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Bowens Island Restaurant

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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
Sunday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Toledo, Ohio
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy raw oysters but never had fried ones. This restaurant was close to my rental so I thought I'd give it a try. It was close to dark when turned onto Bowen Island Rd. On this winding, narrow, uneven dirt road I could just barely see the water and marsh just off to the side and I was thankful... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you to all the folks who have written reviews and answered questions on this wonderful restaurant...thanks to you I knew I could have our dog with us on the outside deck to enjoy the magnificent sunset while eating delectable seafood! We arrived on a Thursday afternoon, ~4:30. We walked up the ramp with our dog and secured a seat... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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201 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Getting out onto this island in the estuarine waterways of South Carolina gives you a feel for a more traditional life - you can see shrimp boats, and mounds of oyster shells (a modern midden). This is a crowded chaotic restaurant featuring steamed oysters and fried seafood. The steamed oysters were obviously good - lots of folks were having nothing... More 

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1 Thank T9-Orca
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This seafood was recommended by someone from Charleston. I was warned it isn't fancy and you may think you are headed in the wrong direction, but you will enjoy it. We arrived a few minutes before they opened , ordered, and found a seat without problem. Boy do they fill up fast! Food was great, we had fish and shrimp.... More 

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1 Thank Jessica H
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best and most fresh oysters in the area. Do not let the eclectic, run-down building scare you away. The food is incredible, fresh, and economical. Gorgeous water views from the outdoor patio.

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1 Thank Jacque Y
Union, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By far the BEST oysters I've ever had!!! All the food was wonderful, but the oysters and the shrimp was out of this world! Great atmosphere!

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Hartwell, Georgia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Delicious steamed oysters... very rustic and fantastic scenery! This is where the locals eat. Grab a window seat and enjoy!

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Thank mdo1953
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

A no frills, good food restaurant. Plenty of oysters on the tray; the shrimp and grits were hearty and packed with flavor. The view is lovely. The employees are all friendly and make you feel like you belong there.

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Thank Jessa B
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The scenery and food is great! The whiting fish is what I had this time, no oysters in the summer. I did have great oysters in the cooler season. Bar is fun too. Happy Hour!

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is a rustic, casual restaurant offering local specialties of fish, shrimp, and oysters. Prices are reasonable and they do have a bar area with local craft brews. Evenings are an especially great time to come due to the wonderful sunsets you can see from the deck. I have been here several times and the food never disappoints.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
17:00 - 21:30
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?