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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Fat Hen reviews from OpenTable diners
392 reviews since May 23, 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 (265)neighborhood gem (228)great for brunch (129)special occasion (119)kid-friendly (107)good for groups (93)great for outdoor dining (89)hot spot (87)notable wine list (47)great for lunch (42)romantic (40)vibrant bar scene (26)late-night find (13)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Amazing and worth the drive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I haven't been to this restaurant in years and it was even better than I remembered. Nikki was our server and she was very attentive and personal. The cheese plate, Seared Grouper and Salmon were outstanding. This is well worth the trip to Johns Island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why haven't I been back sooner?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Years ago I had the opputunity to go yo the Fat Hen and really enjoyed it, but then just got very busy eating at the copious amount of fine dinning Charleston has to offer. This past Thursday had the chance to return for a birthday celebration of a friend! What a fabulous dinner had by the 4 if us. It's great to be among other foodies to share dishes. From the escargot to the mussels in curry appetizers and coqcoq vin... The Mahi and creamy shrimp and grits.. Wow.. And we eat lots of shrimp and grit in this area of the world. A shot above and reminded me to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expectations met and exceeded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We were visiting Charleston and it was our first time at the Fat Hen. I had the mahi mahi special, and others in our group had coq au vin, salmon bernaise, and the braised duck. We all were exceptionally pleased at our meals. Servers were personable, informed, and professional. The noise level was a little more than I hoped, but it fits into the convivial atmosphere. It was not a negative. Excellent choices for wines. And the desserts were a great finish to our meals. Best Key Lime pie I've had. As I said, expectations were met and exceeded. Of all the many fine restaurants in the area, this choice should be near the top. It is on ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food. Great service. Knowledgable staff. Some of out party was gluten free and there were plenty if options. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch but...
    Element07
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've been here several times and that is why we return. The service is typically very good as is the food. The ambiance is acceptable however the reastaurant is often crowded and therefore somewhat noisier than one might prefer. I had the duck BBQ sandwich and fries. It was very good. Well prepared. The fries are as good as any I've had anywhere. My wife had the chicken pot pie and while it presents nicely at the table it is not very good. She wished she had sent it back. An odd taste to it which may have been the spices or mushrooms. I tried it too and did not like it. Chicken included dark and light meat and was more pulled off the bone rather than chopped. One shouldn't need a knife to eat chicken pot pie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Kate
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The restaurant kindly accomodated our large party of 11 and everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food
    Neildiamond
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We come for the mussels and we got the mussels! Unbelievable flavor and we keep coming back, making day trips from Hilton Head just so we can stop for dinner. The only downside was the waiter, Chris, who must have thought everyone was deaf as he yelled everything he said!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maggietaps
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my husband's and my second time here. We decided to bring our parents to dine here when they came in town. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and specialty drinks!!! We WILL back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    JillVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    VEry nice wait staff and amamzing food! The short ribs were perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    pmears54
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I enjoyed the service and food very much, great place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent dining experience! We highly recommend Fat Hen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONE WORD
    CheezeWhiz
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    "OUTSTANDING" Well I have to add characters and the words, great, tremendous, can be added to my outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Chefmom
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our friends came for a visit and brunch was on the agenda! My husband and I absolutely love The Fat Hen for dinner and have often thought of partaking of brunch, so I made a reservation and off we went. We arrived on time and were seated immediately, out on the enclosed porch. Our waitress was adorable and the meal spectacular! It's one of our favorite places to eat- Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Team4
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Eaten at Fat Hen multiple times but this was our first brunch. The menu had so many items that were compelling that we could come back for a year of Sunday brunches. The food did not disappoint. However, there were delays in service this time that were a disappointment. It took 15 to 20 minutes to get our drink order...it was a carafe of the mimosas that are offered during brunch so should not be something that takes that long to get to the table. The table next to us had their food before their drinks as well so something awry in the beverage delivery process. We also ordered dessert and that took 15+ minutes. Our entrees were delivered timely and were excellent. Again, timing issues although server was good and food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Although we always enjoy the Fat Hen, there was clearly not enough staff last Sunday to serve the patrons. The wait between placing our order and receiving our food was 45 minutes!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant, Off Night
