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Bowen's Island

1870 Bowens Island Rd., Charleston, SC - (843) 795-2757
At the end of a rutted dirt road in the marsh of Folly Beach, Bowen's Island is a ramshackle restaurant that serves a four-star oyster roast.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Oysters (All You Can Eat)
Shrimp (fried or broiled)
Hush Puppies
Frogmore Stew

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Oysters, all you can eat! They come from Bowens Island oyster beds all gnarled and splotched with pluff, which is the oysterman's term for the fine silt that is stuck on them when they are harvested and clings to them when they are roasted so that merely touching a ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1870 Bowens Island Rd., Charleston, SC
(843) 795-2757

http://www.bowensislandrestaurant.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Cooked oysters at Bowen's Island are not what most people would consider beautiful. But once you pry open a few shells and savor their briny-sweet luxury, suddenly there are few sights more beautiful than a trayful.
"Cooked oysters at Bowen's Island are not what most people would consider beautiful. But once you pry open a few shells and savor their briny-sweet luxury, suddenly there are few sights more beautiful than a trayful."
Michael Stern





Here is what you need to eat an oyster feast: a knife to pry them open, a towel to wipe your face and hands, a dab of cocktail sauce, and a hole in the middle of the table for disposing of the shells.
"Here is what you need to eat an oyster feast: a knife to pry them open, a towel to wipe your face and hands, a dab of cocktail sauce, and a hole in the middle of the table for disposing of the shells."
Michael Stern


A traditional kitchen and usual implements are not required for an oyster roast. Roastmaster Henry's essential tools are a wheelbarrow and a shovel. If you go for the all-you-can-eat deal, the shovel is used to bring oysters directly to your table.
"A traditional kitchen and usual implements are not required for an oyster roast. Roastmaster Henry's essential tools are a wheelbarrow and a shovel. If you go for the all-you-can-eat deal, the shovel is used to bring oysters directly to your table."
Michael Stern


Frogmore stew is a Lowcountry slumgullion of sausage, shrimp, corn, and potatoes, named for a fishing community on St. Helena Island off the Carolina coast. It also sometimes is called a Lowcountry boil.
"Frogmore stew is a Lowcountry slumgullion of sausage, shrimp, corn, and potatoes, named for a fishing community on St. Helena Island off the Carolina coast. It also sometimes is called a Lowcountry boil."
Michael Stern


As you might expect along the South Carolina coast, the fried shrimp are elegant. The hushpuppies, still made from May Bowen's original recipe, are cream-rich inside their dark, crunchy skin.
"As you might expect along the South Carolina coast, the fried shrimp are elegant. The hushpuppies, still made from May Bowen's original recipe, are cream-rich inside their dark, crunchy skin."
Michael Stern


Bowen's Island looks more like an abandoned tag sale than the legendary Lowcountry restaurant it actually is.
"Bowen's Island looks more like an abandoned tag sale than the legendary Lowcountry restaurant it actually is."
Michael Stern


Landscaping around the restaurant consists mostly of oyster shells.
"Landscaping around the restaurant consists mostly of oyster shells."
Michael Stern



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