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Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
+1 843-795-2757
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“hush puppies” (105 reviews)
“seafood” (128 reviews)
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1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412-9525
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, I remembered seeing this place on a food tv show and thought it might fit the bill for a seafood night out while staying at Folly Beach. Neat place perched up on the marsh, not far from the origin of ones seafood dinner. Laid...More

Thank MattsGoing2Saturn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't understand the substandard reviews of late. My wife and I come here at least yearly, for the past 8 years. This is a very limited menu of fried food, excellent roasted oysters when in season. We came in for dinner yesterday. We arrived...More

Thank citadel76
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw this place featured on food network. Loved the down and dirty coastal plains location on the marsh backwaters near Folley Beach. The low country feel is 100% with the ambiance and wood floors, tables, screen porch etc. Good menu, good cold beer, priced right,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and service. Views are spectacular.If you are looking for a great seafood place. This is it. Went with family and was not disappointed.

Thank departed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pros: parking, sits on the water way (beautiful view and breeze). Cons: Please be prepared to wait ( 30 mins to 1hr depending on the crowd). It took 45 minutes for the food to arrive. Shrimp was good. Whiting fish was good (size) but tasteless...More

Thank KaramelKissess
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is where you go for all things fried. I don't usually like fried foods, but went fully committed when ordering the seafood platter. Great hush puppies. The batter for the fish needed a touch of salt. The crab cake was fine. The shrimp (boiled)...More

Thank Eli S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here one evening with 4 friends. Read on line that it is a popular place with good seafood. The place itself looks really run down. Nothing fancy here, believe me. Could definitely use some updating. I ordered the seafood plate, which had a...More

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is exceptionally good, plentiful, fresh and great value for money. We had the seafood player, fried oyster and fish and shrimp platters. The restaurant is lime a rustic boathouse, graffiti strewn walls and basic furniture. You line up to order your food and...More

1  Thank Andrew m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yum, Yum, Yum!!! The most delicious seafood platter I had while on vacation and I ate A LOT of seafood! The portion was generous and the food was perfectly cooked with a nice delicate batter. The tarter sauce and cocktail sauce were freshly made and...More

Thank labc04
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You order at counter, make you own drinks and get condiments, try to find a place to sit. Food is delivered to table by name yelled. You must clear your own table. My fish had tons of bones in it. Crab cake was mushy. Low...More

Thank hisloveydovey
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2 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
10 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.
15 February 2017|
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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