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Wally's Chowder House

22531 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198-6835
(206) 878-8140
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Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations

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English first
Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Never disappointing. Good service, too. This has a diner-type atmosphere, but it is perfectly suitable. They have crayons and pictures for the kids while they're waiting for food. Nice people.

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Auburn, WA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Love this place, been many times. You just cannot find better fish and a large portion size. Patio in the summer is so very nice along with the margaritas and fish tacos. Tip... get the halibut fish tacos grilled, simply the best.

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Burien, Wa.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Wally's Restaurant is one of the best in Des Moines, WA for sea fod. Possibly they are one of the best in the area South of Seattle. They have excellent, fast service & even though the restaurant is small they don't rush their patrons. The food always is the right temperature and tastes fresh. What is recommended? We recommend everything.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our seafood selections and then the owner brought us a sample of the chowder and it was absolutely wonderful. I live on the east coast so I may never get back to WA but I recommend to everyone who is passing thru or lives there. Wonderful meal.

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Federal Way, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Wally's is what one looks for in a great neighborhood restaurant. Their chowders are outstanding, and it is hard to choose between the New England and the Manhattan versions. The fish and chips arrived piping hot from the kitchen and clearly the oil was hot enough, as they were not greasy. It is unusual to see a place like Wally's... More 

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Des Moines, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

yummy, yummy yummy! good good food! Halibut and chips is to die for. Very busy and crowded is the only drawback. Great clam chowder too. Overall, it's nothing fancy, just good food!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Probably should have given this place a two star rating but the ling cod was very good. Seating was very basic and we had a very short distance between the chairs of other diners. I had fish and chips and the fries were soaked with oil... Not good. It was a busy place but I felt like the restaurant forgot... More 

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Montesano, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a great place for seafood, chowder. Family friendly. We enjoyed the obvious locals who eat there. It reminds me of some of the seafood places in Florida.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was my first time to the Pacific Northwest and I wanted to experience as much seafood as I could. This was my first stop after arriving and it did not disappoint. We were greeted upon arriving and sat immediately. The place was packed for lunch but the service was outstanding. After we were seated the manager came right over... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I love this place and recommend it all the time for friends. The wait can be ridiculous. It's worth it, but getting in ahead of time is best. They said no reservations could be taken, but when we used to work at bank they did so all the time. So I guess it's select seeating to those they want. Odd,... More 

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Additional Information about Wally's Chowder House

Address: 22531 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198-6835
Phone Number: (206) 878-8140
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 12
Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Seafood

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