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Wally's Chowder House

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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: Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 128
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Seafood

Wally's is a family Resturant which can get busy as we found out. We stopped for an early dinner and as luck would have it got seated right away. The Clam chowder is excellent as was the Halibut with a topping of a mushrooms cream sauce. Portions are very generous. The Blackberry Pie is awesome.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Pete G
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Sequim, Washington
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Sequim, Washington
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wally's is a family Resturant which can get busy as we found out. We stopped for an early dinner and as luck would have it got seated right away. The Clam chowder is excellent as was the Halibut with a topping of a mushrooms cream sauce. Portions are very generous. The Blackberry Pie is awesome.

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Thank Pete G
Ravensdale, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful owner and staff, better lunch, so fantqstic, cant wqit to return,best fish and chips ever... xo xo

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Thank Marie C
Enumclaw, Washington
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110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always good food and great location in Des Moines. While waiting for a a seat a lady said she always picks up chowder to the dock

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Thank dd1984
Des Moines, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wally's has tasty seafood, huge portions, friendly and attentive staff, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The best value in Des Moines!

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Thank Jean H
Des Moines, Washington
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very popular local restaurant. Great atmosphere. Food is always fresh, tastely prepared and delicious. You can call ahead and have take out. Always busy during meal times so arrive early.

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1 Thank Nova05P
Horseheads, New York
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok from the moment I stepped into the restaurant from the time I left everything about this place was great. They really know how to do customer service and here's why. Immediately they bring over glasses of water, a bottle of tartar sauce and a bottle of cocktail sauce and bowls to put it in. So they don't give you... More 

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1 Thank ValleyDrive57
Forks, Washington
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wally's is sort of a local institution, with a ton of character and some very tasty eating. It's often fairly crowded, and the floor area is pretty small in relation to the amount of seating. But it's foolish to quibble about such trivialities if the food and service are good, which they definitely are. The Puget Sound area has tons... More 

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1 Thank Tom M
Iowa, USA
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I grew up in Maryland eating crab cakes with our Blue Crabs, so I wanted to try a Dungeness crab cake at Wally's. I was disappointed. I didn't find it especially flavorful and the undercooked diced onion bits were way to prominent for my liking. It didn't help that the cake was not very warm. The sweet potato fries that... More 

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Thank Donnysaur
Federal Way, WA
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Been going here about 17 years. We love the Chowder and Salmon. You can bring family and friends as we have. When friends visit from out of State and we don't want an expensive place but a place we know food is wonderful and Pac NW we come here. Not fancy but very nice.

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Thank WendyFederalWay_WA
Des Moines, Washington
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115 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Wally's has been a Des Moines, WA institution for a long time. I've eaten there many times over the years and always enjoy my meal. It's a casual place to go in your jeans and sweatshirt, and an easy walk from Wally's down to the marina for a stroll.

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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, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?