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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    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 Fish Tacos

We stopped here on a whim and really enjoyed it. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and the place had a pretty good crowd (about 3/4 capacity from the looks of it) and we were seated very quickly. Our waiter arrived quickly and brought drinks and had no problem with our lengthy perusal of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2014
Ed H
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Montesano, Washington
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Des Moines, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The charmingly relaxed hustle-bustle of this place feels like a refreshing step back in time to the fish houses of old; the food is just plain good, the surroundings are comfortably homey, and everyone seems very cheerful. This is not gourmet fish, but it's real, and it's genuine. I recommend sitting outside in the back patio area when it's warm... More 

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Montesano, Washington
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stopped here on a whim and really enjoyed it. We were there on a Sunday afternoon and the place had a pretty good crowd (about 3/4 capacity from the looks of it) and we were seated very quickly. Our waiter arrived quickly and brought drinks and had no problem with our lengthy perusal of the menu. He returned 2... More 

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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Nice little family spot with great chowder and nice sized portions. We went there three times in seven days so figure it out. IT'S GOOD.

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I love fish and chips, though I had never thought to have salmon fish and chips. The Salmon Fish and Chips here was AMAZING!

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Des Moines, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

A good choice for fish and chips, has other seafood choices too, baked, broiled, deep fried, prices are high for what you get! Nice selection of beers, wines also available.

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Des Moines, Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food. Prices are a tad steep but the food is worth it. The staff is nice and professional. One of our favorites.

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Bozeman, Montana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Recommended to us by front desk staff at a Sea-Tac hotel. Easy to find from IH-5. We didn't have reservations and the wait was less than 10 minutes on a Friday night. Hostess and wait staff were all courteous and helpful. The food was incredible! The waitress recommended the halibut fish and chips and the grilled halibut - both were... More 

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Lake Tapps
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108 reviews 108 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Recently went here with coworkers for lunch. I had heard the place was legendary for its chowder and fish and chips. This place was busy and you should expect to wait for a table. Food and location was good. I will definitely be back with my wife!

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Kent, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Long wait to get in, but worth it. Loved the halibut (fried), nice size pieces with a light batter. Crab cakes were delicious, lots of crab. Coleslaw was good but slightly bland imo needed celery seed. Fries were thick cut but could have been hotter. Got pear crisp which had big chunks of pear and a light and fluffy strawberry... More 

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Golden CO
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I came here with some locals and planned another business back next week, just so I can go here again........ very casual and friendly, but the fish is fantastic, and super fresh,,,,,,,, The clam chowder soup is not something I normally have, but did here, and it was just the best I have ever had. You, and your pocketbook will... More 

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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?