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Fat Hen
Fat Hen

Fat Hen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefathen.com
  • Email: info@thefathen.com
  • Phone: (843) 559-9090
  • Hours of Operation: Bar Menu - Mon - Sat 4:00pm - till; Dinner - Mon - Sat 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Extended Brunch Hours - Sun 10:00am - 3:30pm Closed Sunday dinner ;Limited Reservations, Walk-in's always welcome
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Low Country
  • Executive Chef: Fred Neuville
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Fat Hen has a beautiful glassed in patio facing the front of the restaurant and overlooking the grand oak trees and azaleas.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Creed and Sarah Stech (843) 559-9090

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Fat Hen
Chef Fred Neuville is excited to embark on his first solo venture. “With Fat Hen, I am striving to create a neighborhood restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and signature French-inspired Southern cuisine,” he says. “Johns Island is a fast-growing area and I believe island residents – along with others from around Charleston – will appreciate what we have to offer.” Fat Hen’s main dishes center around innovative French classics with Low country flourishes, sourced from the finest local produce farmers. Neuville’s tangy-but-tender BBQ Scallops are first marinated in a house-made pomegranate barbecue sauce, bacon wrapped and grilled to perfection. The Braised Chicken features locally raised free-range chicken braised in red wine with rich bacon lardons, pearl onions & mushrooms. Fat Hen’s Short Ribs, a favorite signature dish among family and friends, is braised for hours in a rich veal broth. In addition Fat hen offers catering services. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Warm atmosphere coupled with a staff that makes an effort to please. Top that with good food and what more can one ask?"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Recently ate here while on vacation on Kiawah Island with 2 girlfriends, at the advice of a shopowner on Kiawah. I can't remember all the dished we had, but one of us is vegetarian and really liked her spaghetti squash dish. I had Beets Salad and one of the special mains. All the dishes looked and were great, concocted of fresh, local ingredients and uniquely spiced but never overbearing. Service was very attentive w/o being obnoxious. About 25 mins. from Kiawah but well worth the trip."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great southern cooking, Fun way to experience the outskirts of Charleston where the locals dine. Casual fine food."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "It was not our first visit to the "hen" so we weren't surprised by just how good it is. My adult children never miss a chance to go there when they are in town too. Consistent quality is top notch and while they may tweak a dish here and there it always seemed to go up a notch. Nice tinkering when this happens. First timers will likely have their expectations surpassed. Regulars just know it will be great all over again."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We love the Fat Hen for both Brunch and Dinner. First time sitting at Table in bar area. Probably wouldn't want that table again on a busy Sunday."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Disappointing experience and we usually love Fat Hen. Not sure we'll be back and have already contacted the Manager with the issues."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a great brunch with friends from out of town. They loved it."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Very noisy. However, much quieter on enclosed porch where there are a limited number of tables."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food is always outstanding and inventive. Service was attentive without being intrusive. I only wished I lived closer, so I could be a regular. Whenever we get down to Charleston tho, we always make a point to eat here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My family ate at the Fat Hen for the first time in January of 2014. We just returned to the Charleston area and the Fat Hen was a must and they didn't disappoint. The Mahi Mahi special was excellent. I would definately recommend this place if you are in the Charleston area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The restaurant was so loud I could not hear the person sitting less than one foot from me. I think permanent ear damage could be a result of dining here. Other than this, it was wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love to eat at the Fat Hen!! The staff always exudes professionalism with a personable touch. Would recommend to anyone. Nice selection to choose from on the menu."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I loved everything, but would go back just to have the fried green tomatoes again with the goat cheese based pimento cheese. The trigger fish was cooked perfectly and served with a couscous and spring vegetable combination. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We keep coming back to Fat Hen for the great food and service!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went here on the recommendation of a "beach friend" we met and were so glad we did. The mussels with curry cream sauce appetizer was fabulous! My husband wants to go back next week and order the full size! My entree of shrimp and house made pasta was perfection. Cute atmosphere, a little noisy but who cares when the food is so amazing. It's lively, great service and I only wish it was located back in my home town!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent food. Good wine selection. Courteous service. Too loud. Fat Hen is halfway between a bar atmosphere and a top quality restaurant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Just like momma use to make it, only better and momma didnthxve to cook! From the back porch martini to the fried oysters and pistou oysters; from red wine to pork chops and everything in between, we enjoyed every bite! Our waitress, Chris was awesome! My out of town guests were blown away by the food, in a good way. So happy Fat Hen is on our side of Charleston."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great experience as always! The food quality is great. Shrimp and grits are my favorite, along with the pork chop."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We loved, loved our night at the Fat Hen. Food was amazing and the service was the best. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food was wonderful and the server was delightful. Her suggestions were spot on. The prices were great. The place was quite busy when we arrived, but we were seated on time for our reservation. