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The Red Hen

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11 E Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450-2528
540 464 4401
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Never mind the food at the Red Hen--which is excellent, inventive and delicious. What I like to do is sit at the small bar (two people, maybe three) overlooking the kitchen and watch the three cooks. The first time, I was hesitant to talk with them, not wanting to distract them. But they are very friendly and I've returned several... More 

Thank santabgirlmissouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have dined at The Red Hen many times over the last couple of months. The building (an old tavern), the service, the drinks, and especially the food combine for a wonderful dining experience. The menu changes frequently to include fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about the ingredient that went into their food and very adept... More 

Thank perrygore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During previous north-south trips between Arlington VA and Chattanooga TN, my wife and I usually stop in Lexington to break up the 600 mile trip. In the past we've tried to get into the quaint Red Hen restaurant, but we hit the days it was closed. This time we were lucky, and what a treat the visit was. The restored... More 

Thank Chip B
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a winner of a restaurant!! One of the best in Lexington. Make your reservations early as it is small and quaint and thus not always easy to get a reservation. Food is perfectly prepared unique and tasty..with a gourmet flare.

Thank Luvron
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We cannot rave enough about this place. Great atmosphere, great food. We had a potato salad appetizer that was out of this world, and I don't even like potato salad! I had a mushroom dish and my husband had the halibut. We were amazed at the tasty dishes! The chef is great a using subtle flavors to make you ask,... More 

Thank barber25
Wyncote, Pennsylvania
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228 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose this restaurant really loving the concept of farm to table. It is cute enough. The food was simply dreadful, tasteless and overlooked. The lamb was prepared as I had ordered it but had no taste whatsoever and was quite tough. The vegetables and potatoes were overcooked . I heard similar comments from others dining in the restaurant. I... More 

Thank Joan K
RedHenLex, Owner at The Red Hen, responded to this review

Dear Joan, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal at Red Hen. We strive to do our best every day, and are distressed to hear that you found the food lacking. Our chef, Matt Adams, and his team are not on vacation -- we are not large enough to have substitute chefs -- so you found... More 

Southlake, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and I stopped by The Red Hen the night before moving him into his dorm to start his first year at Washington & Lee. Becca Adams who served us that night could not have been more charming even though a few items were sadly out even though we came relatively early in the evening. What we did have... More 

Thank slmom_11
Riner, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

We stopped by the Red Hen on a food tour recently. They prepared a risotto for our tasting. 1. I've never had risotto. 2. I would eat this risotto daily - it's that good! The flavors were truly intense and just bursting on your tongue, Topped with some lamb and a few slivers of cheese. Heaven.

Thank CBSmith2016
Daytona Beach
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112 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

We've been fans for years and have watched it improve steadily. Small and delightful, their food is not to be missed.

Thank bandit1DaytonaBeach
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

Don't miss the gem when visiting Lexington VA. 3 guys in the kitchen that looks like you are at home. 9 tables, servers, 3 cooks, food is excellent, service is superb, chat with the cooks, enjoy!

Thank lovetoeatwithmyhubby

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 E Washington St, Lexington, VA 24450-2528
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: 540 464 4401

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?