Tuesday, January 7, 2020

24 Hours to Hell and Back - Lowery's Seafood Restaurant Update

On tonight's episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon Ramsay is in Tappahannock, Virginia to try to save Lowery's Seafood Restaurant.  Lowery's Seafood Restaurant is a seafood restaurant that has been family owned and operated for over 80 years.  Gordon Ramsay finds that the owners are at odds over who is in charge and that the staff doesn't know who to look to for leadership.

Let's take a look at some information, reviews, and updates for Lowery's Seafood Restaurant since 24 Hours to Hell and Back and Gordon Ramsay made all of the changes to the restaurant (note - all reviews are post-makeover).

Positive Reviews:
  • "Second visit after the Ramsey renovation. Much fewer menu items. We ordered the fried shrimp which was cooked to perfection, and the cream of crab soup was excellent. Served by Adam who was most attentive and responsive. Updated decor very attractive. Looking forward to seeing more oyster options on the menu!"
  • "From tired and stale to fresh and sophisticated. Crab cakes are wonderful. Service was friendly and helpful. The spoon bread was the best we have ever had as well a gluten free!We love the new menu. Will definitely be back."
  • "I ordered the seafood pasta, and my fiancĂ© ordered the NY Strip. Her steak was AMAZING! Cooked just the way she ordered, and easy to eat. She ordered Worcestershire sauce, but didn't need it. My pasta had a really good, buttery but unique garlic hinted flavor, and the amount of seafood was just right. I didn't feel like I had more pasta than seafood. We ended the meal with bread pudding and an AWESOME peanut butter pie slice, that had real peanuts on top."
  • "We went to Lowery's tonight for the steak and shrimp special. First, let me say that the interior changes they have made are really nice!! New tables, chairs, booths, lighting, decor, etc, but most of all the food was delicious and the serving sizes were more than we could eat. And, I was very happy to see some friendly faces while there. I highly recommend checking it out."

Negative Reviews:
  • "New Gordon Ramsay "upgrade". Service was ok, prices ridiculous for the serving size and the area. Food was about good but certainly not worth the price. I used to live in Montross 10 years ago and Lowerys was a heck of a lot better back then in ALL respects. I won't be back. My prediction, they'll be gone in another year."
  • "Early dinner on a Friday in the new made over Lowery's. The place is nice inside and the service was prompt and pleasant. The spoon bread served immediately is quite good. The crab cakes were good but not served hot. The fried flounder was good and served hot. The cole slaw is also tasty. The coated French fries are a letdown and weren't hot when served. The sweet tea is very good. The server was adequate but not real friendly. The pricing is high for the serving sizes and the large No Substitutions stands out as unwelcoming."
  • "My shrimp was cold and coffee was luke warm. The fries and cold slaw were just as bad. The waiters had no personality and were very rigid. The lunch menu was limited. The changes they made are too fancy for this place. I will not be back. It was so disappointing. It was great before they made the changes. This is not a 5 star restaurant which is what they are trying to do. Way to fancy for the area."
  • "I've visited this restaurant today since new management has took it over the food quality has drastically went down and the prices have skyrocketed for what you get it's not worth the The price this was my last and final time I will ever go to this restaurant"

Other News and Links:
  • The 24 Hours to Hell and Back makeover happened in October 2019.
  • Here is the Lowery's Seafood Restaurant website (which is currently under construction) and Facebook page.  
  • Lowery's also has a connecting business called Captain's Grill & Patio at Lowery's. This was added to the restaurant in 2012. Here is the Captain's Grill & Lowery's Facebook page which is the one that is kept up-to-date.
  • The menu at Lowery's is updated frequently and here is the most recent menu posted a few days before the episode aired.  
  • A local article discussed with William "Duby" Lowery IV the upcoming episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back.  He said the major thing done was trimming down the menu from 65 entrees to 20 entrees so they could focus more on each meal.  He also said the restaurant was on the market in the past, but it is no longer on the market.
    • Lowery's Seafood and Captain's Grill were up for sale in the past for a price of $1.6 million. (Link)
  • There were a lot of 1-star reviews for Lowry's on Yelp right before the makeover happened.


The reviews for Lowery's Seafood Restaurant since the 24 Hours to Hell and Back makeover have been mixed, but are improved from the reviews leading up to the makeover.  The positive reviews seem to like the food and the updates to the interior while the negative reviews complain about higher prices and the temperature of food.  Lowery's Seafood was up for sale in the past, but the owners confirmed that they are no longer for sale at the moment.

UPDATE - Lowery's Seafood Restaurant closed in 2020 - More information on the closure

*To see how the restaurants from 24 Hours to Hell and Back are doing, visit the 24 Hours To Hell and Back Updates Page. Also, if you are interested in the restaurants from Kitchen Nightmares, visit the Kitchen Nightmares Updates Page.

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