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Bowens Island Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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1870 Bowens Island Rd Charleston, SC 29412
1870 Bowens Island RdUSSCCharleston29412
$$Seafood RestaurantToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday Closed
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Enduring, counter-serve icon on the waterfront, serving up fresh fish within graffiti-covered walls.- Google
People talk about frogmore stew, big ol seafood platter, hush puppies, oysters and shrimp and shrimp and grits
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Stephanie Brewer
reviewed in the last week
As the sign says "Either you like it or you don't". I loved it there. The pub like atmosphere was fantastic. Got to watch dolphins swimming by (DOLPHINS!!!). Food was spectacular. I don't remember what we ordered but there was hush puppies, crab cakes, fries, and fish. Wish there was a roof over the patio though.... seagulls were on the attack and stealing food.
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Ryan Durnil
reviewed 4 months ago
This place has the best sea food you'll ever eat! I loved it so much, I cant wait to go back, everything about this restaurant is awesome!
Christopher Moag
reviewed 11 months ago
What is the big deal with this place? I have been to Bowens several times...only because my mom comes to town and loves to go for the view. I cant believe that people actually think the food is good. It ALL taste bland and I like to taste seafood when I pay for it.... If I want to pay for fried batter I'll go to Captain D"s. At least their food has some flavor. Bowens is below average in food and service, but the view is amazing.
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Patrice Christian
reviewed a month ago
The "Big Ol' Seafood Platter" was delicious and the fish and shrimp were both so fresh and tasty. The crab cakes are bigger and more crabby than some I've had in expensive restaurants elsewhere. The hush puppies were the smallest I've ever seen, but tasty. The coleslaw was good, but for a platter for two, it's a tiny portion. The fries were pretty ordinary, but that's not what you go for. The view is great, and though the restaurant itself is "rustic," it's what you should expect from this type of establishment on the water. It's not a glamorous place, it's a casual place with good, fresh seafood! We arrived right at opening time and there were already people inside eating. By the time we left, there were quite a few cars crowding the parking area, so it's obvious that people know and love the place!
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Kyle VanMiddlesworth
reviewed 8 months ago
Great food and atmosphere but horrible service. It seems like they could streamline the ordering and bar service a little bit better. Been there twice and waited hours for my food.
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Malcolm Bevel
reviewed 10 months ago
We went here per the suggestion of Man vs.Food. We loved the food, and the experience was cool. The wait time was nuts but it's all good lol we were stuffed from fresh shrimp, fried fish & oysters. I will probably be back for the steamed oysters as soon as I get back down there!