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Bill Ellis

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3007 Downing St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 237-4372
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Columbia, Maryland
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Billy E
Raleigh, NC
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240 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here about 1pm on a Friday. You have three choices. The sit down part, a very large restaurant is only a large buffet. There are two drive thru windows.There is walk in area. If you want to eat from the walk in area, there is a covered picnic table area. We did the walk in, eat outside. It... More 

Thank RaleighNCtravel
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed out lunch here. We ordered a package meal with sides, pork and chicken as well as a jug of sweet tea. The food was really tasty and super affordable. While we had no issues with the food one of the massive catering trucks was sitting next to the outdoor eating for the walk up so diesel fumes were... More 

Thank Nathan G
Sims, United States
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I like Bill's and it has a good size menu. I usually don't go to the buffet but order at the drive thru. The line can get rather long but it goes quick. I like the pork BBQ and the turkey BBQ is good also. Fried chicken live bag with hushpuppies is good too. Good southern cooking.

Thank Douglas S E
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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194 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This used to be our go to place for BBQ and buffet when we were in Wilson and I would recommend it to everyone. I don't know what has happened, but the quality has certainly gone down hill and I can no longer recommend it over other places nearby. The BBQ was dry but I thought it was because the... More 

Thank beachcomber1947
Clayton, North Carolina
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Buffet style that is over priced for what they serve. The cut off age for children prices is 8yrs old, so had to pay adult price ($11+) for my 10 yr old daughter who ate one piece of chicken, some rice & a cookie. And the food was really nothing special. The pork bbq was pretty good but everything else... More 

1 Thank RatherBGrillin
Wilson NC
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Don't care for the buffet full of over cooked vegetables. If you like BBQ, this is good old fashioned pulled pork. The drive-thru line is also long but definitely the way to go.

Thank WindyK1
Lucama, North Carolina
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Food is not as good as it once was and choices are all buffet style at about $10 per buffet plus tax. Wide variety of choices including desserts on the buffet.

Thank retta84730

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
  • 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?