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Fat Hen

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3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
+1 843-559-9090
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Chef Fred Neuville is excited to embark on his first solo venture. "With...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 346
    Excellent
  • 113
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cute spot!

I visited on a weeknight with a friend who loves this place, and we sat at the bar for dinner. The restaurant itself is adorable, and the food is very good. It would be great for a night out with friends or a date night. The bartender didn't seem super interested in conversing, but the good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
daz709
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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493 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I visited on a weeknight with a friend who loves this place, and we sat at the bar for dinner. The restaurant itself is adorable, and the food is very good. It would be great for a night out with friends or a date night. The bartender didn't seem super interested in conversing, but the good outweighed the questionable, and... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Stopped at Fat Hen on Maybank Highway on our way back into Charleston last night - hadn't been there in ages! Place was full but not packed. Service was good except the waiter steered me to the Grouper selection on the menu which totally lacked a correct description. The fish arrived in a soup bowl of mostly beans with other... More 

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Newburgh, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Fat Hen is certainly popular. The parking lot is packed as is the restaurant, especially on Sunday brunch. This being said, the food was not especially great. I had the Eggs Benedict which is served with pommes frites, which I found discordant. The Hollandise sauce had a wonderful spice added but the toast the dish sat on was bland,... More 

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Long Beach, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

What an awesome birthday celebration!! It had to have been one of the best meals since leaving NY. Our waitress Sarah was both professional and made us feel so special. Brooke ( the manager) really knows how to run a well oiled machine. Appreciated the fact that the runners knew exactly where to place the meals. Had the Tilefish special.... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great variety of food, the waiter was very attentive and the food is up to the Charleston standard only at more reasonable prices. Had no complaints and will be going back. Don't let the outside fool you.

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Johns Island, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Entree' selection great...desserts fabulous...but the creamed corn side--unbelievably good...and I don't even like creamed corn. P.S. People order it for take out by the large tubs!

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bryson city,nc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Chef/Owner has been on the restaurant scene in Charleston for years. Starting with Rue De Jean before opening the Fat Hen. The food is always top notch and they have a great wine list with a $20 wine list also. Every meal I have had there has been exceptional. This is where the locals go and its well worth... More 

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South Carolina
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This has been our favorite place for years!! We always think of trying a new place when we go for our girls weekend, but keep coming back here! The food and service are both exceptional, and we love the French country decor and ambiance - it is always bustling, but you never feel rushed. Nikki has been our server 2... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We've been to the Fat Hen multiple times. Never have we walked out disappointed in anything. The service is always great and the food is delicious. I love that they source much of their foods from local farms. It's our favorite restaurant in Charleston and we've been to them all. Cheers! See you at brunch today!

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Our visit was interesting, the restaurant was packed with diners, the noise level was extremely loud , the food was good with some very interesting options for special entrees. Our expectations were set very high by friends who dine there frequently; thus we were a bit disappointed. Everything was good, and the prices were reasonable for an establishment on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Johns Island
  • Phone Number: +1 843-559-9090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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