Bowen's Island Restaurant

Seafood Restaurant and Scenic Lookout · James Island
1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Dinner
Beer, Full Bar
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Outdoor Seating:

Welcome to Bowens Island! Whether you're a first-time guest or a long-time regular, our aim is to serve you simple, excellent seafood.


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  • What you need to know
    Izzy K.
    "best oysters in Charleston...actually best seafood in Charleston."(17 Tips)
    Cole C.
    "The best local seafood in Charleston."(2 Tips)
    Travel Channel
    "simple secret of making frogmore stew"(2 Tips)
    Naptown .
    "open fire pit Low Country Style."(2 Tips)
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  • oysters
  • frogmore stew
  • low country style
  • sunsets
  • local beers
  • lively
  • shrimp
  • fire pits
  • all you can eat
  • casual
  • grits
  • good for groups
  • great value
  • french fries
  • corn
  • sausage
  • potatoes
  • dinner
  • hushpuppies
  • tourism
  • Spencer S.

    On Thrillist for 21 Best Seafood Shacks in American 2015 Read more

    Spencer S · June 8
  • Bradford B.

    Seafood low country style

    Bradford Benggio · February 3
  • Travel + Leisure

    A local favorite, on the water near Folly Beach—order the Frogmore stew.

    Travel + Leisure · October 7, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Bowen's Island as seen on Man vs Food , Unique Eats Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Chris N.

    Fresh oysters, raw or fried! Watch them dump them them fresh off the boat and hose the mud off them. Eat them by the bucket!

    Chris Nixon · August 9, 2014
  • Karen G.

    No question about it-best seafood in the lowcountry. non-peak times for fast service, but even at the slow dinner pace of summer tourist season, roasted oysters and fried shrimp are worth the wait!

    Karen Greene · January 9, 2014
  • Allison L.

    There's no better place for oysters in the area! Enjoy beautiful sunsets in a wonderfully casual atmosphere! Love it!

    Allison Love · November 9, 2013
  • This Is My South

    This dive is one of our favorite seafood spots anywhere, serving up steamed oysters and fried seafood fresh from the ocean. Remember that it's cash only and bring a pen to write your name on the wall! Read more

    This Is My South · October 23, 2013
  • Barb P.

    Tooooo many private weddings

    Barb P. · October 13, 2013
  • Doris k.

    No oysters tonight.... Because of the water temperature.... WAH WAH !!!!! Having the frog stew instead

    Doris k · September 17, 2013
  • Mathew C.

    Try the White Thai ale. Locally brewed, beyond tasty...

    Mathew Carruthers · September 9, 2013
  • Nina Z.

    Wait for food is 1 hr, at a min (70min for us, after a 30min wait to order). Food = not worth it. Hush puppies may have been the best (yeah). Shrimp=overcooked. Frogmore = meh. Picture is deceiving.

    Nina Zhang · September 1, 2013
  • Rob J.

    Order shrimp, sit outside, and watch the sunset from one of the best spots in the lowcountry.

    Rob Johnson · August 3, 2013
  • Michael K.

    Arrive before 5PM to avoid long lines.

    Michael Kroll · April 14, 2013
  • Missy M.

    Wear mosquito repellent!

    Missy Mixon · September 15, 2012
  • Eater

    The menu is limited, but you are going to Bowens for seafood. Order the shrimp or the oysters and you can’t go wrong. [eater 18 Member]

    Eater · July 30, 2012
  • Connor T.

    This restaurant has really good food and a great view of the beautiful marshes outside of Charleston and Folly Beach

    Connor Toomey · July 18, 2012
  • Chrys R.

    Besides excellent seafood, there's beer here - 16 taps to be exact. At last visit, all beer was from local breweries, making this the best local tap selection in Charleston. Cheers!

    Chrys R · July 16, 2012
  • Holiday Inn E.

    Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! Beautiful sunsets!

    Holiday Inn Express · July 1, 2012
  • K.

    As a local, I want to love this place, but don't come here if you're in any kind of hurry to eat on a weekend, the service is slowww!

    K. · April 29, 2012
  • Amber J.

    Best seafood in the world!!!

    Amber Jackson · April 27, 2012
  • Caroline E.

    Order a bucket of oysters. Chat with local legend Robert Barber. Enjoy the blues on the dock. Read more

    Caroline Eubanks · March 30, 2012
  • Travel Channel

    Andrew Zimmern headed farther down the coast to this restaurant for an oyster roast. Andrew ate steamed oysters. As seen on Bizarre Foods America.

    Travel Channel · March 2, 2012
  • Izzy K.

    best oysters in Charleston...actually best seafood in Charleston. enjoy!

    Izzy Kainz · September 1, 2011
  • Travel Channel

    On Man v Food, Adam learns how to harvest oysters and the simple secret of making frogmore stew, which includes shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn, in a boiling pot of seasoned water.

    Travel Channel · August 10, 2011
  • Chris C.

    Same food as Long John Silver's, just 5x more expensive. Whiting and frozen to fried food. This place is awful. Great view though.

    Chris Coomes · June 18, 2011
  • MoMo W.

    Chicken breast tenders are hugeee! Delicious too! Recommended.(:

    MoMo Waller · February 24, 2011
  • Naptown .

    Go for the all you can eat oysters roasted in an open fire pit Low Country Style. Mmmmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmmm GOOD !!!

    Naptown 💪 Larry · February 18, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Boiled Shrimp Plate

    Foodspotting · November 15, 2010
  • Chloe M.

    Try the Boiled Shrimp Plate

    Chloe Morris · November 15, 2010
  • Julie W.

    If you're from out of town, ask owner Robert to teach you proper technique... it made the experience awesome for us Yankees.

    Julie Walas · October 15, 2010
  • Cole C.

    The best local seafood in Charleston. Definitely have the oysters when they are in season. Split up when you come - some order food, others grab seats.

    Cole Chavis · October 9, 2010
  • Katie L.

    Try the shrimp and's delicious!

    Katie Lockwood · October 1, 2010
  • Colleen H.

    Oysters only in months with R's. Be sure to not dress up for this must-see-in-your-lifetime dive.

    Colleen Hartman · April 28, 2010
  • Daniel H.

    Eat here, order the fried shrimp! Read more

    Daniel Hoerr · January 6, 2010

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