Fat Hen
Fat Hen

Fat Hen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefathen.com/
  • Phone: 8435599090x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Monday - Saturday - 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Bar Menu - 4:00pm - till
    Sunday Brunch - 10:00am - 3:00pm (starting September 7th)
    Reservations accepted, Take Out Available, Closed: 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Low Country, French
  • 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 8435599090x

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 cuisine. 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. We also deal with local farmers to provide a great source of fresh farm vegetables to enhance your dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Fat Hen reviews from OpenTable diners
397 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (262)neighborhood gem (232)great for brunch (139)special occasion (123)kid-friendly (104)good for groups (91)hot spot (87)great for outdoor dining (86)notable wine list (48)great for lunch (44)romantic (43)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (13)scenic view (3)Show More
  • RussellSalley
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food is always excellent as is the service. Very loud but fun loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    Naptown
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Four of us had wonderful dinners. Coq au Vin (very rich), Grouper and Short Rib. Fried green tomato appetizer was perfect. Smoked beet salad awesome. Loved everything including the Low Country Lemonade cocktail. Only complaint is that it is very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Excellent Excellent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Main room too noisy. Porch area perfect for visiting at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Hen Fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This visit to Fat Hen was at 7:30pm and we had reservations for my girlfriend's birthday. We were seated in the "add-on" enclosed patio right next to the storm door leading outside. And that door was quite busy all night. Really? I tell you this is for a birthday and you sit us on the porch by the door? Noise level ratings are "Quite, Moderate, and Energetic". When did Energetic replace Loud? This place is loud...along with most restaurants in the South that feel the need to cram as many tables and chairs next to one another as possible, with no sound dampening decor. Not happy, and not going back for a while.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why go into Charleston
    Spmy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food here is as good as many of the well known downtown spots, but in a more casual setting and at better prices. Servers really know the food and can help steer you to choices that fit your preferences while hitting the chef's high points Entree portions are very generous, so split appetizers Shrimp and crab, lamb shank, and braised rib were top notch. Beef tartare was made from an off-cut and was too chewy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    noise level was so bad that we could not have a conversation without yelling and even though the food may have been good with the exception of the sides, which were really quite like a mom & pops type. I would not return because of the noise level. It was quite unsettling , when our expectations were of a nice quite dinner with a french flair. It was very much like the neighborhood steakhouse. I left with a headache and slightly upset stomach the noise was really irritating. and this was on a Monday night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 2.50 per shrimp?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have always had great experiences at the fat hen. This time, however, I asked the waiter if I could add grilled shrimp to a salad. He responded, " how many shrimp would you like?" I was perplexed by this question and he quickly explained that they charge $2.50 per individual shrimp.... ??....Needless to say, I revised my order and got the salad that already came wth shrimp. After I observed the size of the shrimp that were on that salad, I was even more confused, as they were medium sized shrimp at best. Fat Hen will always be one of my favorite restaurants with great food and service.. I just found this large shrimp fee very strange.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    tarheelgirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food is so tasty & unique!! One of the best restaurants we have ever eaten at.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country French Great Find
    VeroDeb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Found the restaurant online to take my sister for her birthday...What a treat to drive out in the country to this address and find a full thriving, welcoming, eatery.....With really good food. Thanks for making her birthday a success. Even to her food allergies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The FABulous Fat Hen!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We continue to be impressed by the Fat Hen. We consider the food to be the best-prepared, the freshest farm-to-table, and most aesthetically-presented dishes in the greater Charleston area. The Grouper with field beans, Coq au Vin, the Mussels (do get the large, they are perfectly done), and even the burger for a quickbuger...soooo delicious!!! The very dedicated staff provide knowlegeable suggestions on pairing wines with meals. We make a point to eat there 1-2 times a month. But for lots of travel away, we would eat at the Fat Hen even more frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honey
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was good. I think the waiter must have been new. He wasnot very familiar with the wine list. The noise level was so high that you could hardly carry on a conversation. Way too noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, noisy dining.
    beourguest
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my 2nd visit. Seated immediately with reservations. Served quickly. Food delicious. Curried mussels were excellent. It was crowded and very noisy. Hummingbird pie for dessert was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dining at Fat Hen
    Gburgfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our first visit and we had a great dining experience. Very laid back homey atmosphere with terrific friendly service, great cocktails, and wonderful food. I loved the oyster appetizer with Benton ham. The sheephead fish special was delicious, as were the shrimp and grits. We will definitely be back next time in Kiawah.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent every time
    friendoffood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We have been to the Fat Hen every time we vacation in the Charleston area and we have never been disappointed. They have great creativity for their meals and their staff is always well informed. I can't remember any portion of any meal where the food was exceptional. As long as their standards remain at this level we will also return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A mixed review
    donworVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent food, very but disappointing service. For my third meal at Fat Hen (I'm a seasonal visitor), my grouper was perfectly cooked and delicious. Our nervously courteous server, clearly new, and making allowances for this, it was apparent that he lacked training. We never got bread; our appetizer order was put in and brought out before we had even confirmed that we wanted it. We assumed that our wine would come before the meal, but we had to remind him about it after our meal arrived. To his credit, he was very helpful in finding an entree which my friend (with a serious food allergy) could eat. The noise level with 2 families with children nearby made conversation difficult, and as a parent & former teacher, I'm tolerant of kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever!
