5 of the Most Unique Johns Island Restaurants to Try Soon

Looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the Lowcountry? Consider visiting Johns Island, SC. Johns Island offers an eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries ranging from neighborhood sports bars to refined regional cuisine.

Whether you crave a basket of Tattooed Moose’s renowned duck fat fries, or a romantic farm-to-table dinner hosted by executive chef Jacques Larson, these Johns Island restaurants have everything you're looking for. And more.


Enjoy a Meal at These Johns Island Restaurants

The largest island in South Carolina is just minutes from Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and a short drive to historic downtown Charleston.

1. Minero Johns Island

Formerly Fat Hen - same location

The Fat Hen, a popular French & Southern infusion dining establishment closed its doors in April of 2021. We are sad to see it go! However, the Neighborhood Dining Group (famous for Husk & Delaney Oyster House) is currently renovating the space for a new location for their upscale Mexican-inspired restaurant Minero.

The new owners plan to embrace outdoor dining aspects by enlarging the front porch and adding a retractable awning for better use year round.

Other renovations include kitchen upgrades and the addition of an indoor / outdoor bar.

Not your typical Mexican restaurant, the Neighborhood Dining Group is excited to join the Johns Island family!

Menu items will include favorites from their former downtown location, as well as new, local inspired dishes.

Shooting for a late Spring 2022 opening, Minero will serve house-made tortillas, tacos, and their signature cheese covered burrito among other tasty delights daily for lunch and dinner. Brunch will be offered on the weekends.


2. Wild Olive

This renowned eatery is one of Charleston’s best restaurants. Known for its warm and lively atmosphere, Wild Olive offers artisanal Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list.

Guests can choose from classics like chicken parmesan and veal scallopini, or enjoy the restaurant’s delicious house-made pasta dishes and daily specials.

The bruschetta and risotto fritter appetizers are a local favorite, and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Advance reservations are a MUST.

3. The Royal Tern

A newer addition to Maybank Highway, this family restaurant and neighborhood eatery has taken off! Menu offerings include freshly prepared seafood and steaks, as well as house-made tartares, carpaccios and seafood towers.

Don’t forget to check out the raw bar!

Pair your meal with a glass of wine, beer, or a handcrafted cocktail and call ahead to make your reservations for dinner, Monday through Saturday. The Royal Tern looks forward to welcoming you!

4. Blackbird Market

Once a farmers market, Blackbird expanded in 2014. It now offers a rotating menu of hot meals and sandwiches. Blackbird Market sells produce from both the Blackbird Farm on Wadmalaw Island, SC, and in Hendersonville, NC. You can also buy local products like grits, pasta, and fresh seafood. The market even offers beer and wine. Stop in for a quick lunch or early dinner Monday through Sunday.

5. Tattooed Moose

This upbeat neighborhood bar is a Charleston favorite and was even featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The Tattooed Moose is well known for its lively atmosphere, great beer selection, and reimagined bar food. When it’s time to order, be sure to try Mike's Famous Duck Confit Club. Named on several "best sandwich" lists, this combination of duck confit and apple-smoked bacon will have you coming back to the Lowcountry again and again!

Looking for more great restaurants on Johns Island?

Check out our full Johns Island Dining Guide!


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