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The Red Hen

The Red Hen

Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
LeDroit Park - Bloomingdale, Washington
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    Bobby (DJ Oso Fresh) A.
    "The Rigatoni with vodka sauce & Fennel Sausage is fantastic."(14 Tips)
    Maria C.
    "rigatoni with fennel sausage ragu and the saffron zucca!!"(4 Tips)
    Sara K.
    "ricotta crostini with truffle honey"(3 Tips)
    Steven A.
    "Chicken liver mousse, burrata, and short ribs were all fantastic."(7 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon86 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • pasta
  • trendy
  • fennel sausage ragu
  • desserts
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  • Richard R.heart icon on user image
    Richard RevillaApril 19, 2015
    This is a piece of heaven. Staff is amazing Chef is amazing. The Rigatoni was so good I ordered a second plate. Suckling pig was to die for and then they just top it off with maple custard dessert.
  • Karen E.heart icon on user image
    Karen ElizabethAugust 21, 2016
    There's an off menu pasta, ask your server! Don't get scared by the wine list. It is weird, but in the best way and the staff is super knowledgeable.
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    ZoeJanuary 1, 2018
    Mezzi rigatoni is the staple. Don’t miss it. Chicken liver mousse is decadent. Ricotta cavatelli & squid ink linguini are solid as well. Red hen shines truly bc they cook their pasta perfectly.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 1, 2015
    Try the mezze rigatoni, house-made dry pasta, with fennel sausage ragu made with local pork, toasted fennel seed, pepper and floral fennel pollen. The popular dish is both familiar and unfussy. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17, 2017
    The Red Hen is the whole package: food, design, service. Bloomingdale residents and destination diners turn here for offal, homemade pastas, and a carefully-curated wine list. Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostJuly 17, 2013
    Critic Tom Sietsema: Nothing predictable about wine selection. Get: 2011 chablis from Gilbert Picq ($50). For food, get the baby octopus or hand-made pastas. Share the fried artichokes or crostini. Read more
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    Donna McMay 24, 2014
    Tourist Tip: This lovely neighborhood restaurant is bustling - so make reservations or hustle for bar seats. Order the cacio e pepe, even when not on the menu, and share the chicken "fra diavolo"
  • AJ S.heart icon on user image
    AJ SiegelJanuary 25, 2019
    Always a big hit for Camille and I. This is the first time we brought friends and they loved it. You have to order at least one thing from each section of the menu. It is such a worthwhile journey.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CirincioneMarch 1, 2015
    Definitely try the grilled octopus. We loved the rigatoni with fennel sausage ragu and the saffron zucca!! The Brussels sprouts were perfect and the maple and brown butter gelato sundae was awesome!
  • olivier P.
    olivier PEYRESeptember 10, 2014
    "You’ll linger over bowls of pillowy ricotta cavatelli folded with shredded lamb and bacon, or silky, squid-ink paccheri tossed with tender calamari rings and meaty chickpeas." FR
  • Elizabeth B.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth BrantonApril 19, 2014
    Love red hen. Smoked ricotta w truffled honey, orange wine, the rigatoni, chicken or rabbit fettuccine. Maple custard w toasted hazelnut crumb topping be still my heart
  • Lauren H.heart icon on user image
    Lauren HughesMarch 31, 2015
    Delicious pasta, helpful staff, cozy space. Topped off with a great wine selection. I hope to come again.
  • Johanna
    JohannaSeptember 9, 2015
    The burrata and rigatoni are both musts. Highly recommend the Barbera blend if you're looking for a good red!
  • L C.heart icon on user image
    L CeeDecember 16, 2014
    The crispy Brussels sprouts were seriously amazing. I've never tasted them prepared better. The Spinach Fettuccine with Braised Duck Sugo was simply delicious as well. Believe the hype.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 10, 2014
    Fried artichokes arrive at your table as a mountain of crisp, flower-like buds, brightened with fresh sprigs of dill and a tart lemon aioli with capers and anchovy. Read more
  • Hank R.heart icon on user image
    Hank RodriguezMarch 28, 2015
    The Rigatoni; Brussel Sprouts were perfect & well balanced. And heirloom apple crumble with vanilla bean ice cream was such a great way to end the meal.
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndrophyJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tough to get reservations now that it's so popular but it's well worth the trip. Chicken liver mousse, burrata, and short ribs were all fantastic.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostOctober 16, 2013
    Intriguing wines at user-friendly prices make this bustling newcomer in Bloomingdale worth crossing town for, but so, too, does the relaxed Italian cooking from Michael Friedman.
  • Tin K.heart icon on user image
    Tin KadoicMay 21, 2015
    Italian homemade food, great pasta, creative dessert. Go there when in DC. Also, Croatian and Slovenian wines. Orange wines. Chamomile grappas.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayersonMarch 9, 2014
    great drinks. fabulous food at appropriate prices. Best to get a reservation. Lots of vegtarian options, Interesting, extremely well- prepared food. Wonderful vibe.
  • Carolina R.heart icon on user image
    Carolina RevillaApril 18, 2015
    Amazing dinner and service. Had the suckling pig sandwich and the custard for dessert. Very creative menu with an open kitchen and rustic look.
  • I B R A H.heart icon on user image
    I B R A H I MMarch 13, 2018
    Hazelnuts budino excellent
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ShorsteinAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Caccio e pepe is delicious! They'll make it for you even if it's not on the menu. It's on par with many I've had in Rome!
  • Alex G.heart icon on user image
    Alex GirolamoMay 27, 2018
    Fried cauliflower, fennel sausage cavatelli, rigatoni bolognese, and budino for dessert
  • Ryanheart icon on user image
    RyanSeptember 12, 2014
    Walked in at 5pm on a Sunday and got a table. Come 6pm, you won't get a table. Don't let this scare you. So worth it.
  • Caitlin R.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin RushAugust 8, 2014
    The rotating menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients is incredible. The maple custard with hazelnut crumble is not to be missed.
  • Ruel T.heart icon on user image
    Ruel TyerDecember 23, 2017
    Everything we had was good! The brussel sprouts were amazing, cheese is great quality and you can’t go wrong with the pastas.
  • Johanna
    JohannaSeptember 9, 2015
    Burrata and rigatoni are "must dos." I highly recommend the Barberra blend if you're looking for a good glass of red!
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Smoked trout crostini, beet salad, baby octopus, warm olives and gnocchi. That's what you should order for two. All splittable and stupid delicious.
  • Leandro L.heart icon on user image
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    Best. Food. Ever. Would go here every night if I could. Try the savory burrata and the squid ink pasta.
  • Travis G.heart icon on user image
    Travis GrossiSeptember 7, 2015
    One of the best places I've been to. Everything is fresh and delicious -- order family style and share!
  • Christian
    ChristianOctober 16, 2013
    Order the brussel sprouts with dill and anchovy aioli for what our waiter so appropriately called "a bowl of awesomeness!"
  • I B R A H.heart icon on user image
    I B R A H I MMarch 13, 2018
    ricotta cavatelli with lamb tasty
  • Will W.heart icon on user image
    Will WhiteJanuary 18, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Liver mousse, burrata, and squid ink linguini are my favorites. But everything is amazing.
  • Liz C.
    Liz Caselli-MechaelJanuary 4, 2015
    If you aren't sure what you want to drink, let the bartender play around! We ended up with great cocktails
  • Johanna
    JohannaOctober 12, 2014
    All around good meal. Highlights were the black paccheri with calamari and maple custard with hazelnut crumb.
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John StevensonMay 15, 2016
    Literally everything is inventive and amazing. Cocktails made based on preferred flavor profile
  • Roniel T.heart icon on user image
    Roniel TesslerOctober 10, 2015
    The veggie extras were delectable! The pork was a bit bland so stick with the pasta, which are all amazing.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BeharryApril 20, 2014
    The lamb meatloaf is a high end gyro. Pretty good but I wish I tried the chicken. It is called red hen..
  • Brian T.heart icon on user image
    Brian T.July 30, 2015
    Often very busy, but it's usually possible to snag a seat at the bar if you're just walking in
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsNovember 11, 2018
    It’s off the menu, but they have the most amazing Cacio e Pepe—just ask your server!
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt SilvermanFebruary 2, 2017
    Must try the rigatoni, ricotta toast, and pate. Love this place.
  • 2M S.heart icon on user image
    2M StreetAugust 13, 2014
    Make everyone at your table order something different so you can taste the whole menu! It's amazing!
  • Dana A.
    Dana AllenNovember 18, 2016
    Great food, atmosphere, service. We will be back - 2 thumbs up!
  • Andrew W.heart icon on user image
    Andrew WhiteAugust 18, 2016
    Very tasty Italian. Pasta all dente and perfectly seasoned. Gnocchi blocks disappointing
  • I B R A H.heart icon on user image
    I B R A H I MMarch 13, 2018
    burrata so nice, a bit vinegary sauce
  • Will W.heart icon on user image
    Will WhiteJanuary 18, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar for the full menu and a great view of the kitchen.
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam SherwoodJuly 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the wines from Slovenia's Goriška Brda. They're normally very hard to find in the U.S., and excellent.
  • Ian G.
    Ian GrubmanAugust 19, 2016
    All of their pastas are excellent. Arguably the best I've had in DC.
  • Beth S.heart icon on user image
    Beth S.November 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The seasonal burrata and cavatelli are consistently amazing.
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