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. The largest island in South Carolina is just minutes from Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and a short drive to historic downtown Charleston. Johns Island offers an eclectic mix of 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.

Learn more about the best local eateries when you view our Seabrook Island area guide. The guide is full of recommendations for places to dine during your stay with Seabrook Exclusives.


Enjoy a Meal at These Johns Island Restaurants

1. Fat Hen

The Fat Hen offers innovative French Lowcountry cuisine made with the freshest ingredients available. Choose from a wide variety of entrees like shrimp and grits, coq au vin, seared duck confit, and grilled butcher’s steak. Or order a few light appetizers and some drinks. The restaurant’s casual, comfortable atmosphere is perfect for dinner or Sunday brunch.


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. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!


3. 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.


4. Sweeney’s Restaurant

Sweeney’s Restaurant is a locally owned eatery on Maybank Highway on Johns Island. Their modern American menu features an innovative blend of dishes made with local and sustainable products. Choose from a range of snacks, small plates, sandwiches, and large plates. Then, pair your meal with a glass of wine, beer, or a handcrafted cocktail. Sweeney’s even has a pet-friendly outdoor patio with a natural stone fireplace. Call ahead to make your reservations for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.


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!


Plan Your Trip to the Lowcountry with Seabrook Exclusives!

After indulging at the best Johns Island restaurants, come home one of our beautiful Seabrook Island rentals and unwind! Our vacation homes, villas, and long-term rental properties have luxurious amenities and are just minutes from the best eateries in town. We even offer a variety of Seabrook Island rental specials to help you save on your trip. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Looking for more great places to dine? Check out our Seabrook Island Dining Guide!