The Red Hen

Restaurants, Italian Northwest
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Red Hen
Photograph: Scott Suchman The Red Hen

Cozy doesn’t begin to describe this rustic corner bistro in Bloomingdale. It’s essentially one huge hearth, thanks to the wide-open kitchen’s Argentine-style grill, which runs on 100 percent Virginia oak. Most of the Italian-leaning dishes make a pit stop in the fire before hitting your plate, including the chicken with kale, fingerling potatoes and currants. Best of all is chef Michael Friedman’s handmade rigatoni with sausage ragu, which will have you throwing all your carb cares to the wind.


Venue name: The Red Hen
Address: 1822 First St NW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at Seaton Pl NW
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30–10pm, Fri 5:30–11pm, Sat 5–11pm, Sun 5–9:30pm
Transport: Shaw Metro
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Red Hen is exceptional. The food is amazing, the room is cozy, and eating a hearty dinner here with friends and a bottle of wine is the makings of a really special night. 

The wonderful neighborhood spot deserves all the praise it's earned. Pastas, like a rye pasta with sauerkraut.

I watched the Red Hen being built, and I am so happy it's had so much success! While I’m not sure it’s one of the best restaurants in D.C., as it’s often called, this restaurant definitely offers something that other restaurants in D.C. don’t. For one thing, it’s cozy and has a warm atmosphere, as opposed to other places in D.C. that feel like chains. This place is right in the center of Bloomingdale and owned by a great couple that is always in the place. The food is taken very seriously, and it's delicious Italian as well as beautifully presented. Also, there's a huge bar in the center where you can eat a full meal or just get a drink and app.