The Red Hen: Rustic-Chic Dining Near Elevation at Washington Gateway
Fresh, seasonal, and innovative: these are the watchwords that guide the owners at The Red Hen. The menu at this eatery near Elevation at Washington Gateway is inspired by Italian heritage cooking, but you won’t find heavy, oily lasagna or limp, overcooked pasta here. Instead, you’ll feast on starters like whipped ricotta crostini drizzled with balsamic brown butter and truffle honey or chicken liver mousse with figs and thyme. Main dishes include seafood standouts like caramelized scallops with bacon, scallions, and polenta, as well as veggie-heavy pasta dishes like spinach zucca with grilled summer squash, creamed peas, and pistachios.
The dining room at The Red Hen reflects a similar traditional-meets-modern sensibility, with its long wooden benches lining exposed brick walls (one of which has a red hen stenciled onto it), while the diagonally set reclaimed floor boards draw the eye to the front of the room.
The Red Hen
1822 First St. NW
Washington, DC 20001