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Billy's Chowder House

216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4129
207-646-7558
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Ranked #15 of 60 Restaurants in Wells
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Norwich, Vermont
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We decided to go here for my birthday dinner, after it being recommended to us by the hotel we were staying at. Parking is limited, but is complimentary valet. We went around 6pm on a Wednesday evening & by the looks of the parking lot, it appeared packed, but was not the case once inside. Waitstaff was friendly & provided... More

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Massachusetts
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We arrived about 7:00 pm on a Friday evening in August, the parking lot was full but they have complementary valet parking. Our party of two did not have reservations but were seated after a short 10 mt wait. Food, including desert exceeded expectations - the Maine style chowder is to die for and waitress was correct in suggesting that... More

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Middletown, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a very popular place to eat in Wells. We went this time a bit past the normal lunch hour, so there were plenty of places to sit. We sat in the bar area right next to the window, which was great. My wife absolutely loved the fried clams (and I did, too, but she wouldn't let me have... More

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Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Billy's was packed when we arrived, so we needed valet parking. We were seated right away and Gail brought us Billy's Rum Punch and we ordered the mussells for an appetizer. They were delish. I wanted to drink the white wine sauce. My husband ordered the half and half with haddock and fried clams. I had the salad with grilled... More

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Metro Boston
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Stopped in without checking any reviews for a weekend lunch and it was a pleasant surprise. Reasonably priced lobster luncheon and lobster roll, baked fish sandwich was generous and well-prepared. Waitstaff was very friendly and helpful and the view of a storm coming in through the windows was an unexpected plus. We would come back again.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We have been vacationing in Wells Beach for the past 20 years and avoided this place for the past 10 years or so....for no particular reason. Wanting something "new" we haven't tried in a while, we stopped by this "other" Billy's (vs the more well known Billy's in Perkins Cove) I must admit, we went in with low expectations, but... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The restaurant temperature was cold this year but the chowder is so good and I brought home two quarts in a cooler to share. I've been there before and brought home the chowder in the past as well. I really like the milky broth and the BIG clams in the chowder.

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Wells, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Thanks Chris Varano - for the special Lobster Rolls made with love! Billy's Chowder House is on our Favorites list at the Seahorse Resort. Yesterday, we were treated to lobster rolls and hot French fries!! Last week we treated ourselves to lobster chowder which in our opinion is the best in New England. We can't help it, we love it... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We arrived at almost 9 for dinner traveling with children and there was a 20 min wait, we reviewed the menu while waiting and were able to order right when we sat down and it came super fast and everything was good, and it arrived very quickly. Service was good. Not amazing, but all bases covered and we were grateful... More

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Boston
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Stopped by on our way home from a Boothbay Harbor getaway. Seated by the marsh water view. Jessica was our waitress and was very attentive. My husband order clam chowder, was terrific, made the proper "New England style", with a milky not thick broth. Loaded with clams. Next he ordered oysters which are $1 a piece on Wednesdays and were... More

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