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Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“hush puppies” (105 reviews)
“seafood” (122 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
$$ - $$$
1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
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1 - 10 of 637 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had read about Bowens Island & had seen it on TV. Decided to give it a try. Got there about 15 minutes before opening, & the peeps were already lined up. There was a wonderful cross breeze inside. The food & local beers were...More

Thank Lynne C
Reviewed 6 days ago

We loved this place. Come with an appetite because you get a lot of food. Everything we had was delicious. The best value on the island. Great mix of locals and vacationers. The view is breathtaking at sunset, OMG. The ambiance is not great, the...More

Thank D D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long line for dinner but worth the wait. Food good and worth the money. You order at the register. You self serve condiments and drinks. They do have 2 bartenders for alcoholic beverages. No other wait staff except for the two guys delivering your food...More

Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting and excellent experience,we have heard so many good things about this restaurant and everyone is true,a very friendly staff,great selection of beer,and a wonderful menu,the frogmore was delicious,plan to arrive early

Thank fourflo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Long time, locally owned restaurant close to Folly Beach without having to go all the way to the island and deal with the the Beach's overly-packed, overly-priced venues. Fresh seafood with great views. Stay off the island but be sure not to miss Bowens!

Thank lisamhe2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bowen's Island Restaurant is a different type of dining experience. If you're looking for fine dining, skip this restaurant. But, if you're looking for really good food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with a beautiful view, Bowen's Island Restaurant is for you. We stopped here...More

Thank laudb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some love the food... I thought it was bland. However... The experience was cool, the beer was good and the view was awesome! Super dive place that a local told us about.... Take a sharpie to leave your mark on the wall.....

Thank glittergal413
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place sits on a dirt road next to the estuary, elevated-overlooking miles of marsh and waterway. The restaurant is rustic, laid back, and proud of that status. No ties necessary. Not even sure about shoes. There are several tables and a bar. There is...More

1  Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Isn't it nice that some things never change? Bowens is one of those. The food is always fresh and delicious, the views are always soothing and beautiful, and the vibe is always fun, friendly and relaxed. Can't go wrong with an order because it's all...More

Thank stilliwonder
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is great, the scenery is beautiful. The food is out of this world. Go early to get a place in line. The staff is very friendly and the service is great. You can eat inside or outside. Go every summer.

Thank anniehedden
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi do you still have the steamed oysters?
1 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
Do they have any chicken or pasta dishes. My son won't east seafood?
9 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.
Do they take credit cards?
14 February 2017|
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Response from phylwith | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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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