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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Fat Hen reviews from OpenTable diners
357 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (253)neighborhood gem (209)special occasion (114)great for brunch (101)good for groups (98)kid-friendly (87)great for outdoor dining (77)hot spot (65)notable wine list (51)romantic (44)great for lunch (34)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Ear Plugs or throat spray or both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food is great, service is average, host on Sunday's is rude and pompous. Made reservations for 1 pm, was seated at 115 by host who did not speak but made eye contact and gestured that our table was ready. Places 3 menus down at table and before we can be seated is halfway back to hostess stand without saying a word. The space is way to small for the number of tables, ceiling is very low, and cramped. Can not have a normal conversation with your party at table and must talk too loud to be heard. They are known for their brunch on Sunday and that is the busiest day. Still too cramped for a nice dinner because of layout. Highly recommend to owner to expand. Always busy and need more room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as it always is!
    Armstrong56VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Fat Hen never lets you down. I am a repeat customer over and over. Mussels are the favorite appetizer. All of the entrees are worthy of mention. This evening the crab cakes were phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just alright
    Johnsokm
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was okay. It's a pretty but small place. Food came out quickly even though we came in with a rush of people. We ordered a drink when we first got there. Bartender was rude and arrogant. Fries were a side for most of our dishes. They were over cooked and cold. Veggies were greasy and not very fresh. Device was slow towards the end. Took a while to get dessert and our check back. We were there for two hours. It was a long drive for a "just alright" meal. But, the dessert was the best part.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    KCasey
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The waitress was beyond nice and attentive. She added to our experience. The food was good, not as good as we expected. However, we would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in outskirts - Charleston
    Tinkchef
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Mastery of mussels, interesting take on Coq au Vin, great wine list and outstanding service by Joe. Were I a local I would be a regular. As a serious cook of French descent, they did both proud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, great service!
    AndieD
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was our 5th trip to The Fat Hen. It just keeps getting better and better! Selecting one of the dishes is nearly impossible...you just have to go with friends and share...it is the only way. The wait staff has been consistent for years; all servers know the menu well and can answer detailed questions. Wonderful atmosphere and whimsical/rustic interior design. One of my favorite restaurants period!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mell
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our favorite restaurant when we vacation at Kiawah Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dessert
    Dessert
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    OMG....the bread pudding was awesome :-) and it should be on the menu all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always spot on
    BLackCld
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We always enjoy the consistently great food and service at the Hen. Mussels are the best in the area. Service was attentive and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dylan, extremely pleasant
    Fathenforever
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was awesome the employees were great and the memories everlasting!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Hen, the bomb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service were exceptionally good. A little pricy for that far away from King Street and Shem Creek but our party of four was seated on time after I made reservations around 5 on Saturday afternoon. The restaurant was packed when we sat down at 9. This was a very busy weekend in Charleston. We found almost all of the hotels were sold out at least a week prior to this weekend so the streets were crowded downtown, not sure why other than folks just love Charleston in the fall. I'd definitely recommend the Fat Hen to my friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love It!
    Local
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    One of my favorite meals in Charleston. The "RIB" is wonderful as the boiled peanut salad. The service is very friendly and the prices are reasonable. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan Friendly
    Vegans
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We are vegans and have always found the staff at the Fat Hen willing to provide an excellent dining experience for us. The meals are delicious, nutritional and beautifully presented. Their staff is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently Good
    Phil
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    You will not have a bad meal here. Good selection of regular and specials. We have been here 4 times over the last 3 years while visiting Kiawah and the value exceeds what the resort has to offer. That being said something was a little "off" this time. For example when we arrived on time the greeter and her companion seemed confused as to where we should be seated. After staring at each other they finally made the decision and seated us. Service and food were good. When we opted for the dessert special they came back that they were all out (at 8:15). So you will have a good but not great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I just love Fat Hen
    Corolla
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I very seldom give 5 stars to anything, but here is a place that deserves it. All six of us loved our meals and the service was professional yet fun. He was knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. I had the pasta and shrimp and it was amazing. Others had meatloaf, crab cakes, braised short ribs and duck. Everyone said it was one of the best meals they had ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Eater
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by friends when we visited Charleston, but we were not as impressed. First, we had an extremely difficult time finding the restaurant. Do not follow GPS! We had to stop at a local gas station to get directions. The atmosphere was homey, friendly and energetic. Our waitress was friendly and casual, and she took time to explain the menu. The food was just okay. Our entrees were good, but did not "wow" us. On the night we dined, they were out of the fish special and the dessert special. While the waitress was honest about the substitutions, it is disappointing that a restaurant that takes reservations would run out of a dessert. All in all, we would go back, but there are better restaurants to try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and gluten friendly
    farm2table
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great dinner! During our recent trip we were looking for good food with an inventive interpretation of southern cuisine. The Fat hen did not disappoint. Crab cake, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, flounder, and duck confit...all great dishes with great service and gluten friendly. While the food was excellent it was our waiter, Jason, who took the dining experience to an extra level. Thank you for making us feel so welcome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our dinner was delicious. It always is. Thank you for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good in all aspects
    Local
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Overall an excellent dining experience. Staff was helpful, courteous and friendly. Food was excellent - one dish was outstanding and the other very good. Completely satisfied with our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    Fabulous
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This place is so much fun the staff is incredible and fun and knowledgable and everyone there always makes sure you have a great time and the food is incredible
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Sothern Road house meets French Country. Can't make it up...but it sure works.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food & service
    GMan
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This was our first time here and it was a very good choice. It's billed as a french restaurant, but the menu seems more American and low country. We shared an arugula salad with fennel, and spiced pecans. It was a bit soggy but okay. The restaurant offered 3 different bottles of whites and 3 different reds for $20/ea. We opted for the South African Souvignon Blanc which was very good. We had the Mahi-Mahi special and the Flounder Nicoise over creamy, cheese & bacon grits. Both were very good choices. We passed on the desserts since we were both full from our meals. Our server, Joe, was friendly and very helpful in describing our dishes to us. Aside from the salad, our meal was first rate and we would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Brunch
    BigD44
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    While we have been to the Fat Hen for dinner numerous times, this was our first "brunch" .... with the rain pouring down who would have thought everyone in the greater Charleston had the same idea. Despite the crowd, and the weather, it was a great meal with outstanding service from the front desk to the wait staff. We decided to try all new dishes as opposed to our favorites from the dinner menu. We've told numerous guests that you "can't miss" at the FH, and we validated that opinion with all of our choices. The crab cake, (no filler), peanut and corn salad, duck and apple sausage gratin...... all were excellent.....and the carafe of mimosas at $10., what a nice surprise. Just can't miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great Food ! Glad I made a reservation, the place was packed for Sunday brunch. Shows the quality of the food and restaurant, when there are people waiting to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Brunch
    chsfoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I tried this place for brunch and we had an amazing time! The food was delicious. Just don't forget to make a reservation! It would have been an hour wait if we wouldn't have reserved the night prior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Fat Hen's food is outstanding, but they would benefit from controlling the noise level in the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love The Fat Hen
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We recently discovered this delightful gem! It is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Food on the Island
    shmai
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    not many options in Kiawah and this place is closer than going into Charleston and better than eating on the Kiawah resort. food is solid and large portions. menu is diverse. reasonably priced. nice servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thursday 9/25
    Bluegrassgirl2
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our table was ready and the service was excellent. We were seated on the back porch and an air-cond. vent was blowing on us...it was freezing! We asked to move but the tables were booked. Other than that, our meal was good. I got the short ribs which are always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    charcuterieplease
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants ever. This time was very good, all of our food choices were delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was ok - we have been spoiled in the past and we think our server tonight was either new or distracted - either way he was not up to the standards set by his peers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our 40th wedding anniversary
    ChrisKonk
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We did lots of research as we were visiting this area on our 40th wedding anniversary. The host went our of his way to find us this special table I had noticed when we arrived. I had called in advance to mention this special occasion. We were given a small bottle of excellent champagne as a gift to this occasion. The service and food were outstanding. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, just...
    Sjbrownpsu
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I found the Fat Hen from multiple recommendations on Urbanspoon, and it was good. I was disappointed that they were only serving brunch at 2:30 on a Sunday. I know, I know, that's kind of standard, but I had my heart set on "real" menu items, and they were limited. My wife had the onion soup, and it was fantastic, I wish I had gotten it instead of the charcuterie, which was billed as sausages but was mostly pate. My shrimp Cobb salad was delicious, as was my wife's chicken fried steak. I tried the root beer cake for dessert, on the server's suggestion but now wish I had tried the daily special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Hen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We thought food and service top notch but with the room being filled it was really loud. Would still go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Amazing as always! Definitely one of my favorites in Charleston. Super friendly service and food that is to die for (especially the mussels in curry sauce, yum!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Night Out During Our Stay!
    6sistersdining
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our dining experience was terrific. The restaurant was charming and had a comfortable feel the moment we walked in. We were there to celebrate a 50th birthday and our waitor really made our night with his suggestions on food and wine, and due to his friendly attentive manner. The manager even stopped by and later sent a flight of champagne for the birthday girl! Will make it there again on our next visit to Charleston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great as usual but very disappointed in the change of the Shrimp and crab. It is fabulous with the pimento but I miss the old way. I guess I need to find a new favorite:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Juddick
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I would highly recommend the Fat Hen. The food was superb, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was casual and comfortable. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing and worth the drive
    AMCoffee
    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.
  • Great local find
    Cathy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I always try to return to Fat Hen when in Charleston. Excellent menu with accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    After having read about the Fat Hen, we were not disappointed. THe food was great and the service was too. Will defintely return and will recommend to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic