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Wally's Chowder House

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American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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22531 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198-6835
(206) 878-8140
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
New addition, more tables, same great food.

Lots of folks have said it in other reviews, but its worth saying again. Great chowder. Fried fish, clams, shrimp, scallops; its all good. And make a note; they serve real prawns, not large shrimp called prawns. With the new addition, they've added more tables and a proper bar, the food is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Frank H
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Bellevue, Washington
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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Lots of folks have said it in other reviews, but its worth saying again. Great chowder. Fried fish, clams, shrimp, scallops; its all good. And make a note; they serve real prawns, not large shrimp called prawns. With the new addition, they've added more tables and a proper bar, the food is still great and now there's less of a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We went at lunchtime. The food was plentiful but the flavor was not exciting at all. My companion commented it reminded her of frozen but I pointed out the signs that talked about their own boat. She said then you should be proud of your fish and not cook it until it is done enough to be almost tough. Neither... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Friendly service. I have to have gluten free and there several options. The shrimp cocktail I had for appetizer could have been a meal in itself.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a great place for quality Fish & Chips, Chowder, Steaks and Brews. Had the Fresh Ling Cod Fish and Chips which were flaky, not oily and the batter was nice and crunchy. Topped that off with an ice cold beer while watching the Sounders play on the big screen. Nice deck as well but it was packed so... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We ordered the cod all you can eat in batter and the same with the shrimp. Place was packed but staff were super nice. The place was hot though. Food came quickly and it was fresh, but kind of tasteless in my opinion. I am from the UK and although they had malt vinegar it was just not that good.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Fantastic joint, great beer, great service, even better food. Dare I say their clam chowder is better than Boston's...will come back again, fish and chips were great too!

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Just had chowder so far 💓best ever and liked all say very thick and full of clams which is very rare. My husband had fish and chips he said awesome I had the halibut dinner with mushrooms and pan fried with nuts. Tastes wonderful. But way too much for me. My mistake I am not a big eater but my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Heard about this place and had to check it out. Boy am I glad we did. Heard they had halibut fish and chips. Actually had halibut, Alaskan cod, salmon. Supposedly known for their chowder but we were too stuffed to even go there. They actually had fresh halibut today. Best I ever had. Light batter perfectly cooked with a generous... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My wife and I visited Wally's on our last day in the northwest. It had good reviews, and it was close to our hotel. Wally's looks like it is a neighborhood institution. We had to wait roughly 15-20 minutes at 6:30, so if you go I recommend getting in early. I had to try their chowder. (Chow-dier? Chow-dier? It's Chow-dah!... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Great clam chowder!!! Pretty good fish and chips too. We had the big combo platter and a couple of bowls of clam chowder between the husband and I. Kids enjoyed their kids meals too. And having a hunk of a waiter didn't hurt the experience either 😊! One point off for only having two Uni-sex bathrooms.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22531 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198-6835
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (206) 878-8140

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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

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