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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 #4 of 38 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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82% Recommend
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Pomona, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Immediately was taken care of. Very nice personnel. Quaint Seafood Rest. Chowder and Scallops (fried) were delicious. Ordered quick (was hungry). Next time will peruse menu for more seared or grilled food.

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So Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First let me say that while on vacation in Connecticut, I tried chowder every restaurant, from Philly to Rhode Island, Clear, creamy, and Manhatten Style, and no doubt it was good if not excellent but who would of thought the best new England chowder would be in Washington State at Wally's but it was. Loaded with flavor and seafood. I... More

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Loud local restaurant not worth stopping at if you're on vacation. Noisy, dirty (we were seated next to the bathrooms where we shared the aisle with a lovely couple named Broom and Dustbin). Also, pretty common fare and certainly nothing to write home about. The clam chowder was pasty and the fried halibut was mushy. Very disappointing for the Pacific... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Excellent seafood. Obviously local place. Great value. I had the crab cakes. I'm from Maryland, and while they are not as good as my favorite Baltimore haunts, they were the best that I have had on the west coast,

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Singapore, Singapore
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111 reviews 111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Have a stop at this small fish and seafood place. They fish by themselves and back it close to the restaurant. Most of the food is fried, but you will enjoy if you like fish and chips. We bought a pice of salmon and brought it to friends in Vancouver and dropped it on the grill. Perfect.

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Morrison, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our family ate here twice while staying on vacation in the area....it was worth the return trip. Fish was extremely fresh and well prepared. The Halibut was great as a filet or fried and the King Salmon was worth the price. For those in our party that weren't fond of fish the hamburgers were an excellent choice.

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Camas, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

All I can say is WOW, Great, no really Great chowder. The Fish and Chips are mouth watering and some of the best on the west coast (from Alaska to Hawaii). Wait staff is excellent and very caring. The establishment is very clean & comfortable, not much view unless you like roof tops and parking lots, but wow the chowder... More

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SeaTac, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We haven't been to Wally's for a long time but went with family who don't get seafood often like we do. It was a Monday night, and we find out that it is all you can eat fish and chips night. So, we had a short wait which was fine. It took quite a while until our waiter came over,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

On a beautiful late spring day we sat on the patio and art a good meal of chowder, fish and chips. We purchased a family sized meal and still had a couple of large portions left. Fish was a tad over cooked but then they are very large pieces, the largest I have seen. Service is good, and it is... More

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Renton, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I used to live in the area and my bf and I would come here all the time. We always expected a long wait because this place gets packed, but it was never an unbearable amount of time. It’s hard to believe you were just on Pac Hwy when you get in there, it feels like you’re on the coast.... More

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