Lowcountry Oysters at Bowens Island

We don’t have somebody standing there, pampering you, opening them for you. We give you a knife and a rag and some cocktail sauce and a souffle cup, and we let you go at it.

Robert Barber’s family has owned Bowens Island, South Carolina for over 70 years. After buying the island and setting up a fish camp, they answered requests to prepare the seafood caught on the docks. The restaurant is now known as the best place for an oyster roast. Clusters of local oysters are washed in salt water, steamed over a pit, and spread on a table for guests to shuck together over a cold beer.

Watch our film about Bowens Island Restaurant by Joe York here. Check out more of our films about South Carolina here.