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Bowens Island Restaurant

€€ - €€€American
1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steamed oysters” (70 reviews)
“hush puppies” (107 reviews)
“seafood” (136 reviews)
17:00 - 21:30All hours
€€ - €€€
1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
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Reviewed 1 week ago

just like most other reviews, water views great, food cooked well, great flavors, and large portions....Restaurant only open from 5 pm to 10 pm.....ordering a bit slow as you order one at a time in a line that is usually 3-4 hours long and no...More

Thank Joel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to see what the fuss was all about, so interesting! From the ordering to the seating , everything is different here. It lives up to the hype. So refreshing to see a working man's establishment get such high accolades based on the food instead...More

Thank clamal0t2
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is an interesting place. First of all its not easy to get to but after you taste the seafood you don't worry about it. You go to the counter and order and wait on your food. It really doesn't take long to get it...More

Thank LT772015
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

First time visit here and could not have been more pleased! Amazing view of the marsh at sunset and even got to see dolphins swimming by while eating shrimp and grits! Long wait but worth it!

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 27 October 2017

I've been visiting Charleston and area for years and recently had my first meal and evening at Bowens Island. WHAT FUN! I'm a "northeast" oyster snob (cold water please), but was nearly converted here. Our group of 5 enjoyed our wine and beer on the...More

2  Thank Jane S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were there with a party of 7. You have to stand in line to order. Have some one in your party to find a table while you are waiting to order. The menu basically consist of fried fresh seafood, French fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw....More

3  Thank TexasPandG
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We had a party of 10, which made it a little hard to get a table for all of us. The food came out quickly and was good as always. We were a little disappointed that the oysters would not be available until mid-October.

1  Thank clynn50
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We were looking forwarded to dinner by the water. Couldn't see any water from the tables. Food was just OK.

1  Thank Carrie P
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

If you want to hit a fun local hidden gem, then look no further than Bowens Island. Fresh steamed oysters (in season) as well as shrimp, fish, crabcakes & Frogmore stew. We visit every time we go to Charleston. The atmosphere is very laid back...More

1  Thank Christine T
Reviewed 29 September 2017

There's nothing fancy about Bowen's Island, but they have the best fried shrimp I've ever put in my mouth. Lightly battered and seasoned. Great hush puppies. Good fries. Get a Big Ol' Shrimp platter and you'll be stuffed. I hear they have great oysters, too,...More

1  Thank dwrogers1956
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22 August 2017|
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Response from StPaulIrishGal | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure if you can bring the dog on the restaurant patio but there is quite a bit of green space around the restaurant including the parking lot, I'm sure a make-shift picnic could be accommodated.
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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