We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Wally's Chowder House

Certificate of Excellence
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
22531 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA 98198-6835
(206) 878-8140
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

293 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 290: English reviews
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I went on vacation to Seattle. We went so Wally's on the first night and WOW!. The food was amazing, the customer service was outstanding and the beer was cold. We had the clam chowder it was simply off the charts fresh and good. Matter of fact I would say is just as good if not better... More 

Thank gmoix
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in Des Moines on a family vacation prior to a cruise. We were looking for a seafood restaurant and this was within walking distance to our hotel. We got there early on Saturday night and there was already a long wait. We are so glad that we waited! The halibut that I had was the best that I... More 

Thank A6098KJmaryh
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to restaurant referred by owner of quilt shop in town. The clam chowder was excellent. All items are fresh and all fish is fresh caught not farm raised or previously frozen. I am not a seafood eater so I enjoyed chicken strips. French fried potatoes are fresh not frozen. Atmosphere is great.

Thank Barbara R
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time... We'll be back!! Cool place & Very good! Chowder was amazing and fish tacos the same. Very busy, but got seated quickly. Staff very friendly.

Thank scott w
Level Contributor
16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Seattle for business and in the mood for some seafood. I figured you can't go wrong with a chowder house and headed over there. The food was AWESOME! I had a cup of white clam chowder (probably the best I've had outside of Boston). Their tap is kept at a cool 33 degrees and you can taste... More 

Thank Adamrtz
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
91 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought I could eat a lot. So when they had an "all you can eat prawns" special, I was all in. The prawns were so huge, that I gave in after 14. Yes, only 14. And every single one was delicious. They had to make it even tougher by starting me off by decadent chowder. The flavor here was... More 

Thank texasbrian
Level Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My parents who live in Des Moines, always recommend Wally's but every time around dinner you can see a line out the door. This just made me want to try it even more! Today I had a longer than usual lunch break so I drove up from Federal Way to have lunch with my parents. They ordered the Halibut fish... More 

Thank brianncm
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
112 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here 2x while in the area on business. Great chowder and also some of the freshest Halibut-(Almond crusted) I've had. Great bartenders and good beer.

Thank MSP-Mike
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was perfect. Delicious food. We shared a shrimp cocktail yum (great presentation), best chowder we've ever had, fried halibut and fries also good. Drinks very reasonably priced. My fiance had a margarita and I a bloody mary. I'm just sad I don't have this restaurant in my hometown. If we ever pass through again, we will be back.

Thank Carla A
Berryville, Arkansas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here while staying in the area after our cruise. We had to wait to be seated but not long. The chowder was excellent. The fish and chips were ok but could have been crispier. I will go back just for the chowder when we are in Seattle again.

Thank jabgec

Been to Wally's Chowder House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Seafood, Soups, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Wally's Chowder House and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
2 months ago
Santa Clarita, California
10 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Wally's Chowder House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?