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Fat Hen

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3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455-4814
+1 843-559-9090
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10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth the drive, Fat Hen compares well to any of the downtown restaurants. The fish is fresh and well-prepared, and the entrees come with lots of sides. Unlike The Ordinary, salads and veggies are highlighted as well as the meat dishes. The service and atmosphere are excellent as well.

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3 Thank smokey20
Boone, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not often do you get all three in a restaurant but this place manages to do it all. Intimate dining with fine fare and servers who know their menu and their service etiquette.

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1 Thank Janet P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Brunch. Quiche and fat hen burrito were delicious. Service spot on. Parking lot was full and people waiting at 9:45 am on Sunday. Definitely make reservations !

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2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Saint Louis, Missouri
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed the Fat Hen several times before, so we chose to go there for Valentine's Day. Because of its popularity it was extremely busy, even at 5:30, our reservation time. We were seated on the front porch, which was OK, but we prefer the dining room. The waiter was cordial and extremely knowledgeable, and provided very good service.... More 

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1 Thank Stlouisgirl95
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing to come to Fat Hen for your special Valentine's Day dinner. We appreciate your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Kingsport, Tennessee
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sunday Brunch at the Fat Hen was a recommendation from a local we met at a seafood restaurant and we are so glad we did. We arrived at 11 am and were told the wait was 2 hours but we could be seated in minutes in the courtyard. So reservations are highly recommended. Per our waiter's recommendation we tried the... More 

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2 Thank Angel B
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Angel, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy to hear that you both enjoyed your brunch with us. Please come back and see us when you stay in Charleston again. More 

Johns Island
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to have a Kiawah resident suggest that we upgrade our dining experience and he recommend the Fat Hen and another restaurant on Johns Island. There were four of us and the two from Chicago found the shrimp and grits to be delicious and my wife enjoyed her crab cakes and I liked my shrimp and pasta dish.... More 

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2 Thank PAsnowbirds
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and thank you for making the time to come see us on your trip to Charleston. We are very happy to hear you loved both our food and service! Come back and see us again next time you're in Charleston. More 

Paris, Illinois
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed Fat Hen's casual and relaxed atmosphere. Our server was excellent, sharing lots of the black history of So Carolina. Our shrimp and grits were tasty as were the fried tomatoes. We enjoyed the decor of the restaurant and the pleasant and friendly staff. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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2 Thank Frazie1
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We take such pride in our food and service, and I am happy to hear you and your husband were able to experience that during your visit. We look forward to seeing you both again soon! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is small and cozy and usually pretty crowded. We tried several appetizers just to taste and all were delicious. The fried green tomatoes were my favorite. My husband had the seared duck and I had the crab cakes. No filler and they were wonderful. Going again soon. We liked everything and had enough left overs lunch the next... More 

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2 Thank Sandra B
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Sandra, we love to hear that you and your husband enjoyed everything. Thank you for your great review and we will see you again soon! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is absolutely the best place to eat in all of Charleston. Skip downtown and travel to Johns Island. Chef Fred is incredible in his flavoring of all dishes. Have visited numerous times in our 3 years on Ji and have always been pleased. Service imbecile, food impeccable always. It is so great you really need a reservation!!

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2 Thank Lynn M
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Lynn, thank you so much for your raving review. We will see you again soon! More 

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I advise making a reservation. Several people were turned away while we were there. Very friendly and efficient waitstaff. A manager circulated constantly to ensure everyone was well taken care of. Lots of special cocktails and a varied menu. I finally tried Shrimp and Grits. Wonderful. Our only complaint was a table of very loud patrons nearby. Guess that can't... More 

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2 Thank cweaver15
Fred N, Owner at Fat Hen, responded to this review

Thank you for trying our Shrimp and Grits and we are so happy you enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455-4814
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Johns Island
  • Phone Number: +1 843-559-9090
Description
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. The Braised Chicken features locally raised free-range chicken braised in red wine with rich bacon lardons, root vegetables & mushrooms. Fat Hen's Short Rib, a favorite signature dish among family and friends, is braised for hours in a rich veal broth.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?