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“only gave this an 'average' cause there's no 'good' option”

Bill's Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 36 Restaurants in Westbrook
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Haven, ct
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152 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“only gave this an 'average' cause there's no 'good' option”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Every year I stop at Bills twice to enjoy their seafood...the most recent time being memorial day weekend 2013. Usually it's not a let down.....their fried seafood, sandwiches, and broiled fish meals are very tasty. However this time i went outside the box and ordered linguini and clams. I figured it's a seafood place so the linguini and clams must be good....i was wrong. The sauce was extremely bland and acidic and i kept catching dirt in the clams. Nothing quite like the crunch of dirt throughout your meal. I dont understand why restaurants dont grasp that you need to SCRUB YOUR CLAMS before cooking with them, but unfortunately many just dont....and the end result is dirt in the food. With the exception of that one not so good experience, i have no complaints abt this restaurant. The fried clam strips are great...always crunchy and never too greasy....and their other fish dinners are also good. Just stay away from anything still in the shell :)

  • Visited May 2013
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Westbrook, CT
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Bill's is Bland”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Most of the dinners are FRIED and even the broiled dinners are nothing special. Entirely not worth the wait, although the draft beers are decent while waiting for a table...sort of a Bonanza of fish places. Service is above average. Nothing I have eaten there can be called delicious .

Visited July 2013
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great July 4 experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Had been to Bill's once before & had a great experience. We visited on July 4 with my entire family. Bills has great food, friendly wait staff & a fun & laid back environment. The location is right on the river & the deck seating is a beautiful view of water. If you sit in the back you're next to the singing bridge, which we sat near before & didn't mind. Our food was great. I ordered the jerk swordfish. It was seasoned & cooked just right- not dry! our waitress was extremely friendly & very attentive considering crazy crowdedness. Was really impressed with how hard working the wait staff is...The prices are a little high, but was worth it for the overall experience, food & special occasion. My whole family loved Bills & we will definitely be back. One extra plus: we were able to see tons of fireworks right after dinner from Ashley's right next door!

  • Visited July 2013
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The menu was overpriced for mediocre food. I had one of the specials with the swordfish and mango salsa and found it to be overcooked and somewhat flavorless. My husband had the fish and chips which he found to be average. We ordered one of the specials for an appetizer which we were also disappointed with. The seating outside is nice, however there is too much road noise. We do not plan to revisit this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Allison S
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Mebane, North Carolina
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34 reviews
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“You don't want to miss Bill's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

We have been eating at Bill's for years and wouldn't think of visiting the area without eating there at least once!

This is a great family restaurant with the best seafood around! Families with younger kids will appreciate the outdoor dining where little ones can feed the seagulls.The wait staff is extremely friendly and the service is quick. You won't be disappointed if you visit Bill's!

  • Visited July 2013
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