Where to Eat in Bowie: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Bowie /ˈbuːi/ is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland. The population was 54,727 at the 2010 U.S. Census. Bowie has grown from a small railroad stop to the largest municipality in Prince George's County, and the fifth most populous city and third largest city by area in the U.S. state of Maryland. In 2014 CNN Money ranked Bowie 28th in its Best Places to Live in America list.
Things to do in Bowie

1. Allison's

2207 Defense Hwy, Crofton, MD 21114-2403 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Dinner, Lunch +1 410-721-0331
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Allison's

Reviewed By HappyTraveler1202 - Maryland

This restaurant has great atmosphere. It's quaint, quiet and not for the rowdy. Lighting is also perfect. I have a very picky palate and the chef didn't disappoint. They use fresh ingredients and along with the food being tasty, it also presented well. Almost looked to good to eat. Service was attentive, professional but friendly. Restaurant is extremely clean and there is ample parking. I would definitely go there again!

2. Panera

Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD 22033 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch SGD 13 +1 703-246-0056
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Reviewed By 894robertj - lanex

I have eaten in a number of Panera locations. This one is only average. Staff okay but not as friendly as other locations. Food average compared to other locations.

3. Jerry's Seafood

15211 Major Lansdale Blvd, Bowie, MD 20716-2675 Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 24 - SGD 50 +1 301-805-2284
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 285 reviews

Jerry's Seafood

For more than 30 years, Jerry's Seafood has been serving the Washington D.C. area with it's famous crab bomb, crab cakes, fresh fish, homemade soups and other gourmet seafood delights. Jerry's has 1 location in Bowie, Maryland.

Reviewed By planktonrules - Bradenton, Florida

Over the last 40 or more years, I have noticed that the quality of seafood restaurants have diminished. Seafood is expensive and often restaurants seem to make cutbacks to make the meals cheaper...and it shows. To get good seafood, you have to pay for it...and this is clearly the way the folks at Jerry's Seafood think. Instead of filling their many crab dishes with lousy fillers, they use the minimum and the crab shows through. Additionally, dishes such as their butterfly shrimp and striped bass are tops as well...showing that Jerry's isn't just about the Maryland Blue Crab. Notice I said MARYLAND Blue Crab, as some of their competition (such as Phillips) have brought in Asian Blue Crab to save money...and it really shows. So, if you want the best seafood you can't do better than Jerry's...and you get what you pay for.

4. Chesapeake Grille & Deli

6786 Race Track Rd, Bowie, MD 20715-3009 Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 301-262-4441
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Chesapeake Grille & Deli

Reviewed By sweadon - Bowie, Maryland

Inconspicuous restaurant in the a strip shopping center with Safeway as the base store. Great recommendations from the server. Ordered the crab cake sandwich and it was really good. Not what I expected from a small restaurant. There was a nice lunch crowd on the day we went so that usually means the food is good. We will be back.

5. Mamma Angela's

2225 Defense Hwy, A, Crofton, MD 21114-2468 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 443-584-4038
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Mamma Angela's

Reviewed By KPR18 - Bowie, Maryland, United States

It took a while for our evening to get started as it appeared that our waitress was working tables all over the restaurant. We ordered drinks and it took a while before we got them. Don't know if this was because they were crowded, the bartender was slow, or our waitress didn't know the drinks were ready to be brought out.

To start with we ordered three appetizers, calamari, antipasto, and meatballs. There were four of us eating and the first thing I noticed were there no utensils given to serve the apps. Kind of hard to dip things up with no serving spoons. Everything tasted OK, but it was nothing remarkable.

For entrees, I had the Penne Caprese, which was supposed to be baked. By the appearance of the dish, it never saw the inside of an oven. It tasted OK, though.
Another person in our party ordered a seafood special that was supposed to come with risotto, but it looked like regular white rice to me. I might have said something about our food, but we were more than halfway through before our waitress ever came to check on us. When she finally came to the table she said, "I didn't even know you got your food."

I wouldn't rule out going to eat there again, but it wouldn't be somewhere I would purposely seek out.

I do think their prices are very reasonable.

Also, they only take reservations for parties of six or more, which is also a negative for me.

6. Lima's Chicken

3552 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716-1303 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Peruvian, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 301-464-5370
Excellent
60%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Lima's Chicken

Reviewed By Sharon F - Crofton, United States

This place is great. The Peruvian chicken is delicious and the cheesy potatoes and green beans are a must side dish. Highly recommend and a great price too.

7. Old Bowie Town Grille

8604 Chestnut Ave, Bowie, MD 20715-3732 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 301-464-8800
Excellent
40%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 95 reviews

Old Bowie Town Grille

Reviewed By Eastcoast1 - MD

My wife and I ordered the old town burger which were cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. It comes with lettuce tomato and cheese and you get two extra toppings with the burger. The kids had the cream of crab soup, mozzarella sticks and grilled cheese sandwich. There draft beer is limited but a good variety. It's a nice little place worth revisiting.

8. Rip's Country Inn

3809 Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD 20716-3605 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 301-805-5900
Excellent
30%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

Rip's Country Inn

Reviewed By Steve Z - Little River, South Carolina

Four members of our family met here for an early dinner after church. My wife and I had not eaten here before and the number of cars in the parking lot made us comfortable that the food must be pretty good. There are lots of tables and booths to accommodate many customers and we were seated quickly.

We all ordered a dinner item and tea to drink. The average cost per person was about $18. The portions are larger than most places we go, so it was a good value for the money. The ladies had to get to-go boxes for their unfinished portion of their meals. The meals were very tasty and we had no complaints. We would definitely eat here again.

9. Carrabba's Italian Grill

16431 Governor Bridge Rd, Bowie, MD 20716-3705 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 301-809-0500
Excellent
40%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Reviewed By J F - UM

My wife and I visit Carrabba's at least twice a month. The food is always delicious. The service is fast, friendly and efficient. I particularly enjoy their soups, always fresh.

10. First Watch

15471 Excelsior Dr, Bowie, MD 20716-2208 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 +1 301-352-3447
Excellent
43%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

First Watch

Known as Bowie's Best Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. First Watch begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and making French toast batter from scratch. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches, as well as signature items like the Chickichanga and classic BLTE sandwich. Their "2 for You" lunch offers half portions of their most popular soups, salads and sandwiches and you can get in and out fast. Their menu's "Healthier Side" features a variety of delicious Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch options for the more health-conscious, including egg white omelets, fresh fruit crepes and their signature Power Wrap. Free WiFi & newspapers are provided.

Reviewed By malcolm g - Annapolis, Maryland

Sunday for my wife and me is a good day to spend time with friends. Also occasionally to have a great brunch. On this particular June Sunday, Jill decided we must go to First Watch, a wonderful place for breakfast and brunch (they close at...MoreThanks for the awesome review, Malcolm! We're happy to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your meals with us and experienced excellent service as well. We can't wait to see you both again soon!

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