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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Country food buffet

My wife and I found this place by accident while heading to Seymour Johnson AFB for the air show. So on the way back we tried it. The parking lot was full at 5:00 and the drive thru line for takeout was backed up to the road so we figured it must be really good.We both agreed it was good... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Leon G
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Franklinton, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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92 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Franklinton, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My wife and I found this place by accident while heading to Seymour Johnson AFB for the air show. So on the way back we tried it. The parking lot was full at 5:00 and the drive thru line for takeout was backed up to the road so we figured it must be really good.We both agreed it was good... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

pay your fee for number of people, get a plate and dig in. 2 sides to buffet, then a pulled pork pic toward the back. Variety of drinks. Even some dessert items, such as cookies etc. Tables like cafeteria setting. Variety of items including vegetables. Was really looking for ribs and there were none.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The food was absolutely delicious and the staff was friendly. Will visit again definitely. I just wished I lived in the area to eat at Bill Ellis more often.

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Bedford, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I went to the buffet side of the restaurant .. there was a great southern cooked Carolina selection of vegetables .. fried chicken, typical east Carolina shredded pork and to my surprise a whole pig for down home pig pickin experience .. all the food seemed fresh and hot .. real good eats and lots of sweet tea to wash... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
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109 reviews 109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had to go lunch at Bill Ellis BBQ, and the fried chicken and BBQ were great. What I liked most was how the BBQ was not so greasy as some of eastern NC's BBQ is.

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7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is southern cooking at it's finest! We drive an hour to eat at Bill's because it is good. The BBQ is quality and that is what we look for. The buffet is always well stocked with good southern cuisine. Highly recommended!

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Kent, Washington
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188 reviews 188 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Everyone seems to rave about whether "Bill's" or "Parker's is better in Wilson - both are good, but personally I prefer Bill's - nothing great and certainly not worth going out of your way to get there, but it is concistently good. Plenty of food at Bills - the fried chicken is good, the green beans are very good -... More 

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WASHINGTON
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you love good country food and plenty of it go here, it is all you can eat buffet, from collards to deserts the best buffet ever

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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

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

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?