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Wally's Chowder House

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American, Seafood, Hamburgers
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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 71
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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
Most recent review
Yummmm

This place is great!!! Very cozy ambiance indoors & outdoor patio seating is great on a hot summer day. Casual place, friendly service & they serve the BEST seafood & pies! Highly recommend it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This place is great!!! Very cozy ambiance indoors & outdoor patio seating is great on a hot summer day. Casual place, friendly service & they serve the BEST seafood & pies! Highly recommend it!

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Cokato
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent food! We had a very nice time. Service was great. Chowder was outstanding - obviously homemade and very fresh.

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We have been in PNW for a week but no good seafood yet. Needed to find some before we headed home tomorrow. Walked in to Wallys and it was packed but a table was just opening up. We were seated immediately and the waitress gave us a review of the menu. The fresh halibut had come in that morning so... More 

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Des Moines, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wally's is one of our favorite places to enjoy a meal out, and we dine there frequently - sometimes at the restaurant and sometimes take-out. Various types of fish and chips, the best chowder ever, and many different types of fresh seafood cooked to perfection. Their steak is awesome and generous! The dining area is very casual, homey and fun.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a cozy casual restaurant and always a yummy choice for seafood. There clam chowder is one of the best that I have had. They serve homemade pies. The coconut cream is wonderful! They are currently starting to add onto the restaurant and also building an outdoor patio. The place is always busy, so more seating will be nice!... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

All of our visits were wonderful but our first was the most memorable. While we waited for seating, the owner overheard us chatting with our friend from New Jersey. We were given exceptional view seats in a quiet corner. With a wink we were asked if New Jersey was a good place to be from. This friendly welcome set the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Fish and chips were great (especially if you order the all you can eat special), but it's the chowder that made me return within a week. Delicious! They have outdoor dining in good weather. Nice selection of brews. Very casual, low key but very good fish and chowder.

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Everett, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I am from Boston. You get great fish and chips with flaky moist fish in a crispy batter everywhere. Now on the west coast I hear often "we have the best fish and chips" Frozen fish, so thin you cannot tell the fish from the batter. Not so at Wally's. I had the Cod and prawns special. absolutely wonderful! Even... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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 0 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Hamburgers
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?