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Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“hush puppies” (108 reviews)
“seafood” (132 reviews)
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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you want the most succulent fried oysters this is the place, lightly battered, perfectly timed cooking, and the freshest taste, this is the place. If you want perfect boiled shrimp, with seasoning that compliments but does not overwhelm the freshest shrimp, this is the...More

Thank decaturpen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I gave this a 2 out 5 rating, 1 of which was for the view. Had fried fish, oysters & boiled shrimp. The shrimp was the only thing worth eating as the fried dishes were under cooked & for the most part not particularly tasty....More

Thank Leo U
Reviewed 1 week ago

First let me preface that we visited a few days prior to hurricane Irma. And through no fault of theirs, they didn't now have oysters as the boats were not going out because of weather. So we didn't get to sample. I had frogmore stew...More

Thank Rhanella
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Bowens Island restaurant is a wonderful, unassuming local restaurant. Their Seafood is all fresh caught local catch, and the setting is quaint and comfortable. The food is well prepared and very delicious. They have a great beer selection. And they have wonderful outdoor seating...More

Thank StCharlesSteve
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not fancy but plenty of good food and lots of it. Plenty of craft beers on Draft too! Tons of seafood with your order, best prices around, at end of dirt road but you pass plenty of nice homes to gethere.

Thank BustersDaddy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Out on the marshes of jolly beach. Great low country experience but very disappointed that the did not have steamed oysters " not til October". Other restaurants in the area have them this Labor Day weekend so ??? Expect to stand in line on the...More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever I have family/friends in town, I always bring them here for seafood. Fresh, local, good beer selection and an awesome view (especially at sunset)! Service is always quick and the staff is very friendly!

Thank Travis311
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bare bones dining, no a/c, no windows. Just great seafood and beverages. This is a low country gem. Oysters salty and fried perfectly. Great big SLABS of fish curling over piles of fried shrimp. Did I mention the Alcohol Ice cream?

Thank RubyLynda
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss this restaurant- may not look like much from the outside and don't let the counter service fool you. The food was amazing! Menu offered several low country dishes all cooked well. Hush puppies were delish! Fun interior, beautiful wrap around porch with stunning...More

Thank buddyandtheroadcrew
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wall say it all! SOME people like Bowens Island and some dont . I believe that is a quote from May one of the owners, You are going to like the food !! If you dont like the service then find the road out...More

Thank Claytennis
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23 August 2017|
Response from beachcomber36 | Reviewed this property |
2 June 2017|
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Response from Sean M | Reviewed this property |
They do. Yes. I believe they only serve them steamed. And perhaps fried too.
Barb R
10 April 2017|
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Response from StPaulIrishGal | Reviewed this property |
I don't like seafood either I got the chicken fingers they are tasty but nothing to write home about. The fries that come with them are the same, crunchy and tasty.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-795-2757
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