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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
+1 252-237-4372
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Pantego, NC, USA
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Average food. BBQ chicken was inedible. Very overcooked and dry. Sauce tasted of curry. Since when is curry served in a BBQ restaurant in the South? Fried chicken was good, but pieces were tiny. BBQ pork was good. Pulled pork off the bone was good also. Hamburger steak was ok, but nothing to write home about. Collards seemed like they... More 

Thank JohnBPantego_NC_USA
Wendell, North Carolina
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I heard a lot about this place. Food was good and plentiful. Decent buffet with lots to choose from.

Thank lummie2016
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

When you want a variety of food try Bills! BBQ, fried chicken, vegetables and more vegetables, peach cobbler, hush puppies, tea and soft drinks!

Thank fboydwm
New Hyde Park, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Bill's was recommended to us because we did not want to eat at the same restaurant chains that we have where we live. The place is pretty big with take out and a dining room which is more like a cafeteria than a dining room. It was buffet style and cheap considering how much food you could eat for your... More 

Thank SushiMommaMia
Fremont, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Item orders are the best...they have buffet...but I find it a little expensive...no waiting...pay, get your food, drink etc and eat!!!

Thank Kim J
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Only suggestion : warm up the banana pudding. Don't mess with the peach cobbler. The BBQ is the draw but the chicken, baked and fried, is worthy of the visit. The veggies are good also. Visit during the peak to get the best. Food is good in the off hours, but the cornbread and biscuits are not as good then.

Thank davehager
Suffolk, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Presented in a traditional NC style sauceless manner, this barbeque is a great choice. Brunswick stew is average at best and heavily salted, but the other sides are wonderful. Massive portions for the price are more than satisfying. Stopped in with family of four, two adults and two teens and ate for less than $30. Can't beat that price for... More 

Thank Charles W
Wilson, North Carolina
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

What can you say? Eastern NC barbecue at its best. Buffet inside . Barbecue and fixing a la carter drive through or walk in to go.. They will ship frozen Q and cater up and down the east coast of the United States

Thank Gustav G
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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225 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Other reviewers have it right - this place isn't perfect. You pay before entering. The dining area is one large room with long tables, so you may be a little too close for comfort to another group. There's virtually no service to speak of - you pay as you enter, and you may not see a server during your visit.... More 

Thank travelmakesUrich
Frederick, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We were looking for authentic North Carolina barbecue, not far from I-95 on a recent trip back from the beach. I read Tripadvisor reviews of Bill Ellis Barbecue, some were bad, but some were quite good. Since food reviews are so subjective, we decided to give this place a chance. Mistake! They take your money before you get a good... More 

Thank Kathleen L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: +1 252-237-4372

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?