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Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steamed oysters” (77 reviews)
“hush puppies” (118 reviews)
“seafood” (148 reviews)
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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I see there are mostly 5 star and 1 star reviews. This is completely accurate. There is a sign there that says something like you'll either love it or hate it. If you are picky, fussy, a clean freak, don't like fried fish or oysters...More

Thank smokyw
Reviewed 4 days ago

Folly Beach does not have great restaurants. We found Bowens which people rave about this restaurant. The best part is definitely the view and the gorgeous sunset. It is casual, laid back, and a great place to have a relaxing dinner without anyone rushing you....More

Thank jagdonald
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband I went to Bowen's last Saturday. The parking was tight and the line was long, but food was brought out promptly. The portions were very generous. The shrimp, fish, and hush puppies were very good. The fries were just standard frozen fries and...More

Thank bbwbax
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I only found this place because we were kayaking at the COA launch and happened to notice a crowd of people gathering in a weather worn building. We decided to check it out after getting off the water. It is a place...More

Thank Engineerman66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove here for dinner from Kiawah Island. The place is a site to behold, a long ramp winds it’s way up, you can see the marsh with boats and kayaks coming in and out, and when you get to the top you wait in...More

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is as big of a tourist trap as can be. There is NO service, very little choice, and don’t take anyone that’s picky because they’re are no alternatives to anything. Got there within 30 minutes of opening and it was well over an...More

1  Thank shamuafterlife
Reviewed 1 week ago

We make it to Bowens on EVERY visit we make to the area. This is our family's tradition that when we're in the area to go here above any other place. You can't beat the all you can oysters and the relax atmosphere. This is...More

2  Thank Andrea B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Friday around 6:00 and they were not too busy. Surprised so many people rave about this place (they must think Captain D's is a 5 star seafood restaurant). Almost everything on the menu is fried. Fish had no seasoning at all. Tiny...More

Thank Everett68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Advertised as “Nothing says summer in Charleston quite like listening to some gospel music while eating hush puppies and shrimp on the dock” and “Bowen’s Island Dockhouse is hosting ...... “ and “the Producer is Smokey Weiner”. “Free to attend”. This appeared in the Charleston...More

Thank Meg D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The line to get in is always long but, it moves fast. Pick out a table and get some beer. For as many people as there are it doesn’t take too long to get your food. They were out of oysters due to the season...More

Thank James W
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May 21, 2018|
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Response from hookdizzle | Reviewed this property |
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April 3, 2018|
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Response from Judy R | Reviewed this property |
Au contraire.......we were totally cognizant of the hours of the restaurant. You must have my review mixed up with another. We both had full meals.......mine was totally awful. My husband’s was average. We both were jazzed... More
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February 10, 2018|
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Response from alocalSummervilleSC | Reviewed this property |
Oysters grow in the mud flats, as they are local adn not farm raised. There might be a bit of mud on the outside shell, but not inside where the oyster resides. A bit of pluff mud actually adds to the flavor, and it will... More
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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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