Bowen’s Island is one of our favorite spots to go in Charleston when fresh seafood and fantastic views are the only things that will do. The establishment has been in transition until recently after a fire took the original building. However, the restaurant is back and the new elevated dining area offers the same great food, and unsurpassed views of the Folly River and surrounding marsh. The restaurant descibes the experience perfectly below:
“To the uninitiated, the oyster joint on Bowen’s Island was a curiosity of sorts—an aging pile of cinderblocks and boards held by layers of graffiti, with bivalves being cooked inside on some sacrificial altar. To legions of loyal customers, the place could hardly be called a restaurant. The island became a state of mind.
In 2006, the year that Bowen’s Island Restaurant celebrated its sixtieth anniversary, Robert Barber accepted a James Beard Award, honoring the place as an American Classic. Five months later, the restaurant that his late grandmother, May Bowen, started burned to the ground. What remained were but stories of greatness.
Today, fresh oysters are being brought in from the marshes, new walls are ready to receive their marks, and new memories are being made. Will you be a part of the history of Bowens Island?
Check out the restaurant for dinner from 5pm to 10pm Tuesday through Saturday nights, or look into booking Bowens Island for a private party today. In any case, it’s not worth missing if you’re a Charleston local or even better, an adventurous tourist.”
Can’t decide what to order? Our favorites are the fried shrimp, frogmore stew, and crab cakes! So stop on by, enjoy the views, and leave your mark…
Kristin and Jason
Bowen’s Island Restaurant
1870 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: (843) 795-2757