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  1. Distance: 2.87mi
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  3. Distance: 3.91mi
  4. Distance: 4.54mi
  1. Distance: 2.87mi
  2. Distance: 3.01mi
  3. Distance: 3.91mi
  4. Distance: 4.54mi

About 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.

3140 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Low Country

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 559-9090

Website:
http://www.thefathen.com/

Executive Chef:
Fred Neuville

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Fat Hen Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (3997)
Neighborhood Gem (3705)
Special Occasion (1748)
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Great for Brunch (1698)
Good for Groups (1610)
Hot Spot (1307)
Kid-friendly (1204)
Great for Outdoor Dining (860)
Notable Wine List (846)
Romantic (647)
Great for Lunch (531)
Vibrant Bar Scene (464)
Late-night Find (129)
Scenic View (60)
Local Ingredients (43)
Comfort Food (32)
Casual (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Authentic (23)
Good for a Date (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fun (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Organic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Outstanding Value (5)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Love the Fat Hen it never disappoints us!!! The food and service are always perfect!

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Outstanding service, wide variety menu and top quality dishes. Our favorite Charleston area dining !

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2016

We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation. Also, our server was not the best. He kept forgetting items and needed to be reminded what we were fairing on.

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food4
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner so much at the Fat Hen that we ended up having lunch / brunch on the way out of town. We stayed at the Sanctuary and arrived a day before our gang so we went off Island for a little local flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2016

My husband and I are from Connecticut and this was our first time at Fat Hen. Everything was awesome. We got the Farmer's platter and crab soup to start. The Farmer's platter consisted of house cured meats accompanied by pickled veggies and fruit. So many unique and different flavors. Crab soup was buttery heaven. For dinner we had the meatloaf and the lamb shank. My husband thinks my meatloaf is better but I have to say I'd love the receipt for the collards. What did they do to them? So good. I helped my husband with the lamb shank. A very healthy portion! It was accompanied with veggies and cheesy grits. The combo was sooooooo good! Everything was great, but that shank was the best. Melted in our mouth! We couldn't get dessert. Too full. I would come back if we ever make it back to Charleston.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 21, 2016

We decided to go to Fat Hen for our 48th Wedding Annivesary. As usual, the food and service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 20, 2016

It was the first time I was here. Food was fantastic. They had great wine deals. Service was good. The table we were at was very small and I was pinned in near the door. I'm 6'5. Would have liked a little more room but all in all a great meal. Highly recommend.

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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (Western NC)·Dined on September 19, 2016

Fun and lively. The French flair comes through in the Southern Cuisine.

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food4
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2016

This was definitely worth the drive out of downtown Charleston for a great brunch spot, even if we had to wait about 20 minutes for our Uber back to the hotel. The classic southern breakfast items with some of the more modern or inventive twists on the classics went really well together. My husband is still talking about how much he loved the country fried steak and the bacon cheese grits. It really was the perfect breakfast for him on our last day in Charleston. The french toast was also very good - even though I would have loved more strawberries - it was exactly what I was looking for. We started with the fried green tomatoes and they actually were the perfect way to start off brunch - not too big, but enough to tie us over while the kitchen worked on our entrees. If you are looking to go here for brunch, be sure to make a reservation. The wait without one seemed really long as many locals head here on Sunday mornings. So if you're visiting Charleston and staying downtown, be sure to make the 20 minute drive out to Fat Hen - your tummy will thank you when you leave full and very happy.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies
1 person found this review helpful.
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food4
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service4
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 17, 2016

The food at The Fat Hen is so exceptional that it is actually surprising. The location is a bit out of the way on Johns Island. For visitors on Kiawah (as we were) it is a 30 minute drive. But it is worth driving. Our party had Shrimp and Grits, Coq au Vin, Lamb Shank, Crab Soup, Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Collard Greens. Delicious!!! Even the Pommes Frites were great. Such a great combination of true low country dishes and French cuisine. Worth the drive and worth the wait (if you show up for dinner after 7:00 on a Friday or Saturday you will probably have to wait because it well deservedly packed.

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food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Food and service were great

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food5
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2016

I was nervous when we pulled into the parking lot, but once we entered the restaurant I felt more at ease. Food was excellent as well as our server.

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food4
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Amazing food: grilled okra, shrimp and crab dish, fried green tomatoes, pluff mud cake). All was perfect. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly and made for an overall great time.

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food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Excellent service and the food was great! It became a little noisy as the place filled up, though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 13, 2016

On a golf trip to Kiawah, we were fortunate to find the Fat Hen and gave it a try. Well worth the visit. Nine of us had dinner and all nine gave this restaurant two thumbs up. Appetizers and entrees were uniformly excellent and their wine list was more than adequate, to say the least. At our table of four, appetizers, entrees and a glass of wine each totaled out to $52 pp on a split check, plus tip. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Kiawah as an alternative to island dining, with the caveat that it's about a 20-25 minute drive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2016

My wife and have been going to fat hen for 5 years it is are favorite place to eat whenever we are in South Carolina always fresh always outstanding

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Great Beer, Scenic View, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2016

I've been to the Fat Hen several times and always order their mussels in curry cream sauce. That's exactly what I wanted when we went for Sunday Brunch. Unfortunately, they didn't have mussels on their brunch menu and said they were not able to make them as a special request:-( The brunch menu was ordinary and the brunch food itself was ordinary too. The dinner options we've had there have been much much better. We'll definitely go back, but not for brunch.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Always love brunch here. They have great food, great servers and wonderful ambiance. What else could you want.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Loud. Good for brunch. Food is great. Been there about 4x for brunch and it is a "go to" I would say. Def off the beaten path. Me likey.

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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2016

One of our favorite places for Sunday brunch. The staff is the best, and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Always love eating at the Fat Hen. Excellent menu and atmosphere. They always go the distance to ensure your dining experience is wonderful from beginning to end. They are especially accommodating and knowledgeable with gluten allergies/food sensitivities. Most of the best meals I've had in Charleston have been here.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Romantic
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Excellent from start to finish. Great explanation of food, which was all expertly prepared. Favorites were fried green tomatoes, grits, lamb shank, she crab soup. Kitchen and wait staff accommodated child with severe food allergies with a great deal of attention.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Definitely a must!! We have never had a bad meal or service! One of our favorite restaurants!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 8, 2016

This was our first time there, but it won't be our last. I loved the squash rice and fried green tomatoes. My husband enjoyed the swordfish. Thank you for a wonderful meal!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Great food, if you are willing to try something different, you will enjoy the food at the Fat Hen. Atmosphere is very casual, golf shirt and shorts, or business casual mix well. Good meal for a fair price, service was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 7, 2016

I have been to the Fat Hen for many years and it is a good casual restaurant. Using OT, I did not have to wait for a table which appears to be the modius operendei here so you will get a drink. The waiter was plesant but pushy. This was a date and we needed to talk. He had this habit of kneeling down to the table. This is not necessary since we are adults. The food was good but the mixed drinks a disaster. They really need to learn how how to make a Manhattan. Stick with the wine.
This is a small reataurant but the parking is a disaster all over the place on gravel which is not kept. The sign or Maybank Road needs to be freshened up since you can miss it if you were not a local. Money value good.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Seasonal
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food4
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service2
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Excellent restaurant! Started with crab soup and seafood stew and we enjoyed both. For entrees, I had the pork chops and my wife had the crab cakes and both were delicious. Collard greens with my dinner was probably one of the best I've ever had at any restaurant. Was stuffed but ended up ordering the bread pudding (dessert special) and I'm glad we did as it was awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2016

Great meal in a charming local. I am gluten free and the restaurant has numerous choices. My only complaint is it is a bit noisy.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2016

We love celebrating my husband's birthday every year at the Fat Hen while vacationing in Kiawah! It is always a memorable occasion!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 6, 2016

We had a great dining experience! The food was incredible! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Charleston if not the world. Although a few miles outside of Charleston proper it is well worth the trip. The seared grouper over succotash is incredible. There are also gluten free and low cal options available. All are great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 5, 2016

very slow service not really busy took 15 minutes to get water and talked to.Mussels were way to salty and when food was brought out we were never checked on. I ordered the shrimp and crab and it came out looking like mush and extremely salty had to send back and reorder something else. Plus side manager apologized and corrected the issue. Our server was very slow and it seemed like our table was on the back burner as we watched other tables come and go with their very attentive server.

Tags: Casual
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food1
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Our dinner was a delight. We loved the local fresh vegetables presented with a French twist. We enjoyed the décor with all the "hens and chickens" There was something for everyone on the menu. Our party of 8 was accommodated very comfortably and we enjoyed our lively conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 5, 2016

Still my favorite place to eat while in Charleston. Excellent food and great service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 4, 2016

This is one of our favorite places to eat! The fried green tomatoes are incredible!!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Amazing as always!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2016

On of my favorite spots in the Charleston area! Always consistently great!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2016

2nd time there. Will always be in the dinner plans when we visit.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Love the special dishes offered!
It was nice to see rabbit offered in two different creative ways. The entree was a little high on the price scale, but it sold out, so I must've been the only one to think so!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Awesome as usual. Not even a tropical storm can disrupt the great experience.

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