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our Mahi over local greens was excellent! Crab soup was delicate. Took our own wine and simply paid a corkage fee. Love this place!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The family and I went there for brunch while visiting Charleston and it did not disappoint! The food lives up to the hype and waitress we had was very sweet and helpful with the menu. My kids, who are 8 and 10, loved their french toast and have made me promise to take them back. I ordered the duck gratin and it was delicious, but be warned, it is quite rich! I highly recommend making a reservation like we did because it is very popular. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food was great! However, there was a screaming child in there that screamed for over an hour which made for a horrible experience!! Also, I didn't notice until home that there was a $10.95 charge on my bill for "AOD". I still for the life of me can't figure out what that charge was for. We will return again and pray that there are no screaming children!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a delicious Vegan entree that was inventive and so good I was thinking about it frequently the next day! Always wonderful food and friendly staff."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Fat Hen is one of our favorite restaurants on Johns Island, however, we might stop going there regardless of how wonderful the food has consistently been. The reason? It is "over-the-top" noisy when the restaurant is only half-full, which is almost always, and then it gets a lot worse! It's not a vibrant, ain't this cool, kind of noise. It's an echoing, my ears hurt and I can't hear you noise. I believe they added a cork floor to help diminish the decibels, however, this approach did not work out so well. Perhaps acoustic ceiling tile? Who knows, I'm not a noise reduction expert. I am, however, a guy who likes to eat great food prepared extraordinarily well and now I guess I'll have to find it elsewhere. ;>("
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "When the restaurant is busy, which is most of the time, the noise level is so high that conversations at the table are almost impossible."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I vacation in SC every year and The Fat Hen is always at the top of my "must do" list. The food never disappoints and the staff is always friendly and welcoming. The French flair makes avery dish outstanding, but the fresh fish special is always a sure bet."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My parents and I enjoyed Sunday brunch at Fat Hen after going to church. There were so many items on the menu from which to choose, the decision was difficult. Each of us saw 3 or 4 different items that we wanted to order. My friend and I ordered the shrimp and grits, which was delicious. The tasso gravy was so tasty. Our waitress was attentive, and our order was promptly brought to the table. I highly recommend Fat Hen for brunch, and we will be back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Oyster with ham appetizer was superb! The pasta with shrimp sauce was very, very good - the shrimp were disappointing! They were NOT local and the difference was obvious. The NOISE level was painful- punctuated and accentuated by very loud, shrill vocalizations of mostly blond Muffies."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "ok, so this is our favorite place to eat, but it is lively"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "For an early dinner on Saturday night the place was very full and very noisy. It was very hard to choose what to eat--everything looked very good. Two of us had a daily special of striped bass on a mix of very fresh, very tasty local vegetables, all cooked to perfection in a light broth. The fish was excellent, but the vegetables were truly memorable. Among them were golden beets, Brussels sprouts, grape tomatoes, and several more. The third in our party had shrimp and grits, and reported it to be excellent as well. The bread was delicious; we learned that it had come from the local Normandy Farm Bakery. All in all, the food was amply good enough to offset the noise level. We were too busy eating to want to talk much anyway."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was cooked to perfection. All of us ordered something different and all the meals were tasty and well prepared. The wait staff was helpful and gracious. Just a great place to go for a special evening out."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I love Fat Hen and the French country blended with Low Country cooking. I've had the coq au vin twice now. It's incredible and I wonder how I will ever eat here without ordering it again. I wish I had the recipe so I could have it more than once or twice a year when I'm in town. Friendly service, nice atmosphere. Fat Hen has become an annual tradition and I'm already looking forward to next time."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took some out of town friends to our favorite neighborhood spot. Everything was very good. Dillon did a great job keeping up with the may requests from our table. Delightful evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "It was a high energy(loud) fun atmosphere, with great food! Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The was my second brunch experience at the Fat Hen and I've eaten there also for dinner. The servers and staff are friendly and helpful. The food has always been delicious. The restaurant fills up quickly and can become noisy but the atmosphere is upbeat and at a fun party level."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "It's an amazing restaurant. I have been there twice and both times everything was great."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Took a tip from a new client who regulars brunch there. Took her recommendation of getting a reservation for brunch. We covered the menu from semi-picky, seafood, and adventurous. No one left expressing any inclination of what could, or should, have been done differently, which is uncommon for our group. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I highly recommend the brunch at Fat Hen, there is a great variety of choices, the environment and service are great and the food is delicious."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We eat at this restaurant a lot. The food is delicious and the service is usually excellent. However, they were really busy this day and the waitress just couldn't keep up. I ordered coffee as my beverage. After having to ask for it 2 more times, it finally showed up around the same time as my entrée. There were several other small issues throughout the meal that were a little annoying. Overall, just not their best performance. Won't stop me from going back though because the food is great and I know they're usually better."
    Dined on 3/16/2014