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. Minero Johns Island
Formerly Fat Hen - same location
The Fat Hen, a popular French & Southern infusion dining establishment closed it’s 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 its Upscale Mexican 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 Summer 2021 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.
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!
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.