We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fat Hen

3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Update restaurant details
Ranked #1 of 54 restaurants in Johns Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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. 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.
Reserve with OpenTable
The time you selected has already passed.
Write a Review

349 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, GA
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Fat Hen was my wife's favorite restaurant in all of Charleston. She had the quiche and I had the BBQ duck. We both enjoyed our meal but my wife went gaga for the Fat Hen. They are very knowledgeable about gluten-free items as well and were helpful. Be prepared to wait a while. Great food and service. We would... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Naples FL
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We have stayed in Charleston on many occasions and enjoyed dining in town. So this visit we had our fill of low country cuisine (note to every restauranteur in Charleston- we get the locavore thing, but you are starting to make it painful. Of course your ingredients should be sourced locally when possible. This is not ground breaking. Please stop... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Homewood, Alabama
3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I'm one to thoroughly enjoy a great restaurant with great wine, food and service. This place is now in my top 5 of places to dine. Our family of 6 + a good friend had a blast while enjoying everyting from Coq-au-vin, to steak, to shrimp and my favorite...duck confit! To die for! $20 bottle of wine night only made... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 9
Murree, Pakistan
4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

$26 for the best rib plate I've ever had. So incredibly tender and tasty and big enough portion to share with my husband. They do offer a kids menu but I wouldn't order the hamburger again. It was a little too spicy and undercooked for my 5 year old. Do order the coca cola cake. It sells out for a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 7
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Our hotel recommended Fat Hen for brunch and we were so glad they did! Was well worth the trip, all food was fresh...brunch supplies you breakfast items or items a little heavier but all with a Southern flair and using local ingredients when they can! We made a reservation online and the staff told us they LOVE when you make... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 8
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Having not been here for awhile, we were very pleased with every aspect of our meal. The staff and server were approachable and pleasant, the wine list generally reasonable, and the selections of appetizers and entrees extensive. And a super selection of desserts! The special (tile fish) was great, as were the main courses that we all enjoyed. There are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 14
Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great food. Chef Fred is definitely gifted. I enjoyed "The Rib". It was so big it needed its own zip code. I know it's never ok to alter the menu but I just had to have those air whipped mashed potatoes with my rib. Everything about this dish screams perfection: house made bbq sauce, pomme frites, a unique preparation and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 19
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I am running out of superlatives to say about the Hen. Ate there twice in Jan & February and cannot wait to go their again. Do not miss the opportunity to treat yourself a wonder dining experience, go to the Fat Hen and think you will agree, it doesn't come any better!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 19
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Thank you for being there Fat Hen ... wonderful meal ..!! The food is very special, what a find for us. Better then eating in downtown Charleston. Not a long drive and worth every mile.

Was this review helpful? Yes 22
Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a very good restaurant away from the main streets of Charleston. The seafood is guaranteed fresh and any dish is very tasty. The prices are a little high, however competitive in the area considering it is a high end tourist destination. The lighting was a little dark for dinner and our seating would not be considered a romantic... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 22

Travelers who viewed Fat Hen also viewed


Been to Fat Hen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Fat Hen, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing