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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
(252) 237-4372
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Fremont, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Item orders are the best...they have buffet...but I find it a little expensive...no waiting...pay, get your food, drink etc and eat!!!

Thank Kim J
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only suggestion : warm up the banana pudding. Don't mess with the peach cobbler. The BBQ is the draw but the chicken, baked and fried, is worthy of the visit. The veggies are good also. Visit during the peak to get the best. Food is good in the off hours, but the cornbread and biscuits are not as good then.

Thank davehager
Suffolk, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Presented in a traditional NC style sauceless manner, this barbeque is a great choice. Brunswick stew is average at best and heavily salted, but the other sides are wonderful. Massive portions for the price are more than satisfying. Stopped in with family of four, two adults and two teens and ate for less than $30. Can't beat that price for... More 

Thank Charles W
Wilson, North Carolina
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can you say? Eastern NC barbecue at its best. Buffet inside . Barbecue and fixing a la carter drive through or walk in to go.. They will ship frozen Q and cater up and down the east coast of the United States

Thank Gustav G
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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224 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Other reviewers have it right - this place isn't perfect. You pay before entering. The dining area is one large room with long tables, so you may be a little too close for comfort to another group. There's virtually no service to speak of - you pay as you enter, and you may not see a server during your visit.... More 

Thank travelmakesUrich
Frederick, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for authentic North Carolina barbecue, not far from I-95 on a recent trip back from the beach. I read Tripadvisor reviews of Bill Ellis Barbecue, some were bad, but some were quite good. Since food reviews are so subjective, we decided to give this place a chance. Mistake! They take your money before you get a good... More 

Thank Kathleen L
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wifes parents are from Smithfield and Everytime we go down there we go to Bills. And I have always enjoyed it. This time the food looked old and was very dry. It seemed to be dirty too this time. Very disappointed.

Thank Kevin W
Columbia, Maryland
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Bill Ellis was a second choice for barbecue in Wilson NC. The size of the property was impressive. We had the buffet. The dinning area was no frills but bright with a friendly atmosphere. The fried chicken was some of the best. Most of the sides offered were seasoned well. The greens had the appearance of guacamole and tasted bland.... More 

1 Thank lynnojohnson
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Bill Ellis has great barbecue and fried chicken. Had to bring home their famous corn sticks for the wife. There is a convention center on site for various functions. Good menus eat in and take out available

Thank Michael S
Solomons, Maryland
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

If you love great barbecue, then come to Bill Ellis Barbecue and eat their buffet. Seniors get a discount. The food is served buffet style and it is an all you can eat. There are long table to eat at and the facility was exceptionally clean. The barbecue chicken was super with just the right amount of sauce. The shredded... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893-8330
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Wilson
  • Phone Number: (252) 237-4372

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