|Oyster cooks at Bowens Island Restaurant |
steam local oysters one batch at a time.
Founded in 1946, Bowens Island Restaurant is a classic Southern seafood dive about a half hour from downtown Charleston, SC. It ain't fancy, but it is familiar … and you can't beat the views. Inhabited by a couple of homes, a kayak purveyor, and the restaurant, Bowens Island hosts a classic oyster and seafood restaurant that regularly makes the Top 25 oyster restaurants in the country. For new customers, the experience can be a little confusing, so Bowens Island offers a list of FAQs. Here's a few excerpts, as they are written:
- Food orders are taken until 9:30pm
- Local steamed oysters are served usually between September and April (depends on water temp.)
- We DO NOT serve raw oysters.
- Sorry, we do not have melted butter.
- NO AMEX
- ALL DRAFT BEER IS LOCAL.
|Customers climb the long switchback ramp |
to wait in line to order food at Bowens Island Restaurant.
After you order, stalk a table on the main floor or walk down the stairs to the Oyster Room, where you'll find family-style, well-loved oysters tables.
|The Oyster Room at Bowens Island Restaurant|
Oysters are steamed in small batches and served until they run out. Cooks work for tips. You may have to wait in another line to get them hot.
|An oyster cooks steams local oysters |
in pots heated over propane tanks.
No matter what you order, time your visit for sunset. It's spectacular to see the sun go down at the end of the earth. Bowens Island is a bit out of the way - but isn't that where you find what matters?
|Sunset at Bowens Island|
Bowens Island Restaurant is part of Oyster Stew's Ultimate Oyster Tour of Charleston. Click here for details about the two-day tour.
Bowen's Island Restaurant
1870 Bowens Island Road
Charleston, SC 29412