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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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Today
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Takeout, Buffet
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Mmmm, classic Southern BBQ and Fried Chicken!

Love some Fried chicken and banana pudding with pulled pork! This place is a buffet so you help yourself to all you want, need or can use! It stays busy but the food is fresh and well-stocked.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
John G
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Zebulon, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
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84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Zebulon, North Carolina
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Love some Fried chicken and banana pudding with pulled pork! This place is a buffet so you help yourself to all you want, need or can use! It stays busy but the food is fresh and well-stocked.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

tried both barbeque places in wilson, liked this one better - way better selection and better attention to detail.

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Wilson, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Bill's has a buffet that includes many vegetables (so many I can't count them) and pulled pork and chopped pork barbecue, fried chicken and salads. There are at least 4 different desserts and I love the peach cobbler and banana pudding. The drinks are tea, coffee and soft drinks and water. You serve yourself and the atmosphere is typical country... More 

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It was only buffet style - just as you walk in the door that ran about $11.00 a person - includes tax and tip. We thought it was extremely surprising that they had parts of a whole pig there that you could pull your own from - how fresh and nice! The sides were very good, and workers kept the... More 

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Lima, Peru
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79 reviews 79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Bill's is one of those classic, must-eat-at places in NC. First of all, the buffet is HUGE! There are a lot of Southern/country foods to choose from, along with some yummy desserts (the banana pudding is a must!) All the food I tried was delicious, as always, and my Peruvian husband really enjoyed it too! The fried chicken, corn sticks,... More 

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VIRGINIA BEACH
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I enjoyed the buffet at Bill's. The BBQ was really good (the hush puppies and veggies were great too). Not a lot to the atmosphere but you can't eat scenery...Overall it was good and I'd definitely go back.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had lunch at Bill Ellis barbecue today. The buffet was very well stocked and a wide varety. We went for the barbecue and it was close to the best we have ever tasted, just the right level of spices. I thought that the pork bbq had just been pulled and chopped up straight from the pig. The BBQ had... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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90 reviews 90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The barbeque is good, as is the iced tea, hush puppies, and the boiled potatoes. The slaw I did not care for at all. If you go, go to the walk up, or rather walk in, as it is a little faster than the drive through.

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NC
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

They apparently sanitize EVERYTHING with clorox because everything you eat or drink seems to have that clorox taste. I have received a sweet tea and thought "man did they forget to rinse out the clorox before making this?" The fried chicken even tastes like clorox. I prefer Parker's BBQ on hwy. 301.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a buffet style BBQ of great BBQ per the NC style of flavor. No hot sauce of stuff, just plain slow cook BBQ. The buffet is what you would expect from E. NC BBQ with vegies, B Stew, ect. No service as this is a buffet style. Little on the high side, but then you can eat all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: (252) 237-4372

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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