The Wreck is the anti-restaurant of the Lowcountry food scene in that it is staunchly an unapologetic, old-fashioned seafood shack. Yep, I agree its a bit overpriced as are 99% of the restaurants in the Charleston area thanks to tourism. I moved here from further up the coast from a town known for its fresh local seafood. The Wreck is as good as it gets anywhere for this style of preparation. What is served at the Wreck is the old fashioned fish fry approach. I've had the grilled seafood at the Wreck. It's nowhere near as good as the fried seafood. I can tell you that nowhere will you find better fried oysters or scallops. The outside is crunchy and the inside is succulent and not overcooked every time I've eaten there. It's never greasy. Don't like fried seafood? Then it isn't worth going there. But if you do, there is none better. Just know what you're getting into when you go. Sitting out on the deck drinking a beer and watching the sunset across Shem Creek among the fishing trawlers simply adds to the ambiance. During oyster season they are known for having oyster roasts out on the deck. Don't listen to the blithering nabobs of negativism posting here because they didn't know what they were in for before they got there. This is the best place to go in the Charleston/Mt P area for traditional seafood. Go somewhere else if you want something other than what they have, don't blame the restaurant.
No need to shuck oysters...Take it from a coastal bum who grew up eating seafood, fishing, and crabbing, and lived on the coast all my life! You eat Fried Oysters! Yes, these are the best by far way to eat an oyster if the cooks know how to cook them and they are not all breaded. Salty Waters has some delicious Fried Oysters, and you don't need to shuck them or eat them raw , which is nasty! I will never eat raw seafood in my life. You can't beat fried oysters, clams strips, and fish (salt water fish only). Stop arguing about shucking oysters and eat them the right way , fried!
Hey Guy...have you never been to Big Al's Oyster Bar at Shem Creek Bar & Grill? Albert has won the oyster shucking contest so many times at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival that he cannot compete anymore. The man knows how to shuck oysters. Icy cold Oysters on the half shell here cannot be beat for quality and price!
This place has been closed over 2 yrs now. Oct 2012.
There's a big difference between opening an oyster and shucking an oyster. After opening the oyster has to be freed ofthe shell before it can be properly called shucked. Seldom done and when attempted I have never had a dozen that were all free. Hopefully when The Ordinary opens Charleston raw oysters will be 100% freed of their shell.
Poor Guy, never been invited to an oyster roast in Charleston. Wonder why?
"They don't know how to shuck an oyster. But then, who in Charleston does?"
Gee, Guy, I guess nobody...? Why don't you teach us ignoramuses how it's done properly.
They don't know how to shuck an oyster. But then, who in Charleston does?
This place is good! I love seafood and am a seafood critic. Grew up since being a baby eating seafood, living on the east coast. The fish and oysters here were great! Finally, I find few places that are really good seafood places, especially a casual, cool place like this. The portions were great! A good change from the old place, I will return for sure!
Bowens Island has been a cool seafood joint for years, but they have recently improved the already wonderful experience. The food is still just as amazing as it used to be. I strongly suggest the fried shrimp and the oysters (when in season). They have really perfected their process of cooking shrimp, and it is always prepared perfectly. What would make the experience better? Well, consider washing that delicious food down with a wonderful local craft beer. Bowens Island now has 10 taps, all devoted to local beer. As far as I know, that makes it the best place to go in Charleston for local craft brews. They have offerings from Palmetto, Holy City, COAST, and Westbrook. You will have a hard time finding a better environment for dining during the cool Fall evenings here in the Lowcountry.
I ordered shrimp tacos. Horrible. Boiled tasteless cut up meat. Daughter ordered the grits and they were burnt.
Husband ordered fried shrimp that were supposed to be tossed in barbecue sauce. They were just plain. As a solution the waitress brought out a side container of barbecue. This plate was ok.
My son did like his fried chicken tenders and french fries. But honestly he likes anything fried.
Brother-in law had chicken wings that were cold.
Service was bad. Food took way too long. Had to find her for another beer or water and again for napkins.
Won't go back.
Awesome food - great prices - best seafood and breakfast around!
Pearlz is great for happy hour. The menu is very reasonably priced for the quality of food. They have a tuna tartar dish that is a stand out, and the shrimp are perfectly fried. The fish tacos are unremarkable. I'm not an oyster person, so I can't speak for those, but people seem to love them. In addition, the draft beer is always really cold, and the bar tenders and servers are friendly and efficient. I've never had a bad experience at this place.
I must admit that I have enjoyed Pearlz may times in the past. This trip was not the experience that I was hoping and have enjoyed iln the past. The waitress’ recommendation on oysters was totally off base, I don’t think she actually eats oysters. Secondly, grilled Mahi fish taco was mostly a cabbage taco with little chunks of fish on top. It’s not at all what I’ve come to enjoy on my previous trips. I think I’ll just stick to the gulf oysters and skip the rest of the menu.
Garlic crabs we're delicious. Wish it was a small restaurant where you could sit and enjoy your food. It's still a good place to swing by and pick something up.
We visited on a busy Friday night and the restaurant was packed. Luckily for us there was space at the community table and we were seated right away. Seeing the crowd I figured service would be slow, but I was wrong.
Our server was very attentive and cocktails and waters were provided almost immediately. The food came out quickly as well.
The atmosphere was great, my only reason for removing a star is that I found the tuna and mahi tacos to be quite bland. Still the rest of the meal was pretty good and the service was outstanding.
We will be returning
The best restaurant on Seabrook Island. Lucy's has great food, great bar and a great waitstaff. The only negative I'd have with the place is it tends to get loud when it's busy.
Recent lunch. Softshell crab sandwich. Not good. Crab, bacon and bread difficult to chew. Could not finish. So much for the special!
Came to this restaurant with my BF and 5 other people. Food was ok. Then it came time to pay the bill and a grey haired old man who claimed to be the manager handed us one ticket and pointed at a sign that says the bill could not be split. I ended up putting 200$ on my credit card and then proceeded to get yelled at by this man who claimed to be the manager. I asked why the waitress didnt ask if we wanted split checks and he scolded me again for not reading a tiny sign no where near where we sat. I attempted t defend myself but after throwing my credit card and my receipt at me, I realized it was useless. We left there feeling almost cheated. Very disappointing.
This is an awesome place to run in and grab a bite to eat or pick up some fresh seafood. The cooks are awesome here!!! Shame they don't have a bigger kitchen and more crew, they could be ruling the lowcountry!
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