The Blue Hen

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Contemporary European
The Blue Hen embodies the elegant merging of Saratoga Springs' historic Victorian splendor with The Adelphi Hotel's modern epicurean sensibilities. Our focus is on classic, european fine dining, with a modern warm welcome befitting a truly boutique locale.


Impeccable service and artisanal details combine to create an unmistakably refined dining affair. Local, sustainable ingredients are transformed into remarkably creative dishes for dinner and breakfast seven days a week in our stunningly designed conservatory. Simultaneously contemporary and timeless, The Blue Hen will exceed your expectations throughout your experience.
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c
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Went to Blue Hen for 2019 Winter Restaurant twice in the same week. First visit went very well. Second visit was as good as appetizer (mussels) were served at cool temperature & we were left to wait much longer between courses. (We do like having some time between courses)
I do want to say that the staff are very friendly, and they can only serve the food as quickly as the kitchen prepares it. I also noticed that it appeared most people were ordering one particular main course & this may have slowed down the serving time.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant for a date night. Service was really nice and food was amazing!

C
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was the last night of restaurant week in Saratoga, so we decided to splurge at the Blue Hen, since it is one of the nicer places in town being located within the Adelphi Hotel. The earliest reservation we could get was 8:30pm, but we took it. Upon arrival at our reserved time, there were 4 other parties ahead of us, so we did not get seated until about 9:00. I guess the restaurant week promotion was a hit in bringing in the crowds! We were surprised at the

RB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We were at Blue Hem twice this week, brunch and dinner (restaurant week).
Brunch was fine. Dinner, not so. I am well aware that a restaurant week menu is an abbreviated version of the regular menu. However, the quality of the food should not suffer. My braised beef entree was so tough, I couldn't cut it, no less chew it....which seems pretty odd since the nature of cooking braised beef ensures a tender piece of meat. A re-fire of this course proved to be equally tough with the added insult of having been microwaved to heat it. Who's minding the kitchen?

TC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Ben is the best waiter in Saratoga. He make the whole dinning experience special. We were a little disappointed with the food, just not that special. It’s just one big dinning room so it seemed noisey and not very intimate.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlatives contemporary food Great service and atmosphere too. The best restaurant in Saratoga and that says something!!

B
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Here for 2019 Autumn Restaurant Week. Best mussels I've ever had. Whole branzino perfectly done, perfectly fileted and delicious.

RA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Hen is a lovely atmospheric, beautifully architected pavilion restaurant with excellent service and lovely dinner menu. We ate there off-season, which assured us no crowd, great service, and not exorbitant menu pricing.

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The decor is nice and the physical venue is special, but the food quality and presentation for brunch has precipitously declined, in my opinion. Service is hit and miss, depending on the server. Noise level is high.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful service, food was amazing and loved the ambiance. Will definitely return again!

JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Tough short ribs raw egg white in several dishes not just yolk.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The building was beautiful. The dessert for my boyfriend’s birthday was absolutely perfect! I ordered the chicken and it was a bit on the bland side. My boyfriend ordered the venison, it was perfect, not at all gamy, it was just a large portion. We each ordered a salad before the meal, we should have split it, they are on the large side. Service was a bit slow, but very polite.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my mom’s birthday brunch. The food was amazing and our waitress was even better! Birdie was the sweetest waitress ever. She was very accommodating and had such a positive attitude. We will be back soon!!

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice to find a special place on Monday. Unfortunately our 2 top main course choices were unavailable. Still food was good and service was really exceptional. Our waiter was Ryan.

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blue Hen is a very good restaurant. The room is impressive and the staff is welcoming and attentive. We were there late Friday night and the room was active but on the quiet side, which was perfect for us. The octopus and pork belly appetizers were perfectly done and both tender. The venison loin I had was also a perfect medium rare, tender and excellently flavored. The prices are substantial but clearly in line with what you get. A fine place to dine in Saratoga.

K
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

As a group of four, we decided to try the weekday price fixed menu (three courses and a glass of wine for about $40. Three of us had the mussels as a starter, which were very good. Three of us had the short ribs, which were good but far from the best I’ve had. One serving was largely fat. The whole Branzino was excellent. The dessert was okay, but not extraordinary. The glass of red included in the meal was, charitably, drinkable. Given the choice of a full bottle of the same for, I believe, $41, we opted for an Argentinian Malbec for around $60, which was fine, but hardly a $60 bottle. To summarize, the wine list was overpriced with nothing under $50.
The atmosphere of the glass pavilion might have been nice for a Sunday brunch, but on an Autumn weeknight with most tables unoccupied, was uninviting.
The waiter could not have been nicer. High marks for him.
Overall, because of the prix fixe, the dinner was a very good value. If I were paying full freight, it would have been disappointing.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner at The Blue Hen. Everything was cooked to perfection, service superior and the room is elegant. 5 star experience in upstate New York.

JR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was expertly presented. However service left much to be desired. The waiter was difficult to find and then never once checked on the table through three courses. Needed to waive him down at all points. At the end of the meal he could not process the debit card so wife had to use her credit card.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The food at the Blue Hen for brunch was good however our service was pretty bad. Our waitress informed us that they were out of short ribs so any dish containing short ribs would not be available. This was not a big deal until 30 minutes later when we witnessed the table next to us ordering short ribs which they received. According to our waitress, they were able to find more somewhere? On top of this, there was live entertainment which I love but unfortunately, it was very overpowering in the small space. It was difficult to hear the person talking across the table when trying to have a conversation. I love the space of the Blue Hen, it is very pretty but I wish our experience had been better.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our rehearsal dinner here a year ago and they made our anniversary just as great. The food and service (thank you Lorenzo) were amazing, and the fact that glasses of Prosecco and dessert were complimentary was an added bonus. Thank you for making our night special.

h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The menu is very limited and two of the already minimal menu items were out. The substitution I ordered was not very good. Too bad as we love the ambience

ML
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Glad I was able to sample the great breakfast menu. Server was attentive and efficient.

F
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

N1 Was our anniversary I make a note I went there early in the day to confirm they don’t do anything
N2 restaurants very loud
N3 food very mediocre preparation same food you can get in as diner

DA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We did enjoy the atmosphere and the service was exceptional. The food was ok but we expected more. The chef should taste the food before it goes out to the table - seasoning would help. The presentation was nice. Although the food was disappointing we had a great time. We will however not return or recommend this restaurant.

J
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good, will definitely go back

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a very memorable dining experience at The Blue Hen. The service was too notch; friendly, prompt, efficient while not being intrusive. The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing and uniquely designed. Extensive wine list, and food was nothing short of perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great music. Great service. Perfect brunch!

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food as expected was very good. The service was about the worst I've ever endured. I should have known when it took 20 minutes to clear and set our table. The waitstaff, a swarm of young girls running in circles or struggling with the computer seemed oblivious to our existence. You could not catch anyone's eye: another 20 minutes to get coffee refilled. An hour passed, "we had a mixup", and my wife got her food. The remaining 3 diners got thier food 15 minutes later. There was no one to complain to as our hostess joined the maelstrom of gyrating wait staff. All this in a classy hotel under no management.

SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a Saturday brunch with some friends. The venue is incredible, beautiful glass room in the historic Adelphia Hotel. The brunch menu covered the basics..... food, service, drinks, etc. were very good. No hurry to turn the table which was very relaxing. Highly recommend the "Eggs & Bacon" starter firstly because its bacon!!!! Secondly how it's served makes it worth ordering.... this won't be the cheapest brunch you've every had however you get what you pay for.

S
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food here is delicious. We had i) the lobster and mushrooms, and ii) the scallops. However, service is uneven and confused. When we were shown to the table, the maitre d' did not make a move to help with either one of our chairs. The waiter brought us a Sancerre blanc after we ordered (and pointed to the entry on the wine list) the Sancerre rouge. A good thing that we noticed before he opened the bottle.
The waitstaff who brought the plates never seemed to know who ordered what at the table (there were only 2 of us). And they just plopped the plates down without consideration of what we were doing or saying at the time. Whatever happened to "serve from the left, clear from the right"? For we germophobes, a hook on the table for a lady's purse or a stool would be nice to keep it off the floor.

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a beautiful location to celebrate a birthday. We sat outside, under the tent top. The food was yummy and the plates were pretty to look at.

NS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The drinks and sushi were wonderful, but the entrees were lacking.

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our server was not that attentive and had little personality and less enthusiasm. The main course was very good but the green salad was away. I think it had been sitting around for days. It was wet, parts were not fresh and two tiny pieces of crouton were beyond soggy. I'm not sure they even belonged in this salad

JE
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monday evening following Travers' Stakes so it was very quiet. We each thoroughly enjoyed our meals and service.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely. Delicious French toast! Recommended by our lovely waitress. Eggs were delicious as well

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Too noisy. A second bar on the premises had different music. Way too cheap sounding for a fancy restaurant.

JF
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Come here if you want great food and a superb wine list. AND you don’t mind a lot of noise and a long wait for a cocktail. All hard surfaces accounts for the noise. No bar except the main hotel bar accounts for the cocktail problem. But once you get past that the food is quite creative and fun. Worth it unless you’re in a hurry and/or have hearing difficulties.

ST
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, great service and creative offerings. Highly recommended.

C
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We started with the Sushi, Burratta, and the Octopus. The Burratta was delicious, however the Octopus was a bit tough (not fresh) and the sushi was good but not great. The Lobster and Cod special was delicious - perfectly cooked and beautifully prepared. The scallops also were beautifully prepared and delicious, and the peas/corn were very fresh. The chicken was fairly difficult to cut / eat but tasted very good.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was fantastic. The tomato and crab soup was fantastic. Benny our server was great. The glassed in dining room made for a nice romantic dinner.