Lives up to expectationsThird time there. After the first, have taken friends and relatives. Each time the food and service were excellent. Made reservations ahead which is recommended. It's busy and seatings are full because it is so good. Excellent low country seafood, great appetizers, most made in house.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth it, but be ready to shoutThe food at the Fat Hen is incredible. The drinks are amazing, The staff and service are wonderful. The acoustics are lousy!!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat little spot!Restaurant opens for dinner at 5:30, bar is open at 4. We had a reservation for 6pm but were in the area quite early (around 5pm) so we decided to have a few drinks at the bar while we waited. They ended up seating us at 5:30, which was fine with us! It did not take long at all for the restaurant to fill up after that.
Both my date and I are not able to eat very much food in one sitting so we went with a few appetizers (unfortunate, some of the main dishes seemed fantastic). We ordered the fried duck livers with mushroom cream sauce, foie gras terrine, crab soup and a cheese plate, which won a coin flip with the charcuterie plate, featuring sausages made on-site with herbs grown on property. All was exceptional and we would return!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAll around great placeWe like good food and we like to bring along our kids too! Fat Hen is great about utilizing the food from local farms, so everything is fresh. They have imaginative recipes to complement their seasonal fare as well. Furthermore, they also have tried and true dishes like the shrimp and pasta that are always great when you know you just want to have something you are familiar with and will enjoy. AND they have a great kids menu. Overall it can't be beat for any occasion!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved itGreat little place. We are on vacation on Kiawah and heard about this restaurant and tried it. It was very, very good.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGemThe Fat Hen was recommended to me by someone I met on the plane into town. I sure am glad I took that lead! My whole family loved it! You have to try the curry mussels and the mud pie!!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made a 9:30pm reservationWe made a 9:30pm reservation but wish we had arrived earlier. The server rushed us along a bit, since it was obvious she was trying to be finished for the night. She didn't look us in the eyes, she rushed us in taking our orders, and she never came to check on our experience during the meal (likely because she already had started the side work). I highly recommend the restaurant because of good food and atmosphere, but I suggest getting an earlier reservation to avoid becoming an unwanted late guest.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMTwo great meals !Love the Shrimp pasta and the Coq Au Vin chicken wonderful.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM2nd time and can't wait to2nd time and can't wait to go back. Wonderful food and exceptional service.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always Fat Hen did notAs always Fat Hen did not disappoint. A great place.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTables are a bit close. ItTables are a bit close. It felt like we were sharing a table with the couple next to us.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMTerrific every time!We keep coming back because it's consistently wonderful.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was good, but some offood was good, but some of the vegetable were heavy with a lot of bacon. Too salty.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were a group of 6 ladiesWe were a group of 6 ladies who wanted a delicious meal and some more local ingredients. This restaurant was fantastic! We all tried 3 different appetizers...including escargot and fried green tomatoes...and we all had the shrimp and grits along with a side of collards. Once the meal arrived, we all took our first bites and we were in heaven. the flavor and presentation was right on target! We barely talked again until we were done with our meal. The only problem is we just wish we had a Fat Hen back in CT!!!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaurantThe food was great, but I don't think you should have taken the BBQ duck sandwich off the menu. I don't think you should have taken it off the menu because that is what I came there for, I LOVED IT!I bet a bunch of other people were sad too.
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We love Brunch at The Fat Hen! Cheesy bacon grits are amazing. Creme brûlée French Toast scrumptious. Best French fries we've ever had. Hands down!something for the foodie and something for the , shall we say, picky? Lots of wonderful choices. Yum !
Completely worth the drive4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingWonderful experience- we had a reservation for Sunday Brunch- seated promptly. Our waitress Nikki was outstanding. She offered many specials from memory-pretty impressive. Food was wonderful- specials and items off the menu - service was what you would hope for - Great !!!!
I can't say enough - we were all impressed !!!!!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous!Great meal and dining experience at Fat Hen, as always. This is one of my favorite places in Charleston to eat!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMust go oftenI wish there were more restaurants in this part of South Carolina as good. Can compete with any NYC restaurant.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food; great serviceWhen headed to Kiaweh Island, we past the Fat Hen and 'laughed about it.' While at the conference, we were encouraged to try it for Low Country cooking. When we went there, we left 'raving about it.' Great food; great service; great ambiance.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, a great diningAs always, a great dining experience. Several 'firsts' for us on this occasion, and the risk was worth it (we tried foie gras for the first time).4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, our food was superb.As usual, our food was superb. We brought 2 friends that work in a Summerville restaurant for 27 years, and they fell in love. Thanks to a gracious staff that seated once we arrived a bit late, and a very observant server...Tia I think. We will continue to recommend Fat Hen!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit, definitely won'tFirst visit, definitely won't be the last. First impression, very welcoming, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for what was actually (menu-wise) a fine dine restaurant (so fine casual?). Next impression, service (from hostess to server & backwaiters to manager) - very pleasant, laid back, welcoming and knowledgeable. Having been born and raised in the South, my husband and I know genuine Southern hospitality when we see it and that's what we got. Finally, the food. Tasty, creative, with excellent presentation. Also, great craft beer selection. Bonus? Not in downtown Charleston! My husband hates the traffic/parking there. After our dinner at Fat Hen, he asked that we please come here every time we visit the area. Go. You'll love it.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Italian. We go atWonderful Italian. We go at least twice when we are in the area.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Fat HenOur favorite restaurant in the Charleston area (and that says a lot).4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Family ExperienceHad a great evening at The Fat Hen this week while visting the Charleston area on Spring Break. The hostess was very accomodating for our group of 8 and the menu had gluten-free items that were a treat for our child with Celiac's disease. The atmosphere was lively and the food was GREAT. This was our second visit to The Fat Hen and is a family favorite.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMFatisfied!Just flat out enjoyed the quality of the food and the professionalism of the service.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual the food was excellentAs usual the food was excellent and the staff were attentive although very busy. A superb experience each and every time.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMfood was very good & we willfood was very good & we will definitely return..restaurant was very crowded due to spring break. wait staff very professional & attentive.. met great people there..had lots of fun along with good food.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLINDSAY WAS ATTENTIVE ANDLINDSAY WAS ATTENTIVE AND HELPED US GREATLY IN MAKING OUR FOOD SELECTIONS. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHT!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a wonderful place! SomeWhat a wonderful place! Some of the very best food we've had in the Charleston area! We are from FL and visit often and we definitely return! Very friendly staff and amazing food!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, The Fat Hen experienceAs always, The Fat Hen experience on Easter Sunday was wonderful! The service was excellent, the food delicious! There's truly something for everyone on their menu; from true foodies to the more "sensitive" palate!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMMason jars were a big hitMason jars were a big hit with the kids. Overall a great dining experience. Can't wait to return.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMA slight blip but still a favoriteWe love the Fat Pepper (a jalapeno-infused margarita). While usually spot on, entrees were a little off this time: fried whole flounder (a special) was difficult to eat with all the bones. My husband ordered the steak special, asking that the Bernaise sauce be left off. It came with the sauce, but the waiter graciously took it back and brought a sauceless one, but with collard greens instead of the advertised asparagus. He apologized profusely and brought us a free dessert (delicious chocolate cake!) at the end of the meal. We still love the relaxed atmosphere and the regular entrees: The Rib, flounder Nicoise, shrimp and crab (with black-eyed peas, julienned veggies...absolutely delicious). We will be back!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the Fat HenSimply fantastic. Our favorite restaurant when visiting Kiawah.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect spot for a group dinnerPerfect spot for a group dinner to celebrate a birthday. Short ribs were fork tender and tasted as good as it looked. The fried flounder and shrimp shrimp combo were lightly breaded and season perfectly. Their spin on crab and shrimp hoppin john was a flavor explosion and a favorite among the table. The flounder nicoise was probably the least favorite. It had a vinegary bite that was a little too much for our taste. But everyone agrees that Fat Hen was more than 5 stars in our book.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Fat Hen. We go oftenWe love Fat Hen. We go often by ourselves and also take many out-of-town guests. My only complaint is the noise. It's very hard to have a conversation over dinner.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLori S.I love this restaurant. It is absolutely our favorite!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe try to eat at the Fat HenWe try to eat at the Fat Hen every time we are in Charleston -- everything we've ever had there has been WONDERFUL. Highly recommend the mussels appetizer - the broth is heavenly. Our party had the tilefish, the lamb special, shrimp & grits, pulled pork, duck confit, and the burger -- and everyone was delighted with their choice. Also -- don't miss the specialty cocktails! The blackberry infused bourbon cocktail was not sweet - just wonderful; and the lemon/ginger mule was delicious too. We will definitely return again and again.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMLow country French is a spot on.This one of our favorite restaurants in the country. We have never been disappointed with the food or drink choices and the service is always excellent. If we lived in the Charleston area we would dine there often. As it is, we always include the Fat Hen in dining plans while in the area. The restaurant is somewhat noisy but in large part because all are enjoying themselves.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMStill one of our favoritesFancy french food and a very causal atmosphere, this is still one of our favorites. The Fat Hen never disappoint. Service is great, food is impeccable, and specialty drinks like the Fat Pepper are unique and delectable.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our first FriedWe enjoyed our first Fried Green Tomato dish...and it was spectacular! The blue cheese and bacon cole slaw was unique and the fact that the Fat Hen had a Gluten Free menu was great as 2 of our diners are on a gluten free diet.
All in all a great dinner!3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOn every visit to Kiawah weOn every visit to Kiawah we visit the Fat Hen and it never disappoints. Tried new items this time and recommend the crab cakes! Great service and lively, even on a Monday night!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic experience. HouseFantastic experience. House specialty drinks were excellent as was the food. A little on the loud side in the dining room but manageable. Overall, highly recommended. A Charleston and, moreso, Johns Island gem!3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMworth the tripAn excellent find in the low country. The food is great and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. The specialty drink menu looked pretty cool3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved our experience at theLoved our experience at the Fat Hen! My parents were in from out of town and meeting my boyfriend for the first time! The FH was the perfect place!1/26/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent restaurant week dining !Don't overlook this great restaurant when you come to Charleston.... everything was perfect!! Food, service, variety of entrees, it was a hit on all levels. Even my little request when I made the reservation about having a quiet table.. the hostess read it, showed us several options of tables and we dined on the closed in porch. Everything they did was to make sure our experience was pleasant.
We will be back!!1/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFat Hen felt like a "local"Fat Hen felt like a "local" place that offered authentic food. The $20 wine list was decent. A fun, not fancy night out.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM