joints. Pasta dishes were nice.

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  23. Stauntonite

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thought the food would be better given the price. Also...."roasted" broccoli should be roasted not steamed. Quality of ingredients seemed fine overall. Presentation was fine. Ben, the server, was fantastic.

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  24. RichardR

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Blacksburg has a gourmet restaurant! There were 4 of us and each had a different menu item. The walnut-cranberry salad was big enough to share. Everything came out at the same time and cooked perfectly. The seafood pasta Alfredo was amazing. I usually don't order Alfredo sauce but this was al dente pasta with a light coating (easy to digest) with lots of shrimp and scallops. My partner had the seafood ravioli which I was eyeing for a taste and she wouldn't share! Pace was good and not noisy. The room was recently painted and overall the atmosphere was excellent.

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  25. madisonr

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first experience at the black and was amazing however, this past time we weren’t so impressed. We got the fried cauliflower as an appetizer, picturing like cauliflower fried in a pan however, it was deep fried, and it just felt below the normal quality of the black hen. But maybe I should have asked them to clarify!

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  26. KBuzz

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We were one of the first reservations of the day and were walked through the empty restaurant and seated in an enclosed outdoor area which was not very warm. Our server explained that one of the heaters had run out of propane which explained why the temperature in the room was still so cold. He moved another heater nearer to us and that did somewhat improve the temperature. Drinks were slow to arrive (despite being one of the first group of diners there). Appetizer (shrimp) was good. Our son's filet was definitely a lesser quality of meat and was overcooked. Our server was apologetic but basically asked if we could "live with it" as opposed to fixing the situation. Pasta meals were adequate. Overall, not a great experience for the money.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food! The sweet chili shrimp are always on-point

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  28. LouisM

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful seared tuna, wine, and creme brulee. I need to go back here soon!

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  29. FoodieandDrinker

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We really wanted to like this restaurant and were excited to finally try it out. Sadly, this restaurant missed the mark for us. The food was average and overpriced for what it was. The service was very slow. The restaurant is small so I am not sure why it took so long for the small plates and entrees to come out. And they were out of the wine we wanted. Overall, not the best experience.

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  30. Hokiebird

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The filet mignon was burnt. While the staff was friendly and they comped the meal the food was terrible.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was understaffed, our order was messed up, the food was mediocre at best, and for the price was completely not worth it. The server we had was great; you could tell there was nothing they could do about the staffing.

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  32. LenB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For fine casual dining we think this is the best restaurant in Blacksburg

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  33. Chris

    Omaha

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I got the salmon and my wife got the special: fried chicken. Both were prepared well and tasty. I am pretty low maintenance, but it was an awfully long time between visits from our server, and the other servers didn't bother checking either. The restaurant was pretty busy. Overall, though we enjoyed it however and would recommend and go again.

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  34. DRJohn

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    This has been a great restaurant in the past. Unfortunately, our current visit was plagued with gnats, and I’m sure other guests wondered what was going on as we battled them throughout dinner. I did not see other tables with the same affliction, so it may have just been our location near the door. As for the food, it was hit or miss. Fried Cauliflower was great and most of our entrees were well prepared, however the lamb chops were cut very thin and my medium rare lamb chop ranged from well done to done

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  35. Kristen

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious eggplant dish. Filet was wonderful. Desserts - tuxedo cake and chocolate chip) were delicious.

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  36. DebbieH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food and attentive staff!

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  37. UESider

    New York City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place in the middle of town. Food, service & drinks were excellent. They also took great care of our diner with severe dairy & sesame allergies. Will be back!

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  38. Papa

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    10/12/23 ... made a reservation 2 months prior. When asked if a special occasion ... visiting grandson and celebrating his birthday. Bullet points will be easier. - seated on the semi-enclosed outside, zero ambience, noisy patio - metal table & hard metal strap chairs - Nice kid serving, but fairly inexperienced - Ceasar Salad (Ken's Dressing) - Lamb Chops ... total fat & maybe one clean bite per chop - Filet - very fair - Shrimp Alfredo (Grandson liked it) - no acknowledgement of his birthday ... why even ask? - zero alcohol ... one side of fries ... $180 Here's the biggest issue: Two months notice, grandparents (elderly), a special occasion ... why place us in the overflow, non-intimate portion of the restaurant. My wife knew I was fuming inside, and requested that I let it go. I did and this review is my vent. I had Googled ... the best restaurant in Blacksburg, VA ... this does not rank ... sorry. Perhaps we should have been consuming alcohol to have painted over our experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Pork chop was very over cooked even though I told them Med Rare. They were very that night & did offer to make another but I didn't want to bother them about it. My partner ofrdered Lamb chops as stated on menu but they actually served a few pieces off a small rack of lamb. A bit misleading. Staff were young college kids who were very nice but extremely slow service.

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  40. Disappointed

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Really disappointing, the food was bland and uninspired with the exception of the shrimp appetizer. Service was really far below what would be expected at an upscale restaurant. One example_ bizarrely, after we ordered a second round of drinks, our server requested that we down the remainder of our drinks immediately so that he could take the glasses. When one member of the party objected, he left that glass on the table for the remainder of the meal despite clearing other glasses and plates. Entrees were served separately with long lags that caused food to grow cold while we waited to start until everyone received their food. One side didn't arrive until we were done. To top all that off, when the server asked how everything was and was given very mild feedback about the entree quality, he turned and left without comment. He remained missing; a member of the party finally asked the maitre d' to bring the check. Poor service could be forgiven if the food was better honestly. Unfortunately, our experience echoes warnings we'd received from other B'burg residents. We were excited to try the Black Hen again but won't be going back...

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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 3.8 stars by 314 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.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–3:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Thu–Sat 10:00 pm–1:30 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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