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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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Plenty of food, good - not great

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
noworries2000
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Kent, Washington
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Takeout
  • Buffet
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87 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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97 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
74 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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Wilson, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 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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41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?