    JohnsIslandGal
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The title says it all: quite possibly the best meal I have ever had! Fat Hen is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Again
    Armstrong56
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had a wonderful experience at Fat Hen. My spouse has an allergy and the waitstaff could not have been more attentive to her needs. The kitchen modified her entree and she loved it. The mussels as an appetizer are always a standing order for us when dining at the Fat Hen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ajax
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    perfect. just absolutely perfect......we live in charleston and this was our first visit. We WILL be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED it!
    mb25
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food at Fat Hen was excellent!! One of my favorite dining experiences for both food and ambiance. We sat outside, which had music playing and felt pretty private. For our appetizer, we got the pistou steamed mussels, which were incredible and probably my favorite part of the meal. We got the duck and coq au vin for dinner and they were both great. The wine we ordered was also delicious and the service was great. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch in all respects
    chsdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We've had Fat Hen on our must try list for quite some time and I wished we had tried it sooner! There were so many things on the menu we wanted we've already made plans to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another fantastic meal at Fat Hen
    SDAZ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was my second time at Fat Hen and I was not disappointed. I had family visiting from New Orleans and they were very impressed with the food, service, and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • barbandken
    barbandken
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    took my husband for a belated b'day dinner. he thoroughly enjoyed it and so did I. the food was great. loved the atmosphere. highly recommend it and I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wvfoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Well worth the drive from kiawah - great southern food especially loved the shrimp and crab and thw fried green tomatoes where the best ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good m_VERY LOUD
    libby
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    food good -VERY LOUD- made ii not as enjoyable - due to talking so loud to have a conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fat Hen
    LRkrVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had a great meal at Fat Hen. The pork chop was great with collard greens wow! Service was attentive and we gad a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem on Johns Island
    cperrydine
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Delicious meals start with fresh food and attention to detail, like the food served at the Fat Hen. In addition to an interesting menu, our server was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. When one of the guests in our group asked to substitute a side on the entree. our server offered several good choices as well as discouraged other options. "That just doesn't work together," she offered. The Fat Hen menu has something for everyone, including those that want to explore their food fantasies as well as those that want a "skinny chicken" treat. I highly recommend this restaurant. If you want to have a timely dinner, make sure that you have a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a wonderful Sunday Brunch at Fat Hen. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MickyP3VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great brunch with interesting choices on the menu. Fat Hen Burrito and Open Faced Brisket Sandwich w/Mac & cheese are both great. They had our table waiting for our reservation even though the restaurant was crowded a practice we greatly appreciate. We really enjoyed our meal and the attentive service. We'll be going back for brunch again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Fat Hen
    animalloverlovesFatHen
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Fat Hen is one of our favorite restaurants that we visit often. Our favorite time is to invite a few friends and come for Sunday brunch. The only negative thing I could say is that it is a bit noisy, but everything else is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, I appreciate the Fat Hen's support for animal groups such as the Charleston Animal Society and Lowcountry Lab Rescue. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome
    JJJJx5VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have gone every year while on vacation for past 5 years and it is great each and every time
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Seafood
    Fishman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always the food was wonderful. The Fat Hen never under cooks or over cooks seafood - Always perfect. Friendly and attentive staff and outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fat Hen Comments
    FFan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    When we travel to Folly Beach on vacation each year, dinner at Fat Hen is always a highlight (sometimes we go twice in the week). Fat Hen serves incredible entrées. The service is also great. The weak spot is the side dishes. For example, the duck I ordered was wonderful, but the side of garlic spinach was only fair and the side of roasted diced sweet potato was poor. My daughter really enjoys the creamed corn, but it is basically just corn with some cream and a lot of butter. Overall, they do a great job but I would enjoy it more with more focus on the side dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must be good
    Reg2Chucktown
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It's apparent that Fat Hen is a restaurant to try and visit as frequently as possible. We always try to eat there when visiting Charleston, but without a reservation, it's either too early or too late to eat there. I would not suggest a late night dinner unless you work the graveyard shift and tend to be on your feet all night long. The food is varied and delicious and ample. One comment for improvement would be for a menu item of a vegetable plate to take advantage of all the great vegetables. It appears all the meals are selected items but substitution is available. I would suggest a visit to the Fat Hen when in Charleston. The food is great and the price moderate. Give it a try and then you'll become a regular!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of the best meals we had in charleston. Off the beaten path, but worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is probably better.
    ironchefmatt
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our expectations were higher than what was delivered by this establishment. We tried both the French onion and she crab as well as the escargot. While the she crab was good the French onion and escargot were not. Soggy bread and rushed gratine' as well as over salted escargot grit didn't make for good start to our experience. Mains were rib, pork chop, Coq au vin, and snapper. We overheard the waitstaff tell another table that the bbq rib was the best in the state...it was not. The sauce for the rib way too sweet "pom frittes" soggy. The snapper good, beurre blanc good but the rest was thrown together. (Bean medley) Chop was excellent and coq au vin was very good. In my opinion restaurant is overrated. Host "we don't sit partial parties".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Lapeche1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Way to loud. It was like eating in a cafeteria! But the food and service were great. I may go back if less crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch after church
    planters71
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Not our first time at Fat Hen, but the first for brunch and we were definitely not disappointed. Not your run-of-the-mill brunch food either. All very well prepared with superb service from Nicki.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved our experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Loved our experience here. The food is fantastic and the menu is very diverse.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sergio
    Sergio
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I like eating out It nice, It gives me the opportunity to socialize with friends. best of all is the food, I think I have visited the Fat Hen 10 or 11 times each time the food blows me away. My friends really appreciate it. You could compare it to a sophisticated high end restaurant with a real social atmosphere, and food with flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    TheatergoerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food and drinks here are reliably excellent. This is one of our favorites in the Charleston/Kiawah/Seabrook area for a relaxed, casual, delicious meal. Our only complaint is that it gets VERY NOISY, and it's hard to hear others at your table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.