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Billy's Chowder House

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Chowder, Seafood
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216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4129
207-646-7558
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 331
    Excellent
  • 180
    Very good
  • 95
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 32
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We were torn between Billy's and another place in Wells for a whole lobster dinner. We ended up choosing here because it would have a better view. When we went, there was a dense mist so that pretty much took the scenery away, but it was still pretty cool to look out the big windows. We were seated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
mnheiby
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Ohio
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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English first
Williamsburg,MA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Very busy ,food is OK, but expensive for what you get. Also very noisy...Not much more to say. Many years ago it was our favorite place to eat,nut now has become too commercial.

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Corinth, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We always stay in Maine for a week, and our Hotel is near Billy's Chowder House. The place is always packed, so we assumed it was good. It is just OK, the waitress was nice, it was freezing in there. I actually had to go out to my car and get a heavy jacket and wear it all through dinner.... More 

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Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We were torn between Billy's and another place in Wells for a whole lobster dinner. We ended up choosing here because it would have a better view. When we went, there was a dense mist so that pretty much took the scenery away, but it was still pretty cool to look out the big windows. We were seated right away... More 

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Cabot
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We have been to Billy's a few times and always enjoy our food. Each time we've been the service has been great! The prices are a bit up there but the portions are pretty big and the food is yummy! We recommend!

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York, NY
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Service was wonderful, local beer was great, lunch special (Cajun fish/chips) very mediocre, especially for the price. Should have tried something different. Three small pieces of fish, soggy Fries's, food service coleslaw ...it could have been good with a little effort. Not very busy, as well, so a rushed kitchen was no excuse. Next time I will stick with lobster,... More 

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Corinth, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This place is great. We enjoyed the food the staff. Prices were good busy place, but we were seated and served very quickley. Great view

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Middletown, Connecticut
Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

With so many similar seafood shack options, we had difficulty settling on one. I will order fish and chips almost any chance I get and I rank Billy's highly. The cod pieces were flaky and fresh, batter had good flavor and not over fried as opposed to Forbe's which was the total opposite of all those qualities. Wife had the... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Every time we make a trip to Maine, we try to have lunch at Billy's. We enjoy sitting in the bar area with all the windows overlooking the marsh. They have my favorite beer on tap-yum! Calamari is good, chowder is great. Caesar salad is good, too. Daughter likes the scallops.

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Albany, NY
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've been coming here since I was a kid and we always (except for one time) have an enjoyable meal with great service. Because of that bad night we had the last time we were here, we were apprehensive -- but last night exceeded our expectations. The clam chowder and the lobster stew were spot on - I have never... More 

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Windsor, Vermont
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Last weekend we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Billy's Chowder House. Much to our delight, our server remembered us from our many visits over the years, and was as attentive as always. Our food was delicious, and the portions were more than generous. The lobster mac and cheese is the best I've ever had, hands down. Christopher, the long-time manager... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4129
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: 207-646-7558

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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