    Ashton87
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Let me start off by saying that I love Fat Hen. It is our favorite restaurant in Charleston, & as locals we eat here at least twice a month. We always receive great service, & the food is delicious. Unfortunately, this past Saturday, we had an usually bad experience with what seemed to be a new server. We came in for our reservation at 8:45 & after being seated, waited over 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order. We kept getting ignored & being told that we were being passed off to a different waiter, then our original waiter finally returned to take our food order. This was my mother's first time here & her water was never even refilled over the course of the meal. The whole situation was extremely off-putting and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Hen - Good Neighborhood Food
    GoodFatHen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My recent visit to the Fat Hen on Johns Island, Charleston, SC was a surprise. I was expecting typical roadhouse food and was pleasantly surprised. My wife is a vegan and they were able to accommodate her food needs. The other party members are fairly health and nutrition conscious, but still love really good and tasty food. We were not disappointed. The heirloom tomato salad was outstanding! The fresh fish and short rib entres were delicious. Overall, a good neighborhood find. Good wine offerings and their draft beers were fine, but could be expanded to offer more (now I am knit picking)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of my favorite places to eat. Food is ALWAYS great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lad14
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Service and food were excellent as usual. Our friends (first time there) enjoyed the food and would love to go back. The noise level is high and there was a party with a young child who was screaming at the top of her lungs---very annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWESOME GOOD
    KenL
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at, and I live near NY City and have dined at some good places, the HEN is as good as any and better than most. I have had the pleasure of dining here before and never pass up a chance to go back. In fact, while there dining we reserved a table for the following week. DO NOT miss a chance to dine here if you are in the CHARLESTON, SC area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic/ Special occasion
    Foodie579
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Awesome fried green tomatoes (with goat cheese pimento), salmon, flounder and shrimp and grits were fabulous! The she crab soup was the best I've ever had! Fresh cream and the sherry wasn't too overpowering.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    Leafsfan927
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We try to go to Fat Hen every time we are in town from VA. The food is extraordinary, drinks are creative and the service is outstanding. We always get the cheese board, duck confit, and definitely save room for dessert. Loved the Blackberry Pot de Creme!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fat Hen is a Really Good Choice
    Chris
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    While playing golf at Kiawah Island with my 3 buddies, a local recommended Fat Hen for dinner. We were not disappointed. All the dishes were excellent, fusing good ole southern cooking and local ingredients with modern fish and seafood preparation techniques. The atmosphere was casual, but the service rose above that and was very respectful, friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent gf/dairy free choices
    Jill
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Super yummy! Coq au vin was as good as if we were in France. We will be going back for sure :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
  • Can't Take it any more!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was very good but we had two good friends in town that we had not seen for over a year and wanted to catch up. We literally could not hear a word they said! We were seated at a 4 top, out in the middle of the of the floor, and the place was packed. There was no where we could request being moved. The noise was everywhere anyway. The decible level was horrendous and therefore dinner was not pleasant! This occurs in restaurant after restaurant. I have finally come to beleive that the restaurants of today want this so you will leave quicker and they can turn their tables faster. They can keep my table, I will not be back.
    • Food
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    • 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
    MUrhino
    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
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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
  • elizaseatsalot
    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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 2.50 per shrimp?
    Foodygirl
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem of a Restaurant
    VMVAtlantaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dining got off to a great start with the Host's sense of humor and friendliness. Things only got better with Nikki, the Server, exuding warmth and helpfulness. Kudos to the Chef for fresh Oysters perfectly prepared, delicious Shrimp Pasta and a sweet ending with the 5 Layer Cake! Fat Hen does dining and customer service well!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The FABulous Fat Hen!
    GlobalDiner
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate