We lucked into this great authentic French restaurant when the highly touted nearby places were too noisy and too big. Two appetisers (eggplant-zuchinni-goat cheese-tomato with sauce and duck confit-spinach-duck pate salad) made a whole meal for each of us, topped off with profiterols and French press coffee. My Cote de Rhone 2007 was excellent and not overpriced. It reminded us of the neighborhood family restaurant we found near our hotel in Paris in 1978 but there was no family dog making the rounds of the tables for snacks. We'll come back anytime we're in Charleston.
We'll be back, but not likely to order the same thing. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of some other patrons. The bar tender was very helpful by offering a better recommendation from the bottle of wine that we selected (for I believe a $2 difference in price w/ a $20 difference in taste). Their duck fat fried french fries are as good as they say and if for nothing else, you should stop in and enjoy a glass of wine with a basket of those fries. We also had a braised steak dish with carrots and potatoes and a red wine reduction type sauce. It was good, but the steak was cooked too long and was dried out. 6 glasses of wine, one basket of fries, one entree and one desert ~ $120.
It was a good experience and we'll likely go back, just won't get the braised steak dish again.
There are two things that make us talk about Fast and French a year after leaving Charleston, and will make us come back again: Chocolate Croissants and French Press Coffee. Not too sweet, perfect taste!
Just not that impressed...
Went on possibly the worst day ever--Valentine's Day. Crowded, noisy, as we expected it would be, but tolerable. Food was good, but not stellar. Waitress was friendly but REALLY pushing hard to pad the (already expensive) tab. Might go again, in the future, maybe for lunch to see if we just originally picked the worst possible day to go!
It's wonderful having a restaurant near home with great food. Maybe when Chef Fred opens Wild Olive the crowds will be smaller for awhile at the "Big Chicken". Sorry, I couldn't help myself; I lived in Marietta, GA for 18 years.
Had a great meal here last weekend. The steak frites was awesome a perfectly cooked hangar steak with a mound of there delicious fries. The service was attentive, the atmosphere was great, and lots of french wine by the glass. I found my new spot for a steak frite fix.
I'd humbly suggest you venture beyond french fries and fried scrimp at Fat Hen if you want anyone to take your "review" seriously. The drive-thru at Captain D's may be more your speed.
Fat Hen is the best thing to happen to Johns Island in the time since I moved out here ten years ago. Living nearby, take out has become a great way to avoid the crowds and still get our "fix" for the outstanding French-influenced comfort food. Oh, and the one time I had the fried shrimp (off my nephew's plate), even they were fantastic.
Fat Hen and Al Di La vie for best food for the money in Charleston.
It's definitely not up to par with it's first few years of operation. I've been eating here since the month it opened, but very infrequently the past year. Service has been acceptable but not as good as it was. The food has been ok but not stellar. The menus were down right dirty. It really is not appetizing to be handed a menu with food smudged on it and burn holes. There are too many good restaurants in this town to tolerate mediocrity, especially at these prices.
Had lunch there yesterday. Nice service, friendly waiter,
food good, a touch pricy,
I agree with the other posters here. This place has gone down the crapper. The staff has a major attitude problem and the restaurant itself is living off its past reputation.
Don't know what planet you're from but I love this place. Yes it's loud. That happens when you're packed with a lively crowd. The food has been delicious every time I've eaten here over the last six years. If servers seemed disinterested it was more likely that they were slammed busy. If you love coq au vin or mussels or a great steak with fries... run don't walk. Oh, and check you're crappy attitude at the door.
Crowded, bad table placing. Felt like we were out in the middle of traffic. Server seemed very uninterested, and food seemed to be made hastily. Underseasoned, poorly prepared, and unappetizing presentation. Was actually very suprised they allowed my appetizer to be brought to the table. Overall poor experience.
Crowded and noisy. Service was terrible, food was mediocre. The place sure has gone downhill.
Floavorful French cuisine with a warm bistro atmosphere.
I have to disagree with other reviewers and say that while the food is not horrible, it is certainly not on my list of favorite restaurants. Considering the food isn't exactly cheap, I would expect a little more. While the French Fries were delicious, the breading on my fried shrimp just seemed to fall right off, and the bread on my mom's sandwich was obviously very old and stale. Although this restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere, I wouldn't return unless someone else was paying for my meal.
The best food in South Carolina!
Very good food though I found out I don't like leg of lamb. Great cobb salad.
Wonderful food!! The best meal I've had in months. I had the grouper with butterbeans and added a side of spinach. What a fabulous combination. Here is downtown Charleston food on Johns Island. I'll be back--many times.
I love it! The food is classic French homecooking and the atmosphere is comfortable and elegant. The staff is warm and welcoming and provides prompt service, which is very unFrench of them.
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