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The Blue Hen

4.7
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138 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to The Blue Hen! We are walk-in only May-September.

We are open for brunch on select holiday weekends. Our brunch is a buffet for $35 per person. Please call for information.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 138 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Trish
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Blue Hen. We had lobster toast (best ever!) and deviled eggs to start. Wedge salad was fine. Lamp chops, steak and scallops all delicious. Mac and cheese was flavorless but everything else was fantastic.

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vipBillyBoy
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing and I think about the Passionfruit Cheesecake everyday. Heather helped us choose some amazing wines to accompany our dinners and the desserts. However, we worry about getting a reservation in the future, so truth be told, it's horrible, don't bother, go elsewhere!

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Laura
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Our table was touching the waiters cutlery stand and very close to the next table. The noise level of the diners was loud....Maybe due to ceiling height? Not sure.
The worst part of our experience was the loud music in the dining area along with the noise of the crowd. It made for a less that great nice dining experience. The best part was the food, which was very good.
We would not return, since there are many other great dining choices in Rehoboth.

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HaroldR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great , service was great. Bar area is loud but acceptable.

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vipLanceH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First impressions are everything, and they understand that. Presentation was incredible, charcuterie board excellent, and the duck, awesome. My wife got the fried chicken, absolutely amazing. Very unexpected, but a true delight.

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vipPetitchose
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We wanted to love it - as we had fallen in love with the Blue Hen eating small plates in their courtyard last fall. But unfortunately the cooking was a bit off. The grilled carrots were still crunchy, the haloumi cheese was not melted; the crostini on the smorgasbord platter tasted burnt. But the grilled oysters were delish, as was the banana pudding for dessert. And our waiter was terrific.

Lovely place, interesting menu. We’ll hope for a better grill cook next time around.

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Lola
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Seated right away and attentive wait staff. My husband did have problem with his drink order and waiting longer than he should have. When it came it wasn't what he ordered so again he waited. Besides that food was superb, staff was friendly and attentive. It was noisy but the place was packed. Will you again for sure.

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vipAgentBling
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner last night and will definitely be going back for their gourmet pizzas next week!!! Our server was most attentive, friendly, and he remembered us from a couple of months ago, which is always nice. We love The Blue Hen -- thanks for a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious all around. We had all manner of food: great Caesar and chopped salads; delicious striped Bass and orecchiette dish; outstanding NY strip steak. Respectful and observant service. Delicious cocktails as well. Great ambience.

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vipBillyBoy
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a friend so made a reservation. From beginning with Host throughout our dining experience with our server Paul, we were incredibly impressed. Food, drink and dessert suggestions were spot on and cannot wait to return.

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Smartcargranny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came on a Saturday night in off- season , on the early side, so the dining room was only partly occupied. And yet, there was quite a bit of noise originating from the bar area. The food ordered was very tasty and well-prepared but we felt that the choices were quite limited. I'm a pasta lover, for example, and there was only one entree that fit the bill. I did order it, and thought it was excellent but I also wished that there had been more choices.

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vipSquanLocal
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great cocktails- we had the Aviation and the Old Fashioned , very nice flavors and well balanced. The meal, all small plates, was tasty and well prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Hen is the best restaurant in Rehoboth. Every time we decide to go there, we are so glad we did! I particularly recommend the fried chicken--if you toss it up in the air, it turns into sunshine. Yes, it's that good.

Do not miss happy hour; the food is delicious and reasonably priced. The outside patio, with its magisterial firepit, is also one of the seven wonders of the beach. The chef is really first-rate, too. Literally every dish we've had has been terrific.

Combine all of this with smart ownership, thoughtful management, and fantastic service, and you have yourself a winner!

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vipBrentF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice ambiance, food well conceived and prepared, felt a little over developed food wise, but maybe I’m just overthinking. You’ll have a lovely time at this restaurant.

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RHSAL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were all outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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mxxm
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Nice atmosphere and our waiter was great. Food could use some work. Their signature biscuits were way overcooked. So tough as to almost be inedible. Fried chicken was very good. Pork tenderloin was dry and risotto citrus flavor was too sour. Mac and cheese was outstanding. Overall the food was hit and miss, but a nice overall experience.

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RobinR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate at the restaurant Saturday night 12/21. This reviewer is a Martini and a Sweetbreads fanatic. So....if you are so inclined, order a Tanqueray Martini up with a twist. In my opinion they have nailed this classic cocktail, enjoy. Have what looks good for an appetizer (I had the oysters) then, then have a double order of the sweetbreads appetizer as your entree. Heaven! They should serve some crusty bread with the dish, so you can sop up any remaining sauce. The Chef could take this dish to Paris and be successful. Oh, and don't forget the wine. Let your waiter consult with the bar for selection.
It's a bit noisy, but our server was attentive and the meal was worth every penny, great value.

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GeorgeB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, plan on returning to try more of the pasta.

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Nannydog
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner with a dear friend. One of our favorite restaurants in Rehoboth Beach along with the Henlopen City Oyster House

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barbarag
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. The service was fantastic! Jack’s recommendation if wine and soup were spot on.

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MichaelM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we've been to the Blue Hen and we can't wait to go back for a third. We've dined with our kids (all three boys) and out as a couple and our experience has been great both times. Probably our favorite restaurant in all of Rehoboth.

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vipSueR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drink!

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JohnnyUtah
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. If you don’t get the fried chicken, I don’t want to know you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from start to finish was absolutely perfect! Food, cocktails, the staff, all top notch! We always dine here when we are visiting Rehoboth, it’s a must! The food is always consistent, and the staff is very kind, and super knowledgeable about all of the items on the menu.

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vipLindsayM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was delicious. Great night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 year anniversay

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JohnnyUtah
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place

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vipFoodie
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

This was our first experience with The Blue Hen. This local favorite seems to rate very high and with good reason. The menu was diverse and interesting offering food items from seafood to meats to vegetarian. We had the seared duck with lentils and shredded beets. The duck was cooked perfectly. Side dishes were flavorful and interesting. I was not crazy about the shredded red beets S there texture was chalky and pasty, but flavor was good. Other entrees were the braised short ribs with a huge portion and the meat was tender & flavorful. Sides were finger link potatoes and Brussels sprouts - equally delish. The grilled pork and New York strips steak was also very tasty. Outside seating was interesting with the fire pit. Service was good too. I would definitely try this again.

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Bosinnia
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately and luckily the restaurant was not full. The noise level was reasonable due to the empty tables. The service was friendly and attentive, and almost all af the food items were outstanding. We ordered the bacon wrapped corizo dates, crab cakes, and the crab spaghetti (with black squid noodles - very unique!). All dishes tasted delicious and had very appealing presentations. My two guests had differing opinions on the red potatoes. One guest thought the potatoes were undercooked and the other felt they were overcooked. Otherwise, we were very pleased with our dishes. The prices are up there as our bill with tip was $170 for three guests and only one alcoholic drink. Regardless, we will return.

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vipFranC
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The Blue Hen has a nice location and very good food. Acorn squash soup was delicious. They had a swordfish special that was also really good. Using a thinner cut of swordfish that gave it a more delicate texture. They have a nice outdoor patio. The restaurant can be quite noisy when full.

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AlwaysKind
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVED the food , drinks and service! Fab place!!!!!

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Lilly
Key West
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I am sorry to say we were disappointed in our visit this time. There were 3 of us and we all felt all the food was way over salted. You couldn't taste the lobster on the lobster toast, the burrata was delicious but again was over salted. The drinks were great and Jack our server did a great job. We had been for brunch and it was fabulous but dinner was a disappointment

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vipTonyJeff
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent service! Menu offers different options and other local restaurants. Food was wonderful. Love the outdoor fire pit area!

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vipTomB
Baltimore
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. Way to noisy to even have a conversation. Too bad!!!! Put some sound soak in the ceiling/walls.

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vipGaryH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at The Blue Hen. We went on the first evening of “pizza night” for the off season. The pizza was AMAZING! Our entrees were also fantastic as was the bottle of wine we shared. We can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great food. Could barely hear anyone at my table because it was so loud. Love the restaurant but might not return because of noise level☹️

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vipWilliamJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a little gem in the middle of Rehobeth Delaware. The food is tastefully prepared by a very talented Chef with a lot of imagination with the dishes she serves. THe food , the staff all make for a very delightful meal at this unique restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone that wants great food made for their soul !!

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vipJosephL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good fresh food; inside seating area was very noisy; as explained to me , due to the off season they were short table waiters/waitresses hence the service was poor

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vipCakewalk
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful room and great location. Seated right on time on a crazy busy Saturday night. Wonderful server. Would have been all 5’s but 1) Resturants is extremely loud making conversation hard and both of our entrees lacked taste and my potatoes were very under cooked.

Mentioned it to the server and she handed it beautifully

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vipjkjjpc
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Blue Hen as previously been one of our favorite restaurants in Rehoboth, but our last couple of visits are starting to challenge that. The service on Sat night was very slow. A vodka martini came to the table cloudy and tasted strongly of lemon, but it was not sweet like a lemon drop martini. Not sure what that was about. A replacement drink was offered and the cost was removed from the bill, but it seems a simple martini should be bread and butter for a bartender. They have changed their scallop dish, which used to come with crispy cauliflower, and the presentation is not very good. Also, a lot of their dishes tend to be too spicy, but that seems to be trend for chefs these days. Overall, the menu has not changed much in the past year and with the change of the scallop dish there is just not much on the menu we find appealing. Sadly this is true of most of the "high end" restaurants in Rehoboth.

FAQs

The Blue Hen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 278-7842.

The Blue Hen is rated 4.7 stars by 138 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.