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Bowens Island Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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1870 Bowens Island Rd Charleston, SC 29412, United States
1870 Bowens Island RoadUSSouth CarolinaCharleston29412
(843) 795-2757
$$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
"The coleslaw was good, but for a platter for two, it's a tiny portion."
"It's not a glamorous place, it's a casual place with good, fresh seafood!"
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Granny 13AD
in the last week
I can't tell you about the current Bowens Island Restaurant, but I sure can about the original. My friend and I lived in one of Mrs. Bowen's rentals on the Folly Island beach front, now long gone in a hurricane a few years back, however, Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were awesome and so was the place and the food. We put plenty of nickels in the old juke box and played three good oldies from back in the day every time, back when Folly was a big jazz place, back when the Gershwin brothers wrote "Porgy and Bess" and spent time in their beach house there on Artic Ave. I'll always remember Mrs. Bowen cooking up fresh and hot the catch of the day, and Mr. Bowen going round to the customers discussing his pore leg as he called it. There was always a pot-bellied stove burning in the fall and winter, and the daily chopped wood was piled high outside for the oyster roasting. I remember the restaurant had an A rating, and they were open 365 days a year, 366 on leap year. We dropped in on Christmas 1983 for our meal, and there they were, Mr. and Mrs. Bowen, pot-bellied store burning hot and sizzling seafood in the kitchen. Wish you could have been there then. Yep, there was writing everywhere, on the walls, the tables, carvings and such. I hope the new one retains some of that precious history and excellent seafood. One thing back then, if you dared to order a beer on Sunday, Mrs. Bowen would give you a tart lecture. Awesome folks! I hope to visit the current one. I'm sure it's quite good. The history is amazing.
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3 months ago
Neat! Neat! Neat! If you want great tasting and fresh right-out-of the-sea food with a gorgeous view of the marsh, this is one of those gotta go here places when visitng Charlston,SC!
Brian Buchanan
a month ago
Very Tasty Fun Casual. Really Great Basil Pesto.
A Google User
in the last week
Exclent food ,We had a great time ,we've bin all over just looking for a place like this
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Marshall Willis
a month ago
Usually, when my family comes into town they want to make a trip to Bowen's Island. I grew up in the Charleston area, but had never heard of it until about 10 years ago. It was shortly before the old one was burned down. Since it has been rebuilt, we go there at least twice a year. This place is true lowcountry. The food, atmosphere, and view have been able to survive all the development of the area and has become a wonderful rarity. Many of the items come in fresh delivered to the dock on premises. The oysters are excellent. They are steamed while you wait downstairs. They are served in season which is fall winter and spring months. It's for good reason. You shouldn't eat oysters in the summer because that's when they mate and spawn. They are not good quality at that time. Everything else is either fried or steamed seafood. It's uncomplicated and fresh. If that appeals to you, this is your place. If you want something more elaborate, there are some excellent places downtown. The view is amazing. One of the best places for a sunset. People complain on older reviews about having $1 water. There is a water station near the condiments. Cups and a serving tank of ice water are there.
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Tyler Hueter
4 months ago
Rented the dock space for a rehersal dinner and had a blast. The staff was great and so was the food. Great place for a more laid back event. And if you get the right night the sunset is awesome.
Stephanie Brewer
8 months ago
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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Patrice Christian
9 months 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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