Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Fat Hen

  • Online Reservations

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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Fun atmosphere, great and knowledgeable waitstaff, delicious food. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Set amongst churches and local residences, the Fat Hen looks very unassuming from outside. Decor is country funk but the food is no joke Lamb shank was one of the best we've had since our beloved Cocos went away. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My wife and I went to The Fat Hen recently to celebrate her birthday. It's been awhile since we dined there and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, the wine specials were an excellent value and making a reservation was a breeze. It is a little loud but we understand that modifications are planned to help that. It was a rainy night and the parking lot was a mess. But we enjoyed ourselves and plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The Fat Hen is an outstanding restaurant with great food well prepared with a French & Southern touch. For your first time, don't judge a book by its cover when driving up and seeing the small roadside establishment. Go in, enjoy the casual atmosphere, great service and outstanding chef dishes. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Arrived on time on a rainy evening. Waited 45 minutes to be seated for an 8:45 reservation. Was informed at 8:45 that they where waiting on three tables to leave who had finished their meal. Continual updated us about the three tables but never approached a single table about leaving. Complete disrespect for a wIting customer. Cannot recommend a restaurant that respects a dinners time."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Although the Fat Hen is about 10 miles from downtown Charleston it is well worth the drive. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meals (duck confit and flounder with grits). My wife has a gluten allergy and they were exceptionally careful with food preparation and adjustments to accomodate her diet. This was the best restauarant we ate at in Charleston and would recommend the drive into the country to try it out."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We make it a habit to eat at Fat Hen each time we vacation in the area. We get excellent service every time and the food is always thoughtfully conceived and perfectly executed. The menu, which is a blend of classic French and low country seafood, grains and vegetables, changes regularly so there's always something new to look forward to. This last time we had to wait 25 minutes for our reserved table for 12 but the maitre d' was constantly on top of the situation, communicated regularly with us and sent us a complimentary hors d'oeuvre to compensate for the wait. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, food timing was on the spot. Once again, a delicious and memorable experience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We once again had a wonderful experience at the Fat Hen. The atmosphere, drinks, food and service always make for a good night. The main dishes (the fish special, the shrimp and crab dish ) were great and the mussels were up to the usual excellence. no doubt we'll go back again"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Fat Hen. It was phenomenal and I don't say that often. You will definitely not be disappointed. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "From fried shrimp to innovative dishes with fresh local to table veggies, the food here continues to be great - no frozen fish here! The only problem is the noise level in the restaurant. We were hoping that the new cork floor would make a difference, but it is not enough to make a dent in this busy place--definitely not suitable for a quiet dinner. The noise level is somewhat better on the outside porch, but overall this is a great place to have a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our brunch at the Fat Hen. If you are in the mood for mimosas or a cocktail - they've got a great list! We enjoyed our meal and had a variety of their yummy desserts afterwards. Would go again!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "As always, a good choice, one of the guest went with one of the dinner specials, fish in local vegetables made into a succotash, was excellent. The other guest ordered the mahi-mahi fish dish, with local grown vegetable. We have always enjoyed everything we have ordered at the Fat Hen. Chef Fred Neuville, is always so creative with local foods we enjoy trying what he will make next."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed the restaurant 3 years ago, but would not go back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We chose the Fat Hen to help celebrate 3 years of marriage. We loved our first visit last year. The food was delicious and I normally pass on dessert, but we shared the chocolate moose. Don't pass on anything here! They used a lot of locally grown items in my chicken dish."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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