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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Takeout

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 23
    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
Average. Will try some place else if we eat in Wilson again

Food on buffet was neither hot or cold - all pretty much same temperature. No knives available to cut up chunks of pulled pork or to cut chicken off the bone. Expected ribs and beef at a world famous BBQ place. MUCH more cobbler than peach in the peach cobbler! Lunch was $17.40 with senior discount... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Food on buffet was neither hot or cold - all pretty much same temperature. No knives available to cut up chunks of pulled pork or to cut chicken off the bone. Expected ribs and beef at a world famous BBQ place. MUCH more cobbler than peach in the peach cobbler! Lunch was $17.40 with senior discount for 2 old geezers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stopped by around 1:30 on Sunday for lunch. The place was packed. There are three options - restaurant, drive thru and walk up. There is even a covered picnic shelter with fans. Great food! Yummy hush puppies and ice tea. I can see why this is an eastern nc institution!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We eat here regularly with family twice a year. The food is always very good and the BBQ is great. i always go for the boiled potatoes, Brunswick stew, slaw, and chopped BBQ!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Stopped in for lunch while in town on business. It's a buffet with a good amount of options. Included several types of barbecue, other meats, vegetables, salad bar, desserts, etc. Food was decent, nothing special really.

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Toano, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is a very popular barbeque and chicken restaurant that offers a plentiful buffet at a reasonable price. However, other than the chicken and the BBQ, the food is very ordinary - vegetables were clearly right out of a can. Worth a visit if you are looking for an all-you-can-eat cheap meal. However, for higher quality I would go elsewhere.

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Wilson, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

A lot of food choices to choose from on the buffet so everyone should be satisfied. Convenient location and parking.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My wife and I stopped there and went to their walk-up window to get dinner to take back to our hotel. The minute we smelled it, we couldn't wait to try it. The portions are huge and it is the best NC style pulled pork I have had. My wife loved the collared greens and wish she had gotten more... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The name of the business is Bill's BBQ!!! I have loved this BBQ and Fried Chicken since 1979! It is the best BBQ anywhere.....period. It's superb! Bill's has a sit-down "all-you-can-eat" buffet with all sorts of entrees, vegetables, and deserts. There is also a drive-thru service and a walk-in take-out service.

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fletcher
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

So okay, hunt me down and tell me I'm an idiot (I just average really:) This was not really good BBQ. I grew up in the country and we used to BBQ all the time. Get a fire going and put some Oak,Hickory, or Apple wood on the fire, close the doors and let the smokin start. Cook low and... More 

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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We were looking for a good North Carolina style Bar-b-q and Bill's was recommended by the staff at our hotel. The pulled pork with the vinegar/apple sauce was exactly what we were looking for. My sides were collard greens, (the best I've ever had) and Mac and Cheese. My husband chose the small plate with a side of cold slaw.... 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)  >  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, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
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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